EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/4/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
In some european leagues the season started the last week. Here are the reults of some bosnian players:
Atlas Stal - Slask 84-77 V.Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) 6min, 1st - O.Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) 40 min,23pts(FG 9/13, FT 5/7),11rebs
Polpharma (V)* Mujo Tuljkovic (203-F-79) 29min, 15pts(FG 5/9),6rebs, 2st,2ass -
Prokom (V) 75-60 A.Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85, agency: World Sport Agency) 32min,11pts (FG 4/10),4ass
Atlas Stal (V) Vladan Jocovic, 13min,4pts,6rebs
Slask - Polpharma 77-99 O.Oliver Stevic 24min,20pts(FG 8/12),5rebs,2blks - Mujo Tuljkovic 15min,2pts (FG 1/6)
B.Bailey 12min, 11pts(FG 3/3),3 stl, 3ass
EWE Baskets (V) Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10),17min,12pts (FG 2/2), 7rebs
EWE Baskets (L) Marko Scekic 11min,4pts (FG 0/6),5rebs
* V = Victory, only matches with bosnian players in both opposing teams will be listed with results
People in Keravnos seem to be serious and persistent to win another one. In a sudden move they are trying out the American player Arizona 'AZ' Reid.
AZ, was born in 1986, he is 1.96 cm tall and he mainly plays the power forward position. Reid is undersized and relies on his drive to get to the boards over players that have been half a foot taller than him.
AZ, was the 2006-07 Big South Conference Player of the Year, 2007-08 Preseason Player of the Year, and the 2007-08 Big South Conference Player of the Year.
In the 2007-2008 season, he became the first player in Big South history to reach the 1,800 point/900 rebound club. On February 18, 2008, Reid became the all time leader rebound leader in Big South Conference history when he grabbed his third rebound against Coastal Carolina. Days later he joined an elite NCAA club of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a collegiate career. At the close of the 2007-08 basketball season, Reid is the only one of fewer than 100 men's players to ever achieve these milestones together.
AZ is expected in Cyprus today and he might get some playtime time at the Tournament tonight.
4 Adama Darbo (190-G-86)
5 Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83) of Bakken Bears
6 Mikkel Plannthin (193-G) of Svendborg Rabbits
7 Bilal Clarance (195-G/F-79) of Scottish Phoenix Honda Rocks (ENG)
8 Chanan Colman (192-G-84) of Hapoel Holon (ISR)
9 Frederik Nielsen (180-G-88) of Horsholm 79ers
10 Hans Schur (203-F/C-83) of Horsens IC
11 Anton Larsen (209-C-88) of Horsholm 79ers
12 Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of Bakken Bears
13 Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80) of Aget Imola (ITA)
14 Soren Flaeng (207-C-85) of Horsholm 79ers
15 Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80) of BK Amager
Head Coach Allan Foss
Assistant Coach Mads Christensen
Korisliiga, Round 1: The new season got started on Friday Oct 3 with six contests. The closest game was in Forssa, where newcomer FoKoPo defeated ToPo (Helsinki) after 2 OTs 92-82 (81) (72). FoKoPo's Vincent Hunter (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) was the game MVP: 25 pts and 12 rbs. Last season finalists Honka (Espoo) and Kouvot (Kouvola) met eachother in Espoo. Honka was better also this time: 76-62. Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) is back on Honka roster and can help his team again: 28 pts in the opening contest. In Joensuu local Kataja had to work hard for the win. Visitor Korihait was playing well especially during the first half. Kataja won after all 86-80. Strong Jeremiah Wood (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) had 23 pts and 15 rbs for Kataja. In Kotka KTP lost three days ago by six pts vs Team Componenta (Karkkila) in the Finnish Cup, but this time KTP beat TC in the regular season game 81-68. KTP was led by new faces Ville Makalainen (194-F-85) (21 pts) and Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (17pts/11rbs). There was an interesting moment for Head Coach Jarmo Laitinen in Tampere. After coaching Pyrinto (Tampere) for 12 years Laitinen was sitting this time on visitor's (YMCA Lappeenranta) bench. And visitor YMCA LPR took the victory because of better American players. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) led YMCA LPR with 27 pts/11 rbs. Friday night's Finnish star was PG Ilkka Vuori (181-G-86) (YMCA Lahti). Vuori had 33 pts and eight assists in Lahti vs Tarmo (Porvoo) and YMCA Lahti won 102-82.
FoKoPo - ToPo 92-82 (81)(72) (Vincent Hunter 25/12, Mikko Jalonen 16 - James Allen 21, Elias Kajander 18/10).
Pyrinto - YMCA Lappeenranta 98-106 (47-55) (Kurtis Rice 20, Joni Harjula 16 - HL Coleman 27/11, Tuukka Kulha 24).
KTP - Team Componenta 81-68 (43-37) (Ville Makalainen 21, Damon Williams 17/11 - Frank Richards 17, Clifton Jones 12/15).
Honka - Kouvot 76-62 (31-30) (Akeem Scott 28, Monte Cummings 14 - Calvin Walls 17, Roope Suonio 14).
Kataja - Korihait 86-80 (39-39) (Jeremiah Wood 23/15, Petri Virtanen 21 - Mark Zoller 25/14, Alain Laroche 16).
YMCA Lahti - Tarmo 102-82 (50-48) (Ilkka Vuori 33/8a, Bilal Abdullah 28 - Steve Barnes 17, Esa Maki-Tulokas 17).
HI Norman, Thanks for taking some time to chat to www.eurobasket.com. This is your first season for TBB Trier. What were the main reasons why you decided to come to Trier to play?
I had some friends play in Trier prior to my decision to play here. They had many positive things to say about the club and the city. I talked tothe coach as well and saw the quality of players he was bringing here and was very excited about the situation.
How do you like Trier? Have you found a comfortable place in Trier, where you can just relax and think about basketball?
I really love Trier. I think its a very nice city and have very friendly people. It is a relaxing city where I can just stay home and think about a lot of things.
The team started 1-1 in the 2008-2009 season. What can we expect from this team in the long run? What style of play will we see?
I think everyone can expect a team that will compete every game. We have some really talented players that are willing to learn and work hard. I expect nothing but good things and think everyone following us should expect the same.
In the second game against Ludwigsburg, the team had problems rebounding. Point guard Derrick Ravio was top rebounder with seven. How difficult is it now playing without injured center George Evans?
Its been very difficult playing without G. He is very important to our team. Not only do we miss his scoring and rebounding but also his leadership qualities. With that being said I think we all have to make an extra effort to make up for his absence. I think it will make us better in the long run!
You have been a scorer all your life. After two games power forward Chris Copeland seems to have become the go to guy. Are you ok with that? What is your role in team?
I love that we have a guy like Chris. He gives our opponent match up problems. He can score in many ways. I think he has the potential to be one of the best players in Europe. I have no problem being the second, third, or forth option. We have a lot of weapons and the more weapons the better for our team.
What are your strengthes as a player?
My strengthes are my experience and leadership. I've played in many games in my career and I know what it takes to win and be successful in Europe.
On Saturday, you guys celebrate your home opener against Paderborn. How excited are you about playing in the Trier arena?
I am very excited to play in front of our fans! We played our first two games on the road and we have been looking forward to play in front of our fans. It will be great! Hopefully we give a good show.
Paderborn won its first game on the road. What will be the game plan for this opponent
Just to compete and play hard. We all know if we compete and give the effort that it will give us a good chance to win.
How is ex Skyliner Maksym Shtein developing? He should be an asset under the hoop.
Max has been great for us. He gives us a guy that can score in the post. He is a very smart player as well. I think he was the key for us in the game versus Gttingen. He will be a big part of our team this year.
The leader of team is James Gillingham. He seems to be a laid back guy, but how important is he to the team?
Gilly is very important to our team. He is our leader. He has the most experience in the BBL so he gives us a lot of information about our opponent. As a player he brings scoring, defense and great energy for us.
How do you like the BBL so far? You played in France and Poland the last few years. How do the leagues compare?
I think the two teams we played were very tough. It is difficult to compare the BBL with Poland and France since I only played two games. I'm sure this league will be as tough as the Polish and French league.
You were born in Brooklyn, New York. What was it like growing up in New York?
It was fun growing up in Brooklyn. Especially my neighborhood. We played a lot of Basketball. We have one of the best neighborhoods for producing really good Basketball players and that is what we did all day long.
Who were your Basketball idols growing up?
My basketball idol growing was my older brother Derrick Brown. He taught me everything about the game. He played College Basketball at Providence College.
You played College ball at Hofstra in New York. What were your nicest memories of playing at the college level?
My best memories of playing Basketball at Hofstra was winning our conference championships. Those were some special moments for me.
Who was the best player that you played against in college?
I played against a lot of great players in college but none standout in my head. But I faced a lot of really tough players.
You played 13 games in the NBA. Do you have any idea, why you couldnt stick around in the NBA?
I just wasn't good enough to play at that level consistently. The guys in the NBA are special players. It was a great experience that I would always remember.
What experience will forever be framed in your mind?
Zalgiris Kaunas won their first SEB BBL game against Kalev Tallinn 78:74 (15:24, 19:14, 17:18, 27:18).
The estonians had 10 point advantage in the begiining of the fourth, but Zalgiris managed 'catch' them. There were three minutes left, when Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) evened the score (67:67). 1 minute remaining and Zalgiris has 4 point advantage (74:70), but then Kalev socred 4 points in a row and the result was 74:74, 27 seconds remaining. And the end was decided by Marcus Brown, who hit four out of four free throws and Zalgiris won - 78:74.
Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) got injured, but now it's known that the injury isn't serious and he won't need any treatment.
Zalgiris: Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) 21, Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) 20, Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) 14, Marcus Brown 6, Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) 5, Dainius Salenga (197-F-77), Eurelijus Zukauskas (216-C-73, agency: Interperformances) 4, Ratko Varda 4.
VEF Riga clinches the top position of Group A in Challenge Cup of Baltic League. In the second game of the championship the team overcame Lithuanian Sakalai 96:62. The hosts opened the game with 16:11 in the opening quarter and had a massive win in the second period, 33:15. In the third quarter of the game nothing changed as VEF continued its dominance and constantly increased the result in their favour. At the end of the third quarter VEF had a thrilling lead by 30 points 72:42.Jeromanovs led the winners with 28 points making 7/9 three-point shots. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (194-G-85) nailed 18 and Cooper posted 15. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) ended up with 10 points in defeat, while Labuckas scored 9.
Zalgiris won the toughest game so far in the season beating Kalev/Cramo 78:74 in Elite Division of Baltic League. Last night trailing 15:24 after the opening quarter Lithuanian team was managed to come back and won the match-up. Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) led the winners with 21 points. Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) netted 20, while Maciulis scored 14.
Paulius Jankunas closed a 6-0 run of the hosts that won only the opening tip of the game. John Linehan and Kristjan Kangur tied the score was at 6:6 and Josh Pace (198-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) scored a bucket for 18:12. The first quarter ended 24:15 up by the Estonians. Zalgiris created some runs in the second frame but could not catch up with the opponent. Paulius Jankunas made it 34:38 at the halftime of the game.
Gert Arbet made a long-range shot and gave his team a double-digit lead for the first time in this game 42:62. Paulius Jankunas with a three pulled the hosts to 51:56 after three quarters. Willie Deane III made both shots at the free throw line and gave his team the lead after a very long stretch 71:70. After 74:74 Zalgiris scored 4 consecutive points in the game and won it 78:74. Kalev/Cramo tried really hard but could not create an upset.
Electrico FC have decide to sent home the Center Robert Kennedy.
The player that the coach Andre picked have arrived yesterday and will be ready to play against Benfica this weekend for the first game of the league.
The new american have played in Portugal before.
The Power Forward played his first pro season in sangalhos in the ProLiga, than he moved to a CNB1 team and played in that league 2 seasons.
Jonathon Walker the 196 Power Forward, sign a 1 season contract with the hope of helping the club make a good season.
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Municipal Targoviste - Electra Ramat-Hasharon 76:47
Targoviste thrashes Electra Ramat-Hasharon at home in the opener of EuroCup Qualifying Round. A massive 28-10 in the opening quarter helped them to build up their lead. In a great team game where the top players scored only 10 points Romanian side celebrated 76:47 win. Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) and Elena Dinca (177-F-84) led the winners with 10 points. Olga Masilionene (181-F-80, agency: LBM Management) and Boriga followed them with 9 points apiece in Targoviste. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) top-scored in defeat with 12 points, while Abiola Wabara (183-F-81, college: Baylor) and Ayelet Cohen (172-G-85) added 11 each.
Valentin opened the game for the hosts that even did not expect such a start. The first quarter was a holiday of almost all scored baskets from the hosts. Municipal Targoviste provided 28-10 in the opening quarter and never looked behind after. Boriga scored first two in the second period for 31:10. Electra Ramat-Hasharon had even hard time following the tempo and rhythm and in the game. Suez Karni somehow made it 51:21 at the halftime.
In the third period the picture did not change and Municipal Targoviste was even not thinking of slowing down. Varda posted two at the end of the third for 67:32. Only in the last stanza Israeli team could show the basketball they used to play. Electra Ramat-Hasharon produced 15-9 in the final period to close the game at 76:47.
Municipal Targoviste:Radostina Slavova 10, Elena Dinca 10, Olga Masilionene 9, Boriga 9
Electra Ramat-Hasharon: Mirav Dori 12, Abiola Wabara 11, Ayelet Cohen 11
Flying Foxes- Gran Canaria 62:80
Gran Canaria claimed an 80:62 triumph at the Flying Foxes to take a stranglehold on their tie. The guests grabbed the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind after. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) led the winners with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) netted 13, while De Souza and Knezevic posted 11 each. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: La Salle) top-scored in defeat with 25 points as Olga Solnyshkina (190-C-88, agency: LBM Management) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Gran Canaria can start thinking about the Preliminary Round as they celebrated the win last night. Spanish squad opened the game with 21:10 as Montesdeoca made a jump-shot. The same picture of the game continued in the second quarter as the visitors controlled the encounter. The hosts' Olga Solnyshkina sent the teams to the lockers for 21:41.
Flying Foxes saw a real disaster in the third period as they lost in it 13:27. Knezevic with a jump-shot made it 68:34 after thirty minutes of the game. It seemed that the hosts would not recover, but they managed to close the game with 28-12 in the end. Crista Ricketts made a jump-shot from beyond the arc to set up the final 62:80 score. The second game is scheduled in Spain on October 16th.
Flying Foxes:Crista Ricketts 25, Olga Solnyshkina 15+12 rebs
Gran Canaria:Tiina Sten 15+5 rebs, Naomi Halman 13, De Souza 11, Knezevic 11
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Unfortunately the federation and the referees couldn't agree about the salary of the referees, so everywhere the second coaches were the refs. Especially situation happened on the Vasas-Szeged game, because Tamas Sterbenz (head of the federation) and Lajos Meszaros, the director of the men national team were the referees. Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) couldn't play on her new team, Sopron because her club can't agree with her former club, Pecs about her license... But Sopron beat easily Gyor who wants to go to the final four with new head coach and many new players. Szolnok needed Djelmis for the victory against the young BEAC, BSE, Pecs and Szeged made the win away.
Seat Foton Gyor - MKB Euroleasing Sopron 49:80
Gyor: Radunovic 13(8 reb)
Sopron: Dora Horti (195-C-87) 24, Eordogh E. 18/6, Honti K. 11, Macleod K. 12
Atomeromu Szekszard - Mizo Pecs 2010 58:79
Szekszard: Augustin T. 10, Reka Balint (181-F-91) 15, Tamas R. 14/6
Pecs: Coelho 26 (14 reb), Vajda A. 17/3, Oueenan B. 26/6 (10 reb)
Vasas Csata - Szeviep Szeged 55:76
Csata: Anna Lakloth (182-G-88) 14/6, Fritz J. 11/3
Szeged: Szakacs I. 13/6, Zherzheruniva O. 10, Furesz E. 17/3
Cegledi EKK - BSE 58:104
Cegled: Hegedus M. 20, Serban A. 10, Tiba K. 10/3
BSE: Milkova L. 10, Maksimovic M. 20/6, Szlimak H. 19/6, Aranyics E. 15, Zsovar O. 15/3
Szolnoki NKK - BEAC Ujbuda 62:51
Szolnok: Angela Djelmis (173-G-75) 14/9 (7 assists), Boskovic M. 12/6, Serdar I. 10, Hegedus R. 13
BEAC: Melinda Bagi (190-F/C-86) 19
Savaria BC Helios - Zala Volan ZTE
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Turkish Fenerbahce became the winner of the International tournament held at home. Even after the loss to Praha Turklish side triumphed in the tournament.
ZVVZ USK Praha defeated Fenerbahce Istanbul 82:77 in Day 2. The start of the game was in offensive style and both teams managed to score 55 points. As a result the guests grabbed 33:22 after the opening quarter and then added 16:14 at the halftime. Fenerbahce Istanbul tried to change the picture in the court after 30-21 in the third, but Praha stayed tough.
Last night Fenerbahce overcame the defending champions of Euroleague, Spartak. The home side desired the win more than the guests and celebrated 91:80 in the encounter. The game however started not very well for the hosts that trailed 17:32 after the first 10 minutes. Spartak was better in all the components in the beginning and truthfully took the lead. Fenerbahce woke up early in the second and won the period 25-16. It gave both teams 42:48 at the halftime.
Turkish side spurted again in the third period and after 25-12 became the leader of the game. Another 24-10 in the last frame brought Fenerbahce the win in the game and triumph at the International tournament. Nevin Newlin top-scored for the winners with 29 points. Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) nailed 21. whilst Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) notched 16. Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) top-scored for the Russian squad with 27 points and Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) scored 23.