EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/11/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
|D1 Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Cage - Liege 25.0|
2. Miller - Leuven 21.0
3. Randle - Gent 20.0
4. Green - MH 20.0
5. Loubry - Gent 18.0
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Randle - Gent 11.0|
2. Thomas - Liege 11.0
3. De Zeeuw - VP 11.0
4. Cantrell - Aalst 10.0
5. Ebong - MH 10.0
|Assists Per Game|
|1. Wison - Liege 11.0|
2. Loubry - Gent 7.0
3. Huffman - Aalst 6.0
4. Lojeski - Aalst 5.0
5. De Zeeuw - VP 5.0
Semi Pro League Standings|
|U-26 Tournament Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Pratt 20.7 ppg|
2. Edwards Koolie 20.3 ppg
3. Wahlford 17.9 ppg
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Williams 11.9 rpg|
2. Serrano 9.2 rpg
3. Staine 8.2 rpg
|Assists Per Game|
|1. Felix 4.8 apg|
2. Edwards Joka 3.14 apg
3. Leslie 2.6 apg
|Steals Per Game|
|1. Ellis 4.7 spg|
2. Edwards Koolie 3.7 spg
3. Felix 3.1 spg
|Blocks Per Game|
|1. Swasey 2.2 bpg|
2. Leslie 1.3 bpg
3. Pratt 1.2 bpg
|1. Edwards Coolie 3.8 pg|
2. Rivers 3.03 pg
3. Chavarria 1.83 pg
Mega Hypo Leasing finally made it this season. After two defeats in Serbian A1 league and one totally unlucky in Balkan league on Tuesday, Belgrade's team celebrated in Sophia against Levski 81-80. Bulgarians were much better at the beginning. Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) and Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) made few baskets leading their team to plus 8 after ten minutes, 21-13. Very soon Mega HL demonstrated some of its qualities but still not enough to get any closer until the half time. Totally different picture was seen on the court after the breather. Mega HL was the team which controlled rhythm of the game. Poing guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) and experienced Miroslav Markovic (201-F-75, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for their team and together with young Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89) and Christopher Schlatter (203-F-81, college: Washington St.) drained 29 points in third frame. On the other side Bulgarians couldn't handle Mega's pressure in defense making few mistakes. At the same time Levski missed few important shots ended third quarter with only 13. However, Levski didn't give up and mostly owing to Marcus Hall grabbed 80-78 with 20 seconds remaining. It seems that luck was on Mega's side last night as after time out Miroslav Markovic took the ball pulling up a jump shot from behind the arc and fortunately to visitors it was the successful one.
Igor Mijajlovic netted 19 points and dished out 5 assists for the winners. Miroslav Markovic also scored 19 including this winning triple at the very end. Stefan Stojacic had 11 points and 4 boards while Christopher Schlatter stopped on 10 points and 6 rebounds. Marcus Hall shined for the hosts with 26 points and boards. Stefan Georgiev also registered double-double, 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Levski - Mega Hypo Leasing 80-81
(21-13, 21-21, 13-29, 25-18)
Levski: Hall 26 (10 rebs), Georgiev 18 (14 rebs), Slaveykov 10 (10 rebs)
Mega HL: Mijajlovic 19 (5 as), Markovic 19, Stojacic 11 (4 rebs), Schlatter 10 (6 rebs)
Korisliiga, Round 4: There is only one Team without a victory anymore in Top League. ToPo (Helsinki) scored only 63 pts, but sometimes you can even win with
that few points. ToPo's guest Tarmo (Porvoo) got ten (10!) pts from three professional foreigner players and when Team Tarmo had only 53 pts, ToPo's first victory was clear. Eero Lehtinen led ToPo with 14 pts. James Allen (194-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Montevallo) and Elias Kajander (196-F-80) added both 11 pts. Tarmo got 14 pts from Ville-Pertti Lind (197-F-80). Both teams had 23 TOs.
When YMCA Lappeenranta defeated FoKoPo (Forssa) 95-88 (40-41) American PG Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: UNLV) gave 11 assists. Demtrius Brown (197-F-83, college: San Jose St.) led YMCA LPR with 27 pts. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) added 21 pts and grabbed 10 rbs. FoKoPo's Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) tallied 26 and Arto Talvitie (190-G-80) added 14 pts.
ToPo - Tarmo 63-53 (37-19) (Eero Lehtinen 14, James Allen 11 - Ville-Pertti Lind 14, Mikael Holme 11).
YMCA Lappeenranta - FoKoPo 95-88 (40-41) (Demtrius Brown 27, HL Coleman 21/10 - Ray Cunningham 26, Arto Talvitie 14).
One day before the start of the new season the Professional Athletic Committee announced that the newcomer Kavala is out from A1 league because they did not provided the necessary papers. We remind Kavala merged with Panorama who won the promotion in A1 but by paying them an amount of money. The third team in A2 last season, Dafni claims is the legal team which should play in A1. One other opinion is coming from Ionikos Lamias the fourth team in A2, they say that Kavalas promotion is illegal, the battle is on the courts, its wrong a team to pay money to other team so to play in a bigger league and about Dafni they say that they have debts from past seasons so their team must play in A1 and for that reason they decided not to play again A2 unless they give them the green light to play in A1 in the place of Kavala. A total mess few hours before the first jump ball in A1. Esake already made announcement and postponed the game tomorrow between Kavala and AEL Larisa.
The question to all is why have 14 teams in A1 with 2,3 weak teams, unstable financially which cause problem in the Greek basketball by bringing players who dont pay them, having many disputes about the tv rights and some playing in small courts with no fans ?
It will be better for all to have 12 teams in A1 which will be independent financially, playing in good courts and having many supporters.
In the next days we will know and we hope we will have a decision for the good of the Greek basketball and to learn from others (Italian and Spanish federation) that rules are made to follow them, its not bad to have 13 teams this season and next year 12.
Thursday night in FEB action, defending Dutch champion ABC Eclipse Jet/MyGuide made a statement in their matchup vs. West-Brabant Giants, Eiffel Towers made shortwork of Landstede Basketball, Matrixx Magixx overcame a rough start at home vs. Rotterdam Challengers, while Hanzevast Capitals kept the game under their control vs. Aris Friesland.
In the Sporthallen-Zuid, Eclipse Jet/MyGuide extended their lead from 50-39 to putting the game out of reach in the 3rd quarter (75-52) for winless West-Brabant Giants, eventually prevailing in a 93-68 blowout win. CC Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.) led the way for Eclipse Jet/MyGuide with 21 pts. The EJ/MG defense forced 23 Giants turnovers and West-Brabant had only 6 total assists. The defending Dutch champions are now 2-0.
In the Maaspoort, Eiffel Towers got a big boost in the 2nd quarter from Dutch center Marcel Aarts (213-C-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy), whose strong play gave Eiffel the spark needed to pull away to an 88-63 blowout win over winless Landstede Basketball. After a tight 1st quarter, Aarts scored 10 of Eiffel's first 15 pts. of the 2nd quarter, helping Eiffel stake a 40-30 halftime lead. Eiffel came out smoking after halftime, with a 14-0 run led by former NBA'er Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota), which turned out to be all she wrote for Landstede. Beasley led Eiffel with 18 pts. and 9 rebounds. Landstede, who have shot poorly the first two games from the three-point line (just 9 for 49 total), were led by a game-high 19 pts. by Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman). Eiffel's bench made also a big difference, outscoring Landstede's by a 45-20 differnce. Eiffel Towers are now 2-0, while Landstede are 0-2.
In the Horstacker, Matrixx Magixx found themselves on the wrong end of the score at the end of the 1st quarter (down 23-10) vs. Rotterdam Challengers, but like a boxer suffering a knockdown, Matrixx counterpunched back in the 2nd quarter with a 36-20 difference (46-43 halftime), dominating the 2nd half and cruising to a 91-72 blowout win. Matrixx had good balanced scoring led by Frank Tolbert (193-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) with 19 pts. ( 3 three-pointers), Gerrit Brigitha (204-F/C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) adding 17 pts. (3 threes), Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) with 16. and Ryan Sears (185-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Creighton) with 15 pts. All four players made a total of 11 three-pointers. Rotterdam's Phil Grant (202-G/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Iona) led all scorers with 27 pts.
In Leeuwarden, Hanzevast Capitals get their 1st win of the season vs. winless Aris Friesland, having just enough more to prevent an Aris win, winning 72-66. Hanzevast dominated in the first five minutes of the game (12-0 run), with Hanzevast center Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) being a human eraser in the paint, swatting away five shots in the run. Hanzevast led at the half 41-29, and eventually Aris Friesland would come back, cutting the score to 45-42, but Hanzevast still prevented them from hetting over the hump. Aris had a chance to cut into the lead being down 68-64, but failed to score on three possessions. Chaz McCrommon (197-F/G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Robert Morris) and Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) led Hanzevast with 11 pts. each. Hanzevast are now 1-1, while Aris falls to 0-2.
TCG Mercator inked Dario Krejic (194-G-78, agency: VTBM/SRBM) ex Helios till end of the season. Last season he averaged 8,0 points, 2,,2 rebounds, 1,0 assists and 1,1 steals in 22 games of Adriatic League and 6,9 points in 35 games of Slovenian UPC League..
|BOSNIA - Women|
|BRAZIL - Women|
|BULGARIA - Women|
|CROATIA - Women|
|EUROCUP - Women|
AKO Aris Holargou- Mladi Krajisnik 87:53
AKO Aris Holargou beat Mladi Krajisnik 87:53 in game 2 to qualify to the Preliminary Round of EuroCup. The Greek side won all the quarters in the game and booked the tickets for the next stage. Tamara Bowie (186-C/F-81, agency: Merit Sports, college: Ball St.) paced all the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Brooke Reves (188-F-75) collected 18 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Theoni Tzegiannaki (162-G-85) netted 15. Milica Deura (178-G-90) top-scored with 20 points and Aida Pilav (187-C-87) posted 13. AKO Aris Holargou advances with 164-136 total victory.
One of the most interesting games of the first-leg Qualifying Round was played in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mladi Krajisnik overcame AKO Aris Holargou 83:77 as both teams was ready for the only ticket in Game 2. Aris Holargou however proved the ambitions for the upcoming season and advantaged the court. The Greek side opened the game with 19-14 in the opening quarter and took control of the entire game later. The hosts had 12-0 early in the second to reach 45:22 at the halftime. In order not to stop AKO Aris Holargou played well in the rest of the game as they had almost plus 30 in the end of the third. Stojanovic could reduce for Mladi Krajisnik at 68:40 late in the third. Theoni Tzegiannaki's three continued the benefit of the local team as they entered the last stanza. Aida Pilav set up the final, 87:53 score as AKO Aris Holargou qualified to the Preliminary Round of EuroCup.
AKO Aris Holargou: Tamara Bowie 25+5 rebs, Brooke Reves 18+14 rebs, Theoni Tzegiannaki 15
Mladi Krajisnik: Milica Deura 20, Aida Pilav 13
|GERMANY - Women|
|GREECE - Women|
|LATVIA - Women|
|LEBANON - Women|
1- Antranik Beirut: A new coach and ex-player is there, Elie Nasr . Elie has no previous experiences in womens league but proved during his past few seasons a hard working on his teams.
a. Jennifer Ammoury (-F) (Champville) a power forward to replace Tamara Khalil (185-F-86) who traveled to Canada to continue studying.
b. Nour Choucair (169-G-85) (Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut), a national team player and one of the best Lebanese guards joined the team after failure negotiations with her ex-team Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut.
c. Caroline Tchalian (-G) (Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut) an experienced point guard who played has several years with many clubs and the national team.
2- Homenetmen Antelias: Chafik Akiki , the ex-Antranik Beirut's coach replaced Georges Kilzi who has resigned to coach Antranik's men team. Akiki proved during his career a high level of team organizer and performer.
a. Karen Kaloustian (-G) (Champville): to play at the point guard position.
b. Joelle Abdelnour (-G) (Champville): an aggressive guard to a good rotation at that position.
c. Joyce Saliba (-C) (Champville): a good footwork center who lacks the confidence on the court.
3- Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut: Tigran Kukdjian to coach the team. Tigran has previous experiences with womens teams and national team. The team has too much hopes and expectations from Kukdjian.
a. Aida Bakhos (175-G-86, college: Lamar) (175-G-86, college: Lamar) (Lamar university): After finishing studying in the states, she has joined the yellow team to be a new added value and help leading the team winning the title. Its still unknown if shell join the team from the beginning of the season or just during the final four.
b. Natalie Mamo (172-G-86) (Antranik Beirut): one of the best Lebanese and national team shooters who showed a good level in the external competitions last season. She broke her contract with Antranik Beirut and joined Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut after that Nour Choucair has signed with the Armenian team.
c. Rebeca Akl (Champville): One of the best point guards to be. Antranik Beirut, Homenetmen Beirut and Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut suffered negotiating with her in order to add her to their roaster finally she decided to join Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut. Its wasnt known that Rebecca was being trained and monitored during the past 3 years by coach Akiki.
4- Al Moutahed: No changes in the coaching stuff, Nazir Saoudi is still there and he was the one who promoted the team from the 3rd to 1st division.
a. Eliane Chalhoub (Homenetmen Beirut): a good experienced center to help the ambitious northern team.
5- Homenetmen Beirut Beirut : Elie Najem was replaced by Faraj Aad who has previous experience with his womens team at St George Zalka in the 2nd division.
a. Rana Nakhle (-G) (Blue stars): shooting guard
b. Carole Kamel (-F)(Blue stars): Small forward
|POLAND - Women|
Cukierki Odra Brzeg signed 23-year old American guard Ashley Key (180-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.). Key played most recently at Marbo Basket (Sweden), where she was one of the top players in the league. She ended her college career as one of the most awarded players in N.Carolina State history. She was selected to ACC All-Tournament 1st Team and All-Defensive Team, while leading her team to NCAA Sweet 16. She was drafted in 2007 by Indiana Fever in the WNBA. In her first game in Poland she played in 33 minutes scoring 9 points and getting 7 rebounds. She helped her team to get the second victory this season defeating AZS Jelenia Gora 67-54.
|PUERTO RICO - Women|
|ROMANIA - Women|
|SERBIA - Women|
|WNBA - Women|