EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/5/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Spotter Leuven has reached an agreement with J.J. Sullinger (196-G-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ohio St.) for the rest of the season to replace the departed Boggan.
Sullinger a teammate of Ron Lewis at Ohio State started the season in Poland for Slask Wroclaw but only played 4 games there.
Played 28 games in the CBA for the Indiana Alley Cats and averaged 19.6ppg and 7.5rpg.
He scored 22 pts and grabbed 9 rebs in the 2007 CBA All Star Game.
The Cape Verdian national team is officially without a head coach. Emanuel Travoada a, who had dismissed reports that he was leaving, has finally left to Angola to join Desportivo da Huila, in the Angola national championships.
With the pre olympic qualifying tournament only a few monhths away, the National Basketball Federation has been hit with another problem to resolve.
The speculation about the move, began in October, but Fiba-AFriba had reported in November, that Emanuel Travoada a denied the move.
"It is just speculation. It is true that they contacted me, but I am still Cape Verde coach," he told PA Sport.
We have just received the confirmation that Emanuel Travoada will leave to Angola tommorrow to join his new team.
Ray Ailus 34, will replace Antti Papinaho as the Head Coach of Kataja (Joensuu). Both gentlemen have been fired during this season. Ailus was
fired during Christmas time by KTP (Kotka) and Papinaho on New Year's Day by Kataja. Now Kataja and Ailus have found eachother for the rest
of the season. Ailus is coaching his 4th season on top level with record 81-62 (56,6%). Ailus will start his new job on coming Sunday, Jan 6, when
Kataja will meet Honka (Espoo).
Korisliiga, Round 24: Pyrinto (Tampere) won second time on the road this season, when defeating KTP in Kotka 87-90. YMCA Lahti won over Kauhajoki 106-78.
In Helsinki ToPo won 18th game in a row as Tarmo (Porvoo) lost by 12 pts (93-81). And who scored those 12 pts? Yes, Scottie Pippen (202-G/F-65, college: Cent.Arkansas)! Pippen was back in action after three years break. ToPo had invited ex-NBA-superstar to Finland and Pippen accepted the invitation. Pippen played 23 minutes, scored 12 pts, grabbed seven rbs and gave four assists. Pippen will play his second game in Finland on Saturday, Jan 5.
ToPo - Tarmo 93-81 (49-44) (Josh Gonner 24, Jerald Fields 20/10 - Mikael Holme 22, James Wright 19).
KTP - Pyrinto 87-90 (48-43) (Steve Smith 23, Manny Dies 19/16 - Damon Williams 32/12, Damion Dantzler 20/9).
YMCA Lahti - Kauhajoki 106-78 (55-46) (Davont Jackson 28, Pierre Jallow 22 - Darryl Hudson 34, Mario Porter 16).
Yesterday had some very good games with playoff implications.
In a very dramatic game Galgos de Tijuana (23-20) took care of Dorados Chihuahua (24-19) 88- 87.Galgos gave a great effort and never gave up , and like always the star of the team was LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) with 27 pts, followed byFranco Harris (183-G, college: Boise St.) with 24 pts. The leader for Dorados was sharp shooter Florentino Chavez (190-G/F-71) with 24 pts.
The game between Tecos UAG and Pioneros Cancun went to the wire in the final seconds and the victory was in favor of Tecos thanks to a last second shot of Jason Osborne (203-F-83, agency: Duran International, college: St.Francis,PA) to win the game 100 to 99.Now Tecos have a record of (27-16) and Pioneros of ( 22 -21).
In the best looking game from yesterday , Fuerza Regia Monterrey (28-15) went to "Auditorio del Pueblo" in Durango and beat Lobos UAD 89 - 84. In the third period Durango had the lead at 72 -70 but Fuerza Regia had other plans. And took the victory added another win en route to the playoffs. The leader for Lobos UAD (33-10) was Alfonse Dyer (213-C-85, college: Northwestern St.) 22 pts and for the Regios was Monty Wilson (197-F-73, agency: Edge Sports, college: Tennessee St.) with 25 pts.
In Chuk Skarshaug's first game as coach of Halcones Rojos Veracruz he achieved his first victory. The game was against Mayas de Yucatan, who's season is almost over due to their poor record. The final score was 87 - 72 for Halcones Rojos . The leader for the Mayas was Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72, agency: Duran International, college: Weber St.) with 21 pts and for Halcones Rojos was "Mr Love" Casey Love (203-F/C-80, college: Robert Morris) with 25 pts and 8 boards.
In other results:
Soles Mexicali 93 Algodoneros Torreon 69
Lobos UAC 98 Union Zacatecas 91
Santos Reales S.L.P 92 Venados Nuevo Laredo 90
Correcaminos Victoria 102 Bravos Piedras Negras 98
Lechugeros Leon 100 Angeles Puebla 87
Halcones Xalapa 122 Bucaneros Campeche 81
Club Social y Deportivo Obrero dominated the first three rounds of Pilar League, and is yet undefeated, followed by the other favourite, 1 de Mayo, while traditional powerhouse America Pilar Basquet Club, that is competing with a very young team, is in the middle of the table.
deportivo obrero - 1º mayo 61-57
gral. diaz - capitan bado 64-55
sport crucecita - gral. diaz 56-43
deportivo obrero - america 85-58
1º mayo - capitan bado 91-51
1º mayo - gral. diaz 83-60
deportivo obrero - sport crucecita 101-62
amèrica - capitan bado 91-77
1° Mayo 2-1
Sport Crucecita 1-1
1 de Marzo 0-0
General Diaz 1-2
Capitan Bado 0-3
After CSCheminots during the previous day, it is the turn of ESRades to create the winning feeling by outclassing USMonastir. ESR looked even better by being completely dominant to JSKairouan and brushing the 100 point marker (98 points).
After two wins of this calibre in five days ESR looks to go up a classification. It seems to be a sure thing now.