EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/15/2007Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
The Orange County Gladiators of the American Basketball Association announced their opening day roster along with several final organizational moves leading into their inaugural road game against the San Diego Wildcats tonight, November 14th. Below is the opening day roster:
Name (Hgt-POS-age, school)
Hondre Brewer (7'0''-C-80, college: USF)
Jeremy Vague (6'9''-F/C-79, college: Utah St.)
Tony Farmer (6'10''-F/C-70, college: Nebraska)
Imani Mackie (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal State Los Angeles)
Amani Daanish (6'7''-F-83, college: Indiana State, agency: Ronsport)
Louis Patrick Levros (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island)
Saul Lankster (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.)
Brett Melton (6'5''-G-81, college: San Diego)
Phillip Givens (6'2''-G-83, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.)
Kevin Houston (5'11''-G-85, college: Long Beach St.)
Additionally, the organization has come to terms with power forward Tony Farmer, who will be the team's new Head Coach while also bringing in Edgar Mendez as the team's new Assistant Coach.
Korisliiga, Round 11: The First Quarter out of the regular season is done now by five Teams. The favourite Teams are on the top, no big surprises by now.
Several Teams have suffered with injuries. Probably the worst situation in that way is in Uusikaupunki, as Korihait got only seven players on the court tonight.
Visitor ToPo, Helsinki, # 1 in the league right now, had no difficulties to win by 20 pts: 81-101. ToPo had five players in double figures. Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) and Maurizio Pratesi (190-G-75) led ToPo with 20 pts each. Honka, Espoo beat Karhu, Kauhajoki by 32 pts, 95-63. YMCA Lahti defeated Pyrinto, Tampere 99-90 and Kataja, Joensuu upset Kouvot, Kouvola 76-73.
Honka - Kauhajoki 95-63 (43-30) (Petteri Koponen 23, Monte Cummings 19 - Darryl Hudson 20, Cedric McGowan 13/10).
Kataja - Kouvot 76-73 (42-39) (Sami Lehtoranta 26/10, Andre Foreman 24 - Wayne Bernard 22, Samu Kaaresvirta 16).
YMCA Lahti - Pyrinto 99-90 (41-34) (Ville Makalainen 25, Pierre Jallow 20/13 - Eric Washington 32/10, Damon Williams 21).
Korihait - ToPo 81-101 (35-45) (Kyle Shiloh 27, Jussi Kumpulainen 17/11 - Josh Gonner 20, Maurizio Pratesi 20).
Players, coaches and the staff of the host-team were stunned after yesterday's dramatic 65-67 loss against WTK Anwil Wloclawek from Poland.
Frankfurt's head coach Murat Didin took a time-out with five seconds on the clock before the final whistle and changed players shortly before.
Jimmie Hunt (187-G-82, college: Franklin Pierce) was supposed to sit down but didn'd get the news and bounced the ball in before the referees reacted and called a technical foul against the Deutsche Bank Skyliners.
Anwil's best player on the court , experienced point guard Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side), converted both free throws and sealed the win for the Polish guests.
Derrick Allen (203-F-80, college: Mississippi) and Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85) excelled on the court for Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt with 21 and 14 points respectively and kept their hopes of the first win alive before the crucial situation mentioned above.
Anwil, led by Pluta with 20 points and effective post player Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82) (14) deserved the better end thanks to their great inside-outside game which the hosts never were able to control. With two losses, the Skyliners need to win next week in Russia to keep their chances of advancing to the next round alive while Wloclawek is travelling to Valencia to meet Pamesa in the third round of Group D.
Official Box Score: http://www.ulebcup.com/ulebcup/competition/results/showgame?gamecode=39
Tuesday night in ULEB Cup play for the Dutch representatives Eiffel Towels and Hanzevast Capitals, in the second game in the ULEB Cup for both teams, there were contrasting results, the thrill of victory for one, and the agony of defeat for the other.
In the Maaspoort the defending Dutch champions built a 51-46 halftime lead only to hand it in at the end of the 3rd quarter, with both teams being tied at 74-74. But the team of Randy Wiel found their extra gear, zooming past Hapoel Jerusalem en route to an impressive 101-94 win.Travis Young (184-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) put his Superman cape on, ringing Hapoel Jerusalem up to the tune of a game-high 29 pts., including 8 of 8 FG. Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 18 pts., with Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) scoring 17. Eiffel also only committed 6 turnovers. Eiffel are now 1-1.
In the Martiniplaza on Tuesday night it was a different story. Hanzevast Capitals, coming off a Sunday upset win over ULEB brethren and FEB adversary Eiffel Towers, were shot back down to earth by a formidable Turkish Galatasaray team, falling behind by nine points at the end of the 1st quarter, 45-33 at halftime, going on to lose in a 93-60 blowout. The guests made 3rd quarter runs of 21-8 and 18-5 in the 4th quarter, with the score increasing to 84-46. Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.) led Donar with 15 pts. Hanzevast are now 0-2 in ULEB Cup play.
According to withdrawal of BC “Vëllaznimi” from competition in Super League of Kosova in basketball, commissar of league Mr. Mit'hat Belegu made this decision:
According to section 45 point 9 of Competition Propositions all results of BC”Vllaznimi” are rescinded of played matches and upcoming matches will be registered with result 2:0. BC “Vëllaznim” will be in end of standing table for this season and in the edition 2008/09 will start in lower position league of competitions.
Malaysia NT are continue their good performance after win over Philippines semi-pro league team NBC Spring Cooking Oil by 87:85. Even SCO is a semi-pro team, but the team consist of several ex-PBL and PBA players, overall level is not much different with Malaysia NT. Before, Malaysia NT also beat SCO in last month Taiwan Hualian Invitation game in fighting for 9-10 place.
The Phillipinas was lead over Malaysia NT in the half-time by 39:35. SCO is still able to keep 6 point leading after start of 3rd quater, until Malaysia NT Forward Ang Tun Kaw(193-F-84) is scored before the whistle to give Malaysia NT just 1 point lose before going into the final quater.
When the game in last 7 minutes, Malaysia NT main player Tan Kian Hoong(192-G/F/83) is contrbuted 2 block, the NT also have a 7-0 run over SCO and successfully lead back SCO by 73-71. After that, Tan Kian Hoong (192-G/F-83) continue in acting a crucial role in this game.Tan is more mature after joined Johor Segamat Rimba Timor, significant improve by Tan definately confirmed his status in the Malaysia NT. The steady play by Malaysia NT is able to lead the SCO until the end of match. So, Malaysia NT is currently have 2 win in the Johor International Invitation Game.
Malaysia NT 87:85 NBC-SCO(Philippines)
Home Unted (Singapore) 71:69 Hong Kong NT
Dong Gun Poning(China) 91:81 IBL All-Star(Indonesia)
Malaysia NT 2-0
Home United 2-0
Dong Gun Poning 1-1
Hong Kong NT 0-2
The arrival of Chee Lee Wei from China is eagerly awaited by the Sea Games-bound men's basketball squad as the countdown to the Games begins.
The 1.96m Lee Wei, an undergraduate at Fujian University in southern China, is scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur on November 28 and after a couple of days of training, he is expected to leave with the rest of the squad for Korat.
Lee Wei, according to national coach Sim Sin Heng, is a key player in his plans to achieve the silver medal target.
"His height and experience, not to mention his skills, is vital to the team. I wish I could have him earlier but he has his studies, and his commitment to his varsity team in the Inter-College League takes first preference," said Sim.
Word has it that the Kuala Lumpur-born Lee Wei who has been a member of the national team for the past three years, is an influential member of his varsity team together with another Malaysian undergraduate there, K. Guganeswaran.
Both helped steer their team to the province's Inter-Collegiate title last year.
But the bad news is that Guganeswaran, a point guard, has declined Sim's invitation to join the Korat-bound team.
"He told me that his brother is getting married in Kuala Lumpur in December and is therefore not available for the national team during the Sea Games.
"We certainly could use his services. But it's not meant to be," said Sim who is here with the national team for the five-team Johor Invitational Basketball championship at the Larkin Basketball Stadium.
They beat a league selection from Indonesia 93-77 in their opening match and play their second match against a National Basketball League selection from the Philippines.
The other teams taking part are Singapore's Home United, the Hong Kong National Juniors and the Parklane Club side from China.
"We have two warm-up tournaments, the Penang Invitational last month and now this tournament here and they're very useful. I have no complaints as far as the team's preparation is concerned.
"Our target is the silver medal in Korat and I believe we will get there," said Sim.
Malaysia will take on Indonesia in their opening match followed by the match against host Thailand. Then Cambodia comes next before their final match against the Philippines, the gold medal favourite.
"It's a five-team tournament played on a round-robin format and the medals will be decided on the final standings. So, it means we have to win three matches and can afford to lose one, if we are to stay on course for the silver medal," added Sim.
Malaysian National News Agency
Since the Thailand SEA game is coming soon, Malaysia NT is try to improve their teamwork and confirm the squad in this tournament. Before, Malaysia NT are lost to neighborhood Thailand and Singapore in the Penang minister invitation game. Even the poor result in that tournament but the Malaysia national team head coach Sim Sin Heng still aim to get silver in the coming Thailand SEA Game. He mention " Except the unbeatable Philippies, Malaysia still able to sustain their level with Thailand and Indonesia.Malaysia is well prepared for SEA game, after finished the NBL, Malaysia NT was participated in Taiwan HuaLian Invitation(1 win 4 lose) and Penang minister Invitation game(2 win 3 lose).
Malaysia NT is successfully win Indonesia league All-star by defeated them 93-77 yesterday in Larkin indoor stadium. The IBL All-Star also consist of several Indonesia National Player, this might helped in looking the performance of the main opponent(Indonesia) in SEA game.
Johor International Invitation game result
Dong Gun Poning(China) 63-86 Home United(Singapore)
NBC-SCO(Philippines) 90-61 Hong Kong NT
Malaysia NT 93-77 IBL All-Star(Indonesia)
Hong Kong NT
Dong Gun Poning (China)
NBC Spring Cooking Oil (Philippines)
IBL All-Star( Indonesia)
venue: Johor Larkin indoor stadium
Dong Gun Poning VS Home United
Hong Kong NT VS NBC-SCO
Malaysia NT VS IBL All-Star
IBL All-star VS Dong Gun Poning
Home United VS Hong Kong NT
NBC-SCO VS Malaysia NT
Dong Gun Poning VS Malaysia NT
Home United VS NBC-SCO
IBL All-Star VS Hong Kong NT
NBC-SCO VS IBL All-Star
Hong Kong NT VS Dong Gun Poning
Malaysia NT VS Home United
Home United VS IBL All-Star
Dong Gun Poning VS NBC-SCO
Malaysia NT VS Hong Kong NT
After playing against the likes of Duke and North Carolina at Virginia, Panama´s Gary Forbes was billed as a big-time player when he transferred to Massachusetts men's basketball team two years ago. After sitting out the 2005-06 season, Forbes had a large hand in the success of the Minutemen last year - a season that resulted in a co-Atlantic 10 regular season championship and a berth into the NIT. But this will be the season Forbes becomes that star player UMass coach Travis Ford was looking for. Last year it was Stephane Lasme who claimed the spotlight. Forbes will do the same now. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward excelled at times last season, but wasn't the consistent offensive threat that stars are. His 13 points and 5.8 rebounds per game both ranked third on the team in 2006-07, but he struggled with his overall shooting and he settled for too many jump shots. Forbes entered last year as an Atlantic 10 Preseason Second Team selection, and despite his inconsistency, he was named Newcomer of the Year by Sporting News after the season ended. This season, Forbes was recently named to the conference preseason third team. Based on his numbers from last year, Forbes probably deserves the third-team selection. But his statistical output, not to mention other variables that won't show up on a stat sheet, will greatly improve this year. His preseason ranking should reflect that. For some reason, it doesn't, and the coaches tabbed him for the third team.
Mustafa Shakur (190-G-84, college: Arizona) and Jovo Stanojevic (207-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) are new players of Prokom Trefl Sopot. They have replaced Travis Best and Ruben Wolkowyski. Shakur played in todays Euroleague game vs VidiVici Bologne and scored 2 point had 3 asists in 14 minutes on the court. Stanojevic would come to Poland during this week.
Andrej Urlep was fired from ASCO Slask Wroclaw due to loses of the team which has the worst record in last ten years. The President of the Club says Urlep quit the job but Urlep denies saying that the owner of the team fired him. ASCO Slask Wroclaw which has 17 Polish League Championship titles is on the last position in the league with only one victory in 6 games. Urlep is also the coach of Polish National Team and he's working in Poland for 10 seasons in a row and never left the team in the middle of the season. The Polish Basketball Federation forced Urlep to decide if he stays in Slask for season 2008/2009 or he works only with the National Team.
According to www.polskikosz.pl
The rest of the games of Round 4 were played recently and one more game is scheduled for tonight. Telge stays undefeated and follow Solna with 4-0 record.
Telge smashed Umea Comets 103:57 with 34:15 in the opening quarter. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) nailed 25 points for the winners. Erica Blomgren ended up with 17, while Josefin Olheim brought 15. Amy Mohr (165-G-83, college: Chattanooga) produced 21 points in the losing effort.
Sundsvall Saints had a road win over Marbo Basket 76:78. Only due to the last quarter the guests could grab the victory. Lonniya Bragg (183-G/F-79, agency: Spectrum Sports, college: Arkansas) poured in 25 points and remains the top-scorer in Sweden. Vera Janjic netted 18, while Latreece Bagley added 17. Lindsey Hicks (185-F-81, college: Purdue) top-scored for the hosts with 21 points.
Visby Ladies overcame Eskilstuna Basket 73:66 as Katherine Flecky scored 21 points. Alyssa Wahl (188-F/C-84, college: N.Arizona) followed her with 20 and 2 other players added 9 points each. Mirenda Wilson led the visitors with 17 points.
Lulea Basket won in the game of winless teams beating Jamtland Basket 59:78 away. Leah Rush (185-F-84), Frida Grahn and Elin Sцderstrцm top-scored with 15 points each. Camilla Fagerberg (181-F-86) ended up the night with 18 points in defeat.
Telge - Umea Comets 103-57
Telge: Frida Eldebrink 25, Erica Blomgren 17, Josefin Olheim 15, Elin Eldebrink 14, Frida Fogdemark 13, Sofia Еstrцm 9, Linda Stеhlberg 5, Salome Kabengano 4, Stefanie Yderstrцm 1
Umeе Comets: Amy Mohr 21, Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen 10, Frida Jonsson 8, Sanna Malm 7, Caroline Sigefelt 4, Annica Nybom 3, Ida Sцdersten 2, Jennie Brandt 2, Anna Wiren 0, Sara Granberg 0
Marbo Basket - Sundsvall Saints 76-78
Marbo Basket: Lindsey Hicks 21, Emma Nilsson 18, Johanna Kдllman 12, Ashley Key 8, Maria Gustavsson 7, Caroline Danielsson 6, Johanna Ericsson 4, Therese Andersson Broman 0, Karin Inger 0
Sundsvall Saints: Lonniya Bragg 25, Vera Janjic 18, Latreece Bagley 17, Hanna Renkse 11, Patricia Aguirre-Nylйn 4, Madeleine Malmbom 3, Caroline Bergsten 0
Visby Ladies - Eskilstuna Basket 73-66
Visby Ladies: Katherine Flecky 21, Alyssa Wahl 20, Erika Persson 9, Marie Sцderberg 9, Agnes Nordstrцm 8, Joanna Ausmann 4, Olga Kjelsson 2, Hanna Munthe-Gottberg 0, Josefine Loob 0
Eskilstuna Basket: Mirenda Wilson 17, Kelsey Blair 14, Madelene Feldt 13, Emma Gunnarsson 10, Jenny Andersson 8, Kimona Boussard Larson 4, Marie Еstrцm 0
Jamtland Basket - Lulea Basket 59-78
Jamtland Basket:Camilla Fagerberg 18, Cisti Greenwalt 14, Stina Nilsson 10, Angelina Aliri 6, Sarah Costello 5, Malin Aasa 3, Sofie Andersson 2, Emma Skarle 1
Luleе Basket: Leah Rush 15, Frida Grahn 15, Elin Sцderstrцm 15, Frida Johanna Aili 13, Eszter Csontos 8, Annica Grafstrцm 6, Eva Hдgg-Myntti 3, Anna-Lisa Vestin 3