I been an underdog my whole life and to tell you the truth I love it. A lot of people want and also like to write you off just for the hell of it. I believe that everybody was born with a purpose whether or not your broke, rich, poor, a loser, work a 9 to 5 or pursing your dreams. If you believe in anything you wish to believe in than most of the time they will come true with a little work ethic. I never had all the answers nor do I claim to have them. But merely through my experience overseas and through my life is all I can go by. A book I'm reading by a famous african american author Daniel Whyte III called Letters To Young Black Men: Advice and Encouragement For A Difficult Journey, says that winners always have everybody's undivided attention, but losers wait until its their time to talk. Which is so true.
A lot of people wrote us off this weekend against Kutaisi. Being as it is an away game and their crowd is probably the best in the league, it would be hard to say we could go in hostile territory and win. On game day I suffered food poison and I couldn't even lay down and relax without having to run to the bathroom. Literally from 8am to 2pm I couldn't keep anything down. To be honest Jehovah had to be tired of me praying, because I swear I prayed so many times to him so I could return to normal and play during this important game. Regardless though I had it made up in my mind that I was going to play this game, the team needed me and I wasn't going to sit on the side and watch. I come from a place where no excuses are recognized, never had a silver spoon, nor was I babied. You work for what you get, and if your a true basketball player that loves the game you will play through anything. For an examplein the 1970 NBA Finals in Game 7 Willis Reed the game before suffered a torn thigh muscle but willed himself back on the court to beat Wilt Chamberlain and his Lakers for the Knicks first championship ever. A lot of people don't understand where this will and focus come from because their life was shelter, fine and cozy. Due to me being weak and sick coach said he would only play me sparingly minutes and not start me this game. But during the warmups I told Badri our assistant coach that I couldn't watch and I need to be out on the floor. The rest is history. Down the stretch we all made real big plays to seal the game. Down by 2, Kutaisi search for a way to score. And as one of their players spinned, I stole the ball from the opposite side due to the fact the opponent didn't switch hands and I layed the ball up. That pretty much was the icing on the cake. I ended up with 19 points, 5 Rebs and 3 steals. We won 67 to 60. As a team we showed great effort as well as a great win, and put us at 6-1 on the season. Looking forward to another big game next weekend vs Armia at our home court. Should be an exciting game to attend.
I want to tell everybody out their that lacks confidence or needs a little pick me up at some point in another, that winning don't mean coming first but simply doing things you've never done. That makes a true winner. We all come from different walks of life but the will to beileve in something makes us come together as a people. Believers Never Die. Keep a lookout for my endorser 2DaHole new commercial and website coming soon. Slam Magazine we coming for you again haha. Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)
Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Awards 2013 - May 15, 2013
Player of the Year: Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Rustavi; Guard of the Year: Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Rustavi; Forward of the Year: Levan Fatsatsia (198-F-88) of Olimpi; Center of the Year: Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) of Olimpi; Most Improved Player of the Year: Irakli Chlaidze (199-F-89) of Sokhumi; Bosman Player of the Year: Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) of Olimpi; Import Player of the Year: Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Rustavi; Domestic Player of the Year: Richard Matiashvili (207-C-89) of Kutaisi; New [read more]
Giorgi Shermadini became a EuroLeague champion - May 13, 2013
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Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) became a EuroLeague champion as his Olympiacos celebrated the second straight EuroLeague title. They outgunned Real Madrid in an exciting clash at O2 Arena in London. Vassilis Spanoulis came up with 22 points to pace the Hellenes to the historic success. The Reds entered the EuroLeague Final Four as underdogs but proved a tough nut to crack edging big time favourites CSKA in the semis and then Real Madrid in the Final [read more]
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) became a EuroLeague champion as his Olympiacos celebrated the second straight EuroLeague title. They outgunned Real Madrid in an exciting clash at O2 Arena in London. Vassilis Spanoulis came up with 22 points to pace the Hellenes to the historic success. The Reds entered the EuroLeague Final Four as underdogs but proved a tough nut to crack edging big time favourites CSKA in the semis and then Real Madrid in the Final. Real Madrid looked dominant at every end of the floor in the opening quarter. The Spanish team got to a flying start building a 27:10 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiacos once again showed their character. They opened the second frame on a 12:2 rally. Sloukas capped the first half with three points to put Olympiacos within 4 points 37:41. Vassilis Spanoulis drained back-to-back three-pointers early in the third term to give the Reds a 45:43 lead. Kyle Hines and Acie Law made it 52:46 for Olympiacos midway through the third term. Real however did not allow the Reds to pull away entering the fourth frame all tied at 61. The Greek team opened the fourth frame on a 9:1 run to ensure a 70:62 advantage. Marcus Slaughter received a technical foul midway through the period and Olympiacos punished Real with a 6:0 run to extend the lead to 14 points 84:70. Sergio Rodriguez dragged the Madrid outfit within 8 points 79:87 but Vassilis Spanoulis reacted with a timely three-pointer and Olympiacos cruised to the victory from there on. Acie Law provided 20 points, while Kyle Hines netted 12 points for the winners. Giorgi Shermadini delivered 3 points, made 1 rebound and 2 assists. Rudy Fernandez responded with 21 points for Real Madrid. Sergio Rodriguez added 17 points in the loss.
Kutaisi - MIA Academy 73-89 (1-2)
MIA shot 62.3 percent from the field. MIA outrebounded Kutaisi 29-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for MIA especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a great evening for American point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds [read more]
MIA shot 62.3 percent from the field. MIA outrebounded Kutaisi 29-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for MIA especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a great evening for American point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) helped adding 16 points and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four MIA players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) with 19 points and 5 steals and guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) scored 7 points and 11 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 19+3reb, Z.Pashayev 14+1reb+2ast, R.Matiashvili 12+8reb, T.Babunashvili 8+1ast, B.Kvimsadze 7+2reb+11ast, D.Barbakadze 6+1ast MIA Academy: D.Vaughn 20+6reb+3ast, B.Raymond 16+4reb+6ast, K.Archibeque 13+5reb+5ast, C.Prewitt 12+6reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 8+3reb+2ast, M.Chitashvili 5+2reb+1ast
Olimpi made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Olimpi outrebounded Armia 48-35 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Darren Moore (190-89, college: Cal-Irvine) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International Besik Lezhava (192-86) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: FCM) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Armia. Four Armia players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Armia: B.Lezhava 19+7reb+2ast, A.Boisa 13+6reb, L.Parghalava 11+2reb+2ast, G.Jgerenaia 11+11reb+1ast, G.Gamqrelidze 9+6reb+8ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 6+2reb+6ast Olimpi: D.Moore 19+10reb+2ast, A.Dvalishvili 16+8reb+1ast, L.Fatsatsia 16+9reb+4ast, K.Tomaradze 7+2reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 6+2reb, S.Milosevic 5+6reb
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