EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/31/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
The new ABA Alaska Dream expansion team getting set to begin its inaugural season in December will host the 1st Annual 'Dare to Dream' Tournament from November 21-23 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. The tournament was created to fill a community void left by the NCAA tournament, the BP Top of the World Classic. (The tournament was canceled in July after a ten year run in Fairbanks). According to Trey Davis , team owner, 'Our goal is to make this tournament an annual tournament for many years to come.' The four teams participating are the host Alaska Dream, the Maywood Buzz, the Las Vegas Aces and the San Francisco Rumble. The three day round robin tournament will bring the excitement of the ABA to the state of Alaska for the first time in history. 'We are very pleased and proud that Trey and the Alaska Dream are hosting this pre-season tournament,' stated Quentin Townsend, ABA President. 'I think the fans in Alaska will be very impressed with the quality of ABA players, the excitement of the games, and of course, the affordability. Trey has put together a very good team of local players and we believe they'll acquit themselves well against three of the ABA best squads. It should be quite an event.' For more information, email email@example.com or call 907 250 8369 or visit www.thealaskadream.com or www.abalive.com.
Oostende is working hard to get the team out of the bottom of the standings, after the announced arrival of Nick Fazekas, Eurobasket has received very reliable information that Sharon Drucker is returning as head-coach of Base Oostende. Coach Drucker took over the Oostende coaching reigns for the first time in November 2006 and led the team to the Championship that year already.
This past season his second with the team he won the Belgian Cup as well as place second in its Uleb Cup poule with a 6-4 record.
In the past Drucker also won the Uleb Cup with Jerusalem.
After their non satisfying victory against The Paderborn Baskets, THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS want to their register their second win in a row in the BBL. The Nordlingen Giants have been the big surprise team in the BBL so far and the comparisons to the big Fussball Bundesliga astonishment 1899 Hoffenheim arent so distant with two similarities and one big difference. Both teams play in very tiny towns and have been playing excellent. However the giant difference are the budgets, which can be like day or night or as if Sylvester Stallone was put into the boxing ring against Danny Devito. The game to game excitement just isnt going away for Frankfurt. Last weeks pre game headline was the return of Stefano Garris (200-G/F-79) and this weeks headline could also read as, CAN THE SMALL TOWN GIANTS TAME THE BIG CITY SKYLINERS? The Nordlingen Giants have been playing with such cleverness and no sense of trepidation that it surprises no one that they are very poised even in areas of improvement. We need a team effort to control the boards. I am very confident that we will do a lot better job rebounding against Frankfurt, said American Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). Frankfurt have been struck with untimely injuries the last weeks and finally got active on the transfer market acquiring the American guard Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.).' I am really happy to be in Frankfurt. It will be an honour to play with Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and I simply just want to win', 'said Titus Ivory . He had years experience playing in Italy, winning the 2006 BBL title in Cologne, 2007 Belgian league title and 2008 cup with Base Oostende. 'Ivory is a team player. He has great court vision. He plays good help defense, stressed coach Murat Didin . Ivory had been without a team and working out on his own. I dont know why he didnt have a team, but I am glad he was without a team, otherwise we couldnt of got him', joked Murat Didin .
It has been 35 years since The Nordlingen Giants last breathed BBL air and the small town BBL clubs are increasing. In 2003 the 12,000 mini village Qackenbrck(Artland Dragons) entered the BBL and in only five years has established itself as one of the top teams in the league. Nordlingen is a bit bigger with a population of 19,223 people and a small euphoria has began in a location that is not only known for their city wall. Of course THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS want to make an impact and depart with a bang. The biggest bang in Nordlingen happened 15 million years ago as a meteor crater crashed at a speed of 70,000 Km in Nordlingen. The crater still exists and is the best kept and most researched crater in the world. The crater was even visited by members of Apollo 14 and 17 in 1970 for a special training because the crater was so similiar to what was on the moon. The crater has left a lasting impression for the longest time and Frankfurt hopes they can leave their own lasting impression for at least a few days with a win.
The Nordlingen Giants have played very respectable Basketball so far resting at 6th place and many critics didnt pick them to do any serious damage in the 2007-2008 PRO A season. However the team surprised everyone by pulling off 17 wins in a row and sneaking into the BBL for the first time since the 1972-1973 season. The team has the youngest coach in the BBL with Andreas Wagner , who is 32 years old. The team started off with a never die mentality and won their first three games and had most critics wondering if this team was for real? However since the lightening start, the team has struggled a bit losing three of their last four games. However they have also displayed nerves of steel winning against Bamberg in the always uncomfortable and loud Jako Arena and beating Paderborn on the road in overtime. The team has a record of 2-2 at home. The team likes to play run and gun and likes to step it up on defense.They are more than just a run and gun team, but have structure in their game, commented captain Pascal Roller.
The team is led by American Omari Westley, who is averaging 16,3 points and 6,3 rebounds per game. He has the all around package and has a lot of experience having played in Iceland, Finnland and Holland.'He is very athletic, long and simply a good player. I am looking forward to playing against him under the boards', stated American forward Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). Canadian Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) has surprised many with his consistent production averaging 13,3 points, 3,0 rebounds and 1,9 assists per game. He dominated at Carleton University and had a brilliant season in 2007-2008 with Nordlingen. This season the combo guard is proving that making the transition from PRO A to BBL is a piece of cake. He is a hard worker, who can defend the bigger guards. American Danny Gibson (180-G-84, college: S.Indiana) is averaging 12,6 points, 2,1 rebounds and 3,0 assists per game. He is a solid point guard, who started his career at Monchengladbach just like 2007-2008 BBL top scorer American Tim Black If Gibson can follow in the foot steps of Black is the question, but he has already learned to play with a positive attitude and respect opposing players. 'I have been following Derrick Allens career for years and really respect his never ending work ethic'.
American Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis) has been an explosive scorer everywhere in his career and seems to be the workhorse under the boards. He is averaging10,6 points and 8,7 rebounds per game. He has had a slow from the field only shooting 33%, but he will surely get stronger as the season progresses. Westley, Jeanty, Gibson and Mcghee average 52 of Nrdlingens 71 point game average. The question is can the team compensate an off night by one of these players and can the bench step up?' We should be able to score even more. Once we really start to score, then we will be even more unpredictable. The bench will get a lot of minutes on Saturday and can step up. We can find our winning ways again', commented Omari Westley. American Varnie Dennis (202-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal Poly - SLO) is averaging 7,3 points, 5,1 rebounds and 1,6 assists per game. He has played in France, Austria and Spain and was brought in to help in the paint. Avi Kazarnovski (209-C-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) is from Israel and is averaging 6,6 points and 3,7 rebounds per game. He can be a go to guy if he needs to be. He has proven it in his career and will have to get even more involved in the offense down the road. Ex TV Langen player Ty Shaw is averaging 2,7 points and 2,0 rebounds per game. He is a very experienced player, who played in England and he can contribute on both ends of the floor.
There are no boring matchups in the BBL ever and the Nordlingen-Frankfurt could offer a very interesting duel. Nordlingen is new, fresh and hungry, while THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS are plagued by key injuries, but their experience is far greater and in comparison like a jet airplane to a model plane. Nordlingen scores seven points more and two rebounds more per game, but they have a high turnover average of 18 per game. 'We have to practice more with pressure like game situations. If we can show more intensity than we will be allright, stressed American Omari Westley. The confidence of Nordlingen is skyhigh and their knowledge of how to win isnt lacking either.We have to contain their inside players and play tough defense,' stressed American Danny Gibson. Even though, Frankfurt is without Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City), Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) and Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri), they have enough bodies to do damage. 'This is an important game for us. We have five games in the next two weeks. We have a lot of respect for them and take them very seriously. We have to control the tempo of game from the start and not let their fans into the game,' said German Pascal Roller. Frankfurt is currently at position 11 and are looking to get back into the playoff zone. Even though Murat Didin never heard of the Nordlingen meteor crash, he was able to give a funny and witty explanation of how history could effect Nordlingen Basketball. 'After the meteor crash in Nordlingen many years ago, there has been another crash with Nordlingen Basketball that hit the arena and is trying to hit the BBL. The first crater was unexpected and maybe Nordlingen Basketball will have more unexpected success? Now we know where all this power came from. We will have to be double careful on Saturday'. The Nordlingen Baskets host THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS on Saturday November 1st at 19:30.
Residence 72 - Amicale 76
Residence lost at home to Amicale because of a poor start. They had a hard time buying even a bucket in the first quarter but played Amicale fairly even the rest of the way, losing by only 4 in the end. With the loss, Residence dropped to 1-3 in the DBBL and the club decided after to part ways with its coach Kevin Magdowski . As it seems, their 28 year old American player, William Brand (196-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albany), ihas injured his knee and cannot play. He will take over as interim head coach. Pit Koster led Residence with 21 points. In his final game as player, Brand scored 15 points, followed by Thierry Abdiu and Frank Mangen with 12 points each. Christopher Jones led Amicale with 21 points, followed by Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Christian Schartz added 15 points and Olivier Haan 10. Sam Ney played for less than 9 minutes and did not contribute in scoring or rebounding. Residence will face T71 on Friday in Dudelange and Amicale(2-2) will go to Luxembourg City Saturday night where they will face Racing Luxembourg. Residence has found a replacement player in 24 year old, American Matt Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding). Hall played recently for Zwickau in the German Regionallliga.
Residence:28 field goals, 6 three pointers, 10 for 11 free throws, 27 rebounds, 19 fouls and 15 turnovers
Koster 21, F. Mangen 12, Brand 15, Juilen, Abdiu 12, also Leschek 8, Felten 4 and Hemmen
Amicale: 30 field goals, 6 three pointers, 10 for 13 free throws, 24 rebounds, 18 fouls and 10 turnovers
Jones 19, Schartz, DePree 17, Haan 10, Scholtes 4, also Ney, Kartheiser 6, Rausch 5 and Birenbaum
Score by quarters: 1st Q 9-14, Halftime 29-33, 3rd Q 50-55, Final 72-76
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|Extraliga Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Polakovic, Inter 27.1|
2. Johnson, Handlova 25.2
3. Ingles, Poprad 23.3
4. Hill, Nitra 21.7
5. Batka, Kosice 21.1
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Skara Bystrica 9.7|
2. Pesta SNV 9.4
3. Klatik, Handlova 8.7
4. Micuda Pezinok 8.6
5. Stefanac, Dolny 7.0
|Assists Per Game|
|1. Lawrence Nitra 7.0|
2. Williams, Pezinok 6.0
3. Immink Prievidza 4.7
4. Milosevic, Levice 4.7
5. Micka, Inter 4.6
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Kozlik, Pezinok 3.0|
2 Lawrence, Nitra 2.8
3 Storcel, Prievidza 2.75
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|1 Kobale, Maribor 20.4|
2 Pungartnik, Rogas 19.3
3 Gacnik, Konjice 19.0
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|1 Horvat, Sencur 9.4|
2 Tusek, Hrastnik 7.6
3 Korosec, Rogla 7.4
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Meden, Kraski Z. 3.6|
2 Pusic, Parklji 3.4
3 Buncic, Gradisce 3.2
|1 Pungartnik, Rogas 24.0|
2 Horvat, Sencur 22.0
3 Dominko, Radens 20.6
Ales Lenassi resigned from his position as coach of Epic Misel after the 46-87 loss to Elektra Esotech. Nikola Ivanovic led the winners with 23 points including five 3-pointers, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, Dejan Cup had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Tadej Horvat posted15 points. Epic Misel commited 24 turnovers and had just one player in double figures. Vjeran Soldo scored 13 points.
Helios outscored Zagorje 73-53. Ivan Todorovic finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Ziga Zagorc and Alwin Snow netted 13 points apiece. Zagorje shot just 1-of-12 behind the arc. Gilbert Goodrich had 13 points om shooting 5-of-15 and Milan Savkovic posted 12 points on shooting 5-of-16.
Krka in last quarter scored 8 straight points as defeated Hopsi 79-73. Davor Marcelic netted 20 points, Simon Petrov 15, Jure Balazic 12 and Smiljan Pavic 11. Shawn King of Hopssi collected a double-double in the first half on his way to 22 points and 17 rebounds and Klemen Lorbek posted 20 points.
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After six league games WNBA drafted and U21 world champion Marscilla Packer (175-G-86, college: Ohio St.) is leaving 1.DBBL fifth seeded Herner TC in order to return home to the U.S. The reason for this unexpected development remains uncertain. According to a press release of the club Packer felt homesick. Furthermore this move was explained with missing chemistry between her and the team. Her side of the story sounds a little different as her agent Cliff Smith from DC Sports, Inc. names 'breakdowns in communication with the management' and 'unsatisfactory living arrangements' as the major problems that caused this situation. 'Her apartment was poor and uncomfortable and did not have all the amenities that were required by the contract'. Not a good situation to bring on your best game.
Packer still tried her best. She was the leagues top three point shooter as she converted 18 out of 34 shots from behind the arc (52 %) in her six encounters. She also averaged 16.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG and 2.0 APG in 26 minutes per game on the court.
Packer herself declares: 'Though my stay was short, the experience was important to me. I learned a lot from the coaches and teammates about the style of basketball played overseas. I came away a stronger player and I look forward to next year.'
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