EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/15/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina ease past Venezuela for Torneo Super 4 trophy - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Venezuela 106:53

Argentina marched past Venezuela in the title game at Torneo Super 4 in Cordoba. Manu Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) topscored for the hosts once again firing 22 points and dishing out 5 assists.
Argentina silenced their opponents in the opening period. The hosts outgunned Venezuela 35:8 in the staring ten minutes. Venezuela stopped the bleeding in the second quarter but still faced a devastating 31-point halftime deficit. Argentina did not even think of slowing down after the big break. They registered a 35-point cushion with one quarter remaining. Argentina outscored Venezuela 26:8 in the fourth frame and raced to the victory at the end. Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) notched 20 points, while Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) added 16 points in the victory. Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds for Venezuela. David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 10 points in the loss.

Argentina: Manu Ginobili 22, Andres Nocioni 20, Paolo Quinteros 16
Venezuela: Jose Juan Bravo 12, David Cubillan 10



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  AUSTRALIA   


SEABL: D LEAGUE COACHES OF THE YEAR - by Eurobasket News
With the SEABL D-League Grand Finals to be played this weekend, the highest individual awards have been handed out to the best players and coaches of the 2011 season. In the mens competition, Dean Gluyas from the Nunawading Spectres has won his first Coach of the Year award while Steve Matthews from the Frankston Lady Blues won the honour of womens Coach of the Year.

Player, Team

1st

2nd

3rd

Pts

Dean Gluyas (Nunawading)

12

4

1

17

Scott Christiansen (Knox)

6

6

1

13

Leigh Gooding (Dandenong)

3

4

2

9


The Coach of the Year award takes into account regular season performances and is voted on by Head Coaches on a 3-2-1 basis.

Courtesy of: seabl.com.au




SEABL: D LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - by Eurobasket News
With the SEABL D-League Grand Finals to be played this weekend, the highest individual awards have been handed out to the best players of the 2011 season. In the mens competition, Mark Breda (192-G-90) from the Nunawading Spectres has won the Most Valuable Player award while from the women, Sam Drescher of the Kilsyth Lady Cobras has won the accolade.
Over the course of the regular season, Breda averaged a double-double of 10.1 points and 10.6 rebounds to go along with almost 4 assists a game. In his second year with SEABL, Bredas first game was outstanding, shooting 46% from the field while recording 17 points and 10 rebounds. He managed another double-double against Sandringham on May 1 and then had a season best 12 assists against the Sabres again on May 11. To finish off a successful month, Breda equalled his best point production against Bendigo with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in his most complete performance. In the lead-up to the playoffs, he knocked in 12 and 13 points before their win over Kilsyth in the Semi-Final. Playing over 36 minutes, Breda had 13 points and looks set for another big game in the Grand Final against Knox on Sunday.

After every game, each Coach allocates a total of 10 votes to players of either team with a maximum of 5 votes to any one player. At the conclusion of the season, an additional 3-2-1 vote of the top qualifiers was conducted by the Coaches to determine the Most Valuable Player.
Courtesy of: www.seabl.com.au




Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Eltham W. 15-6 
 2. Waverley F. 15-6 
 3. Sherbrooke S. 13-8 
 4. Ringwood H. 12-9 
 5. Bulleen B. 12-9 
 6. Hume City 6-15 
 7. Melbourne 6-15 
 8. Diamond V.E. 5-16 
Central ABL
 1. Norwood F. 14-3 
 2. Forestville E. 13-5 
 3. Sturt S. 12-6 
 4. W.Adelaide B. 11-7 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 11-7 
 6. Woodville W. 9-9 
 7. S.Adelaide P. 7-11 
 8. C.District L. 5-12 
 9. Eastern M. 5-13 
 10. South.Tigers 2-16 
QBL
 1. Mackay M. 16-3 
 2. Gold Coast R. 15-3 
 3. Townsville H. 14-4 
 4. Rockhampton 12-6 
 5. Northside W. 11-6 
 6. Brisbane C. 11-7 
 7. Cairns M. 10-8 
 8. Ipswich F. 9-9 
 9. Bundaberg B. 9-9 
 10. SW Metro P. 5-12 
 11. Gladstone P. 5-13 
 12. Toowoomba 4-14 
 13. Maroochydore 3-15 
 14. Caboolture S. 2-16 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 20-5 
 2. Knox R. 17-7 
 3. Kilsyth C. 15-10 
 4. Dandenong 11-13 
 5. Ballarat M. 11-13 
 6. Brisbane S. 10-15 
 7. Canberra G. 8-17 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 19-6 
 2. Geelong S. 16-8 
 3. Frankston B. 13-11 
 4. Sandringham S. 13-12 
 5. Hobart C. 11-13 
 6. Mt Gambier 11-14 
 7. NW Tasmania 5-18 
 8. Albury W.B. 3-22 
WARATAH
 1. Sydney C. 18-5 
 2. Newcastle H. 18-5 
 3. Manly Warr. 14-9 
 4. Sutherland S. 14-9 
 5. Illawarra H. 13-8 
 6. Norths Bears 13-10 
 7. Hills H. 12-11 
 8. Bankstown B. 10-13 
 9. Maitland M. 10-13 
 10. Parramatta W. 9-13 
 11. Hornsby S. 9-14 
 12. Cent.Coast C. 5-18 
 13. Canberra N. 3-20 


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  BELIZE   


Campari Blaze Vanquished the Phantomz!!! - by David Magana
Last night at the UB Gymnasium in the Garden City, the BBA tournament continued its regular season featuring two games. In the first game, San Ignacio Western Ballaz (2-0) crushed Roaring Creek (0-1) in an impressive show of discipline, tactics and coaching. The Western Ballaz is a team to watch and probably one of the two contenders for this years championship games. Although they did not have a good start, the Ballaz soon got the lead in the first quarter and held on to the end. At the end of the second quarter, the Ballaz only had a ten point lead. Everything crumbled down for Roaring Creek in the third and fourth quarters as they seem to have run out of gas; they might have been discouraged with what was being accorded. Some of the players were claiming that the referees were being biased in their calls in favour of the San Ignacio team. They began to dedicate more of their attention to challenging calls and disputing with the referees than on actually playing ball. They became pretty vocal and used some very colorful words to express themselves. Although one may understand their frustration, the Association would like to make a request for players to recall that these are family events and would like them to set a good example for the young people and possible future basketballers out there. Also remember that the BBF and FIBA all frown upon blatant displays of disrespect and poor sportsmanship. The end result was that Roaring Creek lost concentration and garnered only 22% from the charity line and 31% from field goals. At the end of the third quarter, the lead had extended to 70-37. At this point the Ballaz seemed to have lowered their guard, but Roaring Creek failed to capitalize on the situation and by the end of the fourth quarter they had just scored eight points. The game ended in blowout fashion 85-45 with Kurt Burgess (196-F) leading San Ignacio with double doubles; 25 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks, hitting 50% of his field shots, 60% of his three point shots and 71% of his free throw shots. He had an outstanding night and was on fire! In a losing effort, Kieran Bowen scored 16 points.

The second game was competitively even. A trilling game, filled with excitement. Campari Blaze pulled out a ghost-buster trap and vanquished the Phantomz in the last two minutes to win the game 69-66. The game was very physical from beginning to end. Both teams vigorously tried to score on fast breaks forgetting that if an opponent plays fast, the best way to counterplay is to slow the pace of the game and focus on scoring. Both teams squandered countless opportunities to score and were unable to establish a clear lead which was tossed from one to the other on twelve occasions. In the last minute and a half of play, the game became really hot. Campari Blaze was up by three points and Anthony Lucas hit a monster three point shot to even the score. With a little more than a minute, Campari Blaze scored to regain lead 67-65. The Phantomz, with ball possession and less than a minute to play, got a break but were fouled. Unfortunately, they only scored once to end the score at 67-66. With less than 50 seconds on the clock, Campari Blaze were fouled and, unlike the Phantomz, hit both free throws and took the lead by three points. At the end of the final whistle, the win was for Campari Blaze. We certainly look forward for the return match as we know this game will be like a volcano ready to erupt.


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  BOSNIA   


Marko Jagodic Kuridza signs for Capljina - by Miljan Veskovic
HKK Capljina Lasta added Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) to their roster for the upcoming season. Marko was already a member of HKK Capljina Lasta in the season 2009/2010 when he played the second stage of the championship and reached national semifinals. In the past Marko played for KK Spartak Subotica, KK Novi Sad and Borac Nektar Banja Luka. Last season in 29 games he averaged: 10.4ppg, Reb-5 (6.9rpg), 2.1apg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 70.0%

Greek National team recorded the second straight win in Rimini - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina NT-Greece NT 62:87

Greek National team recorded the second straight win at the Torneo Tassoni in Italy. The team overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina 87:62 for 2-0 record. Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1.
Greece took 21:11 after the first 10 minutes and never looked behind after. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) scored for 23:11. Bosnia and Herzegovina got back to 37:23, while the board showed 41:25 at the halftime. Greece created a 7-0 run in the third period and took 48:27 and had 52:32 later in the frame. They finished thirty minutes with 69:44 and even reached plus 30 during the last stanza.
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.) nailed 13. Konstantinos Sloukas delivered 12 and Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) posted 11. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) finished the night with 12 points in defeat, while Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) and Diego Kapelan (190-G-87) netted 8 each.

Bosnia and Herzegovina NT: Elmedin Kikanovic 12, Henry Domercant 8, Diego Kapelan 8
Greece NT: Antonis Fotsis 15, Kostas Koufos 13, Konstantinos Sloukas 12, Kostas Kaimakoglou 11




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  BRAZIL   


2011 Universiade. Brazil too good for UAE - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - UAE 103:57

Brazil marched to the second straight win at 2011 World University Games. They fired past UAE to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87) stepped up with 21 points to lead the charge. UAE fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
UAE and Brazil looked well-matched in the opening frame. The teams exchanged baskets and Brazil managed to eke out just a three-point lead 23:20 after ten minutes. But the Latin American team ensured a 17:0 start to the second term to clear off. Brazil established a 53:26 halftime lead. Brazil controlled the tempo in the second half. They entered the final period up by 35 points and never looked back on the way to the victory. Michael Machado (90) accounted for 14 points, while Frederico Santos (91) netted 13 points in the win. Rashed Al Zaabi (190-G-88) replied with 30 points for UAE. Husain Ahmed (180-G-89) had 9 points in the loss.

Brazil: Ralfi Ansaloni 21, Michael Machado 14, Frederico Santos 13
UAE: Rashed Al Zaabi 30, Husain Ahmed 9




Palmeiras add new players to their roster - by Paulo Freire
The Palmeiras basketball team still on move to get his players together for the second division of the Paulista State Basketball.

The new additions are, four brazilians with college expirience Gustavo Lino (216-C, college: S.Mississippi), Renato Portugal (198-F-89, college: Snow CC), Wagner Bueno (203-F-85) and Andre Marone (193-F). Last but not least is the american Caleb Brown (182-G-87, agency: 011 Sports), who is fresh out of college.

Palmeiras also is promoting three new player from their young basics teams, Rafael Adao, Arthur Pecos and Leandro Cabral.

The team already start practice and in the last days has played some pick up games, so head coach Joao Padola could check how his system is working


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  CANADA   


2011 Universiade. Canada nip Serbia to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Canada - Serbia 70:67

Canada improved at 2-0 record at 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen. They held off Serbia to stay on top of Group B ladder. Warren Ward (196-G) and Tyson Hinz (198-F) accounted for 14 points each in the win. Serbia fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Serbia snatched a 23:22 lead after ten minutes. Serbia boosted the gap in the second quarter. The Europeans posted a 43:36 halftime advantage. But Canada reacted with a 12:4 run at the start of the second half to surge ahead. Canada arrived at the final intermission up by 4 points 55:51. Canada posted a 62:55 lead midway through the fourth term. Serbia narrowed the deficit but the North American side hung on to secure a narrow win at the end. Michael Lieffers (203-F) had 13 points and 8 rebounds for Canada. Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Serbia. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points in the loss.

Canada: Warren Ward 14, Tyson Hinz 14, Michael Lieffers 13
Serbia: Vladimir Lucic 25, Mladen Jeremic 12




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  CHINA   


2011 Universiade. Czech Republic hold off China - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - China 75:55

Czech Republic recorded the first win at the 2011 World University Games. They toppled China for 1-1 record in Group A. Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) scored 20 poins to lead the winners. China fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Czech Republic grabbed the lead early in the encounter and maintained it well enough further on. The European team posted a 15:12 lead at the first break. They kept China at bay throughout the second stanza. Czech Republic ensured a 31:25 halftime lead. The Czech team stretched the margin to 9 points midway through the third quarter. They posted a 50:42 lead at the final intermission. Czech Republic capped regulation with a 15:4 run to clinch the victory. Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) tallied 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) had 11 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Zhang ChunJun (198-C-87) responded with 15 points and 11 rebounds for China. Ren Junwei (202-F-90) finished with 13 points in defeat.

Czech Republic: Petr Dokoupil 20, Jiri Jelinek 11, Jiri Slavik 11+12 boards
China: Zhang ChunJun 15+11 boards, Ren Junwei 13




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  CUBA   


Uruguay clinch third position at Torneo Super 4 - by Eurobasket News
Uruguay - Cuba 77:53

Uruguay claimed the third position at Torneo Super 4 in Cordoba. They held off Cuba in the consolation final. Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85) stepped up with 13 points to pace the winners.
Uruguay surged ahead early in the game. They posted a 19:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams combined for just 19 points in the second quarter but Uruguay managed to ensure a 29:22 halftime lead. Uruguay tuned in offensively in the third period scoring 23 points and stretching the lead. They entered the fourth quarter up by 15 points 52:37. Uruguay did not slow down in the fourth period and sealed a well-deserved win at the end. Gustavo Barrera provided 12 points, while Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) netted 9 points in the victory. Juan Marrero (189-G-86) responded with 14 points for Cuba. Lisvan Valdez (194-G/F-88) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Uruguay: Sebastian Izaguirre 13, Gustavo Barrera 12, Mauricio Aguiar 9
Cuba: Juan Marrero 14, Lisvan Valdez 12



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


2011 Universiade. Czech Republic hold off China - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - China 75:55

Czech Republic recorded the first win at the 2011 World University Games. They toppled China for 1-1 record in Group A. Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) scored 20 poins to lead the winners. China fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Czech Republic grabbed the lead early in the encounter and maintained it well enough further on. The European team posted a 15:12 lead at the first break. They kept China at bay throughout the second stanza. Czech Republic ensured a 31:25 halftime lead. The Czech team stretched the margin to 9 points midway through the third quarter. They posted a 50:42 lead at the final intermission. Czech Republic capped regulation with a 15:4 run to clinch the victory. Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) tallied 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) had 11 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Zhang ChunJun (198-C-87) responded with 15 points and 11 rebounds for China. Ren Junwei (202-F-90) finished with 13 points in defeat.

Czech Republic: Petr Dokoupil 20, Jiri Jelinek 11, Jiri Slavik 11+12 boards
China: Zhang ChunJun 15+11 boards, Ren Junwei 13




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  DENMARK   


Julian McFarlane heads to Falcon - by Eurobasket News
Falcon agreed on terms of contract with Julian McFarlane (184-G-86). The guard spent the last season in Vaerlose. He tallied 13.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in Ligaen. Julian McFarlane participated at Danish League All-Star Game. Previously he had stints with Naestved, SISU and Amager.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Maccabi's Thodoros Papaloukas Wants His Third Euroleague Title - by David Pick
Jordan Farmar? No, Thodoros Papaloukas! The two-time NBA champ was until recently the biggest deal in Israel this off-season; however, after Maccabi announced the surprising signing of Greek legend Papaloukas, Farmar had a good run for his money regarding who was the most unexpected player yet to join the Israeli champions. Papaloukas, the chief commander of basketball himself, who will continue his successful career in Nokia, explains what prompted his decision 'Maccabi's tradition was what convinced me.' He also made it crystal clear that he joined Tel Aviv to 'win another Euroleague title.'

When did the Papaloukas Maccabi saga begin? Date: May 2011, Place: Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona, Development: At first, Papaloukas' agent, Giorgos Dimitropoulos approached David Blatt explaining that Theo's contract with Olympiakos expires in the summer. Blatt was intrigued. In July, Dimitropoulos made his next move by calling Blatt to say that Papaloukas wants to play for a top Euroleague team -- Maccabi or Barcelona, and that money shouldn't be a concern, adding that Theo was looking for a situation where he could win a third Euroleague title. Blatt gave the green light and a month of discrete, smooth and professional negotiations between Dimitropoulos and Maccabi's Shimon Mizrahi and Danny Federman began and successfully culminated this past weekend.

In an exclusive interview with Eurobasket, the two-time Euroleague champion discussed his expectations, hopes and, of course, Coach Blatt. 'Blatt knows how to bring out the best in me to the point where I could give Maccabi 100%,' Papaloukas said. Revealing his discussions with Blatt, the Greek point guard gave a little inside tip as to whom will be on the court this season when the money's on the line. 'Blatt wants me to take control of the game while I'm on the court. That means stay focused, run the pick-and-roll, move guys without the ball, create offensive plays and mainly have a strong presence in critical moments in games.'

Despite the obvious, how much effect did big Sofo have on your choice of joining M.T.A.?

'Sofo's presence played a big role in my decision because of our mutual achievements in the past and knowing what we can accomplish in the future. Though, what really was important to me was Maccabi's tradition and history. I wanted to play on the highest level and Maccabi is the right place. Also the role Coach Blatt said I will have with the team matched my expectations.'

What advantages do you and Sofo bring to Maccabi?

'Our strong side will be playing the pick-and-roll and we intend to do it a lot this season. I know where Sofo feels comfortable getting the ball and I'll do whatever it takes to make, not only him, but everyone, look better and score more points. At the same time, focusing on defense is what wins basketball games and that's what we have to do as a team.'

Papaloukas will likely land in Israel on August 25th. Looking back, despite beating Maccabi twice in the Euroleague finals ('06,'08) while playing with CSKA, he has no regrets about sinking the yellow ship and is now in search of his third crown. 'I'm a competitor and always play to win. The days with CSKA and the Greek NT were the best years of my basketball career. I can't feel bad for winning a Euroleague and Eurobasket gold medals on top of a World championship silver medal.'

Are you the missing link Maccabi needs for a European title?

'It's not about me being the missing piece. A team is everyone and doesn't focus on an individual. I'm joining a solid team and I'm more motivated than ever. I promise to give my best shot at another Euroleague title.'

What are your thoughts of teaming up with Jordan Farmar and the NBA lockout situation?

'Jordan is a very good player and I'm sure he will help us a lot in many ways. Maccabi is known to be one of the primary organizations for American players both basketball wise and in terms of the life style. As for the whole NBA lockout situation, for the sake of the basketball worldwide, I hope it is resolved soon.'

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




Breaking News: Jeremy Pargo is a Free Agent - by David Pick
Posted: August 15, 2011, 00:14 AM

In a shocking turn of events, Eurobasket has been exclusively informed that star European point guard Jeremy Pargo, will not return to Europe this season and will not play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Pargo, a 2011 Euroleague All-First Team member is now 'a free agent', and this, apparently, is the true reason as to why Maccabi's Head Coach David Blatt has been stalling with adding new guards to the team. The signings of Jordan Farmar, Jon Scheyer, Yogev Ohayon and Theodoros Papaloukas in addition to Israeli guard Tal Burstein will cause a dog battle over playing time to the extent where Pargo's minutes and stats would be damaged.

Eurobasket was also informed that Pargo has no flight scheduled from the United States to Tel Aviv this summer. According to Pargo's contract, he had to inform Maccabi by August 1st if he had an NBA offer. Once he did, his contract would be void. However, the back-to-back BSL champion is interested and willing to sign a new NBA out contract with Maccabi including a substantial decrease in pay from his original salary, estimated at just under $1 million per season.

Pargo has reason to believe that there is a firm NBA possibility out there for him, and he is willing to take the chance of sitting out during the lockout. As of now Pargo does not have to return to Israel and play for Maccabi and there is no reason for him to report to training camp September 1st.

If Pargo does re-sign a new NBA out contract with Maccabi when the lockout ends, the Israeli champions will suffer damage to both the locker room and the roster with the departure of Pargo and New Jersey Nets guard Jordan Farmar.

Pargo's agency Priority Sports decided not to comment on the situation.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd








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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Holland's Gadi Kedar tops Israel's Arik Shivek 80:70 - by David Pick
Posted: August 14, 2011, 22:36

Following a 75:63 'W' over the Villanova Wildcats, the National Orange men came as favorites to tonight's match-up against Israel's NT and topped them, 80:70, in a battle between two Israeli head coaches, Gadi Kedar and Arik Shivek.

After a 77:72 victory vs. Georgia and its NBA center Zaza Pachulia, an Omri Casspi-less Israel NT couldn't keep up with the hosts and failed to secure back-to-back victories for the first time in two exhibition tournaments. Israel, who currently owns a negative 4-2 record, will travel tomorrow to Georgia for Tuesday's contest against the local NT before heading back to Israel.

Israel as recalled was pooled to Group B, one of the toughest groups in the EuroBasket games, along with Italy, Serbia, France, Germany and Latvia.

During August 22-24, Israel will host its final European competition games before heading to Lithuania, playing both national teams from Russia and Poland.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd



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  FINLAND   


2011 Universiade. Finland prevail against Israel - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Israel 72:57

Finland registered the initial win at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen. They held off Israel to improve at 1-1 record in Group D. Finland thus caught up with Israel in the ladder. Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge.
Finland secured a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. They kept Israel behind throughout the second stanza. Finland arrived at halftime up by 4 points 35:31. Israel got closer in the third term but Finland ignited a strong rally late in the period to take a 53:43 advantage into the fourth frame. Finland did not slow down in the final quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) and Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) nailed 12 points apiece for Finland. Sean Daniel (197-F-89) responded with 15 points for Israel. Ben Rice (195-F-90) and Gilad Karni (195-F/G-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) produced 12 points each in defeat.

Finland: Petri Heinonen 15, Antto Nikkarinen 12, Matti Nuutinen 12
Israel: Sean Daniel 15, Ben Rice 12, Gilad Karni 12



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  FRANCE   


Gravelines add J.K. Edwards - by Eurobasket News
J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: UNLV) will continue his career in France. The 28-year-old centre has agreed on terms of contract with Gravelines. Last season J.K. Edwards spent in Ukraine. He played for BC Donetsk. The centre tallied 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in Superleague. Eurobasket.com named J.K. Edwards All-Ukrainian Superleague Centre of the Year. He also made it into Superleague 1st Team. J.K. Edwards is not new to Gravelines. The centre played for the team in 2008/10 seasons. Eurobasket.com named the centre into All-French ProA 2nd Team in 2010.



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  GERMANY   


2011 Universiade. Germany edge Romania for second straight win - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Romania 71:60

Germany celebrated the second straight win at the start of 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen. They drove past Romania to stay on top of Group A ladder. Bastian Bastian Doreth (183-G-89) stepped up with 15 points to lead the effort. Romania fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Germany never trailed in this one. They pulled ahead early in the game and recorded a 16:11 lead after ten minutes. Germany maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 8 points 29:21. The margin grew at double-digit mark in the third term. Germany entered the fourth quarter with an 18-point cushion. Germany enjoyed a 21-point lead midway through the final stanza before Romania ignited a 14:6 run to sweeten the pill at the end. Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) produced 11 points, while Karsten Tadda (189-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports) netted 8 points for the winners. Vlad Moldoveanu (207-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances, college: American) responded with 16 points and 6 boards for Romania. Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 13 points in the loss.

Germany: Bastian Doreth 15, Johannes Lischka 11, Karsten Tadda 8
Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 16, Andrei Mandache 13



Schalke gets Krume and McKnight to make the roster complete - by Moritz Korff
FC Schalke 04 (1. Regionalliga West) completed its squad for the upcoming season with the addition of Brett McKnight (198-F) and Moritz Krume (203-F/C).
Moritz Krume, a native of Remscheid, Germany, played for Bayer Leverkusen and BBV Hagen as a junior, and spent this past season at the Academy of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.
McKnight hails from Lancaster, Ohio. He was mostly coming off the bench for Akron (NCAA Division 1) during this past season. He averaged 10.2 points and three rebounds throughout his senior year. In November 2010 McKnight was suspended by the University of Akron for a violation of university policy, but returned to the team in December.


Aaron Henrichs Signs With the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO A club ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen have brought in Aaron Henrichs (187-G-90).Henrichs is a 20 year old 188cm German guard with his biggest strength lying on defense and his understanding of the game. Last season, he played for BV Villingen-Schwenningen (ProB): 14 games: 3.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0spg. 'Aaron has a very good practice attitude,is very ambitious , and got experience in the PRO B', stressed ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen assistant coach Stephan Laerbusch. Henrichs is happy about landing in the PRO A. 'My biggest goal is to establish myself within the team and help the team as much as I can', added Aaron Henrichs (187-G-90). Henrichs started his basketball career in 2008 with DJK MJC Trier (Regionalliga): 17 games: 7.0ppg. In 2009-2010, he played : 25 games: 11.5ppg for DJK MJC Trier (Regionalliga).




Dirk Bauermann Cuts Chris Mcnaughton And Philip Zwiener From The German National Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
A day after winning the four nations cup in Turkey where Germany showed a lot of class and grit beating Serbia and Turkey without 2011 NBA Champion and playoff MVP Dirk Nowitzki and NBA player Chris Kaman, head coach Dirk Bauermann has trimmed the roster by cutting Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell) and TBB Trier forward Philip Zwiener (198-F-85). One of the hardest decisions for a coach is making cuts, but one can never keep everybody. 'It was a tough decision, because both Philip and Chris did their thing well in the practices and games. The competition at both positions is very high, so I had to make this tough decision. Philip is a player at the position three that has his strength in the one on one The way we are playing now this summer, his style fits less to our team than does the play of his competitors. This doesnt make him a bad player, but just the reason for the cut is the competition. Chris worked very well and hard, but has very difficult competition with Chris Kaman, Tibor Pleiss and Tim Ohlbrecht at his position. Making these cuts are always the most hardest of the summer, but I think that Chris understands my decision on account of the competition at his position', stressed German national team head coach Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) The German national team now has 14 player with Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman joining the team in Bamberg Friday for the Supercup.

The following players are on the current roster:

Robin Benzing (FC Bayern Munich), Per Gnther (ratiopharm Ulm), Steffen Hamann (FC Bayern Munich), Johannes Herber (Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt), Jan-Hendrik Jagla (FC Bayern Munich), Chris Kaman (Los Angeles Clippers/USA), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks/USA), Tim Ohlbrecht, Tibor Plei (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Heiko Schaffartzik (ALBA Berlin), Sven Schultze (ALBA Berlin), Philipp Schwethelm (FC Bayern Mnchen), Lucca Staiger (ALBA Berlin) and Konrad Wysocki (Turow Zgorzelec/Poland).

Source:DBB



Louis Campbell heads from Oldenburg to Tuebingen - by Moritz Korff
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen (1. Bundesliga) will add point guard Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) to their 2011-12 roster. Tuebingen is Campbell's fifth team in Germany. He ran the point for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg in this past season, averaging close to ten points, 3.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds through 40 BBL contests. He also appeared in six games of the EuroCup and scored nine points per outing. Campbell has previously played in Paderborn, Giessen and Bremerhaven. Besides his five years in German basketball he spent some time in Japan and Spain. In 2007 he was named the Asia-Basket.com All-JBL Superleague Guard of the Year and captured the JBL Superleague title with Toyota Alvark.

Dijon Smith joins BSV Wulfen - by Moritz Korff
BSV Wulfen (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has confirmed the signing of Dijon Smith (203-F) as their second American import player for the 2011-12 season. The Wolves had to opt out of the contract with Dwalyn Roberts (201-F-89, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech), who had committed to the team, but suffered an ankle injury recently.
Smith is a 22-year-old power forward from Omaha, Nebraska. He spent his collegiate career at State Fair Community College and Fort Hays State University. Smith scored 14 points, pulled down 5.9 rebounds and blocked 1.5 shots per contest for the FHSU Tigers (NCAA Division 2) as a senior. He was named the 2010-11 All-MIAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year.


Bayer Giants land Jack Eggleston - by Moritz Korff
The Bayer Giants Leverkusen (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have completed their second import player signing of the summer. Jack Eggleston (203-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) from Noblesville, Indiana joins the Leverkusen team. The 22-year-old has a four year NCAA career under his belt, which he spent at Division 1 school University of Pennsylvania. Eggleston played 28 games for Penn as a senior, tallying 13.2 points and 8 boards a contest. Following the 2010-12 season he was named All-Ivy League Honorable Mention. He is expected to serve as a starter in the Leverkusen frontcourt.

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Greek National team recorded the second straight win in Rimini - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina NT-Greece NT 62:87

Greek National team recorded the second straight win at the Torneo Tassoni in Italy. The team overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina 87:62 for 2-0 record. Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1.
Greece took 21:11 after the first 10 minutes and never looked behind after. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) scored for 23:11. Bosnia and Herzegovina got back to 37:23, while the board showed 41:25 at the halftime. Greece created a 7-0 run in the third period and took 48:27 and had 52:32 later in the frame. They finished thirty minutes with 69:44 and even reached plus 30 during the last stanza.
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.) nailed 13. Konstantinos Sloukas delivered 12 and Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) posted 11. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) finished the night with 12 points in defeat, while Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) and Diego Kapelan (190-G-87) netted 8 each.

Bosnia and Herzegovina NT: Elmedin Kikanovic 12, Henry Domercant 8, Diego Kapelan 8
Greece NT: Antonis Fotsis 15, Kostas Koufos 13, Konstantinos Sloukas 12, Kostas Kaimakoglou 11




BYU basketball: Greece Trip Preview - by George Manousidis
PROVO, Utah BYU mens basketball will head overseas on Aug. 15 for a five-game tour of Greece. The Cougars will play professional teams in Athens and Platanias and find time for some sightseeing during their Aug. 15-25 trip.

Per NCAA rules, teams are allowed a foreign tour once every four years along with 10 additional practice days. The Cougars began practicing on Aug. 1 in preparation for their Greek tour. BYUs last trip abroad came in the summer of 2007 with a 10-day, five-game tour of France.

The Cougars are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history as they advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and won a program-record 32 games. BYU returns six lettermen from the 2010-11 squad and welcomes a host of talented newcomers.

Roster Preview

In Greece BYU will be led by Charles Abouo and Noah Hartsock, the elder statesmen on the squad. During the past three seasons Abouo and Hartsock have helped the Cougars to three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two conference titles. Juniors Nick Martineau, Stephen Rogers and Brock Zylstra will have the opportunity to gain valuable playing time in Greece as their roles figure to be expanded this coming season.

Redshirt freshman Anson Winder and junior Craig Cusick will add depth to BYUs backcourt rotation in 2011-12. Winder hails from Las Vegas where he played at Bishop Gorman High School. Cusick, an all-state honoree at Orem High School, was a member of the practice squad last season.

The five-game tour of Greece will be an excellent opportunity for coach Dave Rose and his staff to evaluate newcomers Damarcus Harrison and Josh Sharp. Harrison comes to BYU as a top 100 recruit out of Christ School in North Carolina. Sharp, a transfer from Utah and graduate of Lone Peak High School, returned from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas in the spring.

Sophomore Chris Collinsworth and redshirt freshman Matt Carlino will also make the trip but will be unable to participate. Collinsworth is continuing to recover from a knee injury that limited him to nine games last season. Carlino, who joined the Cougars in January 2011 after transferring from UCLA, will not be able to play due to NCAA transfer rules.

BYU's Greece Roster Name
Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Charles Abouo 6-5 215 F/G Sr. Abidjan, Ivory Coast / Brewster Academy
Matt Carlino* 6-2 175 G Fr. Scottsdale, Ariz. / Bloomington South HS
Chris Collinsworth** 6-9 235 F So. Provo, Utah / Provo HS
Craig Cusick 6-2 185 G Jr. Orem, Utah / Orem HS
Damarcus Harrison 6-5 190 G Fr. Greenwood, S.C. / Christ School
Noah Hartsock 6-8 230 F Sr. Bartlesville, Okla. / Bartlesville HS
Nick Martineau 6-0 170 G Jr. Fruit Heights, Utah / Davis HS
Stephen Rogers 6-8 195 F Jr. Mesa, Ariz. / Mesa CC
Josh Sharp 6-7 185 F Fr. Highland, Utah / Utah
Anson Winder 6-3 195 G Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. / Bishop Gorman HS
Brock Zylstra 6-6 210 F, G Jr. La Verne, Calif. / Bonita HS

* Will not play due to NCAA transfer rules

** Will not play due to injury


BYU Men's Basketball Foreign Tours

Brazil (1950)
Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico (1965)
Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti (1967)
Italy, Yugoslavia (1979)
Belgium, England, France, the Netherlands, Germany (1988)
Slovenia, Italy, France (1994)
England, Croatia, Italy (1999)
Australia (2003)
France (2007)
Greece (2011)


BYU basketball: Greece Trip Preview - by George Manousidis
PROVO, Utah BYU mens basketball will head overseas on Aug. 15 for a five-game tour of Greece. The Cougars will play professional teams in Athens and Platanias and find time for some sightseeing during their Aug. 15-25 trip.

Per NCAA rules, teams are allowed a foreign tour once every four years along with 10 additional practice days. The Cougars began practicing on Aug. 1 in preparation for their Greek tour. BYUs last trip abroad came in the summer of 2007 with a 10-day, five-game tour of France.

The Cougars are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history as they advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and won a program-record 32 games. BYU returns six lettermen from the 2010-11 squad and welcomes a host of talented newcomers.

Roster Preview

In Greece BYU will be led by Charles Abouo and Noah Hartsock, the elder statesmen on the squad. During the past three seasons Abouo and Hartsock have helped the Cougars to three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two conference titles. Juniors Nick Martineau, Stephen Rogers and Brock Zylstra will have the opportunity to gain valuable playing time in Greece as their roles figure to be expanded this coming season.

Redshirt freshman Anson Winder and junior Craig Cusick will add depth to BYUs backcourt rotation in 2011-12. Winder hails from Las Vegas where he played at Bishop Gorman High School. Cusick, an all-state honoree at Orem High School, was a member of the practice squad last season.

The five-game tour of Greece will be an excellent opportunity for coach Dave Rose and his staff to evaluate newcomers Damarcus Harrison and Josh Sharp. Harrison comes to BYU as a top 100 recruit out of Christ School in North Carolina. Sharp, a transfer from Utah and graduate of Lone Peak High School, returned from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas in the spring.

Sophomore Chris Collinsworth and redshirt freshman Matt Carlino will also make the trip but will be unable to participate. Collinsworth is continuing to recover from a knee injury that limited him to nine games last season. Carlino, who joined the Cougars in January 2011 after transferring from UCLA, will not be able to play due to NCAA transfer rules.

BYU's Greece Roster Name
Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Charles Abouo 6-5 215 F/G Sr. Abidjan, Ivory Coast / Brewster Academy
Matt Carlino* 6-2 175 G Fr. Scottsdale, Ariz. / Bloomington South HS
Chris Collinsworth** 6-9 235 F So. Provo, Utah / Provo HS
Craig Cusick 6-2 185 G Jr. Orem, Utah / Orem HS
Damarcus Harrison 6-5 190 G Fr. Greenwood, S.C. / Christ School
Noah Hartsock 6-8 230 F Sr. Bartlesville, Okla. / Bartlesville HS
Nick Martineau 6-0 170 G Jr. Fruit Heights, Utah / Davis HS
Stephen Rogers 6-8 195 F Jr. Mesa, Ariz. / Mesa CC
Josh Sharp 6-7 185 F Fr. Highland, Utah / Utah
Anson Winder 6-3 195 G Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. / Bishop Gorman HS
Brock Zylstra 6-6 210 F/G Jr. La Verne, Calif. / Bonita HS

* Will not play due to NCAA transfer rules

** Will not play due to injury


BYU Men's Basketball Foreign Tours

Brazil (1950)
Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico (1965)
Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti (1967)
Italy, Yugoslavia (1979)
Belgium, England, France, the Netherlands, Germany (1988)
Slovenia, Italy, France (1994)
England, Croatia, Italy (1999)
Australia (2003)
France (2007)
Greece (2011)


BYU basketball: Greece Trip Preview - by George Manousidis
PROVO, Utah BYU mens basketball will head overseas on Aug. 15 for a five-game tour of Greece. The Cougars will play professional teams in Athens and Platanias and find time for some sightseeing during their Aug. 15-25 trip.

Per NCAA rules, teams are allowed a foreign tour once every four years along with 10 additional practice days. The Cougars began practicing on Aug. 1 in preparation for their Greek tour. BYUs last trip abroad came in the summer of 2007 with a 10-day, five-game tour of France.

The Cougars are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history as they advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and won a program-record 32 games. BYU returns six lettermen from the 2010-11 squad and welcomes a host of talented newcomers.

Roster Preview

In Greece BYU will be led by Charles Abouo (195-G/F-89) and Noah Hartsock (203-F), the elder statesmen on the squad. During the past three seasons Abouo and Hartsock have helped the Cougars to three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two conference titles. Juniors Nick Martineau (182-G), Stephen Rogers (203-F) and Brock Zylstra (198-G/F) will have the opportunity to gain valuable playing time in Greece as their roles figure to be expanded this coming season.

Redshirt freshman Anson Winder (190-G) and junior Craig Cusick (188-G) will add depth to BYUs backcourt rotation in 2011-12. Winder hails from Las Vegas where he played at Bishop Gorman High School. Cusick, an all-state honoree at Orem High School, was a member of the practice squad last season.

The five-game tour of Greece will be an excellent opportunity for coach Dave Rose and his staff to evaluate newcomers Damarcus Harrison and Josh Sharp (201-F). Harrison comes to BYU as a top 100 recruit out of Christ School in North Carolina. Sharp, a transfer from Utah and graduate of Lone Peak High School, returned from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas in the spring.

Sophomore Chris Collinsworth (205-F) and redshirt freshman Matt Carlino (185-G) will also make the trip but will be unable to participate. Collinsworth is continuing to recover from a knee injury that limited him to nine games last season. Carlino, who joined the Cougars in January 2011 after transferring from UCLA, will not be able to play due to NCAA transfer rules.

BYU's Greece Roster Name
Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Charles Abouo 6-5 215 F/G Sr. Abidjan, Ivory Coast / Brewster Academy
Matt Carlino (185-G)* 6-2 175 G Fr. Scottsdale, Ariz. / Bloomington South HS
Chris Collinsworth** 6-9 235 F So. Provo, Utah / Provo HS
Craig Cusick 6-2 185 G Jr. Orem, Utah / Orem HS
Damarcus Harrison 6-5 190 G Fr. Greenwood, S.C. / Christ School
Noah Hartsock (203-F) 6-8 230 F Sr. Bartlesville, Okla. / Bartlesville HS
Nick Martineau 6-0 170 G Jr. Fruit Heights, Utah / Davis HS
Stephen Rogers (203-F) 6-8 195 F Jr. Mesa, Ariz. / Mesa CC
Josh Sharp 6-7 185 F Fr. Highland, Utah / Utah
Anson Winder 6-3 195 G Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. / Bishop Gorman HS
Brock Zylstra (198-G/F) 6-6 210 F/G Jr. La Verne, Calif. / Bonita HS

* Will not play due to NCAA transfer rules

** Will not play due to injury

BYU Men's Basketball Foreign Tours

Brazil (1950)
Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico (1965)
Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti (1967)
Italy, Yugoslavia (1979)
Belgium, England, France, the Netherlands, Germany (1988)
Slovenia, Italy, France (1994)
England, Croatia, Italy (1999)
Australia (2003)
France (2007)
Greece (2011)

Courtesy:
BYU Athletic Communications


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EuroJam Action: Dutch NT Cruise To Easy Win Over Wildcats - by Sanders Jackson

Saturday evening in the 2nd day of the EuroJam, the Dutch NT had an impressive 2nd half performance, with a strong start on both ends of the floor fueling a run that the guests could not recover from, with Orange winning convincingly over the Villanova Wildcats by the score of 75-63. The team of Gadi Kedar increased their 41-35 halftime lead to 48-35 in a psan of over three minutes thanks to two three-pointers by Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) and a Robin Smeulders (208-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) free throw. The Dutch's defense made the biggest difference, forcing the Wildcats into coughing the ball up, defending the passing lanes and screens/rolls well, making it difficult for the Wildcats to get a solid entry pass. The lead would increase to as much as 23 points after a Smuelders layup, followed by two Dan Gadzuric (211-C-78, college: UCLA) free throws. NBA vet Gadzuric would once again make his presence felt, first with a vicious dunk in the run to make it 62-39, followed by strong weakside defense and working hard for inside positioning. Orange also got impressive performances from up and coming prospect Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam (196-F-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement), who showed uncanny ability to run for floor and finishing strong, as well as outside touch. Smeulders' steady play both in the post and facing the basket led Orange to the tune of a game-high 18 pts., with Jansen adding 13, Gadzuric with 12. Villanova center Mouphtaou Yarou (208-F/C-90) and Maalik Wayns (185-G-91) both led the Wildcats with 15 pts. each. The Dutch NT will close off the tournament on Sunday facing the Israeli NT.


WCAA Giants sign new prospect, Sam de Haas - by Fred Roggen
WCAA Giants investing in its future by signing guard Sam De Haas (193-G/F-92). The young promising Dutch guard Sam De Haas arrives from the St. Bonaventure University (NCAA) and signed a two-year deal with the Giants.
He is a member of the Dutch U20 National Team and averaged 3.3ppg and 1.1rpg in 8 games. Sam De Haas was captain of the Dutch U18 team in Israel during the European U18 Championships 2010.



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2011 Universiade. Turkey breeze past Hong Kong - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Hong Kong 84:57

Turkey opened win count at 2011 World University Games. They overwhelmed Hong Kong to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) notched 19 points to pace the effort. Hong Kong slipped at 0-1 record after the loss.
Turkey surged ahead right from the start. They posted a 13:9 lead at the first intermission. Turkey took over completely in the second period. They rallied to a 38:17 halftime advantage. Turkey mounted the pressure in the third term. They established a comfortable 65:34 lead with ten minutes remaining. Hong Kong never recovered as Turkey cruised to the victory at the end. Yigitcan Turna (187-PG-87) netted 13 points, while Ibrahim Yildirim (190-G-90) and Gokhan Sirin (207-F-90) notched 12 points each in the victory. Lee Ki responded with 20 points for Hong Kong. Chan Yik Lun (188-G-87) posted 14 points in the loss.

Turkey: Birkan Batuk 19, Yigitcan Turna 13, Ibrahim Yildirim 12, Gokhan Sirin 12
Hong Kong: Lee Ki 20, Chan Yik Lun 14



Hong Kong University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
4 Chiu King Ho 181-G-88 Chinese Univ. Hong Kong
5 Ng Wing Ho 190-F-89 Chinese Univ. Hong Kong
6 Choi Chi Hung 175-PG-88 HKIE Hong Kong
7 Mok Ka Chun 203-C-88 Polyt Univ. Hong Kong
8 Lee Ki 177-PG-87 Baptist Univ. Hong Kong
9 Lee Shu Wing 183-G-88 Polyt Univ. Hong Kong
10 Chan Yik Lun 190-G-87 City Univ. Hong Kong
11 Lau Tung Leung 208-C-88 HKIE Hong Kong
12 Lin Ho Chun 186-G-90 City Univ. Hong Kong
13 Wong Yau Tin 198-F-87 Univ.HK Hong Kong
14 Auyeung Wai Kong 185-G/F-89 Polyt Univ. Hong Kong
15 Tsoi Lung Tak 198-C-88 City Univ. Hong Kong

Chiu Wing Leung Head Coach


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2011 Universiade. USA cruise past Hungary - by Eurobasket News
USA - Hungary 102:53

USA registered the second straight win at the beginning of 2011 World University Games. They stormed past Hungary to stay undefeated in Group D. John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91) fired 20 points to lead the effort. Hungary fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
USA limited Hungary to just 6 points in the starting period building a 15-point lead. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. USA ensured a 58:19 advantage at the interval. Hungary went scoreless for the last five minutes of the third term. USA piled up a comfortable 84:25 lead with one quarter remaining. The United States team never looked back in the final period and raced to the win at the end. Antonio Jardine (6'2''-G-88) delivered 15 points, while Marcus Denmon (6'3''-G-90) finished with 10 points in the win. Ferdinand Morgen (6'9''-F/C-90) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Hungary. Peter Szabo (6'0''-G-89) nailed 10 points in defeat.

USA: John Jenkins 20, Antonio Jardine 15, Marcus Denmon 10
Hungary: Ferdinand Morgen 13, Peter Szabo 10



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  IRAN   


William Jones Cup. Unstoppable Hamed Haddadi leads Iran to title - by Eurobasket News
Iran - South Korea 66:59

Iran defended their William Jones Cup title. They overcame South Korea in the championship game tonight to clinch the third straight title at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) had a monster night tallying 35 points, 18 boards and 7 blocks to pace Iran.
Iran built a 20:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. South Korea recovered adjusting their offence in the second term. They posted a 37:34 halftime advantage. But Iran turned things around in the second half. They limited South Korea to 10 points in the third term to ensure a 48:47 lead with one period left. Iran held their opponents to 12 points in the final period and raced to the triumph at the end. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Javad Davari (185-G-83) finished with 7 points in the win. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds for South Korea. Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) produced 15 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in defeat.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 35+18 boards, Oshin Sahakian 13, Javad Davari 7
South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 19, Stevenson Cameron 15



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  ISRAEL   


2011 Universiade. Finland prevail against Israel - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Israel 72:57

Finland registered the initial win at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen. They held off Israel to improve at 1-1 record in Group D. Finland thus caught up with Israel in the ladder. Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge.
Finland secured a 21:13 lead after ten minutes. They kept Israel behind throughout the second stanza. Finland arrived at halftime up by 4 points 35:31. Israel got closer in the third term but Finland ignited a strong rally late in the period to take a 53:43 advantage into the fourth frame. Finland did not slow down in the final quarter and rolled to the victory at the end. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) and Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) nailed 12 points apiece for Finland. Sean Daniel (197-F-89) responded with 15 points for Israel. Ben Rice (195-F-90) and Gilad Karni (195-F/G-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) produced 12 points each in defeat.

Finland: Petri Heinonen 15, Antto Nikkarinen 12, Matti Nuutinen 12
Israel: Sean Daniel 15, Ben Rice 12, Gilad Karni 12



Breaking News: Jeremy Pargo is a Free Agent - by David Pick
Posted: August 15, 2011, 00:14 AM

In a shocking turn of events, Eurobasket has been exclusively informed that star European point guard Jeremy Pargo, will not return to Europe this season and will not play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Pargo, a 2011 Euroleague All-First Team member is now 'a free agent', and this, apparently, is the true reason as to why Maccabi's Head Coach David Blatt has been stalling with adding new guards to the team. The signings of Jordan Farmar, Jon Scheyer, Yogev Ohayon and Theodoros Papaloukas in addition to Israeli guard Tal Burstein will cause a dog battle over playing time to the extent where Pargo's minutes and stats would be damaged.

Eurobasket was also informed that Pargo has no flight scheduled from the United States to Tel Aviv this summer. According to Pargo's contract, he had to inform Maccabi by August 1st if he had an NBA offer. Once he did, his contract would be void. However, the back-to-back BSL champion is interested and willing to sign a new NBA out contract with Maccabi including a substantial decrease in pay from his original salary, estimated at just under $1 million per season.

Pargo has reason to believe that there is a firm NBA possibility out there for him, and he is willing to take the chance of sitting out during the lockout. As of now Pargo does not have to return to Israel and play for Maccabi and there is no reason for him to report to training camp September 1st.

If Pargo does re-sign a new NBA out contract with Maccabi when the lockout ends, the Israeli champions will suffer damage to both the locker room and the roster with the departure of Pargo and New Jersey Nets guard Jordan Farmar.

Pargo's agency Priority Sports decided not to comment on the situation.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd








Holland's Gadi Kedar tops Israel's Arik Shivek 80:70 - by David Pick
Posted: August 14, 2011, 22:36

Following a 75:63 'W' over the Villanova Wildcats, the National Orange men came as favorites to tonight's match-up against Israel's NT and topped them, 80:70, in a battle between two Israeli head coaches, Gadi Kedar and Arik Shivek.

After a 77:72 victory vs. Georgia and its NBA center Zaza Pachulia, an Omri Casspi-less Israel NT couldn't keep up with the hosts and failed to secure back-to-back victories for the first time in two exhibition tournaments. Israel, who currently owns a negative 4-2 record, will travel tomorrow to Georgia for Tuesday's contest against the local NT before heading back to Israel.




Israel controlled the first period leading, 24:16, taking a, 39:33, lead into the locker rooms. An 8:0 Holland run to begin the second half gave them a comfortable cushion to extend as the game went to a final 80:70 host win. Arvin Slagter had a game high 20 points. Guy Pnini 1nailed 7 points along with Elishay Kadir's 15 and Yotam Halperin's 13 led the Israeli scorers.


Israel as recalled was pooled to Group B, one of the toughest groups in the EuroBasket games, along with Italy, Serbia, France, Germany and Latvia.

During August 22-24, Israel will host its final European competition games before heading to Lithuania, playing both national teams from Russia and Poland.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd





Maccabi's Thodoros Papaloukas Wants His Third Euroleague Title - by David Pick
Jordan Farmar? No, Thodoros Papaloukas! The two-time NBA champ was until recently the biggest deal in Israel this off-season; however, after Maccabi announced the surprising signing of Greek legend Papaloukas, Farmar had a good run for his money regarding who was the most unexpected player yet to join the Israeli champions. Papaloukas, the chief commander of basketball himself, who will continue his successful career in Nokia, explains what prompted his decision 'Maccabi's tradition was what convinced me.' He also made it crystal clear that he joined Tel Aviv to 'win another Euroleague title.'

When did the Papaloukas Maccabi saga begin? Date: May 2011, Place: Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona, Development: At first, Papaloukas' agent, Giorgos Dimitropoulos approached David Blatt explaining that Theo's contract with Olympiakos expires in the summer. Blatt was intrigued. In July, Dimitropoulos made his next move by calling Blatt to say that Papaloukas wants to play for a top Euroleague team -- Maccabi or Barcelona, and that money shouldn't be a concern, adding that Theo was looking for a situation where he could win a third Euroleague title. Blatt gave the green light and a month of discrete, smooth and professional negotiations between Dimitropoulos and Maccabi's Shimon Mizrahi and Danny Federman began and successfully culminated this past weekend.

In an exclusive interview with Eurobasket, the two-time Euroleague champion discussed his expectations, hopes and, of course, Coach Blatt. 'Blatt knows how to bring out the best in me to the point where I could give Maccabi 100%,' Papaloukas said. Revealing his discussions with Blatt, the Greek point guard gave a little inside tip as to whom will be on the court this season when the money's on the line. 'Blatt wants me to take control of the game while I'm on the court. That means stay focused, run the pick-and-roll, move guys without the ball, create offensive plays and mainly have a strong presence in critical moments in games.'

Despite the obvious, how much effect did big Sofo have on your choice of joining M.T.A.?

'Sofo's presence played a big role in my decision because of our mutual achievements in the past and knowing what we can accomplish in the future. Though, what really was important to me was Maccabi's tradition and history. I wanted to play on the highest level and Maccabi is the right place. Also the role Coach Blatt said I will have with the team matched my expectations.'

What advantages do you and Sofo bring to Maccabi?

'Our strong side will be playing the pick-and-roll and we intend to do it a lot this season. I know where Sofo feels comfortable getting the ball and I'll do whatever it takes to make, not only him, but everyone, look better and score more points. At the same time, focusing on defense is what wins basketball games and that's what we have to do as a team.'

Papaloukas will likely land in Israel on August 25th. Looking back, despite beating Maccabi twice in the Euroleague finals ('06,'08) while playing with CSKA, he has no regrets about sinking the yellow ship and is now in search of his third crown. 'I'm a competitor and always play to win. The days with CSKA and the Greek NT were the best years of my basketball career. I can't feel bad for winning a Euroleague and Eurobasket gold medals on top of a World championship silver medal.'

Are you the missing link Maccabi needs for a European title?

'It's not about me being the missing piece. A team is everyone and doesn't focus on an individual. I'm joining a solid team and I'm more motivated than ever. I promise to give my best shot at another Euroleague title.'

What are your thoughts of teaming up with Jordan Farmar and the NBA lockout situation?

'Jordan is a very good player and I'm sure he will help us a lot in many ways. Maccabi is known to be one of the primary organizations for American players both basketball wise and in terms of the life style. As for the whole NBA lockout situation, for the sake of the basketball worldwide, I hope it is resolved soon.'

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




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  ITALY   


Italy overcame Poland in Day 2 of the Torneo Tassoni - by Eurobasket News
Italy NT-Poland NT 67:61

Italy overcame Poland in Day 2 of the Torneo Tassoni to tie the record at 1-1. The home side needed 67:61 victory, while Poland dropped to 0-2 record.
Without their best players like Marcin Gortat and Maciej Lampe Polish NT has a problem with getting many points. Italy opened the game with 22:12, but Skibniewski and Adam Waczynski (199-F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) reduced to 22:18 early in the second. Italy led 32:24 and then the teams went to the lockers for 36:30. Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) and Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) increased the lead to 44:36, while the third quarter closed the doors at 53:40. Poland remained alive with 55:49 in the last frame, but lost by 6 points.
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) finished with 20 points. Marco Belinelli added 13 and Danilo Gallinari added 9 points for the winners. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) responded with 17 points and 8 rebound and Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 13 points in defeat.

Italy NT: Andrea Bargnani 20, Marco Belinelli 13, Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) 9, Danilo Gallinari 9
Poland NT: Szymon Szewczyk 17, Dardan Berisha 12, Adam Waczynski 8, Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) 8



Vanoli Cremona signs Bosnian Bavcic - by Eurobasket News
Vanoli Cremona signs Bosnian Edin Bavcic for the upcoming season. The team announced the agreement with the player from Bosnia and Herzegovina who finished last season with Aris.
Last season Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) replaced Dejan Borovnjak at the teams front line, till the end of the season. The 26-year-old Bosnian forward-center was let free by his previous team, Khimik-OPZ Yuzny and the Greek club immediately proposed a contract to him, which he accepted.
The season 2010/2011 Bavcic began with Enel Brindisi and in November he moved to Ukraine to play for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. There he participated in 26 games both for the national league and the Eurochallenge, having an average of roughly 10 points and 5 rebounds per game. The fact that he is 2.10 meter tall is very important for Aris, as Lefteris Subotic's team had a quite low players' height average and faced problems when the opponent had a tall front line, especially at rebounds.
Last season for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1) in 16 games he averaged 10.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT-3 (44.7%), FT: 54.9%.



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  JAPAN   


William Jones Cup. Japan beat Jordan, clinch fifth position - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Jordan 77:73

Japan finished their William Jones Cup campaign on a high note. They held off Jordan to earn the fifth overall position at the tournament. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) stepped up with 24 points to lead the charge.
Jordan got to the better start. They posted a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. But Japan stiffened their defence limiting Jordan to just 9 points in the second frame. Japan denied the deficit and drew things level at 30. Jordan pulled ahead once again in the third period. They piled up a 6-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. But it was not enough. Japan went on a determined rally in the final period scoring 28 points and snatching victory at the end. Fumio Nishimura (177-G-86) provided 23 points, while Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) added 9 in the win. Wesam Al-Sous (189-G-83) responded with 17 points for Jordan. Islam Abbaas (200-C-80) had 15 points in the loss.

Japan: Takeki Shonaka 24, Fumio Nishimura 23, Keijuro Matsui 9
Jordan: Wesam Al-Sous 17, Islam Abbaas 15



2011 Universiade. Japan record first win beating New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Japan - New Zealand 88:81

Japan registered the first win at the 2011 World University Games. They overcame New Zealand for 1-1 record in Group C. Ruymo Ono (197-F/C-88) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Asian side. New Zealand fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Japan fired 25 points in the opening quarter to take an 8-point lead. Japan maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They established a 44:36 halftime lead. The margin grew at double figures in the third term. Japan recorded a 69:57 lead with one quarter remaining. Japan did not allow the Kiwis within striking distance in the final frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Hironori Watanabe (180-G-88) knocked down 16 points, while Daisuke Kobayashi (188-G-87) had 13 points in the winning effort. Justin Richard Edwards (197-F-90) responded with 31 points and 9 rebounds for New Zealand. Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91, college: Stephen F. Austin) accounted for 20 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Japan: Ruymo Ono 21, Hironori Watanabe 16, Daisuke Kobayashi 13
New Zealand: Justin Richard Edwards 31, Dion Prewster 20



Japanese University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Daisuke Kobayashi
Kobayashi
Ryusei Shinoyama
Shinoyama
Kosuke Kanamaru
Kanamaru
Hironori Watanabe
Watanabe
Takatoshi Furukawa
Furukawa
#e#5
4 Hironori Watanabe 180-G-88 Panasonic Japan
5 Takatoshi Furukawa 190-G/F-87 Aishin Japan
6 Daisuke Kobayashi 188-G-87 Hitachi S. Japan
7 Ryo Kubota 195-F-89 Waseda Univ. Japan
8 Ruymo Ono 197-F/C-88 Toyota Japan
9 Takahiro Kurihara 192-G/F-87 Toshiba Japan
10 Ryusei Shinoyama 178-PG-88 Nihon Univ. Japan
11 Kosuke Kanamaru 193-F/G-89 Panasonic Japan
12 Makoto Hiejima 189-G-90 Aoyama Univ. Japan
13 Yuya Nagayoshi 198-C-91 Aoyama Univ. Japan
14 Tenketsu Harimoto 196-C/F-92 Aoyama Univ. Japan
15 Daiki Tanaka 191-F-91 Tokai Univ. Japan

Akira Rikukawa Head Coach
Satoru Furuta Assistant


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  JORDAN   


William Jones Cup. Japan beat Jordan, clinch fifth position - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Jordan 77:73

Japan finished their William Jones Cup campaign on a high note. They held off Jordan to earn the fifth overall position at the tournament. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) stepped up with 24 points to lead the charge.
Jordan got to the better start. They posted a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. But Japan stiffened their defence limiting Jordan to just 9 points in the second frame. Japan denied the deficit and drew things level at 30. Jordan pulled ahead once again in the third period. They piled up a 6-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. But it was not enough. Japan went on a determined rally in the final period scoring 28 points and snatching victory at the end. Fumio Nishimura (177-G-86) provided 23 points, while Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) added 9 in the win. Wesam Al-Sous (189-G-83) responded with 17 points for Jordan. Islam Abbaas (200-C-80) had 15 points in the loss.

Japan: Takeki Shonaka 24, Fumio Nishimura 23, Keijuro Matsui 9
Jordan: Wesam Al-Sous 17, Islam Abbaas 15



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  LAOS   


Malaysia overcome Laos at U16 SEABA Championship - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia U16 - Laos U16 83:56

Malaysia wrapped up their U16 SEABA Championship campaign with victory. They held off Laos to clinch the second position in the ladder. Jian Chua (183-G-95) stepped up with 22 points to lead the effort. Laos suffered the fourth straight loss at the tournament. The second-place finish means Malaysia will play at U16 Fiba Asia Championship in Vietnam in October.
Malaysia quickly took off posting a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. The hosts boosted the margin to as many as 23 points at halftime 42:19. Malaysia stayed in control throughout the third term. They registered a 64:42 lead at the final intermission. Malaysia did not loosen the grasp in the fourth frame to race to the victory. Gashvinder Sarjit-Singh (195-C-95) netted 13 points, while Jia Tong (189-F-95) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Khamphay Inthavixay (168-PG-96) and Aphakone Phommasone (175-G-96) responde with 14 points each for Laos.

Malaysia U16: Jian Chua 22, Gashvinder Sarjit-Singh 13, Jia Tong 9
Laos U16: Khamphay Inthavixay 14, Aphakone Phommasone 14



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Russia edged Latvia for the second time - by Eurobasket News
Latvia NT-Russia NT 59:84

Russia edged Latvia again in the Baltic State country. The Russian team won 84:59 in Game 2 controlling the whole game.
Russia started the game with 21-14 and never looked behind. The favorites added 20-19 in the second frame for 41:33 halftime advantage. The second half also belonged to Russia that won both periods. They needed 18-10 in the third period for 16-point lead after three quarters and then added 25-16 in the last frame.
Latvia had a better percentage from the field goal, 50% versus 48%. Russia however shot better from the three-point line showing 47% versus 35%.
Nikita Shabalkin (205-F-86) poured in 18 points to lead all the winners and Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) notched 15. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) posted 12, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) notched 10. Janis Blums (190-G-82) ended up with 16 points, whilst Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) brought 7.

Latvia NT: Janis Blums 16, Janis Strelnieks 7
Russia NT: Nikita Shabalkin 18, Vitaly Fridzon 15, Andrei Kirilenko 12, Viktor Khryapa 10



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Karolis Petrukonis heads to Juventus - by Eurobasket News
Karolis Petrukonis (212-C-87, college: Clemson) heads to Juventus for the next season. The Lithuanian Center comes from Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius.
In 2004-2005 he started for Marciulionis School and in 2005-2006 moved to Norfolk Collegiate School (VA). The four seasons after he played for Clemson (NCAA). In his last season he averaged 1.0ppg, left in Dec.'09, in Feb.'10 moved to Panevezys Techasas (LKL, starting five). In Lithuanian League after 10 games he ahd 7.9ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 57.9%, FT: 72.2%; Baltic League: 1 game: 4pts, 3reb, 1block.
The season 2010-2011 started for Perlas Vilnius (LKL, starting five) and in Lithuanian League after 13 games showed 4.4ppg, 2.8rpg. In Baltic League his stats read 3.8ppg, 3.8rpg. Later in January 2011 moved to Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) and 4 games Karolis Petrukonis averaged 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg, left in Feb.'11.
For Perlas he recorded 10 points in the game against Zalgiris. At that time Zalgiris beat Perlas 104-63 at the Regular Season Round 7.



Lithuanian University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Matas Sapiega
Sapiega
Edgaras Stanionis
Stanionis
Augustas Peciukevicius
Peciukevicius
Julius Jucikas
Jucikas
Gediminas Orelikas
Orelikas
#e#5
4 Mantas Kadzevicius 194-G-91 Sakalai Lithuania
5 Matas Sapiega 180-PG-90 Erelita Lithuania
6 Osvaldas Matulionis 200-F-91 Siauliai Lithuania
7 Ernestas Ezerskis 192-PG-87 Techasas Lithuania
8 Edgaras Stanionis 193-G-88 Siauliai Lithuania
9 Darius Gvezdauskas 191-PG-88 Siauliai Lithuania
10 Augustas Peciukevicius 191-G-91 Sakalai Lithuania
11 Mindaugas Kupsas 215-C-91 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
12 Marius Valukonis 198-F-88 Techasas Lithuania
13 Gediminas Zyle 209-C-88 Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
14 Julius Jucikas 205-C-89 Siauliai Lithuania
15 Gediminas Orelikas 200-G/F-90 Rudupis Lithuania

Rimvydas Samulenas Head Coach Zalgiris-Sabonio Lithuania
Mindaugas Brazys Assistant


2011 Universiade. Lithuania tame Ukraine in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Ukraine 71:55

Lithuania stepped on the gas in the second half and overcame Ukraine at 2011 World University Games second day of action. The victory propelled Lithuania at 2-0 record on top of Group C. Ukraine fell at 1-1 record. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) knocked down 17 points to pace the effort.
Lithuania jumped to an early lead but Ukraine responded adequately. Vitaly Cherniy team grabbed an 18:17 lead at the first break. The teams went neck and neck throughout the second period. Ukraine were able to secure a 27:25 advantage at the interval. The Baltic team shifted the gear right after the big break. They opened the second half on a 12:3 run to spur in front. Lithuania established a 45:38 advantage with one quarter to go. Lithuania opened up a double-figure lead midway through the final term and never looked back en route to the victory. Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) produced 14 points, while Matas Sapiega (180-PG-90) netted 11 points in the victory. Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (205-F-89) finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Lithuania: Gediminas Orelikas 17, Marius Valukonis 14, Matas Sapiega 11
Ukraine: Maksym Kornienko 16+10 boards, Stanislav Tymofeyenko 10



Spain outscore Lithuania at Madrid Arena - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Lithuania 90:78

Spain claimed the second straight win in the test games prior to the start of 2011 EuroBasket. This time the Spaniards toppled Lithuania at Madrid Arena. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the effort.
Spain opened the game strongly. They fired 26 points in the starting frame to take a 9-point lead. Lithuania got closer in the second term. They narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 42:48. But Spain took over again in the third quarter. Paced by Gasol brothers la Roja ensured a 67:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Spain dominated in the fourth quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) and Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points each in the win. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 13 points for Spain. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) responded with 12 points for Lithuania. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) had 11 points, while Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) delivered 10 points in defeat.

Spain: Pau Gasol 17, Juan Carlos Navarro 13, Serge Ibaka 12, Marc Gasol 12
Lithuania: Ksistof Lavrinovic 12, Rimantas Kaukenas 11, Jonas Valanciunas 10



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Malaysia overcome Laos at U16 SEABA Championship - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia U16 - Laos U16 83:56

Malaysia wrapped up their U16 SEABA Championship campaign with victory. They held off Laos to clinch the second position in the ladder. Jian Chua (183-G-95) stepped up with 22 points to lead the effort. Laos suffered the fourth straight loss at the tournament. The second-place finish means Malaysia will play at U16 Fiba Asia Championship in Vietnam in October.
Malaysia quickly took off posting a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. The hosts boosted the margin to as many as 23 points at halftime 42:19. Malaysia stayed in control throughout the third term. They registered a 64:42 lead at the final intermission. Malaysia did not loosen the grasp in the fourth frame to race to the victory. Gashvinder Sarjit-Singh (195-C-95) netted 13 points, while Jia Tong (189-F-95) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Khamphay Inthavixay (168-PG-96) and Aphakone Phommasone (175-G-96) responde with 14 points each for Laos.

Malaysia U16: Jian Chua 22, Gashvinder Sarjit-Singh 13, Jia Tong 9
Laos U16: Khamphay Inthavixay 14, Aphakone Phommasone 14



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  MEXICO   


2011 Universiade. Gabriel Giron leads Mexico past South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - South Korea 107:96

Mexico earned the first win at the 2011 World University Games. They held off South Korea to catch up with their opponents in Group D ladder. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) knocked down 32 points to pace the effort.
South Korea led midway through the opening term. But Mexico surged ahead to take a 26:25 lead at the first break. South Korea quickly rebounded at the start of the second term. The Asian team arrived at halftime up by 51:46. South Korea maintained the lead throughout the third period. They led by 4 points heading into the fourth quarter 75:71. However Mexico erupted for 36 points in the final stanza and marched to the victory at the end. Cesar Del Campo (194-F-89) notched 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in the winning effort. Choi Bu Kyung (200-F-89) answered with 32 points for South Korea. Kim Mingoo (188-G-91) had 21 points in defeat.

Mexico: Gabriel Giron 32, Cesar Del Campo 30, Edgar Segura (191-G) 16
South Korea: Choi Bu Kyung 32, Kim Mingoo 21



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  NBA   


Thunder center Kendrick Perkins arrested in Texas at night club - by Milord Nikolic
For the second time in two months, a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder has run into trouble with the law. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins was arrested early Saturday morning in Beaumont, Texas, for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, according to numerous reports. Perkins was booked at the Jefferson County jail at approximately 4 a.m. before being released shortly after posting $150 bond. The arrest was made following an altercation at a nightclub shortly after 2 a.m. According to a spokesperson for the Beaumont police, officers arrived on the scene as people were exiting the establishment holding their faces and complaining of fights and pepper spray inside the club.

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2011 Universiade. USA cruise past Hungary - by Eurobasket News
USA - Hungary 102:53

USA registered the second straight win at the beginning of 2011 World University Games. They stormed past Hungary to stay undefeated in Group D. John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91) fired 20 points to lead the effort. Hungary fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
USA limited Hungary to just 6 points in the starting period building a 15-point lead. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. USA ensured a 58:19 advantage at the interval. Hungary went scoreless for the last five minutes of the third term. USA piled up a comfortable 84:25 lead with one quarter remaining. The United States team never looked back in the final period and raced to the win at the end. Antonio Jardine (6'2''-G-88) delivered 15 points, while Marcus Denmon (6'3''-G-90) finished with 10 points in the win. Ferdinand Morgen (6'9''-F/C-90) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Hungary. Peter Szabo (6'0''-G-89) nailed 10 points in defeat.

USA: John Jenkins 20, Antonio Jardine 15, Marcus Denmon 10
Hungary: Ferdinand Morgen 13, Peter Szabo 10



Villanova Falls to Senegal 69-64 to Open Exhibition Tour - by Eurobasket News
Cheek leads 'Cats with 17 points

FINAL: Senegal 69, Villanova 64

SITE: Paris, France


SUMMARY: Senegal's Senior National Team used a spurt early in the fourth period to defeat Villanova 69-64 in suburban Paris this evening. Senegal owned a 35-34 edge at halftime before the Wildcats built a 50-46 edge with 12 seconds left in the third quarter. But Senegal made a three as the horn sounded to narrow the gap to 50-49 after three periods and carried that momentum into the fourth period, outscoring the 'Cats 20-13 in a contest that saw the two teams combine to shoot 66 free throws.

SCORING LEADERS: Junior Dominic Cheek (6'6''-G-90) led Villanova with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. Junior Mouphtaou Yarou added 15 points, 16 rebounds and a blocked shot for the Wildcats while classmate Maalik Wayns contributed 16 points and six caroms.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: With Ty Johnson sidelined for the tour as he continues to recover from a foot injury, four of the Villanova newcomers saw action. Darrun Hilliard earned a starting assignment, scoring three points and added a pair of steals. Achraf Yacoubou scored the last four points of the third quarter while Markus Kennedy added five rebounds and JayVaughn Pinkston four caroms.

FREE THROWS WERE PLENTIFUL: Senegal attempted 40 free throws, converting 26. The Wildcats finished 14-of-26 from the charity stripe.

FROM DEEP: Senegal sank 6-of-9 (.667) from outside the arc while Villanova was 3-of-16 from long distance. Cheek's three triples were the Wildcats' only successful treys on the night.
CAROM COUNT: The Wildcats got off to a slow start on the glass but ended the game with a 51-44 advantage in that category. Isaiah Armwood added eight boards while James Bell picked up five to go with his six points.

HEAD COACH Jay Wright : 'I thought this was a great first game for us. It was very physical. We had a five point lead in the third period and just made some crucial mistakes at the end of the third period that hurt us. We had two straight turnovers and gave up that three at the end of the period. At that point we had a lot of young guys out there. We never really recovered from that.'

'This was a great learning experience for us. I thought Mouphtaou Yarou was tremendous. They tried to get him out of his game by speaking to him in French but he never responded, never let them get him out of his game. Darrun Hilliard played well in his first game. I thought JayVaughn did a good job his first time out. Maalik was Maalik, he was good. Cheek gave us a great spark off the bench, shot the ball well and created some turnovers defensively.' 'We really look forward to playing (Senegal) again tomorrow.'

ON SENGAL'S FULL-COURT PRESS: 'It's funny, in our preparation for this game we only did one day of press offense and they pressed us for 40 minutes. I thought we handled it decently, especially given the circumstances. It was good to have a team come out and go after you like that. It felt like we were in a BIG EAST game.'
Courtesy of: villanova.com


Wildcats Upend Israel 94-92 in Thriller at EuroJam - by Eurobasket News
FINAL: Villanova 94, Israel 92

SITE: Almere, The Netherlands


SUMMARY: Sparked by a 34-point performance from junior Dominic Cheek (6'6''-G-90) (Jersey City, N.J.) Villanova picked up a 94-92 victory over the Israeli Senior National Team on Friday evening. The Wildcats used sizzling first half shooting - 66 percent - to build a 56-45 halftime edge as Cheek dropped in 24 of his total. Israel used a 14-7 run at the end of the third period to narrow the margin to 73-72.

The contest was tight down the stretch when Cheek's traditional 3-point lead with 2:41 left lifted VU back into the lead. Junior Mouphtaou Yarou (6'10''-F/C-90) (22 points, 12 rebounds) sank two key free throws in the final seconds and freshman JayVaughn Pinkston added another to give the 'Cats a two point edge with eight seconds left. A final 3-point field goal from 28 feet by Israel's David Bluthenthal (6'7''-F-80, college: USC) was off target and Villanova had earned its first win of its European tour (1-2).

SCORING LEADERS: Cheek drained 15-of-19 field goal attempts on the night, including all three of his attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. Yarou was 7-of-11 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the line en route to his 22 points. Maalik Wayns added 17 points in spite of second half foul trouble that limited him to 22:21 minutes. He connected on 6-of-11 from the floor.

LEADING ISRAEL: Lior Eliyahu paced Israel with 20 points while Blu added 18. THE NEWCOMERS: The Wildcats leaned heavily on some of their youngest players in the fourth quarter. Darrun Hilliard (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty High School) logged 31:59 minutes and handled the point guard duties for much of the second half with Wayns sidelined by foul trouble. He finished with eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Pinkston contributed four points and several key passes late in the game.

HOT SHOOTING: The Wildcats ended the night shooting 63.6 percent (35-of-55) and matched that number from beyond the 3-point arc (7-of-11). Wayns and Cheek were perfect from beyond the arc (5-of-5). Meanwhile, Israel shot 50 percent of the field and was just 11-of-35 (31.4 percent) from long distance.
ODD STAT: Despite their smooth shooting, the Wildcats were credited with just four assists against 22 turnovers.

HEAD COACH Jay Wright: 'It sounds crazy to say this in August, but that was a great basketball game and a great win for us. I thought our young guys did a tremendous job against a tough, veteran team that spreads you out defensively.'

'What can you say about Dominic Cheek? He was awesome. Against a great offensive team like Israel you have to be able to score and there were times he carried us on offense. I thought Mouphtaou Yarou was a warrior inside for us.'

'To bounce back from our games earlier this week was a great show of character by this young group. The young guys, particularly Darrun and JayVaughn, made huge plays for us down the stretch with Maalik out of the game.'

Dominic Cheek: 'I didn't go into this game thinking about putting up a lot of shots. I went into it trying to play Villanova Basketball, play defense and help my team get the win. I was going to do what my teammates needed me to do.'

'Coach Wright told us at halftime that this is an experienced team that would make a run at us. He told us to just play Villanova Basketball and not to give in. The most important thing was for us to play 40 minutes and I thought we did that.'

'At the end of the game I thought our defense was great. It helped us a lot after we fell behind.'

'I think these games will help us in the long run get five guys to play together as one.'

SCORING SUMMARY (Minutes in parantheses)

WAYNS (22:21): 6-11 from the field; 2-2 from 3-point; 3-5 FT shooting; 2 rebounds; 1 steal; 5 turnovers; 17 points.

YAROU (33:22): 7-11 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 8-9 FT shooting; 12 rebounds (four offensive); 1 assist; five turnovers; 1 steal; 22 points.

CHEEK (36:13): 15-19 from the field; 3-3 from 3-point; 1-1 FT shooting; 4 rebounds (1 offensive); 1 steal; 34 points. BELL (17:58): 1-3 from the field; 1-2 from 3-point; 0-2 FT shooting; 2 rebounds (0 offensive); 3 turnovers; 3 points.

ARMWOOD (16:58): 1-3 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 2-2 FT shooting; 1 rebound (1 offensive); 1 turnover; 4 points.

HILLIARD (31:59): 3-6 from the field; 1-4 from 3-point; 1-1 FT shooting; 6 rebounds; 3 assists; two steals; 3 turnovers; 8 points.

KENNEDY (7:09): 0-0 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 0-0 FT shooting; 0 rebounds; 0 points.

PINKSTON (26:32): 1-1 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 2-5 FT shooting; 1 rebound (0 offensive); 4 points.

YACOUBOU (5:32): 0-0 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 0-0 FT shooting; 1 rebound (0 offensive); 0 points.

SUTTON (1:56): 1-1 from the field; 0-0 from 3-point; 0-1 FT shooting; 0 rebounds; 2 points.

Villanova Totals: 35-of-55 FG (.636); 7-of-11 from 3-point (.636); 17-of-26 FT shooting (.654); 29 rebounds (six offensive); 4 assists; 22 turnovers; 5 steals; 0 blocked shots; 94 points.

Israel Totals: 36-of-72 FG (.500); 11-of-35 from 3-point (.314); 9-of-10 FT shooting (.900); 30 rebounds (12 offensive); 17 assists; 15 turnovers; 11 steals; 1 blocked shot; 92 points.

Israel Scoring Leaders: Lior Eliyahu 20 points (9-13 from the field, 0-1 from 3-point); David Bluthenthal (7-of-14 from the field, 3-7 from 3-point); Tal Barstein 12 points (5-11 from the field, 1-7 from 3-point);
Courtesy of: villanova.com


BYU basketball: Greece Trip Preview - by George Manousidis
PROVO, Utah BYU mens basketball will head overseas on Aug. 15 for a five-game tour of Greece. The Cougars will play professional teams in Athens and Platanias and find time for some sightseeing during their Aug. 15-25 trip.

Per NCAA rules, teams are allowed a foreign tour once every four years along with 10 additional practice days. The Cougars began practicing on Aug. 1 in preparation for their Greek tour. BYUs last trip abroad came in the summer of 2007 with a 10-day, five-game tour of France.

The Cougars are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history as they advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and won a program-record 32 games. BYU returns six lettermen from the 2010-11 squad and welcomes a host of talented newcomers.

Roster Preview

In Greece BYU will be led by Charles Abouo (195-G/F-89) and Noah Hartsock (203-F), the elder statesmen on the squad. During the past three seasons Abouo and Hartsock have helped the Cougars to three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two conference titles. Juniors Nick Martineau (182-G), Stephen Rogers (203-F) and Brock Zylstra (198-G/F) will have the opportunity to gain valuable playing time in Greece as their roles figure to be expanded this coming season.

Redshirt freshman Anson Winder (190-G) and junior Craig Cusick (188-G) will add depth to BYUs backcourt rotation in 2011-12. Winder hails from Las Vegas where he played at Bishop Gorman High School. Cusick, an all-state honoree at Orem High School, was a member of the practice squad last season.

The five-game tour of Greece will be an excellent opportunity for coach Dave Rose and his staff to evaluate newcomers Damarcus Harrison and Josh Sharp (201-F). Harrison comes to BYU as a top 100 recruit out of Christ School in North Carolina. Sharp, a transfer from Utah and graduate of Lone Peak High School, returned from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas in the spring.

Sophomore Chris Collinsworth (205-F) and redshirt freshman Matt Carlino (185-G) will also make the trip but will be unable to participate. Collinsworth is continuing to recover from a knee injury that limited him to nine games last season. Carlino, who joined the Cougars in January 2011 after transferring from UCLA, will not be able to play due to NCAA transfer rules.

BYU's Greece Roster Name
Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Charles Abouo 6-5 215 F/G Sr. Abidjan, Ivory Coast / Brewster Academy
Matt Carlino (185-G)* 6-2 175 G Fr. Scottsdale, Ariz. / Bloomington South HS
Chris Collinsworth** 6-9 235 F So. Provo, Utah / Provo HS
Craig Cusick 6-2 185 G Jr. Orem, Utah / Orem HS
Damarcus Harrison 6-5 190 G Fr. Greenwood, S.C. / Christ School
Noah Hartsock (203-F) 6-8 230 F Sr. Bartlesville, Okla. / Bartlesville HS
Nick Martineau 6-0 170 G Jr. Fruit Heights, Utah / Davis HS
Stephen Rogers (203-F) 6-8 195 F Jr. Mesa, Ariz. / Mesa CC
Josh Sharp 6-7 185 F Fr. Highland, Utah / Utah
Anson Winder 6-3 195 G Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. / Bishop Gorman HS
Brock Zylstra (198-G/F) 6-6 210 F/G Jr. La Verne, Calif. / Bonita HS

* Will not play due to NCAA transfer rules

** Will not play due to injury

BYU Men's Basketball Foreign Tours

Brazil (1950)
Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico (1965)
Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti (1967)
Italy, Yugoslavia (1979)
Belgium, England, France, the Netherlands, Germany (1988)
Slovenia, Italy, France (1994)
England, Croatia, Italy (1999)
Australia (2003)
France (2007)
Greece (2011)

Courtesy:
BYU Athletic Communications


BYU basketball: Greece Trip Preview - by George Manousidis
PROVO, Utah BYU mens basketball will head overseas on Aug. 15 for a five-game tour of Greece. The Cougars will play professional teams in Athens and Platanias and find time for some sightseeing during their Aug. 15-25 trip.

Per NCAA rules, teams are allowed a foreign tour once every four years along with 10 additional practice days. The Cougars began practicing on Aug. 1 in preparation for their Greek tour. BYUs last trip abroad came in the summer of 2007 with a 10-day, five-game tour of France.

The Cougars are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history as they advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and won a program-record 32 games. BYU returns six lettermen from the 2010-11 squad and welcomes a host of talented newcomers.

Roster Preview

In Greece BYU will be led by Charles Abouo and Noah Hartsock, the elder statesmen on the squad. During the past three seasons Abouo and Hartsock have helped the Cougars to three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two conference titles. Juniors Nick Martineau, Stephen Rogers and Brock Zylstra will have the opportunity to gain valuable playing time in Greece as their roles figure to be expanded this coming season.

Redshirt freshman Anson Winder and junior Craig Cusick will add depth to BYUs backcourt rotation in 2011-12. Winder hails from Las Vegas where he played at Bishop Gorman High School. Cusick, an all-state honoree at Orem High School, was a member of the practice squad last season.

The five-game tour of Greece will be an excellent opportunity for coach Dave Rose and his staff to evaluate newcomers Damarcus Harrison and Josh Sharp. Harrison comes to BYU as a top 100 recruit out of Christ School in North Carolina. Sharp, a transfer from Utah and graduate of Lone Peak High School, returned from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas in the spring.

Sophomore Chris Collinsworth and redshirt freshman Matt Carlino will also make the trip but will be unable to participate. Collinsworth is continuing to recover from a knee injury that limited him to nine games last season. Carlino, who joined the Cougars in January 2011 after transferring from UCLA, will not be able to play due to NCAA transfer rules.

BYU's Greece Roster Name
Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Charles Abouo 6-5 215 F/G Sr. Abidjan, Ivory Coast / Brewster Academy
Matt Carlino* 6-2 175 G Fr. Scottsdale, Ariz. / Bloomington South HS
Chris Collinsworth** 6-9 235 F So. Provo, Utah / Provo HS
Craig Cusick 6-2 185 G Jr. Orem, Utah / Orem HS
Damarcus Harrison 6-5 190 G Fr. Greenwood, S.C. / Christ School
Noah Hartsock 6-8 230 F Sr. Bartlesville, Okla. / Bartlesville HS
Nick Martineau 6-0 170 G Jr. Fruit Heights, Utah / Davis HS
Stephen Rogers 6-8 195 F Jr. Mesa, Ariz. / Mesa CC
Josh Sharp 6-7 185 F Fr. Highland, Utah / Utah
Anson Winder 6-3 195 G Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. / Bishop Gorman HS
Brock Zylstra 6-6 210 F/G Jr. La Verne, Calif. / Bonita HS

* Will not play due to NCAA transfer rules

** Will not play due to injury


BYU Men's Basketball Foreign Tours

Brazil (1950)
Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico (1965)
Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti (1967)
Italy, Yugoslavia (1979)
Belgium, England, France, the Netherlands, Germany (1988)
Slovenia, Italy, France (1994)
England, Croatia, Italy (1999)
Australia (2003)
France (2007)
Greece (2011)


BYU basketball: Greece Trip Preview - by George Manousidis
PROVO, Utah BYU mens basketball will head overseas on Aug. 15 for a five-game tour of Greece. The Cougars will play professional teams in Athens and Platanias and find time for some sightseeing during their Aug. 15-25 trip.

Per NCAA rules, teams are allowed a foreign tour once every four years along with 10 additional practice days. The Cougars began practicing on Aug. 1 in preparation for their Greek tour. BYUs last trip abroad came in the summer of 2007 with a 10-day, five-game tour of France.

The Cougars are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history as they advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and won a program-record 32 games. BYU returns six lettermen from the 2010-11 squad and welcomes a host of talented newcomers.

Roster Preview

In Greece BYU will be led by Charles Abouo and Noah Hartsock, the elder statesmen on the squad. During the past three seasons Abouo and Hartsock have helped the Cougars to three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two conference titles. Juniors Nick Martineau, Stephen Rogers and Brock Zylstra will have the opportunity to gain valuable playing time in Greece as their roles figure to be expanded this coming season.

Redshirt freshman Anson Winder and junior Craig Cusick will add depth to BYUs backcourt rotation in 2011-12. Winder hails from Las Vegas where he played at Bishop Gorman High School. Cusick, an all-state honoree at Orem High School, was a member of the practice squad last season.

The five-game tour of Greece will be an excellent opportunity for coach Dave Rose and his staff to evaluate newcomers Damarcus Harrison and Josh Sharp. Harrison comes to BYU as a top 100 recruit out of Christ School in North Carolina. Sharp, a transfer from Utah and graduate of Lone Peak High School, returned from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas in the spring.

Sophomore Chris Collinsworth and redshirt freshman Matt Carlino will also make the trip but will be unable to participate. Collinsworth is continuing to recover from a knee injury that limited him to nine games last season. Carlino, who joined the Cougars in January 2011 after transferring from UCLA, will not be able to play due to NCAA transfer rules.

BYU's Greece Roster Name
Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Charles Abouo 6-5 215 F/G Sr. Abidjan, Ivory Coast / Brewster Academy
Matt Carlino* 6-2 175 G Fr. Scottsdale, Ariz. / Bloomington South HS
Chris Collinsworth** 6-9 235 F So. Provo, Utah / Provo HS
Craig Cusick 6-2 185 G Jr. Orem, Utah / Orem HS
Damarcus Harrison 6-5 190 G Fr. Greenwood, S.C. / Christ School
Noah Hartsock 6-8 230 F Sr. Bartlesville, Okla. / Bartlesville HS
Nick Martineau 6-0 170 G Jr. Fruit Heights, Utah / Davis HS
Stephen Rogers 6-8 195 F Jr. Mesa, Ariz. / Mesa CC
Josh Sharp 6-7 185 F Fr. Highland, Utah / Utah
Anson Winder 6-3 195 G Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. / Bishop Gorman HS
Brock Zylstra 6-6 210 F, G Jr. La Verne, Calif. / Bonita HS

* Will not play due to NCAA transfer rules

** Will not play due to injury


BYU Men's Basketball Foreign Tours

Brazil (1950)
Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico (1965)
Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti (1967)
Italy, Yugoslavia (1979)
Belgium, England, France, the Netherlands, Germany (1988)
Slovenia, Italy, France (1994)
England, Croatia, Italy (1999)
Australia (2003)
France (2007)
Greece (2011)


USA University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Ashton Gibbs
Gibbs
John Jenkins
Jenkins
Orlando Johnson
Johnson
Darius Miller
Miller
Trevor Mbakwe
Mbakwe
#e#5
4 Ashton Gibbs 6'2''-G-90 Pittsburgh
5 Ray McCallum 6'1''-PG-91 Detroit Mercy
6 Marcus Denmon 6'3''-G-90 Missouri
7 John Jenkins 6'4''-G-91 Vanderbilt
8 Antonio Jardine 6'2''-G-88 Syracuse
9 Orlando Johnson 6'5''-G-89 UCSB
10 Draymond Green 6'6''-F-90 Michigan St.
11 Timothy Abromaitis 6'8''-F-89 Notre Dame
12 Darius Miller 6'7''-G-90 Kentucky
13 Gregory Mangano 6'10''-F-89 Yale
14 Jamychal Green 6'9''-F-90 Alabama
15 Trevor Mbakwe 6'8''-F-89 Minnesota

Matt Painter Head Coach Purdue USA
Cuonzo Martin Assistant Tennessee USA
Brad Stevens Assistant Butler USA


U.S. Olympian Mike Barrett dies - by Milord Nikolic
Mike Barrett, a member of the 1968 U.S. basketball team that won the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics, has died. He was 67. At 6-foot-2, Barrett was considered too small to play major college basketball and starred at West Virginia University Tech in the mid-1960s. He joined the Navy afterward and was part of an armed forces team that competed at the Olympic trials in Albuquerque. Members of the Olympic team were selected from various squads. Barrett was named the 1968 Amateur Athlete of the Year in West Virginia. He would later play several seasons in the American Basketball Association. Tech retired his No. 10 jersey in 2003. Barrett died Monday, according to his obituary from the Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and his brother, Scott Barrett, of West Virginia.

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2011 Universiade. Japan record first win beating New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Japan - New Zealand 88:81

Japan registered the first win at the 2011 World University Games. They overcame New Zealand for 1-1 record in Group C. Ruymo Ono (197-F/C-88) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Asian side. New Zealand fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Japan fired 25 points in the opening quarter to take an 8-point lead. Japan maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They established a 44:36 halftime lead. The margin grew at double figures in the third term. Japan recorded a 69:57 lead with one quarter remaining. Japan did not allow the Kiwis within striking distance in the final frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Hironori Watanabe (180-G-88) knocked down 16 points, while Daisuke Kobayashi (188-G-87) had 13 points in the winning effort. Justin Richard Edwards (197-F-90) responded with 31 points and 9 rebounds for New Zealand. Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91, college: Stephen F. Austin) accounted for 20 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Japan: Ruymo Ono 21, Hironori Watanabe 16, Daisuke Kobayashi 13
New Zealand: Justin Richard Edwards 31, Dion Prewster 20



New Zealand University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Justin Richard Edwards
Edwards
Joshua Bloxham
Bloxham
Dion Prewster
Prewster
David Clarke
Clarke
Nicholas Barrow
Barrow
#e#5
6 Marco Alexander 186-G-91 Waikato P. New Zealand
7 David Clarke 190-G-88 Oregon Tech USA
8 Samuel Dempster 198-F-90 Nelson G. New Zealand
9 Justin Richard Edwards 197-F-90 High School USA
10 Jordan Mills 189-PG-89 Wellington S. New Zealand
11 Joshua Bloxham 192-G-90 Nelson G. New Zealand
12 Nicholas Barrow 203-F-92 Auckland P. New Zealand
13 Dion Prewster 195-G/F-91 Wellington S. New Zealand
14 Rory Fannon 205-C-87 Utah Valley St. USA

Dean Vickerman Head Coach Waikato P. New Zealand
Chris Millbank Assistant


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  NORWAY   


Tromso land Gary Wallace, close to Morten Sahlertz - by Eurobasket News
Tromso Storm have ensured the services of Gary Wallace (190-G-88) for the next season. The 22-year-old guard will start his pro career in Norway. Gary Wallace has just graduated from Robert Morris University. He tallied 5.2 points, 3.6 boards and 1.4 assists per game in his senior season. Gary Wallace helped the Colonials to NEC Tournament Finals.
The Storm are also negotiating contract with Morten Sahlertz (198-F-89). The 22-year-old forward spent the last season in Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen. Morten Sahlertz posted 11.5 points, 3.5 boards and 1.3 assists per game. The forward participated at the Ligaen All-Star Game. Morten Sahlertz is the member of Danish National Team.




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William Jones Cup. Philippines step on pedestal with win over Taiwan - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Taiwan 82:72

Philippines earned the third position at the William Jones Cup. They shot down Taiwan in the consolation final tonight. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) stepped up with 28 points and 11 rebounds to pace the charge.
Philippines surged ahead 8:2 early in the encounter. They maintained the lead posting a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Philippines established a 43:34 halftime lead. The Filipino team kept their opponents at bay throughout the third stanza. They piled up a 62:49 lead with one quarter remaining. Taiwan outscored the visitors in the final frame but never threatened the margin as Philippines breezed to the victory. Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) notched 16 points, while Donaldo Hontiveros (188-G-77) had 13 points in the victory. Chien Chia-Hung (197-F-87) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Taiwan. Chen Shun-Hsiang (190-F-85) netted 13 points in defeat.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 29, Marcio Lassiter 16, Donaldo Hontiveros 13
Taiwan: Chien Chia-Hung 26, Chen Shun-Hsiang 13



2011 William Jones Cup Final Day Scores & Commentary - by Enzo Flojo
SMART-GILAS PILIPINAS over TAIWAN, 82-72
PHL 82 - Douthit 28, Lassiter 16, Hontiveros 13, Barroca 10, Baracael 5, Taulava 5, Aguilar 4, Tiu 1, Ababou 0
TPE 72 - Chien 26, Chen SH 13, Su 9, Lee 6, Chen HA 4, Lu 4, Creighton 3, Chang 2, Ho 2
QS: 22-16, 43-34, 62-49, 82-72
- Gilas ended the 2011 Jones Cup on a positive note by garnering 3rd place. Historically speaking, it's been difficult motivating Filipinos to fight for the bronze, but they fought hard against a depleted home team today.
- Marcus Douthit had another wonderful outing, finishing with a double-double -- 28 points and 11 rebounds. It was a well-balanced attack, too, with Gilas making 55% of their 2pt FGs. Considering key players JV Casio and Chris Lutz sat out the contest, Gilas's last game of the tournament was a testament to their mental toughness and desire to make their country proud.
- The Taiwanese fought well in spite of the absence of their big men Tseng Wen-Ting and Wu Tai-Hao. Young guns Chien Chia-Hung and Chen Shun-Hsiang gave good accounts of themselves in front of their countrymen.
- Gilas flies back home pocketing the 2nd-runner up medals as Taiwan returns to the drawing board, losing all of their last 3 matches.

JAPAN over JORDAN, 77-73
JPN 77 - Shonaka 24, Nishimura 23, Matsui 9, Ota 6, Hinkley 4, Sakai 4, Arao 3, Kamata 2, Togashi 2, Noguchi 0
JOR 73 - Al-Sous 17, Abbaas 15, Wright 12, Al-Khas 11, Al-Faraj 7, Abu Quora 6, Abbas 5, Abu Ruqayah 0, Soobzokov 0
QS: 17-21, 30-30, 49-55, 77-73
- Japan closes out the Jones Cup with a better-than-expected 5th place finish, defeating the Jordanians for the second time.
- Super snipers Takeki Shonaka, KJ Matsui and Fumio Nishimura made a total of 10 triples that helped Japan stay close to Jordan and eventually eke out the win.
- Jordan's Tab Baldwin chose to rest some key players, with both Sam Dahglas and AJ Zaghab not playing. Zaid Abbas and Enver Soobzokov, meanwhile, played a total of 18 minutes only.
- Japan's B Team gave a good account of themselves over the course of the past 9 days, and if this is the future of Japanese hoops, then it sure looks might promising.
- On the other hand, the Jordanians were probably the most inconsistent team here. They beat Korea and the Philippines, but struggled against Taiwan and Japan. It seems that consistency will be the biggest issue if they want to make a splash in next months Olympic qualifier.

I.R. IRAN over SOUTH KOREA, 66-59
IRN 66 - Haddadi 35, Sahakian 13, Davari 7, Davoudi 4, Veisi 2, Barogh 2, Nabipoor 2, Davarpanah 1
KOR 59 - Kim JS 19, Stevenson 15, Yang DG 13, Ha 4, Kang 3, Oh 2, Cho 2, Kim YH 1, Lee 0, Kim JK 0
QS: 20-15, 34-37, 48-47, 66-59
- The Iranians relied on (who else?) Hamed Haddadi to carry them to a third straight Jones Cup crows as Korea simply ran out of answers for the NBA big man.
- Haddadi scored more than half of his team's output, but he made his presence felt in other way as he collected 18 boards and blocked 7 shots. Iran seems all the more invincible since Haddadi was able to lead them to victory without its top wingmen Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and Hamed Afagh.
- A cause for concern, however, is swingman Saman Veisi being carried off the playing area on a stretcher after injuring his right leg. The injury looked serious and he might miss some serious time.
- Korea, after finishing atop the heap just two days ago, ends up with the silver. They shot poorly from the 2pt area and, frankly, just couldn't contain Haddadi. Their own giant, Ha Seung-Jin, was severely outplayed. The former Trailblazer finished with just 4 points on 2-of-10 Fg shooting.
- Korea goes home with a respectable 1st runner-up finish as Iran pockets yet another golden trophy. It seems Iran is on-track for another memorable run in the 2011 FIBA-Asia.

FINAL STANDINGS:
Champs: I.R. IRAN
2nd: SOUTH KOREA
3rd: SMART-GILAS PILIPINAS
4th: TAIWAN
5th: JAPAN
6th: JORDAN
7th: MALAYSIA
8th: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


2011 Universiade. Philippines unable to match Russia - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Philippines 105:47

Russia continued to pile up scalps at the start of World University Games. They recorded the second comfortable win beating Philippines. Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia improved at 2-0 record, while Philippines slipped at 0-2 in Group C.
Russia dominated from the early minutes. They registered a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. Russia kept on clearing off in the second term. They established a 41:28 halftime lead. Evgeny Pashutin team increased the tempo in the third quarter to build a 76:40 lead at the final break. Philippines never threatened the margin afterwards as Russia cruised to the victory. Igor Smygin (197-G/F-87, agency: Alti Sport, college: Surgut-2) knocked down 18 points, while Dmitry Golovin (193-G-88) added 17 points in the winning effort. Arvin Kim Gomez (183-F-92) and June Mar Fajardo (196-C-90) answered with 8 points each for Philippines.

Russia: Ivan Nelyubov 21+11 boards, Igor Smygin 18, Dmitry Golovin 17
Philippines: Arvin Kim Gomez 8, June Mar Fajardo 8




Philippines University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
4 Archie Batua 182-G-89 Cebu Univ. Philippines
5 Krist Edward Pao 188-F-87 Cebu Univ. Philippines
6 Francis Luigi Bercede 175-PG-89 Cebu Univ. Philippines
7 Arvin Kim Gomez 183-F-91 Cebu Univ. Philippines
8 Kelvin Juliane 173-PG-88 Cebu Univ. Philippines
9 Gerald Joseph Ampoon 179-G-93 Cebu Univ. Philippines
10 Kirby Hans Cabrera 190-C-92 Cebu Univ. Philippines
11 Robinson Mohammad 178-G-89 Cebu Univ. Philippines
12 Jan Auditor 180-G-90 Cebu Univ. Philippines
14 June Mar Fajardo 196-C-89 Cebu Univ. Philippines

Rodesando Gomez Head Coach Cebu Univ. Philippines
Baldomero Estevez Assistant Cebu Univ. Philippines


Philippines finish U16 SEABA Championship with win - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U16 - Singapore U16 70:52

Philippines registered the fourth straight win at the U16 SEABA Championship in Malaysia. They claimed the top position in the standings. Philippines thus advanced into U16 Fiba Asia Championship to be held in Vietnam later this year. Christopher Vito (194-F-95) and Arvin Tolentino (191-F-95) provided 13 points each to pace the winners. Singapore in the meantime suffered the third loss and finished in the fourth position outside the qualification zone.
Philippines grabbed the lead early and posted a 17:6 advantage at the first break. They maintained the pressure throughout the second stanza. Philippines arrived at halftime up by 16 points 34:18. Singapore tried hard to return the intrigue in the third quarter. They got within 9 points at the final break 41:50. But Philippines boosted the gap to 15 points midway through the final term and never looked back en route to the victory. Adven Diputado (173-PG-95) notched 9 points for the winners. Liang Myron (180-F-96) answered with 11 points for Singapore. Chiang Kok (199-C-95) provided 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Philippines U16: Christopher Vito 13, Arvin Tolentino 13, Adven Diputado 9
Singapore U16: Liang Myron 11, Chiang Kok 10+10 boards



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Poland lose to Italy. - by Dawid Roguski
Italy - Poland 67:61

Polish National Team lose its second game on international tournament in Rimini. This time with Italy 61:67. Without their best players like Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) and Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) Polish NT has a problem with getting many points. Yesterday Polish NT won the battle on boards and won in second and fourth quarter of the game but they lose first and third by 18 points. Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) finished with 20 points. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) added 13 and Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) added 9 points for the winners. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) responded with 17 points and 8 rebound and Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 13 points in defeat.


Anwil add Tomasz Cielebak for 2011/2012 season - by Eurobasket News
Anwil add Tomasz Cielebak for 2011/2012 season. The Polish Forward comes from Polpharma Starogard Gdanski.
Last year the bronze team from the two year seasons has just inked tenth player for the new competition. One-year deal with the club was signed by Tomasz Cielebak, the Polish forward who spent last season in New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. In German team Cielebak averaged 5,4 ppg. and 2,5 rpg. It is worth adding that Cielebak had already played in Polpharma in the 2003/2006 seasons.
In Poland last year he recorded 17 points at the Regular Season Round 2. PBG Basket escaped with a narrow road win over Polpharma. Vladimir Tica knocked down 20 points to lead the charge. Eddie Miller added 19 points in the victory. Tomasz Cielebak dropped 17 points and grabbed 6 boards for Polpharma.


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2011 Universiade. Germany edge Romania for second straight win - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Romania 71:60

Germany celebrated the second straight win at the start of 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen. They drove past Romania to stay on top of Group A ladder. Bastian Bastian Doreth (183-G-89) stepped up with 15 points to lead the effort. Romania fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Germany never trailed in this one. They pulled ahead early in the game and recorded a 16:11 lead after ten minutes. Germany maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 8 points 29:21. The margin grew at double-digit mark in the third term. Germany entered the fourth quarter with an 18-point cushion. Germany enjoyed a 21-point lead midway through the final stanza before Romania ignited a 14:6 run to sweeten the pill at the end. Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) produced 11 points, while Karsten Tadda (189-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports) netted 8 points for the winners. Vlad Moldoveanu (207-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances, college: American) responded with 16 points and 6 boards for Romania. Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 13 points in the loss.

Germany: Bastian Doreth 15, Johannes Lischka 11, Karsten Tadda 8
Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 16, Andrei Mandache 13



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Russia edged Latvia for the second time - by Eurobasket News
Latvia NT-Russia NT 59:84

Russia edged Latvia again in the Baltic State country. The Russian team won 84:59 in Game 2 controlling the whole game.
Russia started the game with 21-14 and never looked behind. The favorites added 20-19 in the second frame for 41:33 halftime advantage. The second half also belonged to Russia that won both periods. They needed 18-10 in the third period for 16-point lead after three quarters and then added 25-16 in the last frame.
Latvia had a better percentage from the field goal, 50% versus 48%. Russia however shot better from the three-point line showing 47% versus 35%.
Nikita Shabalkin (205-F-86) poured in 18 points to lead all the winners and Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) notched 15. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) posted 12, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) notched 10. Janis Blums (190-G-82) ended up with 16 points, whilst Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) brought 7.

Latvia NT: Janis Blums 16, Janis Strelnieks 7
Russia NT: Nikita Shabalkin 18, Vitaly Fridzon 15, Andrei Kirilenko 12, Viktor Khryapa 10



2011 Universiade. Philippines unable to match Russia - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Philippines 105:47

Russia continued to pile up scalps at the start of World University Games. They recorded the second comfortable win beating Philippines. Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia improved at 2-0 record, while Philippines slipped at 0-2 in Group C.
Russia dominated from the early minutes. They registered a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. Russia kept on clearing off in the second term. They established a 41:28 halftime lead. Evgeny Pashutin team increased the tempo in the third quarter to build a 76:40 lead at the final break. Philippines never threatened the margin afterwards as Russia cruised to the victory. Igor Smygin (197-G/F-87, agency: Alti Sport, college: Surgut-2) knocked down 18 points, while Dmitry Golovin (193-G-88) added 17 points in the winning effort. Arvin Kim Gomez (183-F-92) and June Mar Fajardo (196-C-90) answered with 8 points each for Philippines.

Russia: Ivan Nelyubov 21+11 boards, Igor Smygin 18, Dmitry Golovin 17
Philippines: Arvin Kim Gomez 8, June Mar Fajardo 8




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Villanova Falls to Senegal 69-64 to Open Exhibition Tour - by Eurobasket News
Cheek leads 'Cats with 17 points

FINAL: Senegal 69, Villanova 64

SITE: Paris, France


SUMMARY: Senegal's Senior National Team used a spurt early in the fourth period to defeat Villanova 69-64 in suburban Paris this evening. Senegal owned a 35-34 edge at halftime before the Wildcats built a 50-46 edge with 12 seconds left in the third quarter. But Senegal made a three as the horn sounded to narrow the gap to 50-49 after three periods and carried that momentum into the fourth period, outscoring the 'Cats 20-13 in a contest that saw the two teams combine to shoot 66 free throws.

SCORING LEADERS: Junior Dominic Cheek (6'6''-G-90) led Villanova with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. Junior Mouphtaou Yarou added 15 points, 16 rebounds and a blocked shot for the Wildcats while classmate Maalik Wayns contributed 16 points and six caroms.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: With Ty Johnson sidelined for the tour as he continues to recover from a foot injury, four of the Villanova newcomers saw action. Darrun Hilliard earned a starting assignment, scoring three points and added a pair of steals. Achraf Yacoubou scored the last four points of the third quarter while Markus Kennedy added five rebounds and JayVaughn Pinkston four caroms.

FREE THROWS WERE PLENTIFUL: Senegal attempted 40 free throws, converting 26. The Wildcats finished 14-of-26 from the charity stripe.

FROM DEEP: Senegal sank 6-of-9 (.667) from outside the arc while Villanova was 3-of-16 from long distance. Cheek's three triples were the Wildcats' only successful treys on the night.
CAROM COUNT: The Wildcats got off to a slow start on the glass but ended the game with a 51-44 advantage in that category. Isaiah Armwood added eight boards while James Bell picked up five to go with his six points.

HEAD COACH Jay Wright : 'I thought this was a great first game for us. It was very physical. We had a five point lead in the third period and just made some crucial mistakes at the end of the third period that hurt us. We had two straight turnovers and gave up that three at the end of the period. At that point we had a lot of young guys out there. We never really recovered from that.'

'This was a great learning experience for us. I thought Mouphtaou Yarou was tremendous. They tried to get him out of his game by speaking to him in French but he never responded, never let them get him out of his game. Darrun Hilliard played well in his first game. I thought JayVaughn did a good job his first time out. Maalik was Maalik, he was good. Cheek gave us a great spark off the bench, shot the ball well and created some turnovers defensively.' 'We really look forward to playing (Senegal) again tomorrow.'

ON SENGAL'S FULL-COURT PRESS: 'It's funny, in our preparation for this game we only did one day of press offense and they pressed us for 40 minutes. I thought we handled it decently, especially given the circumstances. It was good to have a team come out and go after you like that. It felt like we were in a BIG EAST game.'
Courtesy of: villanova.com


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2011 Universiade. Canada nip Serbia to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Canada - Serbia 70:67

Canada improved at 2-0 record at 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen. They held off Serbia to stay on top of Group B ladder. Warren Ward (196-G) and Tyson Hinz (198-F) accounted for 14 points each in the win. Serbia fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Serbia snatched a 23:22 lead after ten minutes. Serbia boosted the gap in the second quarter. The Europeans posted a 43:36 halftime advantage. But Canada reacted with a 12:4 run at the start of the second half to surge ahead. Canada arrived at the final intermission up by 4 points 55:51. Canada posted a 62:55 lead midway through the fourth term. Serbia narrowed the deficit but the North American side hung on to secure a narrow win at the end. Michael Lieffers (203-F) had 13 points and 8 rebounds for Canada. Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Serbia. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points in the loss.

Canada: Warren Ward 14, Tyson Hinz 14, Michael Lieffers 13
Serbia: Vladimir Lucic 25, Mladen Jeremic 12




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  SINGAPORE   


Philippines finish U16 SEABA Championship with win - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U16 - Singapore U16 70:52

Philippines registered the fourth straight win at the U16 SEABA Championship in Malaysia. They claimed the top position in the standings. Philippines thus advanced into U16 Fiba Asia Championship to be held in Vietnam later this year. Christopher Vito (194-F-95) and Arvin Tolentino (191-F-95) provided 13 points each to pace the winners. Singapore in the meantime suffered the third loss and finished in the fourth position outside the qualification zone.
Philippines grabbed the lead early and posted a 17:6 advantage at the first break. They maintained the pressure throughout the second stanza. Philippines arrived at halftime up by 16 points 34:18. Singapore tried hard to return the intrigue in the third quarter. They got within 9 points at the final break 41:50. But Philippines boosted the gap to 15 points midway through the final term and never looked back en route to the victory. Adven Diputado (173-PG-95) notched 9 points for the winners. Liang Myron (180-F-96) answered with 11 points for Singapore. Chiang Kok (199-C-95) provided 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Philippines U16: Christopher Vito 13, Arvin Tolentino 13, Adven Diputado 9
Singapore U16: Liang Myron 11, Chiang Kok 10+10 boards



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South Korean University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Jung-Hyun Lee
Lee
Seounghyun Lee
Lee
Bu Kyung Choi
Choi
Nuri Ham
Ham
Jae-Hyun Park
Park
#e#5
4 Jang Jaeseok 205-C-91 Chungang Univ. South Korea
5 Kim Si Rae 180-G-89 Myongji Univ. South Korea
6 Cha Bawee 191-F-89 HanYang University South Korea
7 Ham Nuri 196-F-88 Chungang Univ. South Korea
8 Kim Jiwan 188-G-90 Yonsei University South Korea
9 Park Jae-Hyun 187-G-91 Daegu Orions South Korea
10 Lim Jongill 192-F-90 SeongKyunKwan South Korea
11 Lee Jung-Hyun 190-F-87 Anyang KGC South Korea
12 Kim Mingoo 188-G-91 Kyong Hee Univ. South Korea
13 Lee Seounghyun 201-C-92 Korea University Seo South Korea
14 Choi Bu Kyung 200-F-89 Konkuk University Se South Korea
15 Kim Jun-Yl 202-C-92 Yonsei University South Korea

Lee Min Hyung Head Coach
Kim Hyun Gook Assistant


William Jones Cup. Unstoppable Hamed Haddadi leads Iran to title - by Eurobasket News
Iran - South Korea 66:59

Iran defended their William Jones Cup title. They overcame South Korea in the championship game tonight to clinch the third straight title at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) had a monster night tallying 35 points, 18 boards and 7 blocks to pace Iran.
Iran built a 20:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. South Korea recovered adjusting their offence in the second term. They posted a 37:34 halftime advantage. But Iran turned things around in the second half. They limited South Korea to 10 points in the third term to ensure a 48:47 lead with one period left. Iran held their opponents to 12 points in the final period and raced to the triumph at the end. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Javad Davari (185-G-83) finished with 7 points in the win. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds for South Korea. Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) produced 15 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in defeat.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 35+18 boards, Oshin Sahakian 13, Javad Davari 7
South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 19, Stevenson Cameron 15



2011 Universiade. Gabriel Giron leads Mexico past South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - South Korea 107:96

Mexico earned the first win at the 2011 World University Games. They held off South Korea to catch up with their opponents in Group D ladder. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) knocked down 32 points to pace the effort.
South Korea led midway through the opening term. But Mexico surged ahead to take a 26:25 lead at the first break. South Korea quickly rebounded at the start of the second term. The Asian team arrived at halftime up by 51:46. South Korea maintained the lead throughout the third period. They led by 4 points heading into the fourth quarter 75:71. However Mexico erupted for 36 points in the final stanza and marched to the victory at the end. Cesar Del Campo (194-F-89) notched 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in the winning effort. Choi Bu Kyung (200-F-89) answered with 32 points for South Korea. Kim Mingoo (188-G-91) had 21 points in defeat.

Mexico: Gabriel Giron 32, Cesar Del Campo 30, Edgar Segura (191-G) 16
South Korea: Choi Bu Kyung 32, Kim Mingoo 21



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  SPAIN   


Ebi Ere joins Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News
Obradoiro strengthened their backcourt. They landed Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma). The Nigerian-USA player played for Pepsi Juvecaserta since 2009. Last season Ebi Ere tallied 13.9 points, 3.4 boards and 1.2 steals per game in EuroCup. In SeriaA the guard posted 14.1 points, 3.2 boards, 1.6 steals and 1.2 assists per appearance. Ebi Ere had stints in Puerto Rico, Australia, Belgium, USBL and Germany before moving to Italy. He is the member of Nigerian National Team.


Lucentum Alicante bring Alberto Jodar - by Eurobasket News
Lucentum Alicante becomes one of the busiest teams on the transfer market and announced signing Alberto Jodar (204-F/C-91).
Recently the player participated at the European Championships U20 and averaged 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg winning Gold with Spain U20. Alberto Jodar recorded 18 points when Spain eased to the third straight win at U20 European Championship. The hosts trounced Austrian counterparts to finish with a perfect 3-0 record in Group C. Alberto Jodar contributed 18 points for the winners. Carlos Novas answered with 12 points for Austria. Anton Maresch had 11 points in defeat.
In 2007-2008 Alberto Jodar joined Fuenlabrada II Madrid (EBA) and in 22 games averaged 7.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 43.0%, FT: 85.0%. The season 2008-2009 started for Fuenlabrada II Madrid (EBA, starting five) and in 22 games showed 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 45.0%, FT: 65.0%. Then moved to Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada and then signed back at Fuenlabrada II Madrid (EBA)
In 2009-2010 he played for MMC Real Madrid II (LEB Silver) and played also at MMC Real Madrid (ACB). The last season for Real Madrid II (EBA) played in 15 games and showed 7.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 46.0%, FT: 61.5%.



Spain outscore Lithuania at Madrid Arena - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Lithuania 90:78

Spain claimed the second straight win in the test games prior to the start of 2011 EuroBasket. This time the Spaniards toppled Lithuania at Madrid Arena. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the effort.
Spain opened the game strongly. They fired 26 points in the starting frame to take a 9-point lead. Lithuania got closer in the second term. They narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 42:48. But Spain took over again in the third quarter. Paced by Gasol brothers la Roja ensured a 67:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Spain dominated in the fourth quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) and Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points each in the win. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 13 points for Spain. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) responded with 12 points for Lithuania. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) had 11 points, while Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) delivered 10 points in defeat.

Spain: Pau Gasol 17, Juan Carlos Navarro 13, Serge Ibaka 12, Marc Gasol 12
Lithuania: Ksistof Lavrinovic 12, Rimantas Kaukenas 11, Jonas Valanciunas 10



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  TAIWAN   


William Jones Cup. Philippines step on pedestal with win over Taiwan - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Taiwan 82:72

Philippines earned the third position at the William Jones Cup. They shot down Taiwan in the consolation final tonight. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) stepped up with 28 points and 11 rebounds to pace the charge.
Philippines surged ahead 8:2 early in the encounter. They maintained the lead posting a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Philippines established a 43:34 halftime lead. The Filipino team kept their opponents at bay throughout the third stanza. They piled up a 62:49 lead with one quarter remaining. Taiwan outscored the visitors in the final frame but never threatened the margin as Philippines breezed to the victory. Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) notched 16 points, while Donaldo Hontiveros (188-G-77) had 13 points in the victory. Chien Chia-Hung (197-F-87) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Taiwan. Chen Shun-Hsiang (190-F-85) netted 13 points in defeat.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 29, Marcio Lassiter 16, Donaldo Hontiveros 13
Taiwan: Chien Chia-Hung 26, Chen Shun-Hsiang 13



Iran goes three in a row in William Jones Cup - by Chris Wang
Title game: Iran 66-59 Korea
Iran defeated Korea 66-59 in the title game of the 2011 William Jones Cup tournament Sunday to win its third straight title at the annual invitational tournament.

Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies followed his semifinal outburst of 36 points, 8 rebounds and five blocks against the Philippines with another brilliant outing, collecting 35 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks against the Koreans in the title game.

Haddadi outplayed former NBA center Ha Seung-jin, who had four points and 8 boards before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Haddadi's strong showing quickly forced Korean center Kim Joo-sung to another disqualification.

Korea could never keep up with Iran after Kim and Ha both fouled out.

Iran's three-peat (2009-2011) marked the fifth consecutive year that a West Asia team wins the Jones Cup tournament. Jordan won the tourney in 2007 and 2008 before finishing as runner-up behind Iran in 2009.

IRN: H. Haddadi 35+18+7blk, O. Sahakian 13+8
KOR: Kim Joo-sung 19+6+4a, Moon Tae-jong 15, Yang Dong-geun 13, Ha Seung-jin 4+8

Bronze medal game: Philippines 82-72 Taiwan
Marcus Douthit once again dominated the paint as Philippines led from start to finish to win the third place in the Jones Cup, leading by as many as 22 in the fourth quarter before Taiwan used a 18-6 run to cut the deficit.

Taiwanese center Tseng Wen-ting sat out his second straight game due to hip muscle strain.

PHI: M. Douthit 28+11, M. Lassiter 16, D. Hontiveros 13+7
TWN: Chien Chia-hung 26+7, Chen Shun-hsiang 13

5/6 place game: Japan 73-70 Jordan
JPN: Takeki Shonaka 24, Fumio Nishimura 23
JOR: Y. Wesam 17, I. Abbas 15+7, R. Wright 12

Semifinal 1: Korea 90-85 (OT) Taiwan
Thirty-five-year-old Moon Tae-jong, known as Cameron Stevenson when he played in America and Europe, scored 10 of his game-high 28 points in overtime as Korea overcame strong challenge from Taiwan to advance to the title game.

Chen Hsin-an turned in his best game in a national team uniform in years, tallying 22 points, six rebounds and four assists.

KOR: Moon Tae-jong 28, Oh Se-keun 11+11, Kim Joo-sung 12+9
TWN: Chen Hsin-an 22+6+4, Lee Hsueh-lin 12, Jet Chang 12+7

Semifinal 2: Iran 78-59 Philippines
IRN: H. Haddadi 36+8+5blk, O. Sahakian 16+7
PHI: M. Douthit 16, M. Lassiter 10, A. Barroca 10+7

Final Standing:
1. Iran 7-2
2. Korea 7-2
3. Philippines 6-3
4. Taiwan 4-5
5. Japan 5-4
6. Jordan 4-4
7. Malaysia 1-7
8. UAE 0-7

Preliminary standing:
1. Korea 6-1
2. Philippines 5-2
3. Iran 5-2
4. Taiwan 4-3
5. Jordan 4-3
6. Japan 3-4
7. Malaysia 1-6
8. UAE 0-7



Taiwan NT 15-man roster for Asian Championship confirmed: report - by Chris Wang
Taiwan head coach Chou Jun-san made the final cut right after the conclusion of the 2011 William Jones Cup with the 15-man roster for the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship for Men set, local newspaper Liberty Times reported.

Little-used point guard Hung Chih-shan of Pure Youth and young and inexperienced Chou Yi-hsiang were cut as well as Doug Creighton, who was reportedly unable to participate in the Asian Championship due to family business, the report quoted Chou as saying.

The 15-man roster is listed below.

Yang Ching-min, 188cm, 1984/01/22, 27, TB
Wu Tai-hao, 202cm, 1985/02/07, 26, TB
Chen Shih-nian, 180cm, 1984/04/08, 27, TB
Ho Shou-cheng, 196cm, 1983/02/15, 28, TB
James Mao, 196cm, 1982/11/16, 28, PY
Chien Chia-hung, 197cm, 1987/03/06, 24, PY
Lu Cheng-ju, 194cm, 1986/08/23, 24, Yulon
Chen Shun-hsiang, 190cm, 1985/05/02, 26, BOT
Su Yi-chieh, 182cm, 1987/01/28, 24, TM
Lee Hsueh-lin, 175cm, 1984/01/31, 27, Beijing (China)
Tseng Wen-ting, 202cm, 1984/07/06, 26, Osaka (Japan)
Lin Chih-chieh, 192cm, 1982/06/11, 28, Zhejiang (China)
Chen Hsin-an, 195cm, 1980/07/01, 30, Dong Guan (China)
Jet Chang, 192cm, 1988/12/27, 22, BYU-Hawaii (US)
Chou Po-chen, 196cm, 1990/08/08, 20, Taiwan Normal University

Head coach: Chou Jun-san, Taiwan Beer
Assistants: Hsu Chin-tse, Pure Youth; Liu Hwa-lin, Taiwan Beer
Technical Adviser: Bob Hill

Among the 15 players, center Tseng Wen-ting sat out the last two games of the Jones Cup to nurse his hip muscle strain while Wu Tai-hao was kept out of the entire tourney due to injury. Another key frontcourt player Tien Lei was not included in the 18-man roster also because of injury. As usual, Taiwan's height is expected to be a huge disadvantage in Wuhan, Hubei, China.



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2011 Universiade. Turkey breeze past Hong Kong - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Hong Kong 84:57

Turkey opened win count at 2011 World University Games. They overwhelmed Hong Kong to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) notched 19 points to pace the effort. Hong Kong slipped at 0-1 record after the loss.
Turkey surged ahead right from the start. They posted a 13:9 lead at the first intermission. Turkey took over completely in the second period. They rallied to a 38:17 halftime advantage. Turkey mounted the pressure in the third term. They established a comfortable 65:34 lead with ten minutes remaining. Hong Kong never recovered as Turkey cruised to the victory at the end. Yigitcan Turna (187-PG-87) netted 13 points, while Ibrahim Yildirim (190-G-90) and Gokhan Sirin (207-F-90) notched 12 points each in the victory. Lee Ki responded with 20 points for Hong Kong. Chan Yik Lun (188-G-87) posted 14 points in the loss.

Turkey: Birkan Batuk 19, Yigitcan Turna 13, Ibrahim Yildirim 12, Gokhan Sirin 12
Hong Kong: Lee Ki 20, Chan Yik Lun 14



Turkish University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Ibrahim Yildirim
Yildirim
Yigitcan Turna
Turna
Can Ozcan
Ozcan
Erdinc Balto
Balto
Bora Pacun
Pacun
#e#5
4 Ibrahim Yildirim 190-G-90 Banvit Turkey
5 Yigitcan Turna 187-PG-87 Banvit Turkey
6 Melih Mahmutoglu 193-G-90 Antalya Turkey
7 Gokper Gen 189-PG-89 Antalya Turkey
8 Birkan Batuk 198-F-90 Karsiyaka Turkey
9 Sahin Ekmen 203-F-89 Genc Telekom Turkey
10 Can Ozcan 202-F-89 Tofas Turkey
11 Erdinc Balto 207-F-90 Antalya Turkey
12 Gokhan Karabiyik 207-F/C-88 Turk Telekom Turkey
13 Ali Isik 207-F-90 Hacettepe Univ. Turkey
14 Bora Pacun 210-F-87 Antalya Turkey
15 Gokhan Sirin 207-F-90 Charlotte USA

Levent Topsakal Head Coach Galatasaray Turkey


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Ukrainian University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Artem Slipenchuk
Slipenchuk
Ruslan Otverchenko
Otverchenko
Dmytro Khodov
Khodov
Stanislav Tymofeyenko
Tymofeyenko
Olexiy Shchepkin
Shchepkin
#e#5
4 Olexiy Shchepkin 191-G-89 Dnipro Ukraine
5 Artem Slipenchuk 194-G-89 Azovmash Ukraine
6 Ivan Bilytske 194-G/F-89 Dnipro Ukraine
7 Pavlo Burenko 186-PG-90 BC Kyiv Ukraine
8 Ruslan Otverchenko 194-G/F-90 BC Kyiv Ukraine
9 Dmytro Khodov 201-F-87 Halychyna Ukraine
10 Konstantin Glazyrin 202-F-88 Dnipro Ukraine
11 Stanislav Tymofeyenko 205-F-89 Dnipro Ukraine
12 Oleksandr Tischenko 206-C-89 BC Kyiv Ukraine
13 Maksym Sandul 205-C-91 BC Kyiv Ukraine
14 Maksym Kornienko 205-F/C-87 Dnipro Ukraine
15 Igor Zaytsev 199-F-90 Dnipro Ukraine

Vitaliy Cherniy Head Coach BC Kyiv Ukraine
Sergiy Moskalenko Assistant Azovmash Ukraine
AGAPOV Pavlo coach


2011 Universiade. Lithuania tame Ukraine in Shenzhen - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Ukraine 71:55

Lithuania stepped on the gas in the second half and overcame Ukraine at 2011 World University Games second day of action. The victory propelled Lithuania at 2-0 record on top of Group C. Ukraine fell at 1-1 record. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) knocked down 17 points to pace the effort.
Lithuania jumped to an early lead but Ukraine responded adequately. Vitaly Cherniy team grabbed an 18:17 lead at the first break. The teams went neck and neck throughout the second period. Ukraine were able to secure a 27:25 advantage at the interval. The Baltic team shifted the gear right after the big break. They opened the second half on a 12:3 run to spur in front. Lithuania established a 45:38 advantage with one quarter to go. Lithuania opened up a double-figure lead midway through the final term and never looked back en route to the victory. Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) produced 14 points, while Matas Sapiega (180-PG-90) netted 11 points in the victory. Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (205-F-89) finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Lithuania: Gediminas Orelikas 17, Marius Valukonis 14, Matas Sapiega 11
Ukraine: Maksym Kornienko 16+10 boards, Stanislav Tymofeyenko 10



BC Odessa add Shawn King - by Eurobasket News
BC Odessa continued to strengthen their roster. They signed contract with Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU). The centre spent the last season in Belarus. He played for Minsk-2006. Shawn King tallied 14.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 blocks per game in Belarusian League. In VTB-League the centre notched 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per appearance. Shawn King also posted 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. The centre became Belarusian League All-Star Game MVP. Eurobasket.com named Shawn King All-VTB League Defensive Player of the Year. He was also trumped All-Belarusian League Player of the Year. Shawn King played for Polzela in Slovenia before joining Minsk-2006.


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2011 Universiade. Brazil too good for UAE - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - UAE 103:57

Brazil marched to the second straight win at 2011 World University Games. They fired past UAE to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87) stepped up with 21 points to lead the charge. UAE fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
UAE and Brazil looked well-matched in the opening frame. The teams exchanged baskets and Brazil managed to eke out just a three-point lead 23:20 after ten minutes. But the Latin American team ensured a 17:0 start to the second term to clear off. Brazil established a 53:26 halftime lead. Brazil controlled the tempo in the second half. They entered the final period up by 35 points and never looked back on the way to the victory. Michael Machado (90) accounted for 14 points, while Frederico Santos (91) netted 13 points in the win. Rashed Al Zaabi (190-G-88) replied with 30 points for UAE. Husain Ahmed (180-G-89) had 9 points in the loss.

Brazil: Ralfi Ansaloni 21, Michael Machado 14, Frederico Santos 13
UAE: Rashed Al Zaabi 30, Husain Ahmed 9




UAE University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Rashed Al Zaabi
Al Zaabi
Jasim Abdalla
Abdalla
Hamad Yaqoub
Yaqoub
Talal Alnuaimi
Alnuaimi
Khalifa Salem
Salem
#e#5
4 Mohamed Al Braiki 205-C-91
5 Mohamed Aljunaibi 205-C-91
6 Hamad Yaqoub 179-PG-89 Sharjah United Arab Emirates
7 Talal Alnuaimi 184-G-88 An Nasr United Arab Emirates
8 Husain Ahmed 180-G-89 Al Shabab United Arab Emirates
9 Khalifa Salem 179-G-91
10 Omar Alameri 200-F-91
11 Rashed Al Zaabi 190-G-88 Al Shabab United Arab Emirates
12 Qais Alshabebi 200-F-91
13 Majid Al Swaidi 190-G-91
14 Rashid Alali 200-C-90
15 Jasim Abdalla 202-C-88 Sharjah United Arab Emirates

Ben Slimane Mounir Head Coach


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Uruguay clinch third position at Torneo Super 4 - by Eurobasket News
Uruguay - Cuba 77:53

Uruguay claimed the third position at Torneo Super 4 in Cordoba. They held off Cuba in the consolation final. Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85) stepped up with 13 points to pace the winners.
Uruguay surged ahead early in the game. They posted a 19:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams combined for just 19 points in the second quarter but Uruguay managed to ensure a 29:22 halftime lead. Uruguay tuned in offensively in the third period scoring 23 points and stretching the lead. They entered the fourth quarter up by 15 points 52:37. Uruguay did not slow down in the fourth period and sealed a well-deserved win at the end. Gustavo Barrera provided 12 points, while Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) netted 9 points in the victory. Juan Marrero (189-G-86) responded with 14 points for Cuba. Lisvan Valdez (194-G/F-88) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Uruguay: Sebastian Izaguirre 13, Gustavo Barrera 12, Mauricio Aguiar 9
Cuba: Juan Marrero 14, Lisvan Valdez 12



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  VENEZUELA   


Argentina ease past Venezuela for Torneo Super 4 trophy - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Venezuela 106:53

Argentina marched past Venezuela in the title game at Torneo Super 4 in Cordoba. Manu Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) topscored for the hosts once again firing 22 points and dishing out 5 assists.
Argentina silenced their opponents in the opening period. The hosts outgunned Venezuela 35:8 in the staring ten minutes. Venezuela stopped the bleeding in the second quarter but still faced a devastating 31-point halftime deficit. Argentina did not even think of slowing down after the big break. They registered a 35-point cushion with one quarter remaining. Argentina outscored Venezuela 26:8 in the fourth frame and raced to the victory at the end. Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) notched 20 points, while Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) added 16 points in the victory. Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds for Venezuela. David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 10 points in the loss.

Argentina: Manu Ginobili 22, Andres Nocioni 20, Paolo Quinteros 16
Venezuela: Jose Juan Bravo 12, David Cubillan 10



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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   


Iran goes three in a row in William Jones Cup - by Chris Wang
Title game: Iran 66-59 Korea
Iran defeated Korea 66-59 in the title game of the 2011 William Jones Cup tournament Sunday to win its third straight title at the annual invitational tournament.

Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies followed his semifinal outburst of 36 points, 8 rebounds and five blocks against the Philippines with another brilliant outing, collecting 35 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks against the Koreans in the title game.

Haddadi outplayed former NBA center Ha Seung-jin, who had four points and 8 boards before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Haddadi's strong showing quickly forced Korean center Kim Joo-sung to another disqualification.

Korea could never keep up with Iran after Kim and Ha both fouled out.

Iran's three-peat (2009-2011) marked the fifth consecutive year that a West Asia team wins the Jones Cup tournament. Jordan won the tourney in 2007 and 2008 before finishing as runner-up behind Iran in 2009.

IRN: H. Haddadi 35+18+7blk, O. Sahakian 13+8
KOR: Kim Joo-sung 19+6+4a, Moon Tae-jong 15, Yang Dong-geun 13, Ha Seung-jin 4+8

Bronze medal game: Philippines 82-72 Taiwan
Marcus Douthit once again dominated the paint as Philippines led from start to finish to win the third place in the Jones Cup, leading by as many as 22 in the fourth quarter before Taiwan used a 18-6 run to cut the deficit.

Taiwanese center Tseng Wen-ting sat out his second straight game due to hip muscle strain.

PHI: M. Douthit 28+11, M. Lassiter 16, D. Hontiveros 13+7
TWN: Chien Chia-hung 26+7, Chen Shun-hsiang 13

5/6 place game: Japan 73-70 Jordan
JPN: Takeki Shonaka 24, Fumio Nishimura 23
JOR: Y. Wesam 17, I. Abbas 15+7, R. Wright 12

Semifinal 1: Korea 90-85 (OT) Taiwan
Thirty-five-year-old Moon Tae-jong, known as Cameron Stevenson when he played in America and Europe, scored 10 of his game-high 28 points in overtime as Korea overcame strong challenge from Taiwan to advance to the title game.

Chen Hsin-an turned in his best game in a national team uniform in years, tallying 22 points, six rebounds and four assists.

KOR: Moon Tae-jong 28, Oh Se-keun 11+11, Kim Joo-sung 12+9
TWN: Chen Hsin-an 22+6+4, Lee Hsueh-lin 12, Jet Chang 12+7

Semifinal 2: Iran 78-59 Philippines
IRN: H. Haddadi 36+8+5blk, O. Sahakian 16+7
PHI: M. Douthit 16, M. Lassiter 10, A. Barroca 10+7

Final Standing:
1. Iran 7-2
2. Korea 7-2
3. Philippines 6-3
4. Taiwan 4-5
5. Japan 5-4
6. Jordan 4-4
7. Malaysia 1-7
8. UAE 0-7

Preliminary standing:
1. Korea 6-1
2. Philippines 5-2
3. Iran 5-2
4. Taiwan 4-3
5. Jordan 4-3
6. Japan 3-4
7. Malaysia 1-6
8. UAE 0-7



Iran clinch third straight title in New Taipei City - by Eurobasket News
Final
Iran - South Korea 66:59

Iran defended their William Jones Cup title. They overcame South Korea in the championship game tonight to clinch the third straight title at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) had a monster night tallying 35 points, 18 boards and 7 blocks to pace Iran.
Iran built a 20:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. South Korea recovered adjusting their offence in the second term. They posted a 37:34 halftime advantage. But Iran turned things around in the second half. They limited South Korea to 10 points in the third term to ensure a 48:47 lead with one period left. Iran held their opponents to 12 points in the final period and raced to the triumph at the end. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Javad Davari (185-G-83) finished with 7 points in the win. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds for South Korea. Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) produced 15 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in defeat.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 35+18 boards, Oshin Sahakian 13, Javad Davari 7
South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 19, Stevenson Cameron 15

3-4 place
Philippines - Taiwan 82:72

Philippines earned the third position at the William Jones Cup. They shot down Taiwan in the consolation final tonight. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) stepped up with 28 points and 11 rebounds to pace the charge.
Philippines surged ahead 8:2 early in the encounter. They maintained the lead posting a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Philippines established a 43:34 halftime lead. The Filipino team kept their opponents at bay throughout the third stanza. They piled up a 62:49 lead with one quarter remaining. Taiwan outscored the visitors in the final frame but never threatened the margin as Philippines breezed to the victory. Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) notched 16 points, while Donaldo Hontiveros (188-G-77) had 13 points in the victory. Chien Chia-Hung (197-F-87) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Taiwan. Chen Shun-Hsiang (190-F-85) netted 13 points in defeat.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 29, Marcio Lassiter 16, Donaldo Hontiveros 13
Taiwan: Chien Chia-Hung 26, Chen Shun-Hsiang 13

5-6 place
Japan - Jordan 77:73
Japan finished their William Jones Cup campaign on a high note. They held off Jordan to earn the fifth overall position at the tournament. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) stepped up with 24 points to lead the charge.
Jordan got to the better start. They posted a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. But Japan stiffened their defence limiting Jordan to just 9 points in the second frame. Japan denied the deficit and drew things level at 30. Jordan pulled ahead once again in the third period. They piled up a 6-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. But it was not enough. Japan went on a determined rally in the final period scoring 28 points and snatching victory at the end. Fumio Nishimura (177-G-86) provided 23 points, while Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) added 9 in the win. Wesam Al-Sous (189-G-83) responded with 17 points for Jordan. Islam Abbaas (200-C-80) had 15 points in the loss.

Japan: Takeki Shonaka 24, Fumio Nishimura 23, Keijuro Matsui 9
Jordan: Wesam Al-Sous 17, Islam Abbaas 15



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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Germany2-0
2. Brazil2-0
3. China1-1
4. Czech Rep.1-1
5. Romania0-2
6. UAE0-2
Group B
1. Canada2-0
2. Serbia1-1
3. Turkey1-1
4. S.Africa0-0
5. Hong Kong0-1
6. Australia0-1
Group C
1. Lithuania2-0
2. Russia2-0
3. Ukraine1-1
4. Japan1-1
5. N.Zealand0-2
6. Philippines0-2
Group D
1. USA2-0
2. Israel1-1
3. S.Korea1-1
4. Mexico1-1
5. Finland1-1
6. Hungary0-2




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


2011 Universiade. Australia showcased their quickness and conditioning over Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Australia- Sweden 71:58

Australia edged Sweden at the 26th Summer Universiade in China. Australian side produced a good game winning 71:58.
The first quarter featured more offensive woes on both sides. Although Australia started with 11-2, the Scandinavian team tied the game at 15:15 finishing the first stanza. Both sides stayed close to each other and as a result the score was tied at 23:23 midway through the second frame. Australia however showcased their quickness and conditioning taking 39:29 at the halftime. Another 20-14 in the third period brought them 59:43 and they led the game to the win. Sweden won the last period 15-12 but lost the opener.
Abby Bishop (189-C-88) and Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 14 points each. Cayla Francis (192-C-89) netted 12, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) scored 9. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with 12 points in defeat and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 11.

Australia: Abby Bishop 14, Elyse Penaluna 14, Cayla Francis 12, Marianna Tolo 9
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 12, Elin Eldebrink 11



SEABL: D LEAGUE COACHES OF THE YEAR - by Eurobasket News
Wth the SEABL D-League Grand Finals to be played this weekend, the highest individual awards have been handed out to the best players and coaches of the 2011 season. In the mens competition, Dean Gluyas from the Nunawading Spectres has won his first Coach of the Year award while Steve Matthews from the Frankston Lady Blues won the honour of womens Coach of the Year.

With a regular season record of 16-5, the Nunawading Spectres finished 2nd on the ladder, only a win behind the Knox Raiders. Their winning streak of 11 to finish the year was extended to twelve after defeating Kilsyth 68-56 in the Semi Final. In his first year as coach, Gluyas has kept the Spectres hungry and their unrelenting attitude on the court has resulted in several big wins throughout the year. Winning a Coach of the Month award in June, Gluyas consistency has his Nunawading side threatening to take the title for a second consecutive time on the weekend.

Player, Team

1st

2nd

3rd

Pts

Steve Matthews (Frankston)

9

2

3

14

Cameron McCormack (Knox)

6

4

0

10

Paul Flynn (Dandenong)

3

4

3

10



Steve Matthews has picked up the Frankston Lady Blues from a poor 5-16 record last year to finish third at the end of the 2011 regular season with a 13-8 win/loss ratio. The Lady Blues had tied their previous years win record in the first four weeks of this season with five consecutive wins however a loss to Dandenong in the Semi Finals ended their strong campaign. If Matthews can stick with Frankston along with stars such as Chelsie Bull, he will no doubt enjoy more success in years to come.

The Coach of the Year award takes into account regular season performances and is voted on by Head Coaches on a 3-2-1 basis.
Courtesy of: seabl.com.au




SEABL: D LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - by Eurobasket News
With the SEABL D-League Grand Finals to be played this weekend, the highest individual awards have been handed out to the best players of the 2011 season. In the mens competition, Mark Breda from the Nunawading Spectres has won the Most Valuable Player award while from the women, Sam Drescher of the Kilsyth Lady Cobras has won the accolade.

In her first year at SEABL D-League level, Drescher has given the competition an example of the quality player she will be with some spectacular performances this year. During the regular season, Drescher sat third overall for average points per game with 14.2 and average rebounds per game with 11.2, also leading all players from the Lady Cobras. She was the only woman in the league to average a double-double and at just 19 years old has a lot of success ahead of her. Drescher shot 43% from the field as well as 36% from the three-point line and received a Player of the Month award in April, averaging 15.3 points. She recorded six games with 20+ points, including a personal best against Ballarat when she had 25 points and 20 rebounds. Although Kilsyth fell a game short of the playoffs, Drescher should have no trouble reaching the finals in years to come.

After every game, each Coach allocates a total of 10 votes to players of either team with a maximum of 5 votes to any one player. At the conclusion of the season, an additional 3-2-1 vote of the top qualifiers was conducted by the Coaches to determine the Most Valuable Player

Courtesy of: www.seabl.com.au


Australian University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Stephanie Cumming
Cumming
Abby Bishop
Bishop
Tess Madgen
Madgen
Nicole Hunt
Hunt
Elyse Penaluna
Penaluna
#e#5
4 Sarah Graham 163-G-89 Logan T. Australia
5 Stephanie Cumming 178-G-90 Dandenong R. Australia
6 Abby Bishop 189-C-88 Kilsyth C. Australia
7 Mia Newley 184-G-88 Launceston T. Australia
8 Emma Langford 188-F-89 Ipswich F. Australia
9 Tess Madgen 180-G/F-90 Sturt S. Australia
10 Nicole Hunt 167-G-88 Canberra C. Australia
11 Louella Tomlinson 193-F-88 St.Mary's, CA USA
12 Katie Rae Ebzery 177-G-90 Newcastle H. Australia
13 Elyse Penaluna 193-C-88 Aix-en-Provence France
14 Marianna Tolo 196-C-89 Canberra C. Australia
15 Cayla Francis 192-C-89 Cairns D. Australia

Phil Brown Head Coach AIS Australia
Chris Lucas Assistant Townsville F. Australia


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


U18 Austria improves to 3-2 in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U18 SWITZERLAND - U18 AUSTRIA 43-68

Austria improved to 3-2 in Group G and joined Luxembourg at the second place. They handed 68-43 loss to Switzerland yesterday. After this game Switzerland dropped to 0-5. Julia Pocksteiner (177-G-93) led the winners in scoring with 18 points. Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) had 13 and Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) added one point less than her. In the loosing squad, Nadage Clement (184-C-93) was better than the others with 11 points and 5 rebounds. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 15-29, 7-14, 8-8, 13-17. Austria will meet Luxembourg today. Switzerland will play against United Kingdom.

Switzerland: Nadage Clement 11+5 boards
Austria: Julia Pocksteiner 18, Lisa Zderadicka 13, Sigrid Koizar 12


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  BELARUS - Women  


U18 Belarus wins against U18 Portugal 64-48 - by Eurobasket News
U18 PORTUGAL - U18 BELARUS 48-64

Belarus made a first step forward to fifth place in Miskolc. They outplayed Portugal yesterday 64-48 and will meet Hungary today. The winner will end as No.5 of U18 EuroBasket Division B. On the other side, Portugal will play against Israel. The winner of that game will finish as No.7. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) shined in Belarus with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) had 14 points and Maryia Papova (183-F-94) added 12 pts, plus 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) top-scored with 14 points. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) followed with 12 pts and 7 rebounds. Quarters: 12-21, 11-17, 12-16, 13-10. Today is the last day of the championship in Miskolc.

Portugal: Jessica Almeida 14, Joana Jesus 12+7 boards
Belarus: Maryna Ivashchanka 15+7 boards, Darya Lipinskaya 14, Maryia Papova 12+7 boards


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Emma Meesseman leads U18 Belgium to Big Final in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 SPAIN - U18 BELGIUM 63-65

Belgium shocked Spain in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They grabbed 65-63 thriller win and will meet France in the Gold medal game. Spain will fight for third place against Sweden. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) was a key player for the winners once again. She had 21 points and 8 rebounds in this meeting. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) also scored 21 pts, but to go with 6 boards, while Harriet Bende (185-C-94) helped with 7 points. In Spain, Astou Ndour (196-C-94) shined with double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Andrea Vilaro (180-F-93) had 13 pts and Yurena Diaz (177-G-93) added two less. Spain had 2-point lead in the finish, but Emma Meesseman made a tough basket to tie the score at 63-63 with 17 seconds to the buzzer. Spain lost the ball on the next possession - Julie Vanloo was responsible with a steal and she passed the ball to Meesseman, who got fouled with three seconds to go. And once again she delivered, this time the ticket to the final. Quarters: 19-12, 20-25, 15-9, 9-19. Today is the last day of the championship in Oradea.

Spain: Astou Ndour 22+10 boards, Andrea Vilaro 13, Yurena Diaz 11
Belgium: Emma Meesseman 21+8 boards, Julie Vanloo 21+6 boards, Harriet Bende 7


Kayla Tetschiag heads to Waregem - by Eurobasket News
Kayla Tetschiag (183-G/F) heads to Waregem for the next season. Kayla Tetschiag comes from Wisc.-Green Bay (NCAA). This season Green Bay ended UALRs season with a 59:55 victory in the first round of the womens NCAA Tournament. The teams exchanged points, with four coming from Reed, before a layup by Green Bays Kayla Tetschiag with 9:33 left sparked a 9-2 run that gave the Phoenix a 45-39 lead. She averaged with 14.2 points per game last season.
Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) will remain with the team for another year. Although Iowa State women's basketball recruit Julie Vanloo with the hopes of attending Iowa State in the near future. Vanloo would be a freshman student-athlete in 2012-13.
In 2010-2011 Julie Vanloo played for Declercq Stortbeton Waregem (D1, starting five) and in 23 games averaged 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg, Assists-5 (1.9apg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 77.5%. Together with the team Julie became Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team -11 and Belgian League Champion -11.




Latoya Drake signs with Blue Cats Ieper - by Eurobasket News
Latoya Drake (188-F/C-86, college: Miami, FL) signs with Crack Blue Cats Ieper for 2011/2012 season. The American player arrives from Romania, where she finished the last season.
In 2007-2008 she played for Miami, FL (NCAA) and in 25 games averaged 3.2ppg, 2.2rpg. In 2008-2009 for Miami, FL she improved to 5.5ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 51.5%, FT: 57.8%. The season 2009-2010 started for SCM CSS U Craiova (Romania-D1, starting five) and in 2010-2011 appeared for CSM Satu Mare (Romania-D1, starting five). In 31 games she had high 9.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 59.8%.
She recorded 25 points at the Regular Season Round 12 at the most important victory of Satu Mare over second-best Sf.Gheorghe 90-75 ending at the same time the series of four consecutive victories of Sf.Gheorghe. It was a good game for American power forward Latoya Drake who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds.
In Romania Latoya Drake became Romanian Cup Finalist -11, Romanian League Regular Season Champion -11 and Romanian League Finalist -11.



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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazilian University National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Nadia Calhado
Calhado
Tassia Carcavalli
Carcavalli
Leila Zabani
Zabani
Camila Lacerda
Lacerda
Patricia Ribeiro
Ribeiro
#e#5
4 Ana Paula Fernandes 179-F-89
5 Nadia Calhado 196-C-89 Sao Caetano Brazil
6 Tassia Carcavalli 179-F-92 Americana Brazil
7 Patricia Ribeiro 178-G/F-90 Sao Caetano Brazil
8 Djane Santos 182-F-88 Ourinhos Brazil
9 Taina Paixao 172-G-91 Divino/COC Brazil
10 Leila Zabani 180-G/F-91 Americana Brazil
11 Laylla Pinheiro 177-G-89
12 Michele Lopes 185-C-89 Divino/COC Brazil
13 Debora Costa 170-PG-91
14 Tatiele Santos 185-F-90 Ourinhos Brazil
15 Camila Lacerda 168-G/F-89 M.Petrobras Brazil

Janeth Arcain Head Coach
Elias Rudek Assistant


2011 Universiade. The defending champions start on a high note - by Eurobasket News
USA-Brazil 112:53

USA and Brazil opened the World University Games in China. The defending champions celebrated an easy 112:53 at the Gymnasium of Universiade Sports Center.
The first five minutes brought only 7:6 lead for the USA team, while they erupted with 18-0 run for 25:6 at the end of the quarter. Moreover in the third period USA added 32-11 to take 57:17 at the halftime. USA led 70:27 after 25 minutes and reached 85:40 at the end of the third period. Another 27-13 in the last stanza brought them comfortable 112:53 victory.
DELLE DONNE Elena stepped up with 17 points and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90) as well as Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) posted 14 apiece. Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90) and Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90) followed them with 12 points each. COLHADO Nadia ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while PAIXAO Taina and Leila Zabani (5'11''-G/F-91) added 8 each.

USA: Elena DelleDonne (6'5''-G/F-89) 17, Nnemkadi Ogwumike 14, Odyssey Sims 14, Shekinna Stricklen 12, Glory Johnson 12
Brazil: COLHADO Nadia 16, PAIXAO Taina 8, Leila Zabani 8



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  CANADA - Women  


2011 Universiade. Canadians squeaked out the win over Poland - by Eurobasket News
Poland-Canada 50:52

Canadians squeaked out the win over Poland at the World University Games in China. The North American team won 52:50 in the opener.
The Canadians generated a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 11-6. Poland answered, taking advantage of eight first quarter personal fouls by Canada with a 7-0 run of their own to retake the lead. However Elle Kerfoot scored a lay-up at the buzzer to tie the affair at 15:15. Canada needed 11-10 in the second period to take 26:25 at the halftime. Moreover they added 12-10 in the third frame for 3-point lead after thirty minutes. Poland opened the last frame with a big run and grabbed 44:41, but could not keep the lead for good.
Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88, college: Dayton) stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Justine Colley (175-G-91) followed her with 11. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) delivered 15 points in the losing effort. Magdalena Bibrzycka (183-F-88, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 12, while Aneta Kotnis (186-F-89) brought 9 points for the European side.

Poland: Agnieszka Skobel 15, Magdalena Bibrzycka 12, Aneta Kotnis 9
Canada: Kendel Ross 13, Justine Colley 11, Lindsay Ledingham (183-G/F-90) 7



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  CHINA - Women  


2011 Universiade. The hosts won World University Games opener over the Baltic state - by Eurobasket News
China-Lithuania 71:59

The hosts won World University Games opener over the Baltic state in Day 1. China celebrated 71:59 win over Lithuania at the Main Gymnasium of Universiade Center.
It was a slow start and only 4:3 showed the board after the first five minutes in the court. Lithuania however grabbed 15:14 in the end of the period and were tied at the halftime. Before that China enjoyed 25:23 after 15 minutes, but could remain in front. China however went on a lead in the third frame and reached 48:45 after thirty minutes. The lead continued to grow in the last stanza as the hosts increased to 62:51 with 5 minutes to go. They managed to keep the score for good to win the opener.
Shao Tingting (175-PG-85) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while WANG Miqi and WU Siyang posted 12 points each. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) and Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) produced 10 points each in the losing case.

China: Shao Tingting 24, WANG Miqi 12, WU Siyang 12, REN Bingjie 9
Lithuania: Gintare Mazionyte 10, Laima Rickeviciute 10



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  CROATIA - Women  


U18 Croatia heads to Finals in Miskolc, wins promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News
U18 CROATIA - U18 LATVIA 83-73

Croatia eliminated Latvia 83-73 in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket, Division B. It means that Croatia will meet Greece in the Gold medal game and both finalists already secured promotion to Division A. Latvia will play against Finland for the Bronze. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) exploded with 32 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. She reached valuation 28 and of course was the MVP of this meeting. Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) and Glorija Sikiric (190-C-93) (8 rebs, 7 as) helped with 14 and 13 points respectively. In defeat, Renate Reine (176-G-94) delivered 26 points. Ance Aizsila (172-G-94) and Agate Geka (169-G-93) had 12 and 11 pts. Quarters: 13-23, 23-17, 19-16, 28-17. Championship ends today.

Croatia: Ivana Tikvic 32+20 boards, Ruzica Dzankic 14, Glorija Sikiric 13+8 boards+7 as
Latvia: Renate Reine 26, Ance Aizsila 12, Agate Geka 11


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


2011 Universiade. Stepanova leads the Czechs over Japan - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Japan 97:86

Czech Republic and Japan closed Day 1 of the World University Games at the Shenzhen Foreign Languages School in China. Stepanova led the Czechs over Japan for 97:86 victory scoring 34 points.
Czech Republic started the game with eight consecutive points, but could not keep the lead. SATO Azusa brouight 18:16 late in the quarter as Japan took 20:16 at the end of the frame. SONODA Nao brought 24:17 and Abe nailed three for 32:24. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) however tied the game at 34:34 and then her side grabbed 47:40 at the halftime. Amano reduced to 55:53, while Bartonova gave the Czechs 62:56. SHINOZAKI Mio later cut it to 75:73, but the European team needed an 8-0 run to win the game.
Katerina Elhotova nailed 17, while Romana Hejdova (182-F-88) brought 13 and Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) posted 10 points. SATO Azusa collected 24 points in defeat and SHINOZAKI Mio posted 23.

Czech Republic: Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) 34+10 rebs, Katerina Elhotova 17, Romana Hejdova 13, Petra Zaplatova 10
Japan: SATO Azusa 24, SHINOZAKI Mio 23, SONODA Nao 12



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Stats Leaders W - Group A
Points Per Game
 Antonija CHIABOV
  (190-C-95)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Chiabov, CRO23.5 
 2. Hoskova, CZE19.0 
 3. Mandic, SRB19.0 
 4. Stamolamprou, GRE17.0 
 5. Hruscakova, SVK16.0 
 6. Palenikova, SVK15.0 
 7. Bodnar, HUN14.5 
 8. Hanson, SWE14.5 
 9. Kyratzi, GRE14.5 
 10. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zofia HRUSCAKOVA
  (190-C-95)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Hruscakova, SVK12.5 
 2. Lammerink, NED12.0 
 3. Hanson, SWE11.5 
 4. Dudasova, SVK11.0 
 5. Gaye, FRA10.5 
 6. Coklar, TUR9.5 
 7. Bernard, BEL9.5 
 8. Hof, NED9.5 
 9. Szajtauer, POL9.0 
 10. Bodnar, HUN8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hind BEN ABDELKADER
  (170-G/F-95)
  Avg: 7
 1. Ben Abdelkad., BEL7.0 
 2. Matuskova, SVK4.0 
 3. Hanson, SWE4.0 
 4. Kyratzi, GRE3.5 
 5. Borondy, HUN3.0 
 6. Mandic, SRB3.0 
 7. Butina, CRO3.0 
 8. Arrojo, ESP3.0 
 9. Romero, ESP2.5 
 10. Rodriguez, ESP2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ariadna PUJOL
  (182-F-95)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Pujol, ESP4.5 
 2. Romero, ESP4.0 
 3. Hanson, SWE4.0 
 4. Bodnar, HUN3.5 
 5. Lizarazu, ESP3.5 
 6. Butina, CRO3.0 
 7. Kopciuch, POL3.0 
 8. Rodriguez, ESP3.0 
 9. Mirkovic, SWE3.0 
 10. Atas, TUR2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zofia ZAREVUCKAA
  (187-C-95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zarevuckaa, SVK3.0 
 2. Pobozy, POL2.0 
 3. Shchetina, RUS2.0 
 4. Bernard, BEL2.0 
 5. Chiabov, CRO2.0 
 6. Gaye, FRA1.5 
 7. Opocenska, CZE1.5 
 8. Zandalasini, ITA1.5 
 9. Lundqvist, SWE1.5 
 10. Aijanen, FIN1.5 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Spain5-0
2. Sweden4-1
3. Turkey3-2
4. Poland2-3
5. Slovenia1-4
6. Romania0-5
Group F
1. France5-0
2. Belgium4-1
3. Serbia3-2
4. Holland2-3
5. Czech Rep.1-4
6. Italy0-5
Group Places 13-16
1. Russia4-1
2. Slovakia4-1
3. Ukraine1-4
4. Lithuania1-4


Div.A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Meesseman, BEL15.9 
 2. Kovacevic, SRB14.6 
 3. Vanloo, BEL14.5 
 4. Zahui, SWE14.4 
 5. Chek, UKR14.1 
 6. Slamova, SVK14.0 
 7. Ndour, ESP13.9 
 8. Cakir, TUR13.6 
 9. Kavurmaciogl., TUR13.6 
 10. Naumenko, UKR13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Meesseman, BEL10.5 
 2. Preskienyte, LTU9.9 
 3. Ursu, ROM9.7 
 4. Kavurmaciogl., TUR8.8 
 5. Oroszova, SVK8.8 
 6. Naumenko, UKR8.7 
 7. Zahui, SWE8.6 
 8. Davydova, RUS8.4 
 9. Ndour, ESP8.3 
 10. Tikhonenko, RUS8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandra STANACEV
  (167-PG-94)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Stanacev, SRB4.5 
 2. Vanloo, BEL3.9 
 3. Slamova, SVK3.3 
 4. Nystrom, SWE3.3 
 5. Juodeikyte, LTU3.0 
 6. Zanoguera, ESP2.6 
 7. Kiseleva, RUS2.6 
 8. Bernies, FRA2.5 
 9. Fontaine, SWE2.4 
 10. Llobet, ESP2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Olga KRAYEVSKA
  (178-PG-94)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Krayevska, UKR3.3 
 2. Meesseman, BEL3.3 
 3. Ursu, ROM3.3 
 4. Vyoralova, CZE3.0 
 5. Balintova, SVK3.0 
 6. Gabrovsek, SLO2.9 
 7. Abramovic, SLO2.9 
 8. Diaz, ESP2.7 
 9. Zanoguera, ESP2.6 
 10. Stanacev, SRB2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Meesseman, BEL2.4 
 2. Salacova, CZE2.3 
 3. Ndour, ESP2.1 
 4. Preskienyte, LTU2.0 
 5. Tikhonenko, RUS1.9 
 6. Zahui, SWE1.6 
 7. Ruban, UKR1.5 
 8. Cornelie, FRA1.3 
 9. Van Der Keij., NED1.1 
 10. Chek, UKR1.0 


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg
Points Per Game
 Lena HETTO
  (184-F-93)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Hetto, LUX24.1 
 2. Tikvic, CRO19.8 
 3. Spanou, GRE19.8 
 4. Austgulen, NOR17.9 
 5. Holopainen, FIN17.4 
 6. Iiskola, FIN17.0 
 7. Jesus, POR14.8 
 8. Szabo, HUN13.9 
 9. Seilund, DEN13.7 
 10. Juvonen, FIN13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivana TIKVIC
  (189-C-94)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Tikvic, CRO12.3 
 2. McCarthy, NOR11.3 
 3. Spanou, GRE10.5 
 4. Lagzdina, LAT10.4 
 5. Hetto, LUX9.6 
 6. Papova, BLR8.4 
 7. Szamosi, HUN7.4 
 8. Tyutyundzhie., BUL7.1 
 9. Judit, HUN6.8 
 10. Mozes, ISR6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anette JUVONEN
  (170-G-93)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Juvonen, FIN3.4 
 2. Sikiric, CRO3.3 
 3. Zderadicka, AUT3.0 
 4. Dayan, ISR2.9 
 5. Kantara, GRE2.8 
 6. Czirjak, HUN2.8 
 7. Kedem, ISR2.8 
 8. Slouka, GRE2.7 
 9. Szabo, HUN2.5 
 10. Almeida, POR2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Fanni SZABO
  (181-G-94)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Szabo, HUN2.9 
 2. Reine, LAT2.6 
 3. Chatzigiakou., GRE2.6 
 4. Almeida, POR2.6 
 5. Lipinskaya, BLR2.5 
 6. Jesus, POR2.5 
 7. Tikvic, CRO2.3 
 8. Cigic, CRO2.3 
 9. Weisbort, ISR2.1 
 10. Kostova, BUL2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Christina GASKIN
  (188-F/C-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gaskin, ENG2.5 
 2. Tikvic, CRO2.0 
 3. Chatzigiakou., GRE1.9 
 4. Breivik, NOR1.7 
 5. Dimitrova, BUL1.4 
 6. Tyutyundzhie., BUL1.3 
 7. Kalenta, BLR1.1 
 8. Spanou, GRE1.1 
 9. Judit, HUN1.1 
 10. Aizsila, LAT1.0 


Division B: Croatia and Greece advance to Finals, win promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News
SEMIFINALS

Croatia - Latvia
83-73
Croatia eliminated Latvia 83-73 in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket, Division B. It means that Croatia will meet Greece in the Gold medal game and both finalists already secured promotion to Division A. Latvia will play against Finland for the Bronze. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) exploded with 32 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. She reached valuation 28 and of course was the MVP of this meeting. Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) and Glorija Sikiric (190-C-93) (8 rebs, 7 as) helped with 14 and 13 points respectively. In defeat, Renate Reine (176-G-94) delivered 26 points. Ance Aizsila (172-G-94) and Agate Geka (169-G-93) had 12 and 11 pts. Quarters: 13-23, 23-17, 19-16, 28-17. Championship ends today.

Finland - Greece 45-67
Greece advanced to Big Final of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc and at the same time won the promotion to Division A. They outplayed Finland 67-45 in the Semis and will meet Croatia in the Gold medal game. Finland will play against Latvia for the Bronze. Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) shined in Greece with 26 points and 14 rebounds. She reached valuation 25. Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) had 16 points and 5 assists, while Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) added 7 pts. In the loosing squad, Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) was better than the others with 20 points. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) stopped to 12 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 15-16, 7-22, 12-15, 11-14. Championship ends today.

Places 5-8
Portugal - Belarus 48-64
Belarus made a first step forward to fifth place in Miskolc. They outplayed Portugal yesterday 64-48 and will meet Hungary today. The winner will end as No.5 of U18 EuroBasket Division B. On the other side, Portugal will play against Israel. The winner of that game will finish as No.7. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) shined in Belarus with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) had 14 points and Maryia Papova (183-F-94) added 12 pts, plus 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) top-scored with 14 points. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) followed with 12 pts and 7 rebounds. Quarters: 12-21, 11-17, 12-16, 13-10. Today is the last day of the championship in Miskolc.

Israel - Hungary 60-71
Hungary outplayed Israel yesterday in Miskolc 71-60. It was a first step forward to fifth place at the U18 EuroBasket in Division B and if Hungary wants to win it they will have to beat Belarus today. Israel will also play and they rival will be Portugal. The winner of that game will end as No.7. Barnai Judit (188-C-94) led Hungary with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) had 15 points and 6 boards, while Dora Koch (175-G-93) added 9 pts, 5 rebs and 5 assists. Nof Kedem (170-G-94) collected 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in Israel. May Dayan (168-PG-94) had 12 points. Quarters: 23-21, 17-22, 16-12, 4-16. Championship ends today.

Places 13-16
Switzerland - Austria 43-68
Austria improved to 3-2 in Group G and joined Luxembourg at the second place. They handed 68-43 loss to Switzerland yesterday. After this game Switzerland dropped to 0-5. Julia Pocksteiner (177-G-93) led the winners in scoring with 18 points. Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) had 13 and Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) added one point less than her. In the loosing squad, Nadage Clement (184-C-93) was better than the others with 11 points and 5 rebounds. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 15-29, 7-14, 8-8, 13-17. Austria will meet Luxembourg today. Switzerland will play against United Kingdom.

United Kingdom - Luxembourg 83-71
United Kingdom jumped to 4-1 record in Group G in Miskolc. They celebrated 83-71 win against Luxembourg yesterday. At the same time, Luxembourg dropped to 3-2. Kaitlyn Lewis (94) was a key player for the winners with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Lana Doran (172-G/F-93) followed with 13 and Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) added 9 points to this victory. In defeat, Lena Hetto (184-F-93) collected 25 points and 16 rebounds. Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) had 14 pts and 7 rebs, while Jana Putz (170-G-93) added 12 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 19-19, 17-14, 21-14, 26-24. Today UK will meet Switzerland. Luxembourg will play against Austria.


Division A: France and Belgium to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
SEMIFINALS

France - Sweden
80-37
France destroyed Sweden in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. It means that France advanced to the Gold medal game, where they will meet Belgium. On the other side, Sweden will play for the Bronze against Spain. Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) shined for France in this game with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) scored 14 points, while Mamignan Toure (179-G-94) and Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) helped with 10 points reach. In Sweden, Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) was better than the others with 11 points. Their second scorer was Abigail Asoro (178-F-93) with just 8 points. France took control on their rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 28-5, 26-12, 14-9, 12-11. Championship ends today.

Spain - Belgium 63-65
Belgium shocked Spain in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They grabbed 65-63 thriller win and will meet France in the Gold medal game. Spain will fight for third place against Sweden. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) was a key player for the winners once again. She had 21 points and 8 rebounds in this meeting. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) also scored 21 pts, but to go with 6 boards, while Harriet Bende (185-C-94) helped with 7 points. In Spain, Astou Ndour (196-C-94) shined with double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Andrea Vilaro (180-F-93) had 13 pts and Yurena Diaz (177-G-93) added two less. Spain had 2-point lead in the finish, but Emma Meesseman made a tough basket to tie the score at 63-63 with 17 seconds to the buzzer. Spain lost the ball on the next possession - Julie Vanloo was responsible with a steal and she passed the ball to Meesseman, who got fouled with three seconds to go. And once again she delivered, this time the ticket to the final. Quarters: 19-12, 20-25, 15-9, 9-19. Today is the last day of the championship in Oradea.
Places 5-8
Poland - Serbia 63-61
Poland grabbed 63-61 thriller win against Serbia yesterday. It means that Poland will meet Holland today and the winner will end as No.5 of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. Serbia will play against Turkey for the seventh place. Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and she had 5 rebounds beside that. Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) scored 19 points, while Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) added 9 pts, plus 8 boards. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) responded with 12 points and 15 rebounds in defeat. Kristina Topuzovic (179-G-94) (7 rebs) and Milica Toskovic (180-F-93) netted 10 points each. Quarters: 20-17, 7-10, 19-13, 17-21. Championship ends today. Belgium and France will meet in the Finals.

Holland - Turkey 81-73
Holland made a first step forward to fifth place in Oradea. The outplayed Turkey yesterday 81-73 and will have to beat Poland today if they want to end as No.5. On the other side, Turkey will play against Serbia for the seventh place. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) had 17 points and 5 boards, while Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) helped with 11 pts. In the loosing squad, Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) collected 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ferda Yildiz (182-F-93) and Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Holland exploded in the second half to take this win. Quarters: 15-27, 19-16, 26-19, 21-11. Championship ends today.

Places 13-16
Russia - Ukraine 106-51
Russia secured survival in U18 EuroBasket Division A. They blasted Ukraine 106-51 for 4-1 record in Group G. On the other side, Ukraine dropped to 1-4 in this pool and they will face with relegation to Division B. Alina Zamaraeva (180-G-93) led the winners in scoring with 20 points. Mariya Davydova (189-F/C-93) also was great adding 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) (9 as) and Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: RIZO) (7 rebs) helped with 12 points each. In defeat, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) shined with 22 points and 8 rebs. Their second scorer was Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) with 12 points. Quarters: 31-13, 23-8, 33-11, 19-19. Russia will meet Lithuania today. Ukraine will play against Slovakia.

Lithuania - Slovakia 46-65
Slovakia handed 65-46 loss to Lithuania jumping to 4-1 record in Group G. Thanks to this win Slovakia already secured survival in U18 EuroBasket Division A. Lithuania dropped to 1-4 and they will be relegated. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) led the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) (9 rebs) and Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) netted 11 points each. In defeat, Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Monika Aleksaite (178-F-93) stopped to 8 points. Quarters: 12-17, 13-18, 7-11, 14-19. Slovakia will meet Ukraine today. Lithuania will take on Russia.


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  FINLAND - Women  


U18 Greece eliminates U18 Finland 67-45 in the Semis, wins promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News
U18 FINLAND - U18 GREECE 45-67

Greece advanced to Big Final of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc and at the same time won the promotion to Division A. They outplayed Finland 67-45 in the Semis and will meet Croatia in the Gold medal game. Finland will play against Latvia for the Bronze. Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) shined in Greece with 26 points and 14 rebounds. She reached valuation 25. Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) had 16 points and 5 assists, while Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) added 7 pts. In the loosing squad, Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) was better than the others with 20 points. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) stopped to 12 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 15-16, 7-22, 12-15, 11-14. Championship ends today.

Finland: Annika Holopainen 20, Evita Iiskola 12+6 boards
Greece: Artemis Spanou 26+14 boards, Anastasia Slouka 16+5 as, Georgia Kantara 7


2011 Universiade. Chinese Taipei outscored Finland at the 26th Summer Games - by Eurobasket News
Chinese Taipei-Finland 78:45

Chinese Taipei outscored Finland in their start of the 26th Summer Universiade in China. Chinese Taipei beat the Scandinavian team 78:45 for the first W in the record.
Chinese Taipei grabbed the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind in the game. They shocked the European side with 11-3 in the start and reached 26:9 at the end of the first quarter. Another 17-9 in the second frame gave them 43:18 at the halftime. The second half also belonged to the Asian team that dominated the court. They showcased their quickness and conditioning taking 61:35 after thirty minutes and added 17-10 in the last period.
HUANG Pingjen paced all the winners with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while HUANG Fanshan and HUANG Yingli posted 13 each. YANG Shuching and CHEN Yuchun ended up with 9 points each in a win. Krista Gross (182-G) finished the game with 16 points in defeat, whilst Henna Salomaa (175-G-89, college: Oakland) had 6.

Chinese Taipei: Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) 14+11 rebs, Huang Fan-Shan (173-G-87) 13, Huang Ying-Li (170-G-89) 13, Yang Shu-Ching (170-G-88) 9, Chen Yu-Chun (176-F-87) 9
Finland: Krista Gross 16, Henna Salomaa 6



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  FRANCE - Women  


U18 EuroBasket: France blasts Sweden 80-37 in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
U18 FRANCE - U18 SWEDEN 80-37

France destroyed Sweden in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. It means that France advanced to the Gold medal game, where they will meet Belgium. On the other side, Sweden will play for the Bronze against Spain. Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) shined for France in this game with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) scored 14 points, while Mamignan Toure (179-G-94) and Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) helped with 10 points reach. In Sweden, Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) was better than the others with 11 points. Their second scorer was Abigail Asoro (178-F-93) with just 8 points. France took control on their rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 28-5, 26-12, 14-9, 12-11. Championship ends today.

France: Romane Bernies 17+6 boards, Esther Niamke 14, Mamignan Toure 10, Christelle Diallo 10
Sweden: Josefin Vesterberg 11, Abigail Asoro 8


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  GREECE - Women  


U18 Greece eliminates U18 Finland 67-45 in the Semis, wins promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News
U18 FINLAND - U18 GREECE 45-67

Greece advanced to Big Final of U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc and at the same time won the promotion to Division A. They outplayed Finland 67-45 in the Semis and will meet Croatia in the Gold medal game. Finland will play against Latvia for the Bronze. Artemis Spanou (190-F/C-93) shined in Greece with 26 points and 14 rebounds. She reached valuation 25. Anastasia Slouka (182-G-93) had 16 points and 5 assists, while Georgia Kantara (176-G-93) added 7 pts. In the loosing squad, Annika Holopainen (186-F/C-93) was better than the others with 20 points. Evita Iiskola (182-F-93) stopped to 12 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 15-16, 7-22, 12-15, 11-14. Championship ends today.

Finland: Annika Holopainen 20, Evita Iiskola 12+6 boards
Greece: Artemis Spanou 26+14 boards, Anastasia Slouka 16+5 as, Georgia Kantara 7


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U18 Holland better than U18 Turkey 81-73 - by Eurobasket News
U18 HOLLAND - U18 TURKEY 81-73

Holland made a first step forward to fifth place in Oradea. The outplayed Turkey yesterday 81-73 and will have to beat Poland today if they want to end as No.5. On the other side, Turkey will play against Serbia for the seventh place. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) had 17 points and 5 boards, while Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) helped with 11 pts. In the loosing squad, Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) collected 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ferda Yildiz (182-F-93) and Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Holland exploded in the second half to take this win. Quarters: 15-27, 19-16, 26-19, 21-11. Championship ends today.

Holland: Loyce Bettonvil 19+12 boards, Kourtney Treffers 17+5 boards, Gabrielle Van Den Bosch 11
Turkey: Ozge Kavurmacioglu 16+7 boards, Ferda Yildiz 11, Olcay Cakir 10


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  HUNGARY - Women  


U18 Hungary is step closer to fifth place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 ISRAEL - U18 HUNGARY 60-71

Hungary outplayed Israel yesterday in Miskolc 71-60. It was a first step forward to fifth place at the U18 EuroBasket in Division B and if Hungary wants to win it they will have to beat Belarus today. Israel will also play and they rival will be Portugal. The winner of that game will end as No.7. Barnai Judit (188-C-94) led Hungary with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) had 15 points and 6 boards, while Dora Koch (175-G-93) added 9 pts, 5 rebs and 5 assists. Nof Kedem (170-G-94) collected 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in Israel. May Dayan (168-PG-94) had 12 points. Quarters: 23-21, 17-22, 16-12, 4-16. Championship ends today.

Israel: Nof Kedem 19+7 boards+5 as, May Dayan 12
Hungary: Barnai Judit 17+8 boards, Fanni Szabo 15+6 boards, Dora Koch 9+5 boards+5 as


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U18 Hungary is step closer to fifth place in Miskolc - by Eurobasket News
U18 ISRAEL - U18 HUNGARY 60-71

Hungary outplayed Israel yesterday in Miskolc 71-60. It was a first step forward to fifth place at the U18 EuroBasket in Division B and if Hungary wants to win it they will have to beat Belarus today. Israel will also play and they rival will be Portugal. The winner of that game will end as No.7. Barnai Judit (188-C-94) led Hungary with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Fanni Szabo (181-G-94) had 15 points and 6 boards, while Dora Koch (175-G-93) added 9 pts, 5 rebs and 5 assists. Nof Kedem (170-G-94) collected 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in Israel. May Dayan (168-PG-94) had 12 points. Quarters: 23-21, 17-22, 16-12, 4-16. Championship ends today.

Israel: Nof Kedem 19+7 boards+5 as, May Dayan 12
Hungary: Barnai Judit 17+8 boards, Fanni Szabo 15+6 boards, Dora Koch 9+5 boards+5 as


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  JAPAN - Women  


2011 Universiade. Stepanova leads the Czechs over Japan - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Japan 97:86

Czech Republic and Japan closed Day 1 of the World University Games at the Shenzhen Foreign Languages School in China. Stepanova led the Czechs over Japan for 97:86 victory scoring 34 points.
Czech Republic started the game with eight consecutive points, but could not keep the lead. SATO Azusa brouight 18:16 late in the quarter as Japan took 20:16 at the end of the frame. SONODA Nao brought 24:17 and Abe nailed three for 32:24. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) however tied the game at 34:34 and then her side grabbed 47:40 at the halftime. Amano reduced to 55:53, while Bartonova gave the Czechs 62:56. SHINOZAKI Mio later cut it to 75:73, but the European team needed an 8-0 run to win the game.
Katerina Elhotova nailed 17, while Romana Hejdova (182-F-88) brought 13 and Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) posted 10 points. SATO Azusa collected 24 points in defeat and SHINOZAKI Mio posted 23.

Czech Republic: Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) 34+10 rebs, Katerina Elhotova 17, Romana Hejdova 13, Petra Zaplatova 10
Japan: SATO Azusa 24, SHINOZAKI Mio 23, SONODA Nao 12



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  LATVIA - Women  


U18 Croatia heads to Finals in Miskolc, wins promotion to Division A - by Eurobasket News
U18 CROATIA - U18 LATVIA 83-73

Croatia eliminated Latvia 83-73 in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket, Division B. It means that Croatia will meet Greece in the Gold medal game and both finalists already secured promotion to Division A. Latvia will play against Finland for the Bronze. Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) exploded with 32 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. She reached valuation 28 and of course was the MVP of this meeting. Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) and Glorija Sikiric (190-C-93) (8 rebs, 7 as) helped with 14 and 13 points respectively. In defeat, Renate Reine (176-G-94) delivered 26 points. Ance Aizsila (172-G-94) and Agate Geka (169-G-93) had 12 and 11 pts. Quarters: 13-23, 23-17, 19-16, 28-17. Championship ends today.

Croatia: Ivana Tikvic 32+20 boards, Ruzica Dzankic 14, Glorija Sikiric 13+8 boards+7 as
Latvia: Renate Reine 26, Ance Aizsila 12, Agate Geka 11


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


U18 Slovakia jumps to 4-1, secures survival - by Eurobasket News
U18 LITHUANIA - U18 SLOVAKIA 46-65

Slovakia handed 65-46 loss to Lithuania jumping to 4-1 record in Group G. Thanks to this win Slovakia already secured survival in U18 EuroBasket Division A. Lithuania dropped to 1-4 and they will be relegated. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) led the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) (9 rebs) and Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) netted 11 points each. In defeat, Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Monika Aleksaite (178-F-93) stopped to 8 points. Quarters: 12-17, 13-18, 7-11, 14-19. Slovakia will meet Ukraine today. Lithuania will take on Russia.

Lithuania: Ieva Preskienyte 13+11 boards, Monika Aleksaite 8
Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 19+5 boards, Sabina Oroszova 11+9 boards, Barbora Balintova 11


2011 Universiade. The hosts won World University Games opener over the Baltic state - by Eurobasket News
China-Lithuania 71:59

The hosts won World University Games opener over the Baltic state in Day 1. China celebrated 71:59 win over Lithuania at the Main Gymnasium of Universiade Center.
It was a slow start and only 4:3 showed the board after the first five minutes in the court. Lithuania however grabbed 15:14 in the end of the period and were tied at the halftime. Before that China enjoyed 25:23 after 15 minutes, but could remain in front. China however went on a lead in the third frame and reached 48:45 after thirty minutes. The lead continued to grow in the last stanza as the hosts increased to 62:51 with 5 minutes to go. They managed to keep the score for good to win the opener.
Shao Tingting (175-PG-85) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while WANG Miqi and WU Siyang posted 12 points each. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) and Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) produced 10 points each in the losing case.

China: Shao Tingting 24, WANG Miqi 12, WU Siyang 12, REN Bingjie 9
Lithuania: Gintare Mazionyte 10, Laima Rickeviciute 10



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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


U18 UK jumps to 4-1 record in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U18 UNITED KINGDOM - U18 LUXEMBOURG 83-71

United Kingdom jumped to 4-1 record in Group G in Miskolc. They celebrated 83-71 win against Luxembourg yesterday. At the same time, Luxembourg dropped to 3-2. Kaitlyn Lewis (94) was a key player for the winners with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Lana Doran (172-G/F-93) followed with 13 and Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) added 9 points to this victory. In defeat, Lena Hetto (184-F-93) collected 25 points and 16 rebounds. Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) had 14 pts and 7 rebs, while Jana Putz (170-G-93) added 12 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 19-19, 17-14, 21-14, 26-24. Today UK will meet Switzerland. Luxembourg will play against Austria.

United Kingdom: Kaitlyn Lewis 17+8 boards, Lana Doran 13, Rosie Hynes 9
Luxembourg: Lena Hetto 25+16 boards, Nadia Marcus 14+7 boards, Jana Putz 12+6 boards


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  NCAA1 - Women  


2011 Universiade. The defending champions start on a high note - by Eurobasket News
USA-Brazil 112:53

USA and Brazil opened the World University Games in China. The defending champions celebrated an easy 112:53 at the Gymnasium of Universiade Sports Center.
The first five minutes brought only 7:6 lead for the USA team, while they erupted with 18-0 run for 25:6 at the end of the quarter. Moreover in the third period USA added 32-11 to take 57:17 at the halftime. USA led 70:27 after 25 minutes and reached 85:40 at the end of the third period. Another 27-13 in the last stanza brought them comfortable 112:53 victory.
DELLE DONNE Elena stepped up with 17 points and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90) as well as Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) posted 14 apiece. Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90) and Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90) followed them with 12 points each. COLHADO Nadia ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while PAIXAO Taina and Leila Zabani (5'11''-G/F-91) added 8 each.

USA: Elena DelleDonne (6'5''-G/F-89) 17, Nnemkadi Ogwumike 14, Odyssey Sims 14, Shekinna Stricklen 12, Glory Johnson 12
Brazil: COLHADO Nadia 16, PAIXAO Taina 8, Leila Zabani 8



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  POLAND - Women  


2011 Universiade. Canadians squeaked out the win over Poland - by Eurobasket News
Poland-Canada 50:52

Canadians squeaked out the win over Poland at the World University Games in China. The North American team won 52:50 in the opener.
The Canadians generated a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 11-6. Poland answered, taking advantage of eight first quarter personal fouls by Canada with a 7-0 run of their own to retake the lead. However Elle Kerfoot scored a lay-up at the buzzer to tie the affair at 15:15. Canada needed 11-10 in the second period to take 26:25 at the halftime. Moreover they added 12-10 in the third frame for 3-point lead after thirty minutes. Poland opened the last frame with a big run and grabbed 44:41, but could not keep the lead for good.
Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88, college: Dayton) stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Justine Colley (175-G-91) followed her with 11. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) delivered 15 points in the losing effort. Magdalena Bibrzycka (183-F-88, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 12, while Aneta Kotnis (186-F-89) brought 9 points for the European side.

Poland: Agnieszka Skobel 15, Magdalena Bibrzycka 12, Aneta Kotnis 9
Canada: Kendel Ross 13, Justine Colley 11, Lindsay Ledingham (183-G/F-90) 7



U18 Poland grabs 63-61 win against U18 Serbia - by Eurobasket News
U18 POLAND - U18 SERBIA 63-61

Poland grabbed 63-61 thriller win against Serbia yesterday. It means that Poland will meet Holland today and the winner will end as No.5 of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. Serbia will play against Turkey for the seventh place. Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and she had 5 rebounds beside that. Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) scored 19 points, while Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) added 9 pts, plus 8 boards. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) responded with 12 points and 15 rebounds in defeat. Kristina Topuzovic (179-G-94) (7 rebs) and Milica Toskovic (180-F-93) netted 10 points each. Quarters: 20-17, 7-10, 19-13, 17-21. Championship ends today. Belgium and France will meet in the Finals.

Poland: Dominika Miloszewska 12+5 boards, Karolina Wilk 19, Dominika Owczarzak 9+8 boards
Serbia: Ivana Brajkovic 12+15 boards, Kristina Topuzovic 10+7 boards, Milica Toskovic 10


Odra Brzeg completed club's roster - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Odra Brzeg signed American forward Jessica Starling (186-G, college: S.Alabama). After that President of the Odra Brzeg said for the official page of league that their roster is almost done. If club get some extra financial means, he will sign one extra player. Widzew Lodz added Paulina Misiek (182-F-87, agency: Promotex). Tahnee Robinson (175-G-88, college: Nevada) will not play in LKS Siemens AGD Lodz. Our latest information was incorrect.

Jessica Starling is very universal player. She have an experience from two European leagues: one in Bosnia and Herzegovina and from Portuguese league. Last season she spent
in CAB Madeira. Jessica Starling was starting five player in this team. She averaged: 16,1 points, 5 rebounds, 3,2 assist (5th score in entire league) and 3,1 steal (2nd rank in
league).

Paulina Misiek debuted in PLKK as a junior, but last few seasons she had been playing in 1 liga. Last season she spent in AZS - OPTeam Rzeszow. In the upcoming season she will be back in the highest league in Poland PLKK.



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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U18 Belarus wins against U18 Portugal 64-48 - by Eurobasket News
U18 PORTUGAL - U18 BELARUS 48-64

Belarus made a first step forward to fifth place in Miskolc. They outplayed Portugal yesterday 64-48 and will meet Hungary today. The winner will end as No.5 of U18 EuroBasket Division B. On the other side, Portugal will play against Israel. The winner of that game will finish as No.7. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) shined in Belarus with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Darya Lipinskaya (180-G/F-93) had 14 points and Maryia Papova (183-F-94) added 12 pts, plus 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Jessica Almeida (172-PG-93) top-scored with 14 points. Joana Jesus (173-G-93) followed with 12 pts and 7 rebounds. Quarters: 12-21, 11-17, 12-16, 13-10. Today is the last day of the championship in Miskolc.

Portugal: Jessica Almeida 14, Joana Jesus 12+7 boards
Belarus: Maryna Ivashchanka 15+7 boards, Darya Lipinskaya 14, Maryia Papova 12+7 boards


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Martina Osterman sign with BCM Danzio Timisoara - by Eurobasket News
Martina Osterman (188-F-88) sign with BCM Danzio Timisoara for the next season. The Slovenian player will have the first International experience after 6 seasons at home.
Martina Osterman joined Domzale (1A, starting five) in 2005 and in 24 games averaged 10.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 41.7%, FT: 49.3%. After another two seasons there she moved to ZKD Jezica Ljubljana (SKL, starting five) and had 12.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT-2 (57.1%), FT: 60.5%. The last two season she played for Hit Kranjska Gora (SKL) and last season showed 10.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP-3 (61.4%), FT: 72.6%.
For the National team she scored 7 points on June 11, 2011 as Slovenia destroyed Norway 75-49 for 5-1 record in Group A of the EuroBasket 2011, Division B. However, it was not enough for the first place in this pool, which at the end belongs to Sweden. Norway finished as the last ranked team in this group with 1-5 record.
Over the last few seasons she became Slovenian Cup Finalist -10, Slovenian SKL Champion -10, 11, Slovenian SKL Regular Season Champion -10, 11, Slovenian Cup Winner -11, Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Domestic Players Team -11.



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  RUSSIA - Women  


U18 Russia secures survival in Division A - by Eurobasket News
U18 RUSSIA - U18 UKRAINE 106-51

Russia secured survival in U18 EuroBasket Division A. They blasted Ukraine 106-51 for 4-1 record in Group G. On the other side, Ukraine dropped to 1-4 in this pool and they will face with relegation to Division B. Alina Zamaraeva (180-G-93) led the winners in scoring with 20 points. Mariya Davydova (189-F/C-93) also was great adding 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) (9 as) and Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: RIZO) (7 rebs) helped with 12 points each. In defeat, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) shined with 22 points and 8 rebs. Their second scorer was Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) with 12 points. Quarters: 31-13, 23-8, 33-11, 19-19. Russia will meet Lithuania today. Ukraine will play against Slovakia.

Russia: Alina Zamaraeva 20, Mariya Davydova 15+11 boards, Galina Kiseleva 12+9 as, Ksenia Tikhonenko 12+7 boards
Ukraine: Oleksandra Chek 22+8 boards, Anna Kiriyenko 12


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  SERBIA - Women  


U18 Poland grabs 63-61 win against U18 Serbia - by Eurobasket News
U18 POLAND - U18 SERBIA 63-61

Poland grabbed 63-61 thriller win against Serbia yesterday. It means that Poland will meet Holland today and the winner will end as No.5 of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. Serbia will play against Turkey for the seventh place. Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 12 points and she had 5 rebounds beside that. Karolina Wilk (185-F-93) scored 19 points, while Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) added 9 pts, plus 8 boards. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) responded with 12 points and 15 rebounds in defeat. Kristina Topuzovic (179-G-94) (7 rebs) and Milica Toskovic (180-F-93) netted 10 points each. Quarters: 20-17, 7-10, 19-13, 17-21. Championship ends today. Belgium and France will meet in the Finals.

Poland: Dominika Miloszewska 12+5 boards, Karolina Wilk 19, Dominika Owczarzak 9+8 boards
Serbia: Ivana Brajkovic 12+15 boards, Kristina Topuzovic 10+7 boards, Milica Toskovic 10


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U18 Slovakia jumps to 4-1, secures survival - by Eurobasket News
U18 LITHUANIA - U18 SLOVAKIA 46-65

Slovakia handed 65-46 loss to Lithuania jumping to 4-1 record in Group G. Thanks to this win Slovakia already secured survival in U18 EuroBasket Division A. Lithuania dropped to 1-4 and they will be relegated. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) led the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) (9 rebs) and Barbora Balintova (173-PG-94) netted 11 points each. In defeat, Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Monika Aleksaite (178-F-93) stopped to 8 points. Quarters: 12-17, 13-18, 7-11, 14-19. Slovakia will meet Ukraine today. Lithuania will take on Russia.

Lithuania: Ieva Preskienyte 13+11 boards, Monika Aleksaite 8
Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 19+5 boards, Sabina Oroszova 11+9 boards, Barbora Balintova 11


2011 Universiade. United Kingdom opened World University Games in China with the win over Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
United Kingdom-Slovakia 64:51

United Kingdom opened World University Games in China with the win over Slovakia. Trailing at the halftime, United Kingdom needed a strong second half to seal the victory.
Slovakia took 8:2 in the opening tip and improved to 16:8 at the end of the first period. They enjoyed 22:14 midway through the second frame and had 29:22 at the end of the half. United Kingdom however erupted with 17-6 in the start of the third period and grabbed 39:35 advantage. Chantelle Handy (191-F/C-87, college: Marshall) and Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) exchanged the late baskets in the third frame for 45:42 after 30 minutes. The winners started the last stanza with 7-0 run and reached the necessary result in the opener.
Chantelle Handy paced all the winners with 25 points and Rose Anderson (175-G-88) netted 9. Georgia Jones (172-G-90) and Dominique Allen (187-C-89, college: ORU) scored 8 points apiece. Eva Kmetova ended up with 13 points in defeat and Dominika Baburova (183-F-91) notched 9.

United Kingdom: Chantelle Handy 25, Rose Anderson 9, Georgia Jones 8, Dominique Allen 8
Slovakia: Eva Kmetova 13, Dominika Baburova 9



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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Martina Osterman sign with BCM Danzio Timisoara - by Eurobasket News
Martina Osterman (188-F-88) sign with BCM Danzio Timisoara for the next season. The Slovenian player will have the first International experience after 6 seasons at home.
Martina Osterman joined Domzale (1A, starting five) in 2005 and in 24 games averaged 10.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 41.7%, FT: 49.3%. After another two seasons there she moved to ZKD Jezica Ljubljana (SKL, starting five) and had 12.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT-2 (57.1%), FT: 60.5%. The last two season she played for Hit Kranjska Gora (SKL) and last season showed 10.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP-3 (61.4%), FT: 72.6%.
For the National team she scored 7 points on June 11, 2011 as Slovenia destroyed Norway 75-49 for 5-1 record in Group A of the EuroBasket 2011, Division B. However, it was not enough for the first place in this pool, which at the end belongs to Sweden. Norway finished as the last ranked team in this group with 1-5 record.
Over the last few seasons she became Slovenian Cup Finalist -10, Slovenian SKL Champion -10, 11, Slovenian SKL Regular Season Champion -10, 11, Slovenian Cup Winner -11, Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Domestic Players Team -11.



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  SPAIN - Women  


Emma Meesseman leads U18 Belgium to Big Final in Oradea - by Eurobasket News
U18 SPAIN - U18 BELGIUM 63-65

Belgium shocked Spain in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. They grabbed 65-63 thriller win and will meet France in the Gold medal game. Spain will fight for third place against Sweden. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) was a key player for the winners once again. She had 21 points and 8 rebounds in this meeting. Julie Vanloo (172-PG-93) also scored 21 pts, but to go with 6 boards, while Harriet Bende (185-C-94) helped with 7 points. In Spain, Astou Ndour (196-C-94) shined with double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Andrea Vilaro (180-F-93) had 13 pts and Yurena Diaz (177-G-93) added two less. Spain had 2-point lead in the finish, but Emma Meesseman made a tough basket to tie the score at 63-63 with 17 seconds to the buzzer. Spain lost the ball on the next possession - Julie Vanloo was responsible with a steal and she passed the ball to Meesseman, who got fouled with three seconds to go. And once again she delivered, this time the ticket to the final. Quarters: 19-12, 20-25, 15-9, 9-19. Today is the last day of the championship in Oradea.

Spain: Astou Ndour 22+10 boards, Andrea Vilaro 13, Yurena Diaz 11
Belgium: Emma Meesseman 21+8 boards, Julie Vanloo 21+6 boards, Harriet Bende 7


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  SWEDEN - Women  


U18 EuroBasket: France blasts Sweden 80-37 in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
U18 FRANCE - U18 SWEDEN 80-37

France destroyed Sweden in the Semifinals of U18 EuroBasket in Oradea. It means that France advanced to the Gold medal game, where they will meet Belgium. On the other side, Sweden will play for the Bronze against Spain. Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) shined for France in this game with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) scored 14 points, while Mamignan Toure (179-G-94) and Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) helped with 10 points reach. In Sweden, Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) was better than the others with 11 points. Their second scorer was Abigail Asoro (178-F-93) with just 8 points. France took control on their rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 28-5, 26-12, 14-9, 12-11. Championship ends today.

France: Romane Bernies 17+6 boards, Esther Niamke 14, Mamignan Toure 10, Christelle Diallo 10
Sweden: Josefin Vesterberg 11, Abigail Asoro 8


2011 Universiade. Australia showcased their quickness and conditioning over Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Australia- Sweden 71:58

Australia edged Sweden at the 26th Summer Universiade in China. Australian side produced a good game winning 71:58.
The first quarter featured more offensive woes on both sides. Although Australia started with 11-2, the Scandinavian team tied the game at 15:15 finishing the first stanza. Both sides stayed close to each other and as a result the score was tied at 23:23 midway through the second frame. Australia however showcased their quickness and conditioning taking 39:29 at the halftime. Another 20-14 in the third period brought them 59:43 and they led the game to the win. Sweden won the last period 15-12 but lost the opener.
Abby Bishop (189-C-88) and Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 14 points each. Cayla Francis (192-C-89) netted 12, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) scored 9. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with 12 points in defeat and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 11.

Australia: Abby Bishop 14, Elyse Penaluna 14, Cayla Francis 12, Marianna Tolo 9
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 12, Elin Eldebrink 11



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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


U18 Austria improves to 3-2 in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U18 SWITZERLAND - U18 AUSTRIA 43-68

Austria improved to 3-2 in Group G and joined Luxembourg at the second place. They handed 68-43 loss to Switzerland yesterday. After this game Switzerland dropped to 0-5. Julia Pocksteiner (177-G-93) led the winners in scoring with 18 points. Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) had 13 and Sigrid Koizar (173-PG-95) added one point less than her. In the loosing squad, Nadage Clement (184-C-93) was better than the others with 11 points and 5 rebounds. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 15-29, 7-14, 8-8, 13-17. Austria will meet Luxembourg today. Switzerland will play against United Kingdom.

Switzerland: Nadage Clement 11+5 boards
Austria: Julia Pocksteiner 18, Lisa Zderadicka 13, Sigrid Koizar 12


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  TAIWAN - Women  


2011 Universiade. Chinese Taipei outscored Finland at the 26th Summer Games - by Eurobasket News
Chinese Taipei-Finland 78:45

Chinese Taipei outscored Finland in their start of the 26th Summer Universiade in China. Chinese Taipei beat the Scandinavian team 78:45 for the first W in the record.
Chinese Taipei grabbed the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind in the game. They shocked the European side with 11-3 in the start and reached 26:9 at the end of the first quarter. Another 17-9 in the second frame gave them 43:18 at the halftime. The second half also belonged to the Asian team that dominated the court. They showcased their quickness and conditioning taking 61:35 after thirty minutes and added 17-10 in the last period.
HUANG Pingjen paced all the winners with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while HUANG Fanshan and HUANG Yingli posted 13 each. YANG Shuching and CHEN Yuchun ended up with 9 points each in a win. Krista Gross (182-G) finished the game with 16 points in defeat, whilst Henna Salomaa (175-G-89, college: Oakland) had 6.

Chinese Taipei: Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) 14+11 rebs, Huang Fan-Shan (173-G-87) 13, Huang Ying-Li (170-G-89) 13, Yang Shu-Ching (170-G-88) 9, Chen Yu-Chun (176-F-87) 9
Finland: Krista Gross 16, Henna Salomaa 6



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  TURKEY - Women  


U18 Holland better than U18 Turkey 81-73 - by Eurobasket News
U18 HOLLAND - U18 TURKEY 81-73

Holland made a first step forward to fifth place in Oradea. The outplayed Turkey yesterday 81-73 and will have to beat Poland today if they want to end as No.5. On the other side, Turkey will play against Serbia for the seventh place. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) had 17 points and 5 boards, while Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) helped with 11 pts. In the loosing squad, Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) collected 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ferda Yildiz (182-F-93) and Olcay Cakir (180-PG-93) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Holland exploded in the second half to take this win. Quarters: 15-27, 19-16, 26-19, 21-11. Championship ends today.

Holland: Loyce Bettonvil 19+12 boards, Kourtney Treffers 17+5 boards, Gabrielle Van Den Bosch 11
Turkey: Ozge Kavurmacioglu 16+7 boards, Ferda Yildiz 11, Olcay Cakir 10


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  UKRAINE - Women  


U18 Russia secures survival in Division A - by Eurobasket News
U18 RUSSIA - U18 UKRAINE 106-51

Russia secured survival in U18 EuroBasket Division A. They blasted Ukraine 106-51 for 4-1 record in Group G. On the other side, Ukraine dropped to 1-4 in this pool and they will face with relegation to Division B. Alina Zamaraeva (180-G-93) led the winners in scoring with 20 points. Mariya Davydova (189-F/C-93) also was great adding 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) (9 as) and Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-F/C-93, agency: RIZO) (7 rebs) helped with 12 points each. In defeat, Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) shined with 22 points and 8 rebs. Their second scorer was Anna Kiriyenko (190-C-93) with 12 points. Quarters: 31-13, 23-8, 33-11, 19-19. Russia will meet Lithuania today. Ukraine will play against Slovakia.

Russia: Alina Zamaraeva 20, Mariya Davydova 15+11 boards, Galina Kiseleva 12+9 as, Ksenia Tikhonenko 12+7 boards
Ukraine: Oleksandra Chek 22+8 boards, Anna Kiriyenko 12


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U18 UK jumps to 4-1 record in Group G - by Eurobasket News
U18 UNITED KINGDOM - U18 LUXEMBOURG 83-71

United Kingdom jumped to 4-1 record in Group G in Miskolc. They celebrated 83-71 win against Luxembourg yesterday. At the same time, Luxembourg dropped to 3-2. Kaitlyn Lewis (94) was a key player for the winners with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Lana Doran (172-G/F-93) followed with 13 and Rosie Hynes (172-PG-93) added 9 points to this victory. In defeat, Lena Hetto (184-F-93) collected 25 points and 16 rebounds. Nadia Marcus (173-G-93) had 14 pts and 7 rebs, while Jana Putz (170-G-93) added 12 pts and 6 boards. Quarters: 19-19, 17-14, 21-14, 26-24. Today UK will meet Switzerland. Luxembourg will play against Austria.

United Kingdom: Kaitlyn Lewis 17+8 boards, Lana Doran 13, Rosie Hynes 9
Luxembourg: Lena Hetto 25+16 boards, Nadia Marcus 14+7 boards, Jana Putz 12+6 boards


2011 Universiade. United Kingdom opened World University Games in China with the win over Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
United Kingdom-Slovakia 64:51

United Kingdom opened World University Games in China with the win over Slovakia. Trailing at the halftime, United Kingdom needed a strong second half to seal the victory.
Slovakia took 8:2 in the opening tip and improved to 16:8 at the end of the first period. They enjoyed 22:14 midway through the second frame and had 29:22 at the end of the half. United Kingdom however erupted with 17-6 in the start of the third period and grabbed 39:35 advantage. Chantelle Handy (191-F/C-87, college: Marshall) and Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) exchanged the late baskets in the third frame for 45:42 after 30 minutes. The winners started the last stanza with 7-0 run and reached the necessary result in the opener.
Chantelle Handy paced all the winners with 25 points and Rose Anderson (175-G-88) netted 9. Georgia Jones (172-G-90) and Dominique Allen (187-C-89, college: ORU) scored 8 points apiece. Eva Kmetova ended up with 13 points in defeat and Dominika Baburova (183-F-91) notched 9.

United Kingdom: Chantelle Handy 25, Rose Anderson 9, Georgia Jones 8, Dominique Allen 8
Slovakia: Eva Kmetova 13, Dominika Baburova 9



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  USBA - Women  


Alabama State University pulls rug from under WUSBA; Spirit can't rent the Dunn-Oliver Acadome - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (August 11, 2011)------Today, the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) discovered that it would not be given permission to rent the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University for the 2011 fall basketball season. 'This is the main problem with our efforts, we don't own these arenas, we act in good faith with these administrations and they sometimes don't return the courtesy', said Duane Allen Jenkins WUSBA president.

The WUSBA applied to rent the Dunn-Oliver Acadome in late May 2011. The league was informed that their request was denied on August 7, 2011, following a tense conference with the office of the president at Alabama State University, Mr. William Harris. 'We needed an answer in June 2011, we called and called and no one would return our calls. We were told we could have the gym, we hired a coach and the players, we even allowed two of Alabama State basketball players a courtesy appointment to the team. This is a total shock and it really place us in a precarious position. It's too late to rent another facility in Montgomery'.

The following letter was forward to Jenkins from the university. 'What this person has said was not true, she said we could have the gym, If she could not give it to us, I wish she would have told us in May, we could have found other accommodations'.

Good Morning Mr. Jenkins,
I acknowledge your dissatisfaction with the unfavorable reply to your proposal. The decision was based strictly on availability of the facility and scheduling conflicts. I informed you several times that we could not commit to your proposal at the time you submitted it, because we had not received the basketball schedule and other university academic programs that we are obligated to accommodate in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome during the time of your season. The universitys scheduling priority is the mens and womens intercollegiate programs and university sponsored events. The basketball practice and game schedule was submitted to our office August 2, 2011. After review, it was determined that we could accommodate your request due to availability.

Mr. Jenkins, I have nothing personal against you or your efforts to establish a basketball league in Montgomery that I would prohibit you to use the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. I apologize if it appeared that me or my office was giving you the run-a-around- that was not our intentions. I thought it was not made clear when we discussed this with you. I know you have been working diligently to secure a reservation with us for the last three years. Unfortunately, with the facilities that we have available on campus, our academic/athletic events occupies our facilities to the extent that we dont have available reservation dates for other non-university events.

Additionally, your personal attack on me and my father is very disturbing and disappointing. I respectfully ask that my father or my family be kept separate from our business relationship. I pride myself on always being professional and providing excellent customer service. It is unfortunate that your experience with working with me was an unpleasant one. I wish you well in your future endeavors.

If I can assist you in the future, please give me a call.

Best Regards,
Gina Jobe Ishman
Director, Facilities Management
Dunn-Oliver Acadome
Division of University Relations
Alabama State University

The relationship was irrepealably severed when Jenkins placed numerous calls to the facility director in an effort to verify the Spirits home dates. Failure to reach the facility department lead to a call to the presidents office. 'I called Dr. Harris's office to complain after calling Ms. Jobe-Ishman, twelve times, without a call back, five minutes after I called Harris, she called me.'

Ms. Jobe Ishman is the daughter of coaching great Ben Jobe. 'I knew she was Ben's daughter, Ben is a legend in the basketball community, I told her that just because she is Ben daughter doesn't mean she has to be slack on good customer service skills. We were going to pay the university $11,700.00 for thirty nine hours of work. We know the state of colleges and universities financial position. We know they need every dime they can put their hands on.'

The Montgomery Spirit will sit out the 2011 fall basketball season. 'We are having this similar problem in other cities, we can't play basketball without gymnasiums.'

The WUSBA sent the following request to Alabama State University on May 27, 2011:

WOMEN'S UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
1201 Peachtree Street 400 Colony Square Atlanta, Georgia 30361
Office (404) 428-3411 Office (404) 824-0789

Ms. Crystal Jackson May 26, 2011
Facility Management
Alabama State University
915 South Jackson Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36101

RE: The Montgomery Spirit Basketball Team

Dear Gina,

I hope this correspondence finds you in the best of health and spirits.

We now have secured affirmative usage commitments for gymnasiums for all other W USBA teams.

Thank you for your consideration and allowing us to apply to secure the Dunn-Oliver Acadome for our 2011 basketball season. Each team plays a twenty eight game schedule. We will need your gymnasium for the fourteen home games. The regular season begins August 27, 2011 and ends November 5, 2011. The Montgomery Spirit may be required to host a home play-off game. The Championship series begin on November 6, 2011 and ends November 13, 2011. The WUSBA Championship game will be held in Atlanta, Ga.

We have a great female candidate for Head Coach; however, we would like a local individual t assistant coach. Could you help us in that capacity? We will offer basketball players and students at ASU employment opportunities with the basketball team. We will not approach anyone at the college.

I will prepare a final and approved copy of the Spirit individual schedule and a WUSBA league schedule. A general synopsis of the league, a standard league Budget and Expenditure issuance and a Memorandum of Agreement, covering the use of your gymnasium is enclosed.

Insurance policies of $1,000,000.00 liability for each incident and $2,000,000.00 aggregate have been ordered and will be in place very soon for you inspection, as requested.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Thank you for your assistance and considerations.

In the Highest Regards, I Am

Very Truly Yours,

Duane Allen Jenkins
President
Womens United States Basketball Association




WUSBA will continue to partner with church groups with the Community Partnership initiatives - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (August 14, 2011) -----The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) will play top level basketball while dedicating its efforts to aid those in need in all of their communities with a variety of programs provided by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., the 501 (c) (3) not for profit sister company of the WUSBA. Through the Community Partnership Programs, the league will attempt to tackle some of the core challenges facing the nations cities, churches and schools.

The league will partner with the Presbyterian Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Progressive National Baptist Church, the United Methodist Church, the A.M.E. Zion Church, the African Methodist and the Episcopalian Church. According to league source, All of our programs are available to any church that needs assistance.

WUSBA players and coaches will be active on and off the court, assisting in a very wide variety of community outreach programs, charitable fund raising events, youth advocates programs, RSVP retired senior citizen programs, and family progress initiatives. These programs will aid the community and its citizens as a whole. The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach prides itself on being an advocate within the community. From the youngest child to the oldest senior citizen, helping people is our strongest commitment. The WUSBA will build relationships by its loyalty and its faith based participation in each community.

WUSBA players, coaches, and team staff members will visit senior facilities, hospitals, Boys and Girls Clubs, and local schools. The WUSBA will help raise money for local charities, collect food for local food banks and be a positive mentor to children who are housed in juvenile retention facilities, as well as children who live in foster care facilities.

The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach have partnered with the United States Marine Corps and the 'Toys for Tots' holiday program and Feeding America, who supplies the local community food banks.

The WUSBA's coaches, players, staff and the WUSBA Youth Outreach will serve as a great role model to other and will always be a positive inspiration to all, thus being an important asset to all team cities and their communities.

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

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

The league has three planned events for each of our cities for 2011. The following are the programs we will start in July and conclude before the Christmas holidays. The following are the events that have been sanctioned by the local school districts in each of the teams cities:

(A). The 2011 WUSBA School Supply Event, featuring Elizabeths Book Bag September 6, 2011
This program is designed to collect and distribute school supplies to children in each of our team cities.

(B). The 2011 WUSBA Winter Coat and Mitten Event, featuring Patricias Closet- October 1, 2011

This program will concentrate on collection and distribution of new overcoats and gloves for children in each of our team cities.

(C). The WUSBA Can Slam and Toy Fest, featuring the USMC 'Toys for Tots' and Feeding America - December 2011

This program will collect new toys and perishable food products that will be distributed to families in each of our team cities.

Church leaders and local school districts from across the southeast United States are supporting this novice concept created by the WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach, which will comprise of a partnership between church groups, the community, the local schools, the WUSBA league office and all WUSBA basketball teams. The program labeled the WUSBA Community Partnership Initiative will be implemented in every town which houses a WUSBA team. The partnership programs will be made available to all churches and synagogues and their members and is open to the general public.

The initiative is launched by the WUSBA, national church leaders, local independent congregations and general religious groups. The not-for-profit initiative was designed to encourage enthusiasts to be included in the assistance of the local community. The partnership will help churches and local charities raise funds for their own causes, as well as making a contribution towards Christian aid programs.

The Community Partnership campaign is designed to unite churches and professional basketball with its emphasis on a total partnership. Selling alcohol beverages is not permitted at any WUSBA game, we heard beer is a huge profit center for sporting events, it will not be a part of our profit center said Duane Allen Jenkins, WUSBA President, 'Having children integrated in our games is our main focus, we have structured the WUSBA to be a different kind of basketball league.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* The Toy Fest and Can Slam Basketball Games
This program was a great success in 2009 and 2010. We coordinated with High Schools, the USMC Toys for Tots and Feeding America to collect food and toys during the holiday season.

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

Aunt Myrtles Pantry

This program will partner with Feeding America. Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. They are ranked as one of Worth magazine's best charities and have been identified as one of the Top 10 Most Efficient Charities by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, with 98 percent of all product and financial donations received by Feeding America going toward helping Americans struggling with hunger. We will also stock church pantries in all team cities.



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




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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. China1-0
2. Taiwan1-0
3. Finland0-1
4. Lithuania0-1
Group B
1. USA1-0
2. U.Kingdom1-0
3. Slovakia0-1
4. Brazil0-1
Group C
1. Canada1-0
2. Mozambique0-0
3. Russia0-0
4. Poland0-1
Group D
1. Australia1-0
2. Czech Rep.1-0
3. Japan0-1
4. Sweden0-1