EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/25/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Through an agreement with the Belgian Federation, the VBL (the Flemish wing) and the AWBB (the french-speaking wing), Jacques Ledure will still be assigned to organize the Belgian national team management during two years, with an option for two additional years. 'Jacques Ledure has set up an organization and a real structure among the men's national team. He gained confidence from players, clubs, commercial partners, media and federations' leaders. We consider the future as hopeful' said Cyriel Coomans, the President of the Belgian Federation.
Jacques Ledure, who confirmed the news to Eurobasket Belgium, is 'pleased to see that a good collaboration with the federation is possible in the years to come. Foundations have been set on and off the court and we can contemplate the future with ambition. The first objective will be the qualifying round for the Euro 2009 in Lithuania.' The draw for this European Championship qualifying round will be held in Venice, Italy on February 16th, 2008 (source: belga).
A babygirl was born in CSKA 24 hours before the decisive game against Cherno more tomorrow in 'Hristo Botev' arena in Sofia. The proud father is the most important person with 'red' jersey - the captain of the team Georgi Davidov (204-C-76). 31-years old center became a father of a second babygirl. His wife Sofia gave birth to their wonderful Karina. With her 51 cm height and 3,600 kg weight she is ready to climb the top in sports and in modeling. The family has another girl - 5-years old Nia.
The schedule looks like this:
SIGAL PRISHTINA - AS PRISHTINA, Saturday on 20,00
Referees: Zaim Zenuni, Isa Prebreza, Atdhe Gocaj
Monitors: Agim Visoka
PEJA - TREPCA, Saturday on 19,00
Referees: Arben Elshani, Faton Kurshumliu, Alban Vula
Monitors: Lulzim Maloku
BAMBI - RC COLA DRITA, Saturday on 18,00
Referees: Hektor Grezda, Vllaznim Rraci, Xhavit Beqiri
Monitors: Blerim Vula
KASTRIOTI - KOSOVA, Sunday on 18,00
Referees: Hajredin Zeka, Arbnor Rifati, Urim Hasani
Monitors: Tafil Hoxha
First round in stage 2:
Result in kuwait:
Kuwait (96) - Al Yarmook (74)
Al Arabi (93) - Al Tadamon (82)
An Nasr (55) - Al Jahraa (80).
Kazma (81) - Al Sahel (69)
2) Al Jahraa
3) Al Arabi
4) Al Qadsia
After the first week of the season the top teams in the league are
Faraones Nvo Casas Grandes , Mineros Parral and Dorados Chihuahua
these three teams have a record of 2 wins 0 losses. Nogaleros Jimenez and
Choriceros Camargo follow with 1 win and 1 loss and the last three teams in the table
have 0 wins and 2 losses Indios UACJ , Queseros Saucillo and Liebres ITCJ.
Tomorrow action its the next:
Choriceros Camargo at Indios UACJ
Queseros Saucillo at Liebres ICTJ
Dorados Chihuahua at Mineros Parral
Faraones Nvo. Casas Grandes at Nogaleros Jimenez
Saturday action continues with:
Queseros Saucillo at Indios UACJ
Choriceros Camargo at Liebres ICTJ
Faraones Nvo. Casas Grandes at Mineros Parral
Dorados Chihuahua at Nogaleros Jimenez.
The games to follow friday night Faraones versus Nogaleros .
and saturday the same Faraones versus Parral. Note the city of Cd. Juarez will
have two days with the action of both teams Indios and Liebres of the LICOMUBA the same
days and hours that will affect the fans to wonder what game to go see. Plus they have staurday
and sunday action of the TPBL with Gallos who face the Midland Heat .
It was revenge and then some. After falling to the Halcones in game one of the Fiba League of the Americas quarter finals, the Soles roared back to win game two and convincingly took care of Xalapa in game three, 84-67. Mexicali will be the LNBP's lone representative in the LOA semi finals which will open on February 8th. No seed has been determined yet. Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) led the Sole offensive attack with 20 points and 6 boards while point man De Juan Wheat (183-G-73, college: Louisville) dropped 20 while Horacio Llamas (211-C-73, agency: Interperformances) tallied 19 and 12. Michael Johnson (191-G) led Xalapa with 23. Both teams open their LNBP post season schedule tonight with Xalapa facing the Panteras and the Soles taking on the Dorados. The rest of the LNBP playoff match ups look like this:
Algodoneros at Lobos Grises
Galgos at Fuerza Regia
Correcaminos of Victoria at Santos
Lechugueros at Halcones of Cordoba
Caballeros at Tecos
Pioneros at Halcones Rojos
For commentary and analysis for the LNBP playoffs, feel free to comment by clicking here.
Last saturday Gallos Cd.Juarez went to San Angelo Texas to face the Chaparrals in action of
Texas Professional Basketball League (TPBL) and won the game that same day by a score of 111 to 74
to a Chaparral team who looked disorganized and out of shape.The top players for the Juarez squad
where El Paso native Toraino Johnson (194-F/G-80, college: Utah St.) had 25 pts , follow by the ' rubber man'
Leonard Owens (198-F, college: UTEP) with 24 pts.
In sunday game the Chaparrals dint have a gym where
to play. Yes no home for the San Angelo team. Now the Gallos have 4 wins and 0 losses and up next
fot the Mexican team is the Midland Heat actual champion of the TPBL the games will be in Cd. Juarez
saturday at 7:30 and sunday at 3 pm at Gimnasio Universitario.
Coach Raul Palma will now havea clear idea of how really its the level of the league versus the Midland Heat
and said ' The Chaparrals dint expect a Gallos team with that level and plus they were a little disorganized
plus our defense was a key spot , to win saturdays game.'
Local media www.jacksonville.com published yesterday a piece in which Jacksonville Jam coach Mike Sr. Gillespie admitted he and his team haven't been paid yet, and said the coaches and players are 'still working with ownership toward a resolution to continue the Premier Basketball League season'. Rumors from the league headquarters say that the team owners have yet passed the deadline given by the league to make the money necessary to pay players, coaches and staff. And money was not found. At this point, the future of the team is in serious jeopardy, and is not sure if league is going to do anything with the team or not.
In NBA, Orlando defeated Memphis 112-85, for Carlos Arroyo a great game, He played 24 minutes with 3 pts (0/2 2pts, 1/3 3pts) with 7 assists and 2 steals. Dallas won against Charlotte 102-95, Jose Juan Barea played only 3 minutes with 0 pts. Guillermo Diaz played 4 minutes with 1 pts (1/2 FT) in the game Los Angeles Clippers- Sacramento Kings 111-85.
In D-League, Albuquerque won a difficult game against Rio Grande Valley 95-93, the MVP of the game was Miguel Ali Berdiel who played 42 minutes and He scored 26 pts (8/11 2pts, 2/2 3pts, 4/5 FT) with 6 rebs, 5 assts and 1 steal. Berdiel is playing a great season in NBDL with 8,6 ppg.
In Euroleague, Cibona Zagreb was defeated by Le Mans 100-87. Larry Ayuso played 30 minutes with 10 pts (2/3 2pts, 2/6 3pts) and 2 rebs. Cibona has now a 4-9 standings and it is not more so sure to be qualified in the Top 16. Unicaja Malaga was defeated by Lietuvos Rytas 71-63. Daniel Santiago played 8 minutes with 1 reb. Malaga has now a 9-4 standings.
Union Olimpija won their last home game in this season's Euroleague vs. Virtus Bologna 75:60. Olimpija was better team for most part of the game and led from the beginning. The best player on court was Marko Milic (199-G-77) with 20 points, while Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) added 15. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) led Virtus Bologna with 14 points. Next and final game of this season's Euroleague for Union Olimpija (they didn't qualify for the TOP16 of Euroleague) will be played next week in Sopot (Poland) vs. Prokom Trefl.
Union Olimpija : Virtus Bologna 75:60 (58:47, 43:32, 19:13)
Union Olimpija: Milic 20, Hukic 15, Bailey 13, Dragic 10, Begic 6, Gorenc 4, Booker 4, Rizvic 3.
Virtus Bologna: Spencer 14, Giovannoni 8, Lastini 8, McGrath 8, Michelori 7, Chiacig 5, Garri 5, Di Bella 4, Crosiarol 1.
Another of Scotland's most exciting basketball prospects is heading for the United States later this year.
Mairi Buchan is a pupil at Denny High School and a member of Falkirk Fury and the 6ft 2in forward is possibly Scotland's best hope of a place in the Great Britain team for the 2012 Olympics.
A key member of the Scotland age group teams in recent years, she has been heavily recruited by several leading American division one universities.
Now, after a visit to the USA to have a close look at two of those, Buchan has verbally committed to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
'It's the right fit, the basketball is such a fantastic programme to be part of, but it is also a great school where I can continue my education,' said Buchan on her return.
The Lady Monarchs, as they are known, are currently number 24 in the NCAA division one rankings and Buchan is believed to be the first Scottish female player to be recruited to a Top 25 US college.
First however she will play for Scotland in the European Junior B Championships in Macedonia in June and is hoping also to play for Great Britain in their Under-20 European campaign in Poland the following month.
'Mairi is a role model for any girl out there with aspirations to play at the highest level,' says Scotland's national junior women's coach Donna Finnie, who, along with Mairi's father Alan, accompanied her to Virginia.
'She'll play with and against some great athletes over the next four years and this decision will assist her goal of making the GB senior team.'
'Old Dominion is a top university and plays one of the toughest schedules in the country while giving their athletes fantastic support.'
Wendy Larry, head coach to the Lady Monarchs is one of the most successful female coaches in the USA, having won 16 Colonial Athletic Conference titles in a row.