EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/17/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
The Southeast Texas Mustangs released yesterday their Veterans Training Camp Roster. The Mustangs will open camp in a weeks time when their players report to Beaumont, TX for the beginning of Training Camp on Sunday, November 23rd! This is a real talented group and we are expecting big things from them! With talent comes expectations and we have plenty of both! We do feel like we can have an outstanding team that can compete and win the ABA Championship this season! states Mustangs General Manager and Head Coach Steve Tucker . The Mustangs Veterans Training Camp Roster will include 18 players that will compete for 12 Active Roster Positions:
Tim Pledger (6'1'-170)
Anthony Lumpkin (6'1'-170)
Brandon Andrews (6'3'-190)
Darron Hopkins (6'2'-180)
Donald Harris (6'4'-190)
Aubrey Stevenson (6'4'-185)
Steven Alexander (6'4'-190)
Bryan Burrell (6'3'-175)
Jerry Williams (6'6'-235)
Courtney Bradley (6'5'-230)
Currye Todd (6'5'-190)
Franklin Paul (6'5'-225)
DeRon Rutledge (6'6'-240)
Lamar Sanders (6'7'-240)
Johnny Tyson (6'1'1-250)
Alvin Jefferson (6'1'0-260)
Donnie Jackson (6'9'-220)
Julius Lamptey (7'1'-280)
Premier League Standings|
After a single opening game yesterday, eight CBA games were played today. Some veteran Chinese players showed they still had what it takes while some promising new faces appeared on the horizon. Imports played an important role as teams can now use two imports the entire game.
Playing four starters virtually the entire game, including overtime, Xinjiang edged Beijing 101-97. Juan Mendez had 43 points and 12 rebounds and Myron Allen had 38 points and 11 rebounds. The shooting guard spot was shared by two Xinjiang natives, Makan, a rookie, and Mulati, a young veteran. Makan, who played 34 minutes, is listed as being born in 1992. If he is that young, he may have a promising future. Beijing was led by Dontae Jones with 34 points and 18 rebounds and David Harrison with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Shaanxi outlasted Jilin 110-97 as Lee Benson had 23 points, 23 rebounds and 11 assists. Chen Zhaosheng scored 22 and Chen Bao had 21. Zheng Zhun, a 214 cm small forward allegedly born in 1992 but more likely born in 1989, scored 4 points. He has bulked up from 86 kg to 100 kg. But he truly could be the world's first 7-1 small forward if he continues his development. Soumaila Samake and Leon Rogers each scored 18 points for Jilin.
Shandong smashed newcomer Tianjin 94-74. Priest Lauderdale led the way with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Sun Jie scored 20 and Mack Tuck had 17. Darryl Watkins led Tianjin with 20 points and 14 rebounds while Theron Smith and Li Gangfeng scored 16.
Guangdong won comfortbly against Fujian 107-92 even though it only played its imports for for 48 minutes while Fujian played its imports for 88 minutes. The Guandong players know how to play international basketball. Zhu Fangyu led Guangdong with 24 points, Jason Dixon had 17 points and Wang Shipeng scored 15. Liu Xioyu started at point guard and played 29 minutes. Chen Jianghua came in off the bench and played 19 minutes. 1991-born Dong Hanlin played 18 minutes and had 6 points. 7-1 Wang Zheng played 15 minutes and had 6 points. Zhou Peng had 13 points 21 minutes. Su Wei did not play. Chris Porter led Fujian with 31 points and 13 rebounds. Matt Frieje had 24 points and 9 rebounds.
Zhejiang Guangsha defeated Shanghai 113-107 behind 36 points from Kasib Powell and 29 points and 12 rebounds from Nigel Dixon. Wang Yong led Shanghai with 29 points and DaJuan Tate had 28. Shanghai was only using one import, all it currently has listed on its roster.
Shanxi Zhongyu destoyed Liaoning 94-74 as Olumide Oyedeji had 23 points, 24 rebounds and 9 assists. Donta Smith had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhai Jinshuai added 22 points and 6 rebounds. Liaoning's imports, Tommy Smith and Awvee Storey played awfully. They combined for 10 points on 4 of 23 shooting. Li Xiaoxu, on the other hand, had 26 points on 11 of 14 shooting and added 9 rebounds. Combined with his play at Liaoning the last two years, his play as a candidate for the Olympic team, and his success as a player on the junior national team, the NBA should begin to take a close look at Li. Remember that his basketball size is bigger than the size at which he is listed. Han Dejun played 6 minutes today and is still a work in progress. Two years from now the NBA may want to look at 7-1, 320 pound Han. Or it may not.
Snyder Kirk (198-F-83, college: Nevada) had 43 points and 15 rebounds to lead Zhejiang to a 100-92 victory over newcomer Qingdao. Samuel Hoskin added 24 points. A player to watch is Zhang Dayu, who was listed as 213 cm when he won the MVP at the Nike Asia Camp this summer. Zhang, listed as born in 1991, had 6 points and 8 rebounds at center against Amal McCaskill and Frans Steyn of Qingdo before fouling out in 34 minutes. Lu Keming, a 196 cm shooting guard born in 1988, led Qingdao with 22 points. McCaskill scored 21 and Steyn added 20. Li Guang, who also previously impressed at sneaker camps, had 11 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. The only negative is that Lu and Li had 17 turnovers between them.
Bayi defeated Yunnan 118-97 as Wang Zhizhi had 33 points and 6 rebounds. But Wang's eventual replacement may have made his first appearance for Bayi. Xu Zhonghao, a 212 cm center born in late 1990, had 11 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. He completely outplayed 212 Xu Jinlong, whom he beat out for a spot on the Bayi team, and who now plays for Yunnan. Gabe Muoneke had 41 points and 10 rebounds for Yunnan. Zhao Anan added 20 points.
The columns on the box scores below are name, number, minutes, starter, 2pt fg-fga, 3pt fg-fga, ft-fta, off reb, def reb, assists, fouls, steals, turnovers, blocks, fast breaks made/fast breaks attempted, dunks, times fouled, points
Xinjiang 101 OT
Xu Guochong 11p+3r+1a+3s, Mengke Bateer 9p+12r+4a, Makan 34min+0p+4r, Juan Mendez 43p+12r+1a+2s+2bl, Myron Allen 38p+11r+2a+4s+6to
Zhang Yunsong 7p+1r+1a, Chen Lei 17p+1r+2a+2s, Xie Libin 2p+6r, Dontae Jones 34p+18r+4a+2s, David Harrison 19p+13r, Ji Zhe 10p+5r+1a+2s, Li Ke 8p+6r+4a+2s
Chen Zhaosheng 22p+6r+3s, Dai Yong 10p+6r+4a+4s, Zhang Wei 12p+3r+3a+2s, Lee Benson 23p+23r+11a+5bl+7to, Chen Bao 21p+6r+5s, # 15 8p, Yang Wenbo 10p+2r+2a+5s+5to, Zheng Zhun 4p+4r+1s
Soumaila Samake 18p+8r+3a+5to, Wang Bo 8p+2r+1a+2s, Lu Yan 19p+5r, Yang Yuming 10p+2r+2a, Leon Rogers 18p+8r+2a+10to, Liu Wei 12p+5r+1a, Zhong Cheng 2p+1r+4s+1bl
Wang Gang 16p+1r+2a+5s, Sun Jie 20p+2r+5a+5s, Mack Tuck 17p+9r+4a+2s, Cao Zhenhua 0p+8r+2a+4s, Priest Lauderdale 33p+14r+1a+2s+5to
Li Gangfeng 16p+1r+2a+2s, Theron Smith 16p+9r+4a+2s+5to, Darryl Watkins 20p+14r+1a+4s+4bl, Xu Guijun 8p+4r, Wang Hao 2p+4r+1a+4s
Zhu Fangyu 24p+5r+4a+4s, Wang Shipeng 15p+8r, Liu Xiaoyu 7p+2r+3a+2s, Jason Dixon 17p+10r, Du Feng 5p+1r+1a+3s, Tyler Amaya 7p+4r+1a+2s, Dong Hanlin 6p+1r+1s, Wang Zheng 6p+1r, Zhou Peng 13p+3r, Chen Jianghua 3p+4r+3a+1s
Gong Songlin 8p+2r+3a, Lu Xiaoming 14p+2r+4a+4s, Yang Chao 7p+1r+2s, Chris Porter 31p+13r+1a+3s, Matt Frieje 24p+9r+2bl
Shanxi Zhongyu 94
Olumide Oyedeji 23p(9-17)+24r+9a+4s, Donta Smith 8p(3-12)+7r+4a+2s+6to, Sun Chunlei 9p+5r+1a, Wei Mingliang 7p+1s, Zhai Jinshuai 22p+6r, Yu Xuelin 6p+2a+1s
Liu Xiangtao 12p+4r, Zhang Qingpeng 7p+3r+2a+3s+6to, Li Xiaoxu 26p(11-14)+9r+1a+3s+1bl, Tommy Smith 2p(1-5)+10r+4a, Awvee Storey 8p(3-18)+5r+2a, Yang Ming 13p+4r+3a+2s, Han Dejun 7min+2p+1r
Zhejiang Lions 113
Zhang Nan 14p+6r+5a+3s, Ying Kui 12p+2r+4a+4s, Nigel Dixon 29p+12r, Kasib Powell 36p+9r+5a+2s, Yao Peng 8p+2r+2a, Jin Lipeng 8p+2r+2a, Li Meng 6p+2r+1a
Liu Wei 9p+7r+3a, Wang Yong 29p+9r+1a, Wang Ligang 17p+5r+4a+2s, DaJuan Tate 28p+7r+1a+2s+4bl, Wu Yang 6p+2r+1a, Peng Fei 8p+6r+2s, Luo Xudong 8p+2r+5to
Snyder Kirk 43p+15r+4a+3s+5to, Ding Jinhui 10p+8r+2a+4s+1bl, Luo Zhi 15p+5r+3s, Zhang Dayu 34min+6p+8r+1a+3s+6fl, Samuel Hoskin 24p+4r+2a+3s+1bl
Li Guang 11p+3r+7a+6s+9to, Lu Keming 22p+9r+8to, Sun Shengyue 7p+5r+2a+2s, Amal McCaskill 21p+8r+1a+2s+5bl, Frans Steyn 20p+11r+7a+4bl, Yu Gaofeng 5p+1r+2a
Li Nan 15p+4r+3a, Mo Ke 7p+3r, Li Ke 8p+4r, Hu Ke 6p+4r+3a, Wang Zhizhi 33p+6r, Wang Lei 16p+4r+3a, Feng Lei 6p+5r, Zhang Bo 8p+1r, Xu Zhongtao 20min+11p+4r+1bl
Zhao Anan 20p+2r+5a, Li Lin 16p+3r+2a, Xu Xu 12p+1a, Xu Jinlong 18min+2p+1r+1s, Gabe Muoneke 41p+10r+2a
Division A Standings|
|A1 - Regular Season Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Greer, Keravnos 89|
2 Zujovic, Achilleas 84
3 Bradford, Achilleas 72
4 Anderson, AEK 66
5 Smith, Omonia 54
6 Mijovic, Omonia 50
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Trisokas, Kerav. 35|
2 Radunovic, Apoel 27
3 Grgat, Achilleas 22
4 McClendon, Achil. 22
5 Neofitou, Omonoia 21
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Foreman, ENAD 20|
2 Smith, Omonia 19
3 Cooper, Apoel 14
4 Greer, Keravnos 10
5 Mayfield, Etha 9
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Taylor, AEL 10|
2 Formenan, ENAD 9
3 Dujovic, AEK
4 Sims, Apollon 6
5 Neofitou, Omonia 6
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Davis, AEK 7|
2 Van De Harre, AEK 5
3 Buckman, Keravnos 3
4 Kaskiris, ENAD 3
5 Mc Clendon, Achill 3
|1 Greer, Keravnos 75%|
2 Mijovic, Omonia 70%
3 Damjanovic, Kerav 65%
3 Radunovic, Apoel 65%
4 Smith, Omonia 65%
5 Sims, Apollon 65%
|1 Greer, Keravnos 50.0|
2 Neofitou, Omonia 40.0
3 Sims, Apollon 40.0
4 Anderson, AEK 40.0
5 Mijovic, Omonia 40.0
|1 Greer, Keravnos 80.0|
2 Sims, Apollon 80
2 Radunovic, Apoel 80
3 Smith, Omonia 80
4 Neofitou, Omonia 75
5 Damjanovic, Kerav 75
|1 Greer, Keravnos|
2 Mijovic, Omonia
2 Radunovic, Apoel
3 Anderson, AEK
3 Zujovic, Achilleas
4 Smith, Omonia
5 Sims, Apollon
Dominicans in the NCAA
As the NCAA College Basketball season begins today Dominicans can look at the collegiate league with pride. Fifteen Dominicans will play important roles in Division I teams throughout the US. Four are freshman standouts expected to help their teams significantly. Among them is a pair of 6'10 power forwards Eloy Vargas (208-F/C) (Florida) and Alex Rivas (208-C) (South Florida). Also, there is Dagoberto Pena (201-F) (Marshall) and Steve Mejia (Rhode Island). This core will be joining Edgar Sosa (185-G-88) (Louisville) who has already become one of the best young guards in the nation, Manny Quezada (188-G-85, college: Rutgers) (San Francisco), John Garcia (206-F/C-87) (Seton Hall), Alejo Rodriguez (203-F) (Iona) and Antonio Pena (203-F-86) (Villanova). Also, there is Luis Guzman (191-G), Dalky Melendez (203-F-86) (Louisiana Monroe), Adris de Leon and Andy Genao (191-G,) (Eastern Washington), James Feldeine (193-G-88) and Jonathan Cruz (201-F) (Quinnipiac). Gerardo Suero will play for Wabash College (D. II) this year and David Manaya and Leo Liriano (193-G) could be midseason additions to Texas Tech. Chris De La Rosa (175-G) and Danny Tavares (206-F-84) are in the same position at Siena and San Diego State, where both talented players are currently not on the pre-season rosters. While baseball has long been held up as our national sport, basketball has squeezed its way into prominence over the last 15 years.
WE AT EUROBASKET DOMINICAN PAGE WANT TO SAY 'FELICIDADES' TO ALL OF OUR DOMINICAN PLAYERS WHO ARE PLAYING COLLEGIATELY THIS SEASON AND WE WISH THEM ALL THE BEST!!!
(with the help of Jaime Arevalo)
The first round of Salvadorean LSB league produced two expecetd results: title holders of ExSal largely defeated San Marcos, 107-55, confirming their ranking, thanks to a good performing from their new import, Panamanian Nicanor Rivas, while Cosmos prevailed over UTEC 94-84 at the end of a battled game.
1st Division Standings|
1.Division, Round 6-7: Honka (Tapiola) won 3/4 quarters vs Karhu (Kauhajoki) tonight in Espoo, but lost the contest anyway 81-89 (41-36). The reasons were the
third quarter and Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama). Kauhajoki (now 5-1) won the third quarter 20-34 and Washington had a double-double 40 pts and 11 rbs. Matt Williams (200-F-77, college: Montana) led Honka with 26 pts. When BC Jyvaskyla upset JKS at Jarvenpaa 66-94, Joe Jackson (192-G-86, college: Denver) (BC JKL) had his season high 37 pts (treys 7/12). BC Nokia crushed Lapua at home 119-76. Nokia's three American players combined 91 pts! Matt Dlouhy (198-F-83, college: Montana) led Nokia with 35 pts. Newcomer LoKoKo (Loimaa) is the only team without victories. Today LoKoKo lost at home vs Vilpas (Salo) 83-88 (37-30). Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86, agency: David Lee services) led LoKoKo with 28 pts and 16 rbs. Aubrey Conerly (183-G-83, college: Jacksonville) scored 27 pts for Vilpas. PuHu (Vantaa) had a 14-point-lead at Energy Arena vs Huima (Aanekoski), but Huima's players listened to Coach Markku Ranta and believed in themselves and won the thriller by three 83-86 (49-38). Justice Graham (195-G-79, college: Glenville St.) scored 20 pts for Huima and Marko Piplovic (207-F-76, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double (27/11) for PuHu.
Honka, Tapiola - Kauhajoki 81-89 (41-36) (Matt Williams 26, Samuli Vanttaja 13, Antti Raami 12 - Eric Washington 40/11, Roni Leimu 19, Maurice Horton 11).
JKS - BC JKL 66-94 (35-52) (Kevin Francis 16/12, Toni Honka 11, Magen McNeil 10 - Joe Jackson 37, Tuukka Ahila 19, Johan Collins 14/12).
LoKoKo - Vilpas 83-88 (37-30) (Jonathan Heard 28/16, Eryk Thomas 23, Turkka Rikkonen 10 - Aubrey Conerly 27, Amani Daanish 20/11, Quinnell Green 18).
BC Nokia - Lapua 119-76 (65-39) (Matt Dlouhy 35, Jason Holmes 29/9a, Matt Cooper 27/11 - Toni Raiski 18, Henry Umoru 15, Tyrwone Still 14).
PuHu - Huima 83-86 (49-38) (Marko Piplovic 27/11, DeWayne Richardson 18/10, Sami Marouf 11 - Justice Graham 20, Ted Morris 16/10, Heikki Laatikainen 16).
The mini Bamberg curse grew a bit more as the Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost a hard fought battle in Bamberg 66 to 61. Frankfurt lost their ninth game in a row against the Brose Baskets Bamberg and had their three game winning streak snapped. Dirk Bauermann is not coach anymore, but was in the Jako arena to watch his old team and just his mere presence may of awoken old ghosts that may of effected the Frankfurt play down the stretch. In crunch time, The Brose Baskets Bamberg were a tick better than Frankfurt. They hit some big shots, while we missed some easy shots. We also missed some key rebounds and it is never easy to come back on the road, stated American center Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL). Bamberg saved their best for last as they found some extra energy hidden in their storage tanks.Coach Fleming said in the timeout that we have tomorrow off, so he told us to give that extra energy to win, said American guard Michael Jordan (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania).
The Brose Baskets Bamberg wanted to send a signal fast by getting big man Alexander Johnson (208-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida St.) the ball inside and he responded with the first six Bamberg points via the free throw line. Frankfurt showed their first impulses with two Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton)i hoops. Now after a few minutes of getting used to the tempo, both teams slowly formed their rhythm. German guard Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) hit a three pointer with a Roller hand in his face, and Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) showcased his running hook shot. American Eric Taylor (201-F-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: St.Francis,PA) took advantage of a Frankfurt let down on defense and barrelled into the zone closing with a thunderous left handed dunk. Bamberg closed out the first quarter with a lightening bolt going on a eight to two run. Robert Garrett (193-G-77, agency: SportsTalent) sunk a three pointer and Eric Taylor followed up his own rebound. Bamberg led 19 to 13 after one quarter and the biggest heartache that Murat Didin had to hide were the seven turnovers.
The second quarter didnt get any better at first as Michael Jordan nailed a three pointer and Robert Garrett followed with two three pointers. Frankfurt seemed a bit tense, slightly intimidated by the boisterous fans and a bit lethargic at times on the court. Bamberg now led 28 to 18, and this might of brought back sad memories from last years game in Bamberg, where the team lost by more than 30 points. However Frankfurt stayed awake and did not let Bamberg go on a big run. Murat Didin brought in American Adam Emmenecker, who brought in his usual energy on defense and also dished out some yummy blue berry pie desert offering passes to Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) and Konrad Wysockii. Frankfurt was marching back, but Bamberg continued to score. Bamberg was being very clever mixing up the offense with inside/out play with hoops from Jordan and Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) from outside and inside from American Alexander Johnson. Bamberg led 35 to 26, but Frankfurt was still on the court with both feet, whereas Bamberg might already have been in the locker room with one foot. Evtimov and Roller scored and Frankfurt was only trailing 35 to 31 at the intermission. Frankfurt had controlled organization in the second quarter only giving up one turnover, but their 22% three point shooting was what was breaking their backs. Despite their injuries, I think that Frankfurt was doing a good job. The pick and role defense was giving them problems, stated German national coach Dirk Bauermann .
The third quarter started off with a bang as Ilian Evtimov dug out a new weapon, the fade away jumper. His long distant shots and running hook shots were known, but a fade way jumper? He hit two from almost the same spot and one could of turned back the clock 20 years and it easily could have been Boston Celtic legend Kevin McHale (180-G-88) taking the shot. I never thought of imitating Kevin McHale. It was simply what happened at that point. I was posting up against smaller guys and it was the logical thing to do. My dad played against Mchale, but I never saw him play, because the NBA was not established back in Europe in the 80s, said Ilian Evtimov. Now the game would get character as no team would let the other team go on a run. American Anthony King slowly got his game started as he tied the score at 37 with a fade away jumper. Somehow Bamberg quietly escaped on a five to zero run to lead again 42 to 37. However The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were showing relentless fire in their eyes with only one target on mind being the opponents basket. Frankfurt was storming into the zone and Bamberg had no resistance. Anthony King scored in the paint past the experienced Eric Taylor making him look like a Basketball tourist lost on the court and Derrick Allen followed that upscoring past two Bamberg players.
The last minutes of the third quarter remained exciting as both teams would trade baskets and Bamberg would take the lead three times with Frankfurt tieing each time. The best basket of the game was the hoop by Anthony King, who was double teamed under the hoop by Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) and Eric Taylor, but King found a away to get between them and score. This had to be the last clear sign that Anthony King had found a permanent nest in the Skyliner organization. Bamberg led 50 to 48 after three quarters. Frankfurt continued to be helpless from three point land shooting 22%. Their defense was working, but offense was not potent enough as their was simply not enough scoring being distributed.
The fourth quarter had two distinct faces for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. It started off with a happy face as Frankfurt rolled out on a 6-0 run, but the face would soon turn sour as Bamberg regained the lead and would never relinquish it again on this day. On the six to zero run, Anthony King was involved in all three hoops. He scored inside past 102 game ex NBA player Alexander Johnson, then scoring again inside off his own rebound and then showing his passing brilliance throwing a Roger Clemons fast ball to German Konrad Wysockii in the zone for two points. Frankfurt led 54 to 50, but as is so often the case in the game of Basketball, the momentum changed in favour for Bamberg. The Jared Newson three pointer and the Max Weber (201-G/F-85) offensive foul was the big turning point. It was tough coming back after that, expressed Ilian Evtimov. Serb Predrag Suput hit a three pointer and Bamberg led 57 to 54. Anthony King saved his best for last scoring past Alexander Johnson again and making him look more like a student and himself the teacher. Bamberg now played even more intelligent going more often to Johnson as the Frankfurt defense was helpless against the strong center. Evtimov continued to make clutch shots scoring on another fade away jumper cutting the Bamberg lead to 61 to 58. It was crunch time, but Frankfurt could not find a way to take the lead. We were missing shots at the end that we usually make and we couldnt make the defensive stops, said Ilain Evtimov. Derrick Allen followed with a lay up after a very difficult Evtimov pass off intense ball pressure. Michael Jordan than hit a free throw and Bamberg led 64 to 61. With thirty seconds to play, Frankfurt could of sent the game into overtime, but instead of letting a three point specialist shoot, it was Derrick Allen who shot from the parking lot and missed. This left Frankfurt paralyzed for a split second, which enabled Filiberto Riviera to go coast to coast and score on a lay up and give Bamberg the well deserved win at the end.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by American Anthony King who had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. I just did what coach Didin told me to do. I played hard and was rewarded. I was lucky at times getting the bounces on the rim, said Anthony King. We have some very good big men. Anthony did a good job today. He didnt get a double double just like that. It was talent, stated Michael Jordan. Ilian Evtimov added 15 points and Derrick Allen chipped in with 11 points. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by American Alexander Johnson with 12 points and German Robert Garrett contributed 10 points.
Even though The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost, they showed a lot of toughness and grit just coming up a bit short at the end. If Frankfurt had just hit a few more three pointers, then they could of won. Frankfurt shot only 17% from three point land, while Bamberg shot 44%. Bamberg controlled the boards 32 to 30. The most positive thing gained by the loss for Frankfurt was the spirited effort by Anthony King. It is never a pleasure to lose, but Ilian Evtimov found some positives out of the loss. We played strong defense and kept Bamberg in the 60s. We just have to score more. The rebounding stats dont really show it, but we lost some key rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners go back to the drawing board on Thursday November 20 at 19:30 as they host the Nordlingen Giants in cup play. Losing cant be on the menu of this do or die game.
Saturday night in FEB action, in the 2nd rotation of the Dutch FEB competition, defending Dutch champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide pulled off a close home win over Hanzevast Capitals, while Matrixx Magixx, Rotterdam Challengers and Landstede Basketball each won on the road.
In the Sporthallen-Zuid in the Eclipse Jet/MyGuide-Hanzevast Capitals matchup, the defending Dutch champions managed to remain with an unblemished record thanks to two free throws by ace Teddy Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas), helping Eclipse Jet/MyGuide escape with a 71-70 win. Gipson was fouled by Hanzevast's Will Whittington (191-G/F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Marist) on the last shot attempt of the game with no time remaining, cooly sinking both free throws to preserve Eclipse Jet/MyGuide's perfect record. CC Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.) led Eclipse Jet/MyGuide with 17 pts. Hanzevast's Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) led all scorers with 21 pts. The defending Dutch champions are now 9-0, while Hanzevast falls to 7-4.
In Weert, in a game in which neither team really put its best foot forward, Matrixx still had enough quality in house to pull off a 75-67 road win over Upstairs Weert. Matrixx managed to create enough resistance to keep Upstairs at bay, also taking advantage of poor three-point shooting and bad ball decisions by the Limburgers. During a four minute span in the 3rd quarter, Matrixx's Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) scored nine points to give Matrixx a 51-39 lead, which forced Upstairs into a gap they could never overcome. Even though the Limburgers would eventually close the gap to margins of 68-63 and 71-67, Matrixx still had enough answers, with a Gerrit Brigitha (204-F/C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) three-pointer with 1:00 remaining the nail in the coffin. Wilson led Matrixx with 20 pts. with 11 rebounds, and Brigitha added 15. Matrixx moves now to 7-4, while Upstairs fall to 4-7.
In Leeuwarden, in a game marred by technical fouls, many whistles, lots of free throws attempts, and overal bad play, the Rotterdam Challengers made it a sequel from their first matchup of the season, winning over Aris Friesland by the score of 80-70. It was a mini version of the Houston Rockets-Phoenix Suns matchup this past week, with no Shaquille O'Neal in sight to shove guys away. At the end of the 3rd quarter/beginning of the 4th quarter there were technical fouls whistled on Rotterdamers Charles Richardson (178-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Nebraska) and Martin Iti (213-C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: N.Mexico St.) and Aris players Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement), Kevin Steenberge (211-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Richmond) and Jayme Miller (205-F-85, agency: Passing Lane), and were a total of 50 fouls, 71 free throw attempts and alleged influence from the officials.
Midway in the 3rd quarter, with Aris leading, the drama started when the technical and flagrant fouls were whistled, which added up to 12 free throw attempts, four ball possessions and a controversial situation with the ball possession arrow. When the smoke cleared, the Rotterdammers were up 63-61 and never relinquished the lead.FEB current to scorer Bobby Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) led the Rotterdammers with 19 pts., with Richardson adding 18. Bauscher led Aris with a game-high 20 pts. Thw win improves Rotterdam's record to an even 5-5, with Aris blowing again a big opportunity (with also consecutive losses to struggling teams BlueStream Seals and Upstairs Weert), with heavyweights Hanzevast Capitals, Eclipse Jet/MyGuide, West-Brabant Giants and Matrixx Magixx coming up in their front view mirror.
In Leiden, in a game in which both teams were thirsty for a win, Landstede Basketball still has ZZ Leiden's number in the Vijfmeihal, with a dagger in the last seconds by recent acquision Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) helping Landstede escape with a 71-70 win. It was the end of a bad four-game skid for Landstede, who gained vengence on ZZ in its first loss (and only win for ZZ Leiden this season) on October 4th. Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) and Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman) both scored 20 pts. each to lead Landstede. David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) led ZZ with 20 pts. Landstede moves to 4-7, while ZZ falls to a league-worst 1-9.
As a Kerala state player, George Koshy used to shoot the ball into the basket during his college days. Today, as a rocket scientist with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the tall, 58-year-old M.Tech from IIT-Bombay is the project director for Chandrayaan-1, India's maiden unmanned moon mission, and on his broad shoulders rests the venture's success.
As things stand, on Oct 22, a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C11) rocket carrying the lunar orbiter and six other satellites will blast off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Like a basketball player without any fixed positions, Koshy joining ISRO in 1972 and was rotated in different departments - fabrication, tool design, the Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV) project - ISRO's first rocket - and development of the PSLV separation systems.
For Koshy, Chandrayaan will be his third major space mission.
He was mission director when ISRO launched an Israeli satellite in a stripped down version of PSLV in January and played a similar role when the space agency sent up a cluster of 10 satellites in April.
While the PSLV rocket for the previous missions and the current one are the same, Koshy terms each launch as unique, with its own set of challenges and calculations.
Speaking about the moon rocket, Koshy told IANS: 'The vehicle structure was altered to accomodate bigger strap-on motors.'
Traditionally the PSLV's six strap-on motors are 10 metres in length and carry nine tonnes of solid propellant each. For the moon mission, they have been extended to 13.5 metres and will each carry 12 tonnes of fuel.
'All the six motors have been ground tested,' Koshy said.
As a matter of abundant caution, the PSLV rocket has been padded up with additional thermal insulation.
Koshy said the fabrication of the 316-tonne rocket started two years ago and its integration with the lunar orbiter took another two months.
The rocket will sling into geosynchronous transfer orbit (GSO) the cuboid-shaped spacecraft.
With a lifespan of two years, the spacecraft will start orbiting the moon from Nov 8. It will also release a moon impact probe that will land on the lunar surface on Nov 14 - celebrated in India as Children's Day to mark the birthday of the country's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
The other notable feature of the moon rocket is that it will be the last one to be guided by ISRO's old avionics systems.
'We have developed our own processor that would start guiding our rockets from next year,' Koshy said.
According to him, ISRO is working on plans to increase the thrust of the rocket's upper stage and carry more fuel in the second stage.
Koshy said ISRO is getting enquiries for the launch of 500-600 kg satellites. A new vehicle with ideal capacity would lower launch costs, he added.
As ISRO sends around four rockets up every year, one year's production was always in the pipeline, he pointed out.
Hailing from a big family of seven sisters and one brother, Koshy, the son of a Maths professor, is the only rocket scientist in his family. Even his daughter and son have stayed away from this tricky craft while his wife Rani Mary George is a principal scientist at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute at Thiruvananthapuram.
Slated to retire in 2010, the rocket scientist has no career regrets.
'If I have to start my career all over again, I will choose ISRO as my employer,' he asserted.
Meanwhile, the basketball fraternity can be proud that one amongst them is getting into a world famous mission.
Courtesy - Indian Express
Junior Devon Dumes (6'2''-G-87) scored 21 points, 13 in the first half, and freshman Verdell Jones III finished with 18 points, four boards, four assists, three blocked shots and three steals as Indiana overcome opening game jitters to post an 83-65 over Northwestern St. in the first regular season game for head coach Tom Crean . Crean becomes the ninth straight Indiana head coach to win in his debut dating all the way back to Branch McCracken's 54-28 win over Ball State at the start of the 1938-39 season.
'I thought we were a little nervous to start,' said Crean, who won 190 games in nine seasons at Marquette before coming to Indiana on April 2. 'I know my stomach knew it was a real game.'
The visiting Demons of the Southland Conference were quick out of the gate and led 12-5 with 16:08 to go after a layup by Damon Jones (6'4''-G-88). Dumes, who has played more Division I minutes than any other Hoosier (he played his freshman year at E.Michigan before transferring to Vincennes JC last year), hit a pair of three-pointers and then freshman Tom Pritchard added a pair of charity tosses to give IU a 13-12 advantage with 14:35 left.
'It was a good momentum booster for the whole team and fan base,' said Dumes. 'I'm glad we got he first win under out belt.'
NSU's Keithan Hancock (5'10''-G-86) had a steal and a layup to push the Demon edge to 16-13, but freshman Matt Roth nailed a triple to tie the score for the Hoosiers and Indiana took the lead for good on a free throw by freshman Malik Story with 11:09 left to make it 19-18.
The Hoosiers went into the locker room with a 38-29 lead.
Defensively, Indiana forced 30 turnovers and held the visitors to 31.9% shooting. In addition, IU registered 15 steals.
'We wanted to make a real effort at putting pressure on the ball,' said freshman Verdell Jones.
Hancock would hit another long bomb that would make the score 49-40 with 15:37, but Indiana would start getting the ball inside with layups by sophomore Brett Finkelmeier (6'2''-G), senior Kyle Taber (6'7''-F), Roth and Pritchard would help IU build a 60-42 edge with 10:04 to go.
Pritchard would notch his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Nine players for Indiana would play 10 minutes or more, with none seeing more than 28 minutes of action (freshman Nick Williams).
'It felt really good,' said Jones. 'After working hard in preseason and for us to come out here and finally get a win that counts. I thought that was great for the team.'
The Hoosiers will face in-state rival IUPUI Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Assembly Hall.
Courtesy: Indiana Athletics
Josh Heytvelt (6'11''-F-86) and Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88) both scored 15 points as nationally ranked Gonzaga University claimed an 83-52 victory over Montana St. - Billings in their season opener on Saturday.
The Bulldogs were ranked 10th by Associated Press and 11th by USA Today/ESPN in the pre-season polls.
Daye also grabbed 12 rebounds for his second career double-double, his first coming in his collegiate debut in last year's opener when he scored 20 points and hauled in 10 rebounds.
A senior forward, Heytvelt scored 11 points after halftime as the Bulldogs turned a five-point game into a blowout. He went 5-for-9 from the field and also hauled in eight rebounds, one better than his season-high all of last season.
Jeremy Pargo (6'2''-G-86) scored seven points but was more valuable with 10 assists, the fourth double-digit assist game of his career. He handed out 13 assists last year against Virginia Tech in the Great Alaska Shootout.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few was upbeat after the game.
'It was good first night for us,' he said. ' We did some good things tonight. I thought our rebounding has come along very well and we played another solid night on both ends of the floor,' Few said. 'Defensively we did some good things. We forced them into some long possessions with our pressure and that was good to see. We played solid team defense tonight.'
The Bulldogs won the battle of the boards 44-31 and held the Yellowjackets to 32.7 percent from the field, including a 2-for-15 start as Gonzaga raced to a 19-point lead on two occasions in the first half, the last at 33-14 with 3:18 to go in the half.
But MSUB reeled off 14 straight points to close to within five at halftime at 33-28 - all 14 points coming from sharpshooter Mike Hall (6'0''-G-86) a transfer from the Idaho who played in the McCarthey Athletic Center last season with the Vandals. He connected on three straight treys, hit a jumper, and then hit three free throws to complete the run.
Hall led all scorers with 24 points on an 8-for-17 night form the field that included a 5-for-12 effort from 3-point range.
'We have to give some credit to MSU Billings,' Few said. 'They stepped up and hit some good shots to keep it close with that run late in the first half. They found some good matchups and hit their shots.'
The Yellowjackets are coached by first-year head coach George Pfeifer , who coached the past two seasons at Idaho.
The Bulldogs had nine of the 11 players who saw action in the contest score, a trend Few thinks fans may see a lot of this season.
'We have really worked on sharing the ball and we moved the ball around well tonight. Our depth will lead to a well-balanced scoresheet for us like you saw tonight.'
Freshmen Grant Gibbs, a 6-4 guard from Marion, Iowa, and Andy Poling, a 6-11 forward from Portland, Ore., did not see action because they are planning to redshirt this season. Sophomore Robert Sacre, a 7-0 center, was also in street clothes as he continues his rehabilitation from foot surgery. Sacre got out of the boot earlier this week and is able to do some straight forward running and other conditioning drills, but is still expected to be held out of competition for another 10-14 days.
Gonzaga will be right back in action Tuesday when Idaho visits the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center for a 6 p.m. contest. The game will be televised on KHQ-TV/FSN and also be available on the radio at 1510 KGA and audio streamed on this website.
Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelans playing in foreign countries continued to have starring roles in their respective teams and saw some action in the last week around the world. Here's a short summary of their performances:
-Jorge Arrieta got his first victory as head coach of Angeles de Puebla, as he was able to defeat Fuerza Regia Monterrey, 90-82.
-Juan Herrera (197-F-81) scored 14 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in a defeat of his Santos Reales de San Luis against Dorados de Chihuahua, 87-84 in Matchday 23. Iin Matchday 24, he had the same luck, since he was able to score 22 points with 5 rebounds, and assist, a block and a steal in another loss, this time againstLobos Grises de Durango, 86-81.
-Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) scored 13 points with 5 rebounds, 7 assists, a block and 2 steals in a victory of his Angeles de Puebla over Fuerza Regia Monterrey, 90-82, in Matchday 23.
-Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) finished up with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and a turnover in a victory of Angeles de Puebla over Fuerza Regia Monterrey, 90-82, in Matchday 24. It was the first time that two Venezuelan basketball players that are brothers face each other up in a foreign country, as he played against Jose.
-Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) chipped in 7 points, 8 rebounds, a steal and 5 turnovers in a tight victory of Panteras de Aguascalientes over Potros Itson, 77-73, in Matchday 23. In the next match, he was below his average with only 4 points, 2 rebounds and 3 steals in another triumph over Tecos de Guadalajara, 75-69.
-Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) returned to Lobos UAC de Saltillo. In Matchday 23, he could only contribute with 5 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in a defeat against Loros de Colima, 89-84. He got back on his feet in the next match, as his team defeated Lechugueros de Leon, 99-88, thanks to his 23 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block.
-Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) scored 16 points with 2 rebounds, 4 assists and a block, in a defeat against Angeles de Puebla, 90-82, in Matchday 23. It was the first time that two Venezuelan brothers face each other in a foreign league, as he played against Gregory.
-Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) scored 20 points with 8 rebounds and a block in a defeat against Angeles de Puebla, 90-82, in Matchday 23.
-Carlos Morris (194-G-75) scored 6 points with 5 rebounds, a steal and a block in a defeat of his Venados de Nuevo Laredo against Halcones Rojos de Veracruz, 91-82, in Matchday 23. In the next game, he finished up with 9 points, an assist and a block in another loss, this time against Halcones de Xalapa, 109-91.
-Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) was a starter for Union de Sunchales in Matchday 6, but his team lost its first match of the season against La Union, 91-81. He scored 8 points.
SPAIN (LEB Gold - EBA A - U20)
-Javier Roman (207-F/C-80) came off the bench for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo as they won against Ford Burgos, 85-78. He played 11 minutes and had 4 points, a rebound and 2 fouls.
-Jhornan Zamora (194-F-89) was a starter for Zarzuela Maristas Boecillo in EBA A, and his team defeated AB Pas Pielagos, 96-82. He played 34 minutes and had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers and 2 fouls.
-Javinger Vargas (206-C-90) came off the bench for Beirasar Rosalia in the U20 tournament, during a victory, 89-54, over Caja Canarias Ciudad de Telde. Vargas played 12 minutes and finished up with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, one turnover and 4 fouls
ITALY (LEGA A)
-Hector Romero (202-F-80) was a starter in Matchday 6 of the 2008-2009 season for Snaidero Udine, as his team lost against Scavolini Spar Pesaro, 83-79. He played 20 minutes and finished up with 12 points, 9 rebounds, a block and 2 turnovers.
-Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) was a starter in Matchday 6 of the 2008-2009 season for Snaidero Udine, as his team lost against Scavolini Spar Pesaro, 83-79. Torres played 32 minutes, and ended up with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, 3 turnovers and 4 fouls. He played his 100th game in Italy's Lega A (Pompea Napoli, UPIM Fortitudo Bologna and Snaidero Udine).
FRANCE (PRO A)
-John Cox (195-G-81) and his team, Sluc Nancy Basket, won against Roanne, 79-74, in Matchday 7 of the 2008-2009 season. Cox played 20 minutes and supported his team with 4 points, a rebound, 2 assists, a block, 2 turnovers and 3 fouls
|BOSNIA - Women|
|CZECH REPUBLIC - Women|
|ZBL Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Hariss, Sparta 24.4|
2. Maltsi, USK 21.25
3. Reisingerova, St 17.8
4. Vlkova, Valosun 17.75
5. Hartigova, Trut 15.78
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Reisingerova, 9.62|
2. Cash, USK 9.6
3. Hartigova, Trutnov 8.4
4. Miller, Valosun 8.25
5. Novakova, Hrad. 8.0
|Assists Per Game|
|1. Zirkova, Gamb. 4.89|
2. Nezdarilova, Slov. 4.0
3. Hrabakova, Sparta 3.6
4. Whalen, USK 3.29
5. Bartonova Praha 2.89
|1. Hartigova, Trutn 70.1|
2. Horakova, Gamb. 60.8
3. Miller, Valosun 59.7
|1. Viteckova, Gamb. 64.7|
2. Bednarova, USK 59.0
3. Zrustova, Valosun 57.1
|FINLAND - Women|
|FRANCE - Women|
|GREECE - Women|
|A1 Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1.Williams, Pagh 21,4|
2.Dimitrakou, M.Alexan. 20,2
3.Tierney, DASAL 20
4.Reves, Aris H. 19
5.Bowie, Aris H. 18
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Kerr, Apollon P. 11,8|
2. Tierney, DASAL 10,4
3. Davis, Athinaikos 10,2
4. Reves, Aris H. 10
5. Davis, Esperides 10
|Assists Per Game|
|1.Williams, Pagh 6,2|
2.Kostaki, PAO 5,8
3.Gouzini, Athinaikos 5,8
|Steals Per Game|
|1.Williams, Pagh 5,6|
2.Hagiya, M.Alexan. 4
3.Reves, Aris H. 3,4
|Blocks Per Game|
|1.Davis, Esperides 1,6|
2.Smirnaiou, DASAL 1,4
3.Bibiri, Apollon K. 1
4.Miller, P. Faliro 1
|1.Tierney, DASAL 72%|
2.Mc Cracklin, Olimp.L. 68%
3.Karabatzaki,Apol. K. 63%
4.Miller, P. Faliro 63%
5.Reves, Aris H. 63%
6.Davis, Athinaikos 63%
|1.Thorn, PAO 62%|
2.Axiopoulou, P.Faliro 60%
3. Sam, Panionios 58%
|1.Volonaki, P.Faliro 94%|
2.Tokmaki,Apollon K. 89%
|1.Vasiliadou,Apollon K. 0,826|
2.Tierney, DASAL 0,787
3.Thorn, PAO 0,745
4.Davis, Athinaikos 0,735
5.Karabatzaki,Apol. K. 0,715
|NORWAY - Women|
|POLAND - Women|
|ROMANIA - Women|
|SWITZERLAND - Women|
|TURKEY - Women|