EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/3/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR) is back with Al-Ahli.
The American player was instrumental in winning the league last season.
Afterthat he lift to Al-Arabi in Kuwait but left 3 days back to join Al-Ahli for the Cup competition.
He is expected to play today against Hala his first game.
Jamal Holden is a very athletic player who plays the 4,5 position and can run the floor. He can shoot the 3 pointer and has good touch from 15 to 17 feet around the basket. Any ball around the basket he dunks and finishes. He can also handle the ball for his size and has post moves down low. Hes a good offensive player and is unselfish with teammates. Hes the oldest of 10 children.
2006-2007: Al Ahli Manama (BHR-Premier League): 18 games: 21.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.6bpg
2006-2007 Al Ahli (GCC Tournament): 4 games played 19.1ppg,, 9.0rpg, 1.0bpg
Lebanese Cup Semifinals -06
Syrian League Final 4 -06
Plata Tournament with Mellios De Sur Champion (DOM-Puerto Plata) -06
Bahrain League Regular Season Champion -07
Bahrain League Champion -07
FAVOURITES Al Ahli and Manama barged into the semi-finals of the Bahrain Basketball Cup with contrasting victories in their respective games last night at the Umm Al Hassam sports compleAhli survived a nail-biting finish to squeeze by Al Hala 71-66, while Manama coolly thrashed Al Najma 90-47.
Ahli controlled their contest from the start and had a narrow 50-47 edge at the end of the third quarter. Hala, however, led by Nigerian professional Boniface Edeghe, found a way back and took a one-point lead late in the payoff period.
Ahli's end-game experience, however, showed in the game's closing moments, as they took advantage of a pair of crucial Hala turnovers and converted several pressure-packed free-throws to seal the win.
"It was a hard game that shouldn't have been as close as it was in the end," Ahli's star point guard Hussain Shaker told the GDN. "We allowed them to come back, but we just stuck to our game plan and made our free-throws in the end. That was crucial for us."
Shaker finished the game with 16 points, while backcourt mate Sadeq Mahdi had a game-high 20. American Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR), who was playing his first game with the team after replacing Antoine Hyman as their professional player, finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Holden was a key contributor in Ahli's title-run in last year's league.
They now face Muharraq in their final-four contest on Monday.
"It's going to be a tough game, but we'll be ready especially now with Holden back," Shaker said. "He was a big piece of our team last year and we have good chemistry with him."
Edeghe had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Hala, while Ahmed Mirza had 13 and Ahmed Ali Hussain finished with seven and nine assists.
In Manama's victory, the former Cup holders used a scintillating second quarter during which they doubled Najma's output (27-13) to take a commanding 45-28 heading into the break.
They then widened their advantage to 23 points, 65-42, at the end of the third, and in the final period, led by an energetic second unit, sealed the 43-point mauling.
Hassan Ibrahim top scored for the victors with 22 markers off the bench, while Donald Little had 14 to go with 15 rebounds.
Manama go against Cup holders Sitra in their semi-final tie scheduled for Sunday. It will be a re-match of last year's final.
"Sitra is a good team with good young players who play together, but we'll be prepared for them," team official Ahmed Hamza said. "Last year is behind us now. We've already beaten them once this season in the league, and we can do it again."
Both semi-final games are scheduled to tip off at 6.30pm on their respective dates. The final will be played on Friday, January
Third annual "Sarajevo Youth Basketball Festival" starts tomorrow with around 1,000 participants playing for U18, U16, U14 and U12 teams from seven countries. Close to 1,000 boys and girls will compete in a four-day tournament recognized by FIBA Europe. Games will be played in three gyms in Sarajevo. There are 48 teams in all youth categories, boys and girls. This year participants come from Austria, Bosnia, Croatia, England, Germany, Greece, Macedonia, Slovakia and Slovenia. Teams taking part in the tournament are the following:
ALBA Berlin (Germany)
BOSNA, Sarajevo (Bosnia)
AUSTRIA U16, U18 National teams
Basketball Academy ULM (Germany)
PLAY OFF, Sarajevo (Bosnia)BARKING ABBEY Basketball Academy, London (U.K.)
GREEN DRAGONS Inzersdorf (Austria)
ASKO KARNTEN (Austria)
ZKK Zeljeznicar (Bosnia)
JUNIOR, Skopje (Macedonia)
IMPULS, Sarajevo (Bosnia)
SBK LUKY, Bratislava (Slovakia)
Mirza Teletovic continues to play well for TAU Ceramica. In 14th round of the Spanish ACB league, Teletovic scored 14 pts and pulled down 8 boards for his team win of 80:73. In the previous round vs. Valadolid, one of our top players recorded 23 points and 6 rebounds. Good game in 14th round had Ivan Opacak who scored 15 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 1 assist in a surprise Mursia`s home loss to Fuenlabrada 72:73. Stanko Barac continues to play well for Pamesa.
-Smouha beat Zamalek 87-78 in a big surprize at the begining of the Egyptian league.
-Alahly beat Gazco 69-48 in an easy game for Alahly and Tarek elGhannam return to play after his injury in Zamalek match at the final of Cairo and Giza zone champion also Mody ElGarhy , Eslam Aly and Ibrahim elGamal not play because of their Injured.
-Itthad beat Shourta 83-78.
-Gezira vs Eastern company 75-62.
-Sporting beat Geish 70-76.
-ElShams vs Damenhor 80-62.
thanks for Mr/ Alaa Ahmed and Sherif Soliman for giving us the result of the second round in the Egyptian league.
Korisliiga, Round 23: Korihait (Uusikaupunki) never leading the game in Porvoo vs hosting Tarmo during the regular time (40 minutes), but however Korihait
won the game after 2 OT 117-128! American Guards Kyle Shiloh (190-G-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Nevada) (treys 6/9) and Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) (treys 5/13) arranged the OTs and finally the victory. Korihait made 19 treys in the game, but only one during the first half. Altogether 119 rebounds were compiled on statistics (Tarmo 65 - Korihait 54)! ToPo (Helsinki) has won now 20/21 games this season out of them 17 in a row! And Helsinki-Team will get still more help on the Team. Coming Friday (Jan 4) and Saturday (Jan 5) Scottie Pippen will join the roster as ToPo will meet Tarmo (Porvoo) and Honka (Espoo). Honka took victory # 14 this season tonight without Ivan Cubela (no more on the roster), Kouvot (Kouvola) defeated KTP (Kotka) and Kataja (Joensuu) won without the fired Head Coach Antti Papinaho, as Pyrinto (Tampere) lost by 24 pts. The Player of December Damon Williams (Pyrinto) DNP.
Tarmo - Korihait 2OT 117-128 (111)(95) (45-30) (Mark McCarroll 34/23, Travis Leech 26/18 - Glenn Stokes 33, Kyle Shiloh 30).
Kataja - Pyrinto 98-74 (49-33) (Andre Foreman 22, Anssi Kinnaslampi 18 - Eric Washington 16, Antero Lehto 13).
Kouvot - KTP 106-85 (48-36) (Corey Smith 27, Peter Cipriano 25/13 - Jermaine Spivey 21/11, Steve Smith 21/10).
Honka - YMCA Lahti 87-72 (42-35) (Jukka Matinen 22, Petteri Koponen 21 - Ilkka Vuori 16, Pierre Jallow 16).
Kauhajoki - ToPo 85-102 (43-45) (Darryl Hudson 25, Mario Porter 24 - Timo Heinonen 22, Josh Gonner 21).
Kataja (Joensuu) has fired Head Coach Antti Papinaho , 30. Team management was not happy with the new Head Coach by now. Kataja has won only seven (7)
games out of 22 contests. Papinaho's contract was model 1+2 years. When the season goes on tonight, Kataja will be coached by assistant Coach Antti Hurri and
Team Captain Sami Lehtoranta, who is on injured list (shoulder). Kataja will name the new Head Coach in the near future. Three Head Coaches have now been fired
this season on Finnish Top level. Team Componenta (Karkkila) started "the show" and fired Eero Nikkarinen in the middle of December. Then KTP (Kotka) fired Head Coach Ray Ailus during Christmas and now Kataja made a hard decision on New Year's Day.
Mitteldeutscher BC (2. Bundesliga Pro A) has made another roster move and will not keep Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: N.Iowa) for the remainder of the season. Jacobson joined MBC in early December and played four Bundesliga-games for the Wolves, in which the team suffered three defeats. As a consequence the club-officials used a clausel to finish the cooperation with Jacobson after one month.
Will Chavis (181-G-81, college: Texas Tech) was represented as the new playmaker instead. The native of Philadelphia, Pa. turned 27 years old on the first day of the new year. He owns a lot of experience in European basketball. During his pro-career Chavis already played for sides in France, Iceland, Greece, Italy, the Czech Republic, Holland and Cyprus. He started the 2007-2008 campaign with Omonia Nicosia (First Division Cyprus), but left in November after only two games played (4.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0 apg). The season before Chavis attended the All-Star Game of the Dutch Eredivisie, while being a member of the Astronauts Amsterdam.
PAOK agreed tersm with the Turk international guard Ibrahim Kutluay. This is the third Greek team for the veteran Kutluay after AEK and Panathinaikos.
A.J. Guyton (187-G-78, college: Indiana) is replacing LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) in Olympia Larissas
Olimpiada Patras dismiss the Lithuanian Tomas Nagys (208-F-80, college: Clemson) adn agreed terms with the Serbian Zoran Osmokrovic (189-G-81)
Aris Thessaloniki signed 27-year old Georgian power forward Vladimir Boisa (209-F/C-81, agency: World Sport Agency). Boisa played most recently at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Russia). Boisa had extremely successful season last year, when he won Italian SerieA Championship together with Montepaschi Siena. But for last two seasons he had problems with making it to starting five as team from Siena was extremely strong. This year he signed with Spartak Primorie from faraway Vladivostok in Russia. But Greece is way closer to Georgia than Vladivostok...
Former Slovak NT center Tomas Oresansky (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Freed-Hardeman) released with BK Casta Nitra. Team and player closed contract because personal reasons. Oresansky is four time Slovak league champion and two times FHU's Most Improved Player.