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  ANGOLA   


Boris Stankovic Cup. Carlos Morais leads Angola to the title - by Eurobasket News
Angola - Australia 85:66

Angola celebrated the Boris Stankovic Cup title. They fired past Australia in the championship game tonight. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) masterminded the victory unloading 26 points for Angola.
The African powerhouse stunned the Boomers in the opening frame. Angola outscored their opponents 24:8 to ensure a comfortable lead at the first break. The Boomers stopped the rot in the second term. They picked up the slack but still trailed by 15 points at the interval 26:41. Angola once again increased the tempo after the big break. The African team fired 25 points in the third stanza to leave the Boomers behind by 24 points. Australia tried hard but had little chances in this one afterwards. Kikas Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) delivered 21 points, while Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) added 11 in the victory. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) finished with 11 points for Australia. Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.), Hugh Greenwood (190-G-92) and Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 10 points apiece in the loss.

Angola: Carlos Morais 26, Kikas Gomes 21, Eduardo Mingas 11
Australia: Mark Worthington 11, Jesse Wagstaff 10, Hugh Greenwood 10, Luke Schenscher 10



Coach Confident At Country's Good Performance in Afrobasket2011 - by Eurobasket News
The coach of the Angolan junior males team, Carlos Diniz, expressed on Tuesday his confident in a good participation of Angolan senior squad at the African Cup of Nations (AFROBASKET) in basketball, set for August 17-28 in Madagascar.

Speaking to Angop, the coach said Angola is a power country in African continent and with a better organisation in matters of competition.

Angola is to play in group J with Senegal, Morocco and Chad.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  ARGENTINA   


Sionista land Ed Nelson, Lanus tab Bruno Zanotti - by Eurobasket News
Sionista have agreed on terms of contract with Edward Nelson (203-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Connecticut). The 29-year-old forward started the previous season with Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca. He tallied 14.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals per game in LigaA. In May Edward Nelson signed contract with Trotamundos de Carabobo in Venezuela. Previously he had stints with in Argentina, Puerto Rico, Spain, Germany and Finland. Eurobasket.com named Edward Nelson All-Finnish Korisliiga Centre of the Year back in 2007. Edward Nelson is meant to replace Dale Carn (210-C/F, agency: EM-PA, college: Eckerd).
In the meantime Lanus have bolstered their frontcourt with addition of Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack). The Paraguayan forward spent the last season with Club 9. Bruno Zanotti tallied 9.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in LigaA. The forward played for Paraguay at 2010 South American Championship. His stats read 13.8 points, 4.6 boards, 3.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game in Colombia.



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  ARMENIA   


U16: Israel made it to the semis despite the loss - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16-Armenia U16 72:76

Israel made it to the semis despite the loss to Armenia at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Three teams finished with 1-2 records in Group F, while Israel had better difference amongst Hungary and Armenia. The latter won over Israel 76:72 but finished fourth in the group.
Israel opened the game with 19:16 as Zalmanson closed the period with a jump shot. Sergei Pogosyan (95) tied the game at 24:24 and his three-pointer gave Armenia 27:26 lead. Later Arkadiy Mkrtychyan (95) tied it all at 31:31, while Itay Segev (195-F-95) made the same at 38:38 at the halftime. Both teams nailed 22 points in the third quarter to stay together and only in the last period Armenia managed to grab the win. Trailing 70:71, Armenia erupted with 6-0 run and then Naor Sharon (191-PG-95) closed the game from the free throw line.
Andrey Konstantinov (95) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Sergey Polukhin (95) as well as Arkadiy Mkrtychyan posted 12 apiece. Sergei Pogosyan followed them with 11 points in the winning effort. Naor Sharon delivered 14 points in defeat and Itay Segev added 12.

Israel U16: Naor Sharon 14, Itay Segev 12
Armenia U16: Andrey Konstantinov 14, Sergey Polukhin 12, Arkadiy Mkrtychyan 12, Sergei Pogosyan 11



U16: Bosnia and Herzegovina prevail against Armenia - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 - Armenia U16 83:73

Bosnia and Herzegovina opened U16 European Championship in Division B Qualifying Round with victory. They overcame Armenian counterparts to improve at 2-0 record in Group F. Nedim Buza (201-F-95) stepped up with 25 points to pace the winners. Armenia fell at 0-2 record in the ladder.
Bosnia and Herzegovina made a big step towards the victory in the opening quarter. They outscored Armenia 21:12 in the first ten minutes to ensure a comfortable buffer. Bosnia and Herzegovina maintained the lead throughout the second term. Moreover they posted a 43:29 halftime advantage. Armenia picked up the tempo in the third term. They fired 21 points but still faced a 13-point deficit with one quarter to go. Armenia got as close as seven points midway through the final period. But Bosnia and Herzegovina answered with a 10:0 run to clear off for good. Bojan Lulic (196-F-95) provided 14 points, while Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) and Sanin Omerovic (192-G-95) netted 10 points each in the win. Andrey Konstantinov (95) responded with 22 points for Armenia. Sergei Pogosyan (95) accounted for 16 points in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Nedim Buza 25, Bojan Lulic 14, Adi Zahiragic 10, Sanin Omerovic 10
Armenia U16: Andrey Konstantinov 22, Sergei Pogosyan 16



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  BAHAMAS   


Bahamas U17 National Team -11 - by Greg
4 Khristen Francis 95
5 Tavario Miller 94
6 Stephen Strachan 94
7 Lourawls Nairn 95
8 Shakwon Lewis 96
9 Adney Bethel 94
10 Anthony Pratt 95
11 Mickahil Rolle 95
12 Jeffrey Woodside 94
13 Teran Watson 94
14 Dwight Coleby 94
15 Carlis Carey 95



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  BELGIUM   


U16: Belgium too good for Sweden in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - Sweden U16 72:52

Belgium cruised past Sweden at the classification round of U16 European Championship in Division B. The victory propelled Belgium at 2-0 record on top of Group H. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) and Mathijs Gijbels (200-F-95) paced well-balanced effort with 12 points each. Sweden fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Belgium set the tone early. They fired 20 points in the opening quarter to post an 8-point mark. They maintained the lead well enough throughout the second quarter. Belgium arrived at halftime up by 21 points 44:23. Sweden and Belgium traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The Belgian side secured a 21-point cushion heading into the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Sander Van Caeneghem (203-F-95) produced 9 points for the winners. Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) responded with game-high 22 points for Sweden. Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96) accounted for 17 points in defeat.

Belgium U16: Romain Boxus 12, Mathijs Gijbels 12, Sander Van Caeneghem 9
Sweden U16: Valter Lindstrom 22, Ludvig Hakanson 17



U16: Belgium won Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16-Switzerland U16 79:48

Belgium won Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team rolled over Switzerland 79:48 for 3-0 record. The latter finished with 1-2 record to play for 13-16 places.
Bianchi and Randon Gruninger (190-F-95) brought the only leads for the Swiss side, while Belgium took control of the period from 8:6. Andy Van Vliet (206-C-95) closed the period at 20:9 as Belgium never looked behind after. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) scored for 33:22 at the halftime as both teams nailed 13 points each in the second frame. Georgia scored 13 points also in the third and the last periods. It was not enough to match the opponents that erupted with 26 and 20 points respectively in the second half.
Emmanuel Lecomte (175-G-95) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Andy Van Vliet netted 13. Romain Boxus posted 12, while Mats Jouret (180-G-95) scored 7. Randon Gruninger delivered 11 points in defeat, while Petar Bozic (210-C-95) and Arnaud Cotture (200-F/C-95) notched 8 points apiece.

Belgium U16: Emmanuel Lecomte 20, Andy Van Vliet 13, Romain Boxus 12, Mats Jouret 7
Switzerland U16: Randon Gruninger 11, Petar Bozic 8, Arnaud Cotture 8



D3 Standings
D3 Standings
Group A
 1. BBC Willebroek 0-0 
 2. Ekeren 0-0 
 3. Esneux 0-0 
 4. Geel 0-0 
 5. Giants II 0-0 
 6. Haneffe 0-0 
 7. Houthalen 0-0 
 8. Lommel 0-0 
 9. Neufchateau 0-0 
 10. Ninane 0-0 
 11. Soba 0-0 
 12. Tongeren 0-0 
 13. Turuka Willeb. 0-0 
 14. Verviers-P. II 0-0 
Group B
 1. Carnieres 0-0 
 2. De Pinte 0-0 
 3. Enghien 0-0 
 4. Erembodegem 0-0 
 5. Ieper 0-0 
 6. Kortrijk 0-0 
 7. Lambusart 0-0 
 8. Natoye 0-0 
 9. Nivelles 0-0 
 10. Oostkamp 0-0 
 11. Oudenaarde 0-0 
 12. Quaregnon 0-0 
 13. TMCI Wevelgem 0-0 
 14. Vilvoorde 0-0 


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Aalstar 0-0 
 2. Antwerp 0-0 
 3. Charleroi 0-0 
 4. Gent 0-0 
 5. Leuven 0-0 
 6. Liege 0-0 
 7. M.Hainaut 0-0 
 8. Oostende 0-0 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 0-0 


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. De Westhoek 0-0 
 2. Essor Charleroi 0-0 
 3. Excelsior 0-0 
 4. Fleurus 0-0 
 5. Gembo 0-0 
 6. Gistel 0-0 
 7. Kangar.-Boom 0-0 
 8. Liege II 0-0 
 9. M.Hainaut II 0-0 
 10. Melsele 0-0 
 11. Sint-Jan Ant. 0-0 
 12. Sprimont 0-0 
 13. St-Niklase 0-0 
 14. Waregem 0-0 


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  BELIZE   


Belizean U17 National Team 2011 - by Greg
*4 Baptist, Alejandro
6 Blades, Jahshield
7 Codd, Bryton
8 Mckoy, Uhuru
*10 Middleton, Tariq
*11 Moses, Tree-Anthony
12 Middleton, Kyle
*13 White, Brian
14 Watters, Akeem
*15 Daly, Devin


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  BOSNIA   


U16: Bosnia and Herzegovina enter the semis undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16-Hungary U16 81:61

Bosnia and Herzegovina enter the semis undefeated of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team won Group F with 3-0 record after 81:61 win over Hungary. Bosnia will now face Slovenia in the Semifinal clash and the ticket to Division A for the next year.
Hungary needed a victory to seal the place at the semis and started with 18:14 in the first period. Bosnia however erupted with 30-6 in the second frame to prove their superiority in the court. Nedim Buza (201-F-95) made a dunk for 44:24 at the halftime. Bosnia added 22-20 in the third frame and enjoyed the lead entering the last stanza. Hungary bounced back with 17-15 but could reduce only to 20 points.
Nedim Buza and Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) stepped up with 19 points each for the winners, while Dejan Ivkovic (197-F-95) and Bojan Lulic (196-F-95) netted 9 apiece. Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) answered with 10 points in the losing case, while Mate Illes (186-PG-95), Janos Velkey (193-G-95), Tibor Ban (185-G-95) and David Boinitzer (196-F-95) added 7 each.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Nedim Buza 19, Adi Zahiragic 19, Dejan Ivkovic 9, Bojan Lulic 9
Hungary U16: Gyorgy Goloman 10, Mate Illes 7, Janos Velkey 7, Tibor Ban 7, David Boinitzer 7



U16: Bosnia and Herzegovina prevail against Armenia - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 - Armenia U16 83:73

Bosnia and Herzegovina opened U16 European Championship in Division B Qualifying Round with victory. They overcame Armenian counterparts to improve at 2-0 record in Group F. Nedim Buza (201-F-95) stepped up with 25 points to pace the winners. Armenia fell at 0-2 record in the ladder.
Bosnia and Herzegovina made a big step towards the victory in the opening quarter. They outscored Armenia 21:12 in the first ten minutes to ensure a comfortable buffer. Bosnia and Herzegovina maintained the lead throughout the second term. Moreover they posted a 43:29 halftime advantage. Armenia picked up the tempo in the third term. They fired 21 points but still faced a 13-point deficit with one quarter to go. Armenia got as close as seven points midway through the final period. But Bosnia and Herzegovina answered with a 10:0 run to clear off for good. Bojan Lulic (196-F-95) provided 14 points, while Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) and Sanin Omerovic (192-G-95) netted 10 points each in the win. Andrey Konstantinov (95) responded with 22 points for Armenia. Sergei Pogosyan (95) accounted for 16 points in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Nedim Buza 25, Bojan Lulic 14, Adi Zahiragic 10, Sanin Omerovic 10
Armenia U16: Andrey Konstantinov 22, Sergei Pogosyan 16



Mirza Bulic and Bogdan Jovanovic want to leave Sloboda - by Eurobasket News
Mirza Bulic (204-F-92) and Bogdan Jovanovic (205-C-91) want to leave Sloboda Dita Tuzla. The club stated they will let them go only with buyout fee. According to some sources, the buyout fee for Bulic is 150k euros.
Mirza Bulic appeared in 20 games for Sloboda last season averaging 5 points and 2.8 rebounds. He played for the Bosnian U20 National Team this summer. For 8 games at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo he registered 10.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.4 spg. Last summer, Bulic played for U18 Bosnia. He had 14.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.4 apg and 2.1 spg for 7 games at the European Championships U18 Division B in Israel.
Bogdan Jovanovic had 2.1 ppg and 1.7 rpg for Sloboda last season. In the past, Jovanovic played for Primorje Herceg Novi and FMP Zeleznik juniors. He also was a member of Serbian U16 NT.


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  BRAZIL   


Germany A2 Team wins the Four-Nation Cup - by Eurobasket News
Germany A2 Team- Brazil Universiade Team 2011 74:47 (20:19, 23.8, 20:10, 11:10)

Germany A2 Team wins the Four-Nation Cup in Munster with three straight victories. The host added 74:47 win over Brazil Universiade Team 2011 in Day 3.
Germany started the game with 20:19, and proved their superiority later in the game. A2 team added massive 23-8 in the second period for 43:27 as Simon was the last to score for the home side. Bastian Doreth (183-G-89) scored three for 52:31 and Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) brought 59:33 from the perimeter. Germany won the third quarter 20-10 to take 63:37 at the end of the third period. Another 11-10 in the last stanza brought them more comfortable victory to triumph in the tournament.
Phillipp Heyden (208-C-88) stepped up with 12 points for the winners and Oskar Fassler as well as Akeem Vargas (191-G-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) added 10 apiece. Bastian Doreth ended up with 8 points in the winning effort. Scott Machado (185-G) finished the game with 19 points, while Andre Luiz Bresolin Goes scored 7.

Germany A2 team: Phillipp Heyden 12, Oskar Fassler 10, Akeem Vargas 10, Bastian Doreth 8
Brazil Universiade Team 2011: Scott Machado 19, Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) 7



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


British V.Islands U17 National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Reavaun Garraway 95
5 Shaheed Barzey 95
6 Kaleem Scatliffe 95
7 Ashan Beazer 95
8 Shakiel Humphrey 95
9 Ryan Alfred 95
10 Charlesworth Georges 95
11 Shamarr George 94
12 Deondre Rymer 95
13 Darien Lezama Watson 95
14 J'Verne Findlay 95
15 Ashield Frett 94



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  CANADA   


Canada earn first win in European Tour - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Canada 83:89 (OT)

Canada snapped the losing skid on their European Tour. They finally delivered posting an overtime victory over Czech Republic in Decin. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) scored 19 points to lead the winners.
The hosts looked well in control early on. They posted a 25:19 lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. The home team recorded a 44:37 halftime lead. Canada trimmed the deficit but still trailed by three points heading into the fourth quarter. Canada managed to deny the deficit in the final stanza forcing overtime. Canada erupted for 17 points in the extra period claiming the victory at the end. Andy Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse), Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) and Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) nailed 15 points each for the winners. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) responded with 24 points for Czech Republic. Jakub Kudlacek (193-G-90) finished with 12 points in defeat. The teams are scheduled to meet again tonight.

Czech Republic: Pavel Houska 24, Jakub Kudlacek 12
Canada: Jermaine Anderson 19, Andy Rautins 15, Jevohn Shepherd 15, Levon Kendall 15+10 boards



Anderson says he'll be healthy and ready - by Eurobasket News
Anthony Anderson (180-G-81, college: Massachusetts) says he's '85-90 per cent.'

The 5-foot-11 Mill Rats guard tore his Achilles tendon in the team's season finale in March, but promises to be 100 per cent by November.

'I'll be ready to go,' he said.

The injury, which happened before the game against the Halifax Rainmen was a quarter old, surprised Anderson who had never been injured before.

'It was a freak kind of injury,' Anderson said. 'I was doing nothing in particular, it was basic. I just caught the ball and I went to push off and I felt a pop. It just went.'

He thought he had broken his ankle, but it was worse.

'They actually wanted me to stay under the bleachers and get treatment, but I told them I needed to go back on the floor and watch my team. So I limped out onto the floor and I watched and it hurt. It hurt sitting there seeing the guys down by one point, down by two and not being able to help,' the Boston native said.

He watched his team suffer an 85-79 overtime loss to the Halifax Rainmen which put an end to the Mill Rats inaugural season.

'These guys, they fought hard and they were down and they came back and went into overtime and fought and had a chance to win and almost won but it was tough watching,' he said. 'It's funny but I'm not a big basketball fan as much as a player, so watching basketball is hard for me. I always want to play.'

He had surgery two days after the game and has been rehabilitating three days a week ever since to be back on the court by the start of the season.

Anderson and his younger brother Antonio were at Rothesay Netherwood School Wednesday where they were instructing the Mill Rats Double A's Basketball Skills Camp for kids.

Antonio plays in the NBA D-League and has been called up to NBA teams in Oklahoma City, Houston and Charlotte.

'It's cool working with him, he's been in the NBA and the kids love that. They look up to him and parents are taking pictures with him. They love that, it's cool.'

But with the NBA lockout, he may be looking for a place to play and Saint John is a possibility.

'We'll do whatever we got to do to get him up here,' said the older Anderson.

Anderson expects the new National Basketball League of Canada will help draw his brother.

'It's going to be unbelievable. It's going to be big for Canada. Words can't explain. I know how good the league is going to be, it's going to be crazy and like I said if the lockout continues; it's going to make it even better.'

Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com


London team plans to engage its community - by Eurobasket News
It has a general manager, its close to getting a basketball floor at the John Labatt Centre and it will name its head coach later this month.

Londons fledgling franchise in the National Basketball League of Canada is getting closer to reality, knowing full well past attempts at establishing a pro hoops team in the city basically threw up airballs.

'It's a go', the as-yet-unnamed team's general manager Taylor Brown said Wednesday. 'We are definitely proceeding with this.'

Its kind of crazy how fast this has come together, but when Vito (team owner Vito Frijia) gets into something - and Ive got the same mindset - he goes into it two feet first. Were not going into this thinking its going to fail. We dont want to do that to the community.

We did a lot of due diligence on the other groups in the league. We wanted to make sure that not only did our own group have the wherewithal to do this, but that all the other groups had the financial wherewithal as well.

Brown, who assumed his role at the end of June, said the teams goal in its first season is simple.

To win the championship, he said, acknowledging there will be those who will take a skeptical view. We have to prove ourselves to the community. Obviously, from Day 1 were going to have our naysayers, but playing out of the JLC alone shows how serious we are. London has the best arena of any of the groups in the league, bar none.

The seven-team league, which opens around Nov. 1 with teams playing a 36-game schedule, will have players of a similar calibre to the NBAs Development League, Brown said.

As much as its a minor pro league, youre still talking about very, very good players, he said. Were talking UConn grads, were talking Duke grads, were talking North Carolina grads.

And with each NBL team having a minimum of two Canadians, theres a chance Londons entry could have some local flavour.

Absolutely, said Brown, a former Sarnia St. Christophers and University of Guelph player. Ive approached a few (Western grads) . . . and we have a few guys we think can cut it.

Brown said engaging the community is a priority.

We want to make it more of an entertainment event than a basketball game, he said, adding tickets in the lower bowl will go for about $15. We want to make it so parents can relax and we can engage the kids. Players will be available for autographs after the games and theyre going to be front and centre in the community - its in their contracts.

Our target audience is definitely going to be the basketball groups around London - the OBA clubs and high school teams (male and female). There are a lot of basketball players in London and our players will be in these gyms, following the teams and engaging the players.

The more kids we can have in the seats, the better, Brown said.

One major piece of the puzzle has been getting a floor for the JLC on a permanent basis. Tourism London general manager John Winston said the city is anteing up 50% of the cost of a new floor - to a maximum of $53,000 (for half) - which will have obvious economic spinoffs.

It gives us the flexibility to host other basketball events that we havent been able to do in the past, he said, citing the Canadian university championships, exhibitions against U.S. college teams, a Pan Am games training centre and more NBA preseason games as examples. Plus youre looking at an additional 18 dates a year bringing in 50-odd-thousand people at a minimum of $20, $25 a head.

Brian Ohl, general manager of Global Spectrum, which runs the JLC and is paying for the other half of the floor, said an order should be made by weeks end.

Winston said the city was impressed with the leagues business approach, which includes a $150,000 salary cap per team.

Its a very sound business model, Winston said. No hyperbole, very realistic.

Ohl, too, likes what he sees as Global Spectrum wouldnt be helping shell out for a basketball floor that wont be used.

Local ownership and the league are all going down the right path, he said. Theyre very realistic, they know this is something theyre going to have to grow. They know where they want to be, but they also know where they have to start.

Brown said the coach will be named before the Aug. 21 draft in Toronto. The teams name will have to wait until a fan contest.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


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  CHILE   


Copa Chile finals will start this weekend - by Daniel Valencia
The finals series of Copa Chile 2011, between CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes and CD Boston College Santiago, will start this weekend in Los Andes, with games on friday (20:00) and saturday (19:00) night.

Liceo reach the finals after defeating to Puente Alto in the semifinals series with a solid 3-0, led once again by the national team center Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC).

Boston won the semifinals series against CD Universidad de Concepcion on the road, winning both games in Concepcion for the 3-1 series led.



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  CYPRUS   


U16: Magic trio leads Cyprus over the hosts - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16-Cyprus U16 81:85

Cyprus won Group I of the Classification Round for 17-22 places at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame the host 85:81 for 2-0 record. Cyprus will now play against Denmark for 17-18 places. F.Y.R. of Macedonia meanwhile finished the group with 1-1 record and will face Ireland for 19-20 places.
Although the teams did not struggle for the top position, their level was high for that stage. Cyprus nailed 30 points in the opening period and then increased to 5 points at the halftime. Shalev reduced to 49:54 as the hosts tried hard to stay closer. After 22-12 in the third period F.Y.R. of Macedonia grabbed 71:66 after thirty minutes, but Cyprus needed 19-10 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) erupted with 27 points to lead all the winners. Viktoras Ieronymidis (198-F-95) collected 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, while Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) netted 23. Stefan Trajkovski (186-G-95) delivered 20 points in defeat and Martin Krstevski (183-PG-95) scored 17 for the home side. Kristijan Gavrilovski (186-G-95) notched 13, while Davor Spasovski (189-G/F-96) scored 12.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Stefan Trajkovski 20, Martin Krstevski 17, Kristijan Gavrilovski 13, Davor Spasovski 12
Cyprus U16: Antreas Christodoulou 27, Viktoras Ieronymidis 25+11 rebs+6 asts, Constantinos Papacostas 23



U16 Men's European Championship - Another poor tournament for Cyprus NT! - by Chris Mammides
A disappointing tournament for the Cyprus NT U16 is taking place in Strumica of Skopjie where in the 28th of July the European championship U16 of the second division begun and will be officially over in the next four days.

The Cyprus NT of U16, with Head Coaches Michalis Tsaggaridis and Giorgos Papares showed in another crucial tournament that the future of the sport in the island of Cyprus is facing serious problems and its quite pity as the talent of the young boys has nothing to be jealous of as most of the other NTs are no better than the Cyprus one but they are more organized, more focused and they are doing more systematic and correct job in terms of the specific ages and not only.
Being said that the Cyprus Basketball federation is to be blamed totally as the clubs even though do get their stake of responsibility by simply not counting at all the young local boys in their club duties, the Cyprus Federation is doing nothing to change the specific culture, not only that but after the U16 NT there is no other NT but the one of Mens that is simply meaning that most of the talents are vanishing through time as if they are not playing in their clubs and if they are not playing in the various NTs (U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21) then there is no reason for them to exist, thats why the youngest player of the Mens NT is Razis who is now 22 while the next younger player is Theocharidis who is currently 26!.


Now, in regards to the Cyprus NT U16, the funniest of all and at the same time ironic is the fact that the top performer of the Cyprus NT in Strumica is not playing basketball in the island as he left Cyprus and he is currently playing in the Greek league and in particular with Mas Mantoulidis one of the best Basketball academies in Greece. Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) joined Mas Mantoulidis in Thessaloniki one year ago.

The great disappointment also comes from the fact that countries such as Armenia, Georgia, Luxemburg and Estonia consider being if not weakest at the same level with the Cyprus NT the previous years, now these teams have been improved and reached the level of many other National groups while Cyprus succeeded heavy loses like the one over Portugal with 32 points, the other one against Netherlands with 29 points and the one against Slovenia with 21 points.
The Cyprus NT scored in some quarters as low as 5, 6 and 8 points, and more particularly over Slovenia in the first quarter scored just five points!, against Portugal in the last quarter the team scored six points and against Finland (in the most decent defeat) the team scored in the second quarter just eight points!!
One may wonder, are these results realistic? Meaning that the difference between the National teams being so chaotic at the young age of 15 and 16 years of age? The answer is definitely NOT!!

There are two main questions arise after these tournament's results which will ofcourse be ananswered as it's not the first time that we are questioning them:


1. Why the Cyprus Basketball federation is not doing anything in regards to the future of the sport in the island by changing the rules and regulations in regards to the local players in their clubs?
2. Why the Cyprus Basketball Federation is not developing and evolving the other National teams like the U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 or at least half of them?

3. In general, why the Federation is leaving the situation 'untouched' since it's obvious after so many years with not so many successes that a radical change needs to take place, why the situation is stagnant?

Of course there are many other questions which Eurobasket.com every season is asking but never receives any replies, furthermore the total ellipsis of scouters in the island is also an obvious part which is not helping the sport at all.

Lastly, is worthless to dream of something better for Basketball in Cyprus unless dramatic changes take place and initiatives from the Cyprus Federation before is too late, from a conversation had with a person who is in charge of one of the biggest Academies I have been told that there is a lot of talent in the ages of 13 and 14, lets hope that things will take place very soon so as for these players to be a part of the rejuvenation of the sport in the island.





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Czech Republic Falls to Canada in International Friendly - by Surujh Roopnarine
Pavel Houska (201-F-84)s game high 24 points were not enough as Canada defeated the Czech Republic 89-83 in overtime last night in Decin.
Houska, who is coming off a terrific season in the NBL where he was named MVP, scored 24 points and collected seven rebounds, but a balanced Canadian attack led by point guard Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) (19pts), and followed by Andy Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) and Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 16 apiece. The game was tied at 71 after regulation, but the Canadians were better from the charity stripe, connecting on 21 of 24 attempts, while the Czech side missed 10 of their 35 attempts. The Czech Republic is in preparation for their Eurobasket Division B group play which will include Slovakia, Cyprus and Switzerland.
The two sides will meet again tonight at 18:00 as Canada wraps up their European training tour in preparation for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship taking place at the end of the month in Argentina. Last night was their first victory after dropping previous preparation matches against France (2x), Bulgaria and FYR Macedonia.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Pavel Houska (24pts+7reb), Jakub Kudlacek (12pts), Lubos Barton (11pts)
CANADA: Jermaine Anderson (19pts), Andy Rautins (16pts), Levon Kendall (16pts), Jevohn Shepherd (15pts)



Interview with Former Maine Red Claw and new BK Prostejov Guard Jamar Smith - by Surujh Roopnarine
The newest member of BK Prostejov takes some time to introduce himself, talk about his experiences and what he looks forward to accomplishing this season.
Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana), 6-3, 195lbs is coming off his first professional season spent in the NBA D-League with the Maine Red Claws. The former University of Illinois and Southern Indiana star had a stellar rookie season, being named to the D-League All-Rookie Second team after starting 45 of 48 contests and averaging 13.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 46.7% from the field, 43.2% from three and 88.9% from the free-throw line. Jamar picked himself back up after a tumultuous end to his time at Illinois by re-grouping at Southern Indiana and putting together two incredibly impressive seasons at the NCAA2 school before going undrafted at the 2010 NBA Draft. However, his refined shooting, especially from behind the arc, was too good to go unnoticed and he earned a training camp invite with the Boston Celtics prior to heading to Maine and the D-League. For reference, an abbreviated 21 game sophomore season at Illinois is the only time in his brief career where he failed to shoot at least 40% from three (31.7%). His chances cut short at joining the NBA this season due to the lockout, Smith is continuing his maturation as a player and person as he begins his European career in the Czech Republic. Now, as one of the key members of a re-tooled Prostejov squad, Smith will be counted upon by new Head Coach Zbynek Choleva to carry a big scoring load as he teams with returning center Yemi Nicholson, captain Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80) and several other newcomers to try and return the team to its established levels of prominence over the past two seasons.

Q) First of all, thank you for taking the time for this interview.
What was your first thought when you found out that you would be heading to the Czech Republic to play this season?

A) I was excited for the opportunity to play in another country and adapt and learn a new culture.

Q) Do you know anyone who has experience playing or living in Czech? What advice have you gotten so far on what to expect?

A) I don't know anyone personally who has played in Czech. Just to be open minded to the culture and enjoy the experience.

Q) Your new team has a completely different look from the last two seasons, when they were second-place finishers each of the last two seasons. Essentially you will be coming in and expected to put your stamp on the team right off the bat. Is this something you are accustomed and look forward to?

A) Definitely because my whole career I have been a scorer and then this past season I had to become more of the distributor, so I'm excited to get started.

Q) Asked to be primarily a shooting guard and scorer during your time in college, what was the biggest adjustment you had to make to your game to adapt to running the point at the pro level?

A) As a point guard you look to distribute first so it was just understanding when to look for my shot and the adjustment of running the offense.

Q) Obviously, you picked up the nuances of the position quickly, averaging 5.0 assists per game as a rookie starter for Maine last season.

Under Austin Ainge (son of Boston Celtics Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge) what did you learn about yourself and your game while in the D-League?

A) That I could make any adjustment when it comes to the game and I feel now I can play either guard position just as effectively.

Q) Back to the connection to Boston, what was it like to be in training camp with all of those Future Hall of Famers?

A) It was a positive learning experience getting advise from guys like Rajon Rondo and his knowledge of the PG position.

Q) When we look back at your collegiate career, as a native of Illinois, what did it mean to you to play for Bruce Weber and the Illini?
How did it affect you when you lost that opportunity to play for Illinois?

A) It was a disappointment; I'd always dreamed of playing there but when I lost the opportunity it bettered me as a person and I will always be very grateful to the University of
Illinois for the opportunity.

Q) What led you to choose to transfer to Southern Indiana? How did your two seasons there help you develop and grow?

A) It was a school that was relatively close to home and a new opportunity for me. From the start I had to earn everything at Southern Indiana, nothing was given to me.
I had to prove that I would not let anyone out work me and I wanted to be the leader of the team.

Q) Going into this season, what are your goals for yourself and the team?

A) Win the Czech Championship and perform very well in the EuroCup and EuroChallenge games.

Q) As the NBA is of course a goal for everyone, what are your thoughts on the lockout? Will the season start on time?

A) I'm not really sure because I haven't thought much about it. I try to really focus on what I can control and that is the upcoming season with BK Prostejov.

Q) Where will Jamar Smith be in five years?

A) I believe I will be in the NBA because of the hard work I put into my game and I'm going to take advantage of every opportunity.




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U16: Denmark snap losing skid - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U16 - Ireland U16 60:41

Denmark snapped their five-game losing skid at the U16 European Championship. They shot down Ireland to improve at 1-1 record in Group J. Ireland fell at 1-1 after the defeat. Rasmus Hansen (203-C/F-95) stepped up with 20 points to lead the effort.
Denmark capped the first period on a 10:2 run to post an 11:6 lead. Aladdin Barakeh (190-F-95) opened the second period with five points in a row as the Danish team posted a 16:6 lead. They maintained the advantage arriving at the interval up by 6 points 24:18. Denmark kept their opponents at distance throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 35:30 lead with one quarter remaining. Denmark used a 9:3 rally early in the final period to boost the margin to 10 points. Soon the Danish team triggered an 11:0 run to clear off for good in this one. Aladdin Barakeh provided 17 points, while Andreas Hoeier (201-F-95) added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Jason Carr (188-C-95) answered with 9 points for Ireland. Patrick Lyons (187-G-95) delivered 8 points in defeat.

Denmark U16: Rasmus Hansen 20, Aladdin Barakeh 17, Andreas Hoeier 10+13 boards
Ireland U16: Jason Carr 9, Patrick Lyons 8



Aabyhoj tab Demetrius Phillips - by Eurobasket News
Aabyhoj have bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Demetrius Phillips (203-F, college: Bridgeport). The forward graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 2010. He tallied 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in his senior season. Demetrius Phillips started his professional career in Dominican Republic. He played for Cocolos de San Pedro last season.


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Nate Bjorkgren named Head Coach of the Dakota Wizards - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors, owners and parent club affiliate of the Dakota Wizards, have named Nate Bjorkgren (BEE-ork-Gren) as head coach of team's NBA D-League franchise, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

Bjorkgren becomes the ninth head coach in Dakota franchise history and replaces Rory White, who led the Wizards to a 19-31 record in 2010-11.

Bjorkgren, 36, has spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach - under head coach Nick Nurse - with the NBA D-League's Iowa Energy. During his tenure in Iowa, the Energy posted a combined 124-76 record (.620), highlighted by last season's D-League Championship (2-1 over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers). The Energy posted an all-time D-League-best 37-13 record each of the last two seasons and captured three consecutive Eastern Conference titles during Bjorkgren's final three campaigns in Iowa. During the 2009-10 campaign, the Energy led the D-League in (lowest) Defensive Field Goal Percentage and the team has annually ranked among the top rebounding squads in the league.

'We're really pleased with the selection of Nate as our head coach,' said Warriors' Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Larry Riley. 'We believe he is a quality young coach and the right individual to lead the Wizards and, most importantly, oversee the development of our team in Bismarck.The tremendous success he enjoyed in Iowa and his overall knowledge of the D-League will be an added benefit and certainly aid him in this transition. Our entire staff, including Mark Jackson, Bob Myers, Travis Schlenk, Kirk Lacob and myself, were impressed with his pedigree during the interview process and are confident he is the right fit.'

Prior to joining the Energy in 2007-08, Bjorkgren began his coaching career at the high school level in Arizona, where he served as Head Coach of Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek for three seasons (2004-2007). Bjorkgren, a native of Storm Lake, Iowa, was named the Arizona State High School Coach of the Year following the 2005-06 season and earned Regional Coach of the Year honors in both 2005 and 2006.Cactus Shadows qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament each of his three seasons with the school.

'I'm really excited about this opportunity to lead the Wizards and provide the fans of Bismarck with a hard-working and exciting team,' said Bjorkgren. 'I have learned a lot during the last four years on the staff of the Iowa Energy and look forward to implementing my philosophy in this new position. Additionally, I was very impressed with the vision and goals of the Warriors' staff during our meetings and I'm eager to work closely with them as we move forward.'

A graduate of Buena Vista University in 1998 with a degree in Exercise Science, Bjorkgren played collegiate basketball for both the Beavers and the University of South Dakota, where he began his college career in 1994.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Interview with Former Maine Red Claw and new BK Prostejov Guard Jamar Smith - by Surujh Roopnarine
The newest member of BK Prostejov takes some time to introduce himself, talk about his experiences and what he looks forward to accomplishing this season.
Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana), 6-3, 195lbs is coming off his first professional season spent in the NBA D-League with the Maine Red Claws. The former University of Illinois and Southern Indiana star had a stellar rookie season, being named to the D-League All-Rookie Second team after starting 45 of 48 contests and averaging 13.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 46.7% from the field, 43.2% from three and 88.9% from the free-throw line. Jamar picked himself back up after a tumultuous end to his time at Illinois by re-grouping at Southern Indiana and putting together two incredibly impressive seasons at the NCAA2 school before going undrafted at the 2010 NBA Draft. However, his refined shooting, especially from behind the arc, was too good to go unnoticed and he earned a training camp invite with the Boston Celtics prior to heading to Maine and the D-League. For reference, an abbreviated 21 game sophomore season at Illinois is the only time in his brief career where he failed to shoot at least 40% from three (31.7%). His chances cut short at joining the NBA this season due to the lockout, Smith is continuing his maturation as a player and person as he begins his European career in the Czech Republic. Now, as one of the key members of a re-tooled Prostejov squad, Smith will be counted upon by new Head Coach Zbynek Choleva to carry a big scoring load as he teams with returning center Yemi Nicholson, captain Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80) and several other newcomers to try and return the team to its established levels of prominence over the past two seasons.

Q) First of all, thank you for taking the time for this interview.
What was your first thought when you found out that you would be heading to the Czech Republic to play this season?

A) I was excited for the opportunity to play in another country and adapt and learn a new culture.

Q) Do you know anyone who has experience playing or living in Czech? What advice have you gotten so far on what to expect?

A) I don't know anyone personally who has played in Czech. Just to be open minded to the culture and enjoy the experience.

Q) Your new team has a completely different look from the last two seasons, when they were second-place finishers each of the last two seasons. Essentially you will be coming in and expected to put your stamp on the team right off the bat. Is this something you are accustomed and look forward to?

A) Definitely because my whole career I have been a scorer and then this past season I had to become more of the distributor, so I'm excited to get started.

Q) Asked to be primarily a shooting guard and scorer during your time in college, what was the biggest adjustment you had to make to your game to adapt to running the point at the pro level?

A) As a point guard you look to distribute first so it was just understanding when to look for my shot and the adjustment of running the offense.

Q) Obviously, you picked up the nuances of the position quickly, averaging 5.0 assists per game as a rookie starter for Maine last season.

Under Austin Ainge (son of Boston Celtics Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge) what did you learn about yourself and your game while in the D-League?

A) That I could make any adjustment when it comes to the game and I feel now I can play either guard position just as effectively.

Q) Back to the connection to Boston, what was it like to be in training camp with all of those Future Hall of Famers?

A) It was a positive learning experience getting advise from guys like Rajon Rondo and his knowledge of the PG position.

Q) When we look back at your collegiate career, as a native of Illinois, what did it mean to you to play for Bruce Weber and the Illini?
How did it affect you when you lost that opportunity to play for Illinois?

A) It was a disappointment; I'd always dreamed of playing there but when I lost the opportunity it bettered me as a person and I will always be very grateful to the University of
Illinois for the opportunity.

Q) What led you to choose to transfer to Southern Indiana? How did your two seasons there help you develop and grow?

A) It was a school that was relatively close to home and a new opportunity for me. From the start I had to earn everything at Southern Indiana, nothing was given to me.
I had to prove that I would not let anyone out work me and I wanted to be the leader of the team.

Q) Going into this season, what are your goals for yourself and the team?

A) Win the Czech Championship and perform very well in the EuroCup and EuroChallenge games.

Q) As the NBA is of course a goal for everyone, what are your thoughts on the lockout? Will the season start on time?

A) I'm not really sure because I haven't thought much about it. I try to really focus on what I can control and that is the upcoming season with BK Prostejov.

Q) Where will Jamar Smith be in five years?

A) I believe I will be in the NBA because of the hard work I put into my game and I'm going to take advantage of every opportunity.




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Dominican Republic U17 National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Diego Moquete 94
5 Miguel Dicent 94 Guadalajara Spain
6 Brandone Francis 95
9 Bernardo Polanco 94
11 Richard Garcia 94
12 Oscar Cabrera 95
14 Eudys Vasquez 94
15 Luis Alfredo Santos 94



Dominican Republic National Team - by Herubey Grassals
The Dominican Republic national team will have 2 exhibition games against former Kentucky University players; the announced was made by national team head coach John Callipari, which also is the head coach for the Kentucky University men's basketball team.

The first game will be host on Monday August 15th in Rupp Arena in Lexintong, Kentucky and the second one on Tuesday August 16th in KFC Yum Center in Louisville.

The Kentucky team will have players like Rajon Rondo (186-G-86), John Wall (193-PG-90), Tayshaun Prince (205-F-80) and DeMarcus Cousins (211-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent).

The Dominican team it's lead by Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida), Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut), Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville), Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) and Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports).

Theses games are part of the Dominican Republic national team preparation for their participations in Pre-Olimpic tournament in Mar de Plata, Argentina, from August 30th until September 12th.





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U16: Sweden and Estonia closed Day 7 in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16-Sweden U16 80:91

Sweden and Estonia closed Day 7 in Strumica at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Sweden won 91:80 as three teams finished with 1-2 records behind Belgium in Group H. Estonia managed to take the second position because of point difference.
Sweden started with 25:14 after the first period, but could save fewer deficits at the halftime. The Baltic side reduced to 8 point as they won the second quarter 21-18. The battle continued in the court in the second half, while Sweden needed 24 points in each quarter to seal the victory. Dzenis Sogolj (202-F-95) and Saimon Sutt (195-G/F-95) exchanged the baskets for 86:75, while Joosep Russak (185-PG-95) made two free throws at the very end for the victory.
Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96) erupted with 38 points to lead all the winners and Dzenis Sogolj nailed 20. Sten Olmre (189-G-95) replied with 14 points in defeat, while Rain Koort (194-G/F-95) added 13, Karl Kask (201-F-95) notched 12, whilst Saimon Sutt and Joosep Russak added 10 apiece.

Estonia U16: Sten Olmre 14, Rain Koort 13, Karl Kask 12, Saimon Sutt 10, Joosep Russak J 10
Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakanson 38, Dzenis Sogolj 20



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Cedevita recruit Chris Warren - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita strengthened their roster. They landed Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina). The 30-year-old forward played for Bizkaia Bilbao since 2009. Last season Chris Warren tallied 7.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in ACB. Chris Warren is not new to Croatia. The forward played for Cibona back in 2006/08 seasons. Eurobasket.com named Chris Warren All-Croatian A1 League Forward of the Year in 2007. Next year the forward was trumped All-Croatian A1 League Defensive Player of the Year. He participated at Croatian and Adriatic League All-Star Games. Chris Warren played for Panamanian National Team in 2004-2005 seasons.


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Division B. Qualifying Round ends in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Holland - Romania 93-59
Netherlands overcame Romania at the last game of the Qualifying Round at the U16 European Championship. The Dutch team won 93:59 as both teams will play for the 5-8 places. Both teams knew they could not make it to the Semifinals and did their best to finish on high note the Qualifying Round. The Dutch team opened the game with 19:18 and added massive 22-12 in the second frame. The board showed 41:30 as the teams left the court for the big break and then Fleuren brought 52:34. Daan Rosenmuller (193-F-95) finished the third period for 70:36 and also won the last frame. After 23-13 in the last period the Netherlands enjoyed 93:59 victory. Bas Veenstra (204-F-95) top-scored fro the winners with 26 points, while Hogervorst added 21 points and 13 rebounds. Pim de Vries notched 13, whilst Jaron Dijkhuizen (195-F-95) had 9 points and 11 boards. Hortoglu ended up with 16 points, Cobzaru netted 12 and Ciordas scored 10.

Slovenia - United Kingdom 58-63
England stayed undefeated at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They registered the second consecutive win in Qualifying Round Group E. England outscored Slovenia to improve at 3-0 record. Dwayne Orija (190-F-95) and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (194-G-95) led balanced effort with 11 points each. Slovenia fell at 2-1 record after the defeat. Slovenia opened the game on a 7:2 run. They maintained the lead posting a 16:10 advantage at the first break. England tipped off the second frame with six points in a row to level things up. Soon England burst out with 15 straight points to take a 31:18 lead. They posted a 33:23 halftime advantage. Rebec and Zupan helped Slovenia narrow the deficit in the third term. Nikolic converted a three-point play to draw things level at 40. But England capped the period with seven points in a row to take back the lead. Rebec pulled Slovenia as close as two points with just over two minutes remaining in regulation 58:60. But Tyrell Isaacs drained a crucial three-pointers and England escaped with a tough win at the end. Luke Nelson (185-PG-95) delivered 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) replied with 14 points for Slovenia. Luka Kokol (191-G-95) had 13 points in the loss.

Group F
Bosnia - Hungary 81-61
Bosnia and Herzegovina enter the semis undefeated of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team won Group F with 3-0 record after 81:61 win over Hungary. Bosnia will now face Slovenia in the Semifinal clash and the ticket to Division A for the next year. Hungary needed a victory to seal the place at the semis and started with 18:14 in the first period. Bosnia however erupted with 30-6 in the second frame to prove their superiority in the court. Nedim Buza (201-F-95) made a dunk for 44:24 at the halftime. Bosnia added 22-20 in the third frame and enjoyed the lead entering the last stanza. Hungary bounced back with 17-15 but could reduce only to 20 points. Nedim Buza and Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) stepped up with 19 points each for the winners, while Ivkovic and Lulic netted 9 apiece. Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) answered with 10 points in the losing case, while Illes, Janos Velkey (193-G-95), Ban and David Boinitzer (196-F-95) added 7 each.

Israel - Armenia 72-76
Israel made it to the semis despite the loss to Armenia at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Three teams finished with 1-2 records in Group F, while Israel had better difference amongst Hungary and Armenia. The latter won over Israel 76:72 but finished fourth in the group. Israel opened the game with 19:16 as Zalmanson closed the period with a jump shot. Pogosyan tied the game at 24:24 and his three-pointer gave Armenia 27:26 lead. Later Arkadiy Mkrtychyan (95) tied it all at 31:31, while Segev made the same at 38:38 at the halftime. Both teams nailed 22 points in the third quarter to stay together and only in the last period Armenia managed to grab the win. Trailing 70:71, Armenia erupted with 6-0 run and then Naor Sharon (191-PG-95) closed the game from the free throw line. Andrey Konstantinov (95) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Polukhin as well as Arkadiy Mkrtychyan posted 12 apiece. Pogosyan followed them with 11 points in the winning effort. Naor Sharon delivered 14 points in defeat and Segev added 12.

Group G
Finland - Georgia 85-69
Finland beat Georgia to play for 9-12 places at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team sent Georgia to the Classification Round for 13-16 places after 85:69 win. Finland finished the group with 2-1 record on the second place and Georgia is third with 1-2 record. It was an easy start for the Finnish side that took 24:9 after the first period. Miikka Mikkonen (192-F-95) scored for 40:19 , but Georgia erupted with an 11-0 run at the end of the half to reduce to 40:30 at the halftime. Finland woke up in the start of the third period and produced an 8-0 run for 48:30. Joakim Jousisto (175-PG-95) closed the period at 63:42 as Finland won the frame 23-12. Georgia managed to respond with 27-22 in the last stanza for the final result. Odabasi erupted with 28 points and 8 rebounds, while Joakim Jousisto netted 11. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) ended up with 15 points in the losing case and Bolkvadze posted 14. Beka Darakhvelidze (186-F-95) finished the game with 13 points, whilst Gamreklidze had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Portugal - Luxembourg 63-41
Portugal celebrated the second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B classification round Group G. They fired past Luxembourg to improve at 3-0 record on top of the pool ladder. Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) stepped up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Luxembourg slipped at 0-3 record. Portugal opened the game strongly posting a 16:7 lead after ten minutes. They kept Luxembourg at bay throughout the second frame. Portugal arrived at halftime up by 13 points 31:18. Luxembourg tried to change the complexion of the game in the third period. They narrowed the gap at 12-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Portugal went on a 19:9 surge in the final period to seal the victory at the end. Pedro Marques (181-PG-95) knocked down 10 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the winners. Thomas Grun (194-G/F-95) responded with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Luxembourg. Max Hilger had 7 points in the loss.

Group H
Estonia - Sweden 80-91
Sweden and Estonia closed Day 7 in Strumica at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Sweden won 91:80 as three teams finished with 1-2 records behind Belgium in Group H. Estonia managed to take the second position because of point difference. Sweden started with 25:14 after the first period, but could save fewer deficits at the halftime. The Baltic side reduced to 8 point as they won the second quarter 21-18. The battle continued in the court in the second half, while Sweden needed 24 points in each quarter to seal the victory. Dzenis Sogolj (202-F-95) and Sutt exchanged the baskets for 86:75, while Russak made two free throws at the very end for the victory. Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96) erupted with 38 points to lead all the winners and Dzenis Sogolj nailed 20. Sten Olmre (189-G-95) replied with 14 points in defeat, while Rain Koort (194-G/F-95) added 13, Kask notched 12, whilst Sutt and Russak added 10 apiece.

Belgium - Switzerland 79-48
Belgium won Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team rolled over Switzerland 79:48 for 3-0 record. The latter finished with 1-2 record to play for 13-16 places. Bianchi and Randon Gruninger (190-F-95) brought the only leads for the Swiss side, while Belgium took control of the period from 8:6. Andy Van Vliet (206-C-95) closed the period at 20:9 as Belgium never looked behind after. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) scored for 33:22 at the halftime as both teams nailed 13 points each in the second frame. Georgia scored 13 points also in the third and the last periods. It was not enough to match the opponents that erupted with 26 and 20 points respectively in the second half. Lecomte stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Andy Van Vliet netted 13. Romain Boxus posted 12, while Jouret scored 7. Randon Gruninger delivered 11 points in defeat, while Bozic and Cotture notched 8 points apiece.

Group I
FYR Macedonia - Cyprus 81-85
Cyprus won Group I of the Classification Round for 17-22 places at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame the host 85:81 for 2-0 record. Cyprus will now play against Denmark for 17-18 places. F.Y.R. of Macedonia meanwhile finished the group with 1-1 record and will face Ireland for 19-20 places. Although the teams did not struggle for the top position, their level was high for that stage. Cyprus nailed 30 points in the opening period and then increased to 5 points at the halftime. Shalev reduced to 49:54 as the hosts tried hard to stay closer. After 22-12 in the third period F.Y.R. of Macedonia grabbed 71:66 after thirty minutes, but Cyprus needed 19-10 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Christodoulou erupted with 27 points to lead all the winners. Ieronymidis collected 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, while Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) netted 23. Stefan Trajkovski (186-G-95) delivered 20 points in defeat and Krstevski scored 17 for the home side. Kristijan Gavrilovski (186-G-95) notched 13, while Spasovski scored 12.

Group J
Denmark - Ireland 60-41
Denmark snapped their five-game losing skid at the U16 European Championship. They shot down Ireland to improve at 1-1 record in Group J. Ireland fell at 1-1 after the defeat. Rasmus Hansen stepped up with 20 points to lead the effort. Denmark capped the first period on a 10:2 run to post an 11:6 lead. Aladdin Barakeh (190-F-95) opened the second period with five points in a row as the Danish team posted a 16:6 lead. They maintained the advantage arriving at the interval up by 6 points 24:18. Denmark kept their opponents at distance throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 35:30 lead with one quarter remaining. Denmark used a 9:3 rally early in the final period to boost the margin to 10 points. Soon the Danish team triggered an 11:0 run to clear off for good in this one. Aladdin Barakeh provided 17 points, while Andreas Hoeier (201-F-95) added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Jason Carr (188-C-95) answered with 9 points for Ireland. Patrick Lyons (187-G-95) delivered 8 points in defeat.




M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. U.Kingdom3-0
2. Slovenia2-1
3. Holland1-2
4. Romania0-3
Group F
1. Bosnia3-0
2. Israel1-2
3. Hungary1-2
4. Armenia1-2
Group G (Places 9-16)
1. Portugal3-0
2. Finland2-1
3. Georgia1-2
4. Luxembourg0-3
Group H (Places 9-16)
1. Belgium3-0
2. Estonia1-2
3. Switzerland1-2
4. Sweden1-2
Group I (Places 17-22)
1. Cyprus2-0
2. FYR Macedon.1-1
3. Austria0-2
Group J (Places 17-22)
1. Denmark1-1
2. Ireland1-1
3. Slovakia1-1


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  FINLAND   


U16: Finland beat Georgia to play for 9-12 places at the European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16-Georgia U16 85:69

Finland beat Georgia to play for 9-12 places at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team sent Georgia to the Classification Round for 13-16 places after 85:69 win. Finland finished the group with 2-1 record on the second place and Georgia is third with 1-2 record.
It was an easy start for the Finnish side that took 24:9 after the first period. Mikkonen scored for 40:19 , but Georgia erupted with an 11-0 run at the end of the half to reduce to 40:30 at the halftime. Finland woke up in the start of the third period and produced an 8-0 run for 48:30. Joakim Jousisto (175-PG-95) closed the period at 63:42 as Finland won the frame 23-12. Georgia managed to respond with 27-22 in the last stanza for the final result.
Ozan Odabasi (196-C-95) erupted with 28 points and 8 rebounds, while Joakim Jousisto netted 11. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) ended up with 15 points in the losing case and Aleksandre Bolkvadze (194-F-95) posted 14. Beka Darakhvelidze (186-F-95) finished the game with 13 points, whilst Ucha Gamreklidze (200-C-95) had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Finland U16: Ozan Odabasi 28+8 rebs, Joakim Jousisto 11, Shawn Hopkins (192-G/F-95) 10
Georgia U16: Nugzar Abuladze 15, Aleksandre Bolkvadze 14, Beka Darakhvelidze 13, Ucha Gamreklidze 12+10 rebs



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


U16: Magic trio leads Cyprus over the hosts - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16-Cyprus U16 81:85

Cyprus won Group I of the Classification Round for 17-22 places at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame the host 85:81 for 2-0 record. Cyprus will now play against Denmark for 17-18 places. F.Y.R. of Macedonia meanwhile finished the group with 1-1 record and will face Ireland for 19-20 places.
Although the teams did not struggle for the top position, their level was high for that stage. Cyprus nailed 30 points in the opening period and then increased to 5 points at the halftime. Shalev reduced to 49:54 as the hosts tried hard to stay closer. After 22-12 in the third period F.Y.R. of Macedonia grabbed 71:66 after thirty minutes, but Cyprus needed 19-10 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) erupted with 27 points to lead all the winners. Viktoras Ieronymidis (198-F-95) collected 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, while Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) netted 23. Stefan Trajkovski (186-G-95) delivered 20 points in defeat and Martin Krstevski (183-PG-95) scored 17 for the home side. Kristijan Gavrilovski (186-G-95) notched 13, while Davor Spasovski (189-G/F-96) scored 12.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U16: Stefan Trajkovski 20, Martin Krstevski 17, Kristijan Gavrilovski 13, Davor Spasovski 12
Cyprus U16: Antreas Christodoulou 27, Viktoras Ieronymidis 25+11 rebs+6 asts, Constantinos Papacostas 23



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  GEORGIA   


U16: Finland beat Georgia to play for 9-12 places at the European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16-Georgia U16 85:69

Finland beat Georgia to play for 9-12 places at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team sent Georgia to the Classification Round for 13-16 places after 85:69 win. Finland finished the group with 2-1 record on the second place and Georgia is third with 1-2 record.
It was an easy start for the Finnish side that took 24:9 after the first period. Mikkonen scored for 40:19 , but Georgia erupted with an 11-0 run at the end of the half to reduce to 40:30 at the halftime. Finland woke up in the start of the third period and produced an 8-0 run for 48:30. Joakim Jousisto (175-PG-95) closed the period at 63:42 as Finland won the frame 23-12. Georgia managed to respond with 27-22 in the last stanza for the final result.
Ozan Odabasi (196-C-95) erupted with 28 points and 8 rebounds, while Joakim Jousisto netted 11. Nugzar Abuladze (182-G-95) ended up with 15 points in the losing case and Aleksandre Bolkvadze (194-F-95) posted 14. Beka Darakhvelidze (186-F-95) finished the game with 13 points, whilst Ucha Gamreklidze (200-C-95) had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Finland U16: Ozan Odabasi 28+8 rebs, Joakim Jousisto 11, Shawn Hopkins (192-G/F-95) 10
Georgia U16: Nugzar Abuladze 15, Aleksandre Bolkvadze 14, Beka Darakhvelidze 13, Ucha Gamreklidze 12+10 rebs



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  HOLLAND   


U16: Netherlands and Romania finish the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16-Romania U16 93:59

Netherlands overcame Romania at the last game of the Qualifying Round at the U16 European Championship. The Dutch team won 93:59 as both teams will play for the 5-8 places.
Both teams knew they could not make it to the Semifinals and did their best to finish on high note the Qualifying Round. The Dutch team opened the game with 19:18 and added massive 22-12 in the second frame. The board showed 41:30 as the teams left the court for the big break and then Fleuren brought 52:34. Rosenmuller finished the third period for 70:36 and also won the last frame. After 23-13 in the last period the Netherlands enjoyed 93:59 victory.
Bas Veenstra (204-F-95) top-scored fro the winners with 26 points, while Mike Hogervorst (207-C-95) added 21 points and 13 rebounds. Pim De Vries (195-F-95) notched 13, whilst Jaron Dijkhuizen (195-F-95) had 9 points and 11 boards. Mehmet Hortoglu (194-F-95) ended up with 16 points, Vlad Cobzaru (203-C-95) netted 12 and Andrei Ciordas (203-C-95) scored 10.

Netherlands U16: Bas Veenstra 26, Mike Hogervorst 21+13 rebs, Pim De Vries 13, Jaron Dijkhuizen 9+11 rebs
Romania U16: Mehmet Hortoglu 16, Vlad Cobzaru 12, Andrei Ciordas 10



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U16: Bosnia and Herzegovina enter the semis undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina U16-Hungary U16 81:61

Bosnia and Herzegovina enter the semis undefeated of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team won Group F with 3-0 record after 81:61 win over Hungary. Bosnia will now face Slovenia in the Semifinal clash and the ticket to Division A for the next year.
Hungary needed a victory to seal the place at the semis and started with 18:14 in the first period. Bosnia however erupted with 30-6 in the second frame to prove their superiority in the court. Nedim Buza (201-F-95) made a dunk for 44:24 at the halftime. Bosnia added 22-20 in the third frame and enjoyed the lead entering the last stanza. Hungary bounced back with 17-15 but could reduce only to 20 points.
Nedim Buza and Adi Zahiragic (185-PG-95) stepped up with 19 points each for the winners, while Dejan Ivkovic (197-F-95) and Bojan Lulic (196-F-95) netted 9 apiece. Gyorgy Goloman (204-F/C-96) answered with 10 points in the losing case, while Mate Illes (186-PG-95), Janos Velkey (193-G-95), Tibor Ban (185-G-95) and David Boinitzer (196-F-95) added 7 each.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U16: Nedim Buza 19, Adi Zahiragic 19, Dejan Ivkovic 9, Bojan Lulic 9
Hungary U16: Gyorgy Goloman 10, Mate Illes 7, Janos Velkey 7, Tibor Ban 7, David Boinitzer 7



Justin Ingram signed with Factum Sport - by Tamas Deri
American playmaker Justin Ingram (185-PG-85, college: Toledo) signed with Factum Sport Debrecen for the coming season. The 185 cm tall Ingram is a very experienced point guard. He graduated on the University of Toledo in 2007 averaging 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.8apg, 2.1spg. In 2004 he was voted to the Freshman of the conference, played twice in the MAC semi- and once in the finals. He started his professional carreer with Saint-Etienne B. C. in the Pro B of France and had a great season puting up 14.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.3apg, 1.6spg. In the coming season he played for JL Bourg Basket in the same league and was the 4th best scorer 3rd best assister with 17.7 points and 4.9 assists. He spent also one season with Clermontois Basket Auvergne before moving to Olympique Antibes playing the last season and averaging 13.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.4spg in 34 games. Justin decided after 4 straight seasons to leave the 2nd division of France and show his excellent basketball skills in the Top Division of Hungary.



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  IBL   


IBL returns to its roots - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The International Basketball League is returning to its roots.After a two-year experiment with a Winter season, the pro basketball league plans to focus solely on its Summer season. The eighth Summer campaign will start in April, 2012 and conclude with the playoffs in July.
The Los Angeles Lightning, the 2009 IBL champion, was planning to play the 2011 Winter season at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks but will now set its sights on the 2012 Summer session. It will be the fourth year for the Lightning, which has featured numerous former NBA players, including Lamond Murray, Toby Bailey, Bryon Russell, Fred Vinson, Darrick Martin and Tyus Edney. Trayvon Lathan, a 6-8 guard, was the IBL's No. 3 scorer in 2010 with a 26.4 average.
Five Midwestern teams that competed in last years Winter season have dropped out of the IBL and joined a local league. All the teams are within a four-hour drive of each other.
In this economy, its hard for the smaller-market teams to survive and break even, especially in the Midwest, said IBL founder Mikal Duilio, who sold to league to Bryan Hunter in early July. We did everything we could to help them by adding a Winter schedule during the traditional basketball season. They felt that would get them over the top but it just didnt work out. We wish those teams all the best. Lightning owner Mark Harwell said his team will be ready in 2012. We support the leagues vision and new ownership, he stated. Well be ready to go when training camp starts in April.
Duilio added that the high-scoring league plans to concentrate on larger-market teams. The leagues premier teams are in Los Angeles; Vancouver; Albany, N.Y.; Portland, Oregon and Edmonton, Canada. The Vancouver Volcanoes won this years IBL title with a 124-116 victory over the Edmonton Energy on July 3. Those teams have the best potential to obtain TV coverage and sponsorships, which was our original goal, said Duilio.

L.A. LIGHTNING RELEASE
By Dave Loveton, media director



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  IRELAND   


U16: Denmark snap losing skid - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U16 - Ireland U16 60:41

Denmark snapped their five-game losing skid at the U16 European Championship. They shot down Ireland to improve at 1-1 record in Group J. Ireland fell at 1-1 after the defeat. Rasmus Hansen (203-C/F-95) stepped up with 20 points to lead the effort.
Denmark capped the first period on a 10:2 run to post an 11:6 lead. Aladdin Barakeh (190-F-95) opened the second period with five points in a row as the Danish team posted a 16:6 lead. They maintained the advantage arriving at the interval up by 6 points 24:18. Denmark kept their opponents at distance throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 35:30 lead with one quarter remaining. Denmark used a 9:3 rally early in the final period to boost the margin to 10 points. Soon the Danish team triggered an 11:0 run to clear off for good in this one. Aladdin Barakeh provided 17 points, while Andreas Hoeier (201-F-95) added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Jason Carr (188-C-95) answered with 9 points for Ireland. Patrick Lyons (187-G-95) delivered 8 points in defeat.

Denmark U16: Rasmus Hansen 20, Aladdin Barakeh 17, Andreas Hoeier 10+13 boards
Ireland U16: Jason Carr 9, Patrick Lyons 8



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  JAPAN   


Fukuoka Rizing land Kevin Palmer - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) will continue his career in Japan. The 24-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with the Fukuoka Rizing. The deal is meant for one season with the option of returning to the NBA if lockout ends. Kevin Palmer started the previous season with the Washington Wizards but shortly moved to the D-League. The forward played for the Austin Toros. His stats read 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists per game. Kevin Palmer graduated from Texas A&M C.C. back in 2010. He averaged 19.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game in his senior season. Kevin Palmer made it into NABC Division I All-District 23 1st Team. In 2009 the forward was named Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year.


Romania finishes second in Munster - by Eurobasket News
Japan Universiade Team 2011-Romania 85:90

Romania finishes second in Munster at the International Tournament with 4 teams participating. The European team won over Japan Universiade Team 90:85 for 2-1 record at the end. Romania finished behind the hosts, while Japan lost all three games.
Romania won the opening period 29:23 and added 20-15 for 11-point deficit. Japan reduced to 9 points winning the third frame 20-18. Hironori Watanabe (180-G-88) cut it to 88:83 with a minute to go and Yuya Nagayoshi (196-C-91) brought 88:85. Tudor however made two free throws at the very end for the final success.
Tudor Dumitrescu (195-G-79) stepped up with 20 points for the European team and Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) notched 17. Andrei Capusan (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Lafayette) added 16, while Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) scored 12. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) replied with 18 points in the losing case and Ruymo Ono (197-F-88) delivered 15. Yuya Nagayoshi posted 13, whilst Hironori Watanabe added 11.

Japan Universiade Team 2011: Kosuke Kanamaru 18, Ruymo Ono 15, Yuya Nagayoshi 13, Hironori Watanabe 11
Romania: Tudor Dumitrescu 20, Mihai Silvasan 17, Andrei Capusan 16, Ionut Dragusin 12



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  KENYA   


Strathmore Beat KCA in League Duel - by Eurobasket News
Strathmore University blanked Kenya College of Accountancy 54-46 in a Premier League tie at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium over the weekend. Tony Abondo shot game high 20 points for the Blades while Alphonse Muchiri hit 12 for the losers.

In another match, Thunder struck United States International University (USIU) 71-61. James Omune shot 18 points as Arou Chan scored 15. USIU ladies nipped Gladiators 47-46 in the women's league. In the NBA League, Kenya Airways beat Strathmore 72-55 as Old Pirates beat Legacy 79-53. Little Prince crushed Don Bosco 79-53 before JKUAT hammered MultiMedia University 60-45. KU Pirates thrashed Aquinas 68-34.

Friends of Basketball thumped Dolphins 70-41 as JKUAT women bashed MMU 40-10.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)




Ulinzi Warriors Gun Down KCB Lions - by Eurobasket News
ULINZI Warriors beat KCB Lions 71-61 in a top premier league tie at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium. National Champions Co-operative Bank of Kenya won 67-60 against. In the ladies match, Linda Kimemia shot 11 as Predators hit Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) University 38-34.

Nairobi Aviation College (NAC) hit Kenya Polytechnic University 57-49 while World Hope won 60-55 over Umoja in the lower division games. In the NBA league, Kenya Airways unbeaten run continued when they hit Barclays Bank 50-37.

Eric Odhiambo had 14 and Soja 10 while Rogers Mutai iced it with three point play to collect 8. George Ochieng made 11 and Ian Wachie 11 for BBK.

Baraka Xtreme beat Strathmore University 58-45.Multi Media University shut out Friends of Basketball 41-32.Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat) washed Aquinas high 57-25 and also won 45-39 over Little Prince 45-39. Old Pirates pinned down Neosasa Morans 68-56.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)




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Latvia lose test game to Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Slovenia 63:73

Latvia and Slovenia continued their preparations for the upcoming EuroBasket. They played an exhibition game in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Slovenia claimed a 10-point win at the end. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) stepped up with 16 points to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Slovenia eked out a narrow 15:14 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second period. Slovenia limited the Baltic team to just 10 points in the frame to establish a 38:24 halftime lead. Latvia tried to change the complexion of the game in the third frame. They outscored Slovenia to cut the deficit to 12 points. Latvia got even closer in the fourth period but Slovenia raced to the victory at the end. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) nailed 15 points, while Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) contributed 11 points in the win. Edgard Jeromanovs (186-G-86) responded with 17 points for Latvia. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) and Martins Meiers (206-C-91) accounted for 8 points each in the loss.

Latvia: Edgard Jeromanovs 17, Dairis Bertans 8, Martins Meiers 8
Slovenia: Saso Ozbolt 16, Uros Slokar 15, Goran Dragic 11



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  LEBANON   


Anibal lands Mazen Mneimneh. - by Rabih Khoury
After renewing for their trio Rodrigue Akl (190-G-88), Charles Tabet (205-C, college: S.Alabama) and Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84), Anibal Zahle signed Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86). Mneimneh, a true Asian basketball rising star, An excellent shooter and penetrator, who can score in lots of ways. Has also great leadership on the court and can defend well, Mneimneh played for Champville the past season where he averaged 7.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 40.5% in 25 minutes of play. Mazen is expected to have a big role in his new team where Anibal will be competing in a strong way next season. The management of Anibal is still working to sign two high level foreigners to join the team in the future squad.

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U16: Portugal earn second straight win in Group G - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16 - Luxembourg U16 63:41

Portugal celebrated the second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B classification round Group G. They fired past Luxembourg to improve at 3-0 record on top of the pool ladder. Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) stepped up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Luxembourg slipped at 0-3 record.
Portugal opened the game strongly posting a 16:7 lead after ten minutes. They kept Luxembourg at bay throughout the second frame. Portugal arrived at halftime up by 13 points 31:18. Luxembourg tried to change the complexion of the game in the third period. They narrowed the gap at 12-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Portugal went on a 19:9 surge in the final period to seal the victory at the end. Pedro Marques (181-PG-95) knocked down 10 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the winners. Thomas Grun (194-G/F-95) responded with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Luxembourg. Max Hilger (184-PG-95) had 7 points in the loss.

Portugal U16: Isaias Insaly 23, Pedro Marques 10, Joao Guimaraes (196-C-95) 7, Diogo Gameiro (184-G-95) 7
Luxembourg U16: Thomas Grun 14+10 boards, Max Hilger 7



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  MEXICO   


Mexican U17 National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Jose Estrada 94 Los Mochis Mexico
5 Josue Catarino 94
6 Daniel Rodriguez 94
7 Jessie Arias 94
8 Rodolfo Camacho 94
9 Emmanuel Flores 94
10 Miguel Ramirez 94
11 Augusto Cardenas 94
12 Raul Frutos 94
13 Jose Vargas 94
14 Jose Luis Aguilera 94
15 Andres Nachon 94



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  MONTENEGRO   


Buducnost returns Cedomir Vitkovac - by Eurobasket News
Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) is back to Buducnost Podgorica after one year. The Serbian forward spent last season with Igokea. He helped them reach Bosnian league Finals. For 11 games in Bosnia Vitkovac had 9.3 ppg and 3.4 rpg. He also added 10.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 26 Adriatic league games. Cedomir Vitkovac played for Buducnost in 2009/10 season. They won the Montenegrin league title and National Cup together. Vitkovac had 9.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 26 games in Adriatic league that season. He also had 9.5 ppg and 5 rpg for 12 games in EuroChallenge. Before Buducnost, Vitkovac played two years for Partizan. He also has experience from Vojvodina and Crvena Zvezda.

UCAM Murcia pens deal with Blagota Sekulic - by Eurobasket News
UCAM Murcia announced signing of Blagota Sekulic (208-F/C-82, agency: FCM) for the next season. The Montenegrin big guy is not a new face in Spain as he already played for Real Madrid in the past. Last season Sekulic spent with Italian Vanoli-Braga Cremona. He appeared 30 times for them in SereA averaging 9.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals. In 2009/10, Blagota Sekulic was a member of ALBA Berlin. He had 10.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg for them in ten EuroCup games. Sekulic had almost the same numbers in German league. In 2008/09, he was a member of Aris Thessaloniki. From January of 2007 until the end of the 2007/08 season Blagota Sekulic played for Real Madrid. They won the ULEB Cup and ACB title together in 2007. Sekulic had 6.5 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 16 games in ACB. In ULEB Cup, he added 7.9 ppg and 4.3 rpg. Sekulic also had experience from PAOK, Marousi, Partizan and Buducnost.

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Panamian U17 National Team 2011 - by Greg
Starting five
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Bryan Waithe
Waithe
Abid Oses
Oses
Alvaro Heilbron
Heilbron
Sebastian Tesis
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4 Leslie Thompson 95 PAN U18 NT Panama
5 Bryan Waithe 183-G/F-94 PAN U18 NT Panama
6 Christofer Brathwaite G-94 P.Lefevre Panama
7 Alvaro Heilbron 95 PAN U18 NT Panama
8 Victor Valdes 95 Rio Abajo Panama
9 Alberto Garcia 95 PAN U18 NT Panama
10 Edmundo Mena 94 PAN U18 NT Panama
11 Guillermo Grenald G-95 P.Lefevre Panama
12 Dahud Diazgranados 95 PAN U18 NT Panama
13 Pablo Rivas 95 PAN U18 NT Panama
14 Sebastian Tesis F/C-94 Calidonia Panama
15 Abid Oses F/C-95 ITEXSAL El Salvador



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  PORTUGAL   


Portugal post two wins in Fribourg - by Eurobasket News
Portuguese National Team claimed back-to-back victories in exhibition clashes against Switzerland in Fribourg.
Portugal opened two-game series with a 59:56 victory. The visitors posted a 34:28 lead at halftime. Switzerland denied the deficit drawing things level at the final break. But Portugal outscored the hosts 13:10 in the fourth period to claim the victory at the end. Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) and Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) stepped up with 13 points each for the winners. Jose Silva (194-F-89) added 7 points in the victory.
Next game was once again a tight battle. Switzerland led by two points 16:14 at the first break. But Portugal reacted with a strong rally in the second frame to build a 31:29 halftime lead. The close game continued in the second half but once again Portugal proved more accurate in the dying minutes and escaped with a narrow win at the end 66:65. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) scored 14 points to pace the effort. Paolo Cunha contributed 8 points in the win.



U16: Portugal earn second straight win in Group G - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16 - Luxembourg U16 63:41

Portugal celebrated the second straight win at the U16 European Championship in Division B classification round Group G. They fired past Luxembourg to improve at 3-0 record on top of the pool ladder. Isaias Insaly (197-F/C-95) stepped up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Luxembourg slipped at 0-3 record.
Portugal opened the game strongly posting a 16:7 lead after ten minutes. They kept Luxembourg at bay throughout the second frame. Portugal arrived at halftime up by 13 points 31:18. Luxembourg tried to change the complexion of the game in the third period. They narrowed the gap at 12-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Portugal went on a 19:9 surge in the final period to seal the victory at the end. Pedro Marques (181-PG-95) knocked down 10 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the winners. Thomas Grun (194-G/F-95) responded with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Luxembourg. Max Hilger (184-PG-95) had 7 points in the loss.

Portugal U16: Isaias Insaly 23, Pedro Marques 10, Joao Guimaraes (196-C-95) 7, Diogo Gameiro (184-G-95) 7
Luxembourg U16: Thomas Grun 14+10 boards, Max Hilger 7



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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rican U17 National Team -11 - by Greg
4 Cristian Curet 94
5 Esteban Cordero 94
6 Eduardo Lopez 95
7 Alexander Curet 94
8 Bryan Vargas 95
9 Efren Oramas 94
10 Juan Carlos Ortiz 94
11 Selwyn Rodriguez 95
12 Emilio Collazo 94
13 Raymond Rios 95
14 Jerome Caraballo 95
15 Abdiel Badillo 193-F-94



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  ROMANIA   


CSU Asesoft Ploiesti adds Aleksandar Vlahovic - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90) is a new member of CSU Asesoft Ploiesti. The Serbian guard signed a one-year deal with his new club. Vlahovic heads to Ploiesti from Sloga Kraljevo. He appeared 25 times in Serbian league last season averaging 14.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.6 steals. During the summer he participated at the Jesolo International U22 Summer League (IO Master International team). Before Sloga, Aleksandar Vlahovic spent one year with Partizan II. He also was a member of Vizura in 2008/09. Vlahovic played for U18 Serbia three years ago. He had 8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 3 apg for 8 games at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos. Vlahovic also played for U16 Serbia in the past.

U16: Netherlands and Romania finish the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16-Romania U16 93:59

Netherlands overcame Romania at the last game of the Qualifying Round at the U16 European Championship. The Dutch team won 93:59 as both teams will play for the 5-8 places.
Both teams knew they could not make it to the Semifinals and did their best to finish on high note the Qualifying Round. The Dutch team opened the game with 19:18 and added massive 22-12 in the second frame. The board showed 41:30 as the teams left the court for the big break and then Fleuren brought 52:34. Rosenmuller finished the third period for 70:36 and also won the last frame. After 23-13 in the last period the Netherlands enjoyed 93:59 victory.
Bas Veenstra (204-F-95) top-scored fro the winners with 26 points, while Mike Hogervorst (207-C-95) added 21 points and 13 rebounds. Pim De Vries (195-F-95) notched 13, whilst Jaron Dijkhuizen (195-F-95) had 9 points and 11 boards. Mehmet Hortoglu (194-F-95) ended up with 16 points, Vlad Cobzaru (203-C-95) netted 12 and Andrei Ciordas (203-C-95) scored 10.

Netherlands U16: Bas Veenstra 26, Mike Hogervorst 21+13 rebs, Pim De Vries 13, Jaron Dijkhuizen 9+11 rebs
Romania U16: Mehmet Hortoglu 16, Vlad Cobzaru 12, Andrei Ciordas 10



Romania finishes second in Munster - by Eurobasket News
Japan Universiade Team 2011-Romania 85:90

Romania finishes second in Munster at the International Tournament with 4 teams participating. The European team won over Japan Universiade Team 90:85 for 2-1 record at the end. Romania finished behind the hosts, while Japan lost all three games.
Romania won the opening period 29:23 and added 20-15 for 11-point deficit. Japan reduced to 9 points winning the third frame 20-18. Hironori Watanabe (180-G-88) cut it to 88:83 with a minute to go and Yuya Nagayoshi (196-C-91) brought 88:85. Tudor however made two free throws at the very end for the final success.
Tudor Dumitrescu (195-G-79) stepped up with 20 points for the European team and Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) notched 17. Andrei Capusan (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Lafayette) added 16, while Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) scored 12. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) replied with 18 points in the losing case and Ruymo Ono (197-F-88) delivered 15. Yuya Nagayoshi posted 13, whilst Hironori Watanabe added 11.

Japan Universiade Team 2011: Kosuke Kanamaru 18, Ruymo Ono 15, Yuya Nagayoshi 13, Hironori Watanabe 11
Romania: Tudor Dumitrescu 20, Mihai Silvasan 17, Andrei Capusan 16, Ionut Dragusin 12



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  RWANDA   


Country to Bid for 2013 Afrobasket - by Eurobasket News
The local basketball governing body (Ferwaba) Secretary General Jean Lucien Mugabo yesterday said, 'We are very interested and have started lobbying.'

'Fiba-Africa is aware and we hope we shall succeed.'

The host for the next edition will be decided at the end of this year's edition in Madagascar. In 2009, Rwanda hosted their first ever Afrobasket competition and will hope to build on that if they win the 2013 bid.

Ivory Coast is also in the race but Ferwaba boss Lt. Eric Ssalongo, who played a crucial role in swaying Fiba-Africa in 2007, is confident about Rwanda's chances.

Meanwhile, the hoops have stepped up their preparations ahead of next month's 26th FIBA Africa Championship due in Madagascar from August 17-28.

The winners of the 2011 Afrobasket tournament will represent Africa at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Courtesy of: The New Times


KBC Coach Rues Mediocre First Round - by Eurobasket News
Kigali Basketball Club coach Yves Nkurunziza has challenged his guns to step up their performance after a mediocre first round.

Despite winning six of the eight first round matches, Nkurunziza was sickened by the fact that the defending national men's league champions lost to arch rivals APR and also forfeited points against CSK.

This meant that they could only finish fourth (13 points), three adrift of table leaders APR.

Speaking after Saturday's 85-59 victory over Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), Nkurunziza was particularly livid by their forfeited game against CSK.

'The forfeit against CSK really hurt but I'm still backing my team to fight in the second round,' he said.

KBC were fined for fielding an unregistered player Egide Nkusi.

'For one to play in the national league, he or she must be fully registered. At the time, Nkusi wasn't,' the local basketball governing body (Ferwaba) technical director Didier Shema explained.

Results

Men

KBC 85-59 KIE

Women

APR 79- 53
Courtesy of: The New Times


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  SIERRA LEONE   


Basketball Coaches on Final Identification Tour - by Eurobasket News
Freetown The Sierra Leone Basketball Association (SLBA) will this week conclude its regional talent identification tour in the country.

The tour which started a week back saw the association's local expert, Alhaji Haroun Sesay together with four coaches making their first move to Bo in the Southern region and later to Kenema in the Eastern region. SLBA's final run will be in Freetown before heading for Makeni where the identification tour will be climaxed.

According to Sesay, the tour is part of the five years plan of the association as they want to develop the game of basketball in the country. He also noted that the aim is to spot boys around the ages of 10-13 that they will be able to develop to play the game with the hope of becoming the future stars of Sierra Leone.

'After identifying these boys we train them so that they can play the game,' Sesay said. 'In three months' time we will assemble them in one region and by then we will have an international expert who will observe them.'

He revealed that the tour is sponsored by the Sierra Leone Basketball Association in collaboration with the National Olympic Committee (NOC).
Courtesy of: Concord Times (Freetown)



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  SLOVENIA   


Lakovic hits game winning layup as Slovenia beat Lithuania - by Zeljko Zule
Jaka Lakovic's (186-G-78) ayup with 3 seconds remaining helped Slovenia beat Lithuania 72-70 tonight at Klaipeda in warm up game. Lakovic finished with 19 points, Goran Dragic scored game high 20 points and Erazem Lorbek added 11 points.
LITHUANIA 70 (20+18+17+15): Kaukenas 7, Kalnietis 9, Delininkaitis 4, D.Lavrinovic 14, Lukauskis 4, Songaila 10, Jasaitis, Moteijunas 2, K.Lavrinovic 6, Javtokas 7, Seibutis, Pocius 7.
SLOVENIA 72 (17+18+14+23): Lapornik, Lakovic 19, Smodis 6, Udrih, G.Dragic 20, Jagodnik 2, Begic 1, Lorbek 11, Muric 2, Ozbolt 3, Z.Dragic 2, Slokar 6.



U16: England prevail against Slovenia in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
England U16 - Slovenia U16 63:58

England stayed undefeated at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They registered the second consecutive win in Qualifying Round Group E. England outscored Slovenia to improve at 3-0 record. Dwayne Orija (190-F-95) and Morayoninuoluwa Soluade (194-G-95) led balanced effort with 11 points each. Slovenia fell at 2-1 record after the defeat.
Slovenia opened the game on a 7:2 run. They maintained the lead posting a 16:10 advantage at the first break. England tipped off the second frame with six points in a row to level things up. Soon England burst out with 15 straight points to take a 31:18 lead. They posted a 33:23 halftime advantage. Rebec and Zupan helped Slovenia narrow the deficit in the third term. Nikolic converted a three-point play to draw things level at 40. But England capped the period with seven points in a row to take back the lead. Rebec pulled Slovenia as close as two points with just over two minutes remaining in regulation 58:60. But Tyrell Isaacs (G-95) drained a crucial three-pointers and England escaped with a tough win at the end. Luke Nelson (185-PG-95) delivered 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) replied with 14 points for Slovenia. Luka Kokol (191-G-95) had 13 points in the loss.

England U16: Dwayne Orija 11, Morayoninuoluwa Soluade 11, Luke Nelson 10
Slovenia U16: Nikola Rebic 14, Luka Kokol 13



Leagues for season 2011-12 - by Zeljko Zule
The leagues for season 2011-12 were confirmed. The B-1 League was renamed to Division II. Second League, divided into two groups, was renamed to Division III. Third League was renamed to Division IV..
Telemach League: Krka, Union Olimpija (both will join in the second stage), Helios, Zlatorog, Geoplin Slovan, Hopsi, Maribor, Elektra, Sentjur, TCG Mercator, Parklji, Rogaska Crystal.
Division II (ex B-1 League): Sencur CPK, Kraski zidar, Splosna plovba Portoroz, Logo Grosuplje, Litija, Hrastnik, Postojna, Primorac Branik, Nova Gorica, Tinex Medvode, Konjice, Radenska Creativ, Jance, Triglav.
Division III East (ex Second League): Terme Olimia, Bistrica, Podbocje, Calcit Kamnik, Lastovka, Krka mladi, Vrani, Kolpa, Nazarje, Nona Lenart, Union Olimpija II, Komenda Hram Gorjan.
Divison III West (ex Second League): Marc Ajdovscina, Radovljica, Plama Pur, Tolmin, Jezica, Jesenice, Pingvini Smartno, Fenomeni, Globus, Logatec, Fanmit Koper, Javor Pivka.
Division IV (ex Third League): IIvancna Gorica, Gorenja vas, Kosi Sentjur, Cerknica, Primafoto, Velike Lasce, Krvavec Meteor, Ruse, Bloke Novolit, Krsko, Ziri, Kranjska Gora, Koroska.



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  SWEDEN   


U16: Sweden and Estonia closed Day 7 in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16-Sweden U16 80:91

Sweden and Estonia closed Day 7 in Strumica at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Sweden won 91:80 as three teams finished with 1-2 records behind Belgium in Group H. Estonia managed to take the second position because of point difference.
Sweden started with 25:14 after the first period, but could save fewer deficits at the halftime. The Baltic side reduced to 8 point as they won the second quarter 21-18. The battle continued in the court in the second half, while Sweden needed 24 points in each quarter to seal the victory. Dzenis Sogolj (202-F-95) and Saimon Sutt (195-G/F-95) exchanged the baskets for 86:75, while Joosep Russak (185-PG-95) made two free throws at the very end for the victory.
Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96) erupted with 38 points to lead all the winners and Dzenis Sogolj nailed 20. Sten Olmre (189-G-95) replied with 14 points in defeat, while Rain Koort (194-G/F-95) added 13, Karl Kask (201-F-95) notched 12, whilst Saimon Sutt and Joosep Russak added 10 apiece.

Estonia U16: Sten Olmre 14, Rain Koort 13, Karl Kask 12, Saimon Sutt 10, Joosep Russak J 10
Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakanson 38, Dzenis Sogolj 20



U16: Belgium too good for Sweden in Strumica - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - Sweden U16 72:52

Belgium cruised past Sweden at the classification round of U16 European Championship in Division B. The victory propelled Belgium at 2-0 record on top of Group H. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) and Mathijs Gijbels (200-F-95) paced well-balanced effort with 12 points each. Sweden fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Belgium set the tone early. They fired 20 points in the opening quarter to post an 8-point mark. They maintained the lead well enough throughout the second quarter. Belgium arrived at halftime up by 21 points 44:23. Sweden and Belgium traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The Belgian side secured a 21-point cushion heading into the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Sander Van Caeneghem (203-F-95) produced 9 points for the winners. Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) responded with game-high 22 points for Sweden. Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96) accounted for 17 points in defeat.

Belgium U16: Romain Boxus 12, Mathijs Gijbels 12, Sander Van Caeneghem 9
Sweden U16: Valter Lindstrom 22, Ludvig Hakanson 17



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  SWITZERLAND   


U16: Belgium won Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16-Switzerland U16 79:48

Belgium won Group H of the Classification Round for 9-16 places at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team rolled over Switzerland 79:48 for 3-0 record. The latter finished with 1-2 record to play for 13-16 places.
Bianchi and Randon Gruninger (190-F-95) brought the only leads for the Swiss side, while Belgium took control of the period from 8:6. Andy Van Vliet (206-C-95) closed the period at 20:9 as Belgium never looked behind after. Romain Boxus (194-F-96) scored for 33:22 at the halftime as both teams nailed 13 points each in the second frame. Georgia scored 13 points also in the third and the last periods. It was not enough to match the opponents that erupted with 26 and 20 points respectively in the second half.
Emmanuel Lecomte (175-G-95) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Andy Van Vliet netted 13. Romain Boxus posted 12, while Mats Jouret (180-G-95) scored 7. Randon Gruninger delivered 11 points in defeat, while Petar Bozic (210-C-95) and Arnaud Cotture (200-F/C-95) notched 8 points apiece.

Belgium U16: Emmanuel Lecomte 20, Andy Van Vliet 13, Romain Boxus 12, Mats Jouret 7
Switzerland U16: Randon Gruninger 11, Petar Bozic 8, Arnaud Cotture 8



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  TAIWAN   


South Africa withdraws from 2011 Jones Cup - by Chris Wang
South Africa national team has withdrawn from the 2011 William Jones Cup tournament due to funding problems, the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association announced Thursday.

After the withdrawal, the entire tourney has been re-scheduled. A playoff round will be added after the eight-team single round robin preliminary round. The schedule is listed as follows:

Aug. 6
13:00 Jordan-UAE
15:00 Korea-Malaysia
17:00 Philippines-Iran
19:00 Opening ceremony
19:30 Taiwan-Japan

Aug. 7
13:00 Malaysia-Jordan
15:00 UAE-Korea
17:00 Japan-Iran
19:00 Philippines-Taiwan

Aug. 8
13:00 UAE-Japan
15:00 Jordan-Philippines
17:00 Korea-Iran
19:00 Taiwan-Malaysia

Aug. 9
13:00 Iran-UAE
15:00 Malaysia-Philippines
17:00 Japan-Korea
19:00 Jordan-Taiwan

Aug. 10
13:00 Iran-Malaysia
15:00 Jordan-Japan
17:00 Philippines-Korea
19:00 Taiwan-UAE

Aug. 11
13:00 Japan-Malaysia
15:00 UAE-Philippines
17:00 Korea-Jordan
19:00 Taiwan-Iran

Aug. 12
13:00 UAE-Malaysia
15:00 Iran-Jordan
17:00 Japan-Philippines
19:00 Taiwan-Korea

Aug. 13
15:00 #7 vs. #6
17:00 #4 vs. #1 (Semifinals)
19:00 #2 vs. #3 (Semifinals)

Aug. 14
15:00 #7/#6 winner vs. #5
17:00 Third-place game
19:00 Championship game
Closing ceremony

Venue: Sinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City




Hsu Chih-chao named KKL new head coach - by Chris Wang
Former Dacin Tigers assistant coach Hsu Chih-chao has been named head coach of the Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor, the team announced.

Hsu, 37, spent his entire career as a player or a coach in Dacin.

The young coach said that he will make KKL a 'balanced' team on both ends of the court. KKL averaged 82.6 points per game last season but also surrender 88.6 points per game, highest among seven SBL teams.

The announcement, however, contradicts a previous report saying that Huang Bao-tse will be the team's new head coach next year. A local media reported that Huang was hired as an assistant rather a head coach.

2011 SBL coaches

Name Team DOB W-L (Year)
Chiu Chi-yi Yulon 1975.10.6 0-0 (2011-)
Yen Chia-hua TB 1954.6.26 143-91 (2003-2011)
Chia Fan TM 1975.2.3 0-0 (2011-)
Hsu Chin-tse PY 1973.4.27 72-78 (2006-2011)
Lai Liang-chung BOT 1960.8.13 26-93 (2007-2011)
Hsu Chih-chao KKL 1974.5.1 0-0 (2011-)
Chiu Ta-tsun Dacin 1964.7.1 87-63 (2006-2011)



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


VI U17 looks for revenge tonight - by David Edole
Revenge is a dish best served cold is saying that means that revenge is served better with a clear mind. The Virgin Islands junior mens team will have revenge on the mind when they face Puerto Rico Tonight in Centro Basket action. The game is scheduled for 8:00 pm and one could follow the live stats at fibaamericas.com. For four members of the team, Kelvin Thomas, Shomar Francis, Rasheed Swanston (95) and Amadius Derweer were members of the biddy national team when some of these same players ran rough shot all over them. This story was written October 12, 2006:
The VI 12 & Under national team ran into a buzz saw over the weekend in Puerto Rico.
The young Cagers fell to Puerto Rico mini national team 109-36 Saturday morning. The Virgin Islands was outscored 28-2 in the first quarter with the only basket coming in the second minute at the hands of Rasheed Swanston. The leading scorers for Puerto Rico were John Algo and Michael Sanchez with 16 points each. Abdiel Padilla added 15 and Alexander Velez and Kevin Nieves added 12 and 11.
Kelvin Thomas led the VI attack with 9 points including seven in the V.I. highest point out put fourth quarter (16). Swanston finished with seven points and Joshua 'Termite' Hernandez added six. The VI will travel to Coamo to play a select team on Sunday. On Sunday VI lost to the same team, 126-19.
On Monday the team showed life but lost to PR 11 & Under, 78-49, on Monday. The Virgin Islands had their best offensive showing in the third quarter when they scored 20 points in the frame. Leading the way for the Virgin Islands was Kelvin Thomas with 13 and Rasheed Swanston with 10. Puerto Rico had a Crucian on their team, were led by Jorge Paez 12 points while David Quiles, Jalen Jackson, and Miguel Cartagena all chipped in with nine. The Crucian in Puerto Rican clothing Juan Carlos Garcia scored six points and dished out several assists for Puerto Rico.
Taking in the game was the Great Alfred 'Butch' Lee. Butch Lee was the first Virgin Islander to win an NCAA championship with Marquette University. He then went on to play in the NBA and even won an NBA championship with the LA Lakers. The Laker team had a 6-9 guard/forwad/center named Magic Johnson. Butch will be inducted into the Puerto Rican Hall of Fame on the 22 nd of this month for his play in the Superior League.
VI opened the 2011 Centrobasket with a win over Dominican Republic, 90-71. Khallid Hart was the man of the match with 24 points and Rasheed Swanston chipped in with 20.



U.S. Virgin Islands U17 National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Keita Jones 96
5 Agyei Gregory 94
6 Kelvin Thomas 94
7 Kareem Harris 94
8 Shomari Francis 94
9 Rasheed Swanston 95
10 Alvah Phillip 96
11 Khalid Hart 95
12 Amadius Der-Weer 94
13 Jose D. Santos 94 Cupes Dominican Republic
14 Nicholas Springer 96
15 Dornell Weaver 94



Virgin Islands National Team Experience Invaluable For Aska - by David Edole
Murray State senior men's basketball student-athlete Ivan Aska (200-F-90) is back on campus this week after playing most of July for the Virgin Islands National Team in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championship in Nassau, Bahamas.

Aska's team had a definite Murray State influence as the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native, teamed up with former Racer Cuthbert Victor (2000-04) and former head coach Tevester Anderson (1998-03) who served as assistant coach.

The Virgin Islands started pool play with an 84-73 win over Antigua (July 24). They also defeated Guyana 111-51 (July 26), before beating Jamaica 86-61 (July 27) and British Virgin Islands 79-73 (July 28). The Virgin Islands won the championship (July 29) with a 91-89 victory over Bahamas completing a 5-0 tournament.

Aska, who started all five games, returned to MSU this week for practice as the Racers prepare for its exhibition tour of Toronto, Ontario this weekend.

It was a good experience, knowing that this was another level of basketball, Aska said. Being able to learn new things and travel was good. I feel like learning from the guys I played with and the competition will help me going into my senior season. I wish I could've gone over there earlier, but things happen for a reason. I played against Patrick Ewing's son and other guys that have NBA experience and that was fun.

Aska was third on the team with 14.3 points per game while hauling in a team-leading 8.3 rebounds per game. He played an average of 23.3 minutes per game and shot 40 percent from the field and 95 percent from the free throw line.

Racers' Head Coach Steve Prohm was pleased to get Aska back before leaving for Canada Thursday.

Ivan getting to play with Cuthbert and Coach Anderson and all of the great players on his team and those other opponents was a great experience, Prohm said. The biggest thing is the experience he brings to our team, it's something that will help us as we move forward into our season.

Aska had the chance to see many family members who still live in the Virgin Islands, as he was on the island for the first time since he was seven years old.

It was great to see my family, my mom was born in the Virgin Islands, Aska said. It was great to be able to spend some time with my loved ones.




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  URUGUAY   


Jayson Granger stays in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Jayson Granger (186-G-89) will stay in Spain for at least two more years. The Uruguayan point guard signed contract extension with Estudiantes today. He will be their member until the end of 2012/13 season. Jayson Granger joined Estu in 2005, but played for their second team first two seasons. In 2008 he moved to Estu top squad averaging 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in ACB. In 2009/10, Granger had 3.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.4 apg. Last season he played 34 games in ACB colelcting 6.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2.5 rpg. Granger also added 5.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 4.3 apg in 14 EuroCup games. In 2009, Jayson Granger helped Estu reach the Copa del Rey Semifinals. In the past he played for Cordon juniors. Granger is a former member of the Uruguayan National Team. He played for them in 2009. In the past, Granger also played for U19, U18 and U16 Uruguay.

Nacional won the promotion to the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez
Nacional defeated Larranaga 75-70 to win 2-1 the final serie for the second promotion to the Uruguayan League. Tabare, the Metropolitan League champions, and Nacional will play the main uruguayan torunament since 2012. For Nacional Leonardo Vacca (177-PG-77) and Damian Mujica (195-F-86) netted 15 points, while Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) scored 14 and grabbed 11 rebounds. For Larranaga Jimmy Boston scored 22 points with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.

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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   


South Africa withdraws from 2011 Jones Cup - by Chris Wang
South Africa national team has withdrawn from the 2011 William Jones Cup tournament due to funding problems, the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association announced Thursday.

After the withdrawal, the entire tourney has been re-scheduled. A playoff round will be added after the eight-team single round robin preliminary round. The schedule is listed as follows:

Aug. 6
13:00 Jordan-UAE
15:00 Korea-Malaysia
17:00 Philippines-Iran
19:00 Opening ceremony
19:30 Taiwan-Japan

Aug. 7
13:00 Malaysia-Jordan
15:00 UAE-Korea
17:00 Japan-Iran
19:00 Philippines-Taiwan

Aug. 8
13:00 UAE-Japan
15:00 Jordan-Philippines
17:00 Korea-Iran
19:00 Taiwan-Malaysia

Aug. 9
13:00 Iran-UAE
15:00 Malaysia-Philippines
17:00 Japan-Korea
19:00 Jordan-Taiwan

Aug. 10
13:00 Iran-Malaysia
15:00 Jordan-Japan
17:00 Philippines-Korea
19:00 Taiwan-UAE

Aug. 11
13:00 Japan-Malaysia
15:00 UAE-Philippines
17:00 Korea-Jordan
19:00 Taiwan-Iran

Aug. 12
13:00 UAE-Malaysia
15:00 Iran-Jordan
17:00 Japan-Philippines
19:00 Taiwan-Korea

Aug. 13
15:00 #7 vs. #6
17:00 #4 vs. #1 (Semifinals)
19:00 #2 vs. #3 (Semifinals)

Aug. 14
15:00 #7/#6 winner vs. #5
17:00 Third-place game
19:00 Championship game
Closing ceremony

Venue: Sinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City






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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Austrian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Lisa Zderadicka
Zderadicka
Julia Pocksteiner
Pocksteiner
Sigrid Koizar
Koizar
Camilla Neumann
Neumann
Barbara Keck
Keck
#e#5
4 Lisa Zderadicka 168-PG-94 BC Vienna Austria
5 Julia Pocksteiner 177-G-93 Fl.Foxes Austria
6 Sigrid Koizar 173-PG-95 BC Vienna Austria
7 Tanja Kuzmanovic 180-F-95
8 Anja Fuchs-Robetin 180-G-96
9 Sarah Sagerer 190-C-96
10 Camille Legris 168-PG-95
11 Camilla Neumann 183-F-94
12 Astrid Satovich 179-F-93 UBBC Austria
13 Carla Freund 179-F-93 BC Vienna Austria
14 Victoria Donev 189-C-93
15 Barbara Keck 183-F-94 BC Vienna Austria

Mike Kress Head Coach UBBC Austria
Markus Lechner Assistant BK Duchess Austria


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  BAHAMAS - Women  


Bahamas Women National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Latoya Thompson 84
5 Diasti Delancy 85
6 Taneil Poitier 90
7 Sasha Ferguson 88
8 Latoya Rolle 88
9 Malesha Petterson 173-G-92 Chipola JC USA
10 Roberta Quant F-77
11 Philicia Kelly 90
12 Linda Pierre 82
13 Anastacia Sands-Moultrie C-77
14 Vernisha Moss 88
15 Ashley Moss



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  BELARUS - Women  


Belarusian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Darya Lipinskaya
Lipinskaya
Hanna Kalenta
Kalenta
Maryia Papova
Papova
Maryna Ivashchanka
Ivashchanka
Natallia Baklaha
Baklaha
#e#5
4 Alena Holubeva 176-PG-94 Victoria Belarus
5 Tatsiana Dudareva 181-G-93 Berezina Belarus
6 Darya Lipinskaya 180-G/F-93 Gorizont Belarus
7 Katsiaryna Pratasevich 178-F/G-94 Berezina Belarus
8 Katsiaryna Shastsilouskaya 179-G-93
9 Hanna Kalenta 187-C-94 Berezina Belarus
10 Maryia Papova 183-F-94
11 Maryna Ivashchanka 190-C-93 Gorizont Belarus
12 Ksenija Voishal 179-F-94 Victoria Belarus
13 Natallia Baklaha 172-PG-93 Gorizont Belarus
14 Yuliya Haponava 184-F-94 Berezina Belarus
15 Katsiaryna Nialepka 180-G-93 Berezina Belarus

Viktar Bialevich Head Coach Minsk-2006 Belarus
Alena Ivanouskaya Assistant


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Dunav 8806 signs Violina Kocheva - by Eurobasket News
Violina Kocheva (176-G/F-91) is a new member of Dunav 8806. The Bulgarian guard/small forward signed a one-year deal with her new club. Most recently Kocheva played for Rilski Sportist Samokov. She was their member since 2006. In the past, she also played for Maritsa Plovdiv. Violina Kocheva is active member of the Bulgarian U20 National Team. She had 11.9 ppg, 3 rpg, 2.6 apg and 1.4 spg for them in European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid. For her performance, Kocheva was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 3rd Team -11. Two years ago she played for U18 Bulgaria at the European Championships U18 in Sodertalje. At this event Kocheva averaged 4.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals.

Bulgarian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Kristina Peychinova
Peychinova
Radostina Dimitrova
Dimitrova
Gabriela Angelova
Angelova
Iva Kostova
Kostova
Hristina Tyutyundzhieva
Tyutyundzhieva
#e#5
4 Kristina Peychinova 174-C-94 Rilski Sportist Bulgaria
5 Radostina Dimitrova 175-F-94 Beroe 07 Bulgaria
6 Veronika Petkova 175-F-94
7 Gabriela Angelova 190-F-94
8 Nadezhda Spasova 189-F-93 Beroe 07 Bulgaria
9 Iva Kostova 172-F-94 Dunav Bulgaria
10 Stanislava Mircheva 185-F/C-93 Lukoil Bulgaria
11 Martina Nikolova 178-F-94 Slavia Bulgaria
12 Lilia Georgieva 170-PG-94
13 Ines Rasimova 169-PG-95
14 Yana Kozhuharova 183-F-93 Cherno More Bulgaria
15 Hristina Tyutyundzhieva 189-C-93 Tarbes France

Yuliyan Aladzhov Head Coach
Iveta Barchovska-Sotirova Assistant Academic 2003 Bulgaria


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  CANADA - Women  


Japan edge Canada in Nagasaki - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Canada 63:54

Japan clashed with Canada in the first game of three-game friendly series. The hosts claimed a 9-point win in Nagasaki. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) nailed 20 points to pace the winners. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Saturday in Omura.
Japan surged ahead early in the encounter. They posted a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. Canada however picked up the tempo and used an 18:8 run to take a 30:25 halftime lead. Canada maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza up by three points 40:37. However Yuko Oga turned things around in the fourth quarter. She drained 12 points in the frame to help Japan rally to the victory. Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) pulled down 12 rebounds in the win. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) answered with 16 points for Canada. Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan) provided 9 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.



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  CROATIA - Women  


Croatian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Ana Marija Begic
Begic
Ivana Tikvic
Tikvic
Glorija Sikiric
Sikiric
Romana Stojanovic
Stojanovic
Ruzica Dzankic
Dzankic
#e#5
4 Ana Marija Begic 190-C-94 Medvescak Croatia
5 Maja Puljic 176-F-93 Studenec O. Croatia
6 Iva Cigic 174-PG-94 Jolly Croatia
7 Ivana Tikvic 189-C-94 Medvescak Croatia
8 Glorija Sikiric 190-C-93 Zadar Croatia
9 Romana Stojanovic 177-F-93 Ragusa Croatia
10 Ivana Blazevic 182-PG-93 Zadar Croatia
11 Ruzica Dzankic 180-F/G-94 Croatia 2006 Croatia
12 Anja Majstorovic 184-F/C-94 Medvescak Croatia
13 Marija Rados 181-C-93 Medvescak Croatia
14 Marijana Mamic 175-G-93 Tresnjevka Croatia
15 Iva Todoric 174-PG-93 Studenec O. Croatia

Zeljko Ciglar Head Coach Lupa Promot. Croatia
Marija Sipina Assistant


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
 1. Frisco Sika 0-0 
 2. Hradec Kralove 0-0 
 3. Karlin 0-0 
 4. Karlovy Vary 0-0 
 5. Pardubice 0-0 
 6. Slovanka MB 0-0 
 7. Strakonice 0-0 
 8. Trutnov 0-0 
 9. USK Praha 0-0 
 10. Valosun Brno 0-0 
 11. VS Praha 0-0 
 12. VSE Praha 0-0 


1Liga Standings - by Greg
1Liga Standings
 1. BA Sparta 20-2 
 2. VSE Praha 17-5 
 3. Kralupy-Jr. 12-10 
 4. Karlin 12-10 
 5. Sparta Praha 11-11 
 6. Benesov 11-11 
 7. Valosun B 11-11 
 8. Sokol Pecky 11-11 
 9. Frisco Sika B 9-13 
 10. Olomouc 7-15 
 11. Ostrava 7-15 
 12. Aritma Praha 4-18 


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  GERMANY - Women  


TV Saarlouis Royals complete their squad - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi
The last new player of the Saarlouis Bundesliga team is the 26-year-old and 1.85 meters guard/wing Katharina Haefele. She played for the 3rd division team KSG Gerlingen. There, she finished the season as the best in scoring with 20.5 points per game.

Saarlouis' head coach Rene Spandauw . 'Katharine is the last missing piece in this year's Royals-Puzzle is to be a highly talented player that fits the game predisposition perfectly with the Royals.'


Amber Sprague replaces Dasa Rajecka - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi
After some re-signings HELI Donau-Ries adds their first new player. Amber Sprague (196-C-86, college: San Diego) is filling the spot from Dasa Rajecka who moved to France.

Amber Sprague knows Amanda Rego (170-G-86, college: San Diego) and Morgan Henderson (185-F-88, college: San Diego) very well from College-Career (15.,2 PpG and 7.7 RpG). Sprague is not only a center, she can also hit the three pointer, passes the ball well and can bring up the ball. She has experience from playing in Greece and Poland where she quit in february going back to San Diego.

The three San Diego girls Henderson, Rego an Sprague will arrive in Noerdlingen at the end of august and start preparing with the team.




Another junior national team player for Halle Lions - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi
Laura Masek (187-F-92) is the next new player for the SV Halle Lions.

The post player moves from 2. League team Jena to Halle. It's the next step in her career after playing avergae 30mins in Jena. The ambitious played for Halle's junior teams and knows Julia Kohlmann (172-G-92), Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) and Anna Heise (190-C-93) .

Dr. Martin Dornhoff from the club management and former coach is sure that Masek has all the abilities and skills to mature to a first division player.




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  GREECE - Women  


Greek U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Georgia Kantara
Kantara
Anastasia Slouka
Slouka
Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi
Chatzigiakoumi
Grigoria Pateraki
Pateraki
Artemis Spanou
Spanou
#e#5
4 Dimitra Kampouraki 164-PG-93 DAS Ano Liosa Greece
5 Myrto Stampoulidou 176-G-94 Enosi Kavalas Greece
6 Maria Christakopoulou 173-PG-93 DAS Ano Liosa Greece
7 Maria Papavasileiou 178-G-94
8 Styliani Fouraki 186-C-94
9 Georgia Kantara 176-G-93 Pylaia Greece
10 Aspasia Kalampakou 178-G-93 DAS Ano Liosa Greece
11 Anastasia Slouka 182-G-93 Aris Greece
12 Vasiliki Tarla 181-F-94
13 Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 187-F-92 Florida Gulf Coast USA
14 Grigoria Pateraki 185-F-93 Lamar USA
15 Artemis Spanou 190-F/C-93 Robert Morris USA

Dimitris Bakogeorgos Head Coach Marousi Greece
Thanos Softsis Assistant


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungarian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Zsofia Licskai
Licskai
Barnai Judit
Judit
Fanni Szabo
Szabo
Janka Hegedus
Hegedus
Amadea Szamosi
Szamosi
#e#5
4 Noemi Czirjak 180-PG-93 Pecs 2010 Hungary
5 Dora Koch 175-G-93 Vasas-Csata Hungary
6 Diana Mihaczi 170-F-94 BSE Hungary
7 Zsofia Licskai 191-F/C-93 UNIQA Eurol. Hungary
8 Barnai Judit 188-C-94 Nanette FTC Hungary
9 Fanni Csutors 181-F-94 Pecs 2010 Hungary
10 Viktoria Fuisz 175-G/F-93 Kanizsa Hungary
11 Fanni Szabo 181-G-94 UNIQA Eurol. Hungary
12 Janka Hegedus 184-F-94 Vasas-Csata Hungary
13 Szonja Vukov 184-F-94 BSE Hungary
14 Regina Pap 186-F/C-94 Atomeromu Hungary
15 Amadea Szamosi 190-F/C-94 Pecs 2010 Hungary

Gyula Konta Head Coach
Gyorgy Bajusz Assistant


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Israeli U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Mariam Hannoun
Hannoun
May Dayan
Dayan
Nof Kedem
Kedem
Keren Mozes
Mozes
Chen Weisbort
Weisbort
#e#5
4 Hadar Levi 170-PG-94
5 Mariam Hannoun 178-F-94
6 May Dayan 168-PG-94
7 Nof Kedem 170-G-94
8 Sapir Tirosh 172-G-93
9 Michal Assaf 164-G-94
10 Amit Gur 169-PG-93
11 Dror Myburgh 174-G-94
12 Shira Karmi 170-G-93
13 Keren Mozes 176-F-93
14 Chen Weisbort 165-G-93
15 Sapir Sarig 180-C-93

Roi Aizenberg Head Coach B.Yehuda Israel
Shira Ahelion Assistant


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  ITALY - Women  


Besiktas hires Sandro Orlando as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Sandro Orlando is a new Head Coach of Besiktas. The Italian specialist penned a one-year deal with his new club. Orlando worked last four years with Famila Wuber Schio. He led them to double crown in Italy last season. Schio won the Serie A1 title and National Cup. Orlando was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Coach of The Year -11. Schio was champion of Italy also in 2008. That same year coach Orlando and Schio won the Europe Cup title. In 2010, Schio reached Finals in Italy. In the past Sandro Orlando worked with Maddaloni Basket and Banco di Sicilia Ribera. He also has experience as Coach Assistant of the Italian National Team.

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  JAPAN - Women  


William Jones Cup. Japan prevail against South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Japan - South Korea 61:56

Japan registered the second straight win at the William Jones Cup. They held off South Korea for 2-1 record in the ladder. Rina Tomizaki (180-F/C-88) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. South Korea in the meantime suffered the third straight loss at the tournament.
Japan dominated in the starting quarter. They posted a 17:12 lead ten minutes into the game. South Korea bounced back in the second term. They surged ahead for a 33:30 halftime advantage. Roller-coaster action continued in the third term as Japan answered with a stifling defence limiting South Korea to just 6 points. Japan entered the fourth term up by 3 points. They hung on for the victory in tough dying minutes. Eri Nakahata (165-G-88) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Misaki Onuma (175-F-90) contributed 11 points in the victory. Park Jung-Eun (180-F-77) replied with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for South Korea. Hong Boram (178-F-88) netted 15 points in defeat.

Japan: Rina Tomizaki 17, Eri Nakahata 14, Misaki Onuma 11
South Korea: Park Jung-Eun 24, Hong Boram 15



Japan edge Canada in Nagasaki - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Canada 63:54

Japan clashed with Canada in the first game of three-game friendly series. The hosts claimed a 9-point win in Nagasaki. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) nailed 20 points to pace the winners. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Saturday in Omura.
Japan surged ahead early in the encounter. They posted a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. Canada however picked up the tempo and used an 18:8 run to take a 30:25 halftime lead. Canada maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza up by three points 40:37. However Yuko Oga turned things around in the fourth quarter. She drained 12 points in the frame to help Japan rally to the victory. Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) pulled down 12 rebounds in the win. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) answered with 16 points for Canada. Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan) provided 9 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.



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  KENYA - Women  


Eldoret Poly Tackle Kisumu in Final Tie - by Eurobasket News
DEFENDING champions Eldoret Polytechnic women's basketball team and Kenya Technical Training College yesterday qualified for today's finals of the Kenya Technical Training Institutes Sports Association term two ball games.

The final will be at Eldoret Polytechnic grounds. Eldoret Poly overpowered Kisumu Poly 60-6 while KTTC outclassed East Africa School of Aviation 48-15 in the semi finals.

In other matches, Kenya Institute of Highway Building and Technology thrashed KIMC 32-18 while NYS-EI overwhelmed Kenya water 38-10. In football, defending champions Kenya Power lost 4-1 to Technology Development College while their archrivals Eldoret Polytechnic beat KIMC 5-1.

Eldoret Polytechnic drew 0-0 with Railway Training Institute before dismissing Kenya Institute of Highways Building and Technology 3-0. Kisumu Polytechnic beat Kenya Water 1-0 while KIMC outwitted KTTC 1-0.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)



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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Krista Bridina
Bridina
Ance Aizsila
Aizsila
Renate Reine
Reine
Paila Tomsone
Tomsone
Guna Lagzdina
Lagzdina
#e#5
4 Krista Bridina 174-PG-94 TTT Riga Latvia
5 Ance Aizsila 172-G-94 TTT Kadetes Latvia
6 Asnate Fomina 170-PG-94 TTT Kadetes Latvia
7 Linda Vilde 180-F-93 TTT Juniores Latvia
8 Renate Reine 176-G-94 TTT Kadetes Latvia
9 Katrina Epnere 179-PG-93
10 Agate Geka 169-G-93 TTT Juniores Latvia
11 Kate Aizsila 172-G-94 TTT Kadetes Latvia
12 Paula Langina 175-F-94 TTT Kadetes Latvia
13 Paila Tomsone 192-C-94 TTT Kadetes Latvia
14 Sabine Dukate 174-F-93 TTT Juniores Latvia
15 Guna Lagzdina 187-C-93 TTT Juniores Latvia

Ainars Curste Head Coach
Edigs Eigitis Assistant


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Luxembourg U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Lynn Kauffmann
Kauffmann
Paulina Scheuren
Scheuren
Nadia Marcus
Marcus
Jana Putz
Putz
Lena Hetto
Hetto
#e#5
4 Lou Mathieu 168-G-94 AB Contern Luxembourg
5 Lynn Kauffmann 174-PG-94 AB Contern Luxembourg
6 Paulina Scheuren 162-PG-93 Residence Luxembourg
7 Kim Schintgen 175-G-93 T71 Dudelange Luxembourg
8 Nadia Marcus 173-G-93
9 Billie Schulte 172-G-93 Basket Esch Luxembourg
10 Jill Fischbach 170-G-93 Residence Luxembourg
11 Louise Molitor 165-PG-93
12 Jana Putz 170-G-93 Heffingen Luxembourg
13 Lena Hetto 184-F-93 Heffingen Luxembourg

Hermann Paar Head Coach
Mariusz Dziurdzia Assistant Saarlouis Germany


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Basketball Championship is a Tragedy - Akiode - by Eurobasket News
Former female national team basketball player and coordinator of the Hope For Girls programme, Mobolaji Akiode has described Nigeria's inability to participate in the ongoing World Female Basketball Championships in Chile, as a tragedy she said borders on cataclysm. She wondered why a country can spend money to qualify for a competition, go on a training tour of Europe, yet fail without a whimper to participate in the competition proper: 'it is hard for people like us because we do not know what is going on. I found out in the last minute on the pages of newspapers, I was so shocked, I asked how is this possible. For me, this is the biggest shocker. You cannot run basketball like this. I am sad for the girls because nobody told them anything.'

Akiode went on to state that in 2006 when they were about to go for the World Championships, they almost did not make it because of the shoddy preparations of the basketball federation: 'if you do not start preparations early, chances are that you will fail, the shenanigans of the federation is becoming too much. In 2006 we nearly did not participate in the World Championships because of the ineptitude of the federation.


On the issue of securing visas for athletes, Akiode said: 'visas should be processed early, we are always having problems with visas. Knowing Nigeria's reputation, they should have started early. We have to pay a fine and it is possible that we will be banned. For a federation that claims it does not have money, I wonder what they will do. The federation could not even come out to apologize, that is the decent thing to do.'

Akiode went on to say that the federation wasted money procuring tickets, went on a training tour of France but could not attend the World Championships. LEADERSHIP SPORTS gathered that Nigeria qualified for the U-16 Girls Basketball Tournament in Egypt but failed to participate in the tourney. The World Female Basketball Tournament is ongoing, in Chile.
Courtesy of: Leadership (Abuja)



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  NORWAY - Women  


Norwegian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
4 Elin Gulbrandsen 172-G-94
5 Christina Muren 172-G-94 Asker/BV Norway
6 Margrethe Kristiansen 177-F-94
7 Helene Kongestoel 182-F-93 Ulriken Norway
8 Kristine Skorpen 169-G-94 Asker/BV Norway
9 Siri Granheim 178-G
10 Amanda Gran 174-PG-93 Gimle Norway
11 Sofie Groenhaug 182-F-93 Ulriken Norway
12 Stine Austgulen 177-G-94 Ulriken Norway
13 Weronica Green 180-G-93 Ullern Norway
14 Lise Breivik 181-F-93 Ulriken Norway
15 Julie McCarthy 186-C-93

Ingvild Paur Head Coach Ullern Norway
Hans Austgulen Assistant
Nanna Sand Assistant


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  POLAND - Women  


ROW Rybnik adds American Sybil Dosty - by Eurobasket News
ROW Rybnik continues with signings for the next season. The Polis outfit added another American to its roster - Sybil Dosty (191-C-86, college: Arizona St.). She will be used on position five. Dosty already has experience from Europe as she spent last season in Slovakia. She was a member of BK Inpek UKF Nitra averaging 10.9 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.1 blocks per game. She helped Nitra to reach the Extraliga Semifinals. For her performance Dosty was named Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Extraliga 2nd Team -11. Sybil Dosty is a product of the Arizona State University. She graduated there two years ago. As a senior Dosty had 8.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.4 bpg for 35 games.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


BCM Danzio Timisoara sign Biljana Pesovic and Jovana Vukoje - by Eurobasket News
BCM Danzio Timisoara announced signing of Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) and Jovana Vukoje (174-G-86) for the next season.
Biljana Pesovic heads to her new club from Crvena Zvezda Beograd. From 2008 to 2010 she was a member of AEL Limassol. With them Pesovic won two Cypriot league titles. AEL also celebrated twice in National Cup. In the past, Pesovic also played for NUR Kazan and Vojvodina. She is active member of the Serbian National Team. For 10 games in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 Pesovic had 12 ppg, 2 rpg and 3.7 spg.
Jovana Vukoje spent last season with Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb. She had 10.5 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.2 apg in Adriatic league. Earlier Vukoje played for Vozdovac, Vojvodina, Crvena Zvezda and Partizan. She is also active member of the Serbian National Team. For 10 games in Qualifications to EuroBasket 2011 she averaged 2 points and 1 rebound.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Anastasia Tochilova
Tochilova
Darya Namok
Namok
Mariya Davydova
Davydova
Ksenia Tikhonenko
Tikhonenko
Albina Razheva
Razheva
#e#5
4 Galina Kiseleva 182-F-93 Spartak V MR Russia
5 Marina Ryavkina 169-PG-93 Spartak V MR Russia
6 Olesya Sedletskaya 176-F-93
7 Alina Zamaraeva 180-G-93 Chevakata Russia
8 Anastasia Tochilova 174-F-93 UMMC Russia
9 Darya Namok 179-G-93 Spartak V MR Russia
10 Julia Gladkova 183-G-94 Spartak V MR Russia
11 Mariya Davydova 189-F/C-93 Trinta Russia
12 Ksenia Tikhonenko 190-F/C-93 Spartak V MR Russia
13 Polina Sych 180-G-94 Spartak SP Russia
14 Albina Razheva 186-F-94
15 Liudmila Khmeleva 193-C-94

Anna Arkhipova Head Coach Spartak V MR Russia
Andrey Ruzanov Assistant
Irina Pleshakova Assistant


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  SERBIA - Women  


BCM Danzio Timisoara sign Biljana Pesovic and Jovana Vukoje - by Eurobasket News
BCM Danzio Timisoara announced signing of Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) and Jovana Vukoje (174-G-86) for the next season.
Biljana Pesovic heads to her new club from Crvena Zvezda Beograd. From 2008 to 2010 she was a member of AEL Limassol. With them Pesovic won two Cypriot league titles. AEL also celebrated twice in National Cup. In the past, Pesovic also played for NUR Kazan and Vojvodina. She is active member of the Serbian National Team. For 10 games in Qualifications to European Championships 2011 Pesovic had 12 ppg, 2 rpg and 3.7 spg.
Jovana Vukoje spent last season with Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb. She had 10.5 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.2 apg in Adriatic league. Earlier Vukoje played for Vozdovac, Vojvodina, Crvena Zvezda and Partizan. She is also active member of the Serbian National Team. For 10 games in Qualifications to EuroBasket 2011 she averaged 2 points and 1 rebound.


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Slovakian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Angelika Slamova
Slamova
Dominika Rusinakova
Rusinakova
Sabina Oroszova
Oroszova
Barbora Balintova
Balintova
Michaela Rakova
Rakova
#e#5
4 Romana Neubauerova 184-F-93
5 Nikola Turzakova 174-G-94
6 Marianna Draganovska 190-F/C-93 Presov Slovakia
7 Angelika Slamova 173-G-94 Samorin Slovakia
8 Zuzana Ivancakova 174-G-93
9 Dominika Rusinakova 180-F-94
10 Sabina Oroszova 187-F-93 Samorin Slovakia
11 Lenka Slezarikova 175-G-93
12 Barbora Balintova 173-PG-94
13 Beata Jassova 185-F/C-93
14 Michaela Rakova 185-F-94 Samorin Slovakia
15 Alica Moravcikova 188-C-94

Martin Pospisil Head Coach Nitra Slovakia
Miloslav Michalik Assistant Banska Bystrica Slovakia


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenian U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Alja Samec
Samec
Nina Gabrovsek
Gabrovsek
Rebeka Abramovic
Abramovic
Alina Gjerkes
Gjerkes
Ziva Macura
Macura
#e#5
4 Alja Samec 167-PG-93 Rasica Slovenia
5 Nina Gabrovsek 168-PG-94 Merkur Celje Slovenia
6 Vesna Sever 183-F-94 Triglav Slovenia
7 Rebeka Abramovic 170-PG-93 Merkur Celje Slovenia
8 Alina Gjerkes 177-F-94 Grosuplje Slovenia
9 Tjasa Unverdorben 177-G-93 AJM Maribor Slovenia
10 Ursa Svetic 173-G-93 Kozmetika Afr. Slovenia
11 Klara Zupancic 170-PG-95 Grosuplje Slovenia
12 Ursa Zibert 172-PG-93 Triglav Slovenia
13 Ziva Macura 187-F/C-95 Jezica Slovenia
14 Janza Dolinsek 183-F-93 Grosuplje Slovenia
15 Maja Bosnjak 186-F/C-95 Merkur Celje Slovenia

Saso Rebernik Head Coach
Sisnisa Drobnjak Assistant
Zane Bortek Assistant Merkur Celje Slovenia


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


William Jones Cup. Japan prevail against South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Japan - South Korea 61:56

Japan registered the second straight win at the William Jones Cup. They held off South Korea for 2-1 record in the ladder. Rina Tomizaki (180-F/C-88) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. South Korea in the meantime suffered the third straight loss at the tournament.
Japan dominated in the starting quarter. They posted a 17:12 lead ten minutes into the game. South Korea bounced back in the second term. They surged ahead for a 33:30 halftime advantage. Roller-coaster action continued in the third term as Japan answered with a stifling defence limiting South Korea to just 6 points. Japan entered the fourth term up by 3 points. They hung on for the victory in tough dying minutes. Eri Nakahata (165-G-88) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Misaki Onuma (175-F-90) contributed 11 points in the victory. Park Jung-Eun (180-F-77) replied with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for South Korea. Hong Boram (178-F-88) netted 15 points in defeat.

Japan: Rina Tomizaki 17, Eri Nakahata 14, Misaki Onuma 11
South Korea: Park Jung-Eun 24, Hong Boram 15



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  SPAIN - Women  


Spanish U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
#s#
Elena De Alfredo
De Alfredo
Marles Balart
Balart
Inmaculada Zanoguera
Zanoguera
Andrea Vilaro
Vilaro
Astou Ndour
Ndour
#e#5
4 Leyre Carrascosa 202-C-93 Real C.Vigo Spain
5 Elena De Alfredo 170-F-94 Estudiantes Spain
6 Marles Balart 182-F/C-94 Ros Casares Spain
7 Inmaculada Zanoguera 183-F-93 Mariana Spain
8 Susana Bacete 175-G/F-93 Real Canoe Spain
9 Maria Gonzalez 178-G/F-93 Cajacanarias Spain
10 Yurena Diaz 177-G-93 Gran Canaria Spain
11 Sara Rodriguez 185-C-93 Estudiantes Spain
12 Itziar Llobet 178-F-93 Segle XXI Spain
13 Andrea Vilaro 180-F-93 Segle XXI Spain
14 Silvia Marcelo 188-C/F-93 Segle XXI Spain
15 Astou Ndour 196-C-94 Gran Canaria Spain

Miguel Mendez Head Coach Rivas Ecopolis Spain
Esther Herrero Assistant Cajacanarias Spain
Mario Lopez Assistant


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  TAIWAN - Women  


2011 Jones Cup women's competition concludes - by Chris Wang
Taiwan defeated Korea's Samsung club team 73-50 Thursday in the final game to win the 2011 William Jones Cup tournament women's competition with an undefeated record (4-0).

The title was Taiwan's seventh in tourney history.

In the other game of the night, Japan routed India 98-62 to finish as runner-up with 3-1.

To everyone's surprise, Samsung finished without a win in the tourney and snapped South Korean teams' three-peat quest in the tournament. South Korea sent WKBL teams instead of its national team to the Jones Cup in the past three years.

Local media reported that Samsung's import was injured and two of its best players were on the national team.

Taiwan women's NT head coach Chang Hui-ying was quoted as saying that she was unhappy with the team's defensive effort as players seemed to relax a bit after a big lead.

Final Standings:
Taiwan 4-0
Japan 3-1
Taiwan WUG 2-2
India 1-3
Samsung (Korea) 0-4



William Jones Cup. Taiwan rally past University NT to clinch title - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Taiwan University NT 77:59

Taiwan recorded the third straight win at the William Jones Cup. They overcame Taiwanese University National Team to claim the title at the tournament. Chiang Feng-Chun (184-F-81) stepped up with 26 points to lead the effort. University National Team slipped at 2-2 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Taiwan recorded a narrow 24:23 lead after ten minutes. They stiffened defence in the second period. Taiwan secured a 38:34 halftime advantage. Taiwan cleared off in the third term. They limited the University National Team to just 12 points in the period to take a 14-point lead with one quarter remaining. University National Team never recovered in the fourth term as Taiwan cruised to the victory. Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) came up with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Chen Yi-Feng (170-G-84) delivered 8 points for Taiwan. Chen Yu-Chun (176-F-87) answered with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Hsu Chien-Hui (171-G/F-89) had 11 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Chiang Feng-Chun 26, Liu Chun-Yi 15, Chen Yi-Feng 8
Taiwan University NT: Chen Yu-Chun 12, Hsu Chien-Hui 11



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Fenerbahce midfielder Mccoughtry Player of the Week at WNBA once again - by Pervin Elgin
Playing for one of WNBA's strongest womens basketball teams, Atlanta Dream, Fenerbahce Istanbul midfielder Angel Mccoughtry was named the most successful player of the week in the Eastern Conference in New York for the second consecutive time.

In three games 25-year old Mccoughtry averaged 31.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She scored a season best 37 points in a 76-68 road defeat of Tulsa Shock, scored 22 points in a 89-80 home victory against the LA Spark, and added 36 more points in s 99-92 loss against Connecticut Sun. 19 of those points came in the fourth quarter alone.

Mccoughtrys excellent play has turned around Atlanda Dreams season. After a 1-5 start, the team now has a 8-10 recordand is tied for fourth place in the Eastern Division, sufficient to make it to the play offs. If she continues to display this level of play, Fenerbahce will be eager to welcome her back after the WNBA finals.


Turkish U18 National Team 2011 - by Karol
Starting five
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Olcay Cakir
Cakir
Merve Aydin
Aydin
Ayse Cora
Cora
Gizem Sezer
Sezer
Ozge Kavurmacioglu
Kavurmacioglu
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4 Olcay Cakir 180-PG-93 Fenerbahce Turkey
5 Ilayda Tokmak 170-PG-93 Galatasaray Turkey
6 Merve Aydin 174-PG-94 Mersin Turkey
7 Ferda Yildiz 182-F-93 Antakya Bld Turkey
8 Ayse Cora 175-G/F-93 Galatasaray Turkey
9 Betul Kalfali 178-F-93 Istanbul Univ. Turkey
10 Didem Nakas 173-G-94
11 Elif Emirtekin 184-F-94 Botas Turkey
12 Melike Yalcinkaya 189-C-93 Ceyhan Bld Turkey
13 Nadya Zuyeva 190-C-93 Botas Turkey
14 Gizem Sezer 196-C-94 Istanbul Univ. Turkey
15 Ozge Kavurmacioglu 187-F-93 Fenerbahce Turkey

Firat Okul Head Coach Istanbul Univ. Turkey
Halil Demirbilek Assistant Botas Turkey
Murat Kaya Assistant


Besiktas hires Sandro Orlando as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Sandro Orlando is a new Head Coach of Besiktas. The Italian specialist penned a one-year deal with his new club. Orlando worked last four years with Famila Wuber Schio. He led them to double crown in Italy last season. Schio won the Serie A1 title and National Cup. Orlando was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Coach of The Year -11. Schio was champion of Italy also in 2008. That same year coach Orlando and Schio won the Europe Cup title. In 2010, Schio reached Finals in Italy. In the past Sandro Orlando worked with Maddaloni Basket and Banco di Sicilia Ribera. He also has experience as Coach Assistant of the Italian National Team.

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VI women off to Bahamas for CBC - by David Edole
After days of anxiety, Natalie Day (182-G/F-90) will compete for the U.S Virgin Islands in the Caribbean championships, which start today in the Bahamas at the Sir Kendall Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau August 3rd to -7th.
Day joins teammates Te'Andra Richardson (Charlotte Amalie), Aesha Peters (193-C-92) (UNC Wilmington), Yanique Javois (176-G-85, college: St.Louis) (Missouri Western), Ky'laine Rogers (155-G-92)< (Oglethorpe), Stacy Griffith (UDC), Lanese Bough (168-G-93) (Central High), Lauren Larsen (173-F/C-85) (Coker), Tasheema Lewis (155-G-90) (Barry University), Brittney Matthew (Hightower HS), Edidiong Utibe (Antilles), and Melanesiah Hendricks (Central High).
The Virgin Islands open today against Cuba (Thursday 4:00 pm), the Bahamas (Friday 8:00 pm), Trinidad and Tobago (Saturday 6:00 pm), and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Sunday, 3:00 pm).
The top three teams advance to next year's CentroBasket championship.
Day, whose mother was born and raised on the Virgin Island of St. Thomas, was an all-West Coast Conference selection as a junior, when she led the Pilots in scoring (14.6 points per game) and rebounding (6.9 per game).



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Birmingham Starz select Connie Morris as Head Coach - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (August 4, 2010) ----The Birmingham Starz basketball team didn't hesitate in its search for the leader of their basketball program. The search ended when longtime basketball coach Connie Morris was signed. The Starz found its perfect pick right smack dab in the middle of Alabama's notorius football territory.

The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) has announced that Ms. Morris will be the team's first head basketball coach. Morris spent seventeen years as a successful head coach in the Birmingham area. Morris led her teams to the Alabama State Championship Womens Basketball finals with a 32-2 record while at Bessemer High School. During her tenure, her basketball players were acknowledged for having one of the highest acceptance rates in placing players at NCAA Division I and Division II schools. Morris was able to enjoy its many 20 game win seasons in over the past seventeen years. 'We love winning basketball games, but when our kids graduate and moving on the great colleges and university, while winning ballgames, this lets us enjoy the best of the high school experience, we all win', said Morris. 'Birmingham is a great community with great fans. We will bring top quality play to the city and well win games while our team serves the community and the citizens of Jefferson County.'

During the search for the Head Basketball Coach in Birmingham, only one name stood out, 'I knew right away, that Coach Morris was the right person for the job, it is my belief that Coach Morris is a special individual with a great basketball legacy,' WUSBA Vice President of Basketball Operations Kenneth Green said. 'The staff here agreed unanimously, that Coach Morris is a person of integrity, sincerity and uncommon coaching acumen.'

Morris inherits a Birmingham Starzs team that is set to begin its inaugural basketball season this coming fall, 'I am honored and thrilled to have been asked to be a part of the program here in Birmingham, Morris said. The WUSBA is a new league and they have an exceptional format complete with great regional competition. I eagerly anticipate working with the strong core of players who will be trying out for my team this upcoming season; we want to begin a tradition of excellence.'

This is just another stop for the veteran Morris. She started as an assistant coach some years ago in the Birmingham area . Her career has taken her great arena's across the south. Morris joined the basketball program at Bessemer High School, where the team traveled to the playoffs continually. Morris most recently was at the helm at Bessemer High School basketball program, where she led the resurgence of that basketball program.

'It was easy to see immediately that she has a tremendous knowledge of and feel for the game as anyone Ive ever been known', said WUSBA President, Duane Allen Jenkins. 'Her successes to date on the local level coupled with his commitment to his players convince me that he will work hard to maintain an outstanding program in Birmingham. She has a tradition of success and he is a great addition to the WUSBA basketball family. She is a tremendous hire both as a coach and as a person on the court and in the community.'

The Birmingham Starz play in the Southern Division of the Southeastern Conference. The team will play their home games at the Carver High School Gymnasium.




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WBCBL National Championship Tournament Begins This Weekend! - by Willie McCray
Atlanta, Georgia

This weekend the marks the 6th Annual Women's Blue Chip Basketball Leagues National Championship Tournament. This event will feature 10 of the top Women,s Minor League and Semi-Professional teams from across North America. The talent level of each team is comprised of a unique mixture of former Collegiate, NWBL, WNBA, and Pro International players.

All games are scheduled to take place at:
Oglethorpe University
4484 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30319

Game Schedule:
SATURDAY
10am
Game 1: Orlando Extreme v. Tallahassee Thunder
Game 2: Lowcontry Fire v. Miami Rain (Gym B)

12p
Game 3: Flint Lady Monarchs v. Louisiana Bayou Angels
Game 4: Arkansas Starz v. Rock County Robins (Gym B)

2p
Game 5: Pennslyvania Lazers v. Winner of Game 1
Game 6: Atlanta Battlecats v. Winner of Game 2 (Gym B)

SUNDAY (GYM # A)
8am
Game 7: Winner of Game 3 v. Winner of Game 5

10am
Game 8: Winner of Game 4 v. Winner of Game 6

1p Game 9: WBCBL National Championship Title Game

More information is available online at www.WBCBL.com or by calling 214-810-7406



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Results and Stats from Day 4 in New Taipei City - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Taiwan University NT 77:59
Taiwan recorded the third straight win at the William Jones Cup. They overcame Taiwanese University National Team to claim the title at the tournament. Chiang Feng-Chun (184-F-81) stepped up with 26 points to lead the effort. University National Team slipped at 2-2 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Taiwan recorded a narrow 24:23 lead after ten minutes. They stiffened defence in the second period. Taiwan secured a 38:34 halftime advantage. Taiwan cleared off in the third term. They limited the University National Team to just 12 points in the period to take a 14-point lead with one quarter remaining. University National Team never recovered in the fourth term as Taiwan cruised to the victory. Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) came up with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Chen Yi-Feng (170-G-84) delivered 8 points for Taiwan. Chen Yu-Chun (176-F-87) answered with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Hsu Chien-Hui (171-G/F-89) had 11 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Chiang Feng-Chun 26, Liu Chun-Yi 15, Chen Yi-Feng 8
Taiwan University NT: Chen Yu-Chun 12, Hsu Chien-Hui 11


Japan - South Korea 61:56
Japan registered the second straight win at the William Jones Cup. They held off South Korea for 2-1 record in the ladder. Rina Tomizaki (180-F/C-88) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. South Korea in the meantime suffered the third straight loss at the tournament.
Japan dominated in the starting quarter. They posted a 17:12 lead ten minutes into the game. South Korea bounced back in the second term. They surged ahead for a 33:30 halftime advantage. Roller-coaster action continued in the third term as Japan answered with a stifling defence limiting South Korea to just 6 points. Japan entered the fourth term up by 3 points. They hung on for the victory in tough dying minutes. Eri Nakahata (165-G-88) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Misaki Onuma (175-F-90) contributed 11 points in the victory. Park Jung-Eun (180-F-77) replied with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for South Korea. Hong Boram (178-F-88) netted 15 points in defeat.

Japan: Rina Tomizaki 17, Eri Nakahata 14, Misaki Onuma 11
South Korea: Park Jung-Eun 24, Hong Boram 15



2011 Jones Cup women's competition concludes - by Chris Wang
Taiwan defeated Korea's Samsung club team 73-50 Thursday in the final game to win the 2011 William Jones Cup tournament women's competition with an undefeated record (4-0).

The title was Taiwan's seventh in tourney history.

In the other game of the night, Japan routed India 98-62 to finish as runner-up with 3-1.

To everyone's surprise, Samsung finished without a win in the tourney and snapped South Korean teams' three-peat quest in the tournament. South Korea sent WKBL teams instead of its national team to the Jones Cup in the past three years.

Local media reported that Samsung's import was injured and two of its best players were on the national team.

Taiwan women's NT head coach Chang Hui-ying was quoted as saying that she was unhappy with the team's defensive effort as players seemed to relax a bit after a big lead.

Final Standings:
Taiwan 4-0
Japan 3-1
Taiwan WUG 2-2
India 1-3
Samsung (Korea) 0-4



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Charles leads Sun to 79-70 win over Sparks - by Eurobasket News
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun controlled the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 79-70 on Wednesday.

It was the fourth straight double-double and 12th of the season for Charles, the reigning WNBA rookie of the year.

Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the Sun (12-6), who used a 12-0 run to start the fourth in winning for the sixth time in seven games.

Tied 56-56 heading into the fourth, Charles hit a free throw and later added a pair of jumpers during the run, resulting in a 68-56 lead. The Sparks went scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes before Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) hit a jumper to end the drought.

Milton-Jones had 14 points to lead the Sparks (7-12). Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) and Ebony Hoffman scored 13 points apiece.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Shock coach to be inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame by Barkley, Meyers - by Eurobasket News
Tulsa Shock coach Teresa Edwards will be presented into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame by Charles Barkley and Ann Meyers later this month.

Barkley, an NBA legend, called Edwards the 'best women's basketball player ever' during this past year's NBA All-Star Game festivities. Meyers is a former UCLA and Olympic star who is president and general manager of the Phoenix Mercury.

Edwards will enter her seventh hall of fame when she's inducted on Aug. 12. She said last month that it may be the most important of all of the halls of fame.

The Shock has a game at Seattle on Aug. 11, and it is unlikely that she will be able to attend that game and travel across the country for the ceremonies in Springfield, Mass.

'The most glaring thing on my mind is leaving my team,' Edwards said during an interview last month. 'I know the Hall of Fame people don't want to hear that, but I don't want to leave my girls for a game.

'Before I was in this position (as Tulsa's interim coach), I couldn't wait. I'm sure it will be OK.

'I'm excited to be going in and meeting some of the guys, Dennis (Rodman) and the cats ... (Stanford coach) Tara (VanDerveer) is going in ... it's just a special honor to be in the same company as them.'

Edwards is USA basketball's only five-time medalist, winning four gold medals, and has the distinction of being the youngest and oldest player to win a gold medal.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com