EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/30/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Ex player of Crvena Zvezda, FMP and Cibona Reggie Freeman (198-G/F-75, college: Texas) signed contract until the end of the season with Slovenian champs Helos Domzale. Director of the club Lado Gorjan didn't hide happiness because the team finally found an appropriate player on forward position. Last season Freeman played for Upea Capo D'Orlando while the last two month he spent in Greek Rethimno from Crete.
According to some rumors that Zarko Rakocevic (205-F-84) will leave the club soon, Buducnost's sports director Gavrilo Pajovic denied those speculations with words that Rakocevic has problems with his knee and it is expected that he will be in full competition shape very soon. He also said that Buducnost didn't get any official offer for Rakocevic.
Telindus Oostende's next Uleb Opponent will be BC Kyiv. Game one takes place in Oostende on Feb 19th at 20.30
The November game between Liege and Bree needs to be replayed as ordered by the league.
Loren Stokes missed this past weekend's game vs Oostende due to a groin injury. He should be able to play this coming weekend vs Mons.
Dexia Mons-Hainaut need to beat Perm by more than 2pts today to take first place in its Fiba Eurocup group.
Easy home win for Dexia Mons Hainaut vs Leuven. Leuven never gave the impression of being able to go for the win in Mons.
With only 2 players in double figures and 65 pts scored they had no chance vs the nr 2 in the league. Mons also had only 2 players score in double figures but still managed 93 pts.
Optima Gent held on to Liege in the first half of their friday game with a 46-45 halftime score.
But from there on things went wrong and Gent was outscored 37-22 in the second half of the game for the 83-66 loss.
Nice win for Bree vs Charleroi . First quarter saw Charleroi hold on to the home team 19-18 but an outstanding 2nd quarter laid the base for Bree's win when they outscored Charleroi 25-10.
The visitors never recovered and ended up with a 87-69 road loss.
Verviers-Pepinster manged to hold off the Antwerp Diamond Giants 82-74.
Verviers whose American players had not practised for most of the week because of unpaid salaries got off to a bad start with Antwerp outscoring them 17-21 in the first quarter. Antwerp held on to the lead till the half (39-40) but Pepinster pulled away slowly in the 3rd and 4th quarters for the win.
Antwerp played without Mladen Sekularac.
Okapi Aalstar did a good job holding Oostende to 76 pts but their own offensive effort was not enough to endager the victory for the reigning Champions.
Aalst who had to do without Loren Stokes helf on in the first quarter 18-19. Oostende slowly pulled away for the 33-40 lead after 20 minutes.
Ovcina with a 3 put the biggest lead of the game on the board with 12 during the 3rd Q.
Aalst showed a fighting spirit in the 4th quarter and closed the gap to 6 pts at the 3.55 mark but Ovcina again hit a 3 to up the margin again to 9pts.
The closest Aalst got from there was 7 pts and Oostende cruised to victory.
Co-Mvp's of round 18 were Doron Perkins and John Turek (206-F/C-83, college: Nebraska). Perkins scored 17 pts, grabbed 6 rebs and handed out 9 assists.
Turek scored 20 pts and grabbed 9 rebs. Remarkably Turek made 9 of 12 shots from the field but only 2 of 5 from the line.
John Turek was also the MVP of round 17 with 24 pts and 11 rebs.
Liege Basket has signed Ed Norvell (188-G-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Kent St.) to replace the released Chris Rodgers.
Norvell already played in 3 other countries this season before coming back to Belgium where he already played 4 seasons in Antwerp.
This year he played in Germany for Ludwisburg, Holland for Rotterdam and in Cyprus for Apollon Limassol.
Bosna ASA BH Telecom continues their fighting on three fronts. After a historical win against Alba and after joining the second phase of the ULEB Cup, the 'Students' have qualified for Final Tournament of Cup of Bosnia and Herzegovina by beating Slavija by a score of 63:95.
On Final Tournament also play Borac Nektar (they was better than Sloboda Dita) and winers from matches Zrinjski MC - Siroki Prima Pivo and Grude - Igokea Partizan.
Final Tournament is on shedule at 9TH/10TH February and host city will be selected later.
SLAVIJA - BOSNA ASA BHT 63:95
(10:23, 18:25, 17:22, 18:25)
Istocno Sarajevo, SRC Slavija; Att.: 200; Ref.: Husaric, Adamovic, Okuka
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic 14, Stanic 8, Tomasevic 7, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 2, Damjanovic, Vukovic 20, Malovic 4, Rodic 7, Saporac 1, Demic 21
BOSNA ASA BH TELECOM: Greer 7, Sehovic 7, Ikonic 14, Bavcic 19, Bailey 2, Suljagic, Rahimic 21, Majstoric 2, Pasalic, Veal 11, Zimic, Williams 12
After two heart beating encounters Ulbra has finally got ahead in the series against Assis and can close things down tonight in Sao Bernardo. Yesterday's game showed that both teams are very balanced and that concentration and a reduced number of turnovers will decide the series.
Ulbra started the game well with Argentine center Pedro Calderon (210-C-80) scoring the first five games of the game. After that the starting squad of Jose Neto seemed to fall apart while Rodney Blackstock (196-G/F-80) shot the lights out from long range and established an early lead for Assis. Mineiro Rodrigues (213-C-87) replaced Calderon, but had two technical fouls called and was sent out by the ref.
Diego da Silva (196-F/G-80) committed a few turnovers that cost his playing time. Youngster 'Biro' Maistro (190-F-87) came on court to show that his lanky built is capable of great things and helped his team narrow the gap before the end of the second quarter. On the other end Giba de Aguiar (193-F/G-83) drove Coach Aga nuts turning over the ball. Ulbra 56-63 Assis at the half.
In the third and fourth quarters Ulbra came back with its starting squad and the game started to flow. Vanderlei became more active on offense being hit on fastbreaks that concluded in easy lay ups. Ulbra was able to stay ahead comfortably for a while until, once again, key turnovers enabled a quick come back by Assis, and almost cost the home team an important victory at home. Ulbra 78, Assis 76.
Both teams will meet again tonight in Sao Bernardo in Game 4. Assis needs to win to force Game 5 at home. The game will be aired live by ESPN Brasil at 8.30 PM Brasilia time.
Ulbra: Vanderlei Mazzuchini (198-F-72)
Assis: Rodney Blackstock
EuroCup, Qualifying Round, Group A: Tartu Rock (Estonia) - Team Lappeenranta (Finland) 78-72 (35-41). Quarters: 13-22, 22-19, 27-14, 16-17.
Both teams won two quarters. The game was tied 69-69 when the last minut began. Tartu won that minute 9-3 and the game thanks to
Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) and Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) led again Team LPR with 20 pts.
CSK-VVS Samara (Russia) - PAOK BC Thessaloniki (Greece) 80-61 (41-30). Quarters: 17-16, 24-14, 20-16, 19-15.
Group A (Final): 1) Tartu Rock 5-1, 2) CSK-VVS Samara 5-1, 3) Team Lappeenranta 1-5, 4) PAOK BC 1-5.
Tartu Rock - Team LPR 78-72 (35-41) (Marek Doronin 21, Gert Kullamae 17, George Tsintsadze 15. 1 - 78,6%, 2 - 59,1%, 3 - 22,7%. R: 30+12=42. TO: 19.
- Adrian Henning 20, Ivan Harris 14, Pasi Riihela 13/10, Petri Virtanen 11. 1 - 57,9%, 2 - 43,8%, 3 - 37,9%. R: 24+10=34. TO: 15).
CSK-VVS Samara - PAOK BC 80-61 (41-30) (Alex Scales 17, Sergey Demeshkin 16, Marque Perry 15 - Georgios Tsiakos 16/10, Dimitrios Verginis 12).
Three players have been nominated for January's Player of the Month by
LNB - Sport+ - L'Equipe de Joueur du Mois. The nominations are
Antonio Graves (190-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) of Pau-Orthez, Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) of ASVEL, and Ricardo Greer (195-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) of Nancy. All there players have never received this award, so
a new player will hold the trophy which will be announced Thursday
Antonio Graves of Pau-Orthez broke in the new year with a bang.
Round 13 was his first career game overseas and he only opened his
career with a league high evaluation of 29 and scored 27pts and 8ast
leading Pau to their 4th victory of the season. Graves has had an
immediate impact averaging 19.5ppg (shooting 66% from the 3pt line)
and 4asts per game and also posted a 30pt game in Round 15. Most
importantly Pau-Orthez has won 3 of 4 games since Graves arrival.
Robert Conley began the new year with a great all around performance
scoring 19pts, 6rebs, and 6ast in a very important game against 1st
place Nancy. He followed this performance with 20pt game in a one
point victory over Clermont. In the last game of the month Conley
scored 17pts in a losing effort against last place Dijon. In the
month of January Conley averaged 17ppg while leading ASVEL to a 3-1
Ricardo Greer (195-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) of Nancy is the last of the three candidates and looks
to carry the trophy for the first time this season. Greer opened
the new year in a gutsy performance in a loss against ASVEL scoring
23pts and 8rebs. Later in a home game against Vichy, Greer recorded a
double double scoring 20pts and grabbing 10rebs. In the month of
January the other two candidates Greer lead Nancy to a 3-1 record
averaging 15ppg and 7.5rebs.
You can vote at www.lnb.tv or www.lequipe.fr
In NBA Dallas Mavericks won against Memphis 103-84, Jose Juan Barea played 22 minutes with 9 pts (4/7 2pts, 0/2 3pts, 1/1 FT) and 1 assist. Los Angeles Clippers was defeated by Charlotte 107-100, Guillermo Diaz did not play.
In Uleb Cup, Besiktas Istanbul and BOT Turow could qualify for the Second Round of the Tournament. Besiktas will play against Hapoel Jerusalem and Turow will play against Nymburk.
In the first round of Uleb Cup Rick Apodaca scored 9,3 ppg (his high is 17 against Ventspils) with these percentages: 34% 2pts, 22% 3pts 68% FT + 2,9 rebs and 3,2 assts.
Christian Dalmau scored 12 ppg (his high is 24 against Ovarense) with these percentages: 49% 2pts, 36% 3pts, 77% FT + 3,9 rebs and 5,0 assts.
Andres Rodriguez scored 7 ppg (his high is 13 against Strasbourg) with these percentages: 42% 2pts, 23% 3pts, 63% FT + 4,3 rebs and 4,5 assts.