EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/31/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Hemofarm keeps Sutalo and Maras - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm announced signing of a two-year contract extension with guard Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell). The teams also kept Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season.
Marko Sutalo joined Hemofarm in 2009 from Vojvodina. He appeared 26 times in Adriatic league last season averaging 8.7 points and 1.3 rebounds. Sutalo also added 8 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 20 games in Serbia. In EuroCup, his numbers were little bit lower.
Ivan Maras joined Hemofarm last summer from Metalac Valjevo. He played 15 games in Adriatic league registering 4.7 ppg and 1.4 rpg. In Serbian championship Maras increased his numbers to 8.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 20 games. He helped Hemofarm to reach the Finals. Maras also appeared 7 times in EuroCup, where he added 6.3 ppg and 2.4 rpg. Ivan Maras won three titles in Montenegro with Buducnost. He started there as a teenager and was their member until April last year. Then, Maras moved to Metalac Valjevo for rest of the season. With them he had 13.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 14 games. Ivan Maras is active member of the Montenegrin National Team.


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  ARGENTINA   


TNA: coaches for 2011/12 season - by Facundo Iatzky
As we did some days ago with Liga A, we present the list of coaches for the upcoming season of the second division. this year there will be 22 coaches due to the increment of teams in this tournament.

Alianza Viedma: Guillermo Bogliacino
Alvear villa angela: Jorge Caballero
Argentino Junin: Adrian Capelli
Asociacion Espanola: Jose Antonio Cottonaro
Asociacion Italiana: Raul Aguilar
Banda Norte: Fabian Lopez
Ciclista Juninense: Mauricio Santangelo
Ciudad Bragado: Javier Maretto
Echague Parana: Ricardo De Cecco
Estudiantes Concordia: Hernan Laginestra
Firmat FC: Hugo Miraglia
Huracan Trelew: Bernardo Murphy
Monte Hermoso: Alejandro Alvarez
Obera TC: Eduardo Pfleger
Rosario Central: Pablo D'Angelo
San Isidro: Daniel Beltramo (agency: Interperformances )
San Martin MJ: Mariano Aguilar
Sport Club: Marcelo De La fuente
Tomas de Rocamora: Martin Amden
Tucuman BB: Gabriel Albornoz
Union Progresista: Jorge Lobera
Union Sunchales: Roberto Vico


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  AUSTRIA   


Gmunden Swans sign Robert Arnold - by Stefan Prager
Austrian runner up Gmunden Swans found a successor for Ian Boylan in forward Robert Arnold (198-F). The 6'6' Arnold played two seasons of college ball at the Boise State University. In 35 appearances last season he averaged 12.3 ppg which was good enough to be the Broncos second leading scorer. Arnold pulled down 4.4 rpg while shooting 40.9% from the field as well as 34.3% from beyond the arc. In 2011 he reached the WAC tournament finals but finished as a runner up to the Utah State Aggies.

U18: Luxembourg escapes the last spot in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U18-Austria U18 87:76

Luxembourg escapes the last spot in Division B and sent Austria to the 18th spot in their last game at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Luxembourg finished on the 17th spot after 87:76 victory in Varna.
It was the last game for both teams in Varna and they both tried hard to finish on a good note. Luxembourg and Austria exchanged the leads several times in the opening period as Welter closed it at 22:20. Patrick Kolb (196-F-94) tied it at 27:27, while Tom Steffen (187-F-93) scored for 35:35. Melcher was the last to post int he half, while his team trailed 40:42 before the big break. The second half however belonged to Luxembourg. The latter won the third period 22-11 and added 25-23 int he last stanza.
Gilles Polfer (189-F-93) paced all the winners with 24 points and 9 rebounds, while Tom Steffen collected 17 points and 12 boards. Alex Laurent (195-C-93) notched 14 and Jo Hoeser (189-F-94) posted 11. Gregor Wilk (178-G-93) delivered 20 in defeat and Valentin Bauer (170-PG-94) scored 12.

Luxembourg U18: Gilles Polfer 24+9 rebs, Tom Steffen 17+12 rebs, Alex Laurent 14, Jo Hoeser 11
Austria U18: Gregor Wilk 20, Valentin Bauer 12, Alexander Oblak (182-G-93) 9, Patrick Kolb 9



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  BAHAMAS   


US Virgin Islands grab 91-89 thriller win against Bahamas to win CBC Championship in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
US Virgin Islands - Bahamas 91-89

Caribbean Basketball Championship 2011 in Nassau is over. US Virgin Islands grabbed 91-89 thriller win against Bahamas to win the Gold at this event. Both teams booked a spot for the CentroBasket 2012. US Virgin Islands had great first half ending it with 20-point lead, 53-33. However, Bahamas responded with 19-28 in Q3 and everything was open again. Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) stepped up for the US Virgin Islands after that to stop Bahamas and together with Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) and Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) helped his team to win the Gold at this event. Sheppard exploded with 28 points and 7 rebounds, while Cuthbert and Hodge had 19 and 18 points respectively. Cuthbert also pulled down 10 rebounds in this meeting.
Third place in Nassau belongs to Jamaica. It was another thriller and Jamaica celebrated 55-54 win against the British Virgin Islands. Thanks to this victory Jamaica won the Bronze at the CBC Championship 2011 and they also booked a ticket for the CentroBasket 2012.

US Virgin Islands: Kevin Sheppard 28+7 boards, Cuthbert Victor 19+10 boards, Walter Hodge 18


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  BELARUS   


Aerosvit Cup Kyiv. Belarus shock Ukraine for second win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Belarus 78:82

Belarus celebrated the second straight win at the Aerosvit Cup international friendly tournament in Kyiv. They shocked the hosts tonight to stay undefeated. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) scored 20 points and issued 6 assists to pace the winners. Ukraine fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Ukraine started the game aggressively. The hosts posted an 11:2 lead midway through the opening quarter. Ukraine posted a 20:12 lead at the first break. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 6 points 37:31. The margin grew at 14-point mark midway through the third term but Belarus cut the deficit back to 7 points at the final break. Belarus stepped on the gas in the final frame. They erased the deficit and then Aliaksandr Kudrautsau made it a four-point lead for the visitors. Belarus sank free throws confidently in the dying seconds to seal the win at the end. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) scored 16 points, while Dmitri Paliashchuk (197-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points in the victory. Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) answered with 13 points for Ukraine. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points in defeat.

Ukraine: Steve Burtt 13, Maksym Pustozvonov 11
Belarus: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 20, Pavel Ulyanko 16, Dmitri Paliashchuk 12



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Jamaica wins Bronze in Nassau, books ticket for 2012 CentroBasket - by Eurobasket News
Jamaica - British Virgin Islands 55-54

Jamaica won the Bronze at the Caribbean Basketball Championship 2011 in Nassau. They managed to grab 55-54 thriller win against British Virgin Islands in the game for third place. Thanks to this victory Jamaica won the medal and they also booked a ticket for the CentroBasket 2012. British Virgin Islands stay without the honor as they finished as No.4. Jamaica made plus 8 in the first quarter and jumped to 10-point lead until the halftime. British Virgin Islands responded with 10-17 after the breather and teams went to exciting finish. Jamaica was scoreless in the last four minutes of the game, but still thanks to pretty good defense they managed to keep plus one until the end. Garfield Blair (196-G-87) stepped up for Jamaica with 14 points. In the loosing squad, Rashid Cann (183-G-86) delivered 9 pts.
US Virgin Islands grabbed 91-89 thriller win against Bahamas to win the Gold at this event. Both teams booked a spot for the CentroBasket 2012.

Jamaica: Garfield Blair 14
British Virgin Islands: Rashid Cann 9


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  BULGARIA   


U16: Croatia edge Bulgaria for third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16 - Bulgaria U16 98:82

Croatia recorded the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They held off Bulgaria to clinch top position in Group D. Bulgaria suffered the third loss in a row and would fight against relegation. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) paced well-balanced effort with 14 points for Croatia.
Croatia gave little hope for Bulgaria right from the start. They built a 19-point lead after ten minutes. Croatia maintained the tempo throughout the second stanza. They posted a 54:29 halftime advantage. Croatia did not allow Bulgaria to take over after the main break. Moreover the margin reached a 29-point mark at the third break. Bulgaria fired 31 points in the fourth frame but hardly threatened the margin. Paolo Marinelli (184-G-95) netted 13 points, while Ivan Bender (201-C-95) and Lovre Basic (180-PG-95) added 11 points each in the victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) responded with 27 points for Bulgaria. Vassil Stoimenov (198-F-95) finished with 16 points and 6 assists in defeat.

Croatia U16: Mario Hezonja 14, Paolo Marinelli 13, Ivan Bender 11, Lovre Basic 11
Bulgaria U16: Aleksandar Vezenkov 27, Vassil Stoimenov 16



Bulgaria knock down Canada at Trofeo Gianatti - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria - Canada 79:72

Bulgaria will play in the title game at Trofeo Gianatti tournament in Bormio, Italy. They overcame Canada yesterday to set up the clash versus Italy for the trophy. Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) and Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) stepped up with 15 points each to pace Bulgaria past Canada.
Bulgaria got to slow start. They trailed by as many as 10 points after ten minutes 15:25. Canada stretched the margin to 13 points at the interval 49:36. But the North American team could not capitalize. Bulgaria cut the deficit at 6-point mark with one quarter remaining. The European side outgunned their opponents 21:8 in the final period to surge ahead for the victory. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) delivered 11 points in the winning case. Andy Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) responded with 18 points for Canada. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) netted 15 points in defeat.

Bulgaria: Filip Videnov 15, Kaloyan Ivanov 15, Chavdar Kostov 11
Canada: Andy Rautins 18, Levon Kendall 15



U18: Bulgaria head to Division A for 2012 season - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U18-Montenegro U18 67:54

Bulgaria U18 head to Division A for the next year as they won the Semifinal clash over Montenegro. The hosts of the U18 European Championship in Division B won 67:54 and will face Denmark in the Final game tomorrow. Montenegro meanwhile will play with Sweden for the third spot.
Bulgaria was the favorites of the game and had 1000 fans to support. It was noticeable after the first period when Bulgaria took 16:13 and Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 28:23. Another five points from the top-player saw the board showing 33:26 and Fatic closed the half at 33:30. Montenegro was far to give up and produced 15-13 in the third frame to reduce to 46:45. A 10-1 start of the last stanza brought the victory for the home side.
Pavlin Ivanov erupted with 33 points and Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) added 9 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 16 points in defeat and Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) netted 9.

Bulgaria U18: Pavlin Ivanov 33, Tencho Tenchev 9+10 rebs
Montenegro U18: Nikola Ivanovic 16, Vukota Pavic 9



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  CANADA   


Bulgaria knock down Canada at Trofeo Gianatti - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria - Canada 79:72

Bulgaria will play in the title game at Trofeo Gianatti tournament in Bormio, Italy. They overcame Canada yesterday to set up the clash versus Italy for the trophy. Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) and Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) stepped up with 15 points each to pace Bulgaria past Canada.
Bulgaria got to slow start. They trailed by as many as 10 points after ten minutes 15:25. Canada stretched the margin to 13 points at the interval 49:36. But the North American team could not capitalize. Bulgaria cut the deficit at 6-point mark with one quarter remaining. The European side outgunned their opponents 21:8 in the final period to surge ahead for the victory. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) delivered 11 points in the winning case. Andy Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) responded with 18 points for Canada. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) netted 15 points in defeat.

Bulgaria: Filip Videnov 15, Kaloyan Ivanov 15, Chavdar Kostov 11
Canada: Andy Rautins 18, Levon Kendall 15



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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS   


US Virgin Islands win the Gold in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
CBC Championship 2011 in Nassau is over. US Virgin Islands grabbed 91-89 thriller win against Bahamas to win the Gold at this event. Both teams booked a spot for the CentroBasket 2012. US Virgin Islands had great first half ending it with 20-point lead, 53-33. However, Bahamas responded with 19-28 in Q3 and everything was open again. Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) stepped up for the US Virgin Islands after that to stop Bahamas and together with Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) and Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) helped his team to win the Gold at this event. Sheppard exploded with 28 points and 7 rebounds, while Cuthbert and Hodge had 19 and 18 points respectively. Cuthbert also pulled down 10 rebounds in this meeting.
Third place in Nassau belongs to Jamaica. It was another thriller and Jamaica celebrated 55-54 win against the British Virgin Islands. Thanks to this victory Jamaica won the Bronze at the CBC Championship 2011 and they also booked a ticket for the CentroBasket 2012. British Virgin Islands stay without the medal as they finished as No.4. Jamaica made plus 8 in the first quarter and jumped to 10-point lead until the halftime. British Virgin Islands responded with 10-17 after the breather and teams went to exciting finish. Jamaica was scoreless in the last four minutes of the game, but still thanks to pretty good defense they managed to keep plus one until the end. Garfield Blair (196-G-87) stepped up for Jamaica with 14 points. In the loosing squad, Rashid Cann (183-G-86) delivered 9 pts.



Finals standings
1. US Virgin Islands *
2. Bahamas *
3. Jamaica *
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4. British Virgin Islands
5. Bermuda
6. Antigua
7. Guyana
8. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
9. Cayman Islands

*Qualified for the 2012 CentroBasket




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  COSTA RICA   


Liceo defeats Barva - by Gianni Pascucci
In the Round 4 of LSB-Clausura, the 'Red Express' of Liceo de Costa Rica came back for one night at the old greatness and defeated reigning champions of Fereretria Brenes Barva, 72-68 in Eduardo Garnier Gym. The last signing of Liceo, Hernold Gardener (205-C-82, college: Lon Morris JC), was the man of the game with 16 points, lots of rebounds and a dominating presence inside. With 20 points, Jaffry Spencer (190-F-80) was the game top scorer in losing effort.
In the other games of the round, table headers of Escazu prevailed on teh road over Cartago, 80-74, U Santa Paula-Goico clearly defeated UISIL Prez Zeledon 77-58 and USJ ARBA San Ramon felt at home to Sanatura-Desamparados 70-76
The Clausura table is now the one down:
1. Escazu 4-0
2. Barva 2-1
3. Liceo 2-2
4. Cartago 2-2
5. Sanatura 2-2
6. Santa Paula 1-1
7. USJ ARBA 1-2
8. Perez Zeledon 0-4


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  CROATIA   


U16: Croatia edge Bulgaria for third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16 - Bulgaria U16 98:82

Croatia recorded the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They held off Bulgaria to clinch top position in Group D. Bulgaria suffered the third loss in a row and would fight against relegation. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) paced well-balanced effort with 14 points for Croatia.
Croatia gave little hope for Bulgaria right from the start. They built a 19-point lead after ten minutes. Croatia maintained the tempo throughout the second stanza. They posted a 54:29 halftime advantage. Croatia did not allow Bulgaria to take over after the main break. Moreover the margin reached a 29-point mark at the third break. Bulgaria fired 31 points in the fourth frame but hardly threatened the margin. Paolo Marinelli (184-G-95) netted 13 points, while Ivan Bender (201-C-95) and Lovre Basic (180-PG-95) added 11 points each in the victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) responded with 27 points for Bulgaria. Vassil Stoimenov (198-F-95) finished with 16 points and 6 assists in defeat.

Croatia U16: Mario Hezonja 14, Paolo Marinelli 13, Ivan Bender 11, Lovre Basic 11
Bulgaria U16: Aleksandar Vezenkov 27, Vassil Stoimenov 16



U18: Lithuania ease past Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Croatia U18 87:60

Lithuania brushed past Croatia in the classification round of U18 European Championship. The Baltic team will now take on the winners of Poland vs. France clash for the fifth overall place. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) stepped up with 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead Lithuania to the victory.
Lithuania capped the opening frame with four points in a row to take a 21:13 lead. Lithuania tipped off the second term on a 9:2 run to boost the margin. The Baltic side established a 41:32 halftime lead. Lithuania knocked down 11 unanswered points early in the third quarter as the lead grew at 20-point mark. Lithuania entered the fourth quarter up by 21 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marius Grigonis (194-F-94) nailed 16 points for Lithuania. Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Croatia. Matej Buovac (198-G/F-93) netted 11 points in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Arturas Gudaitis 27, Marius Grigonis 16, Simonas Kymantas 12
Croatia U18: Marko Ramljak 16, Matej Buovac 11



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  CYPRUS   


Keravnos signs Strahinja Dragicevic - by Eurobasket News
Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) will continue his career on Cyprus. The Serbian power forward signed a one-year deal with Keravnos Nicosia. Dragicevic heads to his new club from Crvena Zvezda, where he finished 2010/11. He joined the club in March averaging 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14 Serbian league games. Dragicevic also played for Crvena Zvezda in 2009/10 season. Before that Strahinja Dragicevic spent two years with Mega Hypo Leasing. In their season together Dragicevic had 10.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg in Serbian league. He also had 13 ppg and 4.6 rpg for the club in eight Balkan League games. From 2004 to 2007, Strahinja Dragicevic played for Partizan Belgrade juniors and also for their second team. He also had experience from Borac Cacak.

Cytavision APOEL sighs up Mandic - by Michael Aristidou

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia had agreed terms with Serbian small forward Vukasin Mandic (200-F/G-82). The player was in AEK Athens last season having 8,8ppg and 2,0rpg. Vukasin Mandic is the fourth player of Christos Stylianidis squad for the new season.Head coach of Cytavision Apoel Nicosia looks to strengh up his team in order to have a good chance for the title next season.


The other admissions are Christodoulos Kaskiris (206-C/F-79) and Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) so far while Georgios Neophytou (193-G-83) has renew his contract and will continue for a second year in the team.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


U16: Czech Republic stay perfect with win over Poland - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16 - Poland U16 78:74

Czech Republic recorded the third straight win at the U16 European Championship. The hosts held off pesky Poland to win preliminary round Group A. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) came up with 12 points, 13 boards and 5 assists to lead Czech Republic. Poland fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the standings.
Czech Republic eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The Czech team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The home team posted a 38:35 halftime advantage. Poland turned things around in the third quarter. The visitors used an 8:1 run to surge ahead midway through the period. Poland rallied to a 60:55 lead with one quarter remaining. Poland grabbed a 7-point lead early in the fourth period but Czech Republic found the way to recover. Radovan Kouril triggered an 8:0 run from the hosts as they pulled in front 68:66. Witlinski responded with a triple to give the lead back to Poland however Soula and Radovan Kouril made it 76:71 for the hosts with 24 seconds remaining. Walczak drained another trey from Poland just to watch Tomas Soukal (200-F-95) convert a layup sealing the victory for Czech Republic. Jiri Dedek (190-F-95) provided 12 points, while Tomas Soukal and Martin Peterka (199-F-95) netted 11 points each in the win. Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Poland. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) had 13 points in defeat.

Czech Republic U16: Radovan Kouril 12+13 boards, Jiri Dedek 12, Tomas Soukal 11, Martin Peterka 11
Poland U16: Damian Jeszke 17, Filip Pruefer 13



Nymburk keeps Michael Lenzly - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Basketball Nymburk announced important news today. The Czech powerhouse penned a one-year contract extension with Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford). The British guard joined Nymburk two years ago from Scafati Basket. He had 13.5 ppg, 3 rpg and 2 apg for two games in Euroleague Qualifying Round last season. Later in EuroCup, Lenzly added 6.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2 apg. In NBL he collected 8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.1 apg. Lenzly won two NBL titles with Nymburk. They also grabbed two trophies in Czech Cup. In 2008/09 season with Scafati, Lenzy averaged 10.6 points and 4 rebounds. He also played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut, APOEL Nicosia, Tenerife and Ventspils in the past. With Ventspils, Lenzly won the Latvian league title in 2005. Michael Lenzly is active member of the British National Team.

U18: Greece edge Czech Republic to keep Divisio A spot - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18 - Czech Republic U18 78:59

Greece ensured their U18 European Championship Division A birth in the next season. They overcame Czech Republic tonight to improve at 3-2 record in Group G. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Czech Republic fell at 2-3 record and would play in Division B next year.
Greece stormed in front midway through the starting quarter. They posted a 28:11 lead at the first break. The Hellenes maintained the lead well enough throughout the second quarter. They posted a 44:23 halftime advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter as Greece secured a 19-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. The Hellenes never slowed down in the fourth term and rolled to a confident win at the end. Emmanouil Tselentakis (195-F-93) nailed 16 points, while Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Petr Herman (204-C-94) had 14 points in defeat.

Greece U18: Giannoulis Larentzakis 22+10 boards, Emmanouil Tselentakis 16, Petros Melissaratos 12
Czech Republic U18: Martin Kriz 20, Petr Herman 14



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  DENMARK   


U18: Denmark shock Sweden in the Scandinavian derby - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Denmark U18 54:78

Denmark shock Sweden in the Scandinavian derby and advanced to Division A for the next year. Denmark won 78:54 and handed the Swedish side their second loss at the tournament that sent them out of the Division A for the next year. Sweden will play for the third place with Montenegro tomorrow, while Denmark and Bulgaria will find out the winner.
Sweden opened the game from the perimeter, but Denmark replied with 7-0 run for 7:3 lead. Kevin Larsen (201-F-93) closed the first period at 19:12, while Andreas Bigum (203-F-93) scored for 25:14. Denmark added another 18-14 in the second frame for 37:26. It seemed the Sweden would bounce back in the second half, but Denmark dominated the court as well. They won the third and the last periods to seal the most important victory.
Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) posted 19. Kevin Larsen nailed 16 and Andreas Bigum scored 6. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) replied with 21 points in the losing case and Jonathan Person (190-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) notched 12.

Sweden U18: Tobias Borg 21, Jonathan Person 12
Denmark U18: Rasmus Larsen 21+11 rebs, Esben Reinholt 19, Kevin Larsen 16, Andreas Bigum 6



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  EL SALVADOR   


ExSal defeats San Marcos - by Jaime Arevalo
In the last game if Liga de Baloncesto de El Salvador, ExSal took the win over better ranked San Marcos, 92-76, after an overtine, this last ended 22-6 after that normal time had ended 70-70. It has been the forst loss in the season for San Marcos, and the main factor was the well game plan and plays organization of ExSal, succesfully coached by Ismael Ochoa
Wilt 30 points, Jose Miguel Torres (184-G/F-91) was the best in ExSal, Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) and Guillermo Ochoa (190-F-93) added 16 pts each. Veteran Salvador Bandek (181-G-78) was the last to surrender in San Marcos, with 15 pts, Manuel Artiga (196-F/C-83) added 12


Standings - Liga Superior
LEBES Standings
 1. Denver 5-1 
 2. San Marcos 5-1 
 3. Leones 4-2 
 4. ExSAL 3-3 
 5. Santa Tecla 3-3 
 6. UTEC 1-5 
 7. Roll Royce 0-6 


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  ESTONIA   


U18: Estonia registered the victory over Israel - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18-Estonia U18 60:76

Estonia registered the victory over Israel at the Classification game for the 5-8 places at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side won 76:60 to face Netherlands tomorrow in the game for the 5th place. Israel meanwhile will play against Hungary for the 7th place.
Estonia won the opening period 18:14 when they led from the start until the end. Altit later tied the game at 20:20 and Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) scored for 32:26. Koulechov became the last one to score in the half for 36:30 for Estonia. Israel however started to play when the teams came back from the lockers. Elias-Pour brought 41:40 and Maayan delivered two for 48:45. The last quarter became decisive in the game as Estonia erupted with 28-15 for the final success.
Janari Joesaar stepped up with 22 points and Rait-Riivo Laane (180-PG-93) netted 17. Kevin Liivamagi (202-F-93) scored 9, while Kustas Poldoja (190-F-93) added 7. Rafael Menco (198-F-94) delivered 13 points in the losing case and Or Solomon (196-F-93) posted 11.

Israel U18: Rafael Menco 13, Or Solomon 11
Estonia U18: Janari Joesaar 22, Rait-Riivo Laane 17, Kevin Liivamagi 9, Kustas Poldoja 7



Aerosvit Cup Kyiv. Estonia thrash Jordan - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Jordan 99:59

Estonia opened win count at the Aerosvit Cup international friendly tournament in Kyiv. They fired past Jordan to improve at 1-1 record. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) came up with 14 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds to pace the winners. Jordan fell at 0-2 record after another heavy defeat.
Estonia quickly surged ahead in the game. The Baltic team posted a 21:12 lead after ten minutes. Estonia increased the tempo in the second stanza. They erupted for 26 points in the period to post a 47:26 halftime lead. More to come in the third frame as Estonia boosted the margin. They unleashed 27 points in the quarter to pile up an unassailable 35-point lead with one quarter remaining. Estonia marched to the victory in the fourth quarter. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) delivered 13 points, while Kaido Saks (205-F-86) and Tanel Kurbas (197-F-88) added 12 points each in the win. Abduallah Abu Qoura (202-C-84) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Jordan. Mohammad Hussein (205-C-90) added 11 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Estonia: Kristo Saage 14, Gregor Arbet 13, Kaido Saks 12, Tanel Kurbas 12
Jordan: Abduallah Abu Qoura 15, Mohammad Hussein 11+13 boards



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


ESL New York City Schedule - Saturday - by Darryl Reshaw
The New York City ESL started in a grand fashion on Friday with some quality talent featured at Saint Peters College.
There are a lot of current professional players and rookie free agents from the graduating class of 2010-11 looking for their first job overseas.

Please see the schedule below:



ESL 2011 New York City Schedule:

Friday July 29th:

11am: 1pm: Registration and Orientation (Saint Peters College Auxiliary Gym)

1pm: 3pm: ESL Team Practices (Auxiliary Gym)

ESL Game Schedule (Friday, July 29th) - (Yanitelli Center)

Game 1: 3:30pm Budapest 84 vs. Helsinki 87
Game 2: 5:00pm Istanbul 97 vs. Kiev 83
Game 3: 6:30pm Moscow 99 vs. Prague 81
Game 4: 8:00pm Riga 93 vs. Stockholm 90

ESL Game Schedule (Saturday, July 30th) (Yanitelli Center)

Game 5: 10:00am Helsinki vs. Istanbul
Game 6: 11:30am Budapest vs. Kiev
Game 7: 1:00pm Moscow vs. Riga
Game 8: 2:30pm Prague vs. Stockholm

ESL Game Schedule (Sunday, July 31th) - (Yanitelli Center)

Game 9: 10:00am Winner G6 vs. Winner G8 5th Place
Game 10: 11:30am Loser G5 vs. Loser G7 3rd Place
Game 11: 1:00pm Winner G5 vs. Winner G7 - Championship
Game 12: 2:30pm Loser G6 vs. Loser G8 7th Place


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  EUROCUP   


Artur Drozdov joins Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash strengthened their frontcourt. They have completed the negotiations and announced the arrival of Artur Drozdov (199-G-80). The 30-year-old forward spent the previous season in Italy. Artur Drozdov played for Vanoli Cremona. He tallied 12.3 points, 5.6 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists per game in Seria A. Previously Artur Drozdov had stints with Budivelnyk, BC Donetsk, BC Kyiv, Pau-Orthez and Avtodor Saratov.


Benetton inks Jeff Adrien - by Eurobasket News
Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) heads to Europe for the second time in his career. The American forward penned a deal with Benetton Treviso. Adrian will have option to leave for NBA during the season.
Jeff Adrien played 22 games for the Golden State Warriors last season averaging 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds. He also spent some time in D-League with Erie BayHawks and Rio Grande Valley Vipers. With the Vipers Adrien had 19.9 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.5 bpg for 22 games. He finished as the best rebounder of the competition. Season 2009/10 Jeff Adrien spent in Spain with Broegan. For 38 games in LEB Gold he had 12.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg. He graduated at the University of Connecticut two years ago. For 36 games as a senior Adrien had 13.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg and 1.7 apg.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Partizan brings in Acie Law - by Eurobasket News
Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) is a new member of Partizan Belgrade. The American point guard penned a one-year deal with his new club. He heads to the reigning Serbian and Adriatic league champion from the Golden State Warriors, where he finished last season. In 40 games with the Warriors, Law averaged 5.1 points and 1.8 assists. He started last season with Golden State and later was traded to Charlotte Bobcats. He also appeared 12 times for the Bulls (5.5 ppg, 1.3 apg), before he returned to Golden State. From 2007 to 2009 Acie Law was a member of Atlanta Hawks. He had 4.2 ppg and 2 apg in their first season together. Law is a product of the Texas A&M University, where he graduated in 2007. He had 18.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 5 apg for them as a senior.

Buducnost signs Milivoje Bozovic - by Eurobasket News
Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85, agency: Beo Basket) is a new member of Buducnost Podgorica. The 25-year-old player signed a deal today. Bozovic heads to Buducnost from Hemofarm Vrsac, where he spent last four years. Last season Bozovic had 5.2 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 17 games in Adriatic league. He also added 8.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg for 19 games in Adriatic league. In EuroCup, Bozovic had 5.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 7 games. In 2009, Bozovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention. He had 9.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg that season. Bozovic joined Hemofarm in 2007 from Mega Ishrana. In the past, he also was a member of Avala Ada, Lavovi and Kasta.

Martynas Gecevicius moves to Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) will continue his career in Greece. The 23-year-old guard has exercised the option in his contract with Lietuvos Rytas and decided to join Olympiakos. Last season Martynas Gecevicius tallied 11.5 points, 3.1 assists, 2.3 boards per game in LKL. In Euroleague the guard notched 11.7 points, 3.0 boards and 2.6 assists per appearance. In Baltic League Martynas Gecevicius posted 9.3 points and 2.0 assists. The guard also delivered 16.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game in VTB League. The guard participated at LKL All-Star Game in 2011. Eurobasket.com named Martynas Gecevicius into Lithuanian LKL 1st Team for the second season in a row. The guard played for Lithuania at the 2010 World Championship. His stats read 6.6 points, 1.4 rebounds per game in Turkey.


Nymburk keeps Michael Lenzly - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Basketball Nymburk announced important news today. The Czech powerhouse penned a one-year contract extension with Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford). The British guard joined Nymburk two years ago from Scafati Basket. He had 13.5 ppg, 3 rpg and 2 apg for two games in Euroleague Qualifying Round last season. Later in EuroCup, Lenzly added 6.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2 apg. In NBL he collected 8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.1 apg. Lenzly won two NBL titles with Nymburk. They also grabbed two trophies in Czech Cup. In 2008/09 season with Scafati, Lenzy averaged 10.6 points and 4 rebounds. He also played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut, APOEL Nicosia, Tenerife and Ventspils in the past. With Ventspils, Lenzly won the Latvian league title in 2005. Michael Lenzly is active member of the British National Team.

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Division A. Preliminary Round ends in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Spain - Greece 64-46
Spain earned the second win at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They held off Greece to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Greece fell at 1-2 record. Agusti Sans (195-F-95) and Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) scored 12 points each to pace the winners. Greece looked the better team in the opening quarter. The Hellenes posted a 15:11 lead at the first break. Sanz opened the second frame with five points in a row to put Spain in charge. They rallied to a 25:21 halftime advantage. Spain opened a 12-point lead midway through the third term. But Greece arrived at the final break trailing by just six points 37:43. Spain never allowed their opponents any closer in the fourth quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Ignasi Moix (180-G-95) netted 11 points in the victory. Georgios Diamantakos (210-C-95) accounted for 15 points for Greece. Nikos Stamatis (190-G-95) netted 7 points in the loss.

Poland - Czech Republic 74-78
Czech Republic recorded the third straight win at the U16 European Championship. The hosts held off pesky Poland to win preliminary round Group A. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) came up with 12 points, 13 boards and 5 assists to lead Czech Republic. Poland fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the standings. Czech Republic eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The Czech team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The home team posted a 38:35 halftime advantage. Poland turned things around in the third quarter. The visitors used an 8:1 run to surge ahead midway through the period. Poland rallied to a 60:55 lead with one quarter remaining. Poland grabbed a 7-point lead early in the fourth period but Czech Republic found the way to recover. Radovan Kouril triggered an 8:0 run from the hosts as they pulled in front 68:66. Witlinski responded with a triple to give the lead back to Poland however Soula and Radovan Kouril made it 76:71 for the hosts with 24 seconds remaining. Walczak drained another trey from Poland just to watch Tomas Soukal (200-F-95) convert a layup sealing the victory for Czech Republic. Jiri Dedek (190-F-95) provided 12 points, while Tomas Soukal and Martin Peterka (199-F-95) netted 11 points each in the win. Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Poland. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) had 13 points in defeat.

Group B
Russia - Montenegro 91-85
Russia earned the second win at the U16 European Championship preliminary round. They outgunned Montenegro to jump at 2-1 record in Group B. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) scored 31 points to pace the winners. Montenegro fell at 0-3 record and would fight against relegation in classification round. The teams got to a flying start. They scored baskets eagerly in the opening quarter. Russia eked out a 29:27 lead after ten minutes. Russia stepped on the gas in the second frame. They cleared off to a 12-point halftime lead 55:43. But Montenegro erupted for 32 points in the third term to narrow the gap to a single point 75:76 with one quarter remaining. Luka Savic and Dozic put the Balkan team in front 80:78 midway through the fourth quarter. Russia immediately responded with a 9:0 rally to pull ahead. Viacheslav Fedorchenko then sank four free throws late in regulation to seal the winning outcome for Russia. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) delivered 23 points and 8 rebounds, while Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) had 10 points in the victory. Stanko Latkovic (184-G-95) answered with 21 points for Montenegro. Luka Savic produced 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in defeat.

Serbia - Germany 68-74
Germany beat Serbia for the second win at the U16 European Championship. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) tallied 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. The victory propelled Germany to 2-1 record in the second place in Group B. Serbia fell at 1-2 record in the third position. Germany grabbed the initiative early on. They posted a 19:13 lead at the first break. But Serbia used a 14:2 run in the second frame to surge ahead. The Balkan team registered a 34:30 halftime lead. Ismet Akpinar organized an 8:0 run as Germany steal a 48:43 lead at the final break. Ismet Akpinar notched 12 points in the fourth term as Germany drove to the victory at the end. David Taylor (188-PG-95) netted 14 points, while Niklas Ney (205-C-95) finished with 13 points for the winners. Marko Guduric responded with 21 points for Serbia. Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Group C
France - Latvia 65-53
France posted the second win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame previously undefeated Latvia to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Latvia fell at 2-1 record in the second position. Paul Rigot (199-F-95) stepped up with 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace Les Bleus. France stiffened their opponents defensively in the first half. France limited Latvia to only 8 points in the opening quarter to build a 16:8 lead. Latvia scored 6 points in the next period to face an 18-point deficit at halftime 14:32. Latvia finally started to show some signs of recovery in the third quarter. They outgunned Les Bleus to cut the deficit to 14 points with one quarter remaining. Rolands Smits (201-C-95) dragged the Baltic team within ten points midway through the final term but France did not allow their opponents to get closer than 6 points in the reminder of the contest rolling to the victory at the end. Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Paul-Lou Duwiquet (193-G-95) added 9 points for the winners. Rolands Smits responded with 13 points for Latvia. Armands Ginters (194-F-95) netted 9 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Ukraine 75-80
Ukraine celebrated the first win at the U16 European Championship. And it came just in the right time. Ukraine outscored Lithuania to punch the last ticket into Qualifying Round from Group C. Lithuania in the meantime slipped at 1-2 record and fell into relegation round. Stanislav Kudrya (186-PG-95) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Stanislav Kudrya unloaded 13 points in the first period as Ukraine grabbed a 31:14 lead. Lithuanua gradually came back to life in the second frame. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) fired 14 points in the second quarter as Lithuania got within 9 points at the interval 37:46. Aidas Kavaliauskas (179-PG-95), Zalalis and Ernestas Serkevicius (178-PG-95) erased the deficit midway through the third term 52:52. Ukraine however did not allow the Baltic side to put their noses in front. Stanislav Medvedenko team entered the final quarter up by three points 63:60. Lithuania increased the pressure and eventually drew things level at 70. Ukraine answere with six points in a row to regain control. Lithuania tried hard to save the game in the dying seconds but Berezhnyy and Prokopenko went deadly from the stripe to bring Ukraine to the victory. Anton Dziuba (201-F-95) netted 17 points in the victory. Edvinas Seskus responded with 23 points and 12 rebounds for Lithuania. Ernestas Serkevicius and Aidas Kavaliauskas provided 12 points each in the loss.

Group D
Croatia - Bulgaria 98-82
Croatia recorded the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They held off Bulgaria to clinch top position in Group D. Bulgaria suffered the third loss in a row and would fight against relegation. Mario Hezonja (200-F-95) paced well-balanced effort with 14 points for Croatia. Croatia gave little hope for Bulgaria right from the start. They built a 19-point lead after ten minutes. Croatia maintained the tempo throughout the second stanza. They posted a 54:29 halftime advantage. Croatia did not allow Bulgaria to take over after the main break. Moreover the margin reached a 29-point mark at the third break. Bulgaria fired 31 points in the fourth frame but hardly threatened the margin. Paolo Marinelli (184-G-95) netted 13 points, while Ivan Bender (201-C-95) and Lovre Basic (180-PG-95) added 11 points each in the victory. Aleksandar Vezenkov (204-F-95) responded with 27 points for Bulgaria. Vassil Stoimenov (198-F-95) finished with 16 points and 6 assists in defeat.

Turkey - Italy 64-52
Turkey registered the second win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame Italy to clinch the second position in Group D. James Birsen (203-F/G-95) scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy fell at 1-2 record in the third spot in the ladder. Turkey dominated in the first period. They outscored Italy 18:8 after ten minutes of action. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They posted a 33:19 halftime lead. Italy went on a 15:3 rally to cut the deficit at 4-point mark 34:38. Turkey stayed in front posting a 48:44 lead with one quarter to go. However James Birsen triggered a 14:2 run from the Turkish team midway through the final quarter as they cleared off for good. Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) nailed 13 points, while Dogukan Sanli (191-G-95) accounted for 9 points in the winning effort. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Italy. Lorenzo Benvenuti (202-F/C-95) netted 15 points in the loss.




M-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Czech Rep.2-0
2. Germany2-0
3. Spain1-1
4. Russia1-1
5. Serbia0-2
6. Greece0-2
Group F
1. Croatia2-0
2. France2-0
3. Latvia1-1
4. Turkey1-1
5. Ukraine0-2
6. Italy0-2
Group G (Places 13-16)
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. Lithuania0-0
3. Montenegro0-0
4. Poland0-0


M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. U.Kingdom3-0
2. Georgia1-1
3. Luxembourg.1-1
4. Romania1-2
5. FYR Macedo.0-2
Group B
1. Holland3-0
2. Slovenia3-0
3. Finland2-1
4. Portugal1-2
5. Austria0-3
6. Cyprus0-3
Group C
1. Hungary3-0
2. Switzerlan.3-0
3. Sweden2-1
4. Armenia1-2
5. Ireland0-3
6. Slovakia0-3
Group D
1. Bosnia2-0
2. Israel2-0
3. Belgium2-1
4. Estonia0-2
5. Denmark0-3


Stats Leaders - Group B
Points Per Game
 Thomas GRUN
  (194-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Grun, LUX24.5 
 2. Hakanson, SWE21.0 
 3. Christodoulo., CYP20.7 
 4. Veenstra, NED18.7 
 5. Buza, BIH17.5 
 6. Hortoglu, ROM17.3 
 7. Abuladze, GEO16.5 
 8. Konstantinov, ARM15.0 
 9. Cobzaru, ROM14.7 
 10. Odabasi, FIN14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Isaias INSALY
  GBS
  (197-F/C-95)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Insaly, POR13.7 
 2. Cobzaru, ROM13.0 
 3. Radivoevich, ARM10.3 
 4. Darakhvelidz., GEO10.0 
 5. Ciordas, ROM9.7 
 6. Cotture, SUI9.7 
 7. Carroll, IRL9.7 
 8. Konstantinov, ARM9.0 
 9. Okoroh, ENG9.0 
 10. Dijkhuizen, NED9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Naor SHARON
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Sharon, ISR6.5 
 2. Perl, HUN5.0 
 3. Nemcok, SVK5.0 
 4. Zahiragic, BIH4.5 
 5. Polukhin, ARM4.3 
 6. Soluade, ENG4.0 
 7. Hakanson, SWE3.7 
 8. Nikolic, SLO3.7 
 9. Cibak, SVK3.5 
 10. Abuladze, GEO3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ludvig HAKANSON
  (187-PG-96)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Hakanson, SWE4.7 
 2. Soluade, ENG4.7 
 3. Ayalon, ISR3.0 
 4. Zahiragic, BIH3.0 
 5. Nemcok, SVK3.0 
 6. Papacostas, CYP2.7 
 7. Hemeleers, BEL2.7 
 8. Markou, CYP2.7 
 9. Nikolic, SLO2.7 
 10. Buza, BIH2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kingsley OKOROH
  (212-C-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Okoroh, ENG4.0 
 2. Cotture, SUI3.0 
 3. Goloman, HUN2.3 
 4. Cobzaru, ROM2.3 
 5. Sagula, SVK2.0 
 6. Soluade, ENG1.7 
 7. Grun, LUX1.5 
 8. Dijkhuizen, NED1.3 
 9. Bergang, SWE1.3 
 10. Sulejmanovic, FIN1.3 


Stats Leaders - Group A
Points Per Game
 Aleksandar VEZENKOV
  (204-F-95)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Vezenkov, BUL25.7 
 2. Fedorchenko, RUS23.0 
 3. Seskus, LTU19.3 
 4. Kouril, CZE19.3 
 5. Hezonja, CRO18.7 
 6. Osman, TUR18.3 
 7. Akpinar, GER17.7 
 8. Djurovic, MNT16.7 
 9. Smits, LAT15.7 
 10. Sizov, RUS15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  (199-F-95)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Peterka, CZE11.7 
 2. Seskus, LTU10.7 
 3. Zganec, CRO10.3 
 4. Diop, ESP10.0 
 5. Ristic, SRB9.3 
 6. Berezhnyy, UKR8.7 
 7. Birsen, TUR8.7 
 8. Vezenkov, BUL8.3 
 9. Inglis, FRA8.3 
 10. Jeszke, POL8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Radovan KOURIL
  (182-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Kouril, CZE6.3 
 2. Martin, ESP6.3 
 3. Rebic, SRB5.7 
 4. Ozmizrak, TUR5.0 
 5. Maccaferri, ITA4.7 
 6. Plavnieks, LAT4.3 
 7. Taylor, GER4.3 
 8. Hezonja, CRO4.0 
 9. Zganec, CRO3.7 
 10. Boyarkin, UKR3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Alberto MARTIN
  (174-G-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Martin, ESP3.7 
 2. Vezenkov, BUL3.3 
 3. Maccaferri, ITA3.3 
 4. Ozmizrak, TUR2.7 
 5. Taylor, GER2.7 
 6. Boyarkin, UKR2.7 
 7. Akele, ITA2.7 
 8. Sanli, TUR2.7 
 9. Osman, TUR2.7 
 10. Liapis, GRE2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilimane DIOP
  (210-C-95)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Diop, ESP4.3 
 2. Vezenkov, BUL2.0 
 3. Benvenuti, ITA2.0 
 4. Stoimenov, BUL1.7 
 5. Prokopenko, UKR1.7 
 6. Wimberg, GER1.3 
 7. Charalampopo., GRE1.3 
 8. Diamantakos, GRE1.0 
 9. Slanina, CZE1.0 
 10. Liapis, GRE1.0 


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Standings Division A
Standings
Group E
1. Poland4-1
2. Turkey3-2
3. Serbia3-2
4. Croatia3-2
5. Slovenia1-4
6. Germany1-4
Group F
1. Spain5-0
2. France4-1
3. Lithuania3-2
4. Italy2-3
5. Russia1-4
6. Latvia0-5
Group G (places 13-16)
1. Ukraine4-1
2. Greece2-2
3. Czech Rep.2-2
4. Finland1-4


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Chris NDOW
  (195-F/G-93)
  Avg: 23
 1. Ndow, NOR23.0 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK22.0 
 3. Ivanov, BUL19.7 
 4. Borg, SWE17.0 
 5. Olah, ROM16.7 
 6. Reinholt, DEN16.3 
 7. N''Dumba-C., SUI16.2 
 8. Solomon, ISR16.1 
 9. Callenbach, POR15.0 
 10. Gaillard, SUI14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clint N''DUMBA-CAPELA
  SUI
  (202-F-94)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. N''Dumba-C., SUI16.8 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK13.3 
 3. Olah, ROM13.0 
 4. Burjanadze, GEO11.7 
 5. Filip, ROM11.0 
 6. Magarity, SWE9.6 
 7. Larsen, DEN9.0 
 8. Eliasson, SWE9.0 
 9. Mollekens, BEL8.4 
 10. Thomas-E., ENG8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Krajcovic, SVK8.3 
 2. Cristiean, ROM5.5 
 3. Ventura, POR5.2 
 4. Kasalica, MNT4.8 
 5. Karamfilov, BUL4.7 
 6. Maayan, ISR4.1 
 7. Filip, ROM4.0 
 8. Person, SWE3.9 
 9. Novysedlak, SVK3.8 
 10. Spencer, ENG3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Krajcovic, SVK5.2 
 2. Laane, EST3.9 
 3. Wilk, AUT3.0 
 4. Borg, SWE3.0 
 5. Jakab, HUN2.8 
 6. Ndow, NOR2.7 
 7. Reinholt, DEN2.6 
 8. Menco, ISR2.6 
 9. Gvozden, AUT2.4 
 10. Ivanovic, MNT2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  SVK
  (215-C-93)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK4.2 
 2. Magarity, SWE4.1 
 3. Olah, ROM3.0 
 4. Kok, NED2.3 
 5. N''Dumba-C., SUI2.2 
 6. Larsen, DEN1.9 
 7. Pavic, MNT1.5 
 8. Dimitrov, BUL1.3 
 9. Bleeker, NED1.2 
 10. Graham, ENG1.2 


Stats Leaders Div. A
Points Per Game
 Martin KRIZ
  (202-F-93)
  Avg: 19
 1. Kriz, CZE19.0 
 2. Larentzakis, GRE18.1 
 3. Della Valle, ITA17.7 
 4. Gerun, UKR17.4 
 5. Rupnik, SLO16.8 
 6. Artamonov, UKR16.6 
 7. Ponitka, POL15.9 
 8. Caven, FIN14.9 
 9. Brzoja, CRO13.9 
 10. Fernandez, ESP13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin KRIZ
  (202-F-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Kriz, CZE11.7 
 2. Gerun, UKR11.3 
 3. Diez, ESP10.8 
 4. Gudumak, RUS9.1 
 5. Jaiteh, FRA8.9 
 6. Trushkin, RUS8.0 
 7. Kymantas, LTU7.9 
 8. Karnowski, POL7.9 
 9. Kyzlink, CZE7.8 
 10. Ponitka, POL7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Rupnik, SLO5.3 
 2. Artamonov, UKR5.3 
 3. Fernandez, ESP4.8 
 4. Deligeorgis, GRE4.5 
 5. Schroeder, GER4.4 
 6. Micic, SRB4.4 
 7. Miljenovic, SRB4.0 
 8. Reinfelds, LAT3.6 
 9. Grochowski, POL3.4 
 10. Eroglu, TUR3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Klym ARTAMONOV
  UKR
  (176-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Artamonov, UKR3.1 
 2. Deligeorgis, GRE3.0 
 3. Bekteshi, GER2.6 
 4. Ramljak, CRO2.6 
 5. Brzoja, CRO2.4 
 6. Paliukenas, LTU2.4 
 7. Caven, FIN2.4 
 8. Kobets, UKR2.3 
 9. Micic, SRB2.3 
 10. Monaldi, ITA2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Volodymyr GERUN
  (205-C/F-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gerun, UKR2.0 
 2. Karnowski, POL1.8 
 3. Tessitori, ITA1.5 
 4. Gudaitis, LTU1.5 
 5. Grazulis, LAT1.3 
 6. Gielo, POL1.1 
 7. Caven, FIN1.1 
 8. Gudumak, RUS1.1 
 9. Reinfelds, LAT1.0 
 10. Kymantas, LTU1.0 


Denmark and Bulgaria head to Division A for year 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Semifinal
Bulgaria - Montenegro 67-54
Bulgaria U18 head to Division A for the next year as they won the Semifinal clash over Montenegro. The hosts of the U18 European Championship in Division B won 67:54 and will face Denmark in the Final game tomorrow. Montenegro meanwhile will play with Sweden for the third spot. Bulgaria was the favorites of the game and had 1000 fans to support. It was noticeable after the first period when Bulgaria took 16:13 and Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 28:23. Another five points from the top-player saw the board showing 33:26 and Ivan Fatic (185-PG-93) closed the half at 33:30. Montenegro was far to give up and produced 15-13 in the third frame to reduce to 46:45. A 10-1 start of the last stanza brought the victory for the home side. Pavlin Ivanov erupted with 33 points and Tenchev added 9 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 16 points in defeat and Pavic netted 9.

Sweden - Denmark 54-78
Denmark shock Sweden in the Scandinavian derby and advanced to Division A for the next year. Denmark won 78:54 and handed the Swedish side their second loss at the tournament that sent them out of the Division A for the next year. Sweden will play for the third place with Montenegro tomorrow, while Denmark and Bulgaria will find out the winner. Sweden opened the game from the perimeter, but Denmark replied with 7-0 run for 7:3 lead. Kevin Larsen (201-F-93) closed the first period at 19:12, while Bigum scored for 25:14. Denmark added another 18-14 in the second frame for 37:26. It seemed the Sweden would bounce back in the second half, but Denmark dominated the court as well. They won the third and the last periods to seal the most important victory. Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) posted 19. Kevin Larsen nailed 16 and Bigum scored 6. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) replied with 21 points in the losing case and Person notched 12.



5-8 places
Hungary - Holland 47-52
Holland won the Classification game for the 5-8 places at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team won the defensive game over Hungary 52:47 and will face Estonia tomorrow for the 5th place. Hungary meanwhile will play against Israel for the 7th spot. The first periods proved the defensive skills of both teams as only Asztalos's free throw brought 15:12 at the end of the period. The Dutch team replied with 20-7 in the second frame for 32:22 at the halftime. Nagy reduced to 28:34 and Shane Hammink (198-G-94) scored for 36:28. Dexter Hope (180-G-93) closed the third frame at 41:32 as Hungary won the period 10-9. In the fourth period Hungary also added 15-11 but it was not enough for the total success. Olaf Schaftenaar (205-C-93) paced all the winners with 16 points, while Mike Schilder (183-PG-94) collected 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Jakab brought 21 points and Kovacs scored 7.

Israel - Estonia 60-76
Estonia registered the victory over Israel at the Classification game for the 5-8 places at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side won 76:60 to face Netherlands tomorrow in the game for the 5th place. Israel meanwhile will play against Hungary for the 7th place. Estonia won the opening period 18:14 when they led from the start until the end. Altit later tied the game at 20:20 and Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) scored for 32:26. Koulechov became the last one to score in the half for 36:30 for Estonia. Israel however started to play when the teams came back from the lockers. Ram Elias-Pour (208-C-93) brought 41:40 and Maayan delivered two for 48:45. The last quarter became decisive in the game as Estonia erupted with 28-15 for the final success. Janari Joesaar stepped up with 22 points and Laane netted 17. Kevin Liivamagi (202-F-93) scored 9, while Poldoja added 7. Menco delivered 13 points in the losing case and Solomon Or posted 11.


15th place
Georgia - Norway 70-47
Georgia clinched the 15th position, Norway is one step lower at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Georgian team erupted with 70:47 win in the game for 15-16 places in Varna. Lobjanidze gave Georgia 10:2 lead in the opening tip, but it was too early to celebrate. Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) closed the period at 17:16 as Norway came back with 15-6 run. In the second period Georgia limited the opponents to just six points and grabbed 31:23 halftime advantage. Another 16-7 in the third quarter gave the winners 47:30 lead after thirty minutes. Grdzelidze nailed from the perimeter for 50:33 and Kvantaliani brought 56:35. Georgia added 23-17 in the last stanza for the final success. Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Tsirekidze scored 11. Chris Ndow ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Fjaerestad notched 6.

17th place
Luxembourg - Austria 87-76
Luxembourg escapes the last spot in Division B and sent Austria to the 18th spot in their last game at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Luxembourg finished on the 17th spot after 87:76 victory in Varna. It was the last game for both teams in Varna and they both tried hard to finish on a good note. Luxembourg and Austria exchanged the leads several times in the opening period as Welter closed it at 22:20. Kolb tied it at 27:27, while Tom Steffen (187-F-93) scored for 35:35. Melcher was the last to post int he half, while his team trailed 40:42 before the big break. The second half however belonged to Luxembourg. The latter won the third period 22-11 and added 25-23 int he last stanza. Gilles Polfer (189-F-93) paced all the winners with 24 points and 9 rebounds, while Tom Steffen collected 17 points and 12 boards. Laurent notched 14 and Hoeser posted 11. Gregor Wilk (178-G-93) delivered 20 in defeat and Bauer scored 12.




Serbia and Spain advance into title game in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
SEMIFINALS
Italy - Serbia 61-67
Serbia will play in U18 European Championship Final. They overcame Italy in a dramatic semifinal clash in Wroclaw tonight. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists to lead the effort. Italy made it look easy early in the game. The Azzurri grabbed a 17:3 lead midway through the opening quarter. Italy rallied to a 24:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy boosted the gap to 15 points early in the second frame. Serbia crowned the first half with three points to narrow the deficit at 9-point mark 24:33. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94), Veccia and Falluca gave Italy a 16-point lead early in the third term. But Serbia capped the period with eight points in a row to cut the deficit at 6-point mark. Nenad Miljenovic finally drew things level at 54 with just over three minutes remaining. Milosevic and Nikola Jankovic (203-F/C-94) put Serbia in charge 58:54 with under two minutes remaining. Magrini, Monaldi and Chillo put the Azzurri back in front 59:58 but Popovski and Nenad Miljenovic accounted for next 9 points as Serbia ran away with victory at the end. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Jankovic produced 11 points each in the win. Matteo Imbro responded with 19 points for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) netted 11 points and grabbed 14 boards in defeat.

Spain - Turkey 77-54
Spain recorded the eighth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Turkey to reach the championship game. Spain will take on Serbia tomorrow. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) stepped up with 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Turkey will play against Italy in the consolation final on Sunday. It was all about Spain from start to finish. They posted a 19:5 lead after ten minutes of action. The margin grew at 23-point mark midway through the second term. Spain arrived at halftime up by 24 points 40:16. Turkey struggled to restore intrigue in this one after the big break. They faced a 23-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Spain did not slow down in the fourth period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) provided 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Josep Perez (183-PG-94) added 10 points in the victory. Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93) responded with 15 points for Turkey. Talat Altunbey (202-F-94) netted 10 points in defeat.

5-8 place
Croatia - Lithuania 60-87
Lithuania brushed past Croatia in the classification round of U18 European Championship. The Baltic team will now take on the winners of Poland vs. France clash for the fifth overall place. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) stepped up with 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead Lithuania to the victory. Lithuania capped the opening frame with four points in a row to take a 21:13 lead. Lithuania tipped off the second term on a 9:2 run to boost the margin. The Baltic side established a 41:32 halftime lead. Lithuania knocked down 11 unanswered points early in the third quarter as the lead grew at 20-point mark. Lithuania entered the fourth quarter up by 21 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marius Grigonis (194-F-94) nailed 16 points for Lithuania. Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Croatia. Matej Buovac (198-G/F-93) netted 11 points in the loss.

Poland - France 70-66
Poland outscored France in the classification round of U18 European Championship. The hosts will now play against Lithuania for the fifth place at the tournament. France will wrap up their campaign against Croatia tomorrow. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. France ensured an 18:12 lead late in the starting quarter. Poland opened the second quarter on a 10:2 run to surge ahead. Poland maintained the lead throughout the second frame posting a 36:31 halftime advantage. France responded with a 13:0 run midway through the third term as Les Bleus made it 50:42. But Poland spurred back in front earning a 55:50 advantage at the final break. The hosts triggered an 8:1 rally at the beginning of the final period to clear off to a 12-point cushion. France cut the deficit at just two points with 57 seconds remaining but Mateusz Ponitka and Szymkiewicz sank three free throws in the dying seconds to bring Poland to the victory. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) knocked down 13 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) added 10 points for the hosts. Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) responded with 18 points for Les Bleus. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) delivered 17 points in defeat.

Group G
Finland - Ukraine 52-75
Ukraine registered the fourth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Finland to improve at 4-1 record in Group G. Ukraine thus secured their Division A birth for the next season. Finland will play in Division B next year. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) tallied 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners. Ukraine and Finland stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine capped the period with six points in a row to take a 20:18 lead. Finland used a 7:0 rally midway through the second quarter to surge ahead. The Finnish team posted a 36:34 halftime lead. Ukraine opened the second half with ten unanswered points to regain the lead. They maintained the lead and registered a 53:46 advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine went on a 22:2 surge at the start of the fourth period to leave Finland far behind and never looked back en route to the victory. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) tallied 15 points, 11 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Andriy Kobets (182-G-93), Illya Zhukovsky (190-F-93) and Oleksandr Furs (198-F-93) netted 10 points each in the victory. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) and Ilari Seppala (190-G-93) responded with 11 points each for Finland. Tommi Huolila (199-F-93) netted 10 points in defeat.

Greece - Czech Republic 78-59
Greece ensured their U18 European Championship Division A birth in the next season. They overcame Czech Republic tonight to improve at 3-2 record in Group G. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Czech Republic fell at 2-3 record and would play in Division B next year. Greece stormed in front midway through the starting quarter. They posted a 28:11 lead at the first break. The Hellenes maintained the lead well enough throughout the second quarter. They posted a 44:23 halftime advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter as Greece secured a 19-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. The Hellenes never slowed down in the fourth term and rolled to a confident win at the end. Emmanouil Tselentakis (195-F-93) nailed 16 points, while Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Petr Herman (204-C-94) had 14 points in defeat.




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U18: Ukraine burst out late, topple Finland - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18 - Finland U18 75:52

Ukraine registered the fourth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Finland to improve at 4-1 record in Group G. Ukraine thus secured their Division A birth for the next season. Finland will play in Division B next year. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) tallied 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners.
Ukraine and Finland stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine capped the period with six points in a row to take a 20:18 lead. Finland used a 7:0 rally midway through the second quarter to surge ahead. The Finnish team posted a 36:34 halftime lead. Ukraine opened the second half with ten unanswered points to regain the lead. They maintained the lead and registered a 53:46 advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine went on a 22:2 surge at the start of the fourth period to leave Finland far behind and never looked back en route to the victory. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) tallied 15 points, 11 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Andriy Kobets (182-G-93), Illya Zhukovsky (190-F-93) and Oleksandr Furs (198-F-93) netted 10 points each in the victory. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) and Ilari Seppala (190-G-93) responded with 11 points each for Finland. Tommi Huolila (199-F-93) netted 10 points in defeat.

Ukraine U18: Vladimir Gerun 23+14 boards, Klym Artamonov 15+11 assists, Andriy Kobets 10, Illya Zhukovsky 10, Oleksandr Furs 10
Finland U18: Joonas Caven 11, Ilari Seppala 11



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Orleans returns Cedrick Banks - by Eurobasket News
Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) is back to Orleans after one year. The American guard signed a deal for the 2011/12 season. He spent the last one with Limoges CSP Elite. For 17 games in ProA Banks had 9.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.4 apg. They parted ways in December. Banks was a member of Orleans from 2008 until the last summer. He averaged 13 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 14 Euroleague games, season 2009/10. He also added 15.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 3.3 apg for the club in ProA. Before Orleans, Banks played for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion, Nancy and Besancon. He graduated at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2005. Cedrick Banks was Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year -06. In 2010, he led Orleans to French Cup trophy and ProA Finals. He was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention -10.

U16: France hand Latvia first loss in Hradec Kralove - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Latvia U16 65:53

France posted the second win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame previously undefeated Latvia to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Latvia fell at 2-1 record in the second position. Paul Rigot (199-F-95) stepped up with 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace Les Bleus.
France stiffened their opponents defensively in the first half. France limited Latvia to only 8 points in the opening quarter to build a 16:8 lead. Latvia scored 6 points in the next period to face an 18-point deficit at halftime 14:32. Latvia finally started to show some signs of recovery in the third quarter. They outgunned Les Bleus to cut the deficit to 14 points with one quarter remaining. Rolands Smits (201-C-95) dragged the Baltic team within ten points midway through the final term but France did not allow their opponents to get closer than 6 points in the reminder of the contest rolling to the victory at the end. Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Paul-Lou Duwiquet (193-G-95) added 9 points for the winners. Rolands Smits responded with 13 points for Latvia. Armands Ginters (194-F-95) netted 9 points in the loss.

France U16: Paul Rigot 17+11 boards, Arthur Rozenfeld 16, Paul-Lou Duwiquet 9
Latvia U16: Rolands Smits 13, Armands Ginters 9



U18: Poland overcome France in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18 - France U18 70:66

Poland outscored France in the classification round of U18 European Championship. The hosts will now play against Lithuania for the fifth place at the tournament. France will wrap up their campaign against Croatia tomorrow. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
France ensured an 18:12 lead late in the starting quarter. Poland opened the second quarter on a 10:2 run to surge ahead. Poland maintained the lead throughout the second frame posting a 36:31 halftime advantage. France responded with a 13:0 run midway through the third term as Les Bleus made it 50:42. But Poland spurred back in front earning a 55:50 advantage at the final break. The hosts triggered an 8:1 rally at the beginning of the final period to clear off to a 12-point cushion. France cut the deficit at just two points with 57 seconds remaining but Mateusz Ponitka and Szymkiewicz sank three free throws in the dying seconds to bring Poland to the victory. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) knocked down 13 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) added 10 points for the hosts. Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) responded with 18 points for Les Bleus. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) delivered 17 points in defeat.

Poland U18: Mateusz Ponitka 21+10 boards, Michal Michalak 13, Przemyslaw Karnowski 10
France U18: Jean-Charles Livio 18, Hugo Invernizzi 17



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Italy edge FYR Macedonia in Trofeo Gianatti opener - by Eurobasket News
Italy - FYR Macedonia 89:70

Italy opened Trofeo Gianatti international tournament win victory. The hosts knocked down FYR Macedonia in Bormio yesterday. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) scored 16 points to pace the winners. Italy will now take on Bulgaria in the final.
Italy dominated in the opening period. They limited FYR Macedonia to just 6 points in the stanza to post a 12-point lead at the first break. Italy maintained the tempo in the second quarter. They posted a 41:28 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Italy entered the final period up by 13 points. The Azzurri did not slow down and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) delivered 15 points, while Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) added 12 points in the victory. Predrag Samardjiski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for FYR Macedonia. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) had 13 points in defeat.

Italy: Marco Belinelli 16, Danilo Gallinari 15, Stefano Mancinelli 12
FYR Macedonia: Predrag Samardjiski 14, Vojdan Stojanovski 13



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U18: Georgia clinched the 15th position, Norway is one step lower - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U18-Norway U18 70:47

Georgia clinched the 15th position, Norway is one step lower at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Georgian team erupted with 70:47 win in the game for 15-16 places in Varna.
Lobjanidze gave Georgia 10:2 lead in the opening tip, but it was too early to celebrate. Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) closed the period at 17:16 as Norway came back with 15-6 run. In the second period Georgia limited the opponents to just six points and grabbed 31:23 halftime advantage. Another 16-7 in the third quarter gave the winners 47:30 lead after thirty minutes. Grdzelidze nailed from the perimeter for 50:33 and Kvantaliani brought 56:35. Georgia added 23-17 in the last stanza for the final success.
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) scored 11. Chris Ndow ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Espen Fjaerestad (189-G-94) notched 6.

Georgia U18: Beka Burjanadze 14+14 rebs, Giorgi Tsirekidze 11
Norway U18: Chris Ndow 23, Espen Fjaerestad 6




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Gotha Rockets land Tim Jarmusz - by Moritz Korff
The Gotha Rockets (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have completed the signing of a second import player for the 2011-12 season: Tim Jarmusz (198-G/F) has been handed a contract for the upcoming campaign, the club tells on its website. Jarmusz is a versatile guard/forward out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He had a four year-NCAA career at Division 1 program University of Wisconsin. With the Badgers he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 twice: in 2008 and 2011. Jarmusz served as a role player on the Wisconsin team. He played 34 games (21 starts) as a senior and averaged 3.9 points as well as 2.2 rebounds per contest.

Sanijay Watts Moves From Rhondorf To USC Heidelberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to www.basketportal.com, Sanijay Watts (193-F-87, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Missouri) will move up from the PRO B to the PRO A and play for USC Heidelberg this season. Watts is a 23 year old 1903 cm forward from St Lousi, Missouri. He is an outstanding inside scorer, who is almost unstoppable on the block with his right hand jump hook and his turnaround jump shot, works extremely hard on both sides of the floor and runs the court well. He is a very active player who outworks his opponents, likes to draw contact with his defender to score or to draw a foul and possesses a good midrange jump shot and is a great from the line. Last season, he played for the Soba Dragons Rhoendorf (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: Score-5 (17.7ppg), Reb-4 (8.7rpg), 2.1apg, FGP: 54.7%, FT: 69.4%. He produced 15 double doubles and scored in double figurs 28 times out of 31 games for the Dragons. He played at Cent.Missouri (NCAA2) and in his senior year played 31 games: 21.7ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 57.3%, FT: 77.7%. He was the only two-year player in school history to record more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, finishing with 1,214 points and 507 boards. He was selected to the NCAA South Central Region All-Tournament team after leading the tournament with 28.3 points per game...He played in the NABC Division II All-Star Game in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, earning MVP honors with 21 points... Central Missouri finished its season with a 27-4 record and won its first out-right MIAA title since 1984. They broke the MIAA record for wins (18-2) and tied the school record with 25 regular season victories. Awards/Achievements in his career have been MIAA Regular Season Runner-Up -09, MIAA Tournament Winner -09, All-MIAA 1st Team -09, 10,NABC NCAA D2 All-America South Central District 1st Team -09, NCAA D2 Final Four -09, NCAA D2 All-America Honorable Mention (by Division II Bulletin) -09, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-South Central Region Player of the Year -10, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-South Central Region 1st Team -10NABC Division II All-South Central Region 1st Team -10, MIAA Regular Season Champion -10, All-MIAA Player of the Year -10, NABC Division II All-America Team -10NCAA D2 Sweet 16 -10, NABC Division II All-Star Game -10, Daktronics Division II All-America 1st Team -10, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -11

Source: www.basketballportal.com




U16: Germany outmuscle Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 - Serbia U16 74:68

Germany beat Serbia for the second win at the U16 European Championship. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) tallied 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. The victory propelled Germany to 2-1 record in the second place in Group B. Serbia fell at 1-2 record in the third position.
Germany grabbed the initiative early on. They posted a 19:13 lead at the first break. But Serbia used a 14:2 run in the second frame to surge ahead. The Balkan team registered a 34:30 halftime lead. Ismet Akpinar organized an 8:0 run as Germany steal a 48:43 lead at the final break. Ismet Akpinar notched 12 points in the fourth term as Germany drove to the victory at the end. David Taylor (188-PG-95) netted 14 points, while Niklas Ney (205-C-95) finished with 13 points for the winners. Marko Guduric (193-G-95) responded with 21 points for Serbia. Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Germany U16: Ismet Akpinar 20, David Taylor 14, Niklas Ney 13
Serbia U16: Marko Guduric 21, Dusan Ristic 13



Omari Knox's preparation for a new job: "I shoot at least 500 shots a day" - by Moritz Korff
Omari Knox (188-G-86, college: Bloomfield) scored 22.7 points per contest for the Dachau Spurs in this past season and helped the Bavarian team to emerge as a title contender in the 1. Regionalliga South-East. After his second year in Dachau, which saw him being named to the Eurobasket.com All-RLSO Second Team, the 2009 graduate of Bloomfield College (NCAA Division 2) decided, that it's time to move on. The 24-year-old combo guard is currently looking for new challenges.

What does the new rule, which limits the number of import players to one per team in the Regionalliga, mean for your effort to find a new team to play?
The new rule in the Regionalliga South-East didn't have a major affect on me, because I planned on moving up to a higher league after this past season. In the worst case scenario I would go back, just in order to stay in Europe (Germany) but I really didn't intend to play in the Regionalliga for a third year.

Do you think any team of the 1. Regionalliga South-East had a better one-two punch than Dachau with you and Anthony Pettaway?
No I don't think any other team had a better one-two punch than Anthony and I. There were a few really good duos in the league, but I think we developed a chemistry over the past two years that made us hard to stop.

The Dachau Spurs had a stellar campaign in the RLSO last year. What has been crucial for the team's success?
The opportunity to keep a core group of guys together to play a second year was a major reason for our success. In the previous season (2009-2010) we had a lot of players come and go but developed a chemistry late in the season winning the last 5 games. When Anthony and I made the decision to return to Dachau for a second season it made a few of the other players decide to come back to play with us.

Do you feel ready to play in a higher league following the years that you had in Dachau?
I feel more than ready to play in a higher league this upcoming season. I have established myself in the Regionalliga. I was unsure after the first season in Dachau, whether or not I should try to move up but I think it was best for me to return for a second season to grow as a player and gain more experience. I know quite a few players now playing in the Pro B that I would love an opportunity to compete against. The higher leagues (unlike the Regionalliga) have playoffs which I feel makes things much more competitive.

Why should a team sign Omari Knox for the 2011-12 season?
Any team that signs Omari Knox this season will be getting plenty. I'm a versatile player who can play both guard positions on both ends of the floor. I can score, run an offense and also make plays for teammates. I also get plenty of rebounds for anybody my size (at 6'2) which help out the inside players. I'm the type of player who will be ready to work from Day 1. I show leadership on and off the court and I'm unselfish. At times in the past could have been a bit too unselfish.

How did you spend the summer so far and what did you do in order to stay in shape?
I enjoy all the time at home that I can spend with my family and friends but most of my days are spent in the gym. Since I returned home in mid-April, I have been working out everyday at my former college (Bloomfield) as well as at a local YMCA down the street from my house. I shoot at least 500 shots a day. Then I play some competitive games of full court one-on-one with a few of my former college teammates Danny Terrell and two-time All-American Gage Daye who just finished a stellar career at BC) After our one-on-ones we all go in the weight room and lift for about an hour and a half. I either stick around the gym and shoot a little more or head home. I also play in a few summer leagues in NY and NJ during the week as well as the weekends.

Omari can be contacted at omari_knox@yahoo.com


The Basketball Pride Of Hagen Bernd The Storch Kruel Stays With Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It is always nice to see when a player stays with one team for a long time instead of jumping over board and leaving after a year, but for Bernd Kruel (210-C/F-76) the city of Hagen has been his real basketball home. Kruel is a 35 year old 210cm power forward/center that will be playing his 15th year there. After starting his basketball career in 1993 for Brandt Hagen, he played there until 2004, before having much shorter intermezzos with the Frankfurt Opel Skyliners and The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Kruel returned to Phoenix Hagen in 2008. he might be 35, but is still a valuable player from the bench and helps the younge rplayers with his experience. Last season, he played 33 games: 6.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 57.2%, FT: 70.8%. 'Bernd Kruel knows his role very well and was very strong at the end of the season. He is a routine player and game smart and always knows a answer in the low post', stressed Phoenix hagen head coach Ingo Freyer . Awards/Achievements in his career have been German U22 National Team -98, European Championships Under22 -98German All-Star Game -00, Eurobasket.com German All-Domestic Players 2nd Team -00, German DBB Cup Finalist -02, 04, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -05, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Domestic Players Team -05, German Bundesliga Finalist -05, 08, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Domestic Player of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Center of the Year -09, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Runner-Up -09, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -11

Source: Phoenix Hagen






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Martynas Gecevicius moves to Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) will continue his career in Greece. The 23-year-old guard has exercised the option in his contract with Lietuvos Rytas and decided to join Olympiakos. Last season Martynas Gecevicius tallied 11.5 points, 3.1 assists, 2.3 boards per game in LKL. In Euroleague the guard notched 11.7 points, 3.0 boards and 2.6 assists per appearance. In Baltic League Martynas Gecevicius posted 9.3 points and 2.0 assists. The guard also delivered 16.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game in VTB League. The guard participated at LKL All-Star Game in 2011. Eurobasket.com named Martynas Gecevicius into Lithuanian LKL 1st Team for the second season in a row. The guard played for Lithuania at the 2010 World Championship. His stats read 6.6 points, 1.4 rebounds per game in Turkey.


U16: Spain too much to handle for Greece - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Greece U16 64:46

Spain earned the second win at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They held off Greece to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Greece fell at 1-2 record. Agusti Sans (195-F-95) and Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) scored 12 points each to pace the winners.
Greece looked the better team in the opening quarter. The Hellenes posted a 15:11 lead at the first break. Sanz opened the second frame with five points in a row to put Spain in charge. They rallied to a 25:21 halftime advantage. Spain opened a 12-point lead midway through the third term. But Greece arrived at the final break trailing by just six points 37:43. Spain never allowed their opponents any closer in the fourth quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Ignasi Moix (180-G-95) netted 11 points in the victory. Georgios Diamantakos (210-C-95) accounted for 15 points for Greece. Nikos Stamatis (190-G-95) netted 7 points in the loss.

Spain U16: Agusti Sans 12, Ilimane Diop 12, Ignasi Moix 11
Greece U16: Georgios Diamantakos 15, Nikos Stamatis 7



Ikaros Kallitheas sign Sensley and Tsiaras - by George Fragkos
Except from Olympiakos and Panathinaikos the only Greek club that has already started 'building' next year's team is Ikaros Kallitheas. The people in charge of the team from Athens, which stayed clear from relegation last season, are determined to make it even stronger so that it can make an attempt to be among the eight best teams in A1 league and enter the playoffs.

Ikaros have already signed two players who made good performances last season, Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Hawaii) from GS Peristeri and Giorgos Tsiaras (207-C/F-82) from Panionios Telecom. Sensley helped a lot Peristeri to record some wins and get away from the relegation zone up to January, when he decided to move to Turkish Bornova. Moreover, Tsiaras was a member of the starting five in Panionios, having an average of 9.3 points and 3 rebounds per game.

The next target of the team which is guided by Aris Likogiannis (agency: FCM ) is also a player well-known to the Greek fans, William Keys. Keys has played both for AEL and Marousi a few years ago, making a great impression with both of them. Last year he moved to the Ukrainian Superleague to play for Budivelnyk, a team that won the national championship.



U18: Greece edge Czech Republic to keep Divisio A spot - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18 - Czech Republic U18 78:59

Greece ensured their U18 European Championship Division A birth in the next season. They overcame Czech Republic tonight to improve at 3-2 record in Group G. Giannoulis Larentzakis (196-G/F-93) tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Czech Republic fell at 2-3 record and would play in Division B next year.
Greece stormed in front midway through the starting quarter. They posted a 28:11 lead at the first break. The Hellenes maintained the lead well enough throughout the second quarter. They posted a 44:23 halftime advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter as Greece secured a 19-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. The Hellenes never slowed down in the fourth term and rolled to a confident win at the end. Emmanouil Tselentakis (195-F-93) nailed 16 points, while Petros Melissaratos (202-C/F-93) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Martin Kriz (202-F-93) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Petr Herman (204-C-94) had 14 points in defeat.

Greece U18: Giannoulis Larentzakis 22+10 boards, Emmanouil Tselentakis 16, Petros Melissaratos 12
Czech Republic U18: Martin Kriz 20, Petr Herman 14



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U18: Holland won the Classification game for the 5-8 places over Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18-Netherlands U18 47:52

Holland won the Classification game for the 5-8 places at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team won the defensive game over Hungary 52:47 and will face Estonia tomorrow for the 5th place. Hungary meanwhile will play against Israel for the 7th spot.
The first periods proved the defensive skills of both teams as only Asztalos's free throw brought 15:12 at the end of the period. The Dutch team replied with 20-7 in the second frame for 32:22 at the halftime. Nagy reduced to 28:34 and Hammink scored for 36:28. Hope closed the third frame at 41:32 as Hungary won the period 10-9. In the fourth period Hungary also added 15-11 but it was not enough for the total success.
Olaf Schaftenaar (205-C-93) paced all the winners with 16 points, while Mike Schilder (183-PG-94) collected 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Peter Jakab (187-G-93) brought 21 points and Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) scored 7.

Hungary U18: Peter Jakab 21, Adam Kovacs 7
Netherlands U18: Olaf Schaftenaar 16, Mike Schilder 13+10 rebs+6 ast, Van Der Ark 9



Dutch U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Jaron Dijkhuizen
Dijkhuizen
Pim De Vries
Vries
Bas Veenstra
Veenstra
Stefan Topalovic
Topalovic
Willem Brandwijk
Brandwijk
#e#5
4 Tom de Haas 183-PG-96
5 Yannick Brunink 185-PG-95
6 Jaron Dijkhuizen 195-F-95
7 Pim De Vries 195-F-95
8 Mick Fleuren 180-G-95
9 Yannick Franke 185-G-96
10 Bas Veenstra 204-F-95 GasTerra Holland
11 Emil Van Veen 185-G-95
12 Stefan Topalovic 186-G-95 Eiffel Towers Holland
13 Daan Rosenmuller 193-F-95
14 Willem Brandwijk 204-F-95
15 Mike Hogervorst 207-C-95

Martin Scheltes Head Coach
Eric Kropf Assistant


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U18: Holland won the Classification game for the 5-8 places over Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18-Netherlands U18 47:52

Holland won the Classification game for the 5-8 places at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team won the defensive game over Hungary 52:47 and will face Estonia tomorrow for the 5th place. Hungary meanwhile will play against Israel for the 7th spot.
The first periods proved the defensive skills of both teams as only Asztalos's free throw brought 15:12 at the end of the period. The Dutch team replied with 20-7 in the second frame for 32:22 at the halftime. Nagy reduced to 28:34 and Hammink scored for 36:28. Hope closed the third frame at 41:32 as Hungary won the period 10-9. In the fourth period Hungary also added 15-11 but it was not enough for the total success.
Olaf Schaftenaar (205-C-93) paced all the winners with 16 points, while Mike Schilder (183-PG-94) collected 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Peter Jakab (187-G-93) brought 21 points and Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) scored 7.

Hungary U18: Peter Jakab 21, Adam Kovacs 7
Netherlands U18: Olaf Schaftenaar 16, Mike Schilder 13+10 rebs+6 ast, Van Der Ark 9



Gombas and Lakatos signed with Sopron - by Tamas Deri
Two domestic players agreed with the management of Sopron during the last days and will play for the club at least one more season.

Gabor Gombas (197-F-85, agency: TSS Management) is a 197 cm tall forward, who can play on both positions. The 26 years old player is spent even the last two seasons with the team and decided to stay for the coming season.

Peter Lakatos (194-G-79, agency: TSS Management) is a very experienced wingman who had his best season playing for Sopron in 2007-08 averaging 8.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Since then he played for Pecs, Falco KC and during the last season for Kecskemet, but the 32 years old Lakatos decided to get back to his hometown and play for the team where he started his professional carreer already 11 years ago.




Senior NT was beating Universiade Team of Serbia - by Tamas Deri
Last night our senior NT played a very good game against the Universiade Team of Serbia wich is on a tour before traveling to China to the Universiade. Player of the game was Adam Hanga who scored 20 points and collected several steals and rebounds on the other end of the court.

Hungary - Serbia Universiade 81-73
(17-22, 28-22, 21-17, 15-12)
Szombathely, Arena Savaria, Att.: 600, Referees: Forrai S., dr. Magyari T., Nemeth A
HUNGARY: Trotter 4, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: TSS Management) 20, David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) 11/9, Keller 8, Lorant 10/3, Szabo Zs. 2, Molnar A. 5, Toth A. 5, Fodor M. 4, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 9/3, Trepak 3
SERBIA: JEREMIC 15/9, LUCIC 12/3, Ljubicic 12/6, Bunic 4, Dragovic 8/6, Drca 2, Lesic -, Bircevic 4, Stimac 8, Dimic 8




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Irish U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Scott Bowie
Bowie
Jason Carr
Carr
Anton McDonnell
McDonnell
Patrick Lyons
Lyons
John Carroll
Carroll
#e#5
4 Aidan Quinn 187-G-95
5 Conor Quinn 187-G-95
6 Scott Bowie 189-G-95
7 Gareth Barron 188-F-96
8 Jason Carr 188-C-95
9 Anton McDonnell 188-G-95
10 Kevin O'Hanlon 186-PG-95
11 Patrick Lyons 187-G-95
12 Conor Vandendries 188-F-95
13 Mark Ryan 191-C-95
14 John Carroll 198-F-95
15 Lago Caira 190-C-95

Dave Baker Head Coach
Colm McEneaney Assistant


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Bryant Dunston officially joins Hapoel Holon - by David Pick
Updated: July 31, 2011

The 2008 Fordham graduate Bryant Dunston, returns to Israel but changes teams as he sings with Hapoel Holon and joins his recent coach Dan Shamir and teammate Dan Grunfeld, for the upcoming season.

Dunston who is currently on vacation at his home in NYC, is the first foreign player to sign with the team after agreeing on terms late last week. The 25-year-old power forward officially signed the contract papers and it is safe to note the he is highly valued and appreciated by coach Shamir both as a player and a person. The young big man himself is eager and excited to return to Israel, and is looking forward to joining his new organization and supporting fans.

'I'm happy to come back to Israel and I'm looking forward to joining the Hapoel Holon organization.' Dunston told 'Eurobasket' adding, '
The Holon fans are amazing. I'm excited and looking forward to working with Coach Shamir again and having Dan Grunfeld on the team is only a plus.'

In Israel the high-flying Dunston formed a talented front court line next to big man Shawn James, recording 7.7 points and 5 rebounds, including finishing third in the league in blocks with 1.6 per game. Dunston's best game in the Israeli league came in an overtime 90:88 home lose to champions Maccabi TLV. The electrifying dunking athlete scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 a minute effort.

The 25-year-old power forward landed in Bnei Hasharon/Herzeliya late last season after playing in Greece for Aris Thessaloniki posting averages of 6.2ppg in the domestic league and 6.3ppg in the Eurocup challenge.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




U18: Estonia registered the victory over Israel - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18-Estonia U18 60:76

Estonia registered the victory over Israel at the Classification game for the 5-8 places at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side won 76:60 to face Netherlands tomorrow in the game for the 5th place. Israel meanwhile will play against Hungary for the 7th place.
Estonia won the opening period 18:14 when they led from the start until the end. Altit later tied the game at 20:20 and Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) scored for 32:26. Koulechov became the last one to score in the half for 36:30 for Estonia. Israel however started to play when the teams came back from the lockers. Elias-Pour brought 41:40 and Maayan delivered two for 48:45. The last quarter became decisive in the game as Estonia erupted with 28-15 for the final success.
Janari Joesaar stepped up with 22 points and Rait-Riivo Laane (180-PG-93) netted 17. Kevin Liivamagi (202-F-93) scored 9, while Kustas Poldoja (190-F-93) added 7. Rafael Menco (198-F-94) delivered 13 points in the losing case and Or Solomon (196-F-93) posted 11.

Israel U18: Rafael Menco 13, Or Solomon 11
Estonia U18: Janari Joesaar 22, Rait-Riivo Laane 17, Kevin Liivamagi 9, Kustas Poldoja 7



Israeli U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Naor Sharon
Sharon
Yochai Zuckerman
Zuckerman
Itay Segev
Segev
Roy Ayalon
Ayalon
Or Cahal
Cahal
#e#5
4 Alon Ninio 194-F-95
5 Regev Zanzuri 173-PG-95
6 Christopher Shipton 190-F-95
7 Naor Sharon 191-PG-95
8 Yochai Zuckerman 183-G-95
9 Itay Segev 195-F-95
10 Roy Ayalon 190-G-95
11 Idan Zalmanson 205-F-95
12 Jonathan David 186-PG-95
13 Or Cahal 190-F-95
14 Elia Sror 208-C-95
15 Ryan Daniel 190-F-95

Natan Cohen Head Coach Elitzur Yavne Israel
Lior Keret Assistant


Exclusive: 2010 Import of the Year Dwayne Mitchell, joins Elitzur Ashkelon - by David Pick
Updated: July 29, 2011, 21:34 PM

Exclusive: 'Eurobasket' recently learned that the ex-Louisiana-Lafayett combo guard Dwayne Mitchell, has agreed on financial terms with Israeli team Elitzur Ashkelon and is expected to join fellow native big man, Marco Killingsworth who recently signed with the Israeli northern team as well.

This will be Mitchell's third season in the Israeli league as he played last year for Maccabi Rishon LeZion, leading the team to the Israeli Final-Four in one of its most memorable seasons, averaging 15.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game, including finishing first in the league in steals with 2.6 a night.

In 2009, Mitchell played 15 games with Hapoel Holon and recorded impressive numbers of 16.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 3.0apg. The 2010/11 'Eurobasket' Import Player of the Year, and All-Israeli League 1st Team member, had previous European stops with French Pro A team Racing Paris and Bamberg from Germany.

The highly valuated and super athletic Mitchell will try and lead a new organization to back-to-back Final-Four appearances, after beating favorites Lee Nailon and Bnei Hasharon/Herzeliya 3-1, in last years quarter finals playoff round.


In addition to Mitchell, young Israeli talent Amit Simhon also agreed to play with the blue-and-white team next season. Simhon's break through year came in 2009 when he played in Division two for Maccabi Hod-Hasharon and was undoubtedly one the best Israeli players, scoring almost 20 points and grabbing 5.3 boards a game.

Last season Oded Katash recognized the talented youngster and took him Hapoel Jerusalem, but after 14 games and 0.9ppg, Simhon moved to Elitzur Netanya where he finished the year with disappointing numbers of 1.5ppg in 11 games.


Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd



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Benetton inks Jeff Adrien - by Eurobasket News
Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) heads to Europe for the second time in his career. The American forward penned a deal with Benetton Treviso. Adrian will have option to leave for NBA during the season.
Jeff Adrien played 22 games for the Golden State Warriors last season averaging 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds. He also spent some time in D-League with Erie BayHawks and Rio Grande Valley Vipers. With the Vipers Adrien had 19.9 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.5 bpg for 22 games. He finished as the best rebounder of the competition. Season 2009/10 Jeff Adrien spent in Spain with Broegan. For 38 games in LEB Gold he had 12.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg. He graduated at the University of Connecticut two years ago. For 36 games as a senior Adrien had 13.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg and 1.7 apg.


Angelico Biella lands Tadija Dragicevic - by Eurobasket News
Angelico Biella announced signing of a two-year deal with Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket). The Serbian power forward is not a new face in Italy as he already played there in 2009/10 season. Dragicevic was a member of Lottomatica Roma at that time. He joined them in January of 2010 averaging 8.6 points and 3.5 rebounds for rest of the season in SerieA (17 games). Last season Tadija Dragicevic spent with ALBA Berlin. He had 7.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.7 apg in 45 German league games. In EuroCup, Dragicevic added 9.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 10 appearances. He also had 9 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2 apg for 5 games in Euroleague Qualifying Round. Dragicevic spent couple of years with Crvena Zvezda in the past. In 2008, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Player of the Year -08. That same season Dragicevic was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Forward of the Year -08.

Italy edge FYR Macedonia in Trofeo Gianatti opener - by Eurobasket News
Italy - FYR Macedonia 89:70

Italy opened Trofeo Gianatti international tournament win victory. The hosts knocked down FYR Macedonia in Bormio yesterday. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) scored 16 points to pace the winners. Italy will now take on Bulgaria in the final.
Italy dominated in the opening period. They limited FYR Macedonia to just 6 points in the stanza to post a 12-point lead at the first break. Italy maintained the tempo in the second quarter. They posted a 41:28 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third term. Italy entered the final period up by 13 points. The Azzurri did not slow down and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) delivered 15 points, while Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) added 12 points in the victory. Predrag Samardjiski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for FYR Macedonia. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) had 13 points in defeat.

Italy: Marco Belinelli 16, Danilo Gallinari 15, Stefano Mancinelli 12
FYR Macedonia: Predrag Samardjiski 14, Vojdan Stojanovski 13



U18: Serbia come from behind to stun Italy in semifinal - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Italy U18 67:61

Serbia will play in U18 European Championship Final. They overcame Italy in a dramatic semifinal clash in Wroclaw tonight. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists to lead the effort.
Italy made it look easy early in the game. The Azzurri grabbed a 17:3 lead midway through the opening quarter. Italy rallied to a 24:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy boosted the gap to 15 points early in the second frame. Serbia crowned the first half with three points to narrow the deficit at 9-point mark 24:33. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94), Veccia and Falluca gave Italy a 16-point lead early in the third term. But Serbia capped the period with eight points in a row to cut the deficit at 6-point mark. Nenad Miljenovic finally drew things level at 54 with just over three minutes remaining. Milosevic and Nikola Jankovic (203-F/C-94) put Serbia in charge 58:54 with under two minutes remaining. Magrini, Monaldi and Chillo put the Azzurri back in front 59:58 but Popovski and Nenad Miljenovic accounted for next 9 points as Serbia ran away with victory at the end. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Jankovic produced 11 points each in the win. Matteo Imbro responded with 19 points for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) netted 11 points and grabbed 14 boards in defeat.

Serbia U18: Nenad Miljenovic 20, Vasilije Micic 11, Nikola Jankovic 11
Italy U18: Matteo Imbro 19, Amedeo Tessitori 11+14 boards



U16: Turkey prevail against Italy in Hradec Kralove - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Italy U16 64:52

Turkey registered the second win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame Italy to clinch the second position in Group D. James Birsen (203-F/G-95) scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy fell at 1-2 record in the third spot in the ladder.
Turkey dominated in the first period. They outscored Italy 18:8 after ten minutes of action. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They posted a 33:19 halftime lead. Italy went on a 15:3 rally to cut the deficit at 4-point mark 34:38. Turkey stayed in front posting a 48:44 lead with one quarter to go. However James Birsen triggered a 14:2 run from the Turkish team midway through the final quarter as they cleared off for good. Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) nailed 13 points, while Dogukan Sanli (191-G-95) accounted for 9 points in the winning effort. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Italy. Lorenzo Benvenuti (202-F/C-95) netted 15 points in the loss.

Turkey U16: James Birsen 16+11 boards, Cedi Osman 13, Dogukan Sanli 9
Italy U16: Simone Fontecchio 16+10 boards, Lorenzo Benvenuti 15



Sassari bring in Quinton Hosley - by Eurobasket News
Dinamo Sassari have announced signing of Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.). The 27-year-old forward played for Joventut last season. He tallied 11.1 points, 5.4 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in ACB. Previously Quinton Hosley had stints with Galatasaray, Real Madrid, Pinar Karsiyaka. The forward participated at TBL All-Star Game in 2008.


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Jamaica wins Bronze in Nassau, books ticket for 2012 CentroBasket - by Eurobasket News
Jamaica - British Virgin Islands 55-54

Jamaica won the Bronze at the Caribbean Basketball Championship 2011 in Nassau. They managed to grab 55-54 thriller win against British Virgin Islands in the game for third place. Thanks to this victory Jamaica won the medal and they also booked a ticket for the CentroBasket 2012. British Virgin Islands stay without the honor as they finished as No.4. Jamaica made plus 8 in the first quarter and jumped to 10-point lead until the halftime. British Virgin Islands responded with 10-17 after the breather and teams went to exciting finish. Jamaica was scoreless in the last four minutes of the game, but still thanks to pretty good defense they managed to keep plus one until the end. Garfield Blair (196-G-87) stepped up for Jamaica with 14 points. In the loosing squad, Rashid Cann (183-G-86) delivered 9 pts.
US Virgin Islands grabbed 91-89 thriller win against Bahamas to win the Gold at this event. Both teams booked a spot for the CentroBasket 2012.

Jamaica: Garfield Blair 14
British Virgin Islands: Rashid Cann 9


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  JORDAN   


Aerosvit Cup Kyiv. Estonia thrash Jordan - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Jordan 99:59

Estonia opened win count at the Aerosvit Cup international friendly tournament in Kyiv. They fired past Jordan to improve at 1-1 record. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) came up with 14 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds to pace the winners. Jordan fell at 0-2 record after another heavy defeat.
Estonia quickly surged ahead in the game. The Baltic team posted a 21:12 lead after ten minutes. Estonia increased the tempo in the second stanza. They erupted for 26 points in the period to post a 47:26 halftime lead. More to come in the third frame as Estonia boosted the margin. They unleashed 27 points in the quarter to pile up an unassailable 35-point lead with one quarter remaining. Estonia marched to the victory in the fourth quarter. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) delivered 13 points, while Kaido Saks (205-F-86) and Tanel Kurbas (197-F-88) added 12 points each in the win. Abduallah Abu Qoura (202-C-84) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Jordan. Mohammad Hussein (205-C-90) added 11 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Estonia: Kristo Saage 14, Gregor Arbet 13, Kaido Saks 12, Tanel Kurbas 12
Jordan: Abduallah Abu Qoura 15, Mohammad Hussein 11+13 boards



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  LATVIA   


U16: France hand Latvia first loss in Hradec Kralove - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Latvia U16 65:53

France posted the second win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame previously undefeated Latvia to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Latvia fell at 2-1 record in the second position. Paul Rigot (199-F-95) stepped up with 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace Les Bleus.
France stiffened their opponents defensively in the first half. France limited Latvia to only 8 points in the opening quarter to build a 16:8 lead. Latvia scored 6 points in the next period to face an 18-point deficit at halftime 14:32. Latvia finally started to show some signs of recovery in the third quarter. They outgunned Les Bleus to cut the deficit to 14 points with one quarter remaining. Rolands Smits (201-C-95) dragged the Baltic team within ten points midway through the final term but France did not allow their opponents to get closer than 6 points in the reminder of the contest rolling to the victory at the end. Arthur Rozenfeld (180-PG-95) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Paul-Lou Duwiquet (193-G-95) added 9 points for the winners. Rolands Smits responded with 13 points for Latvia. Armands Ginters (194-F-95) netted 9 points in the loss.

France U16: Paul Rigot 17+11 boards, Arthur Rozenfeld 16, Paul-Lou Duwiquet 9
Latvia U16: Rolands Smits 13, Armands Ginters 9



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U18: Lithuania ease past Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Croatia U18 87:60

Lithuania brushed past Croatia in the classification round of U18 European Championship. The Baltic team will now take on the winners of Poland vs. France clash for the fifth overall place. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) stepped up with 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead Lithuania to the victory.
Lithuania capped the opening frame with four points in a row to take a 21:13 lead. Lithuania tipped off the second term on a 9:2 run to boost the margin. The Baltic side established a 41:32 halftime lead. Lithuania knocked down 11 unanswered points early in the third quarter as the lead grew at 20-point mark. Lithuania entered the fourth quarter up by 21 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marius Grigonis (194-F-94) nailed 16 points for Lithuania. Simonas Kymantas (204-C/F-93) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Marko Ramljak (203-F-93, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Croatia. Matej Buovac (198-G/F-93) netted 11 points in the loss.

Lithuania U18: Arturas Gudaitis 27, Marius Grigonis 16, Simonas Kymantas 12
Croatia U18: Marko Ramljak 16, Matej Buovac 11



U16: Ukraine beat Lithuania to stay in title race - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16 - Lithuania U16 80:75

Ukraine celebrated the first win at the U16 European Championship. And it came just in the right time. Ukraine outscored Lithuania to punch the last ticket into Qualifying Round from Group C. Lithuania in the meantime slipped at 1-2 record and fell into relegation round. Stanislav Kudrya (186-PG-95) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Stanislav Kudrya unloaded 13 points in the first period as Ukraine grabbed a 31:14 lead. Lithuanua gradually came back to life in the second frame. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) fired 14 points in the second quarter as Lithuania got within 9 points at the interval 37:46. Aidas Kavaliauskas (179-PG-95), Zalalis and Ernestas Serkevicius (178-PG-95) erased the deficit midway through the third term 52:52. Ukraine however did not allow the Baltic side to put their noses in front. Stanislav Medvedenko team entered the final quarter up by three points 63:60. Lithuania increased the pressure and eventually drew things level at 70. Ukraine answere with six points in a row to regain control. Lithuania tried hard to save the game in the dying seconds but Berezhnyy and Prokopenko went deadly from the stripe to bring Ukraine to the victory. Anton Dziuba (201-F-95) netted 17 points in the victory. Edvinas Seskus responded with 23 points and 12 rebounds for Lithuania. Ernestas Serkevicius and Aidas Kavaliauskas provided 12 points each in the loss.

Ukraine U16: Stanislav Kudrya 18, Anton Dziuba 17, Igor Boyarkin (180-PG-95) 14
Lithuania U16: Edvinas Seskus 23+12 boards, Ernestas Serkevicius 12, Aidas Kavaliauskas 12



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Luxembourg U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Thomas Grun
Grun
Sven Ehmann
Ehmann
Tim Schmit
Schmit
Pit Elcheroth
Elcheroth
Max Hilger
Hilger
#e#5
4 Max Hilger 184-PG-95
5 Thomas Grun 194-G/F-95
6 Malik Wilson 184-G-95
7 Philippe Gutenkauf 181-PG-95
8 Michael M'Putu 188-F-95
9 Joshua Wirtz 180-PG-95
10 Sven Ehmann 187-F-95
11 Timothy Kauffmann 191-F-96
12 Tim Schmit 193-F-95
13 Eric Wagner 203-F-95
14 Pit Elcheroth 193-F-95
15 Alexandre Tschiderer 195-F-95

Yves Grandjean Head Coach
Paul Peiffer Assistant


U18: Luxembourg escapes the last spot in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U18-Austria U18 87:76

Luxembourg escapes the last spot in Division B and sent Austria to the 18th spot in their last game at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Luxembourg finished on the 17th spot after 87:76 victory in Varna.
It was the last game for both teams in Varna and they both tried hard to finish on a good note. Luxembourg and Austria exchanged the leads several times in the opening period as Welter closed it at 22:20. Patrick Kolb (196-F-94) tied it at 27:27, while Tom Steffen (187-F-93) scored for 35:35. Melcher was the last to post int he half, while his team trailed 40:42 before the big break. The second half however belonged to Luxembourg. The latter won the third period 22-11 and added 25-23 int he last stanza.
Gilles Polfer (189-F-93) paced all the winners with 24 points and 9 rebounds, while Tom Steffen collected 17 points and 12 boards. Alex Laurent (195-C-93) notched 14 and Jo Hoeser (189-F-94) posted 11. Gregor Wilk (178-G-93) delivered 20 in defeat and Valentin Bauer (170-PG-94) scored 12.

Luxembourg U18: Gilles Polfer 24+9 rebs, Tom Steffen 17+12 rebs, Alex Laurent 14, Jo Hoeser 11
Austria U18: Gregor Wilk 20, Valentin Bauer 12, Alexander Oblak (182-G-93) 9, Patrick Kolb 9



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  MONTENEGRO   


Ivan Maras stays with Hemofarm - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket) will play in Hemofarm for at least one more season. The Montenegrin big guy penned a one-year contract extension with the Serbian outfit. Maras joined Hemofarm last summer from Metalac Valjevo. He played 15 games in Adriatic league registering 4.7 ppg and 1.4 rpg. In Serbian championship Maras increased his numbers to 8.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 20 games. He helped Hemofarm to reach the Finals. Maras also appeared 7 times in EuroCup, where he added 6.3 ppg and 2.4 rpg. Ivan Maras won three titles in Montenegro with Buducnost. He started there as a teenager and was their member until April last year. Then, Maras moved to Metalac Valjevo for rest of the season. With them he had 13.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 14 games. Ivan Maras is active member of the Montenegrin National Team. He also played for Serbia and Montenegro U20 and U18 National Teams in the past.

U18: Bulgaria head to Division A for 2012 season - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U18-Montenegro U18 67:54

Bulgaria U18 head to Division A for the next year as they won the Semifinal clash over Montenegro. The hosts of the U18 European Championship in Division B won 67:54 and will face Denmark in the Final game tomorrow. Montenegro meanwhile will play with Sweden for the third spot.
Bulgaria was the favorites of the game and had 1000 fans to support. It was noticeable after the first period when Bulgaria took 16:13 and Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 28:23. Another five points from the top-player saw the board showing 33:26 and Fatic closed the half at 33:30. Montenegro was far to give up and produced 15-13 in the third frame to reduce to 46:45. A 10-1 start of the last stanza brought the victory for the home side.
Pavlin Ivanov erupted with 33 points and Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) added 9 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 16 points in defeat and Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) netted 9.

Bulgaria U18: Pavlin Ivanov 33, Tencho Tenchev 9+10 rebs
Montenegro U18: Nikola Ivanovic 16, Vukota Pavic 9



U16: Russia send Montenegro into relegation battle - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 - Montenegro U16 91:85

Russia earned the second win at the U16 European Championship preliminary round. They outgunned Montenegro to jump at 2-1 record in Group B. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) scored 31 points to pace the winners. Montenegro fell at 0-3 record and would fight against relegation in classification round.
The teams got to a flying start. They scored baskets eagerly in the opening quarter. Russia eked out a 29:27 lead after ten minutes. Russia stepped on the gas in the second frame. They cleared off to a 12-point halftime lead 55:43. But Montenegro erupted for 32 points in the third term to narrow the gap to a single point 75:76 with one quarter remaining. Luka Savic (199-F-95) and Dozic put the Balkan team in front 80:78 midway through the fourth quarter. Russia immediately responded with a 9:0 rally to pull ahead. Viacheslav Fedorchenko then sank four free throws late in regulation to seal the winning outcome for Russia. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) delivered 23 points and 8 rebounds, while Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) had 10 points in the victory. Stanko Latkovic (184-G-95) answered with 21 points for Montenegro. Luka Savic produced 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in defeat.

Russia U16: Viacheslav Fedorchenko 31, Pavel Sizov 23, Alexander Gankevich 10
Montenegro U16: Stanko Latkovic 21, Luka Savic 19



Buducnost signs Milivoje Bozovic - by Eurobasket News
Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85, agency: Beo Basket) is a new member of Buducnost Podgorica. The 25-year-old player signed a deal today. Bozovic heads to Buducnost from Hemofarm Vrsac, where he spent last four years. Last season Bozovic had 5.2 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 17 games in Adriatic league. He also added 8.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg for 19 games in Adriatic league. In EuroCup, Bozovic had 5.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 7 games. In 2009, Bozovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention. He had 9.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg that season. Bozovic joined Hemofarm in 2007 from Mega Ishrana. In the past, he also was a member of Avala Ada, Lavovi and Kasta.

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  NBA   


AP: Pistons hire Lawrence Frank as new head coach - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons have a new coach.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Friday that the Pistons have agreed to a three-year deal with Lawrence Frank to be the new head coach. The agreement includes a team option for a fourth year, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't announced the move.

Frank, an assistant coach with Boston last season and a former head coach in New Jersey, will be Detroit's sixth coach in 11 seasons when the NBA lockout ends. The Pistons fired John Kuester in June after they missed the playoffs in both of his two seasons.

A deliberate coaching search, which also included Mike Woodson, Kelvin Sampson, Bill Laimbeer and Patrick Ewing, ended with the franchise choosing to give Frank another chance at a head coaching job. Frank was 225-241 with the Nets, who won two division titles, as many as 49 games in a season and advanced to the conference semifinals three times with him on the bench.

The 40-year-old native of Teaneck, N.J., spent four seasons as a student manager for Bob Knight at Indiana. He was an assistant at Marquette and Tennessee before becoming an NBA assistant in Vancouver and New Jersey.

Frank will have a lot of work to do in the Motor City, which has a new owner in Tom Gores and three straight seasons with a losing record. Detroit has twice missed the playoffs after advancing to six consecutive Eastern Conference finals and winning the 2004 NBA title.

Detroit won just 30 games last season with a dysfunctional roster on the court and one that was problematic off it for Kuester. Seven players missed at least part of a team shootaround in Philadelphia last season and Kuester played the remaining six in a blowout loss to the 76ers.

When the league resumes play, free agent Tayshaun Prince may part ways with the only NBA team he's played for and free agent Ben Wallace might not be back.

Detroit drafted Kentucky guard Brandon Knight No. 8 overall, adding to its perimeter logjam with Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon. Center Greg Monroe showed promising signs last season as a rookie and power forward Jonas Jerebko, who didn't play last season after tearing his right Achilles' tendon, will get an opportunity to bolster a thin frontcourt.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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  NORWAY   


U18: Georgia clinched the 15th position, Norway is one step lower - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U18-Norway U18 70:47

Georgia clinched the 15th position, Norway is one step lower at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Georgian team erupted with 70:47 win in the game for 15-16 places in Varna.
Lobjanidze gave Georgia 10:2 lead in the opening tip, but it was too early to celebrate. Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) closed the period at 17:16 as Norway came back with 15-6 run. In the second period Georgia limited the opponents to just six points and grabbed 31:23 halftime advantage. Another 16-7 in the third quarter gave the winners 47:30 lead after thirty minutes. Grdzelidze nailed from the perimeter for 50:33 and Kvantaliani brought 56:35. Georgia added 23-17 in the last stanza for the final success.
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) scored 11. Chris Ndow ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Espen Fjaerestad (189-G-94) notched 6.

Georgia U18: Beka Burjanadze 14+14 rebs, Giorgi Tsirekidze 11
Norway U18: Chris Ndow 23, Espen Fjaerestad 6




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  POLAND   


U16: Czech Republic stay perfect with win over Poland - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16 - Poland U16 78:74

Czech Republic recorded the third straight win at the U16 European Championship. The hosts held off pesky Poland to win preliminary round Group A. Radovan Kouril (182-PG-95) came up with 12 points, 13 boards and 5 assists to lead Czech Republic. Poland fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the standings.
Czech Republic eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The Czech team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The home team posted a 38:35 halftime advantage. Poland turned things around in the third quarter. The visitors used an 8:1 run to surge ahead midway through the period. Poland rallied to a 60:55 lead with one quarter remaining. Poland grabbed a 7-point lead early in the fourth period but Czech Republic found the way to recover. Radovan Kouril triggered an 8:0 run from the hosts as they pulled in front 68:66. Witlinski responded with a triple to give the lead back to Poland however Soula and Radovan Kouril made it 76:71 for the hosts with 24 seconds remaining. Walczak drained another trey from Poland just to watch Tomas Soukal (200-F-95) convert a layup sealing the victory for Czech Republic. Jiri Dedek (190-F-95) provided 12 points, while Tomas Soukal and Martin Peterka (199-F-95) netted 11 points each in the win. Damian Jeszke (200-F-95) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Poland. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) had 13 points in defeat.

Czech Republic U16: Radovan Kouril 12+13 boards, Jiri Dedek 12, Tomas Soukal 11, Martin Peterka 11
Poland U16: Damian Jeszke 17, Filip Pruefer 13



U18: Poland overcome France in Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18 - France U18 70:66

Poland outscored France in the classification round of U18 European Championship. The hosts will now play against Lithuania for the fifth place at the tournament. France will wrap up their campaign against Croatia tomorrow. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
France ensured an 18:12 lead late in the starting quarter. Poland opened the second quarter on a 10:2 run to surge ahead. Poland maintained the lead throughout the second frame posting a 36:31 halftime advantage. France responded with a 13:0 run midway through the third term as Les Bleus made it 50:42. But Poland spurred back in front earning a 55:50 advantage at the final break. The hosts triggered an 8:1 rally at the beginning of the final period to clear off to a 12-point cushion. France cut the deficit at just two points with 57 seconds remaining but Mateusz Ponitka and Szymkiewicz sank three free throws in the dying seconds to bring Poland to the victory. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) knocked down 13 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists, while Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) added 10 points for the hosts. Jean-Charles Livio (204-F/C-93) responded with 18 points for Les Bleus. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) delivered 17 points in defeat.

Poland U18: Mateusz Ponitka 21+10 boards, Michal Michalak 13, Przemyslaw Karnowski 10
France U18: Jean-Charles Livio 18, Hugo Invernizzi 17



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  PORTUGAL   


Portuguese U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Joao Guimaraes
Guimaraes
Pedro Marques
Marques
Isaias Insaly
Insaly
Francisco Amiel
Amiel
Joao Oliveira
Oliveira
#e#5
4 Joao Oliveira 183-PG-96
5 Joao Guimaraes 196-C-95
6 Joao Moreira 195-C-95
7 Pedro Marques 181-PG-95 Barreirense Portugal
8 Agenor Rolo 186-F-95
9 Joao Padilha 185-F-95
10 Benvindo Mendes 200-C-96
11 Isaias Insaly 197-F/C-95
12 Francisco Amiel 186-PG-96
13 Diogo Gameiro 184-G-95
14 Carlos Dias 186-F-95
15 Carlos Fontes 189-F-95

Augusto Almeida Head Coach
Hugo Matos Assistant


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  RUSSIA   


U16: Russia send Montenegro into relegation battle - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 - Montenegro U16 91:85

Russia earned the second win at the U16 European Championship preliminary round. They outgunned Montenegro to jump at 2-1 record in Group B. Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) scored 31 points to pace the winners. Montenegro fell at 0-3 record and would fight against relegation in classification round.
The teams got to a flying start. They scored baskets eagerly in the opening quarter. Russia eked out a 29:27 lead after ten minutes. Russia stepped on the gas in the second frame. They cleared off to a 12-point halftime lead 55:43. But Montenegro erupted for 32 points in the third term to narrow the gap to a single point 75:76 with one quarter remaining. Luka Savic (199-F-95) and Dozic put the Balkan team in front 80:78 midway through the fourth quarter. Russia immediately responded with a 9:0 rally to pull ahead. Viacheslav Fedorchenko then sank four free throws late in regulation to seal the winning outcome for Russia. Pavel Sizov (198-F-95) delivered 23 points and 8 rebounds, while Alexander Gankevich (197-F-95) had 10 points in the victory. Stanko Latkovic (184-G-95) answered with 21 points for Montenegro. Luka Savic produced 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in defeat.

Russia U16: Viacheslav Fedorchenko 31, Pavel Sizov 23, Alexander Gankevich 10
Montenegro U16: Stanko Latkovic 21, Luka Savic 19



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U18: Serbia come from behind to stun Italy in semifinal - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Italy U18 67:61

Serbia will play in U18 European Championship Final. They overcame Italy in a dramatic semifinal clash in Wroclaw tonight. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists to lead the effort.
Italy made it look easy early in the game. The Azzurri grabbed a 17:3 lead midway through the opening quarter. Italy rallied to a 24:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy boosted the gap to 15 points early in the second frame. Serbia crowned the first half with three points to narrow the deficit at 9-point mark 24:33. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94), Veccia and Falluca gave Italy a 16-point lead early in the third term. But Serbia capped the period with eight points in a row to cut the deficit at 6-point mark. Nenad Miljenovic finally drew things level at 54 with just over three minutes remaining. Milosevic and Nikola Jankovic (203-F/C-94) put Serbia in charge 58:54 with under two minutes remaining. Magrini, Monaldi and Chillo put the Azzurri back in front 59:58 but Popovski and Nenad Miljenovic accounted for next 9 points as Serbia ran away with victory at the end. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Jankovic produced 11 points each in the win. Matteo Imbro responded with 19 points for Italy. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) netted 11 points and grabbed 14 boards in defeat.

Serbia U18: Nenad Miljenovic 20, Vasilije Micic 11, Nikola Jankovic 11
Italy U18: Matteo Imbro 19, Amedeo Tessitori 11+14 boards



Partizan brings in Acie Law - by Eurobasket News
Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) is a new member of Partizan Belgrade. The American point guard penned a one-year deal with his new club. He heads to the reigning Serbian and Adriatic league champion from the Golden State Warriors, where he finished last season. In 40 games with the Warriors, Law averaged 5.1 points and 1.8 assists. He started last season with Golden State and later was traded to Charlotte Bobcats. He also appeared 12 times for the Bulls (5.5 ppg, 1.3 apg), before he returned to Golden State. From 2007 to 2009 Acie Law was a member of Atlanta Hawks. He had 4.2 ppg and 2 apg in their first season together. Law is a product of the Texas A&M University, where he graduated in 2007. He had 18.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 5 apg for them as a senior.

Keravnos signs Strahinja Dragicevic - by Eurobasket News
Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) will continue his career on Cyprus. The Serbian power forward signed a one-year deal with Keravnos Nicosia. Dragicevic heads to his new club from Crvena Zvezda, where he finished 2010/11. He joined the club in March averaging 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14 Serbian league games. Dragicevic also played for Crvena Zvezda in 2009/10 season. Before that Strahinja Dragicevic spent two years with Mega Hypo Leasing. In their season together Dragicevic had 10.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg in Serbian league. He also had 13 ppg and 4.6 rpg for the club in eight Balkan League games. From 2004 to 2007, Strahinja Dragicevic played for Partizan Belgrade juniors and also for their second team. He also had experience from Borac Cacak.

Hemofarm keeps Sutalo and Maras - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm announced signing of a two-year contract extension with guard Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell). The teams also kept Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season.
Marko Sutalo joined Hemofarm in 2009 from Vojvodina. He appeared 26 times in Adriatic league last season averaging 8.7 points and 1.3 rebounds. Sutalo also added 8 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 20 games in Serbia. In EuroCup, his numbers were little bit lower.
Ivan Maras joined Hemofarm last summer from Metalac Valjevo. He played 15 games in Adriatic league registering 4.7 ppg and 1.4 rpg. In Serbian championship Maras increased his numbers to 8.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 20 games. He helped Hemofarm to reach the Finals. Maras also appeared 7 times in EuroCup, where he added 6.3 ppg and 2.4 rpg. Ivan Maras won three titles in Montenegro with Buducnost. He started there as a teenager and was their member until April last year. Then, Maras moved to Metalac Valjevo for rest of the season. With them he had 13.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 14 games. Ivan Maras is active member of the Montenegrin National Team.


Angelico Biella lands Tadija Dragicevic - by Eurobasket News
Angelico Biella announced signing of a two-year deal with Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket). The Serbian power forward is not a new face in Italy as he already played there in 2009/10 season. Dragicevic was a member of Lottomatica Roma at that time. He joined them in January of 2010 averaging 8.6 points and 3.5 rebounds for rest of the season in SerieA (17 games). Last season Tadija Dragicevic spent with ALBA Berlin. He had 7.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.7 apg in 45 German league games. In EuroCup, Dragicevic added 9.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 10 appearances. He also had 9 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2 apg for 5 games in Euroleague Qualifying Round. Dragicevic spent couple of years with Crvena Zvezda in the past. In 2008, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Player of the Year -08. That same season Dragicevic was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Forward of the Year -08.

U16: Germany outmuscle Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 - Serbia U16 74:68

Germany beat Serbia for the second win at the U16 European Championship. Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) tallied 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. The victory propelled Germany to 2-1 record in the second place in Group B. Serbia fell at 1-2 record in the third position.
Germany grabbed the initiative early on. They posted a 19:13 lead at the first break. But Serbia used a 14:2 run in the second frame to surge ahead. The Balkan team registered a 34:30 halftime lead. Ismet Akpinar organized an 8:0 run as Germany steal a 48:43 lead at the final break. Ismet Akpinar notched 12 points in the fourth term as Germany drove to the victory at the end. David Taylor (188-PG-95) netted 14 points, while Niklas Ney (205-C-95) finished with 13 points for the winners. Marko Guduric (193-G-95) responded with 21 points for Serbia. Dusan Ristic (207-C/F-95) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Germany U16: Ismet Akpinar 20, David Taylor 14, Niklas Ney 13
Serbia U16: Marko Guduric 21, Dusan Ristic 13



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  SLOVAKIA   


Slovakian U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Vladimir Nemcok
Nemcok
Tomas Abel
Abel
Boris Belavy
Belavy
Matej Baluch
Baluch
Michal Sagula
Sagula
#e#5
4 Vladimir Nemcok 178-PG-95
5 Tomas Cibak 180-PG-95
6 Adam Samek 181-G-95
7 Dalibor Hlivak 187-G-95
8 Marek Bojkovsky 189-F-95
9 Milan Vago 202-C-95
10 Tomas Abel 191-G-95
11 Juraj Janosik 198-F/C-95
12 Boris Belavy 197-F-95
13 Gabor Cservenka 199-F-95
14 Matej Baluch 192-F-95
15 Michal Sagula 200-F/C-95

Frantisek Kubala Head Coach
Jan Krajnak Assistant Dobri Anjeli Slovakia


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  SPAIN   


U16: Spain too much to handle for Greece - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Greece U16 64:46

Spain earned the second win at the U16 European Championship in Czech Republic. They held off Greece to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Greece fell at 1-2 record. Agusti Sans (195-F-95) and Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) scored 12 points each to pace the winners.
Greece looked the better team in the opening quarter. The Hellenes posted a 15:11 lead at the first break. Sanz opened the second frame with five points in a row to put Spain in charge. They rallied to a 25:21 halftime advantage. Spain opened a 12-point lead midway through the third term. But Greece arrived at the final break trailing by just six points 37:43. Spain never allowed their opponents any closer in the fourth quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Ignasi Moix (180-G-95) netted 11 points in the victory. Georgios Diamantakos (210-C-95) accounted for 15 points for Greece. Nikos Stamatis (190-G-95) netted 7 points in the loss.

Spain U16: Agusti Sans 12, Ilimane Diop 12, Ignasi Moix 11
Greece U16: Georgios Diamantakos 15, Nikos Stamatis 7



Fuenlabrada add Kirk Penney - by Eurobasket News
Fuenlabrada seriously strengthened their roster. They landed Kiwi scoring machine Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin). The sides have reached agreement on terms of one-year contract. Kirk Penney spent the previous season with New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL. The guard tallied 20.0 points, 4.0 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game for the Breakers. Australiabasket.com named Kirk Penney All-Australian NBL Guard of the Year. He was also trumped All-Australian NBL Domestic Player of the Year. Kirk Penney shone at the 2010 World Championship in Turkey. The guard led the Tall Blacks with 24.7 points, 2.0 boards and 2.0 assists per game at the tournament. He earned Eurobasket.com All-World Championship Honourable Mention.


U18: Spain cruise past Turkey into title game - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Turkey U18 77:54

Spain recorded the eighth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Turkey to reach the championship game. Spain will take on Serbia tomorrow. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) stepped up with 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Turkey will play against Italy in the consolation final on Sunday.
It was all about Spain from start to finish. They posted a 19:5 lead after ten minutes of action. The margin grew at 23-point mark midway through the second term. Spain arrived at halftime up by 24 points 40:16. Turkey struggled to restore intrigue in this one after the big break. They faced a 23-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Spain did not slow down in the fourth period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) provided 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Josep Perez (183-PG-94) added 10 points in the victory. Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93) responded with 15 points for Turkey. Talat Altunbey (202-F-94) netted 10 points in defeat.

Spain U18: Daniel Diez 16+13 boards, Alejandro Redondo 11, Josep Perez 10
Turkey U18: Ahmet Tuncer 15, Talat Altunbey 10



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U18: Denmark shock Sweden in the Scandinavian derby - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Denmark U18 54:78

Denmark shock Sweden in the Scandinavian derby and advanced to Division A for the next year. Denmark won 78:54 and handed the Swedish side their second loss at the tournament that sent them out of the Division A for the next year. Sweden will play for the third place with Montenegro tomorrow, while Denmark and Bulgaria will find out the winner.
Sweden opened the game from the perimeter, but Denmark replied with 7-0 run for 7:3 lead. Kevin Larsen (201-F-93) closed the first period at 19:12, while Andreas Bigum (203-F-93) scored for 25:14. Denmark added another 18-14 in the second frame for 37:26. It seemed the Sweden would bounce back in the second half, but Denmark dominated the court as well. They won the third and the last periods to seal the most important victory.
Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) posted 19. Kevin Larsen nailed 16 and Andreas Bigum scored 6. Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) replied with 21 points in the losing case and Jonathan Person (190-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) notched 12.

Sweden U18: Tobias Borg 21, Jonathan Person 12
Denmark U18: Rasmus Larsen 21+11 rebs, Esben Reinholt 19, Kevin Larsen 16, Andreas Bigum 6



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  SWITZERLAND   


Swiss U16 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Anel Mehic
Mehic
Cyril Bachler
Bachler
Arnaud Cotture
Cotture
Luka Mandic
Mandic
Mathias Tolusso
Tolusso
#e#5
4 Mathias Tolusso 186-G-95
5 Clayton Le Sann 186-G-95
6 Patrick Bianchi 180-PG-95 Lugano Tigers Switzerland
7 Anel Mehic 186-G-95 Meyrin Geneve Switzerland
8 Randon Gruninger 190-F-95 Lugano Tigers Switzerland
9 Alessandro Verga 191-F-95
10 Trevor Herminjard 190-F-95
11 Mario Raemy 180-G-95 Acad.Fribourg Switzerland
12 Cyril Bachler 192-F-95
13 Petar Bozic 210-C-95 Zurich Wildcats Switzerland
14 Arnaud Cotture 200-F/C-95 Fribourg Switzerland
15 Luka Mandic 195-F-96

Zoran Popovic Head Coach Swiss Central Switzerland
Jan Andrey Assistant Villars Switzerland


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2011 William Jones Cup men's competition rosters - by Chris Wang
MALAYSIA National Mens Basketball Team

Head CoachGOH CHENG HUAT
Asst. CoachCHUA KOK KIAN

4HO YEOW LOONG1988.05.0617877
5 SOO, Eng-Heng1984.04.0418078
6 WEE CHUAN CHIN 1984.05.2518078
7ONG CHUN KHEE1990.02.2217278
8OOI BAN SIN1983.10.2918080
9
BATUMALAI GUGANESWARAN1982.05.2618278
10CHIN ZHI SHIN1987.03.1619080
11LOH SHEE FAI1989.01.1619287
12KUEK TIAN YUAN 1991.08.0320080
13NG YEO SENG,JOHN1981.08.3019390
14KWAAN YOONG JING1990.07.1320087
15CHEE LI WEI 1983.06.10198100

JAPAN National Mens Basketball Team

Head Coach Thomas WISMAN
Assistant Coach ? HIGASHINO, Tomoya
Assistant Coach TODO, Shunsuke
Assistant Coach ITO, Takuma

4 OKADA, Yusuke1984.09.1718581
5 YAMADA, Daiji1981.06.08200105
6 NOGUCHI, Daisuke1983.05.2619686
7 OTA, Atsuya1984.06.04206110
8 SAKAI, Taiji1984.08.2819088
9 SHONAKA, Takeki1984.09.1518078
10 MATSUI, Keijuro1985.10.1618883
11 NISHIMURA, Fumio1986.09.2417773
12 ITO, Taishi1986.12.2218275
13 TABUSE, Yuta1980.10.0517375
14 ARAO, Gaku1987.01.1519893
15 KAMATA, Yuya1990.05.1119798
16Sean HINKLEY1991.04.0319798
17 HASHIMOTO, Kosuke1993.05.0620176
18? TOGASHI, Yuki1993.07.3017065
19 WATANABE, Yuta1994.10.1319573

Taiwan National Mens Basketball Team

Technical AdvisorBob Hill
Head Coach Chou,Chun-San
CoachHsu,Chin-Che
CoachLiu,Hwa-Lin
CoachChou,Chun-Hsiung

CHEN, Shih-Nine1984.04.0818076
YANG, Chin-Min1984.01.2218885
LEE, Hsueh-Lin1984.01.3117675
CHEN, Shun-Hsiang1985.05.2519090
LU, Cheng-Ju1986.04.1319488
MAO, Chia-En1982.11.1619690
CHIEN, Chia-Hung1987.03.06197108
HUNG, Chih-Shan1985.07.0517675
CHANG, Tsung-Hsien1988.12.2719286
SU, I-Chieh1985.01.2818178
LIN, Chih-Chieh1982.06.1119295
CHEN, Hsin-An1980.07.0119690
HO, Shou-Cheng1983.02.1519696
Douglas Creighton1985.03.0719590
CHOU, Po-Chen1990.08.0819795
TSENG, Wen-Ting1984.07.0620290
WU, Tai-Hao1985.02.07203100
CHOU, Yi-Hsian1991.02.0419390

I.R.IRAN National Mens Basketball Team

Head Coach Veselin MATIC
Coach Mehran HATAMI
Coach Safa Ali KAMALIAN

Hamed SOHR ABNEJAD1983.05.0720189
Aren DAVOUDICHEGANI1986.07.1218478
Javad DAVARI1983.04.2518577
Mahdi KAMRANI1982.06.0118678
Saman VEISI1982.08.0718980
Reza LOTFI BAROGH1983.09.1619190
Hamed AFAGH1983.02.0119078
Oshin SAHAKIAN1986.03.2120091
Asghar KARDOUST1986.03.21212118
Rouzbeh ARGHAVAN1988.05.18213104
Mohammadsamad NIK KHAHBAHRAMI1983.05.1119885
Hamed EHADADI1985.05.19218115
Mohammad HASSANZADEH1990.07.0619989
Moosa NABIPOOR1983.08.14213102
Yonas LALAEHZADEH1989.01.2819989
Amirhossein TATARI1988.05.0819190
Saeid DAVARPANAHFARD1987.09.0719086
Jaber ROUZBAHANI1986.05.10223114
Majid GHASEM ZADEH1989.07.2718875

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES National Mens Basketball Team

Head CoachZoran ZUPCEVIC

4Mohamed AL BRAIKI 1991.12.2119080
5Salem MUBARAK 1982.06.0320785
6Ibrahim AHMAD 1979.06.0917575
7Talal ALNUAIMI 1988.09.2618080
8Husain AHMED 1989.03.0618080
9Khalifa SALEM 1991.08.2517570
10Omar ALAMERI 1991.11.1819090
11Rashed AL ZAABI 1988.10.1918875
12Qais OMAR 1991.10.3119590
13Malalla BANIHAMMAD 1983.06.1820095
14Ali ALHATTAWI 1979.11.2020095
15Jasim ABDALLA 1988.11.2420295
Ibrahim ALSARI 1980.07.0418580
Rashid ALALI 1990.04.0320095
Hamad YAQOUB 1989.06.1017580
Mohamed ALJUNAIBI 1991.03.2820595

SOUTH AFRICA National Mens Basketball Team

Head CoachMlungisi NGWENYA
Assistant CoachPatric ENGELBREGT

Neo,Kgalabi MOTHIBA1982.03.2119990
Thabang,Esiah KGWEDI1978.04.1519898
Kegorapetse,David LETSEBE1980.10.1419888
Quintin,Cedrick DENYSSEN1980.08.27200100
Tsakani ,Craig NGOBENI1983.12.1619995
Cedric,Lukanda KALOMBO1983.06.0220895

Lindokuhle,Nduduzo SIBANKULU1981.04.09199107
Nhlanhla DLAMINI1986.09.0215370
Amogelang KEOGATILE1987.10.1019889
Brendan,Glenn METTLER1982.01.1019085
Vincent,Luyanda NTUNJA1981.06.2418585
Sakhile,Curtis SITHOLE1990.03.11198108
Tshilidzi NEPHAWE1989.06.10205105
Chris AVENANT1991.04.2519588
Christopher,James GABRIEL1988.12.19220128
Fumani MARHANELE1982.08.2819887

JORDAN National Mens Basketball Team

Head CoachThomas ANTHONY BALDWIN
CoachMurad ABED ELRAZZAQ BARAKAT

4
Abdallah RADWAN ABUQOURA 1984.05.30204100
5Mousa KAYED ALAWADI 1985.07.2018094
6Zaid AHMED ABBAS 1983.11.2120392
7Ali JAMAL ZAGHAB 1988.03.06205
8Enver KAZBEK SOOBZOKOV 1978.05.1620187
9
Osama MOHAMMAD FATHI DAGHLES 1979.09.1819884
10Alkhas ZAID NAIM 1976.03.0720198
11 Wesam YACOUB AL-SOUS1983.02.2418983
12Mahmoud NZAR ABDEEN 1987.12.2319286
13Fares SAQF ALHAIT 1987.05.0419587
14Islam MOHAMMAD ABBAAS 1980.03.11200100
15Ayman SADEQ IDAIS 1978.06.2820598

PHILIPPINES SMART Gilas Mens Basketball Team

Head Coach Rajko TOROMAN
Asst. Coach Oliver BUNYI
Asst. Coach Jude Ericson ROQUE

Andy Mark BARROCA1986.04.2517679
Joseph Evans CASIO1986.09.0117681
Dylan Simon ABABOU1986.12.0718384
Japeth Paul AGUILAR1985.01.2520888
Donaldo HONTIVEROS1977.06.0118884
Marnel BARACAEL1985.04.1419385
Jason BALLESTEROS1985.07.1019887
Pauliasi TAULAVA1973.03.02208108
Christopher John TIU1985.07.1517882
Marcio LASSITER1987.05.1618884
Marcus DOUTHIT1980.04.15211106
Christopher LUTZ1985.02.1119386

KOREA National Mens Basketball Team

Head Coach HUR, Jae
Assistant Coach LEE, Hun-Jae
Assistant Coach KIM, Sang-Shik

4 PARK, Chan-Hee1987.04.1719087
5 LEE, Jung-Suk1982.07.0618387
6 YANG, Dong-Geun1981.09.1418081
7 KANG, Byung-Hyun1985.03.0319391
8Cameron Jarod STEVENSON1975.12.0119896
9 KIM, Yong-Hwan1984.07.0519594
10? CHO, Sung-Min1983.12.2318991
11 YANG, Hee-Jong1984.05.1119493
12 KIM, Joo-Sung1979.11.0920597
13 HA, Seung-Jin1985.08.04221140
14 OH, Sek-Eun1987.05.2020098
15 KIM, Jong-Kyu1991.07.0320798



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Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler lands Olumuyiwa Famutimi - by Baha Kurtulus
Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler announced that Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas) will join the roster. Famutimi is a 27 year old 197cm guard that has the Canadian/Nigerian citzenship. Recently he played in Turkey at the World Championships for Canada playing 2 games: 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg.
He played for Oyak Renault Bursa in 2009-2010 season (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 29 games: 16.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg,
Eurobasket awarded Famutimi All-Turkish League Honorable Mention -10
Famutimi spent last season with Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. He apperared 13 times in 1.Bundesliga for them averaging 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists.



U18: Spain cruise past Turkey into title game - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Turkey U18 77:54

Spain recorded the eighth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They overcame Turkey to reach the championship game. Spain will take on Serbia tomorrow. Daniel Diez (199-F-93) stepped up with 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Turkey will play against Italy in the consolation final on Sunday.
It was all about Spain from start to finish. They posted a 19:5 lead after ten minutes of action. The margin grew at 23-point mark midway through the second term. Spain arrived at halftime up by 24 points 40:16. Turkey struggled to restore intrigue in this one after the big break. They faced a 23-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Spain did not slow down in the fourth period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Alejandro Redondo (198-F/G-93) provided 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Josep Perez (183-PG-94) added 10 points in the victory. Ahmet Tuncer (193-G-93) responded with 15 points for Turkey. Talat Altunbey (202-F-94) netted 10 points in defeat.

Spain U18: Daniel Diez 16+13 boards, Alejandro Redondo 11, Josep Perez 10
Turkey U18: Ahmet Tuncer 15, Talat Altunbey 10



U16: Turkey prevail against Italy in Hradec Kralove - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Italy U16 64:52

Turkey registered the second win at the U16 European Championship. They overcame Italy to clinch the second position in Group D. James Birsen (203-F/G-95) scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Italy fell at 1-2 record in the third spot in the ladder.
Turkey dominated in the first period. They outscored Italy 18:8 after ten minutes of action. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They posted a 33:19 halftime lead. Italy went on a 15:3 rally to cut the deficit at 4-point mark 34:38. Turkey stayed in front posting a 48:44 lead with one quarter to go. However James Birsen triggered a 14:2 run from the Turkish team midway through the final quarter as they cleared off for good. Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) nailed 13 points, while Dogukan Sanli (191-G-95) accounted for 9 points in the winning effort. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Italy. Lorenzo Benvenuti (202-F/C-95) netted 15 points in the loss.

Turkey U16: James Birsen 16+11 boards, Cedi Osman 13, Dogukan Sanli 9
Italy U16: Simone Fontecchio 16+10 boards, Lorenzo Benvenuti 15



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US Virgin Islands grab 91-89 thriller win against Bahamas to win CBC Championship in Nassau - by Eurobasket News
US Virgin Islands - Bahamas 91-89

Caribbean Basketball Championship 2011 in Nassau is over. US Virgin Islands grabbed 91-89 thriller win against Bahamas to win the Gold at this event. Both teams booked a spot for the CentroBasket 2012. US Virgin Islands had great first half ending it with 20-point lead, 53-33. However, Bahamas responded with 19-28 in Q3 and everything was open again. Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) stepped up for the US Virgin Islands after that to stop Bahamas and together with Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) and Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) helped his team to win the Gold at this event. Sheppard exploded with 28 points and 7 rebounds, while Cuthbert and Hodge had 19 and 18 points respectively. Cuthbert also pulled down 10 rebounds in this meeting.
Third place in Nassau belongs to Jamaica. It was another thriller and Jamaica celebrated 55-54 win against the British Virgin Islands. Thanks to this victory Jamaica won the Bronze at the CBC Championship 2011 and they also booked a ticket for the CentroBasket 2012.

US Virgin Islands: Kevin Sheppard 28+7 boards, Cuthbert Victor 19+10 boards, Walter Hodge 18


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Kevin Tiggs lands in Hoverla - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla continued to work on the transfer market. The Ivano-Frankivsk team has agreed on terms of contract with Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.). The 27-year-old forward started the previous season in Ferro-ZNTU. He tallied 8.4 points, 3.6 boards and 1.8 assists per game in Superleague. In EuroChallenge Qualifying Round Kevin Tiggs posted 14.5 points, 2.5 assists, 1.5 boards and 1.5 steals. The forward moved to Apoel Nicosia in October. His stats read 11.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.2 assists per game in EuroChallenge. Kevin Tiggs registered 14.3 points, 2.5 steals and 1.8 assists in Cypriot League. The forward led Apoel to the regular season crown. Kevin Tiggs was named All-Cypriot League Defensive Player of the Year.


Aerosvit Cup Kyiv. Belarus shock Ukraine for second win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Belarus 78:82

Belarus celebrated the second straight win at the Aerosvit Cup international friendly tournament in Kyiv. They shocked the hosts tonight to stay undefeated. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) scored 20 points and issued 6 assists to pace the winners. Ukraine fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Ukraine started the game aggressively. The hosts posted an 11:2 lead midway through the opening quarter. Ukraine posted a 20:12 lead at the first break. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 6 points 37:31. The margin grew at 14-point mark midway through the third term but Belarus cut the deficit back to 7 points at the final break. Belarus stepped on the gas in the final frame. They erased the deficit and then Aliaksandr Kudrautsau made it a four-point lead for the visitors. Belarus sank free throws confidently in the dying seconds to seal the win at the end. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) scored 16 points, while Dmitri Paliashchuk (197-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points in the victory. Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) answered with 13 points for Ukraine. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points in defeat.

Ukraine: Steve Burtt 13, Maksym Pustozvonov 11
Belarus: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 20, Pavel Ulyanko 16, Dmitri Paliashchuk 12



U18: Ukraine burst out late, topple Finland - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18 - Finland U18 75:52

Ukraine registered the fourth straight win at the U18 European Championship. They knocked down Finland to improve at 4-1 record in Group G. Ukraine thus secured their Division A birth for the next season. Finland will play in Division B next year. Vladimir Gerun (206-C-94) tallied 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners.
Ukraine and Finland stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Ukraine capped the period with six points in a row to take a 20:18 lead. Finland used a 7:0 rally midway through the second quarter to surge ahead. The Finnish team posted a 36:34 halftime lead. Ukraine opened the second half with ten unanswered points to regain the lead. They maintained the lead and registered a 53:46 advantage at the final intermission. Ukraine went on a 22:2 surge at the start of the fourth period to leave Finland far behind and never looked back en route to the victory. Klym Artamonov (176-PG-93) tallied 15 points, 11 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Andriy Kobets (182-G-93), Illya Zhukovsky (190-F-93) and Oleksandr Furs (198-F-93) netted 10 points each in the victory. Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) and Ilari Seppala (190-G-93) responded with 11 points each for Finland. Tommi Huolila (199-F-93) netted 10 points in defeat.

Ukraine U18: Vladimir Gerun 23+14 boards, Klym Artamonov 15+11 assists, Andriy Kobets 10, Illya Zhukovsky 10, Oleksandr Furs 10
Finland U18: Joonas Caven 11, Ilari Seppala 11



Artur Drozdov joins Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash strengthened their frontcourt. They have completed the negotiations and announced the arrival of Artur Drozdov (199-G-80). The 30-year-old forward spent the previous season in Italy. Artur Drozdov played for Vanoli Cremona. He tallied 12.3 points, 5.6 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists per game in Seria A. Previously Artur Drozdov had stints with Budivelnyk, BC Donetsk, BC Kyiv, Pau-Orthez and Avtodor Saratov.


U16: Ukraine beat Lithuania to stay in title race - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16 - Lithuania U16 80:75

Ukraine celebrated the first win at the U16 European Championship. And it came just in the right time. Ukraine outscored Lithuania to punch the last ticket into Qualifying Round from Group C. Lithuania in the meantime slipped at 1-2 record and fell into relegation round. Stanislav Kudrya (186-PG-95) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Stanislav Kudrya unloaded 13 points in the first period as Ukraine grabbed a 31:14 lead. Lithuanua gradually came back to life in the second frame. Edvinas Seskus (191-F-95) fired 14 points in the second quarter as Lithuania got within 9 points at the interval 37:46. Aidas Kavaliauskas (179-PG-95), Zalalis and Ernestas Serkevicius (178-PG-95) erased the deficit midway through the third term 52:52. Ukraine however did not allow the Baltic side to put their noses in front. Stanislav Medvedenko team entered the final quarter up by three points 63:60. Lithuania increased the pressure and eventually drew things level at 70. Ukraine answere with six points in a row to regain control. Lithuania tried hard to save the game in the dying seconds but Berezhnyy and Prokopenko went deadly from the stripe to bring Ukraine to the victory. Anton Dziuba (201-F-95) netted 17 points in the victory. Edvinas Seskus responded with 23 points and 12 rebounds for Lithuania. Ernestas Serkevicius and Aidas Kavaliauskas provided 12 points each in the loss.

Ukraine U16: Stanislav Kudrya 18, Anton Dziuba 17, Igor Boyarkin (180-PG-95) 14
Lithuania U16: Edvinas Seskus 23+12 boards, Ernestas Serkevicius 12, Aidas Kavaliauskas 12



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  URUGUAY   


Nacional and Larraaga are 1-1 for a promotion - by Hector Lopez
Nacional defeat Larranaga 73-64 to tie 1-1 the best of three final serie for a promotion to the Uruguayan League 2012. Last nigth they played 1.43 minutes because the gam had been suspended on Monday when Nacional was winning 65-59. The game was suspended by the referees after Terrence Shelman (198-F-78), from Nacional, had a quarrel with Federico Martinez (203-F/C-74) (203-F/C-74), from Larranaga. All the other players who were at the bench were also expelled after they stormed the field. Nacional had to play those last 1.43 minutes with just 4 players. The best scorer for Nacional was Emiliano Giano (180-PG-89) with 27 points, while Shelman netted 20 and grabbed 16 rebounds. Jimmy Boston had 22 points and 9 rebounds. The last game will be played on Wednesday 3rd.

Wachsmann authorized to play for Uruguayan NT - by Hector Lopez
Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona), the player who recently joined Melilla, for the Spanish LEB Gold, was authorized by FIBA to play for Uruguay during the next Americas Pre Olympic Tournament, announced the Uruguayan Federation. Wachsmann has never played in Uruguay, but he is the son of an Uruguayan citizen and therefore has the same rigths as if he were born in this country. The autorization was given after the President of the Uruguayan Federation, Luis A. Castillo, met the FIBA General Secretary, Patrick Baumann, in Geneve.

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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelans Abroad - Michael Carrera has interesting scholarship offers - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- According to a report written by Josh Barr, of the Washington Post, Venezuelan SF-PF Michael Carrera (198-F-93), of the Montrose Christian School Mustangs and a senior for the upcoming season of the United States High School Basketball system, has received scholarschip offers from Gonzaga, Virginia Tech and Richmond to continue his developing career in the NCAA Division 1.

Carrera, son of former player Luis Carrera and born in Anzoategui state, is being coached by Stu Vetter and has been working in the same high school that Venezuelan NBA PG Greivis Vasquez attended a few years ago prior to making the jump to the Maryland Terrapins program.

The 18 year-old talent wanted to do the same thing, but the departure of coach Gary Williams from Maryland made him change his plans.

He averaged over 14 points and 11 rebounds a game in a regular season in which his team finished with an impressive 22-1 en route to the ESPN National Championship, including a 71-64 victory over Oak Hill Academy that required two extra times.




Venezuela defeated Japan 91-53 in the first of two friendly matches - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The Senior NT of Venezuela defeated Japan 91-53 at Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena of Parque Miranda in Caracas, in the first of a two game series to be played as part of their preparation towards the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament, set to be played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, from August 30th till September 11th.

American head coach Eric Musselman was there for his first official game as the man in charge, surrounded by assistant coaches Brad Greenberg , Henry Paruta , Daniel Centeno and Daniel Seoane . All 15 players that he had available were used in the game.

He surprised many by using NBA PG Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87) as an SG in the starting team, which included David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) as the PG, Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87, college: Campbellsville) as an SF, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) as a PF and NCAA player Gregory Echenique (205-C-90) as center.

Recently called up center Richard Lugo (209-C-73, college: St.Francis, NY) attended the match but wasn't forced into action. Lugo has played two FIBA World Cups and is a 2.08m center, 38 years old.

Injured SF-PF Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans), currently recovering from a right knee injury, was also there to support his teammates.

Greivis Vasquez finished the march with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) added 11 points and 5 rebounds and Gregory Echenique finished up with 10 points and a couple of boards.

The second match will be played at the same place on Saturday at 7.00pm. The team will make a short trip to Puerto Cabello next Tuesday to play against Maygar, the team that won the championship of Liga de Baloncesto Industrial (Libalca), a semi pro league based in Carabobo state.


Venezuelans Abroad - Edgar Lugo scored 6 in triumph of Reales de La Vega (D.R) - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SG Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) played only 7 minutes coming off the bench but was sharp enough to provide Reales de La Vega with 6 points, including a couple of three-point shots, in a victory over Huracanes, 101-78, as part of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto's regular season schedule in the Dominican Republic's top level of pro basketball.

Lugo scored 2 of 5 three-point attempts and missed his only 2-point shot of the night and finished up with a turnover and three fouls. Meanwhile, Venezuelan PG Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) played 16 minutes and finished up with 3 points, 6 assists, a rebound, 4 steals and 4 turnovers.

Reales enjoyed a great performance by Kirk Snyder (198-F-83) with 24 points, Juan Coronado (196-G-83) with 23 and Larry Turner (210-F/C-82) with 18. For Huracanes, Kelvin Pena (193-G-80) almost had a triple double and ended up with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, followed by Sandro Encarnacion (203-C-86) with 14, Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) with 11 and Juan Ortega (187-G-81) with 11.




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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   


2011 William Jones Cup men's competition rosters - by Chris Wang
MALAYSIA National Mens Basketball Team

Head CoachGOH CHENG HUAT
Asst. CoachCHUA KOK KIAN

4HO YEOW LOONG1988.05.0617877
5 SOO, Eng-Heng1984.04.0418078
6 WEE CHUAN CHIN 1984.05.2518078
7ONG CHUN KHEE1990.02.2217278
8OOI BAN SIN1983.10.2918080
9
BATUMALAI GUGANESWARAN1982.05.2618278
10CHIN ZHI SHIN1987.03.1619080
11LOH SHEE FAI1989.01.1619287
12KUEK TIAN YUAN 1991.08.0320080
13NG YEO SENG,JOHN1981.08.3019390
14KWAAN YOONG JING1990.07.1320087
15CHEE LI WEI 1983.06.10198100

JAPAN National Mens Basketball Team

Head Coach Thomas WISMAN
Assistant Coach ? HIGASHINO, Tomoya
Assistant Coach TODO, Shunsuke
Assistant Coach ITO, Takuma

4 OKADA, Yusuke1984.09.1718581
5 YAMADA, Daiji1981.06.08200105
6 NOGUCHI, Daisuke1983.05.2619686
7 OTA, Atsuya1984.06.04206110
8 SAKAI, Taiji1984.08.2819088
9 SHONAKA, Takeki1984.09.1518078
10 MATSUI, Keijuro1985.10.1618883
11 NISHIMURA, Fumio1986.09.2417773
12 ITO, Taishi1986.12.2218275
13 TABUSE, Yuta1980.10.0517375
14 ARAO, Gaku1987.01.1519893
15 KAMATA, Yuya1990.05.1119798
16Sean HINKLEY1991.04.0319798
17 HASHIMOTO, Kosuke1993.05.0620176
18? TOGASHI, Yuki1993.07.3017065
19 WATANABE, Yuta1994.10.1319573

Taiwan National Mens Basketball Team

Technical AdvisorBob Hill
Head Coach Chou,Chun-San
CoachHsu,Chin-Che
CoachLiu,Hwa-Lin
CoachChou,Chun-Hsiung

CHEN, Shih-Nine1984.04.0818076
YANG, Chin-Min1984.01.2218885
LEE, Hsueh-Lin1984.01.3117675
CHEN, Shun-Hsiang1985.05.2519090
LU, Cheng-Ju1986.04.1319488
MAO, Chia-En1982.11.1619690
CHIEN, Chia-Hung1987.03.06197108
HUNG, Chih-Shan1985.07.0517675
CHANG, Tsung-Hsien1988.12.2719286
SU, I-Chieh1985.01.2818178
LIN, Chih-Chieh1982.06.1119295
CHEN, Hsin-An1980.07.0119690
HO, Shou-Cheng1983.02.1519696
Douglas Creighton1985.03.0719590
CHOU, Po-Chen1990.08.0819795
TSENG, Wen-Ting1984.07.0620290
WU, Tai-Hao1985.02.07203100
CHOU, Yi-Hsian1991.02.0419390

I.R.IRAN National Mens Basketball Team

Head Coach Veselin MATIC
Coach Mehran HATAMI
Coach Safa Ali KAMALIAN

Hamed SOHR ABNEJAD1983.05.0720189
Aren DAVOUDICHEGANI1986.07.1218478
Javad DAVARI1983.04.2518577
Mahdi KAMRANI1982.06.0118678
Saman VEISI1982.08.0718980
Reza LOTFI BAROGH1983.09.1619190
Hamed AFAGH1983.02.0119078
Oshin SAHAKIAN1986.03.2120091
Asghar KARDOUST1986.03.21212118
Rouzbeh ARGHAVAN1988.05.18213104
Mohammadsamad NIK KHAHBAHRAMI1983.05.1119885
Hamed EHADADI1985.05.19218115
Mohammad HASSANZADEH1990.07.0619989
Moosa NABIPOOR1983.08.14213102
Yonas LALAEHZADEH1989.01.2819989
Amirhossein TATARI1988.05.0819190
Saeid DAVARPANAHFARD1987.09.0719086
Jaber ROUZBAHANI1986.05.10223114
Majid GHASEM ZADEH1989.07.2718875

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES National Mens Basketball Team

Head CoachZoran ZUPCEVIC

4Mohamed AL BRAIKI 1991.12.2119080
5Salem MUBARAK 1982.06.0320785
6Ibrahim AHMAD 1979.06.0917575
7Talal ALNUAIMI 1988.09.2618080
8Husain AHMED 1989.03.0618080
9Khalifa SALEM 1991.08.2517570
10Omar ALAMERI 1991.11.1819090
11Rashed AL ZAABI 1988.10.1918875
12Qais OMAR 1991.10.3119590
13Malalla BANIHAMMAD 1983.06.1820095
14Ali ALHATTAWI 1979.11.2020095
15Jasim ABDALLA 1988.11.2420295
Ibrahim ALSARI 1980.07.0418580
Rashid ALALI 1990.04.0320095
Hamad YAQOUB 1989.06.1017580
Mohamed ALJUNAIBI 1991.03.2820595

SOUTH AFRICA National Mens Basketball Team

Head CoachMlungisi NGWENYA
Assistant CoachPatric ENGELBREGT

Neo,Kgalabi MOTHIBA1982.03.2119990
Thabang,Esiah KGWEDI1978.04.1519898
Kegorapetse,David LETSEBE1980.10.1419888
Quintin,Cedrick DENYSSEN1980.08.27200100
Tsakani ,Craig NGOBENI1983.12.1619995
Cedric,Lukanda KALOMBO1983.06.0220895

Lindokuhle,Nduduzo SIBANKULU1981.04.09199107
Nhlanhla DLAMINI1986.09.0215370
Amogelang KEOGATILE1987.10.1019889
Brendan,Glenn METTLER1982.01.1019085
Vincent,Luyanda NTUNJA1981.06.2418585
Sakhile,Curtis SITHOLE1990.03.11198108
Tshilidzi NEPHAWE1989.06.10205105
Chris AVENANT1991.04.2519588
Christopher,James GABRIEL1988.12.19220128
Fumani MARHANELE1982.08.2819887

JORDAN National Mens Basketball Team

Head CoachThomas ANTHONY BALDWIN
CoachMurad ABED ELRAZZAQ BARAKAT

4
Abdallah RADWAN ABUQOURA 1984.05.30204100
5Mousa KAYED ALAWADI 1985.07.2018094
6Zaid AHMED ABBAS 1983.11.2120392
7Ali JAMAL ZAGHAB 1988.03.06205
8Enver KAZBEK SOOBZOKOV 1978.05.1620187
9
Osama MOHAMMAD FATHI DAGHLES 1979.09.1819884
10Alkhas ZAID NAIM 1976.03.0720198
11 Wesam YACOUB AL-SOUS1983.02.2418983
12Mahmoud NZAR ABDEEN 1987.12.2319286
13Fares SAQF ALHAIT 1987.05.0419587
14Islam MOHAMMAD ABBAAS 1980.03.11200100
15Ayman SADEQ IDAIS 1978.06.2820598

PHILIPPINES SMART Gilas Mens Basketball Team

Head Coach Rajko TOROMAN
Asst. Coach Oliver BUNYI
Asst. Coach Jude Ericson ROQUE

Andy Mark BARROCA1986.04.2517679
Joseph Evans CASIO1986.09.0117681
Dylan Simon ABABOU1986.12.0718384
Japeth Paul AGUILAR1985.01.2520888
Donaldo HONTIVEROS1977.06.0118884
Marnel BARACAEL1985.04.1419385
Jason BALLESTEROS1985.07.1019887
Pauliasi TAULAVA1973.03.02208108
Christopher John TIU1985.07.1517882
Marcio LASSITER1987.05.1618884
Marcus DOUTHIT1980.04.15211106
Christopher LUTZ1985.02.1119386

KOREA National Mens Basketball Team

Head Coach HUR, Jae
Assistant Coach LEE, Hun-Jae
Assistant Coach KIM, Sang-Shik

4 PARK, Chan-Hee1987.04.1719087
5 LEE, Jung-Suk1982.07.0618387
6 YANG, Dong-Geun1981.09.1418081
7 KANG, Byung-Hyun1985.03.0319391
8Cameron Jarod STEVENSON1975.12.0119896
9 KIM, Yong-Hwan1984.07.0519594
10? CHO, Sung-Min1983.12.2318991
11 YANG, Hee-Jong1984.05.1119493
12 KIM, Joo-Sung1979.11.0920597
13 HA, Seung-Jin1985.08.04221140
14 OH, Sek-Eun1987.05.2020098
15 KIM, Jong-Kyu1991.07.0320798





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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Afrobasket U16 Standings
Standings
1. Egypt5-0
2. Tunisia4-1
3. Mali3-2
4. Angola2-3
5. Algeria1-4
6. Mozambique.0-5


Preliminary Round is over, Semifinals set - by Eurobasket News
Preliminary Round of the U16 AfroBasket in Egypt is over. The host of this event ended this stage with perfect 5-0. In Day Five, Egypt blasted Tunisia 77-34 to stay perfect. Tunisia had 4-0 before this meeting, so they finished Preliminary Round as No.2. Both teams advanced to Semifinals. Third ranked Mali and fourth Angola also reached the next stage. Defending champion Mali registered 3-2 record so far. Angola has 2-3. Algeria and Mozambique failed to reach the Semis. Algeria has 1-4 score and finished as No.5. Mozambique is the last ranked team at this event win no win.

SEMIFINALS
Egypt - Angola
Tunisia - Mali



Round One
Jul. 22: Egypt 89-56 Angola
Jul. 23: Tunisia 78-52 Algeria
Jul. 23: Mali 55-53 Angola

Round Two
Jul. 24: Tunisia 50-28 Mali
Jul. 24: Egypt 83-27 Algeria
Jul. 24: Mozambique 57-62 Angola

Round Three
Jul. 24: Algeria 29-61 Mali
Jul. 24: Mozambique 55-62 Tunisia

Round Four
Jul. 26: Angola 50-55 Tunisia
Jul. 26: Algeria 63-43 Mozambique
Jul. 26: Egypt 53-45 Mali

Round Five
Jul. 28: Angola 70-40 Algeria
Jul. 28: Mali 65-44 Mozambique
Jul. 28: Egypt 77-34 Tunisia
Jul. 27: Mozambique 42-90 Egypt

Standings
1. Egypt 5-0
2. Tunisia 4-1
3. Mali 3-2
4. Angola 2-3
5. Algeria 1-4
6. Mozambique. 0-5




Egypt and Mali to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Egypt and Mali will meet in the Finals of U16 AfroBasket 2011. Of course the winner will take the Gold at this event. The same teams met in the 2009 Finals and Mali won that year.
Egypt cruised past Angola 72-41 in the Semifinals. Angola somehow managed to resist in the first ten minutes, but Egypt made 28-20 until the halftime. Egypt never looked back after that and their lead was just increasing. They won the last period 22-9 for the final 73-41 victory.
Mai outplayed Tunisia 72-54. The winners started with 19-14 in the first ten minutes and extended their lead to plus seven until the halftime. Wafa Loubiri exploded for Tunisia in Q3 and thanks to his 18 points in this period they came to minus one, 46-45. Mali intensified defense in the last ten minutes and blasted Tunisia 26-9 until the end.
Saturday is the last day of the competition in Egypt.

FINAL
Egypt - Mali

Places 3-4
Tunisia - Angola

Semifinals
July 29: Tunisia 54-72 Mali
July 29: Egypt 72-41 Angola


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Tayla Roberts lifts U19 Australia to Semifinals in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 JAPAN - U19 AUSTRALIA 83-92

Australia advanced to Semifinals of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 92-83 loss to Japan in the QFInals and will meet Spain at the next stage. On the other side, Japan will be transferred to Classification Round. They will fight for the fifth place at this event. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) exploded for the winners with 41 points and 17 rebounds. She reached amazing valuation 43 and of course was the MVP of this meeting. Rebecca Cole (177-PG-92) had 17 points, 7 rebs and 6 assists, while Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) helped with 10 pts. In Japan, Shiori Takada (170-G-92) collected 23 points and 5 assists. Rui Machida (160-PG-93) had 22 pts, 11 rebs and 5 assists, while Aoi Katsura (170-PG-92) added 14 pts in this loss. Quarters: 15-21, 26-19, 26-32, 16-20. Championship continues today with four games.

Japan: Shiori Takada 23+5 as, Rui Machida 22+11 boards+5 as, Aoi Katsura 14
Australia: Tayla Roberts 41+17 boards, Rebecca Cole 17+7 boards+6 as, Nadeen Payne 10


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  BRAZIL - Women  


U19 Brazil eliminates U19 Russia in thriller, 73-71 - by Eurobasket News
U19 RUSSIA - U19 BRAZIL 71-73

Brazil grabbed 73-71 thriller win against Russia in the Quarterfinals of FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Brazil advanced to Semis, where they will meet strong USA team. Russia will go to Classification Round. They will play two games and if they win both Russia will finish as No.5 Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) once again proved she is totally the best Brazil's player at this event. She scored 23 points and pulled down 17 rebounds yesterday. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) scored 13 points, while Tassia Carcavalli (178-F-92) added 12 points, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) delivered 21 points. Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) had 12 points and 5 assists, while Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) added 10 points and 12 boards. Quarters: 13-22, 19-19, 20-13, 19-19. Championship continues today. As mentioned above Brazil will play against USA. Russia will meet France.

Russia: Alexandra Stolyar 21, Svetlana Efimova 12+5 as, Ksenia Tikhonenko 10+12 boards
Brazil: Damiris Dantas 23+17 boards, Isabela Ramona 13, Tassia Carcavalli 12+5 boards


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  CANADA - Women  


U19 Spain eliminates U19 Canada 69-55, heads to Semifinals in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 CANADA - U19 SPAIN 55-69

Bad time for the first loss of Canada at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Spain did a great job and managed to win this game 69-55. It means that Spain advanced to Semifinals of this event, where they will take on Australia. Canada, who ended Qualifying Round with perfect 6-0, will continue in classification games from 5th to 8th place. Astou Ndour (193-C-94) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Mariona Ortiz (183-F-92) had 14 points and 6 boards, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) helped with 10 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) responded with 14 points in defeat. Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) stopped to 12 pts and 6 boards in this meeting. Quarters: 10-17, 16-18, 13-15, 16-19. Championship continues today.

Canada: Nirra Fields 14, Michelle Plouffe 12+6 boards
Spain: Astou Ndour 19+8 boards, Mariona Ortiz 14+6 boards, Queralt Casas 10+6 boards


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  CHILE - Women  


U19 Italy hands 67-48 loss to U19 Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 ITALY - U19 CHILE 67-48

Italy made a first step forward to 9th place in Chile. They handed 67-48 loss to the host of FIBA U19 World Championship. If Italy want to win position No.5 they will have to beat China today. On the other side, Chile will meet Taiwan in the battle for 11th place. Giulia Maffenini (180-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Francesca Dotto (189-C-93) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Debora Carangelo (167-PG-92) added 8 pts and 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Fernando Serrano (82) delivered 14 points. Their second scorer was Fernanda Tapia (180-F-93) with 9 pts and 7 boards. Quarters: 24-11, 10-17, 24-8, 9-12. Championship continues today.

Italy: Giulia Maffenini 13, Francesca Dotto 11+5 boards, Debora Carangelo 8+8 boards
Chile: Fernando Serrano 14, Fernanda Tapia 9+7 boards


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  CHINA - Women  


U19 China destroys U19 Taiwan 88-50 - by Eurobasket News
U19 CHINA - U19 TAIWAN 88-50

China is a step closer to ninth place at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. China met Taiwan yesterday and destroyed them 88-50. In order to end as No.9 China will have to beat Italy today. Taiwan will play against Chile for the 11th place. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds in this victory. Liang Jiamei (183-F-92) had 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Yang Xi (184-G-94) added 11 pts, plus 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Lin delivered 12 points. Chang Chi-Fang (174-G-93) followed her with 11 points, but she also had 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Quarters: 19-17, 20-6, 23-11, 26-16. Today will be the last day on the championship for these two teams.

China: Yang LiWei 14+6 boards, Liang Jiamei 13+9 boards, Yang Xi 11+5 boards
Taiwan: Lin 12, Chang Chi-Fang 11+11 boards+5 as


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  FRANCE - Women  


U19 USA beats U19 France 70-64, heads to Semifinals in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 USA - U19 FRANCE 70-64

USA outplayed France 70-64 in the Quarterfinals of FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. It means that USA advanced to Semis, where they will meet Brazil. France will continue in Classification round. They will fight for the fifth place at this event. Breanna Stewart (6'3''-F-94) shined for the winners with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kaleena Lewis (6'0''-F-93) scored 13 points, while Bria Hartley (5'10''-G-92) added 10 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Valeriane Ayayi (6'1''-F-94) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Helena Akmouche (5'9''-G-92) scored 15 and Adja Konteh (5'10''-F-92) stopped on four points less (5 rebs). Quarters: 11-23, 14-7, 22-19, 23-15. USA will play against Brazil today. France will meet Russia.

USA: Breanna Stewart 21+13 boards, Kaleena Lewis 13, Bria Hartley 10+5 boards+5 as
France: Valeriane Ayayi 19+8 boards, Helena Akmouche 15, Adja Konteh 11+5 boards


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  ITALY - Women  


U19 Italy hands 67-48 loss to U19 Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 ITALY - U19 CHILE 67-48

Italy made a first step forward to 9th place in Chile. They handed 67-48 loss to the host of FIBA U19 World Championship. If Italy want to win position No.5 they will have to beat China today. On the other side, Chile will meet Taiwan in the battle for 11th place. Giulia Maffenini (180-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Francesca Dotto (189-C-93) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Debora Carangelo (167-PG-92) added 8 pts and 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Fernando Serrano (82) delivered 14 points. Their second scorer was Fernanda Tapia (180-F-93) with 9 pts and 7 boards. Quarters: 24-11, 10-17, 24-8, 9-12. Championship continues today.

Italy: Giulia Maffenini 13, Francesca Dotto 11+5 boards, Debora Carangelo 8+8 boards
Chile: Fernando Serrano 14, Fernanda Tapia 9+7 boards


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  JAPAN - Women  


Tayla Roberts lifts U19 Australia to Semifinals in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 JAPAN - U19 AUSTRALIA 83-92

Australia advanced to Semifinals of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 92-83 loss to Japan in the QFInals and will meet Spain at the next stage. On the other side, Japan will be transferred to Classification Round. They will fight for the fifth place at this event. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) exploded for the winners with 41 points and 17 rebounds. She reached amazing valuation 43 and of course was the MVP of this meeting. Rebecca Cole (177-PG-92) had 17 points, 7 rebs and 6 assists, while Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) helped with 10 pts. In Japan, Shiori Takada (170-G-92) collected 23 points and 5 assists. Rui Machida (160-PG-93) had 22 pts, 11 rebs and 5 assists, while Aoi Katsura (170-PG-92) added 14 pts in this loss. Quarters: 15-21, 26-19, 26-32, 16-20. Championship continues today with four games.

Japan: Shiori Takada 23+5 as, Rui Machida 22+11 boards+5 as, Aoi Katsura 14
Australia: Tayla Roberts 41+17 boards, Rebecca Cole 17+7 boards+6 as, Nadeen Payne 10


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  NCAA1 - Women  


U19 USA beats U19 France 70-64, heads to Semifinals in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 USA - U19 FRANCE 70-64

USA outplayed France 70-64 in the Quarterfinals of FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. It means that USA advanced to Semis, where they will meet Brazil. France will continue in Classification round. They will fight for the fifth place at this event. Breanna Stewart (6'3''-F-94) shined for the winners with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kaleena Lewis (6'0''-F-93) scored 13 points, while Bria Hartley (5'10''-G-92) added 10 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Valeriane Ayayi (6'1''-F-94) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Helena Akmouche (5'9''-G-92) scored 15 and Adja Konteh (5'10''-F-92) stopped on four points less (5 rebs). Quarters: 11-23, 14-7, 22-19, 23-15. USA will play against Brazil today. France will meet Russia.

USA: Breanna Stewart 21+13 boards, Kaleena Lewis 13, Bria Hartley 10+5 boards+5 as
France: Valeriane Ayayi 19+8 boards, Helena Akmouche 15, Adja Konteh 11+5 boards


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  RUSSIA - Women  


U19 Brazil eliminates U19 Russia in thriller, 73-71 - by Eurobasket News
U19 RUSSIA - U19 BRAZIL 71-73

Brazil grabbed 73-71 thriller win against Russia in the Quarterfinals of FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Brazil advanced to Semis, where they will meet strong USA team. Russia will go to Classification Round. They will play two games and if they win both Russia will finish as No.5 Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) once again proved she is totally the best Brazil's player at this event. She scored 23 points and pulled down 17 rebounds yesterday. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) scored 13 points, while Tassia Carcavalli (178-F-92) added 12 points, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) delivered 21 points. Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) had 12 points and 5 assists, while Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) added 10 points and 12 boards. Quarters: 13-22, 19-19, 20-13, 19-19. Championship continues today. As mentioned above Brazil will play against USA. Russia will meet France.

Russia: Alexandra Stolyar 21, Svetlana Efimova 12+5 as, Ksenia Tikhonenko 10+12 boards
Brazil: Damiris Dantas 23+17 boards, Isabela Ramona 13, Tassia Carcavalli 12+5 boards


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  SPAIN - Women  


U19 Spain eliminates U19 Canada 69-55, heads to Semifinals in Chile - by Eurobasket News
U19 CANADA - U19 SPAIN 55-69

Bad time for the first loss of Canada at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Spain did a great job and managed to win this game 69-55. It means that Spain advanced to Semifinals of this event, where they will take on Australia. Canada, who ended Qualifying Round with perfect 6-0, will continue in classification games from 5th to 8th place. Astou Ndour (193-C-94) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Mariona Ortiz (183-F-92) had 14 points and 6 boards, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) helped with 10 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) responded with 14 points in defeat. Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) stopped to 12 pts and 6 boards in this meeting. Quarters: 10-17, 16-18, 13-15, 16-19. Championship continues today.

Canada: Nirra Fields 14, Michelle Plouffe 12+6 boards
Spain: Astou Ndour 19+8 boards, Mariona Ortiz 14+6 boards, Queralt Casas 10+6 boards


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  TAIWAN - Women  


U19 China destroys U19 Taiwan 88-50 - by Eurobasket News
U19 CHINA - U19 TAIWAN 88-50

China is a step closer to ninth place at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. China met Taiwan yesterday and destroyed them 88-50. In order to end as No.9 China will have to beat Italy today. Taiwan will play against Chile for the 11th place. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds in this victory. Liang Jiamei (183-F-92) had 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Yang Xi (184-G-94) added 11 pts, plus 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Lin delivered 12 points. Chang Chi-Fang (174-G-93) followed her with 11 points, but she also had 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Quarters: 19-17, 20-6, 23-11, 26-16. Today will be the last day on the championship for these two teams.

China: Yang LiWei 14+6 boards, Liang Jiamei 13+9 boards, Yang Xi 11+5 boards
Taiwan: Lin 12, Chang Chi-Fang 11+11 boards+5 as


2011 William Jones Cup women's competition rosters - by Chris Wang
Taiwan National Womens Basketball Team

Head Coach CHANG, Hui-Yin
Coach KO, Meng-I

MA,Yi-Hung1980.11.2717668
CHEN,Yi-Feng1984.11.1317160
LAN, Hao-Yu1983.08.0217164
LIN, Chi-Wen1983.08.1918668
LIU,Chia-Hsiu1983.12.0618263
LIU,Chun-Yi1981.01.2318080
LI, You-Ruei1986.12.2318168
CHANG, Shih-Chieh1986.03.1617156
CHU, Yung-Hsu1981.01.0817769
LIU, His-Yeh1991.10.1017368
LIU, Yi-Chun1986.03.1218380
LIN, Hsien-Fang1991.08.1616865
HUANG, Shu-Chen1983.09.2017883
CHIANG, Yi-Lien1982.09.0816458
CHIANG, Feng-Chun1981.10.2518480

JAPAN National Womens Basketball Team

Head Coach? KOJIMA, Hirofumi
Assistant Coach FURUMI, Satsuki
Assistant Coach YABUUCHI, Natsumi

4 FUJIYOSHI, Saori1987.04.0917867
5? TOMIAKI, Rina1988.03.1818072
6 YAMADA, Mami1988.04.1317668
7 TANAKA, Maki1988.05.2717166
8MORI, Mutya1988.11.0118070
9 HAYASHI, Naomi1988.10.0716860
10? NAKAHATA, Eri1988.09.1516560
11 USHIDA, Yuri1989.10.1918162
12 MOTOYAMA, Kana1990.08.0118061
13 HAMAGUCHI, Kyoko199.08.0418174
14 ? ONUMA, Misaki1990.10.0217570
15 SAKURAGI, Chika1991.06.0917964

Taiwan Women's Basketball Team of the Univesiade

Executive Coach MA, Shu-Shiou
Coach CHENG, Hui-Yun
Coach CHIEN, Wei-Chuan
Coach LIANG, Chia-Yin

4 LO, Chiao-Hui1990.02.2417868
5HUANG, Fan-Shan1987.09.2917462
6 YANG, Ya-Hui1989.04.2017062
7 LAI, Shin-Yu1988.05.3117563
8 HUANG, Ying-Li1989.02.2417064
9 CHANG, Ning1987.10.1618575
10 YANG, Shu-Ching1988.01.1417062
11CHEN, Yu-Chun1987.03.0717870
12HSU, Chien-Hui1989.09.1017160
13WU, Shin-Ying1987.02.0617676
14HUANG, Ping-Jen1989.11.0617771
15 HSIEH, Pei-Chun1991.07.2618280

INDIA National Womens Basketball Team

Head Coach Peter James GAUDET
Coach Abdul Hamid KHAN

4 Akanksha SINGH1989.09.0716858
5 Bharti1986.03.0616868
6 Geethu Anna JOSE1985.06.3018580
7 Anitha PAUL DURAI1985.06.2216962
8 Raspreet SIDHU1989.07.1816960
9 Harjeet Kaur1988.04.0318774
10 Smruthi RADHAKRISHNAN1992.04.1517560
11 Shireen Vijay LIMAYE1995.02.1318779
12 Pushpa MADDU1989.02.1516566
13 Kokila SUBRAMANI1988.07.2516556
14 Prashanti SINGH1984.05.0517366
15 Kruthika LAKSHMAN1989.03.2617765

KOREA Samsung Womens Basketball Team

Head Coach LEE, Ho-Kun
Assistant Coach JUNG, Sang-Il
Assistant CoachKirk Anthony COLLIER

0KIM, Mi-So1991.10.0218575
1 LEE, Hwa-Yeon1990.08.1317359
2 PARK, So-Young1991.05.0616966
4 LEE, Seon-Hwa1988.06.0218184
7 PARK, Tae-Eun1987.07.2517057
9 CHA, Hong-Jin1992.04.2417969
10HONG, Bo-Ram1988.10.0117765
11 PARK, Jung-Eun1977.01.1418067
15 LEE, You-Jin1990.03.1818478
17 AHN, Hyo-Jin1991.10.1417974
35Kimberly J ROBERSON1986.11.2117877



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  WILLIAM JONES CUP - Women  


2011 William Jones Cup women's competition rosters - by Chris Wang
Taiwan National Womens Basketball Team

Head Coach CHANG, Hui-Yin
Coach KO, Meng-I

MA,Yi-Hung1980.11.2717668
CHEN,Yi-Feng1984.11.1317160
LAN, Hao-Yu1983.08.0217164
LIN, Chi-Wen1983.08.1918668
LIU,Chia-Hsiu1983.12.0618263
LIU,Chun-Yi1981.01.2318080
LI, You-Ruei1986.12.2318168
CHANG, Shih-Chieh1986.03.1617156
CHU, Yung-Hsu1981.01.0817769
LIU, His-Yeh1991.10.1017368
LIU, Yi-Chun1986.03.1218380
LIN, Hsien-Fang1991.08.1616865
HUANG, Shu-Chen1983.09.2017883
CHIANG, Yi-Lien1982.09.0816458
CHIANG, Feng-Chun1981.10.2518480

JAPAN National Womens Basketball Team

Head Coach? KOJIMA, Hirofumi
Assistant Coach FURUMI, Satsuki
Assistant Coach YABUUCHI, Natsumi

4 FUJIYOSHI, Saori1987.04.0917867
5? TOMIAKI, Rina1988.03.1818072
6 YAMADA, Mami1988.04.1317668
7 TANAKA, Maki1988.05.2717166
8MORI, Mutya1988.11.0118070
9 HAYASHI, Naomi1988.10.0716860
10? NAKAHATA, Eri1988.09.1516560
11 USHIDA, Yuri1989.10.1918162
12 MOTOYAMA, Kana1990.08.0118061
13 HAMAGUCHI, Kyoko199.08.0418174
14 ? ONUMA, Misaki1990.10.0217570
15 SAKURAGI, Chika1991.06.0917964

Taiwan Women's Basketball Team of the Univesiade

Executive Coach MA, Shu-Shiou
Coach CHENG, Hui-Yun
Coach CHIEN, Wei-Chuan
Coach LIANG, Chia-Yin

4 LO, Chiao-Hui1990.02.2417868
5HUANG, Fan-Shan1987.09.2917462
6 YANG, Ya-Hui1989.04.2017062
7 LAI, Shin-Yu1988.05.3117563
8 HUANG, Ying-Li1989.02.2417064
9 CHANG, Ning1987.10.1618575
10 YANG, Shu-Ching1988.01.1417062
11CHEN, Yu-Chun1987.03.0717870
12HSU, Chien-Hui1989.09.1017160
13WU, Shin-Ying1987.02.0617676
14HUANG, Ping-Jen1989.11.0617771
15 HSIEH, Pei-Chun1991.07.2618280

INDIA National Womens Basketball Team

Head Coach Peter James GAUDET
Coach Abdul Hamid KHAN

4 Akanksha SINGH1989.09.0716858
5 Bharti1986.03.0616868
6 Geethu Anna JOSE1985.06.3018580
7 Anitha PAUL DURAI1985.06.2216962
8 Raspreet SIDHU1989.07.1816960
9 Harjeet Kaur1988.04.0318774
10 Smruthi RADHAKRISHNAN1992.04.1517560
11 Shireen Vijay LIMAYE1995.02.1318779
12 Pushpa MADDU1989.02.1516566
13 Kokila SUBRAMANI1988.07.2516556
14 Prashanti SINGH1984.05.0517366
15 Kruthika LAKSHMAN1989.03.2617765

KOREA Samsung Womens Basketball Team

Head Coach LEE, Ho-Kun
Assistant Coach JUNG, Sang-Il
Assistant CoachKirk Anthony COLLIER

0KIM, Mi-So1991.10.0218575
1 LEE, Hwa-Yeon1990.08.1317359
2 PARK, So-Young1991.05.0616966
4 LEE, Seon-Hwa1988.06.0218184
7 PARK, Tae-Eun1987.07.2517057
9 CHA, Hong-Jin1992.04.2417969
10HONG, Bo-Ram1988.10.0117765
11 PARK, Jung-Eun1977.01.1418067
15 LEE, You-Jin1990.03.1818478
17 AHN, Hyo-Jin1991.10.1417974
35Kimberly J ROBERSON1986.11.2117877



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  WNBA - Women  


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota L. - Seattle S. 92-67
By taking the Western Conference lead before last weekend's All-Star break, the Minnesota Lynx served notice they are a much different team this season. With another convincing victory Friday, Minnesota might be showing its getting even better. Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) and Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) scored 16 points each as the Lynx cruised to a 92-67 victory over the Seattle Storm on Friday night. Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) added 12 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 10 to help the Lynx (12-4) win their fifth straight and seventh in eight games. Minnesota extended its lead in the West to one game over idle San Antonio. 'I think there's a lot more ahead,' Augustus said. 'The best is yet to come. We're just now starting to hit our stride. Everybody is feeling good about themselves right now. It's scary the possibilities that we have with this team, the opportunities ahead of us to do great things.' Swin Cash scored 18 points to lead Seattle (9-8), but leading scorer Sue Bird was held to just four points on 1-for-6 shooting. Minnesota has never had a winning record in games after the All-Star break, but this team is trying to keep its history in the past. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

Connecticut S. - Indiana F. 58-69
Connecticut shot a season-worst 30.6 percent from the field and lost to Indiana, 69-58, Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. With the exception of a brief time in the first quarter, the Sun (10-6) trailed the entire game in the battle for supremacy in the WNBA's Eastern Division. The Sun chopped the lead to as little as three once in the second half, but generally never could get closer than four points. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored 13 and Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) added 10 for the Sun. Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 16 while Shannon Bobbitt added a career-high 13 points. Courtesy of www.norwichbulletin.com

Tulsa S. - Chicago S. 55-64
For a year, Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) played big sister and mentor to Abi Olajuwon. They faced off again Thursday night, with Fowles and the Chicago Sky staving off a late surge to hand the Tulsa Shock their 11th straight loss with a 64-55 victory. 'It's always fun going against Abi', Fowles said. 'She's going to make you work for everything you get. Abi and I used to go at it pretty good, only because I want the best for her. I felt like she always got pampered and wanted things easy, so I would play the sister from hell, making her life a little miserable.' Shes growing. You can see parts of her game getting better. She soaks up everything you tell her. After Olajuwon had three years of being knocked around by Oklahoma teammate Courtney Paris in practice, it was Fowles turn to school the former Sooner in Olajuwons rookie season in 2010. Fowles joked, Courtney's just big. Ive got talent. Believe it or not, Abi used to push me around a lot in practice. I would get mad. She made me work and that always makes you better as a big girl. Their friendship actually pre-dates Olajuwons college days. Shes been my big sister and mentor since high school, Olajuwon said. Its an honor to have the opportunity to learn from one of the best post players in the country. Its definitely different than going against Courtney. It was a great experience and I know shes always going to go hard on me. Fowles finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, including a layup in traffic at the 1:40 mark that ended the Shocks comeback bid. Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

Washington M. - Indiana F. 59-61
With less than a minute to play, the score was tied at 59. The fans, almost all 11,500 of them, were on their feet, cheering loudly in hopes of seeing the Washington Mystics pull off an upset victory over the first-place Indiana Fever. But once again, the fourth quarter proved to be a minefield for the Mystics, as a last-second shot by 5-foot-2 Shannon Bobbitt fell through the net at the buzzer, and gave the Mystics another heart-wrenching late-game loss, 61-59. The Fever improved to 13-6, and are three games ahead of the second-place Connecticut Sun, while the Mystics dropped to 3-14, and are in last place in the Eastern Conference. Only the Tulsa Shock, at 1-16 have a worse record in the league than the Mystics. 'They play with so much heart and fight and determination, I feel like we won that game. Maybe it didn't show up that way on the scoreboard,' said Mystics coach Trudi Lacey. 'We've been in every game. We're just so close. Any day now,' Lacey said of finally pulling off a win. Matee Ajavon (5'8''-G-86, college: Rutgers) played one of her best games of the season, leading all scorers with 19 points and adding four assists and three rebounds. Ajavon had one of her tougher assignments of the season in guarding three-time All-Star Katie Douglas, who scored 10 points. *Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com

S.Antonio SS - Phoenix M. 102-91
Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) scored 33 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 102-91 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday. Phoenix came within striking distance midway through the fourth before Hammon, who has been battling a nagging right shoulder injury all season, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead back to 14 points. Moments later, Harmon hit another three to put the Silver Stars up 100-87 with 2:08 left, and the Mercury would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way. San Antonio has won four of five and pulled within a half game of Western Conference-leading Minnesota. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) finished with 27 points, five assists and went 11 of 11 from the free throw line for the Mercury. Candice Dupree had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix (10-7), which has lost three straight. 'I think we did some good things and we did some things that didn't help us,' Taurasi said. 'San Antonio played really well, they executed, and they made a lot of plays throughout the game.' The Silver Stars (11-5), who were without All-Star rookie forward Danielle Adams due to a sprained right toe, dished out 29 assists on 37 field goal attempts. Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New York L. - Washington M. 75-71
Coming off a nine-day layoff, New York struggled with rust and last-place Washington before making enough big plays down the stretch to pull out another win. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) scored 19 points and Kia Vaughn (6'4''-C-87, college: Rutgers) had 14 - including the go-ahead layup with 54 seconds remaining - and New York beat Washington 75-71 on Thursday night. Plenette Pierson added 13 points to give the Liberty (10-7) their sixth win in eight games. 'It affects a team', Pondexter said. 'You kind of lose that rhythm and that edge playing games when youre not playing for a certain amount of days, seven or eight. Its a long period of time, its almost half of a training camp, which is 2 weeks.' Crystal Langhorne had 18 points and nine rebounds, Kelly Miller scored 17 and Marissa Coleman 13 for theMystics (3-13), who have lost eight of nine. Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com

Atlanta D. - L.Angeles S. 89-80
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) had 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Los Angeles Sparks 89-80 Thursday night for their fifth straight victory. Armintie Price (5'9''-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Mississippi) added 14 points and Iziane Castro Marques had all of her 13 points in the second quarter for Atlanta, which is one win from matching a franchise-best streak that began last season. The Sparks lost their fourth straight. Ebony Hoffman scored 16 points and Tina Thompson added 15 for Los Angeles. McCoughtry made a difficult jumper with 1:35 remaining and 2 seconds left on the shot clock, standing beside the right baseline and arcing in a soft 17-footer for an 80-72 lead that all but ended Los Angeles' chances. Courtesy of www.kxnet.com




Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 13-6 
 2. Connecticut S. 10-6 
 3. New York L. 10-7 
 4. Chicago S. 9-10 
 5. Atlanta D. 8-9 
 6. Washington M. 3-14 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 12-4 
 2. S.Antonio SS 11-5 
 3. Phoenix M. 10-7 
 4. Seattle S. 9-8 
 5. L.Angeles S. 6-10 
 6. Tulsa S. 1-16 


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Dantas, BRA21.3 
 2. Amer, EGY19.3 
 3. Gortnar, SLO18.8 
 4. Roberts, AUS18.5 
 5. Watanabe, JPN18.0 
 6. Motokawa, JPN16.1 
 7. Fields, CAN15.9 
 8. Diaz, ARG15.4 
 9. Plouffe, CAN14.9 
 10. Takada, JPN14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Dantas, BRA13.1 
 2. Tikhonenko, RUS9.9 
 3. Roberts, AUS9.8 
 4. Cabrera, ARG9.2 
 5. Gortnar, SLO9.0 
 6. Ndour, ESP9.0 
 7. Amer, EGY8.8 
 8. Elshaarawy, EGY7.8 
 9. Stewart, USA7.3 
 10. Tippett, AUS7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rebecca COLE
  (177-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Cole, AUS6.7 
 2. Gretter, ARG5.6 
 3. Machida, JPN5.6 
 4. Hartley, USA3.4 
 5. Baric, SLO3.3 
 6. Massengale, USA3.3 
 7. Degorces, FRA2.8 
 8. Takada, JPN2.7 
 9. Ortiz, ESP2.6 
 10. Stolyar, RUS2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Debora CARANGELO
  (167-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Carangelo, ITA2.7 
 2. Massoud, EGY2.5 
 3. Plouffe, CAN2.4 
 4. Hartley, USA2.4 
 5. Maffenini, ITA2.4 
 6. Martins, BRA2.4 
 7. Williams, CAN2.3 
 8. Osama, EGY2.3 
 9. Gretter, ARG2.2 
 10. Allen, AUS2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Hala ELSHAARAWY
  (181-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elshaarawy, EGY2.0 
 2. Ndour, ESP1.7 
 3. Stewart, USA1.4 
 4. Tikhonenko, RUS1.1 
 5. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA1.0 
 6. Amer, EGY1.0 
 7. Bunton, AUS0.8 
 8. Gortnar, SLO0.8 
 9. Roche, FRA0.8 
 10. Tippett, AUS0.8 


Spain, Australia, USA and Brazil advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals

Japan - Australia
83-92
Australia advanced to Semifinals of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. They handed 92-83 loss to Japan in the QFInals and will meet Spain at the next stage. On the other side, Japan will be transferred to Classification Round. They will fight for the fifth place at this event. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) exploded for the winners with 41 points and 17 rebounds. She reached amazing valuation 43 and of course was the MVP of this meeting. Rebecca Cole (177-PG-92) had 17 points, 7 rebs and 6 assists, while Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) helped with 10 pts. In Japan, Shiori Takada (170-G-92) collected 23 points and 5 assists. Rui Machida (160-PG-93) had 22 pts, 11 rebs and 5 assists, while Aoi Katsura (170-PG-92) added 14 pts in this loss. Quarters: 15-21, 26-19, 26-32, 16-20. Championship continues today with four games.

USA - France 70-64
USA outplayed France 70-64 in the Quarterfinals of FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. It means that USA advanced to Semis, where they will meet Brazil. France will continue in Classification round. They will fight for the fifth place at this event. Breanna Stewart (6'3''-F-94) shined for the winners with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kaleena Lewis (6'0''-F-93) scored 13 points, while Bria Hartley (5'10''-G-92) added 10 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Valeriane Ayayi (6'1''-F-94) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Helena Akmouche (5'9''-G-92) scored 15 and Adja Konteh (5'10''-F-92) stopped on four points less (5 rebs). Quarters: 11-23, 14-7, 22-19, 23-15. USA will play against Brazil today. France will meet Russia.

Russia - Brazil 71-73
Brazil grabbed 73-71 thriller win against Russia in the Quarterfinals of FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Brazil advanced to Semis, where they will meet strong USA team. Russia will go to Classification Round. They will play two games and if they win both Russia will finish as No.5 Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) once again proved she is totally the best Brazil's player at this event. She scored 23 points and pulled down 17 rebounds yesterday. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) scored 13 points, while Tassia Carcavalli (178-F-92) added 12 points, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92) delivered 21 points. Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92) had 12 points and 5 assists, while Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) added 10 points and 12 boards. Quarters: 13-22, 19-19, 20-13, 19-19. Championship continues today. As mentioned above Brazil will play against USA. Russia will meet France.

Canada - Spain 55-69
Bad time for the first loss of Canada at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Spain did a great job and managed to win this game 69-55. It means that Spain advanced to Semifinals of this event, where they will take on Australia. Canada, who ended Qualifying Round with perfect 6-0, will continue in classification games from 5th to 8th place. Astou Ndour (193-C-94) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Mariona Ortiz (183-F-92) had 14 points and 6 boards, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) helped with 10 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) responded with 14 points in defeat. Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) stopped to 12 pts and 6 boards in this meeting. Quarters: 10-17, 16-18, 13-15, 16-19. Championship continues today.

Places 9-12
Italy - Chile 67-48
Italy made a first step forward to 9th place in Chile. They handed 67-48 loss to the host of FIBA U19 World Championship. If Italy want to win position No.5 they will have to beat China today. On the other side, Chile will meet Taiwan in the battle for 11th place. Giulia Maffenini (180-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Francesca Dotto (189-C-93) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Debora Carangelo (167-PG-92) added 8 pts and 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Fernando Serrano (82) delivered 14 points. Their second scorer was Fernanda Tapia (180-F-93) with 9 pts and 7 boards. Quarters: 24-11, 10-17, 24-8, 9-12. Championship continues today.

China - Taiwan 88-50
China is a step closer to ninth place at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. China met Taiwan yesterday and destroyed them 88-50. In order to end as No.9 China will have to beat Italy today. Taiwan will play against Chile for the 11th place. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds in this victory. Liang Jiamei (183-F-92) had 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Yang Xi (184-G-94) added 11 pts, plus 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Lin delivered 12 points. Chang Chi-Fang (174-G-93) followed her with 11 points, but she also had 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Quarters: 19-17, 20-6, 23-11, 26-16. Today will be the last day on the championship for these two teams.