EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/3/2007Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Zalgiris - Ventspils 76:68
Ventspils were unable to snap Zalgiris winning streak as it now stands at 8 games. Kaunas powerhouse overcame Latvian team to hand those the 6th loss at the tournament. Zalgaris marked their ambitions early in the game as they opened it with an 8:0 rally. Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) knocked down consecutive treys for the hosts midway through the frame to maintain the pressure and accumulated a 23:13 lead for Zalgiris. However Justin Love (189-G-78, college: St.Louis) nailed a jumper and Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) crowned the first quarter with a massive dunk to cut the deficit to 7 points. Justin Love came up with a long three-pointer to tie the scoreline midway through the second term. Soon free throws from Veselovs and Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) put Ventspils up by 3 points but Zalgiris reacted immediately. Marko Popovic and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) chipped in straight triples to regain the advantage for the home side. Marko Popovic capped the first half with two free throws and Zalgiris went into the dressing room in front 43:38. Marko Popovic continued the spark for Zalgiris early in the third period as he connected once again from beyond the arc and Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) added another long bomb as Kaunas team eased ahead to a 51:38 lead. The held on to the advantage and headed into the final period with a 13-point cushion. Akin Akingbala scored a quick jumper at the start of the fourth term but Goran Jurak matched it with one more triple for the hosts and Zalgiris actually cleared off good.
Marko Popovic topscored with 22 points for Zalgiris. Goran Jurak contributed 12 points, while Eurelijus Zukauskas (218-C-73, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) responded with 18 points for Ventspils. Akin Akingbala delivered 10 points and 7 boards in a loss. Zalgiris outrebounded their opponents 39:34 and forced Latvian players to 15 turnovers. Zalgiris improved to 8-0 record and next take on Barons at home. Ventspils fell to 3-6 record in the BBL ladder and visit TU/Rock on December 14.
Zalgiris: Marko Popovic 22, Goran Jurak 12, Eurelijus Zukauskas 11
Ventspils: Jimmy Baxter 18, Akin Akingbala 10
TU/Rock - Lietuvos Rytas 74:77
Lietuvos Rytas celebrated the 8th victory in the BBL season as they beat TU/Rock at Tartu University Sports Hall. It became the 6th loss for TU/Rock but Tartu team displayed they can be a real threat in the league. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) started to pile up points right from the start in the game as he converted two free throws and then connected from behind the arc to set Lietuvos Rytas rolling 9:2. Petravicius added from the field and later nailed a pair of free throws to keep the visitors in front 20:11 with less than 2 minutes to play in the opening frame. Tartu responded with 4 straight points from Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) and the hosts trailed by 5 points at the end of the quarter. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) opened the second term with a trey for Lietuvos Rytas but Tartu quickly replied with 7 points from George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) as he lifted Tartu in front 28:25. Tartu enjoyed the momentum and soon Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) hit a triple to make it 44:36 for the hosts. George Tsintsadze capped the first half with one more free throw and TU/Rock were up by 9 points at the interval.
Three-pointers from Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) and Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) brought Lietuvos Rytas back to life at the start of the third frame. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) then converted a pair of free throws and the visitors came as close as 2 points 53:55. Bajramovic and Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) came up with some bug shots late in the third period and Rytas regained the lead 61:60 heading into the final stanza. It was a triple-parade early in the fourth term as both teams exchanged a couple of long bombs. Chuck Eidson finally hit from a close range and gave Lietuvos Rytas a 75:70 advantage with just over a minute to go. Janar Talts (204-C-83) missed a trey and George Tsintsadze hit only one free throw to climb within 4 points with 13 seconds left. Bajramovic meanwhile dunked it home to seal the win for Lithuanian team. Kullamae's desperate three-pointer at the buzzer just cut the deficit but nothing more. Kenan Bajramovic led the action with 20 points. Marijonas Petravicius contributed 15 points and 6 boards for the winners. George Tsintsadze scored 19 points to pace TU/Rock. Tanel Tein added 13 points, 5 assists and 4 boards in a losing effort.
TU/Rock: George Tsintsadze 19, Tanel Tein 13
Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 20, Marijonas Petravicius 15, Chuck Eidson 10, Mindaugas Lukauskis 10
Siauliai - Neptunas 101:69
Siauliai remained in the BBL leading group as they swamped Neptunas at Siauliai Arena. The visitors jumped to a surprisingly aggressive start and outscored the hosts 23:16 in the opening frame. Alen Riccard drained 3 triples during the frame to pace Neptunas. Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) and Remigijus Trakimas (205-C-87) combined three more points for Neptunas at the start of the second quarter to clear off to 26:16 distance. Finally Siauliai began to wake up and the shots started to drop for the home team. Consecutive three-pointers from Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) late in the first half allowed Siauliai draw the teams at 41. But free throws from Paulius Pociuipa (197-G-81) saw Neptunas enjoy a 44:41 advantage at halftime. Siauliai stunned their opponents in the third stanza as they opened it on a 17:3 run to claim a 58:47 lead. They later added another hurting 16:2 rally to pile up a comfortable 74:52 cushion. Neptunas never recovered and actually collapsed in the fourth frame. Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) finished with 18 points for Siauliai. Donatas Zavackas and Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) delivered 16 points apiece for the winners. Riccard secured 16 points and 5 boards for Neptunas. Marius Kasiulevicius (198-F/G-82, college: Trinity Valley JC) had 13 points in the 8th defeat for Klaipeda side.
Siauliai: Marius Prekevicius 18, Donatas Zavackas 16, Antonio Grant 16
Neptunas: Alen Riccard 16, Marius Kasiulevicius 13
It did not take long for Liege to find a temporary replacement for the injured Bryan Hopkins.
The team just announced the arrival of Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, agency: Octagon, college: Texas Tech) on Monday.
Emmett who played 4 years at Texas Tech where he had an oustanding college career played the past season in Lithuania and the NBA's D-League.
At Texas Tech he averaged over 20ppg and 6.5 rpg his last 3 years.
Was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics. Is known as a scorer but not a shooter.
His college coach was the legendary Bobby Knight and he left Texas Tech as the all-time leading scorer.
Emmett is the only player in Big 12 history to be named to the All-Big 12 First Team for three consecutive seasons and was was selected as a John R. Wooden All-America Award Winner. Voted 1st team All-American following his senior season in 2004.
Averaged 15.5ppg and 5.4rpd for the Los Angeles D-Fenders this past season.
The game with the most at stake this weekend was Gent vs Leuven with both teams sharing last place in the league.
Gent took the game to Leuven from the opening minutes and thanks to JJ Miller took an early 8-2 lead with 2.5 minutes played. Leuven slowly got back in the game helped by the scoring of Ron Lewis who brought them back to within one point at 13-12. Then it was time for Brandon Freeman (191-G-83, college: UALR) (191-G-83, college: UALR) to take over and thanks to his 9 consecutive points Gent took a 10 pt lead in the final quarter.
It was again Lewis who managed to score a 3pt shot at the end of Q1 to keep the visitors to within 7 pts after 10 minutes.
Leuven seemed to go for the win early in the second quarter when they outran and outplayed the home team to go ahead for the first time in the game at the 7.48 mark 26-27;
This turned out to be the last time Leuven was able to make an impact on the game. A quick 5 pts by Sam Rotsaert, scores by Freeman and a 3pointer made by Hans Van Langenhove gave Gent another 10 pt lead with 2.41 to play in Q2. To make things worse Van der Jonckheyd got called for a charge on a breakaway and subesquently coach Yacov heard the ref call a tecnincal foul on him.
All this stopped any run Leuven tried to make and the first half ended with a score of 47-37.
Gent kept the game under control in the 3rd quarter and the closest Leuven ever got was 8pts. A 3pt shot by Freeman gave Gent the biggest lead at 66-53 with 45 seconds to play.
Leuven made a short run at Gent in the beginning of Q4 but once again got no closer than 8 pts at the 8.22 mark, the difference was always between 8 and 10 pts till a 3pt shot by Rotsaert moved then back ahead by 11 pts with 4.45 to play. Gent extende their lead to 84-67 in the final minutes but started to play sloppy allowing Leuven to close the final gap to 84-73.
All in all a well deserved 2nd win of the season for Optima Gent who played with more intensity and enthusiasm than the visitors.
Leuven missed Chris Hunter and Gent had to do without Rados and Krikemans.
Next up for Gent is the home game vs the Antwerp Diamond Giants who surprised Oostende this weekend.
As mentioned above Antwerp upset Oostende 81-77.
All looked good for Oostende in the first quarter which they closed out on a 17-24 score. No problem neither in the second Q for the visitors who held on to a 5 pt lead at the half for a 43-48 halftime score.
Things went south in the 3rd Q where the home team outscored their opponents 20-12 to go ahead 63-60.
Antwerp kept its head together and held on for the hard fought home win.
Aalstar could not stop Liege from getting away with a road win. Okapi never recovered from a disastruous 1st quarter in which they were outscored 14-27.
The managed to get a little closer to Liege in quarters 2 and 3 but in the end if was Liege who held on for the 10 pts road win 69-79.
Liege played without Bryan Hopkins who according to the teams website could be out for 8 weeks.
In the game of former ex Bree players it was the Mons who got away with an impressive road win. Mons now coach by ex Bree coach Chris Finch and with former Bree players, Huggins, Ebong, and such decided the game in the first half with Mons taking what turned out to be an unsurmountable half time lead 23-38.
The second half was a formality and Mons got the 55-71 win which puts them in first place with Charleroi.
Mons played without George Evans and Jim Potter but moved Roger Huggins to the active roster. Huggins was signed recently for European cup play.
Charleroi was another team that got the road win this weekend with a 75-85 defeat of Verviers-Pepinster.
MVP of Round 11 was Optima Gent's Brandon Freeman who scored 27 pts, grabbed 3 rebs to go with 2 steals and 2 assists. He shot 10 for 16 from the field and was perfect from the line (5-5).
After 7 weeks only Panathinaikos remain unbeaten as Panellinios lost in Nea Smyrni by Panionios. The results were the following:
AEK - Rethymno 83-74
Coach Pedoulakis didn't make it for another week, AEK beat Rethymno in overtime game with 83-74, Pedoulakis has a record of 0-3 and Rethymno is already in a very difficult situation alter the new defeat. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) was the top performer and the player who “killed” the islanders dream for a road win in Athens. On the other hand the newcomer Freeman was not bad in his first appearance with Rethymno's jersey; he is expected to help the Crete team.
The quarters were: 25-19, 40-36, 54-47, and 69-69(RT), 83-74(OT). The scorers for the two teams were the following:
AÅÊ: Wesson 21 and 8 rebounds, Si 17 points and 12 rebounds, Christos Tapoutos 22 points and 7 rebounds, Kiritsis 7, Barlos 9, Avery 2, Vasilievic 3, Pavic 2
Rethymno: Nikolaidis 2, Topic 16 points and 10 rebounds, Freeman 10 points and 5 rebounds, Gagaloudis 19 points and 7 assists, Karapostolou 11, O'Bannon 10, Vougioukas 6 points and 6 rebounds
Panionios - Panellinios 78-60
The unbeaten team of Panellinios is no longer unbeaten as in Nea Smyrni realized its real forces. Brad Newlley was the top scorer and MVP while Grundy and Giorgallis disqualified from the referees when they start punching each other in the game
Quarters: 20-12, 43-24, 57-45, 78-60.
Panionios: Xanthopoulos 8 (2), Giankovits 2, Zoroski 12 (2), Georgallis 2, Sakota 12 (2), Kalabokis 12 (1), Brad Newley (199-G-85) 19 (3), Kendal 2, Gianoullis 9
Panellinios: Argyropoulos 5, Kalaitzidis 6, Karaboulas 5, Grandy 15, Apostolidis 3, Petroulas 2, Sklavos 10, N'tzai 9, Pappas 3 (1), Papaioakeim 2.
Olympiada Patras - PAOK 83-76
In the poor ‘s derby Olympiada Patras beat PAOK and coach Christopoulos with his second consecutive victory is now more confident that his team will “survive” the division. Olympiada PAtras was much better team in the court and the score was close simply because of the heroic presentation of Dimitris Verginis, the talented Greek is showing game by game that is a great player and has all the chances in the world to become great. He ended the game with 26 points and 3 assists with 10/10 from the charity line. The quarters were: 27-13, 41-35, 56-48 and 83-76
Olympiada: Abrams 9 (1), Pettas 17 (3), Jefferson 14 (2), Periklis Dorkofikis (206-F-80) 17 (4), Soulis 7, Lappas 10 (2), Nagis 9.
PAOK: Gilespy 4, Verginis 26 (4), Diarra 6, Haritopoulos 5, Demertzis 1, Sfeikos 4, Humphrey 6 Tsiakos 11, Saunders 13 (2).
Aris - AEL 1964 70-72
In a derby took place in Alexandreion Melathron, Aris won the game at the end due to Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.)'s performance (by the way, the American will soon get his Skopje passport and will become bosman). Coach Pilafidis players believed in victory and they were very close to succeed but at the end due to Jeremiah Massey and lack of experience lost the game. The quarters were: 17-14, 32-26, 46-50, 72-70. The scorers for the two teams were:
Aris: Castle 6, Tsaldaris 2, Wright 17, Iliadis 9, Motola 3, Jeremiah Massey 30, Agadakos 4.
AEL 1964: Keys 17 (3), Papanikolopoulos 19 (4), Papachirstos 10, Teague 5, Kolokas 2, Klimavicius 6, Karavanas 6, Ceranic 5.
Kolossos Rodou - Panathinaikos 65-106
There are not many comments for this game, a continuous monologue for the visitors with Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80) scoring 16 points and Spanoulis having 11 assists! The quarters were: 16-31, 33-56, 54-81 and 65-106. The scores for the two teams were:
Kolossos: Steenson 13, Asimakopoulos 4, Peenock 8, Josipovic 11, Panagiotarakos 8, Diamantopoulos 7, Tziganovic 3, Skordalis 2, Todic 3, Tsamatos 6.
Panathinaikos: Alvertis 5, Perperoglou 12, Spanoulis 9, Becirovic 13, Batiste 11, Andrija Zizic 16, Hatzivretas 7, Dikoudis 8, Jasikevicius 11, Diamantidis 3, Winston 11 (1).
Egaleo - Olympiakos Piraeus 106-112
With Ibrahim Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) scoring 40 points and Arvydas Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) 33 points the 1500 fans saw an amazing game between two teams which gave everything in the offence and nothing in defense. Vassiliadis, Printezis and Bourousis scored 18 points each and helped the Lithuanian star to beat Skourthopoulos team. The quarters were: 27-24, 52-46, 71-77 and 106-112. The scorers were:
Egaleo: Nikolaidis 11, Hohler 3, Magounis 5, Ibrahim Jaaber 40, Bracey 14, Kallinikidis 13, Paterson 16, Marjanovic 4.
Olympiakos: Blakney 5, Papamakarios 5, Arvydas Macijauskas 33, Teodosic 5, Bourousis 19, Jackson 9, Vasiliadis 18(5), Printezis 18.
Panionios agreed with Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, college: Indiana) but they are concered about his injury. They will bring him to see if he fully recovered, if not Florent Pietrus (202-F-81, agency: Octagon) from MMT Estudiantes Madrid is the next big target.
AEK wants Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis), currently in Austin Toros (NBDL). The former player of Paok wants to stay in USA in order to play again for San Antonio Spurs(NBA). AEK recently eliminated from Fiba Europe Cup where William Avery (188-G-79, college: Duke) had one more bad game.
Maroussi after the signing of Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB) (198-G-82, college: UAB) wants a Bosman PG to complete the roster. The first target is Mithat Demirel (181-G-78). Other options are Vladimir Krstic (185-G-72, agency: Court Side) and Moustapha Sonko (192-G-72).
Rethimno after the arrival of the new coach changes the team. Larry O'Bannon (191-F-83, college: Louisville) (soon he will be released), Terrence Roberts (206-F-84, college: Syracuse) gone. Reggie Freeman (198-G/F-75, college: Texas) signed and the young promising Cenk Akyol (200-G-87, agency: FCM) is close to agree but he will not be the last one, Usa bigguy will be the next one. The team is thinking again Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia).
Paok continues with Coach Tab Baldwin but his job is not safe. The new management is concerned about the payments which are behind at this moment. The first players who are going to be released are Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Steven Hansell (192-G-75, agency: Court Side, college: Illinois St.). Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) remains due to the lack of money for many changes.
Olimpiada Patras tryes to fix the roster in order to avoid relagation. Zoran Osmokrovic (189-G-81) is close to subtitute Rod Brown (186-G-78, agency: TASM, college: W.Michigan).
Shamrock Rovers drove to their 5th victory in the season as they defeated UCD Marian 84:76 away from home. The game was very close at the start as neither side was able to clear off substantially. Bryce May (201-F-82, college: Mc Neese St.) led Shamrock Rovers but his effort was well-matched by Beiline who nailed two triples to keep UCD Marian close. Darius Wojciechowski nailed 6 quick points for the visitors as Shamrock Rovers grabbed a 31:19 lead midway through the second frame. They maintained the margin and finished the first half up by 12 points 46:34. Beiline came up with another trey early in the third stanza to cut the gap to 5 points for UCD Marian but Shamrock Rovers responded with a three-pointer from Eamonn Brady (-81) and secured the distance at the late stages of the period. Beiline never kept silence as he burst out with yet another trey and then added a jumper to fuel UCD Marian back into contest. They closed the gap to 8 points but it never impacted Shamrock Rovers' attitude. They looked confident and answered with a big time plays from Brady and Jonathan Reed (183-G-79, college: Clayton St.) to secure the positive result at the end. Jonathan Reed led the visitors with 22 points. Eamonn Brady tallied 14 points for the winners. Beiline answered with game-high 23 points for UCD Marian. James Clement had 20 points as the hosts fell to 1-6 record in the ladder. Shamrock Rovers improved to 5-4 record in the standings and occupied the 5th spot. They will next take on University Ulster.
UCD Marian - Shamrock Rovers 76:84
UCD Marian: Beiline 23, James Clement 20
Shamrock Rovers: Jonathan Reed 22, . Eamonn Brady 14, Bryce May 12
MDS Star - St.Vincent 86:92
MDS Star: Robert Kelly (190-G-85, college: Northeastern) 25, Nick Michael 19
St. Vincent: Kenny Gamble 23, Keenan Browder (195-F-81, college: E.New Mexico) 22, Pete Madsen 16
Neptune - Tigers 86:89
Neptune: Matt Gorman 24, Pat Fitzpatrick 23
Tigers: Carl Hadley (193-F, college: Sam Houston St.) 35, Chris Jordan (193-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) 21, Paris Katsimpas (183-G-84, college: Park) 17
Benetton Treviso and Air Avellino took two wins on the road in the anticipated games of the Serie A 12th Round, played yesterday night. Treviso prevailed over Eldo Napoli 69-64, led by Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier), who scored 17 pts and grabbed 6 rebs, but wasn' t so good in quarterbacking his team. Team captain Matteo Soragna (199-G/F-75) was the man of the game, scoring 10 points, most of them in the clutch moments. Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) led Napoli in scorind with 17 in losing effort. In Scafati, the score was 63-53 for Legea at the end of 3rd quarter, but Air Avellino came from behind and won 89-86, led by a great Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77), who ended the game with 26 points, 6 rebs, 3 steals, 1 assist and is our saturday night MVP. Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) added 23 points for the greens, while Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) and Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) have been the best in Legea, with 27 and 18 pts, respectively
See complete boxscores at www.legabasket.it
There is a new initiative to start international club competition in both North and South Americas. FIBA America decided to organized 1st edition of Liga Americas (Liga das Americas), which will start on December 4th.
Due to distance problems, the clubs will be divided into 4 groups and each group will play a tournament in a different place.
The big favorites are clubs from Brazil and Argentina and Puerto Rico. Uruguay can make few surprises too. I would not rule out Mexican teams as well. At the other side it would be hard to count to favorites the clubs from Dominican Rep. or Chile. Bur the Liga Americas does not include too low-ranked clubs, like for example Liga Sudamericana does.
Worth to mention that U.S. pretty much ignored this tournament and will send semi-pro teams, which practically do not play in any league at all. So it will be kind of one-time assembly of various players, who could not make it to any reputable pro league.
But it seems it's very typical for U.S. basketball to ignore (or not being able) to send high-standard players to international competitions and in consequence also this time we can expect another blow to the reputation of American basketball.
PBL All Stars did not exist at all and we expect it would be just gathering of some players from semi-pro league PBL. The second U.S. team Miami Tropics used to play in USBL over 10 years ago and one season in ABA (called failure league or big "circus"). It's hard to predict which players these teams will be combined of. But no one knows for sure. It may happen than these semi-pro U.S. players would like to prove that they deserve being placed in pro leagues. So if some of them really impress, they could sign even contracts with some of pro teams from Latin America.
But we should be able to see the top club basketball from Latin America.
Groups and Schedule:
It will be played in Guaynabo (PUR) on Dec.4, 6, 7.
PBL All Stars (USA)
Metros de Santiago (DOM)
Cangrejeros de Santurce (PUR)
Soles de Mexicali (MEX)
It will be played in Miami (USA) on Dec.11, 12, 13.
Capitanes de Arecibo (PUR)
Fuerza Regia Monterrey (MEX)
Miami Tropics (USA)
Halcones UV Xalapa (MEX)
It will be played in Belo Horizonte (BRA) on Dec.18, 19, 20.
Defensor Sporting Club (URU)
Boca Juniors Capital Feder (ARG)
Flamengo Petrobras Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
It will be played in Mar del Plata (ARG) on Jan.8, 9, 10.
Libertad Sunchales (ARG)
Universo/BRB Brasilia (BRA)
Penarol Mar del Plata Buenos Aires (ARG)
Liceo Mixto Los Andes (CHI)
The Miami Tropics opened their preseason camp last week at the Florida International University. The team is led by CEO Art Alvarez , General Manager Ed Auricchio and Coach Don Kelbick . The technical staff will evaluate a large group of players, some of them yet under contract with the Bahama All Pro ABA team, that will play too in MIami area. The Tropics will host the Group "B" of the "Liga de Las Americas" and will meet a team from Puerto Rico, Capitanes de Arecibo, and two from Mexico, Fuerza Regia Monterrey and Halcones UV Xalapa. The players currently practicing at the Tropics camp are as follows:
name pos yob hgt wgt school
Stuart BALDONADO F 1985 6-7 220 Miami-Dade CC / Duquesne '07
Marcus BARNES G 1981 6-2 205 Northeastern '05
Felipe BARRIOS F 1984 6-4 Barry '07
Alvin CRUZ G 1982 6-1 185 Niagara '05
Jemel DAVILA G 1981 6-4 205 Palm Beach CC / Brevard CC / Maine-Machias '05
Marlon DUMONT F/C 1977 6-9 225 Seminole St JC / T C U '02
Carlos ESCALERA G 1979 6-3 205 Missouri Southern '01
Tony MITCHELL G 1983 5-11 175 Charleston '05
Jaja RICHARDS C 1974 6-11 235 Pensacola JC / Loyola (IL) '97
Sylbrin ROBINSON F 1980 6-8 210 Florida International / Odessa JC / Northeastern '03
Karel ROSARIO C 1977 6-9 235 Florida International '01
Terence SHELMAN F 1978 6-7 210 Miami Northwestern HS (FL) '96
Benitez "B.B." WALDON G/F 1980 6-6 210 South Florida '02
Steven WALTERS F 1981 6-8 205 Clark-Atlanta / Morehouse '05
Jermaine WATSON G 1983 6-3 205 Boston College '05
PBL/RP Team South East Asian Games 2007 (Thailand) Schedule:
CAM - PHI
INA - PHI
PHI - MAS
THA - PHI
Keelapirom Stadium, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
PBL/RP Team lineup:
In the PBA, Asi Taulava was monstrous in Lucena City, as the Coca Cola Tigers finally snapped out of their losing streak, beating the Santa Lucia Realtors (94-79) and also avenging their 40-point loss to the same team.
Taulava was out to prove something as he finished the game with 26 points, 24 rebounds, and 5 assists. Former Talk N' Text Pal Mark Telan chipped in with 25.
The Coca Cola Tigers remind me so much of the UP Fighting Maroons--with their seemingly all guard line up---maybe UP should start looking for an Asi Taulava too.
Baseline survives wild comeback attempt by Macon Ballers, hang on for 89-86 win...
Cartersville, GA (Dec. 2, 2007) - Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82) and Ronny Ronny Ronny LeMelle (6'5''-G-81) combined for 46 points, as Baseline fought off a Macon Ballers rally in the final minutes, to hang for an 89-86 win on Sunday evening at JH Morgan Gym.
Baseline and the Macon Ballers traded baskets for the first six minutes. Baseline, despite starting slow from the perimeter, worked out to a slim spread at 19-17. Then the flood gates opened when the Warriors' defense caused the Ballers to cough up the ball. The Warriors would break free behind transition buckets by Jones, LeMelle and Mike Reynolds. Jones and LeMelle would also combine for five treys in the run. With 3:10 left in the opening half, Baseline had built a 45-19 lead. Macon managed to trim Baseline's lead to 54-33 going into the intermission.
Baseline pushed its lead back out to 25 at the beginning of the half and seemed to be in control. But, Macon began a steady climb back into the game, as the Warriors well went dry. The Ballers defense stiffened and Baseline couldn't get clean looks at the basket. The momentum turned in the more active Ballers' favor and they raced back behind the penetration buckets of Quintin Matthews and outside shooting of Steve Grayer (6'8''-F-65). Jones would keep Baseline ahead with two threes down the stretch, but Macon still raced back to get with in 87-86 on a Shon English bucket with 11 seconds remaining. Baseline turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds. Macon took the ball out with nine ticks left and Matthews was called for travelling as he drove the left side of the lane, squandering to retake the lead for the first time since the opening minute of the game and giving the ball back to the Warriors. This time, LeMelle secured the inbounds pass and raced to avoid the foul. Macon fouled with 2.1 seconds left on the clock. LeMelle sank both shots to put Baseline up by three. After a Baseline timeout, to set up a defensive strategy against a game-tying shot. Macon threw the ball in and Matthews 48-foot desparation attempt was wide right, allowing Baseline to escape with the win.
Grayer led a very cagy, veteran Macon squad with 33 points, including five three pointers and 10-13 from the charity stripe. Matthews followed with 22 and English had 15.
For Baseline, who moved to 6-1 on the season, Jones finished with 24, while LeMelle downed 22 and Reynolds 13.
The Lady Devils are scheduled to get back to action on next Sunday against the Orangeburg Krazy Kats at 3:00pm, while Baseline will battle the Atlanta Speedboys at 6pm at JH Morgan Gym in Cartersville.
|Adriatic L. Standings|
Valosun Brno - BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 85:72 (28:15, 46:30, 59:46);
Valosun: Svobodova Miloslava 20, Hejdova Romana 19, Vlkova Veronika 18, Belanska Andrea 14, Whitley Wynter C 13, Giacintova Gabriela 1, Mrhalkova Eva 0, Danihlikova Barbora 0 -
K.Vary: Wallace Tera 23, Gerstnerova Petra 12, Kucerova Sarka 10, Sedlackova Blanka 9, Magerciakova Michaela 8, Vodrazkova Mirka 6, Timkova Katarina 4, Dlouha Adela 0, Zmekova Adela 0;
3FG: 10/1:20/5; 2FG: 53/28:60/24; FT: 34/26:10/9; rebs: 39:39; fouls: 14:26; MVP: Hejdova Romana
Sparta Praha - Slovanka Tabor 66:60 (21:21, 34:30, 53:41);
Sparta: Louden Nicol Zoe 24, Hrabakova Katarina 16, Pechova Martina 9, Vachova Kateřina 8, Běhalova Dominika 4, Morka Malgorzata 4, Kohoutova Zuzana 1, Obrusnikova Aneta 0, Chudarkova Pavlina 0, Novotna Kateřina 0, Novakova Veronika 0 -
Slovanka: Pospisilova Petra 15, Vorlova Tereza 12, Kuthanova Tereza 9, Ondřejova Zuzana 9, Kolařova Katka 7, Kubařova Sarka 4, Dřevova Marketa 2, Nizňanska Radka 2, Křizova Jana 0;
3FG: 8/1:17/4; 2FG: 47/26:41/19; FT: 15/11:15/10; rebs: 33:26; fouls: 16:17; MVP: Hrabakova Katarina
Kara Trutnov - Sokol Hradec Kralove delayed
BK Skřivanek Ústi nad Labem - Gambrinus Sika Brno 44:111 (11:22, 21:58, 32:90);
Usti: Obstova Alena 12, Peksova Lenka 11, Kallmunzerova Jana 7, Vopalenska Lucie 5, Novackova Hana 5, Stranska Kateřina 2, Aubrechtova Eva 2, Polickova Pavlina 0, Seborova Tereza 0 -
Gambrinus: Maiga-Ba Hamchetou 21, Viteckova Eva 15, Whitmore Tamika 14, Veceřova Ivana 13, Ivkovicne Beres Timea 13, Zirkova Zuzana 10, Kulichova Petra 9, Vesela Jana 7, Stehlikova Romana 5, Machova Hana 2, Hummlova Tereza 2;
3FG: 24/4:7/2; 2FG: 35/13:67/45; FT: 11/6:20/15; rebs: 21:41; fouls: 24:16; MVP: Ivkovicne Beres Timea
BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice - ZVVZ USK Praha 39:96 (4:28, 12:54, 34:76);
Strakonice: Stejskalova Jana 10, Urbanova Iveta 8, Cherniy Elena 8, Konvickova Kateřina 4, King-Bishof Ashley 4, Puncochařova Sarka 3, Balakova Lucie 2, Lukesova Petra 0, Bernasova Jaroslava 0, Tomanova Kristyna 0 -
USK: Mokrosova Marketa 21, Hartigova Michala 11, Peckova Tereza 11, Whalen Lindsay 11, Elhotova Kateřina 9, Stěpanova Kamila 8, Agalareva Marinela 8, Ferancikova Michaela 6, Godin Elodie 6, Kotlanova Eva 3, Burse Janell 2;
3FG: 15/4:20/8; 2FG: 37/13:51/30; FT: 2/1:19/12; rebs: 23:30; fouls: 15:9; MVP: Mokrosova Marketa
All stars 6th round: Mokrosova(USK), Hrabakova(Sparta), Hejdova(Valosun), Beres(Gambrinus), Svobodova(Valosun)
SM-sarja, Round 14: Catz (Lappeenranta) and PeKa (Kotka) continue winning - even on the road. Catz visited in Aanekoski and won over local Huima
by 19 pts 65-84. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) and Elena Reshetko (185-C-86) scored both 21 pts for Catz. PeKa visited in Airport City Vantaa and defeated PuHu by 15 pts 80-95. Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) (PeKa) was once again the game MVP: 30pts/18 rbs. Espoo Team beat HoNsU (Jyvaskyla) by 23 pts 79-56. HoNsU had 35 turnovers and with that many TOs it's hard to win.
PuHu - PeKa 80-95 (31-47) (Heidi Lonnberg 27, Heli Roukanoja 14/15 - Shanika Freeman 30/18, Ashley Haynes 17/12).
Huima - Catz 65-84 (39-41) (Kenya Robinson 22/12, Chrystal Erwin 14 - Tamara Tatham 21, Elena Reshetko 21/10).
Espoo Team - HoNsU 79-56 (43-28) (Yolanda Jones 28, Kaisa Hook 14 - Charlee Underwood 17, Lizanne Murphy 16).
Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne almost pulled of the coup of the weekend as they took Valenciennes USVO all the way in the match of the day. Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole did enough to down to Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut in the derby match. Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence made hard work of beating Cote d'Opale Basket Calais but in the end Nathalie Lesdema rolled back the years as she guided her side to victory against Cote d'Opale Basket Calais.
For more details of the matches on Saturday and on Sheana Mosch's performance then follow this link.
USVO and Bourges continue to lead then LFB standings and Tarbes and Mourenx rest fixed at the botom.