EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/8/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
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Saturday night in the debut weekend of the 2008-09 FEB eredivisie, both Eiffel Towers and ZZ Leiden got the job done on the road, Eiffel winning a topper vs. rival West-Brabant Giants, and ZZ Leiden finally winning on the road over Landstede Basketball. Matrixx Magixx finally got it together in the 4th quarter to hold off Upstairs Weert, while Rotterdam Challengers helped head coach Terrence Stansbury get a win in his coaching debut with a blowout 80-51 win over Aris Friesland.
In Bergen-op-Zoom in the marquee matchup of the weekend, it was a good return to Bergen-op-Zoom for former West-Brabant Giants star Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech), whose 20 pts. led the way for Eiffel, who held off West-Brabant in an 86-81 win. Eiffel jumped out early to a 24-14 1st quarter lead (46-33 halftime lead), but the Giants got the momentum swing starting in the 3rd and continuing until the last seconds. Two free throws by Dutch international Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) gave Eiffel an 84-81 lead within the last ten seconds. With West-Brabant Giants having a chance to tie and send the game into overtime, a three-point attempt by Giants' Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) came up short, sealing the win for Eiffel.
ZZ Leiden traveled on Saturday to a place to take on an opponent who was a thorn in their side during the 2007-08 season, Landstede Basketball, and did not leave empty-handed, with hot shooting Bubba Walther (193-G-85, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Akron) leading the way, leading ZZ Leiden to an 88-76 win. With ZZ leading 47-33 at halftime, by that time both Walther and David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) had scored 36 of ZZ's 47 points. Walther would score a game-high 32 pts. with Chiotti adding a double-double of 20 pts. and 11 rebounds. Only three players for Landstede showed up to play, with
Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman) scoring 26 pts., Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) scoring 23 pts., and Nikki Hulzebos (206-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 12 pts. and 15 rebounds.
In the Horstacker, Matrixx was neck-and-neck with Upstairs Weert throughout the first three quarters before getting it together when it mattered the most, taking control of the tempo in the last 5 minutes and going on to a 77-70 win. Baskets by Matrixx's Frank Tolbert (193-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) and
Ryan Sears (185-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Creighton) gave Matrixx the edge it needed, while costly turnovers by Upstairs afterwards sealed their doom. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) led Mtrixx with 19 pts.
It was a good debut to the FEB season for both Rotterdam Challengers and new head coach Terrence Stansbury, who jumped out to a 23-12 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and never looked back, cruising to an 80-51 blowout win. The Rotterdammers were led by B.A. Walker with a game-high 26 pts. The Rotterdammers also forced 24 Aris turnovers.
Racing 69 - Etzella 93
Etzella's Nelson DelGado busted Racing for 41 points last night in the season opener. Not only did DelGado shoot the lights out with 14/22 field goals inside three point range, but he managed to grab 10 rebounds, while adding 4 steals and 2 assists. The 28 year old DelGado is apparently 'feelin' it' and was in perfect early season form last night. Marcus Kennedy was no slouch dropping 29 points and nearly got the double-double with 9 rebounds. Tim Giver added 12 points.
Racing came out in the first playing very well ending the quarter up by 1. Turnovers plagued the home team the rest of the way. Etzella tallied 17 total steals which led to too many easy fast break buckets. Jordan Brady showed promise with 33 points and tore Etzella apart on the boards grabbing a game high total of 21 rebounds before fouling out. Dave Schroeder played well against his former teammates notching a double-double as well with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Schroeder also led the match in the assist category with 5. Etzella dominated in the second half scoring 56 points.
Racing must travel to Walferdange next weekend to face Residence where its going to be difficult. Etzella will host and should defeat Heffingen with no problem.
Racing: 27 field goals, 6 three pointers, 9/17 free throws, 46 rebounds 26 fouls, 32 turnovers
Brady 33(21 rebs, 4 st, 7 to, 1 bs), Schroeder 10(10 rebs, 5 as), Haas 7, Weynandt 2 and Pires 3, also Ural 4, Schmit 1, Garcia 6 and Klose 3
Technical Fouls: 34' Brady, 39 Brady; Fouled out: 40' Weynandt
Etzella: 31 field goals, 6 three pointers, 25/38 free throws, 37 rebounds, 16 fouls and 16 turnovers
N. DelGado 44(10 rebs, 4 st); Kennedy 27(9 rebs 4 st); Giver 12(4 st), Albaladejo 4(11 rebs), Kerger, also Benseghir 1, E. Ferreira 3, S. Ferreira, Ittenbach 5, Wiesenbach, Pravisani and Jacoby
Score by quarters: 16-15, 17-22, 16-29, 20-27
The Montreal Sasquatch announce that it will be hosting Tryout Camps for the 2008-09 team over the weekends of : Saturday & Sunday, October 18-19, 2008 and Saturday & Sunday, November 22-23, 2008. The camps are being held at : cole Lucien Pag - 8200, St-Laurent Boulevard - Montreal (Quebec) (Canada) H2P 2L8. Every player interested can send an email request for the registration forms for the Oct. 18-19th camp to info@MontrealSasquatch.com. Registration forms online will be available until Wednesday, October the 15th. For more information contact GM Pascal Fleury or Head Coach Alejandro Hasbani on coach@MontrealSasquatch.com
The Maryland Nighthawks, the longest-running and founding member of the Premier Basketball League, is ready for its international debut as the official 'Travel Team' of the PBL in China and the Far East. 'This is really a great opportunity for the PBL to solidify its growing presence in the Far East and solidify the increasing cooperation and partnership between our nations in the arena of sports, particularly, basketball,' stated Nighthawks owner, Tom Doyle . 'We do realize that many of our fans will be disappointed that we will not be running a regular season, so we have worked hard to set up a schedule of showcases and other fun charity basketball events featuring the Nighthawks, for the entertainment of our fans,' continued Doyle. 'We also look forward to the completion of the arena in our county. The arena project is moving forward and soon the Nighthawks will have a brand new home.' The schedule of international play will occur concurrently with the PBL regular season, but 'we really thought that it was important to seize this great opportunity to take our particular brand of basketball to China, even though it means forgoing the regular season of play,' remarked PBL Chairman of the Board, Dr. Severko Hrywnak . Nighthawks fans can look forward to a regular season in January 2010, but, in the meantime, check out www.marylandnighthawks.com for notice of special Nighthawks events coming soon.
The Premier Basketball League (PBL) announced the 2009 PBL draft order for the 2nd annual draft which will be held on October 16, 2008, at the ESPN Zone in downtown Chicago. Due to the number of expansion teams joining the league this season, the draft position for the 1st round for all 13 teams was chosen by random draw and that order was reversed for the 2nd round selections. The order of call is as follows:
7.Quebec City Kebs
9.Battle Creek Knights
10.Vermont Frost Heaves
13.Wilmington Sea Dawgs
14. Wilmington Sea Dawgs
15. Rochester Razorsharks
16. Mid-Michigan Destroyers
17. Vermont Frost Heaves
18. Battle Creek Knights
19. Chicago Throwbacks
20. Quebec City Kebs
21. Manchester Millrats
22. Augusta Groove
23. Montreal Sasquatch
24. Buffalo Stampede
25. Halifax Rainmen
26. Detroit Panthers
The draft will be able to be viewed on television and the internet. Further detailed information on the PBL draft will be released shortly. For additional information contact the Premier Basketball League Chicago, IL office at (773) 844-7251 or firstname.lastname@example.org For further league information visit www.pblproball.com
In historical opening game of Balkan International Basketball League, Bulgarian team Rilski Sportist grabbed thriller win against Serbian Mega Hypo Leasing 97-96. Game is decided in overtime, actually in its last second, when Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) drained a long range triple for a big joy of Rilski's fans in Samokov. Mega Hypo Leasing was better team during the first 20 minutes. Young Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89) was in a game mood leading his team to plus 5 at the half time, 35-40. After the breather, Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford), Branko Mirkovic (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and their teammates woke up but still it was enough only for minus 3 before the last stanza. The hosts were slightly better during the following ten minutes. Visitors had pretty good stroke from behind the arc while on the other side Rilski had only 5 of 26. It is also interesting that Serbian team totally outrebounded Bulgarians finishing the game with 49 boards matched with 29 by its opponent. However, Rilski managed to reach the over time. With two minutes remaining, it seemed that game was already over as Stefan Stojacic and his teammates had comfortable 10-point lead, 82-92. After that moment their concentration went down, which Bulgarians exploited to get on minus 2 with 4 seconds to go. Then above mentioned Aleksandar Gruev grabbed the ball netting the winning triple for great victory of Rilski Sportist. Branko Mirkovic top-scored for Rilski with 19 points. Travis Peterson had 17 including 9 boards. Hero of the game Aleksandar Gruev stopped on 16 points. On the other side, young prospect Stefan Stojacic collected 25 points and 7 rebounds. Christopher Schlatter (203-F-81, college: Washington St.) had 19 points and 8 boards while Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) also was pretty good adding 12 points and impressive 15 rebounds.
Rilski Sportist: Branko Mirkovic 19, Travis Peterson 17+9 boards, Aleksandar Gruev 16
Mega Hypo Leasing: Stefan Stojacic 25+7 boards, Christopher Schlatter 19+8 boards, Uros Nikolic 12+15 boards
Krka - Crvena Zvezda 56-83
(16:20, 13:17, 16:28, 11:18)
Crvena Zvezda grabbed the second victory in Adriatic league. As a reminder, Red-and-whites celebrated in Serbian derby last week-end beating FMP of the road despite trailing more than 10 points during the entire time.
Today, it was an easy match for Zvezda. From the early beginning Belgrade's team controlled rhythm of the game. Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) shined under the basket leading Zvezda to 29-37 in the first half. Third period was the crucial one tonight. Zvezda was even better at the offensive end, having pretty good percentage for FG2, 73% in total. Bakic and Keselj joined Kikanovic, helping Crvena Zvezda to drain 28 points in this period. On the other side Krka scored just 16. After that moment the only question was how big difference it will be at the end. It is also important to be mentioned that Serbian team outjumped Krka having 10 rebounds more, 36-26.
Elmedin Kikanovic was the best in Zvezda scoring 16 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Boris Bakic (195-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points while hero from the first round Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) stopped on 9 points and 5 boards. Essington added 13 points and 4 rebounds in Krka, which dropped on 0-2.
Krka: Essington 13 (4 rebs), Sebic 12, Marcelic 11
Crvena Zvezda: Kikanovic 16 (5 rebs), Bakic 11, Keselj 9 (5 rebs)
Partizan Igokea - Helios Domzale 81-65
(20:12, 22:13, 18:21, 21:19)
Partizan Igokea outplayed Helios Domzale in Pionir for the perfect score 2-0. It was comfortable win of Serbian and Adriatic league champion, which proved its quality already in the first half. Gabonese Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) had 17 points for Black-and-whites. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82) scored 13 while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) collected 12 points and 5 rebounds. Vjekoslav Petrovic (193-G/F-81) nailed 13 points in Helios. Slovenian team is winless yet after two rounds in Adriatic league.
Partizan: Lasme 17, Vitkovac 13, Tepic 12 (5 rebs)
Helios: Petrovic 13, Snow 12 (5 to)
Bosna ASA BHT - Hemofarm STADA 67-78
After great road win in Domzale, Bosna ASA BHT faced with first defeat in Adriatic league. The main reason of Bosna's failure is Hemofarm's center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket), who was totally unstoppable in the paint. Anyway, opening quarter belonged to visitors 16-20. During the following 10 minutes Seid Hajric (203-F-83) and his teammates managed to improve their game coming on minus 1 until the half time. Hemofarm had only Vukosavljevic in a game mood, which Bosna exploited in third quarter. Reining Bosnian champion and returnee in Adriatic league succeeded to make a turn and to grab 2-point lead before the last frame. When it seemed that Bosnians are in the right track to the second victory, Vladan Vukosavljevic stepped up in Hemofarm. Bosna's big guys weren't able to guard him. They tried with committing the personal fouls but Serbian big guy was almost unmistakable from the free throw line. On the other side Bosna couldn't keep the same rhythm missing few important shots. At the end Hemofarm managed to end last frame 11-24 and to remain perfect in regional championship. Vladan Vukosavljevic scored 35 points in total missing only six times for 32 minutes. He is MVP of the round with index rate 39. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) was a way behind him with 10 points. Bosna ASA BHT got 19 points and 6 rebounds from Seid Hajric. Emir Zimic (217-C-86) had 11.
Bosna ASA BHT: Seid Hajric 19+6 boards, Emir Zimic 11, Stanley Burrell (190-G-84) 10
Hemofarm STADA: Vladan Vukosavljevic 35+ 7 boards, Milan Macvan 10
Union Olimpija - FMP 88-81
Current Slovenian champion Union Olimpija grabbed the first win in Adriatic league 08/09. After defeat in Podgorica, the team from Ljubljana managed to beat Serbian FMP 88-81. Opening ten minutes belonged to FMP 17-21. Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) and his teammates had much better second frame taking 1-point lead at the half time. The hosts somehow stopped playing after the breather. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87), together with Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) and Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports), took total control on Slovenians, which struggled a lot with running the plays. Olimpija also had few erratic shots while its defense was extremely poor. Everything resulted with 18-29 in this frame meaning the FMP had plus 10 before the crucial ten minutes. Totally different picture was seen on the court after that moment. Olimpija was the team which dominated demonstrating brilliant performance. Players of head coach Aleksandar Dzikic drained 28 points for 10 minutes, what was more than enough for comfortable victory. Macedonian point guard Vlado Ilievski shined for the winners recording 16 points and 5 assists. Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) and Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) also were good scoring 14 points each. Miha Zupan (206-F/C-82, agency: Interperformances) helped his team with 13 points and 5 boards. FMP got 21 points and 7 boards from Dragan Labovic.
Union Olimpija: Vlado Ilievski 16+5 as, Damjan Rudez 14, Saso Ozbolt 14, Miha Zupan 13+5 rebs
FMP: Dragan Labovic 21+7 boards, Nemanja Protic 15, Mladen Jeremic 12
Vojvodina Srbijagas - Buducnost 76-85
Buducnost Podgorica improved its score to 2-0 taking a road game in Novi Sad. After magnificent win against Slovenian Euroleague team Union Olimpija, Buducnost once again demonstrated great performance. Mostly owing to Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), Montenegrin team returns home celebrating. After leveled first frame, Buducnost totally destroyed Vojvodina. Players of head coach Dejan Radonjic intensified defense putting a big pressure to Vojvodina's guards. It forced the hosts to pull up many quick shots at the same time making big number of mistakes. On the other side Vladimir Dasic and his teammates were great at the offensive end which outcame with impressive 6-23 in the second stanza. Nothing has changed is third quarter, as Buducnost extended its lead even more. Last ten minutes belonged to Vojvodina, but it was not enough for the win. Vladimir Dasic paced Buducnost to victory collecting 26 points and 6 rebounds for 34 minutes. He had 8/9 FG2, 2/5 3-pts and 4/4 FTs. Ivan Maras (208-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) helped their team netting 13 points apiece. Vojvodina got 15 points and 5 rebounds from center Goran Bajic (207-C-83). After nice win in Zagreb, the host team in this game dropped on 1-1.
Vojvodina Srbijagas: Goran Bajic 15+5 boards, Marko Popovic (193-G-84) 13+6 as, Marko Pekovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) 13+ 4 as
Buducnost: Vladimir Dasic 26+ 6 boards, Ivan Maras 13, Milos Bojovic 13
|1B Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1.M.Bratina (Radens) 30|
2.D.Buncic (Gradisce) 28
3.S. Lukic (Gradisce) 23
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1.A.Remus (Rogla) 13|
2.M.Vranjkovic (MFC) 9
3.D. Muric (Parklji) 8
|Assists Per Game|
|1.A.Vojicic (Radenska) 6|
2.S.Lukic (Gradisce) 4
3.T.Novak (Radenska) 4
|1.D.Buncic (Gradisc) 31|
2.S. Lukic (Gradisce) 28
3.T. Podboj (Gradisc) 27
|U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS|
|ISRAEL - Women|
|LUXEMBOURG - Women|
|DBBL Men Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. N.DelGado, ETZ 41|
2. McDaniel, BSM 33
3. Brady, RAC 33
4. Smith, SPA 30
5. Braier, MUS 28
6. Kennedy, ETZ 27
7. Anderson, USH 26
8. Gary, CON 23
9. Whitworth, T71 22
10. Koster, RES 19
|NCAA1 - Women|
|SLOVAKIA - Women|
Slovak champion Maxima Broker Kosice will finally have both american players, that were playing in play off of WNBA. On wednesday afternoon training will coach Stefan Svitek see Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) and also Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee). Kraayeveld played for New York and lose in Eastern Conference final to Detroit, Spencer played for Los Angeles and lose in Western Conference final to San Antonio.
|WNBA - Women|