Shahrdary Gorgan (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Croatia power forward Filip Toncinic (212-84). He already started the season at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. The last season Toncinic played at Burgos (LEB Gold) in Spanish league where in 39 games he recorded 11.0ppg and 6.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Among... [read more]
Shahrdary Gorgan (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Croatia power forward Filip Toncinic (212-84). He already started the season at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. The last season Toncinic played at Burgos (LEB Gold) in Spanish league where in 39 games he recorded 11.0ppg and 6.0rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Among other achievements Toncinic's team was regular season runner-up in Southland Conference West Division for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Toncinic's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Toncinic has played previously professionally in Japan (Sendai 89ers), Kosovo (Drita), Syria (Al Wahda) and Croatia (KK Zadar, KK Vrijednosnice Osijek and Kvarner Resort Novi Rijeka). He attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Magixx Kidsright Cools Off WCAA Giants - Mar 13, 2011
Thursday night in Bergen-op-Zoom, after a strong 1st quarter start by surging WCAA Giants, the next three quarters belonged to Magixx Kidsright, as they brought the recently hot WCAA Giants team back to earth, with a 3rd quarter 9-0 run and strong rebounding making a difference, as the Magixx cruised to a 97-79 win. Magixx extended their lead
from 63-59 to 73-59 in the 3rd quarter, and never relinquished their double-digit lead through the game [read more]
Thursday night in Bergen-op-Zoom, after a strong 1st quarter start by surging WCAA Giants, the next three quarters belonged to Magixx Kidsright, as they brought the recently hot WCAA Giants team back to earth, with a 3rd quarter 9-0 run and strong rebounding making a difference, as the Magixx cruised to a 97-79 win. Magixx extended their lead from 63-59 to 73-59 in the 3rd quarter, and never relinquished their double-digit lead through the game. Magixx also had balanced scoring, with Brian Laing leading five Magixx players in double figures with 24 pts., and Zaire Taylor adding 21. Tim Blue led the Giants with 19 pts. Magixx had little resistance to the basket, making 68% FG with a 40-30 rebounding advantage. With the win, Magixx close in to within two games of nemesis Eiffel Towers, while the Giants remain locked in a three-way tie for 5th place.
This weekend in Dutch basketball, WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom got a signature win toppling defending Dutch champion GasTerra Flames Groningen, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch got back on the winning track with a win in Zwolle, while Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden and De Friesland Aris improved their playoff positions with home wins [read more]
In the Martiniplaza, WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom stuck to the gameplan until the end, with it paying dividends, pulling off a stunner with an impressive 91-88 win over GasTerra Flames Groningen. It was a game in which the team of WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom head coach Wierd Goedee came in with an excellent gameplan, with Jesse Kimbrough setting the tone for the guests. The Flames had absolutely no answer for the dribble-drive abilities of Kimbrough, who willed his way to a game-high 31 pts., including 13 of 18 free throws. Kimbrough outshot the entire Gas Terra Flames eams from the free throw line. The Flames had attempted four different players on guarding Kimbrough, but to no avail. It was getting to the free throw line, scoring in transition and strong 2nd half defensive rebounding that kept the Giants in the game. The lead for the Flames never increased more than 8 pts. and the rebounding was an even 30-30. The Giants shot 33 total free throws as opposed to only 11 for the Flames. Matt Harysz did his best to lead the Flames in crunchtime (21 pts.), with a baseline jumper pushing the Flames' lead up to 84-80 with under two minutes remaining, but from then on the Giants would counter back, with a strong post move from Tim Blue and a Ties Theeuwkens three-point dagger with 53.9 seconds remaining the go ahead score. The final minute would be exciting, with an excellent trick inbounds play from the Giants on a slip screen from Brandon Griffin (202-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.) pushing the Giants' lead to 87-84. On the ensuing play Robby Bostain would score on a three-point attempt, but was ruled that his foot was on the line. The Flames would have no choice but to foul Kimbrough, who would ice the game with two free throws. Blue also added 19 pts. with Bostain adding 19. The Giants continue to grow and inch closer to the top half of the Dutch standings.
In the Sportcenter Eiffel Towers Den Bosch bounched back from a devastating Thursday road loss to Gas Terra Flames to win 85-74 over Landstede. It was close in crunch time but a 13-4 run the last two minutes made the difference in the end. Julian Mills led Eiffel with 19 pts., Rogier Jansen added 17 and Frank Turner with 15. Matt Mullery led all scorers with 25 pts. Eiffel improves to 21-8.
In the Vijfmeihal Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden broke loss in the last quarter thanks to the play of guard Worthy de Jong, who helped spark ZZ to a 90-81 win. De Jong would score 8 straight pts., including a crowd pleasing dunk to help break a 57-57 tie and push the league to a 77-64 difference. De Jong led five players in double figures with 21 pts., including 3 three- pointers. ZZ got some bad news when recent signee Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) injured his wrist in an inadvertent collision with teammate Ross Bekkering. X-rays were negative. Trey McDowell led all scorers with 23 pts. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden remains in 2nd place in the standings.
In Leeuwarden, with two teams possibly facing each other in the upcoming playoffs, De Friesland Aris kept pace in the playoff race with a 78-71 win over Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen. The last time these two teams met, Magixx guard Brian Laing scored an eredivisie-high 41 pts. in the 100-95 Magixx home win in January, and in Leeuwarden on November 13th, Aris blew a 20-point lead and were outscored 31-10 in the last quarter en route to a disappointing 89-83 home loss. This time there would be no comebacks or point explosions for Magixx, as PG John Willams' three-point dagger gave Aris a 76-71 lead with 36 seconds remaining, with Calvin Chitwood slamming the door shut with two free throws. Manny Adako led Aris with 16 pts. De Friesland Aris maintain 5th place with a 14-15 record.
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