EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/17/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Lukoil Akademik will keep their last foreign addition Larry O'Bannon (191-F-83, college: Louisville) at least till the rest of the season in Bulgarian league. The club decided to use 24-years old American forward not only in ULEB Cup, but in domestic championship and in the tournament for the National Cup. O'Bannon already signed his new contract, because the last one was just till 22nd of January - the day, when Lukoil will play the last game in Group H of ULEB Cup, with French Pau-Orthez at home in 'Universiada' arena. Larry will take the place of his cousin Donta Smith in the roster for Bulgarian league.
Its a big night for 8 teams in the CBA as the playoffs kick off with games in four venues.Defending champions,Bayi are away in Liaoning for their first game against the Panpan Tigers.The Tigers lost both regular season games to Bayi and are hoping to end that streak tonight.To that end,they beefed up their squad by bringing in Import,Olumide Oyedeji whose team,the Beijing Ducks did not make it to the playoffs.The other pairings are Guangsha who square up against last season finalists,Guangdong while Anthony Myles and his DongGuan team face Herve Lamizana and the Shangdong Lions.The final fixture is between Fujian and Jiangsu.
All the series are a best of five games.This is wishing all the teams luck as they begin the quest for glory.
Liaoning Tigers defeated Bayi Rockets in the first game of their best of five series played tonight in Liaoning.Bayi started on a fast note Winning the first 2 quarters 20-14 and 26-25 which brought halftime scores to 46-39 in their favour.Liaoning came out smoking after the locker room pep talk and picked the 3rd and 4th quarters 23-18 and 18-15 to bring fulltime scores to 80-79 in Liaonings favour.Bayi were up by 2pts with 0.3 seconds to go when Liu Xiangtao (202-F/C-80) hit a buzzer beating 3 pointer to win the game for Liaoning.He ended up with27pts.Sampson Jamal (211-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: California) added 18pts and 17rebs while Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) Scored 9pts and grabbed 12 boards for his new team.For Bayi,Wang Zhizhi led scoring with 26pts and 11rebs while Li Nan (198-F-76) added 18pts and had 5rebs.
Liaoning travel to Bayi for the next two games.
AEL's third French palyer is now a fact. The Algerian/French guard Ali Bouziane (192-G-77) replaced yesterday the injured Swidish/Congolese guard Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84). The French guard is counting 11 seazons int he French league with best one being the seazon 2001-2002 when he was scoring 10.2 points per game with the jersey of Gravelines where he spent most of his career.
Pizza Express Primetel Apollon agreed terms with the American Head Coach Joe Whelton
New arrivals from B.M.C AEK Larnacas who agreed terms with Chris Dunn (191-G-83, college: W.Virginia St.)
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. Anyway, Tartu Rock and Samara have already made EuroCup Top-8 even there are still 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).
Korisliiga, Round 25: Only one game tonight. Team Componenta (Karkkila) lost fifth time in a row as Kouvot (Kouvola) visited Karkkila and won 77-93.
Three-pointers caused a lot to this kind of result. TC hit only once (1/10 = 10,0%), but Kouvot nine times (9/21) from behind the arc. Nick Wallery (201-F-81, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Albany St.) (29) and Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) (23) led TC, Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) (29) and Peter Cipriano (206-F-83, college: Southern) (21/11) Kouvot in pts.
Team Componenta - Kouvot 77-93 (32-51) (Nick Wallery 29/9, Chris Hester 23 - Corey Smith 29, Peter Cipriano 21/11).
After the end of the 14th week in the most thrilling league of the Second division if the last decade, the top scorers are the following:
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 293 points
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 256 points (in 13 games)
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 247 points
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 237 points (in 13 games)
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 236 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 225 points
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 211 points
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 210 points
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 206 points
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 199 points
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 194 points
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 194 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 191 points
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 171 points
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 157 points
Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Near East 146 points
Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80) of Anagennisi Floga 145 points
Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio 144 points
Theologos Vlavianos (196-G-86) of Milonas 143 points
Tuesday night in ULEB Cup action for Eiffel Towers and Hanzevast Capitals, with both teams playing for pride for the rest of their ULEB Cup season, and already eliminated from advancing to the next round, both made good by winning with good margins, Hanzevast over Hemofarm Vrsac, and Eiffel convincingly over SIG Basketball Strasbourg.
In the Martiniplaza in Group C play, Hanzevast seized control of the game tempo in the 3rd quarter and kept it going, shooting 63.9% FG in the process, winning by the score of 94-85.Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) led five Hanzevast players in double figures with 19 pts. Hanzevast are now 2-7.
In the Maaspoort in Group I, Eiffel seized the game tempo from the start (48-33 halftime), including forcing a SIG 3rd quarter meltdown (holding them to only 5 total points), winning convincingly 83-60. Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) led five Eiffel players in double figures with 18 pts. Eiffel also shot 12 of 24 from the three-point line. Eiffel are now 3-6 in Group I.
PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS - UNIVER KSE 91-82
(30-20, 21-28, 26-16, 14-18)
PVSK: Krisztian Wittmann (184-G-85, agency: FCM) 24/9, Williams 15, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) 17/9, Gergely Hosszu (190-G-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 8, Lapov 9/3, Gergely Hosszu 11/9, Grebenar 7, Denes, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
UNIVER: Sigurdarson 2, Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) 23/6, Horvath 8, Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) 22/12, Fiegi 7, Szabo 14/6, Toth, Vida, Halmai, Csabay 6/6, Coach: Zsoldos Andras
KAPOSVARI KK - SOPRONI SORDOGOK 82-69
(34-21, 12-15, 8-20, 28-13)
KKK: Vojvoda 10/6, Ferenc Csirke (183-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/9, Edwards 12, Roland Hendlein (201-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 24/12, Orosz 10, Kiss 7/6, Tomosvary, Szoke 2, Coach: Horvath Imre
SOPRON: Bradley 15/3, Lakatos 4, Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 19/6, Lesko 14, Frana 5, Pojbics 4, Vesztergom 4, Boldizsar, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
On a Day in the KBL that saw 2 games in the 4th Round with Samsung Thunders Vs KTF
And LG Sakers Hosting ET BlackSlam Both Thunders & Sakers came away with a Win.
Samsung defeated KTF 88-84 In a hard fought Battle to the end, as LG Sakers battled ET
BlackSlam to the wire winning 86-82. Both Blankson Odartey (201-F/G-82, agency:
Naiditch Entertainment, college: UNLV) and Warner Calvin (201-F/C-80, college: Jacksonville) Notched
25 pts respectfully as did Shannon Terrence (203-F-79, agency: Naiditch Entertainment,
college: Elgin CC) netting 25 plus double digit Rebs.
ET BlackSlam Claims the 7th spot with a record of 17-17, LG Sakers Claim the 5th Position
With a record of 19-15. Samsung Moves into the 3rd position with a record of 20-14 tied
With KCC 20-14.
Dongbu Promy is still the top contenders in 1st place at 26-8 followed by KT&G number 2
At 21-12. Next Up SK Knights Vs KT&G
In Other News Coach Ross Rick would like to thank all of the wonderful Followers and
Fans of Eurobasket for the emails and Fan mail concerning my health and wishing the best
For the season. In response to all of you Thank You Sincerely and God Bless........!
A pair of wins at the Florida JuCo Shootout has pushed the Santa Fe Saints winning streak to a season high four games as they head into a game against Cape Fear CC at the Santa Fe CC Gym.
For his efforts in the two games, Santa Fe Community College's Kittitian Marvin Davis (196-F-84) was the week's FCCAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week. Davis, a freshman from Palmeto Point, recorded two double-doubles to lead the his surging Saints to a pair of victories in the Florida JuCo Shootout. In his teams 84-73 win over Palm Beach, he had 18 points and 11 rebounds. The next day, in a 72-66 overtime upset of then-No. 5 Gulf Coast, he scored 11 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. Davis' two-game averages look like this: 14.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 2.0 blocks. In addition, he shot 71 percent (12-of-17) from the floor.
Marvin is in the first year of a two year scholarship to the Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville Florida. Santa Fe is a member of the Florida Community College Activities Association and the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA).
Othneil Hyligar of the Sandy Point Chappurtin Basketball Team was also very impressive in his opening series of games for the University of Maine-Fort Kent Bengals in the Sunrise Conference of the NJCAA. Hyligar led his UMFK bengals with 10 points and 10 rebounds in their loss to the Daeman College Wildcats. The dominating Power Forward has been having a superb freshman season thus far alongside fellow islander Hamil Bassue (191-F/G, college: Maine-Fort Kent) as both have become the focal point of the UMFK basketball team.
Bassue leads the Bengals in steals while Hyligar leads the team and the entire Sunrise Conference in rebounds and is ranked in the top 40 in the nation in division 2 basketball in Offensive and Overall rebounds according to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics NAIA website.
Bassue is in his 3rd year of a 4 year scholarship to the Division 2 school while Hyligar is in his Freshman season.
Bassue and Hyligar are both former St.Kitts National Junior Team Standouts.
Courtesy of stkittsbasketball.com
The american point guard Chad Austin (188-G-75, college: Purdue) was the latest name who joined the roster of Al Jalaa in Dubai International Tournament (Dubai, UAE 18-26 Jan) yesterday....
Austin played for a short time this season in France as a replacement for injured Paccelis Morlende, He also played in Russia, Turkey, Sweden, Israel, Greece and Germany.
Here are the names of the imports who will play for Al Jalaa Aleppo and Al ITtihad Aleppo in 19th Dubai International Tournament (16-28 Jan) in Dubai, UAE:
- Al Jalaa Aleppo:
Samaki Walker (206-C-76) - USA
Tommy Smith (207-F/C-80) - USA
Chad Austin (188-G-75, college: Purdue) - USA
- Al Ittihad Aleppo:
Jay Joseph (193-G-82) - USA
Ian McVey (206-C-82) - USA
Ben Davis (205-F-72, college: Arizona) - USA
Good Luck for the both teams in this tourney.
In a cruical match up between two sides trying to reach the summit, a late 10-4 run by the hosts mixed things up in Group B. In the first quarter Efes Pilsen had problems to contain Marijonas Petravicius in the paint and his lay ups led the visitors on offence while Andre Hutson tried to keep his side in the game. Rest of the game was an even one although Efes Pilsen had problems with pick and roll defence but a solid bench contribution by Drew Nicholas and Loren Woods matched Hollis Price's effort. Rytas looked one step ahead towards the last quarter but the hosts toughened up defensively and a 10-4 run rallied by Scoonie Penn&Kenny Gregory took the beermen to Top 16. Five of Efes Pilsen players scored in double figures in a game that they missed Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: Interperformances) due to injury problems. On the other hand Marijonas Petravicius and Hollis Price duo totally nailed 41 for Lietuvos Rytas. This key win not only improved Efes Pilsen's record to 8-4 but also got a Top 16 ticket and kept the leadership chances alive. On the other hand Rytas stepped down to the second place after this loss. David Blatt and his group will play Aris next week in Istanbul while Rytas hosts Unicaja Malaga.
Efes Pilsen(90): Scoonie Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) 21, Rashad Wright 4, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) 12, Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) 20 (8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks), Ermal Kuqo 4, Ender Arslan 0, Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) 16, Mustafa Abi 0, Kerem Gonlum 2, Loren Woods 11 (215-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) (10 rebounds)
Lietuvos Rytas(84): Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) 19 (4 assists), Mindaugas Lukauskis 7, Chuck Eidson 7 (7 rebounds, 4 steals), Matt Nielsen 10, Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) 22 (6 rebounds), Jared Jordan 0, Arturas Jomantas 9, Kenan Bajramovic 6, Joao Batista 4
(20-24, 46-46, 62-67, 90-84)
Muenchen Basket fell short in a make-up game against local rival and DBBL-top team TSV Wasserburg on Wednesday. The reigning German Champion earned a 83:59 win on the road and was led by Jana Furkova (184-C/F-84) who scored 20 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Also Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78), Corry Berger (192-F/C-82, college: USF), Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) and Diana Adela Pop (175-G-71) each finished the game in double digits for Wasserburg. The visitors ran out for an early lead and were ahead 29:12 after ten minutes. Wasserburg nearly shot 50% from the field and outscored the host in the third quarter 25:11. Thoresen dished out a game-high 7 assists, Wasserburg-center Katharina Kuehn (191-C-80) grabbed 7 boards. For Muenchen Marijana Kovacic (186-C) was the only player to drop more than 10 points. She had 11 plus 5 rebounds. Newly added Faye Muller (191-F-84) received close to 22 minutes on the hardwood in her first DBBL-appearance for Muenchen. The UNLV-graduate scored 7 points, hitting 3/4 from the field, and collected 5 rebounds. Muenchen will return to action already Saturday when taking on Oberhausen. Meanwhile, Wasserburg sits out at the weekend.
MKB Euroleasing Sopron had an important Euroleague game on wednesday. Only a one point-victory would have been enough for the 3rd place in group C, but they succeeded to win 78-55. At the end of the 2nd minute the Hungarians led 5-0 but in the 6th minute after Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79)'s three-pointer it was 12-12. In the first part of the game the foreign team was better at taking rebounds, from which they could make easier goals. 26-27, in the 15 minutes. The 2nd half started with 36-31 and grew with Edit Eordogh (180-F-75)'s, Andrea Karolyi (183-F/G-75)i's and Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80)'s 3 pointers to 45-31. The last period of the game was in favour of Sopron, they improved in rebounds, defence and shooting, mainly in 3 pointers. 37. minutes: 72-49 Final score: 78-55.
MKB Euroleasing Sopron:
2 pointers: 18/34 53%, 3 pointers: 9/16, 56%, free throw: 15/20, 75%, rebounds 41( Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) 10), assists 16,personal foults 22, turnovers 20, steals 9
Olexandra Gorbunova 22/3, Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) 13/6, Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) 9/3, Edit Eordogh 8/6, Bernadett Nemeth 7/3, Katalin Honti (178-G-87) 7, Andrea Karolyii 5/3, Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) 5/3, Dora Horti (195-C-87) 2
head coach: Norbert Szekely
2 pointers: 18/33 55% , 3 pointers: 3/18 17% , free throw: 10/20, 50%, rebounds: 19 (Iciss Tillis (194-F-81, college: Duke) 5) , assists: 4, personal foults 19, turnovers 18, steals 11
Iciss Tillis 14, Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) 11/3, Micaela Jacintho 10/3, Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) 8, Merike Anderson (181-G-81) 5, Dace Krumina (187-F-69) 3/3, 2, Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) 2
head coach:Ainars Cukste
ZKK PROLETER - ZKK KOVIN 64:69 ( 25:13,10:22,11:21,18:13 )
In a postponed game of the 9th round ZKK Kovin won against Proleter Zrenjanin away.The first quarter Proleter Zrenjanin won 25:13 and it seemed that thay will beat ZKK Kovin with the big difference.ZKK Kovin started the second quarter with the full court press and at the half time it was 35:35.In the third quarter ZKK Kovin continue with the good defense and had 10 points at the end of the third quarter.In the last quarter Proleter Zrenjanin tried to catch score,but ZKK Kovin was playing very clever,continuing with the pressure and long offenses.For the domestic team Danijela Baculov (175-G-85) had 22 points and 5 rebounds,Tatjana Radisic (180-C-83) scored 18 pointsand added 6 steals and 7 rebounds,while Milica Kravic (-85) had 15 points and 9 rebounds.In the winning team Mirjana Velisavljevic (187-C-78) had double-double figur with 12 points and 11 rebounds,Marina Caran (165-G-84, college: Missouri So.) had 22 points and 8 steals,while Natasa Djordjevic (178-G-85) and Mina Jovanovic (176-F-89) netted 13 points each.