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BERLIN---Defending champion France
needed overtime to overcome Finland
97-87 as the opening day of the
European Basketball Championships
produced tight games and some
Lithuania, runner-up to France two
years ago, struggled to edge Ukraine, the
youngest team in the tournament, 69-68.
Turkey surprised Italy 89-87 despite
blowing a 16-point lead, and 33 points
from Danilo Gallinari. Center Semih Erden
scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth
quarter to secure Turkey's win in Group
B. Nemanja Bjelica scored 24 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Serbia past
Spain 80-70 in the featured match.
Sasu Salin nailed a 3-pointer to tie the
game for Finland, and Tony Parker
missed a jumper as the Group A game
went into overtime at 81-81.
But France put it away in the extra
period as Parker finished with 23 points.
American-born Jamar Wilson led Finland
with 21 points.
Also, Dirk Nowitzki and Dennis
Schroeder scored 15 points each to lead
host Germany to a surprisingly close 71-
65 victory over Iceland.
France taken to extra time; Serbia beats Spain at Eurobasket
(Ext: 2069, 2071,
JOEVIN JONES scored
the third goal in the
69th minute to help the
Soca Warriors to a 3-3
draw against Mexico at
the Rio Tinto Stadium in
Utah, on Friday night.
"We have all seen
and believe he can
perform an excellent
job for West Indies
cricket over many
West Indies Cricket
Board president DAVE
CAMERON after Jason
Holder was appointed
West Indies Test
Daron Cruickshank was named
Queen s Park Cricket Club (QPCC)
Cricketer of the Year at the sporting
organisation s end-of-season awards
held at the Century Ballroom at the
Queen s Park Oval on Tragarete
Road, Port-of-Spain, on Friday.
The youngster beat out celebrated
Parkites Kevon Cooper, Kieron Pol-
lard and Sunil Narine for the coveted
prizes. Khary Pierre rounded off the
top five contenders for the top award.
Cruickshank, who joined the club
back in 2002, has been playing pro-
fessionally over the past six years
both in England and Australia.
This year, however, he opted to
stay at home for the entire season,
a move which ensured that the team
was strengthened and consequently
placed him in the view of the nation-
al selectors as a top candidate for
He emerged as the leading run
scorer this year, helping his team
secure two titles.
For his sterling efforts on the field,
Cruickshank was awarded a retainer
contract with the Leeward Islands
for the 2015-2016 season.
Cruickshank recorded a season
total of 1,141 runs. His highest score
was 157 not out. In all the compe-
titions played under the QPCC ban-
ner, he was able to register an average
of 57.05 which included a memorable
innings played in a T20 final.
An injury, however, hampered his
bowling output and was consequent-
ly limited to just 53 overs for the
Meanwhile, wicket-keeper bats-
man Joshua Da Silva, who captained
the Under-19 team to Barbados for
the past two years, was the voted
the Phil Thomson Youth Personality
of the Year.
Reputed to be the youngest player
selected to tour the United Kingdom,
he had the honour to serve as captain
of the north zone team that won last
year s U-17 title.
In Barbados, he topped the batting
averages for the team and was
awarded the prize for most dismissals
in the tournament.
Fast bowler Quammie Mohammed,
16, walked away with the Runako
Morton Award for the Most Prom-
ising Youth Cricketer of the Year,
while all-rounder Tion Webster, was
declared the Peter Waithe Youth
Cricketer of the Year.
Mohammed represented T&T as
a member of the U-17 squad in 2015
tournament and was described as a
player to watch for future champi-
onships. Recognised for his commit-
ment to working hard as witnessed
by his regular attendance at practice,
Mohammed proved his worth this
season. He took 18 wickets with a
QPCC top award
Daron Cruickshank, QPCC Player of the Year 2015, left, accepts his trophy from
club president Deryck Murray at Friday night's presentation of awards held at
the Century Ballroom at the Queen's Park Oval on Tragarete Road in Port-of-
Spain. PHOTOS: SEAN NERO
Tion Webster, recipient of the Peter Waithe Youth Cricketer of the Year Award,
proudly accepts his accolade from Sheldon Waithe, editor of QPCC's Parkite
Cruickshank recorded a
season total of 1,141
runs. His highest score
was 157 not out. In all
played under the QPCC
banner, he was able to
register an average of
57.05 which included a
played in a T20 final.
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