EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/24/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
On saturday Petro de Luanda beat Promade by 103-75 at the pavilion of Sporting de Cabinda, in a second round encounter of the 31st edition of the national championship.
By halftime, Petro were already ahead by 53-40. Petro de Luanda was stronger than Promade, less experienced, since they were ahead in the scorecards in the first quarter by 25-24.
In the second quarter Petro showed their maturity and ended the phase ahead by 53-40.
In the third quarter the advantage was of 83-53.
Carlos Morais of Petro de Luanda was the game's top shooter with 23 points.
The game was officiated by Francisco Pacheco, Isaias Luamba and Figueiredo Cruz.
Promade de Cabinda: Mario Correia (17), Paulo Barros(10), Dominig Samba(10), Longonda Rock(9), Augusto Sangunga(8), Luis Matias), Luis Fernandes(5), Henrique Bad(4), Helder Goncalves), Edgar Chocolate(00), Raimundo Muila((00) e Paulo Papy(00).
Coach: Jose Carlos Guimaraes.
Petro de Luanda: Carlos Morais(23), Eduardo Mingas(22), Heshimou Evans(18), Paulo Santana(18), Frederick (10), Roberto Fortes (8), Victor de Carvalho (3), Fernando Albano(00), Vladimir Pontes(00), Hermergildo Tondala (00) e Francisco Horacio(00).
Coach : Alberto de carvalho Gingunba
Basket Bree vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 93-73
Despite a great start by the visitors of Hasselt (6-16 after five minutes in this game), Bree made the difference in the paint and from the free-throw line (18/25).
The Basket Bree team remains impressive when playing home at the Expodroom. Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, college: Centenary), excluded at the end of the Sint-Jan vs. Basket Bree game played on Nov. 2nd, will be suspended from Dec. 16th, 2008 to Jan. 15th, 2009 (four games).
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 20-23, 46-36, 73-56 and 93-73.
Bree: O. Hodge 8; E. Norvell 7; H. Orsulic 15; M. Meeks 13; R. McCollum 15; R. Moss 11; J. Vucica 22; T. Van Camp 2.
Hasselt: W. Jacobs 3; D. Souveryns 25; W. Geysen 5; M. Hendrix 10; Westphalen 2; R. Van Poelgeest 2; G. Vanhove 14; L. Smolders 1; D. Clemente 6; H. Baert 5.
BC Ninane vs. Falco Ghent 75-80
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 17-22, 47-40, 65-63 and 75-80.
Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Essor Charleroi 95-64
Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80, agency: Stanley International) with 33 points in just 30 minutes and Witse Van Schil (188-G-83) with 15 points and 8 assists led their team Sint-Jan to an easy win. Essor never seemed able to challenge their hosts (except in the third quarter). The 'Jantjes' of Coach Tony van den Bosch kept running down the court and had very easy baskets in fastbreak situation.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 16-13, 48-27, 69-49 and 95-64.
Sint-Jan: W. Van Schil 15; P. Van Rillaer 4; W. Lemaire 10; L. Tielens 11; T. Van De Vondel 33; V. Verbeeck 13; S. Tielens 7; Ceyssens 2.
Essor: S. Vermeulen 17; L. Bearzotti 12; E. Mampuya 11; R. Leclercqs 10; Gevaert 6; Pellisier 5; Sperolini 2; J.F. Stache 2.
BCO Carnieres vs. Kangoeroes Willebroek 71-73
Short win for the visitors in the small gym of Carnieres on Friday night. Kangoeroes has hired former Leuven's Lithuanian center Raimondas Petrauskas (200-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: American) until the end of the season. Kangoeroes and Division I club Basket Groot Leuven would like to set a joint project in the future.
CEP Fleurus vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 84-70
Due to injury, Waregem's Jorn Steinbach and Steve Robeyst missed the game. CEP's Polish player Tomek Rozewicz started strongly in the paint (11 points and 15 rebounds in this game). Despite two very good quarters by the visitors of BS Waregem, CEP Fleurus kept the lead at the half (39-35). In the third quarter, Waregem's experienced players Wouter De Wilde (205-F-76, agency: Agency No 10) and Bart Cleymans (195-G/F-74) suddenly tried to spoil the game and influence the referees. Strange attitude also by former Belgian Lion Erik Cleymans who was present at Bonsecours to support his brother Bart: through the whole game, he kept criticizing and shouting at the referees from the stands. Very nervous and frustrated, Wouter Dewilde kicked water bottles on the sideline after being sent out from the game. Much more positive was the talent and the gentleman's attitude showed by young Waregem's players Sander De Leersnyder, Arne Steinbach and Bram Raes as well as the nice fighting spirit by their 32-year-old guard Fred Van Vooren. The CEP men of Coach Bastianini remained calm and their showman Sam Semijejero (196-F/C-77) as well as the fast playing trio Stephen Stephen Tison (176-G-84), Ludo Pourtoit (182-G-88) and Amaury Jadin (189-G-86) led the home team to a crucial win.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 22-14, 39-35, 61-52 and 84-70.
Fleurus: J. Vanesse 12; S. Tison 16; L. Pourtoit 16; A. Jadin 12; T. Rozewicz 11; B. Penninck 8; S. Semijejero 9.
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 6; S. De Leersnyder 15; B. Bogaert 6; W. De Wilde 9; B. Cleymans 22; B. Raes 8; A. Steinbach 2.
BT Power Wevelgem vs. BBC Boom 82-80
After five years at the head of BT Power Wevelgem, Peter Castelein is not coach of the team anymore and has been replaced by Luc Margodt.
Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 58-57
Short win for the hometeam, playing in front of a very sparse attendance due to a snowstorm hitting Begium.
Brian Heinle (206-C-78, agency: Court Side, college: Cal.St. Northridge) will play for Zwevezele until the end of the season.
Bye: Royal Alsec Nivelles
With the derby game between CSKA and Levski finished the first quarter of the regular season in National Basketball League. The 'Blues' won 90-76 despite playing without Vasko Evtimov and not showing good play at all.
There was a derby but only on paper as it wasn't like the games from years back. Levski was in front for most of the game and despite the attempts of CSKA's players for something more in the game the boys of Titi Papazov recorded their 5th win and will be third in the standings with the same record as Spartak Pleven, 5 wins and 2 losses. Lukoil Academic is at the top with 6 and 1.
After this round all teams have played 7 games and after the three top teams are following Euroins Cherno More and Rilski Sportist with 4 wins and 3 losses, Yambol and CSKA with 2 and 5 and Sliven with no wins.
With Evtimov out, Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) played his best game of the season and finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds despite playing only 24 minutes.
His brother Zlatin Georgiev scored 12 points for second straight game and added also 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
Marcus Hall added his regular points, today 16, but again finished with highest number of turnovers - 6.
'The Blue' players showed good shooting from outside - 11 from 25 for 44 % but went only 7 times to the free throw line with 5 successfull attempts.
Very good game for CSKA had Krum Doychinov who scored his highest for the season 21 points. He added also 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Milos Sakota added 18 points while Nikos Bohoridis finished with 15.
Next friday will start the second quarter of games from the regular season when Lukoil Academic will host Sliven, Yambol - Levski and CSKA - Euroins Cherno More.
FULL STATS OF THE CSKA - LEVSKI GAME
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 were 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 that turned out to be important.
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 equallly until the last second, against Keravnos in Strovolos. Add to that, the fact that it had played for 27 minutes without its building block (Radojevic).
Dragan Raca has proven once more that is not accidentally holding the best coaching record in Cyprus. He dared to sit Radojevic on the bench for 27 minutes and played the game as if nothing happened until the end. Dragan surely has guts and he certainly made his point. He well communicated to his player 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
Keravnos Strovolou and Paris Papaellinas management decided to add in the current roster the bosman player Barisa Krasic (203-F-78) in the position of the power forward/cetner Marjanovic due to his serious injury earleir on this week. Krasic will actually play in the most crucial game of the regular seazon against Dragan Raca's team Proteas EKA AEL.
So Keravnos Strovolou will play against the strongest team of the league (until now) with a new adding which could be the 'secret ace' in the Strovolos Head Coach sleeve.
For more news in a while and after the end of the game tonight.
The results for the fourth week of the Cyprus league were as follows:
Intercollege Etha - Seastar Apoel 58-59
Top scorers were:
Joseph Garcia (206-C-75, college: UTEP) with 19 points and Rasheed Brokenborough (191-G-77, college: Temple) with 13 points from Apoel while from the home team, top scorer was Car with 18 points. The quartres of the game were: 9-20,28-31,45-44 and 58-59. Coach Stylianides debute in Apoel's bench was successfull in a very pour game though.
Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD- Pizza Express Primetel Apollon 80-71
Top scorers were:
Forman with 22 points and Wilson with 15 while from Apollon only Sims tried his best succeeding 18 points. The quarters were: 21-14, 43-28, 61-49, 80-71
Proteas EKA AEL - Achilleas Kaimakliou 97-68
Top scorers were:
Blanhart with 25 points followed by Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC) with 18 while from Achilleas Ivan Grgat (210-F/C-74), Zujovic and Bradfors scored 22, 17 and 19 respectively. The quarters were: 22-14, 45-35, 78-51, 97-68
BMC AEK - Keravnos 76-77
Top scorers were:
From Keravnos LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) and Backman with 25 and 20 points respectively while from the home site, Ronald Alexander (213-F/C-84, college: Miss.Valley St.) and Anderson with 16 and 13 respectively.
The quarters were: 23-15,51-33,65-56,76-77
Division A Standings|
The Egypyian season started last night, This season will be totaly different, we can see Gezira with a new team with the age average of 20 years, Also we can find Ahly who made the best deals this season by signing ahmed Sakr,Mohamed Kerdany from Gezira and Samir Gouda from Zamalek,We can also expect a lot from Itthad, Somouha andSporting the tree Alxandrian teams they have all the reasons to win a chapion this season.However last night results cwascas follows:
Itthad 81 - 57 Olympi
Gezira 92- 64 Shams
Somouha 64- 53 Shorta
Zamalek 73 - 65 Geish
Sporting 99- 80 Shark insurance
Korisliiga, Round 13: Two contests tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) defeating at home Team Componenta (Karkkila) 86-73 (38-31). Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) led Kataja (9-4) with 21 pts and 22 rbs! Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) added 21 pts and gave nine assists. Team Componenta (5-8) was led by Frank Richards (188-G-82, college: Kansas St.), 26 pts. Kenneth Henderson (203-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) played his first game on TC roster. Henderson's start was not bad at all: 17 pts/12 rbs. In Forssa hosting FoKoPo was leading 64-57 with 5 minutes to go, but Kouvot (Kouvola) had a strong end of the game. American PG Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) took Kouvot to the lead (64-66) with 1:09 to go and the same man made a 2-pointer (64-68), when there were 33 seconds on the clock. Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) made one FT with two seconds to go and also the final result 66-71. FoKoPo (6-7) had only two players (Vincent Hunter (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) and Teemu Heiskanen (188-G-84)) in double figures. LeMelle led Kouvot (9-4) with 18 pts.
Kataja - Team Componenta 86-73 (38-31) (Jeremiah Wood 21/22, Larry Blair 21/9a, Juho Nenonen 16 - Frank Richards 26, Kenneth Henderson 17/12, Darrell Waters 12/11).
FoKoPo - Kouvot 66-71 (38-42) (Vincent Hunter 25/11, Teemu Heiskanen 13 - Ronny LeMelle 18, Brian Swift 12, Roope Suonio 12).
Even when the world is coming to an end for a person, mans best friend the dog will always stick by him, and when The Deutsche Bank Skyliners need the big hoop in crunch time, it is always captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) who shows he is as dependable as mans best friend the trusty dog. After his last second shot in Nordlingen that brought the team into overtime, Pascal Roller did it again with two seconds remaining lifting his team into overtime against Braunschweig. This great shot was a bit overshadowed by the first official BBL encounter between brother Konrad and Kevin Wysocki (198-F-87). Five year older Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) was happy to play against his brother. 'It was a nice feeling to play against each other. It wasnt easy for my brother to come in so late in the game. He didnt want to make mistakes. The two quick fouls showed that he was very excited.' Kevin Wysocki was a bit disappointed of the loss, but happy to duel against his brother Konrad. 'It was a nice experience to play against him. We should of won the game in the regular time, but we were a bit weakened due to all the guys who had fouled out'. With the come from behind win, Frankfurt climb to position seven and The New York City Phantoms Braunschweig stay at position 11. 'This was a tough loss for us. We had a great opportunity to win, but give credit to Frankfurt for winning in overtime', expressed Kyle Visser (211-C-85, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest).
In front of 4,700 zealous fans, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners raced out to a 10-0 lead showing an offensive explosion that had the Ballsporthalle fans in awe early on. The first quarter was extremely insane as it was a game of runs. Four of the first five hoops were produced in the zone as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) had little work making three quick hoops in the zone. In the first four minutes, Frankfurt displayed a fierce defense with much intensity that would weaken a bit as the game progressed. However Basketball would be tedious, when the game wouldnt have runs. Braunschweig came storming back on a 10-2 run. They werent slipping into the zone, but moreover hitting most everything from out. After German Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85) flew into the zone for a layup, Braunschweig would take their first lead. It seemed like Braunschweig coach Emir Mutapcic had an invisible magic wane as Braunschweig was as shot certain as was Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) in his prime in crunch time for The Chicago Bulls.
Braunschweig went on a 12-0 run with four consecutive three pointers. American BBL rookie Jeremy Crouch (196-G-85, college: Bradley) came in and drained two three pointers. Braunschweig led 16 to 12 and ever since the 10-0 run by Frankfurt, the Phantoms had gone on a 16 to 2 run. The intensity of the Frankfurt defense had dipped below the freezing point. However the first quarter ended with one last run by Frankfurt of 5-0. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) first introduced his new turn around jumper in Bamberg that would of even made Minnesota Timberwolves GM Kevin Mchale smile and unleased it again against Braunschweig. Pascal Roller and Max Weber (201-G/F-85) followed with free throws and Frankfurt led 17-16 after one quarter. After taking a 8-1 lead on rebounds, Frankfurt got a bit lazy as they only led 12-8 after 10 minutes. Frankfurt also was shooting lousy from three point land.
The first few minutes of the second quarter were very narrow, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to keep the slim lead. Braunschweig got some hoops from Americans Dustin Salisbery (196-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) and Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska), while Frankfurt got points from Ilian Evtimov and Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross). Frankfurt lost some concentration as Braunschweig went on a 9-1 run, taking their first big lead of game 30 to 24. Braunschweig was getting too easy hoops in the paint and getting important offensive rebounds. Americans Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia) and Dustin Salisbery scored inside in this phase. Ilian Evtimov stopped the run as he scored a three pointer from the V.I.P room. However with little time left, American Kyle Visser stole the ball and sent American William Franklin (183-G-85, college: Bradley) on the fast break for the hoop. The New York Phantoms Braunschweig led 32 to 29 at half time. The most unsatisfying stat was that Frankfurt had let up 14 of 16 points in the paint in the second quarter. Frankfurt was shooting only 29% from three point land, was losing the rebound fight 19-18, turned over the ball ten times and probably had coach Murat Didin asking for an extra pack of headache pills.
The New York Phantoms Braunschweig held on to their lead in the third quarter, but could not run away with the lead at first. After a Kyle Visser hoop in the zone, Derrick Allen followed up with a mini hook shot. Andrew Drevo then made a mid distance jumper with a sprawling Anthony King coming at him. Braunschweig led 36 to 31, but would have a short lapse as Evtimov scored and captain Pascal Roller finally hit his first shot on a catch and pop sequence. After Kyle Visser grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, it was Pascal Roller again with a jump shot after a De Mello steal. The score was tied again at 38. Now Braunschweig gained the momentum going on a 13-2 run as they showed just how dangerous they can be when they play inside out. American William Franklin is more known as a shooting point guard, but he showed flashes of passing brilliance as he leaped in the zone and surprisingly found an open Jason Cain, who finished with a nifty reverse layup. American Jeremy Crouch sunk a long three pointer. Braunschweig led 51 to 40. However Frankfurt had had enough and closed the Braunschweig scoring a bit ending the third quarter with a 8-3 run. Ilian Evtimov showed his beautiful passing finding Keith Simmons sneaking into the zone from the wing with a two handed slam dunk. Later Ilian Evtimov drained an open three pointer. Braunschweig led 54 to 48 after three quarters. Both teams were still shooting miserably from three point land, but the rebounds were even, but Frankfurt already had 15 turnovers, even though they have a season average of 13.
The New York Phantoms showed little nerves in the beginning of the fourth quarter as they made Frankfurt work for every basket. After Derrick Allen and Andrew Drevo traded hoops in the zone, American Kyle Visser made a two handed slam dunk with Konrad Wysocki a step too late. Frankfurt then created some extra energy going on a 7-2 run. American Derrick Allen hit a mid distance jumper and a hoop in the zone barrelling past Andrew Drevo, who fell backwards showing his acting skills still need polishing as the referee wasnt about to fall for that. American William Franklin made two easy hoops in the lane, past a Roller,who had to hold back because of four fouls and Keith Simmons, who was a step late. Pascal Roller then sunk a big three pointer cutting Braunschweigs lead to only 62 to 60. Braunschweig wasnt caving in as Nils Mittmann (201-F/C-79, agency: Agency No 10) hit a huge three pointer with Allen in his face. After a few free throws, Ilian Evtimov made a big steal from Jeremy Crouch and American Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) finished with a left handed lay up. Braunschweig led only 67 to 64, After a Simmons free throw, Salisbery could only make one free throw. Braunschweig led 68 to 65 with eight seconds to play. Frankfurt brought the ball up quickly and as usual it was time for Pascal Mr reliable Roller to save the day and he did making a three pointer sending the Ballsporthalle into a frenzy. 'We had great pressure defense and Roller made a great shot. Even if Pascal has not made his usual shots in the game, you can count on him always to make the big shot', said Konrad Wysocki.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had two advantages going into overtime with the Roller shot momentum and the fact that Andrew Drevo, Kyle Visser and Jason Cain had fouled out. Coach Mutapcic had had loud words for Kyle Visser in the fourth quarter and wasnt happy with his play. 'Coach wasnt too happy about my fouls. He is a very emotional man, but a good coach. We have a fine relationship', commented Kyle Visser. Frankfurt had the better start going on a 4-0 lead with Wysocki free throws and an Evtimov layup. Then Kevin Wysocki made his big entrance getting two quick fouls, but then making a layup. After William Franklin hit a free throw, Frankfurt led only 75 to 72. Now the whole tide of the game changed After Americans Titus Ivory scored in the zone and Keith Simmons made an off balance shot. Ilian Evtimov then made a big steal and iced the game with two free throws.'Our strong defense led us to victory in overtime', commented Derrick Allen. The last second three pointer by William Franklin didnt change anything as Frankfurt had dominate the overtime period and deserved to win. 'In the overtime, it really helped that we had the fans behind us. Our emotions were high and that big Pascal Roller shot to get us into overtime helped us win it in overtime', stated Konrad Wysocki.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Ilian Evtimov with 23 points and five rebounds. American Derrick Allen produced 15 points and three rebounds. German Pascal Roller chipped in with 13 points and American Keith Simmons had a nice debut back from his injury with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. The New York Phnatoms Braunschweig were led by American William Franklin with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists. Americans Andrew Drevo, Dustin Salisbery and Jeremy Crouch chipped in with 11 points a piece.
This was not an easy win for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as they had to exercise tough labor to win in overtime. It was a game that Braunschweig could of won, but let slip out of their hands as too many key players fouled out and Frankfurt gained the momentum with the big Roller shot. In the end, both teams were shoddy from three point land as Frankfurt didnt show a good example with their 27% or Braunschweig with their 31%. One aspect that should be commended was their comeback in winning the rebound duel 48 to 40. They started out well rebounding, lost control, but picked it up near the end of the fourth quarter and in overtime. The team also played more intelligent and control Basketball only giving up one turnover in the last 15 minutes of play. Frankfurt quietly won their fourth game out of their last five games and are back in the playoff zone. In crunch time, the Frankfurt defense was a wall, but could be more consistent for 40 minutes. Frankfurt might of taken a chaper out of the Nordlingen win as this win was very similar to the ending in overtime. The gang of Murat Didin showed a new quality that has more to do with character than skill. 'We showed incredible preserverence, never gave up and showed great fighting spirit', explained an elated Titus Ivory. In the next weeks, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have double duty as the Euro challenge starts. The next game is on Tuesday in Estonia against BC Kalev Cramo and the next BBL game on Saturday November 29th at 18:30.
Saturday night in round 13 of the FEB competition, Landstede Basketball and Rotterdam Challengers both won impressively at home vs. Eiffel Towers and Matrixx Magixx respectively, Hanzevast Capitals win once again a nailbiter at home, while BlueStream Seals get back on the winning track.
In the ZBC-hal, strong defensive and heady play made all the difference for Landstede Basketball, with Landstede steamrolling over Eiffel Towers 71-62. Landstede forced Eiffel into 38.2% FG and only 6 of 22 from the three-point line, including shutting down top scoring threats Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota), Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) and Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side), who all failed to reach double figures in scoring. Landstede forced an Eiffel meltdown in the 2nd quarter, in which Eiffel scored only 5 pts! Landstede led 34-21 at halftime and did not relinquish its grip on the game. Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman) played big for Landstede, with a double-double of 19 pts. and 11 rebounds. David Jackson (195-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) was the only Eiffel player to reach double figures. Landstede moves now to 5-7, while Eiffel finished off a bad week and falls to 8-4.
In the Topsportcentrum, the Rotterdam Challengers made Matrixx Magixx previous impressive win over defending Dutch champion seem like a stroke of luck, with the Rotterdam Challengers winning in an 87-50 blowout. Th eRotterdammers jomped out to a 20-9 start at the end of the 1st quarter, and dominated every quarter, holding Matrixx to pitiful shooting numbers of 27.5% FG and 5 of 20 from the three-point line. The Rotterdammers had no such problem finding the basket, with shooting numbers of 54.8% FG and 12 of 22 from the three-point line. Phil Grant (202-G/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Iona) led Rotterdam with 18, Bobby Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) added 17 and Charles Richardson (178-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Nebraska) had numbers of 16 pts., 5 assists and 6 steals. The Rotterdammers improve to 6-5 while Matrixx falls to 8-5.
In the Martiniplaza on Saturday night, Hanzevast Capitals held a comfortable 1st half margin vs. reeling Aris Friesland, but managed to avert a 2nd half comeback thanks to strong backcourt play from Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) and Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross), winning a 103-101 nailbiter. Hanzevast led at halftime 54-45 but Aris Friesland made an impressive comback, but in the end Hanzevast's depth was much better than their northern rivals. Jansen and Thomas led Hanzevast with 23 pts. and 5 assists each, with Jansen coming away with 5 steals. Hanzevast also had a 36-13 bench scoring difference and made 14 three-pointers. Aris Friesland, who shot 72.1 % FG and dished out 32 assists, were led by Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with a game-high 28 pts. Hanzevast gets back on track after the heartbreaker vs. Eclipse Jet/MyGuide, creeping closer to the top of the FEB at 8-4.
In Den Helder, with two teams thirsting for a win, BlueStream Seals overcame a 62-53 3rd quarter deficit to find their second win, dominating the 4th quarter to win 84-82 over struggling ZZ Leiden. BlueStream Seals outscored ZZ 31-20 in the 4th to snatch the victory. Matt Witt (183-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Kentucky) led five BlueStream Seals players in double figures. Seamus Boxley (201-C-82, college: Portland St.) led ZZ with 19 pts. and 10 rebounds. BlueStream Seals improve to 3-8, while ZZ Leiden falls to 1-10 and their 10th straight loss.
Loyola Marymount Athletics has announced that Bill Bayno is taking a leave of absence, effective immediately, as the head coach of the LMU men's basketball team. Assistant Coach Max Good will serve as acting head coach during Bayno's leave.
'Recently, I was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, in part, related to the stress and anxiety of head coaching,' says Bayno. ' It will require treatment which will force me to take a leave of absence. It is unfortunate and I feel badly for the University, the coaching staff and most of all my players and their families, all of whom I will miss very much. I ask for privacy for myself and my family and I thank you for your prayers and support.'
'The LMU Family's greatest concerns are for the wellbeing of Bill and the team,' said LMU Atheltics Director Dr. William Husak. 'His health is the most important thing he needs to focus on right now. He has done great things in his brief time at LMU and has earned the love and respect of all. I have asked Max Good to be our acting head coach during this time period and I have great confidence that Max and the rest of the staff will continue the process Bill began. All of us at LMU are concerned for Bill's wellbeing and he and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.'
Courtesy: Loyola Marymount Athletics
USC forward Alex Stepheson's (6'9''-F) waiver petition for immediate eligibility to compete at USC after transferring this fall from N.Carolina has been denied by the NCAA. He will not be eligible for competition at USC in the 2008-09 basketball season.
USC will consult with Alex and his family on the next course of action.
Stepheson played the last two seasons at N.Carolina where he appeared in 75 games, making 52.7 percent of his shots. Last season, he averaged 4.3 points and 4.5 rebounds while leading the Tar Heels in rebounds six times. Stepheson prepped at Harvard-Westlake HS in North Hollywood where he averaged 20.4 points and 17.8 rebounds as a senior.
QUOTE FROM USC HEAD COACH Tim Floyd :
We were disappointed to learn about this decision, but I respect the NCAA process. We understand this has been a very complicated process and appreciate the efforts of the USC staff, the NCAA, N.Carolina and Alex and his family.
Alex would have really helped our team this season and would have had a big impact in the Pac-10, but we will have to move beyond this now. He practiced hard and showed us the kind of player he is. I'm confident he'll work even harder now and prepare himself for next season. Even though it appears he won't be suiting up for us this year, he'll be an integral part of our Trojan basketball team.
Courtesy: USC Athletics
Mitja Nerat stepped down as head coach of Konjice after an 1-8 start. Konjice was defeated by local rival Rogla 58-73 in Round 9 of B-1 League. All top teams won their matches. Parklji never trailed in road win over Hrastnik, Rudar had two players with a double-double and Rogaska extended their winning streak to five games.
Rudar-Triglav 84-75 (Rucigaj 30 pts+11 rbs, Jovanovic 15 pts+10 rbs / Dimnik 21, Korosec 12)
Gradisce Cerknica-Sencur CPK 75-80 (Dolinar 17 pts+10 rbs, Lukic 14 / Horvat 23, Cresnar 14)
Rogla-Konjice 73-58 (Sivka 17, Smaka 14 / Ciganovic 13, Gacnik 10)
Radenska Creativ-Kraski zidar Jadran 82-86 (T.Novak 20, A.Novak 19 / Jakhel Kolarevic 19 pts+11 rbs, Pantelic 15)
Hrastnik-Parklji 64-82 (Pelko 14, Brecko 13 / Muric 17, D.Pusic 13)
Jance-Rogaska 70-87 (Abramovic 19, Milasinovic 18 / Pungartnik 18, Smajlovic 14)
MFC.2 Branik-Litija 86-67 (Gavric 18, Mesko 15 / Mesic 16, Delic 14)
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