Zalgiris stun ALBA in Top 16 Round 6 opener. The Lithuanian team recovered from last losses and won 92:56. Zalgiris opened the game with 26-21 and continued their dominance later in the game. The hosts added 18-16 rally in the second frame for 7-point lead at the halftime. The third period was a nightmare for the German side that lost the frame 9-26. Zalgiris managed to added 22-10 in the last stanza for an easy success. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) nailed 17. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) delivered 14, while Mario Delas (207-F/C-90) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 8 each. Yassin Idbihi (209-C-83, college: Buffalo) answered with 12 points in the losing case and Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) netted 10. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) and Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) finished the game with 8 points each in a loss.
The familiarity of German arenas for German basketball ambassador Hans Beth where ex NBA players like Elias Harris and Chris Babb battle to the extreme to get back on the radar of overseas scouts or tiny gyms were American ex NAIA or Juco players play out their dreams just to be able to make a scant basketball living is about equal to if you asked NBA legend Larry Bird to recount specific plays from the 1986 finals where the Boston Celtics dismissed the Houston Rockets to win another NBA... [read more]
The familiarity of German arenas for German basketball ambassador Hans Beth where ex NBA players like Elias Harris and Chris Babb battle to the extreme to get back on the radar of overseas scouts or tiny gyms were American ex NAIA or Juco players play out their dreams just to be able to make a scant basketball living is about equal to if you asked NBA legend Larry Bird to recount specific plays from the 1986 finals where the Boston Celtics dismissed the Houston Rockets to win another NBA title. However for one night in June 2016, Beth left the German basketball court on the back burner and witnessed a totally different sport and breathed in a totally different way of life in the eyes of an American at the legendary Fenway Park. The game had 10 players like basketball, but not on a court, but on grass and dirt. The playing area wasn't in a arena like the Fraport arena that has a capacity of 5,002, but outside with a capacity of 37,949. The music was totally different as there was no Separate Ways from Journey or current pop songs blaring in the Fraport arena, but classic American songs like Sweet Caroline from Neil Diamond or the song every American knows by heart 'Take me out to the ball park. The food was also different as unlike the fewer food choices in the Fraport arena, there was the smell of roasted peanuts or the famous Fenway Franks which is an American Hotdog that tastes best at the ball park. In the Fraport arena, Hans Beth can mingle with people like Jason Boone, Martinis Woody or head coach Steven Key while in Fenway Park, he could come across a totally different type of person with celebrities like New England Patriots CEO Bill Kraft, US secretary of State John Kerry, country singer Kenny Chesney, American writer Stephan King, 80s top model Christie Brinkley, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck or the Wahlberg brothers Donnie and Mark. For one evening Hans Beth who comes over like he could be the lost brother of James Bond as his dapper look is always on as he was able to forget basketball for three hours and catch America's pastime Baseball, a sport from a totally different perspective or could he? Hans Beth 's sole purpose in Boston wasn't to become a German expert on the sport of baseball, but to continue to shape the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour and get to personally meet and spend time with Northeastern head coach Bill Coen and athletic director Peter Robby. Even if watching that baseball game wasn't the first time for Beth, basketball will still dominate his heart. 'When I am in the states, I enjoy watching baseball and football games. My American friends didn't only explain the rules, but I also understand the tactical things better and better. I think that when one is in Boston