EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/28/2007Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Thursday, November 22nd
Manchester Millrats (124) @ Halifax Rainmen (106)
MILLRATS: Ismael Caro (26p+5rb+7as), John Huggins (19p), Rob Sanders (18p+9rb), Soulemane Wayne (9p+15rb)
RAINMEN: Eric Crookshank (20p+13rb+5as), Jermaine Anderson (20p+10as), Dennie Oliver (19p+7rb),
Friday, November 23rd
Manchester Millrats (121) @ Halifax Rainmen (112)
MILLRATS: Ismael Caro (23p+6rb+8as+6st), RobSanders (17p+13rb), Stacey Margane (17p), Anthony Anderson (13p+8as)
RAINMEN: Eric Crookshank (25), Brian Silverhorn (22p), Jermaine Anderson (21p+9rb+7as), Devino Williams (18p)
San Diego Wildcats (107) @ Maywood Buzz (92)
BUZZ: Jermaine Willform (32p+12rb), Marques Harris (11p), Marcell Jackson (10p+6as), Darwin Carter (10p)
Quebec Kebekwa (129) @ Montreal Royal (109)
KEBEKWA: Marques Lewis (33p), Tony Weeden (28p), Samuel Samuel Audet-Sow (18p)
Saturday, November 24th
First State Fusion (102) @ Jersey Express (109)
FUSION: Derick Payne (22p), C.J. Vick (10p+12rb)
EXPRESS: Justin Leith (20p+15rb), Nick Boyd (19p), Joey Britto (18p), Gabe Inglis (18p)
West Texas Whirlwinds (71) @ Texas Tycoons (126)
TYCOONS: Jai Pradia (20p+13rb+6bs), Tyrone Rayson (19p+15rb), Melvin Mitchell (21p)
Boston Blizzard (126) @ Quebec Kebekwa (129) - OT
KEBEKWA: Samuel Audet-Sow (30p), Charles Fortier (23p), Marques Lewis (22p)
Long Beach Breakers (122) @ Orange County Gladiators (113)
GLADIATORS: Phil Givins (27p), Tarron Williams (22), Tony Farmer (19p)
Orlando Aces (122) @ Georgia Gwizzlies (110)
ACES: Dennis Chism (22p), Richard Milsap (17p)
GWIZZLIES: Pat Patrick Binion (24p), Mike Davis (23p), Xavier Morton (22p), Michael Toth (13p)
Sunday, November 25th
San Diego Wildcats (98) @ Orange County Gladiators (95)
Vermont Frost Heaves (91) @ Corning Bulldogs (86)
FROST HEAVES: Dokun Akingbade (14p), Terrance Green (13p), Brett Gravitt (13p), Issa Konare (10p)
BULLDOGS: Al Stewart (22p+5as)
Montreal Royal (103) @ Manchester Millrats (106)
ROYAL: Cordell Jeanty (25p), Tommy Mitchell (25p),
MILLRATS: Rob Sanders (22p+8rb+7as), Anthony Anderson (20p+6rb), Stacey Morgane (16p+9rb), John Huggins (14p)
Long Beach Breakers (132) @ Maywood Buzz (121)
BREAKERS: Lemar Gayle (31p), Kenny Wright (19p+10as), Dion Cook (20p), Jaushay Rockett (18p+11rb)
Gmunden lost the second game in the ULEB cup on the road against the Antwerp Giants. The Austrian champion lost 74:68 and holds now a record of 2 wins and 2 losses, which brings them the thrid place in the group after 4 games. Today the Swans played a bad first quarter where they were already down by 10 points and in the rest of the game they were able to keep the game close, but they weren't able to take the lead in the game and so the home team from Belgium deserved the victory.
Gmunden: Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) 19, Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) 13, Peter Hutter (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances) 11, Schoninger 8, Johnson 8, Mayer 5, Flowers 4
Antwerp: Ian Hanavan (200-F/C-80, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) 12, Ryan Sears (185-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Creighton) 11, Alexander Lichodzijewski (200-C-84) 10, Sergant 9, Dupont 7, Lamont 5, Gay 5, Sekularac 3, Wouters 3
Last year's losing finalist Bree finally got some payback with this win in Oostende.
Where Oostende won the first game of the season this time around it was Bree who got the road win.
Oostende closed out the first Q with a one point lead but Bree gradually moved ahead and kept extending the lead to 11 pts at the 30 minute mark.
Oostende was never able to close the gap and dropped the game 75-87.
Bad day for Liege also who lost at home to Verviers-Pepinster 52-62.
Very low scoring game which after an even 1st quarter saw Verviers run away from Liege with a 7-20 2nd Q score.
The home team never recovered from this blow. Thanks to its 3rd win in a row Verviers moved up to 4th place tied with Liege and Bree.
Excellent game by Stephane Pelle who scored 19 pts and grabbed 19 rebounds.
Antwerp was able to keep the points at home vs Leuven. Leuven held on as long as it could but in the end the Antwerp Diamond Giants proved to much and they slowly moved ahead with each quarter for the 85-66 win.
Charleroi took the game to gent from the opening quarter (22-14), Gent held on in the 2nd quarter but saw the home team slowly pull away and go for the 85-64 win.
Okapi Aalstar saw its 4 game win streak ended at Mons with a 82-69 loss.
Mons did get the win but lost George Evans to injury in the game. He could be out for about 2 weeks.
MVP of this round was Ben Ebong (202-F/C-76, college: Davidson) with 18 pts, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
In the fourth round game of the group phase Joventut was better team and proved it by winning vs. Bosna by a margin of victory of 17 points (68:85). Bosna resisted well in the first half, but strugled big time to keep up with a much better opponent. At one point in the second half, Joventut led by as many as 35 points. It was obvious that hosts got outrebounded and outplayed. To simply put it, better team won. Bosna`s four Americans with exception of Lance Williams failed to prove their values and justify high salaries. Hopefully, they can bring Bosna at least a domestic title and National Cup. Otherwise, this season for Bosna would be a complete embarassment. Besides Lance Williams, Edin Bavcic had a decent game for the hosts, Dzenan Rahimic fought hard but his shots just were not falling tonight.
Taking into account the way game was developing, Bosna can be satisfied with the final score. Two minutes prior to the end it seemed that hosts would not reach 60 points for the final score. Fortunatelly, they did.
Joventut deserved a win, no doubt about it. On the other hand, Bosna has never missed so many layups in one game. Guests have made most shots in the paint and shot a high percentage from the perimeter. So, if there is anything good and gives hope to hosts for the remainder of the competition it`s the fact that they cannot play much worse than tonight. They can play much better and that gives some hope that this team maybe can surprise ALBA or Turk Telecom at home court.
Bosna ASA BH Telecom and one of the strongest European teams, Spanish DKV Joventut play tonight a fourth round game of the ULEB Cup in Sarajevo. It`s probably a game of the year for the hosts, Bosna ASA BHTelecom. Although guests are absolute favorites, Bosna ASA BHT coach Jure Zdovc hopes for a good game and possible surprise. Zdovc stated:" I want our players to play with no fear. We can`t lose as much as we can gain. I expect our players to enjoy playing against such a strong team." Names such as Rudy Fernandez, Jerome Moiso (frmr NBA), Lonny Baxter, (NBA), Jan Hendrick Jagla and a 17-year old Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio (191-G-90), among others, guarantee a great game tonight..
Tonight`s opponents are the only former Euroleague winners in this year`s ULEB Cup competition. Bosna won European title in 1979, Joventut in 1994.
Prior to the game, hosts will release new team`s jerseys for public sale. Price is 50 KM (25 euros) per jersey. Game is scheduled for 20:15 in arena "Mirza Delibasic", Sarajevo.
Head coach, Petar Rodic has been released by SL IAT Leotar. Club from Trebinje brought Miroslav Popov as Rodic`s replacement. Leotar has started poorly the new season although the club brought several expensive players prior to the start of the season. However, Leotar has a terrible record of 1-5 after six rounds. New head coach, Popov, has worked as a coach at Hemofarm, Swissline from Vrsac and Serbia/Montenegro National team.
Leotar also named a new sports director, Srecko Ducic.
The fight for the last spots for the playoffs will be wild in the last two rounds of Dimayor 07/08. Osorno, Espanol, Catolica, Castro and Ancud will try to secure their spot in the most important stage of the season. Deportivo Valdivia continues as the exclusive leader of the league, with Liceo and Concepcion with the chance to steal this position from Mario Spada's team. These are the complete results of round 19 and 20.
Deportivo Espanol 88 - Deportes Ancud 82
Esp: Marques Hayden 23 pts. / Anc: Kevin Sowell 30 pts.
CD Universidad de Concepcion 102 - Deportes Castro 66
Ucon: Alain Laroche 21 pts. / Cas: Clarence Matthews 16 pts.
UDE Temuco 98 - Liceo Mixto 101
Ude: Joe Webb 38 pts. / Lic: Kei Madison 38 pts.
Deportivo Valdivia 93 - Universidad Catolica 83
Val: Brandon Mason 32 pts. / Uc: Aaron Eneas 34 pts.
Provincial Osorno 87 - Boston College 75
Oso: Curtis Williams 23 pts. / Bos: Ronald Cruces 17 pts.
Provincial Llanquihue 71 - CD Puente Alto 72
Llan: Brian Woodward 29 pts. / Pue: Jefferson Agba 33 pts.
Deportivo Espanol 84 - Deportes Castro 70
Esp: Marques Hayden 32 pts. / Cas: Clarence Matthews 28 pts.
CD Universidad de Concepcion 99 - Deportes Ancud 96
Ucon: Alain Laroche 25 pts. / Anc: Rodrigo Zuniga 31 pts.
UDE Temuco 84 - Universidad Catolica 92
Ude: Joe Webb 34 pts. / Uc: Maurice Spillers 29 pts.
Deportivo Valdivia 100 - Liceo Mixto 103
Val: James Moore 33 pts. / Lic: Rodrigo Espinoza 26 pts.
Provincial Osorno 77 - CD Puente Alto 79
Oso: Cristian Perez 19 pts. / Pue: Eric Williams 21 pts.
Provincial Llanquihue 79 - Boston College 74
Llan: Brian Woodward 25 pts. / Bos: Adriano Machado 31 pts.
1. Deportivo Valdivia 44.0
2. CD Universidad de Concepcion 43.5
3. Liceo Mixto 43.0
4. CD Puente Alto 40.0
5. Boston College 37.0
6. Provincial Osorno 36.5
7. Deportivo Espanol 36.5
8. Universidad Catolica 36.0
9. Deportes Castro 36.0
10. Deportes Ancud 35.5
11. Provincial Llanquihue 33.5
12. UDE Temuco 28.5
Guangsha defeated Shaanxi 111-103 today behind 30 points from new import Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte), one of the very talented imports recently added to CBA teams. Yu Junkai scored 27 points for Guangsha. Brandon Robinson had 26 points for Shaanxi while Liu Jiulong added 25. Dongguan defeated Shandong 132-124 as new import Mike Harris and Chinese star Zhang Kai each scored 28 points. Zhang added 20 rebounds. Herve Lamizana scored 26 points, Mack Tuck scored 23, and Guo Lei scored 20 for Shandong.
CBA teams have recently added five to seven new imports to shore up their teams. With the play of native Chinese improving, the native stars of their teams are often equal to the imports and the lesser native players are not totally outclassed.
So teams are now using two imports for the full 60 minutes allowed. Both Guangsha and Shaanxi used their imports for the full 60 minutes allowed. Guangsha has White and Garnett Thompson while Shaanxi has Robinson and Brandon Crump. Shandong used its two imports for the full 60 minutes. Dongguan used its imports for only 59 minutes, likely because Anthony Myles fouled out.
The imports are clearly superior to secondary Chinese players at present. So the teams benefit from using the imports to their fullest extent yet they no longer completely overwhelm the Chinese players.
My prediction is that when the class of '89 reaches true maturity in about ten years, and succeeding classes prove even stronger, it will be difficult to find imports good enough to play in the CBA.
But right now imports perform a very valuable function. For while they displace lesser Chinese players, they provide competition that helps improve the Chinese stars.
Jilin has signed Babacar Camara, a 211 cm 120 kg center born 1981. He replaces Steve Castleberry. Camara played for Jilin last year and was one of the better imports in the league.
Xinjiang has signed Aaron McGhee a 202 cm forward born 1979. He replaces Brandon Cole. McGhee starred at the University of Oklahoma and has played in Europe and Korea.
Guangsha's Rodney White a 206 cm forward born 1980. White was the ninth pick of the 2001 NBA draft. He played for the Detroit Pistons in 2001-2 and for the Denver Nuggets from 2002-2005. He replaces the departed David Lucas.
Dongguan has signed Mike Harris. The CBA lists him as a 198 cm forward born in 1983. We do not have a matching record for this player but hope to soon find out his identity. CBA height and birth figures are sometimes in error and we need to be certain of which Mike Harris he is. Harris replaces Franz Steyn.
Guangdong has signed Lamond Murray a 201 cm forward born in 1973. Murray starred at the University of California and was the seventh pick in the 1994 NBA draft. He played for the Los Angeles Clippers from 1994-1999, with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1999-2002, and with the Toronto Raptors from 2003-2006. He replaces Cassiano Matheus.
Shanghai has reportedly signed a new import and Jiangsu is considering signing one of two new imports. But because of previous situations with CBA imports I do not count signings as being official until the names appear in the box scores.
#8 3p+4r+2a+2s+2bl, Yu Junkai 27p+2r+1a, Garnett Thompson 12p+6r+1a, Zhang Nan 18p+3r+1a+3s, Jia Nan 12p+4r+4a+2s, Rodney White 30p+10r+5a+3s+5to
Tian Yu 12p+7r+1a+2s, Dai Yong 10p+6r+5a+1s+5to, Zhang Wei 12p+4r+2a+2s, Liu Jiulong 25p+7r+5a+3s+1bl+5to, Brandon Robinson 26p+8r+2a+2s+1bl+5to, Brandon Crump 13p+4r+1a, He Ben 5p+1r+1s
Zhang Kai 28p+20r+2a+1s+3bl, Qiu Biao 19p+2r+3a, Wang Jing 16p+2r+2s+1bl, Anthony Myles 28min+16p+3r+1a+6fl, #23 12p+1r+1a, Mike Harris 28p+10r+2a+1bl+5to, Yu Ning 9p+2r+1s
Wang Gang 13p+4r+5a, Sun Jie 11p+2r+2a+1s, Li Lin 4p+1r+2a+1s, Guo Lei 20p+7r+2a, Herve Lamizana 26p+6r+2a+3s, Mack Tuck 23p+6r+2s+5to, Lou Yandong 20p+3r+1a+2s
Keravnos was disqualified by the unknown Finnish team Lappeenranta
The Cyprus basketball went back at least a decade! The Strovolos team is not going to continue its European games this season, the team that played in the European finals last year will stay at home for the rest of the season (and it is only November). This is the worst scenario in the last 15 years for Keravnos. Keravnos beat Lappeenranta 95-86 but this was not enough for the Cypriots to qualify for the next round as the difference from the first game was 16 points, they had lost 87-71.
Coach Frangias's high-priced team will no longer continue to make the Cyprus Basketball fans proud (at least for this season). It is unfair for the president of the team Mr. Paris Papaellinas, who gave everything to the team (the biggest budget ever), to stay out of the European courts. It is really a shame! Players such us Lee, Radojevic, Trisokkas and Anastasiadis not being able to beat and qualify players such us Adrian Henning who played in the Norwegian league!
The changes that have been demanded by a number of fans of the Strovolos team for quite some time will probably take place in the Strovolos team, as this game has changed the philosophy of this season's strategic plans entirely. The NBAer Cendric Henderson was dismissed as if he were to blame for everything, still the negative results are continuing. Keravnos (currently second behind the unbeaten APOEL) will probably pay all its attention to the Cyprus league and will try to “steal” the championship from the permanent champion AEL Limassol. The short term future will show what the future predicts in Strovolos.
In the other game with Cypriot teams, Dentalcon Apoel lodt and disqualified in the overtime. The final score was 104-83 as the score by the end of the regular time was 88-72. The quarters were: 31-19, 56-35, 73-51 and 88-72 while in the extra five minutes the Ukrainians overscored the Cyprus team by 16-11 and qualified in the next round.
Proteas EKA AEL will be the only Cypriot team to proceed in the European courts, the Limasol team thrashed the Ukrainian team of Dnipro 104-69 with Duane Woodward (191-G-76, college: Boston Coll.) doing his best game since he joined the yellows (for a second time), he scored 17 points while Aleksic scored 19. The quarters were: 19 - 16, 45 - 33, 73 - 45 and the final 104 - 69
EuroCup, Elimination Round 2. Game II: Keravnos, Nicosia (Cyprus) - Team Lappeenranta (Finland) 95-86 (42-44). Game I: 71-87. Team Lappeenranta
winning by seven pts 166-173. Team LPR made it among the sweet 16.
Tonight hosting Keravnos had a hard job to reach Team Lappeenranta's 16 pts advantage. Home court advantage might be 10-15 pts, but if you miss
15 out of 16 treys, there is not much hope. Especially, when visitor Team LPR was shooting and making treys 45,1% (14/31). Petri Virtanen (183-G-80), who led
LPR with 25 pts, made 6/13 treys. Ivan Harris (201-F-84, college: Ohio St.) added 18 pts and made his treys (4/6). Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC) led Keravnos with 26 pts and newcomer Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, agency: SportsTalent, college: Auburn) added 22 pts.
Keravnos - Team Lappeenranta 95-86 (42-44) (Aleksandar Radojevic 26/9, Bryant Smith 22/9, Jarrett Hart 16/1, Panagiotis Trisokkas 15/11, Patrick
Lee 8/6/9a. 1 - 68,7% (22/32), 2 - 61,4% (35/57), 3 - 6,2% (1/16). R: 22+19=41. TO: 6 - Petri Virtanen 25/2, Ivan Harris 18/3, Adrian Henning 12/7, Reinar
Hallik 12/7, Pasi Riihela 8/4, Juha Sten 7/6/6a, Aki Ulander 4/5. 1 - 64,0% (16/25), 2 - 53,8% (14/26), 3 - 45,1% (14/31). R: 25+10=35. TO: 14).
PAOK beat the Romanian Umobitelco Cluj Napoca for a second consecutive game as they succeded a road win in Romania with 65-71 and together witht he result of the first game, 79-74 win for the Greeks, qualified to the next round. The quarters were: 21-15, 39-37, 52-54 and 65-71. Top scorer was Dimitris Verginis (179-G-87) who scored 19 points followed by Humphrey in his best game with PAOK's jersey who scored 13 points with 3 three pointers.
On the contrary Marousi couldn't safeguard the + 3 points (65-62) of the first game in Russia and they loose in Aghios Thomas against the Russian team of Spartak St.Petersburg 84-75 saying goodbye to the European games. The two Americans Parker and Bryand were the top scorers with 15 and 13 respectively but their points weren't enough to stop Rakovic's 31 and Markota's 20 in their road win and qualification in the next round.
The second game for Olympiada Patras against the very strong team of Ural Great Perm was simply to gain some experiences as the young players of Coach Christopoulos's team loose the second consecutive game with 17 points difference 77-60 and with the first loss in Patras 66-80 said also goodbye to the European games. Top scorer for the Hellenic team was Lappas with 15 points while Brown added14.
Last but not least, the second Greek team which will represent the Hellenic basketball through the EuroCup will be Olympia Larissas, Coach Bartzokas team beat the Slovenian Zlatorog Lasko 83-82 and passed by the second round with two victories, top perforemers were LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) and Georgios Tsiaras (207-C/F-82) scoring 19 points each while Fanis Koubouras scored 14.
Coca-Cola finally gets big man it desperately needs
With their teams experiencing rough sailing midway through the elimination round of the 2007-08 Smart PBA Philippine Cup, The Talk N Text Phone Pals and the Coca-Cola Tigers agreed to a blockbuster trade involving two of the league's most dominating big men.
Asi Taulava and Ali Peek (194-F-75, college: St.Mary's, CA) are trading places - a deal which the two ballclubs hope will drastically turn their fortunes for the better in the second half of the eliminations.
Interestingly, the trade was sealed in the aftermath of TNT's back-to-back defeats during the weekend that left the Phone Pals out of the Top Four with a 5-5 record.
Five years ago, giving up Taulava, who spent all his eight seasons in the PBA with TNT, was completely unimaginable as the 6-foot-9 behemoth was the cornerstone of the TNT franchise.
But the arrival of Harvey Carey, Jay Washington, Yancy de Ocampo and Don Allado - all hardworking biggies with good perimeter shooting - who improved with each passing season obviously made Taulava, a Fil-Tongan, expendable.
"It was a tough decision. Our franchise fought side by side with Asi during the most difficult time. But we have to do it for a bigger purpose," said Ricky Vargas, Talk N Text's representative to the Board of Governors.
"I will personally miss Asi. He will always be a friend," added the former PBA chairman.
Although he is five inches shorter than Taulava, the 6-4 Peek is a certified monster off the boards and an excellent defender with a soft shooting touch - exactly the kind of middleman TNT needs badly.
Now 32 and in his ninth season, Peek will be playing for his fourth team in the league. He started his career with Pop Cola in 1998 before being traded to Alaska and later to Coca-Cola.
Coca-Cola coach Binky Favis said he is excited to have Taulava on his team, adding that Taulava's ceiling should compensate for their manpower shortage.
Can the presence of Taulava boost the spirits of the Tigers, who are reeling from seven consecutive losses. At present, the Tigers bring up the rear of the 10-team field with a 1-7 mark.
"We really haven't played with a complete lineup yet," offered Favis, whose injured players include John Arigo (arm), rookie Ronjay Buenafe (bruised foot bone) and Cesar Catli (strained calf).
"But as long as we have five guys, and as long as our remaining guys play with big hearts, good things will happen." (DBC)
Conquistadores de Guaynabo signed for two seasons Melvin Simon. Last year Melvin Simon played the BSN with Indios de Mayaguez where He scored 3,8 pts (49% 2pts, 53% 3pts, 71% FT) and 3,4 rebs in 28 games. Simon had already played for Guaynabo in 2006, a good season for him, where He scored 11 pts per game.
Alvin Cruz will play the Liga de Las Americas with Miami Tropics. Miami Tropics is in the group B with Capitanes de Arecibo.
In NBA, Orlando Magic defeated Portland 85-74. Carlos Arroyo played 19 minutes with 4pts (2/3 2pts, 0/2 3pts) and 5 assts. Dallas was defeated by Washington 110-98. Jose Juan Barea played less than 12 minutes and He scored 15 pts (5/5 2pts, 1/3 3pts, 2/2 FT).
In D-League, Albuquerque Thunderbirds were defeated by Iowa 101-98. Miguel Ali Berdiel played 38 minutes with 11pts (3/10 2pts, 0/2 3pts, 5/6 FT) 4 rebs and 6 assts.
In the 10th week Josep Chema Marcos (187-G-78) (WTC Cornella) was the MVP in the Adecco LEB-Silver. He made 40 of efficiency, and scores 30 points, grabs 7 rebounds and made 7 assists.
Nate Higgs (200-F-70, college: Elizabeth City) (Alaior Opel Jovent) scores 30 points and grabs 7 rebounds and he was the MVP in Adecco LEB-Bronze with 37 of efficiency.
TOP 5 Efficiency LEB-Silver 10th Round:
Josep M. Marcos (WTC Cornella): 40 (30pt + 7rb + 7as)
Brandon Wolfram (Farho Gijon): 36 (26pt + 5rb)
Stevei Johnson (Caja Rioja): 27 (20pt + 7rb)
Adrian Tigert (CB Almeria): 26 (18pt + 7rb)
Pau Del Tio (Imatge Sabadell): 25 (18pt + 7as)
TOP 5 Effiency LEB-Bronze 10th Round:
Nate Higgs (Alaior Jovent): 37 (30pt + 7rb)
Brett Beeson (Balneario Archena) 34 (20pt + 9rb + 7as + 7st)
Douglas Nunes (AB Merida): 31 (23pt + 6rb)
Pablo Machado (Torrevieja): 29 (18pt + 14rb)
Javier Mugica (Carrefour El Bulevar): 28 (19pt + 15rb)
Despite registiring the third loss in TBL on Saturday against Galatasaray Cafe Crown at home, Besiktas Cola Turka continues its winning streak in ULEB Cup as they dominate Ovarense in Istanbul. The hosts rallied by Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) and Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) duo early in the first quarter and opened the game with a 17-0 serie. Rest of the game was no different for Besiktas Cola Turka while coach Ergin Ataman used his bench players and enjoyed an easy win. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) had a career game with 24 points on 9/13 shooting, 14 assists and 3 steals to register a 37 points index rating. Besiktas Cola Turka is at the top of Group B with a 4-0 record and will face Elan Chalon on the road next week.
Besiktas Cola Turka(100): Erkan Veyseloglu 5, Preston Shumpert 19, Cevher Ozer 5, Christian Dalmau 24, Sandro Nicevic 10, Onur Aydin 2, Eren Beyaz 2, Kaya Peker 13, Rick Apadoca 4, Sinan Guler 12, Mehmet Yagmur 4
Ovarense(74): Elvis Evora 10, Graham Brown 26, Cordell Henry 2, Nuno Menarte 2, Andre Pinto 5, Rui Da Mota, Fernonda Neves 6, Miguel Miranda 8, Gregory Stempin 15
(31-10, 51-34, 79-52, 100-74)
By JIM UTTER of the Charlotte Observer
Nice job by tournament organizers to get the communities of the U.S. Virgin Islands involved in this four-day event. Students at different schools attended games, schools took turns in shooting contests to win money for their schools and several local bands and dancing troupes performed at halftime and during timeouts.
• There has been plenty of downtime built into the tournament for the eight teams visiting St. Thomas. On Charlotte's off day Sunday, the 49ers took a snorkeling trip to some reefs a few miles offshore. Before today's late afternoon flight back to Charlotte, the team will make a shopping trip in downtown Charlotte Amalie.
2008 Paradise Jam Preview: Uconn, Miami, LaSalle and Wisconsin have all committed to the Jam.
Virgin Island junior /senior national team members are faring well in junior college division.
Add two more marks to the win column for the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team after it successfully completed its first road trip of the season this past holiday weekend
The Grizzlies raised their record to 9-1 after trouncing Minnesota West Community & Technical College 117-72 Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Worthington and slipping past Minneapolis Community & Technical College 56-52 Saturday, Nov. 24, in Minneapolis.
You are always a bit leery of being on the road; however a lot of team building also happens on the road,” Grizzly Head Coach Brian Ostermann said.
That was evident Wednesday when the Grizzlies took the early lead over the Minnesota West Bluejays and never looked back. By halftime, the Grizzlies held a 59-29 point advantage over their hosts, and they continued to build on that lead in the second half.
“Our kids looked very good out there. They shared the ball and did some good things,” Ostermann said of his team's performance against the Bluejays. “I thought (Danny) Sanders stepped up and played well. Devon Peltier (178-G) did his customary five three-pointers, and (Paul) Carter played well, also. The backbone of this team is defense, and our defense keeps getting better.”
Peltier recorded 16 in the contest.
Peltier was held to four points in the tough win over Minneapolis Community Tech.
TCI drops 2 in Florida
Khalid Gerard had a two game tally of 43 points but Technical Career Institute (7-6) dropped both games at Gulf Coast CC Thanksgiving Classic. Gerard had 24 in an 117-87 lost to Walter State Senators Friday night. Gerard was 7-20 form the floor with five treys.
TCI also lost to the host team Gulf Coast's 94-82 on Saturday at the Billy Harrison Field House. Gerard had 19 points and dropped in four more three pointers.
After taking a 39-36 halftime lead, Gulf Coast exploded for 55 second-half points. The two teams combined for 101 points in the second half.
Carla Thomas is the the player of the round as Arras overcome Aix (94-88). She finishd with a double-double 24 pts, 12 boards. She also dishout 3 assists and drew 7 fouls . Ines Kresovic and K.B sharp of Aix were both on form but a bad first half performance left them trailing (57-32). They closed the gap in the second half of the match but just ran out of time.
A superb second half performance by Cercle Jean Mace Bourges was them overcome a spirited Saint Jacques Sport Reims team. A full match report for this match can be found here. No mistakes by USVO this year at St Amand. With Challes falling at Calais, Cercle Jean Mace Bourges and USVO are now two game clear of chasing pack of Challes, Villeneuve and Clermont-Ferrand. Tarbes and Mourenx lose for the fifth consecutive game to sat with Aix at the bottom of the table. A summary of some of the games played over the weekend can be found here.
Sunday, November 25
2007 ST. THOMAS DIVISION CHAMPION - CONNECTICUT
GAME 1: (0-3) PURDUE 53 / (1-2) OLD DOMINION 66 Boxscore
ODU played arguably the toughest schedule in the St. Thomas Division playing three ranked teams in three days (No. 2 Connecticut, No. 4 Stanford and No. 20 AP/No. 22 ESPN/USA Today Purdue) and this time toppled the Boilermakers to claim 5th place. The Monarchs got double figures from T.J. Jordan (17 pts.), Tiffany Green (11 pts.) and Jen Nuzzo (10 pts.). Purdue was led by Danielle Campbell's game high 19 pts. and Lakisha Freeman's 18 pts.Saturday, November 24
GAME 2: (1-2) TEMPLE 54 / (2-1) STANFORD 63 Boxscore
The Temple Owls held a convincing lead over No. 4 Stanford in the first half - stretching to 19 pts. and taking a 17 pt. lead into halftime. The Cardinal, however, wasted little time erasing the margin and had the game tied within 8 minutes behind the 22 pts. of Candice Wiggins and Jillian Harmon's double/double (13 pts., 10 rebs.). The Cardinal took home some 3rd place hardware and finished 2-1 on the tournament. Temple was led by the 19 pts. of Ashley Morris and finished 1-2.
GAME 3: DUKE 48 / CONNECTICUT 74 Boxscore
Connecticut made quick work of the Blue Devils last night to win the 2007 St. Thomas Division championship. Maya Moore turned in another stellar performance and was selected as tournament MVP. The Huskies had three players in double digits (Tina Charles, 13 pts., Maya Moore, 12 pts. and Kalana Greene 10 pts.) and lit up the gym with their up tempo offense and stifling defense. Duke was lead by All-Tournament team selection Chante Black's 16 pts.
St. Thomas Division Final Standings
Old Dominion 1-2
2008 Paradise Jam field: Craig Jonas of Basketball Travelers announced the name of four schools that will be participaing in next season's jam. They were: Texas Tech, Baylor, Calfornia and Villanova.