EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/3/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
Former Okapi Aalstar and CEP Fleurus player Stefan Moris (207-F/C-86, agency: Prime Select Sports) has recently been hired by the club of P4two Ballers Osnabrueck in Northwestern Germany. He left Belgium and joined the German Pro B club last Monday. P4two Ballers Osnabrueck will host SU Braunschweig in the first day of Germany's Pro B competition.
To find out more about the German Pro B competition and the results of Stefan Moris' new club during the coming season, please go to http://www.eurobasket.com/Germany/basketball-League-Pro-B.asp.
Richard Ortega (188-G-82), Indios de San Francisco, was selected 2008 LIDOBA's MVP. Ortega finished the season with 11.2 ppg, 8.4 apg (1) and 2.8 rpg. Had a 36% 3PTFG and 49% FG., while leading his team into an improbable post season, after an 0-7 start.
Melvyn Lopez , Reales de La Vega was the Coach of the year; Bobby Pandy (198-F, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.), Reales de La Vega, Rookie of the Year.
LIDOBA's 2008 All Star Team:
PG Richard Ortega
SG Henry Lalane (199-F-78, college: St.Francis,NY)
SF Reggie Charles (201-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza)
PF Juan Bautista Araujo (206-F/C-83)
C Eddie Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech)
6th Oskaris Lenderborg (189-G/F-72)
Coach Melvyn Lopez
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Justin Johnson (203-F-83, college: St.Louis) played extremely well at the Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago this summer and statistically was the best big man at the combine.
He averaged 17ppg and 8rpg for the Madrid team and showcased a lot of aspects to his diverse game.
Justin was athletic and played with a serious intensity that captured the eyes of the ESL scouts.
As a result he was the only big man who made the ESL All Tournament 1st team in Chicago.
Justin has a great face up game and creates match up problems due to his perimeter skills and ball handling ability.
Last season he played for the St Louis Gunners in the ABA and averaged 14ppg and 10 rpg before the team folded.
During his college years he played at St Louis University and was known more as a role player and spent more time setting picks for the other scorers on the team.
The ESL was surprised by his talent level and how he was utilized in college but this happens all the time at certain programs in the United States.
Last week one of the ESL Directors Joe Charles from Thirdwind Sports who has an established relationship the Soproni Sodogok club was looking for a quality big man and contacted another ESL director for suggestions.
Justin name came up immediately because he was one of the most outstanding prospects in the ESL who was still available and he was highly recommended to the club as a quality player and person.
As a result Justin Johnson has a deal in Hungary with a two week evaluation period like most deals in Europe this time of the year.
This is another example of how the Eurobasket Summer League contacts has facilitated an opportunity for a player based off of his performance this summer to a club that was not at the ESL but respected our scouting expertise.
Joseph Charles is an excellent basketball talent evaluator from the New York City area and who has dealt with a range of top-level prospects from the East Coast and helped placed them all over Europe.
Joseph Charles is a former college basketball player who is associated with every aspect of New York City basketball and is much respected in the area.
Joseph Charles and the legendary Dereck Whittenburg who is the current head coach at Fordham University, former North Carolina State star and NCAA National Champion was responsible for bringing the ESL to New York City this summer.
All of the ESL scouts are former players who competed on a high level and understand the professional game both in the United States and Europe.
The networking ability of our scouts and contacts have benefited a lot of the players that have been placed as a direct result of playing in the ESL this summer.
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.
Zorg & Zekerheid Leiden
Head coach: Ivo Boom
Record in 2007-08: 16-24 (failed to make the playoffs)
Additions: Bubba Walther, Niels Meijer, Cedric McGowan, Ryan Warner, Joey Schelvis
ZZ Leiden had a disappointing 2007-08 season, not being able to develop a strong team chemistry and overcoming a bad start. ZZ Leidne won its first two regualr season games, only then to lose nine games in a row, which they really never recovered from. In the end, when the window of opportunity was available for a playoff spot was still open, ZZ's lack of team chemisry betrayed them, closing out the season losing 7 of 8. ZZ could not cash in after gaining quality wins (3 wins over Hanzevast Capitals, home win over Matrixx Magixx) and have to avoid the blowout losses (15 losses by double digit numbers) that can be detrimental to the team psyche. Floor leaders J.S. Nash (188-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.) and Dutch international Vincent Krieger (185-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Asheville) return as lead guards, with double-double threat David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) returning to man the paint. Hardnosed Chiotti was ZZ's most reliable player last season, having 20 double-doubles last season with averaging 15.7 ppg. and 9.3 rpg. while shooting 60.2% FG. Chiotti will have to improve at the FT line, shooting Shaq-like numbers of 50%. Niels Meijer (204-F-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy) comes over from Hanzevast Capitals and his experience should boost ZZ's frontline. If ZZ can get consistent production from Johan Kuijper (217-C-80) it wll be a bonus. Kuijper is capable of changing the game around for ZZ, who can clog up the middle and free up ZZ's perimeter players to overplay the wings.
For the team of head coach Ivo to make a step back froward, a good start is necessary, with a team on the same page with each other vital (as it always should be). But if ZZ gets off to a bad start. It can be another long season looming.
Next: Rotterdam Challengers
According to BSN news, center Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) has signed a one year contract with Regal FC Barcelona in the Spanish League. The contract is said to be for one year and the team will finalize the contract once Santiago has gone thru a medical exam. Back in 2005, Santiago had an average of 8.72 ppg and 3.34 rpg. in a total of 29 games played for Unicaja Malaga. Santiago recently participated with the P.R. National Team in preolympic games this past summer. In other BSN news, Filiberto Rivera scored a total of 21 points and had 5 rebounds with 3 assists when his team Brose BAskets lost against BG74 Gottingen 71-69. In other news, BSN informs that Coach Manolo Cintron will coach Halcones Rojos of Veracruz in Mexico. Currently Halcones holds a 3-5 mark in the current tournament.
Courtesy of BSN
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan shooting guard and small forward Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) decided to stay in his native country instead of trying out in a foreign league, as he reached an agreement to play the remainder of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto's regular season for Estudiantes de Guarico.
Diaz, a former LNB and South American Clubs Championship winner several times with Delfines de Miranda, a franchise that decided not to play in the league this year. That left Diaz without a team, but no team picked him up in the league draft, unsure of his intentions to play. Diaz won the LPB 2008 championship title with Cocodrilos de Caracas.
Other teams are also performing transactions to become league contenders. In the past few days, Centauros de Cojedes took a chance with power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86), who had to return to the country due to the upcoming birth of his son and needed to be near his wife. Centauros de Apure signed Rafael Perez (185-G-82) and Ludwing Irazabal (201-C/F-73) and is reportedly close to reaching an agreement with international center Richard Lugo (209-C-73). Tiburones de Vargas added Roque Osorio (206-C-76), Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) and Juan Manaure (188-G-79) to their roster.
Duros de Lara, who had added Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) after the player spent vacations in the United States, where he resides, is still waiting for Diego Guevara (184-G-77) to return from Colombia. The team decided to release American center Tim Parham (206-F-83) and is currently expecting the arrival of a new imported player, a small forward who has played before in LPB but that general manager Armando Becker said he won't reveal his name until he's made his way into Barquisimeto.
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BBT Letzebuerg - Arvi Marijampole 52:86
Arvi stormed past BBT Letzebuerg in Luxembourg last night to feel more comfortable at home in the next game. Lithuanian team had a road 52:86 win with the victories in all the quarters. Tetyana Shchypakina (180-F-85) led the winners with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) posted 15, whilst Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81, agency: LBM Management) collected 10 points and 14 rebounds. Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79, agency: Next Level, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) resisted for the hosts with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Ranela Skegro (187-F/C-71) netted 11.
Arvi Marijampole never trailed and took control of the game for good right in the beginning of the game. Tetyana Shchypakina made the score 4:0 and then after 7-0 run in the middle of the first the guests had 17:8. The Baltic side led 21:12 at the end of the frame and had a stranglehold on proceedings at half-time with a 46:26 advantage.
Arvi started the third period with a 8-0 run for 53:26. Petrova pulled her team a bit back as the teams finished three quarters of the game at 45:66. With 20-7 in the last period Arvi sealed the first victory in the match-up. Tetyana Shchypakina set up the Final 86:52 score at the end of the game. The teams will now travel to Lithuiania for the second game of the campaign. Arvi however can book the tickets for the next stage right now.
BBT Letzebuerg: Amanda Stowe 20+15 rebs, Ranela Skegro 11
Arvi Marijampole: Tetyana Shchypakina 23+15 rebs, Ligita Kinkeviciene 15, Lyubov Alyoshkina 10+14 rebs
CAB Madeira -Athinaikos BC 45:78
Athinaikos BC can probably book the tickets to Eurocup next stage as last night the team had a road win over CAB Madeira. After the wins in all the quarters the guests celebrated 78:45 victory. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Maria Manoli (178-G-81) posted 10. Ebony Twiggs (191-C-83, college: Cheyney) produced 15 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Danielle Hood (185-F/C-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Hartford) collected 13 points and 11 boards.
The Greek team was 24 of 34 inside the arc and 8 of 26 from long range.By comparison, the Portuguese were only 12 of 36 from two-point range and made a mere 4 of 21 from three-point distance.
LaToya Davis rushed with her team in the first seconds of the game and it was her to score first in the game. After 7:7 the Greek side pushed the way for 15:8 at the end of the opening quarter. In the second quarter Athinaikos BC added 18:10 and had 13 points advantage entering the second half. Zerva with a lay-up sent the teams to the lockers for 33:20.
Nothing specific had changed in the last period and the visitors continued to be the leaders in the court. With 16-8 in the third frame they improved to 49:28 after three quarters and then led the game to 78:45 victory.
CAB Madeira: Ebony Twiggs 15+12 rebs, Danielle Hood 13+11 rebs
Athinaikos BC: LaToya Davis 23+10 rebs, Afroditi Kosma 11+10 rebs, Maria Manoli 10
EuroCup Women will have 58 teams altogether in 2008/2009 years. Thirty eight teams will qualify automatically for the Preliminary Round. Russia and Spain will have more than any other country representatives, 5. In the Qualifying Round 20 teams will beat for 10 spots in 12 groups created. The rest of the games are scheduled for tonight.
Universit BC Neuchatel - Seat Foton Gyr
O8 Stockholm HR - Pallacanestro Ribera 59:77
CAB Madeira - Athinaikos Basketball Club 45:78
BBT Letzebuerg - Arvi Marijampole 52:86
Flying Foxes - Gran Canaria
Sporta Klubs Cesis - Sporta Klubs Cesis
BC Star - Spartak Noginsk
Municipal Targoviste - Electra Ramat-Hasharon
CSB CST Alexandria - Crvena Zvezda
Mladi Krajisnik - AKO Aris Holargou
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MAXIMA BROKER - NITRA 88:50 (25:23, 41:29, 70:40)
KOSICE: Frohlichova 22, Cikosova 16, Kovacova 14
INPEK UKF: Sujanova 17 (3), Kubatova 9, Mracnova 9
CASSOVIA - BASKET STEEL 59:78 (18:25, 33:46, 45:61)
KOSICE: Gissendannerova 18, Zingorova 11
SLOVAKIA KOSICE: Krasnockova 22, Aubryova 19, Stantienova 17
ROZNAVA - PRESOV 47:63 (7:19, 20:31, 33:40)
AT GEMTEX MBK: Oaddamsova 11, Benuskova 11, Polakova 11
BK '99 PU: Lawlessova 20 (3), Karavajevova 8, Deckerova 8
SLOVAN - POPRAD 79:74 (19:15, 45:33, 58:54)
BRATISLAVA: Krizmova 17, Talajkova-Kozmonova 15, Capova 13
ZBK WHIRLPOOL: Tetemondova 29
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