Maccabi Haifa's 6-foot-3 Danish-Israeli guard Chanan Colmanbroke his non-shooting hand yesterday during the team's game preparation finale and is ruled sidelined for roughly six weeks, according to Eurobasket sources.
Per team insiders, Colman and 7-foot Israeli teammate Alexey Chubrevich (broken finger), met with a hand specialist for further examination early Sunday morning. The doctor's diagnosis revealed that both players will undergo surgery and miss over a month of hoop time while Chubrevich's recovery is expected to be longer. Both athletes will also miss the remaining of Haifa's state-cup campaign.
Colman had his eyes set on making his season debut tonight against Hapoel Galil/Gilboa following a preseason ankle injury.
Over the weekend, Colman and Maccabi officials have filed to the league's financial administration a re-signed agreement that will keep the 28-year-old Danish international in Haifa for the remainder of the season with an extension option for 2013-14.
Although he's yet to participate in a game this season, Haifa's coaching staff values Colman as a key ingredient to its success. The guard's never-ending work ethic, high basketball IQ and positive locker room influence has given Colman an essential roll in Brad Greenberg's squad.
In related news, Haifa's veteran Israeli point guard Lior Segev (Agency: Gross Zeev ISA) has asked to be release due to lack of playing time, sources informed. Segev was offered a deal by Ironi Nahariya of Israel's second division, but was denied approval by Haifa executives. Segev played just four games for Haifa this season, registering 3.8 points and 2 assists per contest.
Haifa is currently ranked no. 2 with an impressive 8-4 start in Israel's Super League.
Jerusalem recalls Tamir?
Hapoel Jerusalem looks to mend its roster after a pair of key players' injuries and has entertained the possibility of calling upon 6'10" center Daniel Tamirwho averages 5.6 points and 4.2 boards per for Elitzur Ramle of Israel's minor league, though Jerusalem is yet to request Tamir's release forms, league sources told Eurobasket.
Tamir, a 21-year-old Jerusalem native and former product of Hapoel's junior team, played half a season for the city's senior squad during the 2009-2010 season and has bounced around since.
EuroLeague: CSKA ease past Maccabi in Moscow - 2 hours ago
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CSKA - Maccabi Tel Aviv 93:81 CSKA stormed past Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 17th victory in EuroLeague regular season. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) was pivotal with 29 points for the hosts. CSKA sank 26 points in the opening frame to gain a 12-point lead. Maccabi tried to live up to the challenge in the second quarter. The visitors drained 34 points to get within 6 points at halftime 48:54. CSKA however improved defensively in the third term. They limited Maccabi to just 12 points in the quar... [read more]
CSKA - Maccabi Tel Aviv 93:81
CSKA stormed past Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 17th victory in EuroLeague regular season. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) was pivotal with 29 points for the hosts. CSKA sank 26 points in the opening frame to gain a 12-point lead. Maccabi tried to live up to the challenge in the second quarter. The visitors drained 34 points to get within 6 points at halftime 48:54. CSKA however improved defensively in the third term. They limited Maccabi to just 12 points in the quarter and opened a 9-point lead at the final break. CSKA nailed 24 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) finished with 14 points and 10 boards, while Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) added 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points for Maccabi. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) banked in 14 points in the defeat.
Anton Kazarnovski selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - 5 hours ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Israeli players, who play currently abroad. TJ Leaf (208-F-97)to an easy victory against the University of Southern California in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Israeli players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former University international power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany). Kazarnovski led BG Karlsruhe to a victory over the leader Karlsruhe PS (14-6) 79-75 in a derby game in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday.
He was MVP of the game. Kazarnovski scored 19 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 7 passes and blocked 2 shots.
BG Karlsruhe (11-9) is placed sixth in South group.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Kazarnovski's first season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kazarnovski averages: 15.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(68-117) and FT: 85.4%.
He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli.
Former 1.1ppg - Hapoel Haifa/Ramat Hasharon starter played for the Israeli university national team ten years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). Koulechov contributed to Rice's victory against the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio (6-5) 80-68 in the NCAA on Thursday night.
He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.
The Rice University has 7-5 conference record this season.
There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Koulechov has very impressive stats this year: 18.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 48.4%(61-126) and FT: 80.7% in 27 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Israeli.
Ex-Wingate Academy Netanya player is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.
#3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international power forward Roman Sorkin (205-96, currently studies in the States). Sorkin managed to help University of Oregon in a victory against the University of Colorado (4-10) crushing them 101-73 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He scored only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court.
The University of Oregon has a very good 11-2 conference record this season.
It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
This year Sorkin's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 3FGP: 45.0% and FT: 93.8%(15-16) in 20 games.
He played for the Israeli U20 national team two years ago.
#4. Center Ido Flaisher (206-98, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Hawaii (6-5) to beat the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara (7-4).
Flaisher scored 5 points.
The Hawaii was edged 56-54 at home by the Univ. of California-.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important.
Flaisher's total stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 2.9rpg.
He is also Israeli U20 national team player.
#5. Former international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Scafati in their game against FCM Ferentino (9-13) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division).
Naimy recorded only 4 points and added 4 passes in 28 minutes.
The 14th-placed Scafati (6-16) lost 77-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#13) FCM Ferentino in the West group.
Naimy has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.6apg and 1.2spg in 18 games.
He used to play for the Israeli national team
two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Israeli passport but never been selected to any of Israeli national teams:
#1.TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led UCLA to an easy victory against the University of Southern California (4-10) crushing them 102-70 in a derby game in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
He scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 30 minutes.
The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a solid 9-3 conference record this season.
It's Leaf's first year with the team.
Leaf has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1bpg in 25 games he played so far.
Leaf is a naturalized American.
Despite his Israeli passport, Leaf previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team.
Strangely he has never played in Israel.
#2.Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 2-point Panionios' victory against the eighth-ranked Psychiko (9-9) 77-75 in a derby game in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Matalon scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (17-1) is placed first in the A2.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Matalon's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.8apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek.
Despite Matalon's Israeli passport, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Israeli team.
#3.Alon Hemsani (201-F, currently plays in NAIA). Hemsani could not help the Culver Stockton College (0-20) to beat the Central Methodist University. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones.
Hemsani scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The Culver Stockton College was badly defeated 88-69 on the road by the Central Methodist University.
So far Culver Stockton College lost all twenty games in the Regular Season.
His team will play only one more game in the NAIA Regular Season.
Hemsani's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1bpg.
Jermaine Beal (ex Bullets) is a newcomer at Ironi Nes-Ziona - 5 hours ago
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Ironi Nes-Ziona (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Jermaine Beal (191-92kg-87, college: Vanderbilt). He played recently at Bullets in Australian NBL league, but left the team last month. In 23 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg this season. Beal ended the last season at Telenet BC Oostende (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 18 games he averaged 3.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. Beal helped them to win the Belgian League title (twic... [read more]
Ironi Nes-Ziona (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Jermaine Beal (191-92kg-87, college: Vanderbilt). He played recently at Bullets in Australian NBL league, but left the team last month. In 23 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg this season. Beal ended the last season at Telenet BC Oostende (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 18 games he averaged 3.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. Beal helped them to win the Belgian League title (twice) (also twice). But the most of that year he spent at Perth Wildcats (NBL) in Australian league. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg. Beal contributed to his team winning the NBL title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as he was voted to Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he received Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 1st Team award back in 2014. Beal is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America) in six different countries. Beal has played previously professionally in Brazil (Minas), Poland (Trefl), Puerto Rico (Manati), Saudi Arabia (Al Ittihad), Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster) and D-League (Austin Spurs and Erie Bay Hawks). He attended Vanderbilt University until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Long, physical guard with court savvy and ability to distribute the basketball.
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