EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/23/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
The Maywood Buzz who are from sunny Southern California stepped on the plane last night and first thought was 'Toto we aren't in Kansas anymore'. Welcome to Fairbanks, Alaska where the weather during landing was -22 degrees and back at home when the Buzz arrived at LAX it was a whopping 75 degrees and sunny. 'This really new to me, I mean I been to Quebec and Halifa Canada in winter, but neither can match what it feels like outside' stated Buzz Head Coach Burrell Lee. Ice scrapers, pulling the van into an electrical outlet overnight is all new to the Buzz, but when 8:30pm comes around tonight the Maywood Buzz will be very familiar with the game and task at hand. 'We played 3 really good games last weekend in the Buzz Shoot-Out, but now we have the chance to play 3 more teams and see where we are going into our season opener next weekend at home' added Lee. The Buzz roster for the Alaska Dream Challenge is as follows:
0 Marcel Jackson 6'10 Long Beach State
1 Kenny Wright 6'3 Long Beach City College
2 Michael Scott 6'8 Jarvis Christian
3 Joey Saavedra 6'2 Los Angeles Harbor CC
5 Keion Kindred 6'5 Missouri Western
7 Wendell Robinson 6'9 UC Irvine
9 Donald Jones 6'9 Jarvis Christian
10 Jamar Cramer 6'4 Los Angeles Trade Tech
21 Wesley Stokes 6'1 San Diego State
24 Isaac Burton 6'5 Arizona State University
33 David Galley 6'7 Ball State
If things continue as it was last weekend, the Buzz plan to melt the snow and cold away with the hot shooting of Isaac Burton, Joey Saavedra, Jamar Cramer and Wesley Stokes. They would like to come back to Maywood 3-0 in this the event and move up a little more in the ABA Power Rankings before kicking off their season next week Friday, November 28th, 2008 at 7:30pm at the Maywood Activity Center against the Los Angeles Slam.
Union Olimpija parted ways with Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, college: Georgetown). American failled to impress coach Aleksandar Dzikic this season. He averaged 19,5 minutes, 6,3 points (2P 4-6, 3P 5-12, FT 2-2), 1,3 rebounds, 1,3 assists and 0,3 steals in four Euroleague's games and 16,5 minutes, 4,4 points (2P 8-17, 3P 5-15, FT 4-4), 1,3 rebounds, 0,6 assists and 0,4 steals in 8 games of NLB Adriatic League.
Espanol de Talca was the only home team that won game 1 of the first round of playoffs. On saturday night they defeated Deportivo Valdivia 81-74, with Javes Wiggins (201-F-80, college: Md-Eastern Shore) and Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) combined for 42 points on the night. In Ancud, led by the huge performance by B.J. Puckett (205-F-83, agency: AMI, college: Clayton St.) (51 points), Boston College defeated Deportes Ancud in overtime, 107-103. These are the complete results of saturday night.
Espanol de Talca 81 - Deportivo Valdivia 74
Esp: Javes Wiggins 22 pts. Alexander Blackwell 20 pts. Marcus Jacobs 11 pts.
Val: Marcus Elliott 27 pts. Willie Davis 20 pts. Francisco Bravo 12 pts.
Deportes Ancud 103 - Boston College 107 OT
Anc: Marcos Hubner 29 pts. Federico Radavero 27 pts. Fernando Cavagna 21 pts.
Bos: B.J. Puckett 51 pts. Joe Chapman 25 pts. Eduardo Sepulveda 11 pts.
Game two of both series will be played on tuesday night in Valdivia and Santiago respectively.
Liceo Mixto 1 - Provincial Llanquihue 0
Boston College 1 - Deportes Ancud 0
Deportivo Valdivia 0 - Espanol de Talca 1
CD Puente Alto 1 - Universidad de Los Lagos 0
Universidad Catolica 1 - Provincial Osorno 0
The 'geniuses' of eurobasket.com, as they were characterized by Keravnosbc.com, have clearly predicted two days ago, that Keravnos would have won this game. Keravnos could not afford to lose, as this would mean the end of the season.
Teams had 2 quarters each, with AEL getting the 1st and the 4th, and Keravnos the 2nd and the 3rd. AEL got off on a strong start and was ahead on the score in the 1st quarter by 3 (16-19). At the 2nd quarter, and specifically on the 13, Alekxandar Radojevic was sent on the bench for getting a technical (said something to the referees) allowing its opponent to partying under the basket with Buckman getting the ball inside and delivering without difficulty.
Keravnos was ahead to the score, leading even by 12, (58-46) and finishing the 3rd period with 61-52. AEL stepped in determined in the 4th period and with good defence on Greer, managed on the 35 to sank a couple of 3-pointers, cut the lead to 6 and slowly advanced to a 2 point lead, 67-69.
The last 2 minutes was indeed magnificent. Keravnos kept a 4 point lead but AEL's Mitchell and Taylor, insisted sanking 3-pointers, showing how badly wanted this game. During those minutes Keravnos pulled down 3 crucial offensive rebounds, managing to win the game, 81-78.
Statistically speaking, Keravnos pulled down a total of 29 rebounds with AEL getting 25. As already said, offensive rebounds for Keravnos were +3 (Keravnos pulled a total of 9 offensive Rebounds, AEL pulled 6 offensive rebounds), and those were the ones that have given it the victory.
Worth mentioning for both teams is the fact that Keravnos had 7 more steals than AEL in the 2nd half (in the 1st half steals were 4-3 respectively) but AEL had 11 more assists than Keravnos in the 2nd half (in the 1st half assists were 5-4 respectively). On total Keravnos went to the fee throw line 23 times, with 17 being successful, whereas AEL hit 7 out 12.
Generally speaking, Keravnos had indeed guts and passion and proved that it cannot be beated in its court. The team has slowly started to find its way and people in the club are confident for even better days.
In regards to AEL's defeat, has definitely contributed the fact that Radojevic had deliberately stayed out long and was not there to pull down rebounds especially at the fourth period. More over we believe that Dragan and his players have given too much attention to the referees instead of concentrating on the game, managing to get 3-technicals giving their opponent 6 easy points.
AEL has proved that it is a great team and will be a great contender. No other team would stand so well and fight the game until the end across Keravnos in Strovolos. Add to that, the fact that it had played for 27 minutes without its building block.
Dragan Raca has proven once more that has not accidentally holding the best coaching record in Cyprus. He dared to sit Radojevic on the bench for 27 minutes and still fought the game. Dragan surely has guts and he certainly made his point. He well communicated to him that discipline in the team is of high importance and that if he wants to play he has to be a professional. This should be a lesson for all coaches!
Quarters: 1st=16-19, 2nd=40-36, 3rd=61-52, 4th=81-78
Liga Superior Standings|
Union Olimpija parted ways with Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, college: Georgetown). American failed to impress coach Aleksandar Dzikic this season. He averaged 19,5 minutes, 6,3 points (2P 4-6, 3P 5-12, FT 2-2), 1,3 rebounds, 1,3 assists and 0,3 steals in four Euroleague's games and 16,5 minutes, 4,4 points (2P 8-17, 3P 5-15, FT 4-4), 1,3 rebounds, 0,6 assists and 0,4 steals in 8 games of NLB Adriatic League.
Korisliiga, Round 13: Top League Top Team YMCA Lahti had to work hard untill the end of the contest before it was clear, that they won on the road tonight
in Tampere. Local Pyrinto was leading the game for long moments, but visitor Lahti was more lucky at the end and won by two 75-77. YMCA Lahti's two
American players Bilal Abdullah (196-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Lafayette) and Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) combined 44 pts. Kurtis Rice (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) led Pyrinto with 20 pts. In Porvoo local Tarmo got defeated by Korihait (Uusikaupunki)
75-86. Korihait won first time this season on the road. Alain Laroche (198-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Florida) led Korihait with 21 pts. Emmanuel Messy (201-F-82, college: Seton Hall) led Tarmo with double-double 29 pts and 10 rbs.
In Espoo Honka scored first time this season over 100 pts. Honka had six players in double figures. Opponent YMCA Lappeenranta had 81 pts. Visitor's PG
Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: UNLV) played his last game on YMCA LPR roster. Blassingame was 12/13 times in double figures in Finland being at the same time # 4 in scoring stats (19,5 ppg) and the leading player in assists (6,5 apg). Blassingame will be replaced by Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C) from Denmark. Colman has played also earlier (2004-06) in Lappeenranta, Finland.
Pyrinto - YMCA Lahti 75-77 (36-37) (Kurtis Rice 20, Chris Hester 18, Antti Nikkila 11 - Bilal Abdullah 23, Ray Nixon 21, Ilkka vuori 12/5a).
Tarmo - Korihait 75-86 (32-31) (Emmanuel Messy 29/10, E.J.Drayton 22/11, Kasimir Hytonen 10 - Alain Laroche 21, Bojan Sarcevic 19/5a, Mark Zoller 18).
Honka - YMCA Lappeenranta 100-81 (54-40) (Sasu Salin 17, Monte Cummings 17, Ben Perkins 16 - Demetrius Brown 20/10, Viljami Vanjoki 18, Jerel Blassingame 17).
First half of the game was very tensed and score was pretty pensive as well. 38-38 in the begining of 3rd period. Seemed like Marousi players were not letting Panionios defeat themself in the home court but after Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) 3 point shot about 1 minute before end of the game, Marousi realized that they lost. Nice performance of Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) was not enough for Soulis Markopoulos team to beat Panionios even at home. Looks like all the players imported in Marousi this season were in bad shape except Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) who made 11 points and 3 steals this evening.
Trifunovic's team was lead by Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, college: Maryland) 16 points and one of the top PG in current season Aaron Miles who captured 14 points, 7 assists and 4 steals.
Final score was 70:78 on behalf of Panionios.
Liga Metropolitana Standings|
|NKL Stats Leaders Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Vaskys, Naglis 19.3|
2. Danys, LKKA 18.1
3. Gorskovas, Punt. 17.8
4. Golokvoscius, Alytus 17.3
5. Slivka, Meresta 16.8
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Warren, Pieno 10.0|
2. Slezas, Perlas 9.0
3. Danys, LKKA 8.7
4. Jocys, Naglis 8.6
5. Stasiulionis, Maista 7.5
|Assists Per Game|
|1. Balciunas, Meresta 6.0|
2. Kutra, Delikatesas 5.7
3. Zymantas, Nafta 5.2
4. Stasys, LKKA 5.1
5. Raziulis, Juventus 4.7
UPC League Round 8: Shawn King (208-C, college: ORU) already had a double-double before the halftime with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Zagorje's bench players scored just 1 point. Epic Misel had seven scorers in double figures. Elektra Esotech ended a three-game home losing streak. Geoplin Slovan shot 55 percent (11-of-20) from 3-point range.
Epic Misel-CPG Nova Gorica 93-76: The home team never trailed, lead as many as 24 points and had seven scorers in double figures, including all starters. Antonio Zizic posted 15 points, Tilen Zalar and Bojan Jovanovic 14 apiece, David Moro and Klemen Muha 12 apiece and Miha Kobe and Vjeran Soldo finished with 11 points.
Dalibor Petrovic led the guests with game-high 18 points.
Hopsi-Zagorje 79-69: Zagorje trailed just 68-69 with 4:19 remaining, but the home team scored 10 straight points to put the game out of reach. Marko Samanic collected 18 points and 5 assists and Shawn King had 17 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. Zagorje's bench players scored just 1 point. Gilbert Goodrich posted 33 points on shooting 14-of-26, Ales Primc added 19 and Joshua Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Geoplin Slovan-TCG Mercator 91-87: Slovan commited 19 turnovers (TCG Mercator 10) but outrebounded their opponent by 34-21. Dejan Delic finished with 28 points, hitting 6-of-8 beyond the arc, and Marko Lekic had 17 points and 11 rebounds. TCG Mercator held the lead just once, at 30-28. Mensud Julevic collected 27 points and 8 rebounds, Primoz Skok and Dario Krejic scored 17 points apiece.
Elektra Esotech-Alpos Sentjur 74-71: Dean Dunovic hit a 3-pointer with 0:34 remaining to cut Alpos' deficit to 71-72. Nikola Ivanovic made two of four free throws in the final 16 seconds before Luka Lapornik missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime. Tadej Horvat and Nikola Ivanovic scored 16 points apiece for Elektra while Armin Avdibegovic had 15 and Dean Dunovic 14 points for the guests.
|U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS|
Friday, November 21
GAME #1 Southern Mississippi (60) vs. Miami (70)
In the first game of the Paradise Jam Mens Basketball Tournament the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 70-60. It started out as a tight game until Miami pulled away at the end of the first half finishing it off with a buzzer-beating three pointer by Lance Hurdle. Jeremy Wise of Southern Miss led all scorers with 21 points. Dwayne Collins led Miami with 14 points.
Game #2 San Diego (73) vs. Valpraiso (66)
The San Diego Toreros defeated the Valparaiso Crusaders 73-66 in a hard fought battle that went down to the wire. Gyno Pomare of the Toreros led all scorers with 17 points, and he added 12 rebounds to post the tournament's first double-double. Erik Buggs of the Crusaders added 16 points himself knocking down 3 of 4 three pointers.
GAME #3 La Salle (81) vs. Connecticut (89)
The UConn Huskies defeated the LaSalle Explorers 89-81 in the most exciting game of the Paradise Jam tournament thus far. The Huskies registered four players in double figures with Kemba Walker leading the team with 23 points. The Explorers also had four players in double figures with Rodney Green leading the squad with 25 points. A terrific match up is scheduled Sunday evening at 7PM between the Huskies and the Miami Hurricanes.
GAME #4 Iona Gaels (58) vs. Wisconsin (60)
The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Iona Gaels 60-58 in an overtime thriller. Wisconsin faced two potential game-winning shots in the final 16 seconds, but the Badgers were fortunate enough to prevail. Trevon Hughes led the Badgers with 21 points while Jason Bohannon chipped in 13. Jonathan Huffman led the Gaels with 15 points.
Second round divisional games:
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Southern Miss. vs. La Salle
(7:00pm local time/6:00pm EST)
Valparaiso vs. Iona
(9:30pm local time/8:30pm EST)
Saturday, November 22
Game #5 Southern Mississippi (76) vs. La Salle (72) - OT
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles defeated the LaSalle Explorers 76-72 in an overtime thriller after trailing most of the game. The game was tied at 65 with 1.8 seconds remaining when Vernon Goodridge of La Salle was unable to convert on either of his two free throws to take the lead. Jeremy Wise of Southern Miss was then able to penetrate the lane and hoist a floater over the Golden Eagles tenacious defense, but it rolled in and out as the horn for regulation sounded. Wise led the Golden Eagles with 25 points while Rodney Green led the Explorers with 22 points.
Game #6 Valparaiso (55) vs. Iona (75)
The Iona Gaels defeated the Valparaiso Crusaders 75-55 in Saturday nights last Quarter-Final game. It was an impressive showing from the Gaels with three players scoring in double figures. Milan Prodanovic led the squad with 19 points shooting 5 for 7 behind the arc. DeAndre Haskins also led his team with 19 points for the Crusaders.
Third round divisional games:
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Miami vs. Connecticut
(7:00pm local time/6:00pm EST)
San Diego vs. Wisconsin
(9:30pm local time/8:30pm EST)
|AUSTRALIA - Women|
|FINLAND - Women|
|TURKEY - Women|