EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/1/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
Patrick Wischnewski (191-G-87, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment) ist the second youngster who left Pro B club Osnabrueck before the start of the season to return to his former club. The youngster will play again for Bramfelder TV, for whom he avergaged 17.5ppg last season. He saw only limited playing time behind Philipp Guenther, Sascha Ahnsehl (186-G-86) and Andrew Brown (186-G-82, college: Mercer). Before him Vincent Kittmann (199-F-88, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment) left Osnabrueck also and returned to Bramfelder TV, because of lack of playing time.
Landstede Basketball Zwolle
Head coach: Herman van den Belt
Record in 2007-08: 18-22 (eliminated in 1st round FEB playoffs)
Additions: Nick Bloemhof, Sjoerd Langevoort, Jamie Smalligan
Outlook: Landstede Basketball is a team that gives plenty of matchup problems with its Princeton offense. If this team is shooting the ball well, then it can be a difficult night for the opposition. Two-time FEB Coach-of-the-Year Herman van den Belt has his teams always well prepared, and should be no different this season. He has reliability in American returnees Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) and Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman). Bostain had good all around numbers last season, averaging 17.4 ppg. 5.0 rpg. and 3.9 apg., while Punch provided good spot up three-point shooting and strong effort on the glass (13.4 ppg. and 6.7 rpg.), often outrebounding much taller and bigger players. Both of their numbers should rise with the loss of do-everything forward and 2008 FEB scoring champion Darnell Wilson. Landstede's frontline is taller than in seasons past with the addition of Jamie Smalligan (213-C-84, college: W.Virginia) and Nick Bloemhof (213-F). Smalligan is familiar with the Landstede system, having played the same type system for John Beilein at West Virginia U., while Bleomhof is capable of stretching the defense with an effective three-point shot. Landstede will need a consistent Nikki Hulzebos (206-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) to balance out their inside game. Hulzebos, who came on strong at the end of last season, has the ability to give the opposing inside players fits on the perimeter. If Smalligan, Bloemhof and Hulzebos can provide consistent strong play in the paint, it will make their perimeter game that more dangerous. The point guard combination of Alexander Sa (184-G-83) and Sjoerd Langevoort (188-F-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy) must also step up when needed, with Arno Bunnig (197-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) being a sniper on the perimeter.
Landstede is a team capable of holding its own on the glass despite being mostly outmatched heightwise. What is vital for Landstede this season is consistent shooting from start to finish, getting the leak outs, which comes with good defensive rebounding and getting stops, and being able to contain and shut down the opposing best low post scoring threats. If Landstede does this, and can stay healthy, will be an unpleasant opponent to face.
Thanks Robby for taking some time to talk to eurobasket.com. Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) played for Landstede Zwolle in the past season and averaged 17.4ppg(FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 80.2%), 5.0rpg, 3.9apg, 2.6spg. Robby was one of the most notable players last season in the Dutch Eredivisie and surprised us when he re-signed with Landstede Zwolle.
How was your first pro experience in Holland last season?
My first pro year was a great experience. I couldnt of asked for a better situation then here in Zwolle. Landstede is a great place to grow as a player and person, you are around quality people who really go out of there way to make sure you are comfortable. Being in Holland, where everyone speaks english pretty well really helped as well.
Landsted is a team that relies mostly on young national players. How much did you know about Landstede Zwolle and your role before you came to the club?
I didnt know a whole lot. Nick Sanders, who was a former player for Zwolle, and I played in college together and then he came back as an assistant coach my senior year. So, he told me a little bit about the situation and what it was like to play professionally in Holland.
How would you rate your performance last season in Zwolle?
Indivdually, I thought I had a pretty solid year. I really enjoyed playing for Coach Van den Belt and playing in his system. Being my first year out of school and not knowing what to expect, I thought it was a solid season for me. As a team, I thought we really improved over the season, We started out a little slow, but once we got familiar with each other, we reallly played well the second half of the year.
What are your strengths and weaknesses on and off the court?
On the court, I am a guy who tries to do a little bit of everything. I like being a versatile guy who can have an impact on a game in many ways. I also think I have a really good work ethic and am very disciplined in things I do on and off the court. Im not the fastest or strongest guy on the court, so I really spend alot of time on the fundamentals of the game and get as good as I can at the basics. One of the things I want to work on this year is being more vocal and more of a leader on and off the court. My first year here, I didnt know what to expect so I tried to get comfortable with everything and probably lead more by example. With this being my second year I want to work on taking on a little bit more of a leadership role, and really focus on having a great season here in Zwolle and making Landstede a really tough opponent.
What were the main reasons why you re-signed with Landstede Zwolle?
To be honest, I really didnt know where I was going to end up after my first season. I felt like I had a pretty solid year and I wanted to see what kind of intrest was out there. I wasnt sure exactly how everything worked with agents and teams, so I took a little time to see where I was at and who was interested. I had kept in touch with Landstede throughout the summer, and when It came down to it I wanted to go to place where I was wanted and I would have another opportunity to improve my game and play for a great organization and coach.
Your coach Herman van den Belt is said to be pretty good with young players. How much of a role has a coach like him played in your development?
Its been great, I really felt like I improved alot from my senior of college to my first season with Zwolle. Coach is really good about allowing you to spend time on the fundamentals of dribbling and shooting during morning practices. Coached has also really helped with the mental aspect of the game and ways to approach the game and prepare yourself. Confidence and preparation are a huge part of the game.
Do you feel any special pressure after your impressive performances of last season and the high expectations for the upcoming season?
Not really, I feel like I will be a little more on the radar screen with it being my second year and having a solid first year. But, I just try to prepare myself the best I can and then just go out and play. We have a lot of familiar faces from last year, so I think the familiarity with each other really helps and we are looking forward to the upcoming season.
What do you expect from the upcoming season and What are your goals?
We have written down some team goals for ourselves this year, but I think the main thing is just to focus on ourselves and get the best out of each other and the rest will take care of itself. Like I said earlier, I think having alot of the same nucleus as last year really helps and I think that is going to be a big strength for us this year.
Thanks Robby for the interview. Good luck this season with Landstede Zwolle.
|LNBP Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Ford, Panteras 28.5|
2 Gonner, Bravos 27.8
3 Melendes, Tecos 24.5
4 Hornsby, UAT 24.2
5 Sanchez, Regia 24.1
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Murillo, Tecos 10.8|
2 Richards, Union 10.0
3 Gamble, Santos 9.8
4 Ayon, Xalapa 9.5
5 Burnett, Loros 8.6
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Stoll, Algod. 7.4|
2 Lafayette, UAT-Vic 6.4
3 Borders, SReales 5.2
4 Hickerson, Xalapa 4.5
5 Lawrence, Bucaner. 4.5
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Salcedo, Angelos 3.8|
2 Lawrence, Bucan. 3.6
3 Smith, Cordoba 3.6
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Jordan, HRojos 2.6|
2 Borders, SReales 2.3
2 Zachery, SReales 2.3
|1 Keith, Venados 71%|
2 Gonner, Bravos 65%
3 Ford, Panteras 65%
|1 Loera, Union 64%|
2 Capers, Union 60%
3 Hugo, Lobos 57%
|1 Griffin, Union 90%|
2 Borges, Pioneros 89%
3 Guzman, Algod. 86%
B Superleague Standings|
|Superleague B Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Smilyanich SAR 25.0|
2 Stepanenko RYA 24.0
3 Mateyunas SAR 20.3
4 Gladishev NAL 20.0
5 Evgrafov REV 19.7
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Karaulov NOV 12.5|
2 Manihin MAG 11.7
3 Lyapah EKA 11.0
4 Novikov KUR 11.0
5 Ekimov REV 10.7
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Shama NAL 9.0|
2 Glazunov MAG 8.0
3 Golovin REV 6.7
4 Mateyunas SAR 6.0
5 Pivtsaykis ZAR 5.0
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Trushnikov EKA 5.0|
2 Morozenko NOV 3.5
3 Belov KUR 5.0
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Yakovenko SAR 3.7|
2 Feryabnikov MAG 2.7
3 Karaulov NOV 2.5
Krka Novo Mesto added to their roster 25-year old American guard Bruce Price (191-G-83, college: Tennessee St.). Price was most recently tested at AEL 1964 Larissa (Greece), but choose to play in Slovenia. He just graduated the Tennessee State University. Price tried to cut his college education earlier by declaring him available for the NBA draft in 2007. But removed his name from the list on-time to make it back to the college. This summer he was again entry candidate for NBA Draft but was not selected. Former OVC (his college conference) Freshman of the Year was selected this year to OVC All-Tournament Team and All-OVC 1st Team. In his debiut in Liga UPC he was in the starting five and helped his team to beat Slovan 85-75. He scored 6 points and recorded 5 assists. Price will replace another American guard Tony Lee (183-G-86, college: Robert Morris), who was tested, but did not make it to the roster.
Two Worcester Wolves players were in the inaugural BBL team of the week, announced on Tuesday.
Player-coach Skouson Harker (203-F-77, college: Oregon) and centre Justin Brown (213-C-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: Connecticut) were both included in the side despite a short-handed Wolves team going down 135-103 at BiG Cheshire Jets.
Australia-born British passport holder Brown finished with 31 points including 13 from 16 shooting and 14 rebounds in 38 minutes action as he marked his debut for the Wolves in style. Harker narrowly missed out on a double-double with 22 points and nine rebounds, as well as dishing out seven assists to his team-mates in 36 minutes.
Harker had praise for his sides new centre who has played in Germany, Italy and China as well as his native Australia: They had no answer for Justin and when Will [Funn] is in the line up he will be even more dominant.
Another player making his BBL debut to feature in the team of the week is forward Kwbana Beckles (203-C/F-81, college: Lee). The Airwaves Plymouth Raiders player sunk four of his five three point attempts on the way to a 16 point, 16 rebound night as Gary Stronach's side won 104-80 at league newcomers Worthing Thunder.
Marshall MK Lions point guard Terrell Brown (176-G-84, college: Charleston So.) had a successful weekend as his side started the campaign with a pair of victories. His 29 points against BiG Cheshire Jets ensured that the Lions started the campaign with a 106-92 victory. Brown hit six of his ten efforts from three-point land, including four in the second period. He also added 15 points and eight assists at Lions made it a winning weekend with a 100-83 victory at PAWS London Capital.
The team is completed by a player returning to the BBL as Chez Marks (191-G-80, college: Morehead St.) poured in 34 points on his home debut for Jets against Wolves. The former London Towers guard converted 14 of his 17 field goal attempts and dished out five assists to help his new team to a big victory. Marks had also finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Fridays defeat at Lions.
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Parma won the 27th memorial Paganelli-Badiali played in PalaMokador, Faenza.
In the last seconds of the final game the hosts missed crucial free throws, and Parma (without the Australian squad Porter, Screen and Summerton) escaped with the victory. Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85) (Faenza) was named MVP of the tournament. Faenza meanwhile announced a solid frontcourt renforcement, Andrea Gardner-Combs (192-C-79, college: Howard), who will join the team in a few days.
In the 3rd-4th place final, Umbertide (good performances for Willis and Callens; still waiting for bomber Dooneka Hodges) prevailed over Livorno (Kamesha Hairston (183-F-85, college: Temple) 17, Bagnara 11).
Liomatic Umbertide Women Basket Livorno 53-66
(14-20 , 32-36 , 43-51)
UMBERTIDE:Courtney Willis (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Carolina) 15 (7/14), Cavalaglio dnp, Fiore dnp, Rossi 11 (1/4, 3/4), Callens 12 (5/9), Arcangeli dnp, Gelfusa, Giorgi 2 (1/3), Bonaldo 3 (0/1, 1/3), Battisodo 2 (1/3), Perovanovic 8 (2/5). Coach Lorenzo Serventi
LIVORNO: Franchini, Pastore 9 (2/5, 1/3), Pavicevic 8 (2/7), Kamesha Hairston 17 (4/11, 3/5), Buccianti (0/1, 0/1), Mariani (0/2), Gaither 6 (2/7), Bagnara 11 (4/5, 0/2), Montagna dnp, Ruzickova 15 (6/11, 1/1). Coach Giovanni Papini
Club Atletico Faenza Lavezzini Parma 65-68
(17-20 , 32-27 , 48-48)
FAENZA: Adriana 18 (3/6, 4/7), Erkic 19 (9/12), Ramon 6 (3/3, 0/2), Santucci 2 (1/1), Bandini (0/1 by 3), Bjelica 11 (4/9, 1/4), Zampella 7 (2/4, 1/5), Alexander 2 (1/3, 0/1), Chiarini dnp, Morsiani dnp. Coach Paolo Rossi
PARMA: Narviciute (0/1 da 3), Stabile 9 (2/7, 1/3), Pieropan (0/2, 0/1), Paparazzo 12 (4/6), Zanoni 12 (3/7, 1/1), Zara 13 (4/8, 0/1), Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) 19 (5/7), Micovic dnp, Pozzati dnp, Manzini 3 (1/1 by 3), Vaccari dnp. Coach Maurizio Scanzani
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