EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/13/2008Copyright ę 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Another good week for Belgian teams in the Uleb cup with 3 home wins albeit all very close victories with 2 pts or less.
Oostende stays in 4th place with this win with a 4-4 record and still has a good chance of advancing to the next round.
Oostende and Bologna stayed close in the first quarter which ended 13-15. The home team tightended their defense and took a 32-28 lead at the half.
Things looked really great in the 3rd quarter when Oostende extended their lead to 18 pts and closed out Q3 with a 51-38 score.
From there it looked like all would go bad since Bologna came closer and closer and even tied the game at 60 each in large part due to a 1-14 Bologna run.
Jerry Green came through in the clutch when he scored in the final seconds of the game to give Oostende the 62-60 lead.
The Oostende must have thought about a flashback to the Red Star loss some weeks ago when Torres made a 3pt shots with 0.6 seconds on the clock but the score was waived off by the ref and Oostende held on to the important home win 62-60.
Jerry Green and Chuck Davis were the only double figures scorers for Oostende with 21 and 11 pts respectively.
The Antwerp Diamond Giants are also in 4th place in their group but with a 3-5 record.
They also had a tough time beating Hapoel Galil Elyon at home but were able to count on a strong 4th quarter to get the win.
Brandon Gay and Ian Hanavan paved the way with 16 pts each in the 78-77 victory.
Former Brussels forward Mike Campbell lead Hapoel in scoring with 23 pts;.
SLOBODA DITA - IGOKEA PARTIZAN 88:85
23:26, 20:17, 25:19, 20:23
Tuzla, SD Mejdan; Att.: 2.500; Ref.: Obradovic, Bilic, Drmic
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M.Milosevic 12, Hrncic 2, Halilbegovic 6, Albijanic 6, Jevtic, Persic 2, Tanasilovic, Matic 18, N. Milosevic 14, Jocovic 10, Ross 18
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic 18, Bocka 5, Ford 3, Djurica, Vucurovic 4, Cup 10, Lawrence 4, Djogo 11, Kovacevic, Myron 30
BOSNA ASA BHT - SLAVIJA 87:69
19:17, 21:11, 20:14, 27:27
Sarajevo, SD Skenderija; Att.: 300; Ref.: Kunosic, Lakic, Sobot
BOSNA ASA BH TELECOM: Greer 15, Sehovic 2, Ikonic 4, Bavcic 11, Bailey 10, Suljagic, Rahimic 16, Majstoric, Pasalic 9, Veal 7, Zimic, Williams 13
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic 6, Stanic, Tomasevic, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 2, Vukovic 14, Malovic, Rodic 15, Saporac 11, Leric, Demic 21
VOGOSCA MIMS - SL IAT LEOTAR 75:78
15:18, 20:16, 14:16, 26:28
Vogosca, SD Amel Beckovic; Att.: 450; Ref.: Pehar, Okuka, Nenadic
VOGOSCA MIMS: Sormaz 12, Hasanspahic, Osmic, Prasovic 19, Kadic 8, Cengic 16, Keser, Smajovic, Alic, Valjevac 7, Vucicevic 10, Peljto 3
SL IAT LEOTAR: Manojlovic 17, Setencic, Aleksic 17, Vujacic 13, Radulovic 6, Zagorac, Kovacevic 3, Radovanovic 8, Markovic 12, Skoko, Gezovic, Ninkovic 2
CAPLJINA LASTA - GRUDE 82:93
19:23, 11:17, 21:17, 31:36
Capljina, Gradska dvorana; Att.: 2.000; Ref.: Jovanic, Adamovic, Babic
CAPLJINA LASTA: Colic B., Petani 32, Menalo 5, Vladovic 2, Colic I., Hoti, Jerkic 2, Bakovic 15, Jelcic 3, Opancar 6, Dragovic 10, Ramic 7
GRUDE: Lovric, Vranjes M., Vranjes I., Alpeza, Gligora M. 18,Gligora L. 11, Jelcic G. 18, Vujcic 8, Bura 2, Lozancic 2, Zitko 23, Perajica 11
Balkan Botevgrad moved to the second place in the current standing in our Men's A-1 after defeating Spartak Pleven with 72-55. The team already has 11 wins and 5 losses - the same as Levski, but the players from Botevgrad won the direct clash. In the next round, they will face each other in Sofia and the winner will finish second after the first phase of the national championship. One thing is sure - today's victory assured the team of Georgi Mladenov a spot among the best four teams.
Congratulations for the young team of Balkan. After starting with three losses, it woke up and from that moment on the guys registered 11 successes and only 2 defeats (one of them against the title pretendant Lukoil Academic).
Spartak Pleven has the same result as two other teams - CSKA Interlogic and Cherno more Eurohold - 9 wins and 7 losses. However, both of them could not control their standings. If CSKA win the next two fights, they will take the 4th position. To hope for something more, Spartak should keep their fingers crossed for CSKA to lose in one of the two rounds until the end.
The whole game in Botevgrad was entirely under control of the hosts who were leading during all the time. The visitors hardly found a way to score in their opponents' basket. On the half time Balkan were leading by 15 points and during the third and fourth period the lowest difference twice was 9 points. Although Pleven wanted to change the happening on the playing ground, they could not do it. Two minutes to go, the difference went to 19 points in favour of the home team - 71-52. Finally, Spartak Pleven made it for 72-55.
We have to mention the perfect defense Balkan demonstrated as they let their opponents score the modest 55 points. It was a disastrous day for Spartak today. Their percentage from the 2-points-line was 29.6 % (8/27) and 20.7 % for 3 points.
On the top in this game was the veteran Dwayne Morton (200-F-71, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) who finished with double-double - 25 points and 10 rebounds for 37 minutes spent on court. He showed unique abilities in shooting - 9/11 for 2 points, 1/1 for 3 points and 4/5 from the free throw line. The Lilov brothers added 13 points each. The younger - Ivan gave 6 assists as well, while Lyubomir took 6 rebounds.
At the end, Georgi Mladenov put into play all the youngsters in the lines of Balkan and pleased the great audience in the full gym.
For the guests Sasa Topcov (9 points) and Hrisimir Dimitrov (7 points and 6 assists) were far away of what we are used to see. The only player who passed the two-digit-border was the student of the Botevgrad basketball school - Iliya Stankov - 14 points and 6 rebounds.
FULL STATS FROM THE GAME BALKAN - SPARTAK PLEVEN
INDIVIDUAL STATS OF BALKAN
INDIVIDUAL STATS OF SPARTAK PLEVEN
INDIVIDUAL STATS OF MEN'S FIRST A-1
TEAM STATS OF MEN FIRST A-1
TOP 10 OF LAST ROUND
CURRENT STANDING IN MEN FIRST A-1
Korisliiga, Round 24-26: Four games tonight and three thrillers out of them, one OT game and one double OT game! Kataja (Joensuu) caused Kauhajoki
the seventh loss in a row by winning 92-75. Honka (Espoo) has it always difficult at Karkkila. Also tonight. It was a one-point-game (58-59) and 1:13
minutes to go. Matt Williams (200-F-77, college: Montana) scored two pts (58-61), when 0:48 minutes left and Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) finally saved Honka by making a trey 12 seconds before the buzzer. Jukka Matinen DNP (fever). 75-year-old ToPo (Helsinki) needed an OT to win over Kouvot (Kouvola) first time this season in Helsinki. Kouvot had a seven-point-lead (57-64), when there was five minutes time left. ToPo outscored Kouvot 7-0 during those minutes and OT was needed. Josh Gonner's (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) lay-up (14 seconds to go) were the last pts during the regular 40 minutes. OT was exciting as well. The winning basket was made by Tyson Patterson (175-G-78, college: Appalachian St.). ToPo has now won 20 games in a row. The new record is only two games short. Basketball is sometimes strange. Honka won by scoring 65 pts and ToPo by scoring 70 pts after OT. But you may not be a winner even you or your Team is scoring 120 pts. KTP (Kotka) made 120 pts, but lost vs YMCA Lahti at home after two OTs 120-122! That game must have been exciting! The lead was changing 10 times during the OTs and six times the Teams were tied! The winning basket was made by Ed Williams (200-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: NC-Wilmington) only four seconds before the buzzer. YMCA Lahti had seven players in double figures. Team made 15 treys in the game (15/31 = 48,4%).
KTP - YMCA Lahti 2OT 120-122 (108)(94)(48-51) (Steve Smith 26, Manny Dies 20/13 - Davont Jackson 27, Pierre Jallow 17/15).
ToPo - Kouvot OT 70-69 (64)(35-32) (Josh Gonner 19, Timo Heinonen 16 - Corey Smith 26/16, Tuomas Iisalo 18).
Team Componenta - Honka 58-65 (33-32) (Nick Wallery 15/13, Chris Hester 14/11 - Kimmo Muurinen 18, Monte Cummings 17).
Kataja - Kauhajoki 92-75 (42-38) (Andre Foreman 26, Anssi Kinnaslampi 17 - Mario Porter 25, Darryl Hudson 18).
NYKK - ZTE KK 87-80
(21-13, 22-21, 27-24, 17-22)
SOPRONI SORDOGOK - PVSK EXPO-CENTER PECS 91-80
(22-19, 24-28, 19-19, 26-14)
With this win the home team made a big step to kepp its chances to come into to the best playoffs!
KAPOSVARI KK - ALBACOMP 73-87
(26-24, 6-20, 18-24, 23-19)
Planet-Leasing Dombovar KC - Falco KC 91:85
(25-28, 15-22, 30-15, 21-20)
Dombovar, Att.: 1.600
Falco started better the game, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) made the first layup only after 4 seconds. The american guard scored 17 points in the first half. Dombovar missed 10 of 19 free throws in 20 minutes. On the other side Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) tried to get his team closer but after two quarters they were back by ten points.
Something happened in the half time as one other Dombovar came on the court for the second half. Julien Mills and Mike English (194-F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mo.-Kansas City) - the guards scored 57 points together - were unstoppable again, and with a crazy 30-6 run in the 3rd quarter, they were up by 14 points after 28 games. In the last two minutes Falco scored 9 points, Borszeki made two of two 3's in 45 seconds, and there were only five points difference. However, it could be kept in the last 10 minutes, so the home team beat top favourite Falco KC Szombathely, which lost only its second game in this season.
Players of the game were Julien Mills and Mike English.
In the anticipated game of the Serie A 19th Round, Benetton Treviso routed Scavolini Spar Pesaro 82-56, showing to have finally found the right way. The men of the game were Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington), who scored 13 points and grabbed nothingless than 21 rebounds, dominating inside, and Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier), who performed for 27 points, 4 rebs, 3 steals and 2 assists, and seems to have moved away any risk to be waived. Scoring 13 points, Ron Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee) led a disappointing Pesaro team. In the other game of the night, Upim Bologna Defetaed Premiata Montegranaro 79-73 at the end of a very balanced game, in which the best performers were Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83), with 18 pts and 2 rebs, Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80), with 12 pts and 12 rebs, and Stefano Mancinelli (202-F-83), with 15 pts and 9 rebs. At the Premiata side, Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) took the top scorer honors with 20 pts and Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, college: Clemson) scored 11 pts and grabbed 14 rebs.
See complete boxscore at www.legabasket.it
Two days ago, the Italian Serie A announced the 'Tim Cup - Italy Cup Final Eight 2008' schedule. The competition will be held at the PalaMalaguti Arena, at Casalecchio, Bologna, and will feature the best eight teams of the first half of Seria A. The competition is very important, because the the first trophy of the season, and this year has a particular flavour, given that lots of underrated teams will fight for the Italy Cup for the first time of their history. The schedule, with quarterfinal pairings, is as follows:
Thursday, February 7, 18.30
1-Montepaschi Siena vs Scavolini Spar Pesaro
Thursday, February 7, 21.00
4-Lottomatica Roma vs La Fortezza Bologna
Friday, February 8, 18.30
3-Premiata Montegranaro vs Air Avellino
Friday, February 8, 21.00
2-Angelico Biella vs Pierrel Capo d'Orlando
Saturday, February 9, 18.30
Semifinal A (between the winners of Thursday games)
Saturday, February 9, 21.00
Semifinal B (between the winnners of Friday games)
Sunday, February 10
Final Game - Tim Cup Trophy
In the first game of the new season Sagesse met Moutahed . The game had a quick start from Sagesse and they cruised into a big lead , the score at the half was 45 -25 for Sagesse. In the second half Moutahed made a big com back . The end of the game was a very exciting one and the game finished on the score of 67-70.
In the second game Antranik hosted Champville in a very exciting game till the last seconds in which Champville managed to win in the end .Antranik had an 18 point lead during the game but lost it and 3 minutes from the end of the game Champville made a big run to tie the game 84-84 before 9 seconds from the ending when Carl Sarkis scored the wining basket.
Sagesse - Moutahed : (70-57)
Moutahed: Norman Nolan(21pts)
Q1:17-13 Q2:28-12 Q3:12-13 Q4:13-29
Blue Stars- Feytroun : (92-48)
Blue Stars: Jean Abed El Nour(22pts)
Feytroun: Jarekus Singleton (11pts)
Q1: 25-13 Q2: 19-8 Q3: 20-15 Q4:28-12
Antranik - Champville : (84-86)
Antranik: Marcus Brown , La Shawn Malloy (20pts)
Champville: Kevin Jolley (27pts
Q1: 30-17 Q2: 21-26 Q3: 16-14 Q4:17-29
Anibal - Riyadi : (75-101)
Anibal : Kevin Sowell (26pts)
Riyadi: Joseph Vogel(28pts)
Q1: 11-25 Q2: 23-28 Q3: 19-29 Q4:22-19
The game of the week was in Sale were ASS confirmed their good shape in the second League's round winning MAS (73-69). The game was very tense and the score very close, but the local team showed a better teamwork and looked ready to fight for the first places of the play-off. Sow abdoulaye with his first triple double of the season was the MVP of the game.
WAC struggled to win a supposedly an easy derby game where CMC showed a better fighting spirit and presence in the court. Coach Rachid Yatribi said he is proud of his squad as they are improving game by game (63-67).
Despite a better game in terms of tactical organisation on the court, FUS slumped to another frustrating loss in Kenitra. Coach Uariachi suffered Mohamed Mouak's absence, Assoumou Marius low performance and young players' lack of experience (67-61).
RCA won the other derby of the week versus a awakened TSC team (76-75). In a very close score game, TSC looked hungrier than coach Guerss players. Injured players Morad Fanjaoui and Adnan Msadia did not play and their team paid the price with a very bad organisation in offense. TSC created a lot of problems to RCA offense with their 3-2 zone defense. Despite a good performance of Zakaria Boukhriss (17 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds) RCA won thanks to Motopenza last second shot.
Finally, IRT easily won his home game and trashed MET (84-55).
Below is the list with market news which happened in Serbian A league during the last three weeks :
- Swisslions Takovo signed Ivan Vukadinov (193-G-81), Dejan Tomasevic (193-G-73) from Napredak Rubin and Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F-84), who is loaned by Hemofarm.
- Napredak Rubin signed Marko Karapandzic (194-G-85) from Masinac and Dejan Simic (206-C-75).
- Sloga returned two of their ex players Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77) and Aleksandar Jevdic (203-F/C-82), both from Leotar Trebinje.
- Ergonom agreed terms with Senegalese player Bbouba Ba Pape (-84)
- Radnicki Invest Inzenjering added Vladimir Vujcic (206-C/F-74, agency: CAA Sports) to their roster.
- Vizura from Belgrade had the latest signing and it was Aleksandar Perisic (-83).
Players who left their teams during this period are: Adam Radomirovic (190-G-86, agency: Octagon), Bogdan Velickovic (201-F-89), Jerome LaGrange (192-G-78, college: Livingstone), Igor Ratkovic (205-F/C-80), Vladimir Radmanovac (190-G-82), Sasa Crnobrnja (201-F/C-83), Milijan Bocka (187-G-82), Vladimir Petrovic (198-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Slavko Stefanovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket).
Round 14 is on the way to start tonight howevr this article is dedicated to the Australian players that struggle abroad.
Spartak Moscow Region proves the ambition for another European success and the defence of their Euroleague title. The defending champions smashed Belgian Dexia Namur 102:62 tonight in the game that started earlier than all others. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) was unstoppable with 34 points and 6 rebounds. Irina Osipova netted 15, while Diana Taurasi scored 14. Jennifer Fleischer collected 15 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Spartak Moscow Region is the first team to win in Round 8 of Euroleague. The game in Vidnoe started earlier and due to this Spartak ensured the first place in Group C taking 7-1 record. There were no time when the spectator could think of another result of their team.
Spartak had already opened up a 28-6 lead at that point.By half-time, Spartak were still in complete command with a 48:24 advantage. In the end of the game the tasks differed for both teams. Russian squad desired to score 100 and managed to do it. Dexia Namur tried to recover or at least top reduce but did not satisfy with the final score. Gambrinus can tie Spartak on top of the group if the the team wins the thriller over Kosit. Russian team made 13 of 22 of their shots from three-point range, while inside the arc Hejkova's team was 26 of 51 and at the line they converted 11 of 13.
Penny Taylor (185-F-81) had 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists on Wednesday for UMMC, who remained unbeaten in the EuroLeague Women at 8-0. Sibenik were unable to become the first team to upset UMMC at this edition of Euroleague in Group B and Russian force extended their perfect run. Asjha Jones and Sandrine Gruda got things working Russian way early on as they nailed 5 unanswered points. But Tihana Juric soon found the touch from the field and equaled things on the court. Asjha Jones continued to find open shots and led the visitors to a 16:9 lead late in the frame. Asjha Jones and Sandrine Gruda capped the quarter with a 5:2 run for UMMC to make it 23:14. Neda Lokas and Ivana Puzar connected from afar for the hosts early in the second stanza as Sibenik stayed at a striking distance. Agnieszka Bibrzycka however exploded with 5 points for UMMC to build a 37:28 margin. Anda Jelavic and Jessica Dickson cut the deficit but Penny Taylor uttered the last word in the first half drilling a three-pointer and sending teams into the dressing room with at 40:31 for the visitors. Asjha Jones and Agnieszka Bibrzycka enlarged the lead to double figures midway through the third period. UMMC ignited an 11:2 run to mark a 61:40 lead with less than 3 minutes left in the term. Sibenik lost the grip and UMMC cruised to an overall victory in the fourth frame. Sandrine Gruda topscored with 22 points for UMMC. Agnieszka Bibrzycka nailed 17 points, while Penny Taylor tallied 11 points, 12 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Jessica Dickson led Croatian team with 14 points and 8 boards. Tihana Juric contributed 13 points in a loss. UMMC outrebounded the hosts 37:30 and shot solid 52% from the field. Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) scored 2 points and made 4 rebounds.
SM-sarja, Round 19: When a Team loses the first quarter by one (17-18) and wins the next three quarters 16-14 each, so that kind of contest can be
called tight, close. When Huima (Aanekoski) defeated today YMCA Helsinki 65-60, the figures were just like that by quarters. Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) led once again Huima with 21 pts and 11 rbs. Mari Puustinen (179-F/G-78) scored 21 pts for visitor YMCA Helsinki. Catz (Lappeenranta) won the rebounds 42-24, but visitor HoNsU (Jyvaskyla) made anyway a close game. Catz won after all only by 14 pts (68-54). Espoo Team won by 12 pts (61-73) at Nokia. Espoo Team
had Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) back in the game (15/16) and Stephanie Higgs (177-G/F-85, college: Georgia Tech) netted at once game high 22 pts in her first game in Finland. PeKa (Kotka) was down by one point after the first quarter vs Alku (Forssa), but then Head Coach Seppo Kurki got his players waking up. PeKa won by 27 pts (98-71). Laura Lehtoranta (172-G-84) scored her season best 24 pts.
Huima - YMCA Helsinki 65-60 (33-32) (Kenya Robinson 21/11, Chrystal Erwin 15/12 - Mari Puustinen 21, Niina Laaksonen 11/12).
Catz - HoNsU 68-54 (36-29) (Elena Reshetko 19, Kaisa Tuure 17/17 - Juuli Piiroinen 14, Lizanne Murphy 11).
BC Nokia - Espoo Team 61-73 (32-33) (Sherry McCracklin 14/16, Taru Asp 13 - Stephanie Higgs 22, Yolanda Jones 15/16).
PeKa - FoA 98-71 (49-34) (Laura Lehtoranta 24, Ashley Haynes 18/10 - Jamie Hawkins 22/13, Megan Griffith 13).
Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) and her TTT Riga fell to 3-5 record after a loss from Fenerbahce in Euroleague. Iciss Tillis scored first 4 points for the home team to set them ahead. Defense worked hard for both teams but it was TTT Riga to limit their opponents to only 8 points in the first quarter. The hosts were up by 4 points but Nevriye Yilmaz and Tammy Sutton-Brown started the second frame by 4 unanswered points to tie the scoreline. Iciss Tillis exploded with 5 straight points for Riga team to restore the lead. The hosts maintained it throughout the second term and Micaela Jacintho nailed a three-pointer to finalize their 31:23 lead at halftime. Yilmaz and Cappie Pondexter cut the gap to 4 points as TTT Riga were unable to score for almost 4 minutes early in the third stanza. The margin was soon narrowed to just a single point as Esmeral Tuncluer nailed a jump shot. Fenerbahce trailed 41:42 heading into the fourth period. Zane Eglite's trey capped a 9:0 rally from the hosts to open the final term and TTT Riga took a 51:41 advantage with 6 minutes remaining. Fenerbahce refused to surrender though. Sviatlana Volnaya and Cappie Pondexter combined 9 points for the visitors to make it a 51:53 game. Patricia Penicheiro's jumper enlarged the cushion to 4 points with under 2 minutes remaining. Cappie Pondexter nailed a triple to keep Fenerbahce in it. She added another jumper in Fenerbahce's next possession to lift the visitors up by one 56:55. Ieva Tare committed a turnover and Cappie Pondexter punished the home side with two more free throws to put Fenerbahce up by 3 points with 15 seconds left. Micaela Jacintho had a chance to force overtime but her desperate trey went off mark, while Sviatlana Volnaya sealed the victory from the line. Cappie Pondexter knocked down 23 points to lead the visiting side. Nevriye Yilmaz provided 11 points and 9 boards for the winners. Iciss Tillis had 13 points and 12 boards in a loss. Patricia Penicheiro nailed 10 points, made 5 assists and 4 rebounds. TTT Riga will now face MKB Euroleasing in Hungary next week.
Mery Andrade (181-F-75, college: ODU) collected 2 points and 11 rebounds for Venezia in EuroCup. Her team overcame AEL from Cyprus in the first leg of 1/16 finals. With such a result abroad it is a great possibility that Venezia will advance to 1/8 finals.