Krasnie Krilya keep Telekom Basket scoreless in overtime to punch the ticket to Final Four of EuroChallenge. The Russian team posted a 95:85 win due to 10-0 overtime victory. Telekom Basket opened the game with a narrow 25-24 lead in the first period. The German side added 26-24 in the second frame and led 3 points at the halftime. Both teams scored 20 points each in the third quarter that remained the same difference on the board. Krasnie Krilya managed to post a 17-14 rally in the fourth quarter and Vasiliev made two free throws to send the teams to overtime. Krasnie Krilya did not allow the host to score in the extra 5 minutes and grabbed the victory as well as the ticket to Final Four. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) paced all the winners with 24 points and Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) netted 19. Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) delivered 15 and Aaron Miles (186-PG-83, college: Kansas) collected 12 points and 10 assists. Andrej Mangold (190-PG-87) and Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort. Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) notched 12 and David McCray (188-G-86) poured in 11.
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, it is a must to visit the traditional Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox to catch the atmosphere. However if there is a college game at the same time, then you will see me there. Basketball is and will remain my number one sport', stressed Hans Beth .