EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/16/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Big win for Liege vs Charleroi to keep them in second place behind Oostende. Charleroi had to play without Andre Riddick who was out with an eye injury.
The first half ended with a 2 pt Charleroi lead but Liege came out with strong defense in the 3rd quarter and outscored Charleroi 15-10 in that quarter.
They never gave up on the lead from there and finished with the 80-73 win. Charleroi lost for the second time in a row and only went 2-3 the last 5 games to drop to 4th place.
Antwerp seems to give Mons a hard night in the first quarter which the road team won 17-23. Mons however set the record straigt right away and blew out Antwerp by 19 in Q2.
From there on Antwerp never recovered and ended up losing on the road to Mons 94-74.
Verviers also looked to go for the road win at Bree outscoring the home team 17-24 to start the game but like in the Mons game, Bree stopped the visitor cold with an 21-6 2nd quarter. Verviers was able to turn things around and Bree got the win 74-61.
Oostende probably had a tougher time with last place team Leuven than the hoped and expected. Oostende led by 5 at the half before Leuven made a small comeback in the 3rd quarter to close the gap to 2 points after 30 minutes. Oostende however let it go no further than that and kept the win at home 67-59.
In the game pitting 2 teams from East Flanders against each other, Gent came out the strongest in the 1st quarter and led 19-22 after Q1.
The home team looking for revenge from their loss in Gent some time ago, took control of the game in the 2nd quarter where they outscored Gent 22-11.
Aalst never let Gent take control of the game from there, they did come back to within 2 pts after a Freeman 3pointer but that was as close as they got the rest of the game.
We have co-Mvp's for this round in Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) and Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, agency: Octagon, college: Texas Tech);
Gray scored 27 pts making 6 of 9 3pt shots and Emmett scored 30 pts to go with 6 rebs and 3 steals;
EuroCup, Qualification Round, Group A: Team Lappeenranta (Finland) - CSK-VVS Samara (Russia) 76-78 (38-38). Quarters: 21-14, 17-24, 22-21, 16-19.
Very interesting game, where the lead was changing a few times. Team Lappeenranta had a nine-point-lead during the first quarter, Samara's
largest lead was 10 points during the third quarter (47-57). And what happened then? Home Team scored 13 pts in a row vs Samara's two
pts and LPR was ahead by one (60-59), when the third quarter ended. The last quarter was exciting. Home Team's best player Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) dunked and tied 76-76, when 25 seconds was remaining. Samara's American PG Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: St.Louis) took a shot pretty early, but his two-pointer was good (76-78). Anyway Team Lappeenranta had still nine seconds time to tie or even win the game, but Reinar Hallik's (208-C-84) two-pointer hit only the rim and Samara had won by two. Samara's big star (36 pts in Samara vs Team Lappeenranta) Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) was a disappointment. Just one point during the first half and 13 pts in the game. Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) stopped Scales almost totally and Samara played sometimes even better Scales on the bench. Samara played much under the board and made 60,9% out of the two-pointers. Visitors took only nine shots beyond the arc and made three of them. Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) led Samara with 20 pts. Evgeni Voronov (192-G-86) added 14 pts and grabbed Team high nine rbs. Team Lappeenranta's Adrian Henning is probably playing his best season ever? Tonight game high 25 pts, blocks, dunks. Henning is helping his Team a lot. NT Player Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) got early in foul trouble. That was hurting home team much. Pasi Riihela had a great night, but was fouled
out during the game also this time. Aki Ulander (208-C-81) had almost a double-double (9/11). Home Team's FT% 58,8% is not good enough. Three-pointers
were again Team's trademark. 30 shots from behind the bonus line and 10 made (33,3%). Rbs: 30-39.
When Tartu Rock (Estonia) defeated about the same time PAOK BC Thessaloniki (Greece) 90-80, that means Tartu Rock is still undefeated with
4-0 record. Samara's record is 3-1, Team Lappeenranta is 1-3 and PAOK BC (0-4) will probably stay without victories. Two rounds left. Next
games on Jan 22: PAOK BC - Team Lappeenranta, CSK-VVS Samara - Tartu Rock.
Team Lappeenranta - CSK-VVS Samara 76-78 (38-38) (Adrian Henning 25/3, Petri Virtanen 12/2, Pasi Riihela 11/3, Aki Ulander 9/11 - Yaniv Green 20/8, Evgeni Voronov 14/9, Alex Scales 13, Andrei Truskin 11/6, Marque Perry 9/5a).
Tartu Rock - PAOK BC Thessaloniki 90-80 (56-33) (George Tsintsadze 21/6a, Janar Talts 18/9, Brian Cusworth 16/6, Gert Kullamae 16 - Ibo Kutluay 22, Edmund Saunders 18/5, Jason Rowe 11).
Final 8 of Lysing Cup.
Fjolnir 87 Thor 52 No stats available.
Skallagrimur 83 IR 80. Last year Cup winner IR out of the Cup. Darrell Flake (193-F-80, agency: IceBasket, college: McKendree) 24. Allan Fall 21 for Skallagrim.
Nate Brown (183-G-80, agency: IceBasket, college: St.Peter's) 25 for IR.
Njardvik 106. KR 90 Damon Bailey (197-F-80, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Missouri Western) 24 Johann Olafsson 18. Sverrir Sverrisson 18.
Joshua Helm (198-F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Mercyhurst) 27. Avi Fogel 18. Last years Champion out of the Cup.
Snaefell 86 Keflavik 84. Top seat team Keflavik out of the Cup.
Hlynur Baeringsson 22. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 20 for Snaefell. Bobby Walker 26
Teams left in the Cup. Fjolnir. Njardvik. Skallagrimur & Snaefell.
Draw for Final Four is today
The regular season came to its halfway point last weekend with victories for top three Bourges Basket, USVO and Montpellier.
The big winner of the weekend was Mourenx who ended their 9 game losing streak in an (82-78) overtime victory against Challes-les-Eaux. Ana Lelas ( found her shooting arm and finished with 22 points including 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Mourenx finished with game with 9-of-19 three-pointers.
Mondeville led by 12 at the end of the first period but ended up losing by 3 to Clermont-Ferrand.
Reims took down Tarbes (76-63) and St Amand pull one over their neighbours Arras (73-58).
The Quarter-finals of the Hungarian Cup:
Mizo Pecs 2010 - Szeviep Szeged
BSE - MKB Euroleasing Sopron
Atomeromu KSC Szekszard - winner of TFSE-Szolnoki NKK
Vasas Csata - Zala Volan ZTE
1st leg: 2008.02.09-10
2nd leg: 2008.02.16-17
SEAT-Foton Győr - Atomerőmű KSC Szekszard 89-65 (18-18, 28-14, 24-13, 19-20)
Győr: Borecka 21/9, Horvath II. Zs. 18, R. Varga 9.
Szekszard: Tamas 16/6, Bukovszki 13/6, Maximovics 10, Bozoki 10/3.
2 pointers: 33/62 (53%); 16/42 (38%)
3 ponters: 5/16 (31%); 7/24 (29%)
Free throws: 8/13; 12/14
Rebs: 42; 30