EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/7/2007Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
The Texas Tycoons released their active roster for the 2007-2008 season today
The Texas Tycoons are starting the new season with a new Head Coach Jean-Paul Afif who played last year for the same team and was their coach assistant.
Dameon Sansom (6'1''-G-75, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) 185lbs
Brandon Lee (6'2''-G, college: Tarleton St.) 180lbs
Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) 190lbs
Jai Pradia (6'6''-F-79, college: Pittsburg St.) 270lbs
Ty Thomas (6'6''-F, college: Concordia-St.Paul) 210lbs
*Aaron Bowser* (6'2''-G-84, college: Southwestern) 170lbs
Randall Williams (6'8''-F/C-82, college: Tarleton St.) 215lbs
Tyrone Rayson (6'6''-F-80, college: East Central) 210lbs
*Othello Alford* (5'11''-G-84, college: SW Oklahoma St.) 165lbs
Jonathan Young (6'3''-G-84, college: Schreiner) 185lbs
Chris Johnson (6'2''-G, college: Tarleton St.) 210lbs
*Michael Cooks* (6'2''-G-College: Southern University/ Shreveport) 175lbs
Melvin Mitchell (6'2''-G, college: Cameron) 200lbs
Andre Heard (6'3''-G-83, college: Binghamton)
Donald Gray (6'6''-F-84, college: N.Mexico Highlands)
HEAD COACH: Jean-Paul Afif
BC Jyvaskyla-Korikobrat: 78-92
William Rogers 28/6, Aljaz Urbanc 11/10 - Tyrwone Still (196-F-77, college: W.Virginia St.) 22/6/5stl, LaTrice Little 20/5, Baboucarr 15/9/6stl
In ULEB Cup play on Tuesday night, it was a reversal of fortunes for the two Dutch representatives, with Hanzevast Capitals gaining its first ULEB win of the 2007-08 season, and Eiffel Towers not so lucky.
In the Martiniplaza on Tuesday night, an 11-0 run at the beginning of the 4th quarter broke open a tight game between Hanzevast Capitals and Belgian power Spirou Charleroi, with Hanzevast pulling out a 79-73 win. Charleroi would eventually come within two at 72-70, but Hanzevast would keep the visitors from coming any closer. Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) led Donar with 16 pts., Dwayne Archbold added 15, and Kitwana Rhymer made his finally awaited debut in a Donar uniform, scoring 13 pts. with 7 rebounds. Hanzevast are now 1-4 in Group C.
In Group I it was a different story for defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers, who found themselves in a 30-11 hole at the end of the 1st quarter to Unics Kazan, and could not dig themselves out of it, eventually losing by the score of 108-79. Unics Kazan made themselves at home in the Maaspoort, shooting 68.1% FG and 11 for 23 from the three-point line. Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) and Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) led Eiffel in scoring with 14 pts. each. Eiffel are now 2-3 in ULEB Cup play.
Game1- December 7th 2007 17:00 versus
Game2- December 9th 2007 15:00 versus
Game3- December 10th 2007 17:00 versus
Game4- December 12th 2007 15:00 versus
The venue is at Keelapirom Stadium, Suranaree University of Technology,
Tonight one of the most interesting games will be between Halcones Xalapa(27-7)
versus Dorados de Chihuahua(20-14) the game will be in Xalapa. Dorados wont have
there coach Tony Ruiz and "Pachi"Cruz that are in the Ligas de las Americas
with Cangrejeros de Santurce.Dorados will have instead of Cruz another import player
that has played several seasons in the LICOMUBA with Choriceros Camargo and he is
Mike Thompson (198-F-77, college: Salem Intern.).The game before these two was played
in Chihuahua capital in favor of Dorados by 3 points.
Galgos Tijuana at Lechugeros Leon ( that added Calvin Morris (203-F/C-74, college: Tennessee St.)
Bravos Piedras Negras at Tecos UAG
Venados Nuevo Laredo at Caballeros Culiacan
Santos Reales SLP at Mayas Yucatan
Correcaminos Victoria at Bucaneros Campeche
Union Zacatecas at Halcones Cordoba
Lobos Grises Durango at Angeles Puebla
Algodoneros Torreon at Halcones Rojos Veracruz
WRITTEN BY: ALBERT ASKER
Three of the sons of Mexico, Oliver Caballero (206-C) of San Jose State University, Hector Hernandez (206-F-86) (206-F-86) of Fresno State University, and Lorenzo Mata (203-C-86) of UCLA, have found success playing basketball north of the border. Oliver Caballero of Caborca, Sonora, Mexico is a freshman this year for the San Jose Spartans of the Western Athletic Conference. The 6' 9” 255 pound center averaged 9.3 points per game for the Spartans as the team toured the United Kingdom this past summer. So far this season the redshirt freshman has started every game this season for San Jose State, averaging 5.5 points and 2 rebounds per game. Caballero and the Spartans are off to a good start this year as they are at the top of the WAC standings with a 3-1 record.
Hector Hernandez of Chihuahua, Mexico is a senior this year for the Fresno State University Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference. The 6' 9” 225 pound forward averaged 4.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Mexican National Team at the 2007 FIBA Americas Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas this summer. Hernandez was a starter last season for the Fresno State Bulldogs as a junior and is a starter again this season. This season the senior forward is averaging 10.3 points per game and leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game. Hernandez and the Bulldogs are also off to a good start this year with a 4-3 record in the WAC standings behind only San Jose State University (1st place) and Boise State University (2nd place).
Lorenzo Mata of UCLA, whose mother is from Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico and whose father is also from Mexico, is a senior center for the Bruins of the PAC-10 conference. The 6' 9” 240 pound center started in every game last year as he helped lead UCLA back to the 2007 NCAA Final Four. UCLA also made it to the 2006 NCAA Championship game in Mata-Real's sophomore season with the team falling to Florida 73-57. During Mata-Real's sophomore season the Bruins also won the 2006 PAC-10 regular season championship and the PAC-10 tournament championship. During Mata-Real's junior season UCLA won the 2007 PAC-10 regular season championship.
This season Lorenzo Mata is coming off of the bench for the #1 ranked UCLA Bruins but is still making his presence felt for this major colligate basketball power. So far this season, Mata-Real is averaging 5.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, including scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in a win over Youngstown State earlier this season. Lorenzo Mata is also the top shot-blocker for UCLA leading the Bruins with a 1.5 blocks per game average. UCLA is currently the #1 ranked team in the nation and is at the top of the PAC-10 standings with a 7-0 record. These three young basketball players from Mexico are enjoying a lot of success so far this season and expect to have a lot more before the season is over.
|Points Per Game|
1Taurasi, SpartakMR 23.3
3 Zogota, Dynamo 21.0
4 Wauters, CSKA 20.4
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Ohlde, USVO 11.0|
2 Fleischer, Dexia 10.6
3 Leuchanka TEO V.10.3
4 Kireta,Burges 10.2
5 Tillis,TTTRiga 9.0
|Assists Per Game|
1 Skerovic, Wisla 6.2
3Ivanyi MKB Eurol. 5.6
4 Aubert,USOBasket 5.4
5 Bird,SpartakMR 5.3
|Steals Per Game|
|Blocks Per Game|
1 Palka, Wisla, 2.3
3 Kireta, Burges, 1.8
Field Goal Percentage
1 Wauters, CSKA 77.8
2 Ndiaye,Napoli, 77.5
3 Stepanova,CSKA 71.7
Eurobasket now has a correspondent who writes and deals with all the match reports for EuroLeague Women and also for EuroCup women and has already published match reports for the French section. So they is no need for a repeat summary of any of the match details.
If this weekend was the last round of games and not the mid-way stage then all the French clubs would be out of the EuroLeague competition.
Last season Cercle Jean Mace Bourges has the meanest defence in the competition and were very difficult to manoeuvre at home, so what has happened this season. Cercle Jean Mace Bourges are winning games domestically but have struggled to get things going; an introduction to one of the their problems in EuroLeague can be found here. The other problems for Cercle Jean Mace Bourges and French clubs will be published this weekend.
Valenciennes USVO problems are completely different to Cercle Jean Mace Bourges and despite putting some good results together have not looked convincing all season., USO Mondeville are on a very tight budget and the loss of any first team member is felt immediately. Due to their excellent youth programme they have been able to get by in the league but the EuroLeague is not so easy. Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole are in this competition for the first time and have a squad of players that have very little experience at this level, so they were expected to find the going tough. Valenciennes USVO with two wins are the best placed French team which basically means that the French teams now have to start winning matches . They have only managed 5 wins out of a possible 20.
The EuroCup has not been that smooth either but all French clubs should qualify for the knock-out competition. Ironically Tarbes Gespe Bigorre that have had a torrid time in the domestic league with only one win so far this season, qualified last week for the knock-out round with what was a perfect record. That record has now gone as they lost on Wednesday evening. Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket also lost on Wednesday, they have struggled to find their form so far this season and it now appears that it was the right decision by the club to decline their invitation for the EuroLeague. You will be able to find a reason for their recent defeat in EuroCup here.
Challes-les-Eaux Basket are good at home and poor away and that has not changed. The also lost tonight tonight in Italy.
The only winner this week in Europe for Frencg Clubs was Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence , they have had a difficult start to the season and have had to work hard to win their games but it appears that things are getting better. Ines Kresovic is once again reunited with Sherill Baker who signed for Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence last week. .
All of the Turkish representators in FIBA Cup tournament wining in 5 round. after 5 games, Besiktas ColaTurkaand Galatasaray are
leaders in their groups with 4th wins and 1 lost game. Stacey Lynn Lovelace (193-F-74, college: Purdue) is leader with 32 points at last game and 24.2 avg/game. There are scores as bellow:
Besiktas Cola Turka - Zeljeznicar 94-59 (29-20, 23-16, 24-12, 18-11)
Pankup TED Koleji - Baschet ICIm 76-67 (24-15, 17-23, 15-17, 20-12)
Botas Spor - Buducnost 87-70 (22-15, 27-15, 23-19, 15-21)
Galatasaray - Imperial AEL 74-64