EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/04/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
Korisliiga, Round 8: Kataja's (Joensuu) new American G Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) did a good job last season in Hungary and now he is getting hot in Finland. Blair played tonight the second game on Kataja's roster and led his Team to 85-88 (45-38) victory on the road in Kotka. Blair scored game high 27 pts and grabbed seven rbs. Quarters: 27-18, 18-20, 17-31, 23-19. KTP had a 15-point-lead (40-25) in the middle of the second quarter, but Kataja came back to the game thanks to Guard-tandem Blair - Petri Virtanen. Virtanen fouled out at the end of the 4th quarter, and the contest was changed into a thriller. Kataja's FTs 19/20 (95,0%) helped a lot as well as Jeremiah Wood's 19 rbs. KTP had four players in double figures. Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had a double-double 23 pts and 11 rbs.
KTP - Kataja 85-88 (45-38) (Damon Williams 23/11, Steve Smith 17, Durell Vinson 10, Toni Ilmonen 10 - Larry Blair 27, Petri Virtanen 17, Sami Lehtoranta 17, Jeremiah Wood 8/19).
Sporting - Komotini 65-69
Quarters: 24-21, 44-37, 54-48, 65-69.
Sporting: Christoforos Houmas 22, Efthimiou 9.
Komotini: Giannis Stefanidis (196-F/G-82) 18, Gregory Ktistou (186-G-79, college: Carthage) 16 and Christos Tsakonitis (188-G/F-83) 15
OFI - Halkida 81-63
Quarters: 17-21, 43-33, 69-46, 81-63.
OFI: Alexis Tsakiridis (185-G-79) 26, Giannis Farmakis (201-F-78) 13.
Halkida: Jeremic 19, Mihalis Frousklias (197-G-87) 12 and Psaropoulos 11.
Goumenisa - Amyntas 75-70
Quarters: 21-18, 42-29, 53-53, 75-70.
Goumenisa: Giorgos Karipidis (197-F-85) 24, Pantsios 15 and Bagi 10.
Amyntas: Martin Lazaridis (203-F-87) 15, Giannaletsos 13, Zoupas 12.
Ikaros Kallitheas - Anagennisi Floga 70-64
Quarters: 17-18, 36-29, 49-44, 70-64.
Ikaros: Vasilis Emmanouilidis (185-G-77) 10, Polytarchou 10.
Anagennisi/Floga: Christos Zarogiannis (203-F-77) 18, Touloumis 15, Bourdanos 12
Pierikos Arhelaos - Lavrio 74-65
Quarters: 19-20, 36-39, 60-51, 74-65.
Pierikos Arhelaos: Nemanja Cuk (208-C-74) 29, Giorgos Chrisanthopoulos (203-G-73) 18
Lavrio: Nick Psileas (200-F-80) 13, Tsolatos 13, Kasaballis 11.
P. Faliro - Doukas 57-95
Quarters: 16-23, 28-41, 40-67, 57-95.
P. Faliro: Michalis Monemvasitis (195-F-88) 16, Giannakakis 11 and Kyparissous 10.
DOUKAS: Rigas Papargilopoulos (202-F-86) 24, Karabas 13, Rozolis 14.
Ikaroi Serron - Apollon Kalamarias 58-64
Quarters: 18-13, 33-32, 43-47, 58-64.
Ikaroi Serron: Thanasis Topouzis (205-F/C-78, college: S.Illinois) 15, Georgatzas 11
Apollon Kalamarias: Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) 29, Hatzatourov 9
AIAS Evosmou - Arkadikos 78-76
Quarters: 22-13, 40-36, 56-47, 78-76.
AIAS: Fotis Triantafillidis (187-G-81) 18, Souflias 10.
Arkadikos: Giannis Manos (186-G-71) 26, Moutran 7.
This season I have decided to travel to all EreDivisie teams home games and evaluate the fans and the ENERGY they bring to these high level games. This evaluation is based after attending 3 games each during the current season. Fans are most important to clubs as well as players so hopefully fans will come out and support their home team.
Hanzevast Capitals - Although Groningen is considered a university city, they have the best crowd attendance so far in the league. It's a rare occassion that Hanzevast (winning or losing) that Martinplaza is not packed. Their fans are loyal to the death. I know that coaches and players are grateful for fans like this and makes them play hard every night. Keep up the good work.
EiffelTowers Den Bosch - Since Eiffel (Head Sponsor) left Nijmegen in 2004 Den Bosch fans have grown to new levels. De Maasaport sporthal is filled from top to bottom on weekend games as well as Eurochallenge games. To win in that environment of fans is an accomplishment within itself. Also, Den Bosch fans are more family oriented and provides a positive atmosphere for basketball fans around.
Magixx Matrixx Nimegen - Even after the departure of their head sponsor Eiffel in 2004, the managing staff brushed off the loss of Eiffel and welcomed Matrixx with open arms. I must say when you go to a Magixx Matrixx game, make sure you bring your party shoes because with this crowd of fans, it more like a party instead of a game. These fans really get the players hyped and ready for the game. I dont know if I want to watch the game or get on the dance floor!
EclipseJet/MyGuide Amsterdam - Sporthallen Zuid is the home arena of the most prominent club in Dutch basketball. Every year this club is winning or competing for every cup in the Dutch league and Europe. Many fans come to support EJMG even with the size of their sporthal (5000 capacity) they still have a great attendance level. In May when the playoffs begin, the crowd grows. Although it is early in the season, to see Sporthallen Zuid filled from all sides is something to see.
Z&Z Leiden - Since their return to EreDivisie in 2006, the Leiden Devils has put a curse on VijfMeihal and the crowd fills up the small spothal every night. One tough place to play when you have the crowd right on the floor and it makes it a tougher place to win when the crowd energy can be heard around the block. LEIDUUUUH!!!!
Upstairs Weert - Another small sporthal with loyal dedicated fans is the old Boshoven gym that Weert plays. Weert supporters get into the games of the club and are right on the floor at games just like Matrixx, West Brabant, and Leiden. The Upstairs crowd is very loud and bring everything to the gym from drums to horns to distract any visiting team. After the games they are the friendliest people you can ever meet. They ride and die with their team!
West-Brabant Giants - The Giants has a crowd that is like no other. West-Brabant players and coaches welcome the fans with open arms. The fans feel like they are a part of the team. Once again the smaller halls makes the most noise and packs the house. If the Giants continue to win, they may have to get a bigger sporthal!
Den Helder Seals - After a one year hiatus from the league, the small town of Den Helder has kept a loyal support of fans and support. From De Slenk sporthal to the new SportCenter Den Helder, the Seals have a comfortable size of supporters which is more of the people's team like no other. Keep up the good work!
Landstede Zwolle - ZBC sprothal is a fairly sizeable sporthal and the fans energy balances with the heart that the players give every night. Landstede is the only team in EreDivisie that is affiliated with another top sport (Volleyball) and I consider the best education team on the top level. The fans know the Landstede name and the energy is getting better. Go Hammers!
Aris Leeuwarden - Although Aris has a small sporthal which could give the players a boost in playing. Last season the fans energy were almost non-existent. However, after some key wins at home and on the road, the fans energy has boosted overnight and it looks like it is there to stay. Its a 360 from last seasons team which the energy was gone due to some many changes during the season. To the Aris fans, be with your team through the good times and the bad. The players and management appreciate it to the fullest.
Rotterdam Challengers - With new ownership, the Challengers have turned the club around from its years of barely staying in the league or even exisiting. TopSportCentrum is one of the best designed sporthals in Holland. . The Challengers are doing everything to encourage fans that there's another top sport than Rotterdam Feijnoord Football and it is working. The fans are supporting Challengers basketball and they bring great energy at games. Keep on supporting because things are going great.
In the game Dombovar vs. Pecs the home team scored 2 three pointers in the last 15 seconds of the 2nd quarter.
After the first one made by one of the domestic players, the guests were on a quick offense and missed a shot. American player, Ivory Clark (198-F-85) grabbed the rebound and shot the ball from the full court two seconds left! He just made it!!! Watch his amazing shot, click on the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9TjhV2J7YA
Despite the heroic performance of star player Mcleish Kemar, Majestic Gardens came up short in the end against defending champions Urban Knights and suffered a hard-fought 62-59 defeat in the deciding game 3 of their best-of-three playoffs series at the National Stadium courts on Friday night. This result vaulted Knights into the finals of the 2008 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) where they will face newcomers Port Royal Bulls in an attempt to win back-to-back titles.
Willis Reed moment
McLeish, whose status for the game was listed as very doubtful up to game time, was inserted at the beginning of the third quarter by coach Ludlow Barker, and proceeded to lead Majestic with 22 points and nine rebounds. Despite his best Willis Reed impression, Knights still ended the quarter on top 46-39. As the fourth quarter unfolded, the champions kept Majestic at bay until Havando Dunn came off the bench and nailed two well-needed three-pointers to pull Majestic even at 58-58. Knights kept their composure, however, and Javon Bailey, as part of his brilliant fourth quarter performance, connected on a long range three with 0.30 seconds to go to give Knights the lead for good and a chance to defend their title.
Bailey finished 13 points, but the high scorer for Knights was Omar Barnes with 19 points and Oneil Mundle was the third double-figure scorer with 11. Dunn with 15 points and Balton Todd with 13 points were the other high scorers for Majestic. The finals begin on Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm at the national Stadium courts.
KK Crnokosa Kosjeric-KK Beovuk 72 Beograd 98-91 (24-29, 23-22, 35-23, 16-17)
After domination of KK Beovuk 72 Beograd in the first quarter and equal second period, KK Crnokosa Kosjeric players made break in the third period of the match. The most efficient in KK Crnokosa Kosjeric was Marko Puzic who scored 28 points and Ljubisa Vukosavljevic with 25 points. For the guests Knezevic scored 25 and Bulatovic add 18 points.
KK Crnokosa Kosjeric: Radkic 8, Nikic, Vasovic, Marko Puzic 28, Vasiljevic, Petronijevic 12, Vukosaljevic 25, Bircevic 15, Kovac 11, Belic, Mirkovic 7.
KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Dragojevic 10, Kakuca, Knezevic 25, Jovanovic 5, Socanac 5, Dzakovic 11, Torlak 11, Stankovic 4, Bogdanovic 2, Matic 2, Aleksic, Bulatovic 18.
KK Sloboda Uzice-Radnicki Obrenovac 78-84 (13-17, 20-19, 23-30, 22-18)
Radnicki Obrenovac made and fourth win this season. During the all match Radnicki Obrenovac had better offensive rebound and aggresive deffence. Guests from Obrenovac broke the match in the third quarter and made advantage of +16 points. For the winners the best roles Radojicic scored 21 points. For Sloboda Bakralcic scored 19 points.
KK Sloboda Uzice: Tasic, Malesevic 12, Bodic 17, Obrenovic 9, Bukvic, Jankovic, Petronijevic 5, Djeric 6, Djokic 8, Panic 2, Stanic, Bakralcic 19.
Radnicki Obrenovac: Ljubas 11, Radojicic 21, Colic 7, Huskic 3, A.Nastic 2, Stankovic 6, Nesic, Koprivica 15, Boricic 14, M.Nastic Jadranin 7, Janjusevic.
OKK Vrbas Carnex-Crvena Zvezda 2nd team 114-101 (38-26, 24-27, 27-19, 25-29)
In the first period of the match OKK Vrbas Carnex made +12 points advantage. Young players of Crvena Zvezda 2nd team made small break during the second quarter, but in the third domestic players made +20 points advantage with three points shot (total 17 three points shot in the match). Jovan Bajic (27 points) and Markovic (26 points) led Vrbas to the second win this season. For Crvena Zvezda 2nd team the best role showed Radosavljevic (17 points) and Dj. Majstorovic (16 points).
OKK Vrbas Carnex: Doknic, Perunovic 4, Jovan Bajic 27, Vojvodic, Popovic 4, Glusac 11, Matic 9, Zvjer, Pap 19, Markovic 26, Vujicic 14.
Crvena Zvezda 2nd team: Milosevic 4, Sepa 10, Djukic, Stevovic 3, Radosavljevic 17, Gagic 11, Rondovic 12, Nedovic 11, Susa, Kovacevic 10, Dj.Majstorovic 16, D.Majstorovic 7.
A storming fourth quarter by Everton Tigers saw off Marshall MK Lions to book their semi-final berth against Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Cup.
Great Britain guard Richard Midgley (191-G-83, college: California) was the key to the Tigers victory with 29 points and he was ably assisted by Andre Smith. Lions were led by veteran pair Michael New and Robert Youngblood.
An injury hit Lions had kept the match tight until the beginning of the fourth quarter when a Tigers 16-4 burst broke the game open 68-81. A further 13-5 run by Tigers closed out the match.
In the BBL Championship, Guildford Heat continued their recent good home form with a 91-88 victory over Cheshire Jets. Sandell and Jones kept their cool from the free throw line late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
And Worcester Wolves won a shoot-out on the south coast against Worthing Thunder. The Wolves eventually came out on top 110-116 with player-coach Skouson Harker leading from the front with 32-points, including the crucial free throws to put the match beyond Thunder.
Guildford Heat 91 (27,50,71) (Martin 24, Jones 17, Howell 15)
Cheshire Jets 88 (19,39,61) (Davis 22, Perre 17, Virgil 16)
Guildford Heat kept up their good home form with a tight 91-88 win over the visiting Cheshire Jets.
A fast start by Heat saw the home side open up a 9-0 after just 90 seconds before the Jets got on the board through Philip Perre. An Alan Duppa three brought Jets back within four at 13-9 before Heat put a run together including seven free throws and Daniel Sandell three to close the quarter 27-19 in front.
Heat extended their lead during the second quarter despite Jets tying the match at 32-32 midway through the period. An 18-7 run, finished off by a Dean Williams buckets on the half time buzzer handed Guildford a 50-39 interval advantage.
Jets again restored parity in the third as Phil Perre, Calvin Davis and Chez Marks combined for a 13-2 run to level the scores at 52-52. Heat once more finished the stronger though as Brad Jones scored 8-points in an 11-3 tear to close the quarter 71-61 in the favour of Guildford.
Cheshire predictably rallied yet again, and took the lead on a Chez Marks free throw (75-76) but couldn't hold onto it as Guildford finished strongly from the line through Daniel Sandell and Jones.
Guildford coach Paul James said: 'It's good to get another home win. We needed this one because it gives us the advantage in the head-to-head. Home wins are about more than points on the board. It is good for the fans who have been our sixth man all season. If we had a few more travelling with us then maybe we could pick up some wins on the road as well.'
Worthing Thunder 110 (28,49,79) (Woods 29, Bargeman 26, Patton 22)
Worcester Wolves 116 (36,66,90) (Harker 32, Disy 26, Brown 18)
Worcester Wolves came out on top in a high scoring battle on the south coast, eventually seeing off their hosts Worthing Thunder 110-116.
Player-coach Skouson Harker was in fine form as he led all-scorers with 32-points, while Harry Disy hit 26 for the visitors. Thunder's Jonathan Woods' 29 was the highlight for the home side.
Nine Harker points helped Wolves into an early 9-17 lead, which they were able to convert into a 28-36 first quarter advantage. The margin mushroomed during a dominant second period with an 11-3 run to close the half putting Worcester firmly in control at 49- 66.
Wolves' lead peaked at 21 (53-74) early in the third quarter before Thunder began to mount a fightback. Point-guard Ryan Patton and Janis Ivanovskis led the way to trim the deficit to nine (68-77) before a late Wolves burst saw the visitors head into the final stanza with a double-digit lead (79-90).
Thunder continued to pressure during a frantic fourth quarter. A Patton three closed the gap to just three (109-112) with 1.14 on the clock until Harker scored the game's clinching bucket and followed it with two free throws to seal a valuable win for his team.
BBL Cup, quarter final
Marshall MK Lions 75 (20,40,64) (New 17, Youngblood 13, Eddie 12)
Everton Tigers 97 (24,45,65) Midgley 29, Smith 23, Gross 17)
BBL Cup holders Marshall MK Lions lost their grip on the trophy with a 75-97 home defeat against Everton Tigers at the quarter final stage.
Great Britain point-guard Richard Midgley was in sparkling form for Tigers as he scored a game-high 29-points. He was ably assisted by Andre Smith's 23, while Michael New on 17 and Robert Youngblood on 13 paced the Lions.
Tigers were the first to show as a Midgley three opened a 10 point lead (9-19). Yorick Williams 9- points brought Lions back into the match though as the quarter ended 20-24.
An even second period saw Lions take the lead at 32- 31 on the back of a Simon Emmerson three but Midgley and Josh Gross combined for 7-points as Tigers ended the half 40-45 in front.
The lead continued to change hands during an exciting third quarter. Michael New gave Lions their biggest lead of the match at 61-57, but that was the catalyst for a 9-4 burst by Everton which saw the visitors take a 64-65 lead into the final stanza.
An injury hit Lions side began to run out of steam in the fourth quarter. Tigers were quick to open up a double digit lead through Smith (68-79) and from there they didn't look back as a series of fast breaks and free throws turned the final scoreline into an emphatic result.
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Round 3 Ramat Hen Wins in bnot hsharon
Ramat Hen got an important win at Hertzeliya after dominating through out, 79 73. Ashdod beat Natanya, Ramla struggled a bit against Hapoel Tel Aviv, Holon blew out short-handed Bnei Yehuda, Erin Phillips recorded a rare triple double.
Raanana Hertzeliya 73 Ramat Hen 79
The score here is a bit deceiving. Ok more than a bit. This isnt the type of basketball Raanana Hertzeliya hoped to display, at least not offensively. Ramat Hen was a lot more aggressive, just put their heads down and drove into the wall but most times the wall fell. Ramat Hen was up by 15 during the 2nd half but Raanana Hertzeliya eventually fought back with a lot of hustle and not much basketball but it wasnt enough against 27 points for Tamara James.
For Ramat Hen:
Tamara James 27 pts, 9 rebs, 4 ast
Michal Epstein & Matalya Belvin 15 pts
LaToya Pringle 12 pts, 20 rebs
Shiri Sharon 7 pts, 8 rebs, 4 ast
Chen Shtain 3 pts
For Raanana Hertzeliya:
Charde Houston 22 pts, 7 rebs
Jessica Dickson 20 pts
Katia Levitzky 13 pts
Shimirt Gigi 6 pts
Shona Thorburn 3 pts, 10 ast, 8 rebs
Hadas Levi & Chen Nusel 3 pts each
Maccabi Ashdod 78 Natanya 65
Following a close first half (39 32), Ashdod had a big 3rd quarter to make it a 20 point game with a flowing team play and great minutes by Jennifer Humphrey, 60 40 with three to go in the 3rd. Natanya tried to get back in it in the 4th but could get no closer than 13 as Ashdod always found someone to score and stop their momentum.
Tamara Moore 19 pts, 4 ast
Sherill Baker 17 pts, 5 ast
Jennifer Humphry 16 pts, 12 rebs
Karin Agassi 11 pts
Bat El Lazmi 7 pts, 3 ast
Brasheeda Elohim 6 pts
Yael Aharonov 2 pts
Natasha Brackett 19 pts
Navonda Moore 18 pts
Tamara Ransburg 17 pts, 10 rebs
Sarit Arbel 7 pts, 6 rebs
Ornit Shwartz & Tali Noy 2 pts each
Holon 99 Bnei Yehuda 65
Sugeiry Monsac did not play for Bnei Yehuda (injured)
Hapoel Tel Aviv 73 Ramla 82
Ramla led 69 44 going into the 4th before Hapoel recovered and made it a game.
Electra Ramat Hasharon 113 Tel Kabir 73
For Ramat Hasharon:
Kiesha Brown 23 pts, 7 rebs
Merav Dori 20 pts
Liad Suez Karni 17 pts, 5 ast
Erin Phillips 14 pts, 11 ast, 10 steals
For Tel Kabir:
Dominique Carter 30 pts
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Broker Kosice is not the only undefeated team in Group D of Euroleague, but in the National League as well.
The win over Slovan Bratislava became the seventh in a row this season and lifted them up to 7-0 record. The favorite started slow and had only 22-21 after the opening quarter. Later on the court saw only one team, Maxima Broker that smashed the opponent in the second quarter 39-4 and led to another win in the league. Daniela Cikosova (181-F-82) led the winners with 24 points and Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) added 21.
MBK Ruzomberok is second with 73:66 over BSS Kosice. The favorites won the first half and had 12 points advantage entering the third quarter. Dasa Krasnockova (181-F-85) paced all the winners with 21 points. Kovalova nailed 18 and Aubryova scored 13. Flukerova ended up with 22 points in the losing effort.
In another games Inpek UKF Nitra beat AT Gemtex MBK Roznava 91:50. Presov lost at home to Whirlpool Poprad 53:86 as Katarina Tetemondova (187-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 18 points.
Round 9 is scheduled for November 8th.
|Extraliga Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Lawless Presov 19.7|
2. Talajkova Slovan 16.6
3. Krasnockova BS 16.2
4. Fluker MBK 16.0
5. Gissendanner Ca 15.8
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Talajkova Slovan 12.6|
2. Kovacova Maxi 10.1
3. Podesvova MBK 9.50
4. Lukacovicova MB 9.43
5. Tetemondova Po 8.71
|Assists Per Game|
|1. Cohen Max 5.40|
2. Ckosova Max 4.29
3. Duffy MBK 3.80
4. Simkulakova Pop 3.57
5. Benuskova Rozn 3.33
|Steals Per Game|
|1. Sujova Cassovia 5.50|
2. Lawless Presov 3.63
3. Talajkova Slovan 3.60
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