EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/11/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
The American Basketball Association announced its Power Rankings for the week of December 8th - and for the fourth straight week, based on a 6-0 regular league record, the Nashville Broncs hold the top position. 'I'd like to say that Nashville hasn't faced tough competition,' stated Burrel Lee III, ABA West Coast Operations Director.'But actually they've beaten some very good teams and are certainly deserving of their position atop our rankings. However, after this weekend's heavy schedule, there are some very strong teams out there and they will be challenged. Look out for my team (Maywood) and the South Texas Showboats that beat a very strong Southeast Texas Mustangs squad.' The rankings:
1. Nashville Broncs
2. Maywood Buzz
3. South Texas Showboats
4. Alaska Dream
5. Jersey Express
6. Kentucky Bisons
7. San Diego Wildcats
8. San Francisco Rumble
9. Beijing Aoshen Olympian
10. South Texas Mustangs
11. Knoxville Thunderbolts
12. Washington Raptors
13. Cleveland Rockers
14. Houston Takers
15. Salt Lake City Saints
16. Montreal Matrix
17. West Virginia Blazers
18. Chicago Steam
19. Mississippi Blues
20. Los Angeles Push
21. Modesto Bearcats
22. Las Vegas Aces
23. Sacramento Heatwave
24. Georgia Gwizzlies
The Under-Twelve National Basketball Team will be leaving tomorrow en route to the regional COCABA Competition which will be held in Guatemala City. And to test their mettle, the team has been competing with various schools throughout Belize City. Today, News Five caught up with the team at the Belize City Centre where they were practicing with some very talented athletes. A selection from the Special Olympics Belize basketball team was part of the workout and according to National Director of Special Olympics Belize, Akintade Atkens, the match-up between both teams is the first of its kind in Belize.
Akintade Atkens, National Director, Special Olympics Belize
This is a very historic game that is about to happen here today. It is humbling to say to an extent. It is actually a warm-up game for the Belize under twelve national team in preparation for games that they will be participating in starting from Thursday of this week in Guatemala. The basketball association, they felt it very important that their final game in Guatemala should be played against athletes with disabilities. This is something we see as quite significant and which indicates to an extent a Belizean society moving towards an environment that is inclusive of persons with disabilities.
Our athletes, they work to the best of their abilities and their coaches, they try their best to see that they are able to match up against any other athletes. So I think they might actually be right and hopefully at the end of the game, we would have given them a run for their money and I think it will be the best match to get them to play for the kind of countries they will be facing in Guatemala.
Brads Neal, Coach, U-12 National Basketball Team
We know for a fact that the Stella Maris team is a very talented team and they play very hard. As a matter of fact, I learnt that they will be entering the primary school competition coming up. So that in itself means that they are gonna be competitive.
Is the U-12 team prepared for the COCABA?
Most definitely. Weve had six weeks of training and for majority of the kids, its the first time theyve been introduced to organized basketball and it was challenging at first but I must say that I am satisfied with what weve accomplished so far and I expect them to compete well in the tournament.
Neal says that in the future they would like to have athletes from the Special Olympics team become members of the Under-Twelve National Basketball Team.
Aarhus BF - Stevnsgade
In the Danish 1. division the Copenhagen team BK Skjold/Stevnsgade was 6-0 just 3 weeks ago. Now they have lost 4 games in a row and they are seriously in crisis. This weekends loss in Aarhus against the young Bears is no longer a big surprise and it's a shame that injuries etc. has taken this great team out. Hopefully they can turn it around after Christmas but first they have to hold off a hot Vaerlose team, that comes to town in next weekends last game of the 1st half of the season. The game in Aarhus was a close and exciting game where young Jakob Wang (190-F-90) once again proved his worth and Aarhus BF came out as a winner 82-76.
Falcon - Virum
In Frederiksberg it was once again Mikael Nielsen (177-G-90) who lead his team to a win against Virum. In this close game, Mikael had about 30 points and the young Virum team had no answers. The high-octane game ended with the final score of 91-84 to Falcon. But the new 1. division team Virum has done very well this season even though their 2-8 record is not impressive. They have improved every game and should be in charge to get a little bet more wins after the Christmas break.
Aalborg - Odense
In Aalborg it was a very good Fjordager BK Odense team that visited. The home team rested Christian Rom (203-C/F-79) and Jeppe Kristiansen (196-G-87) for this game. Also Lasse Kristiansen (196-G-82) is still out with a foot injury even though he seems about ready to start practicing again. Fjordager BK Odense, lead by the former Basketliga player Michael Guldbaek (188-G/F-80) (21 points), played a very good defensive game and keept the 1. division leading offensive and defensive team to only 9 points in the 2. quarter and a total of only 76 points in the game (Aalborgs lowest for the season). Fjordager BK Odense can easily take this loss with their heads up and if they start playing defense like this in other games in the 1. division, they should start winning much more games. Dreshawn Vance (203-F-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO) finished with an impressive line for the game with 24 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 blocks. Not bad! The final score was 76-66 to Aalborg BK.
Other games this weekend was:
Lemvig BK - Jonstrup 77-71
Herlev Basket - ALBA 99-82
Vaerlose BBK - Hobas 86-80
1st Division Standings|
|D-League Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1.J. Crawford, LAD 29.0|
2.J. Mays, COL 27.0
3.R. Dupree, TUL 25.7
4.W.Conroy, ABQ 24.0
5.M. Williams, AUS 23.8
5.C. Sims, IOW 23.8
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1.D. Monds, ABQ 13.0|
2.C. Hunter, 12.6
3.C. Sims, IOW 12.5
4.J. Davidson, IDA 12.0
5.D. Brown, SIF 11.8
|Assists Per Game|
|1.W. Russell, FWN 12.4|
2.E. Gill, COL 10.0
3.S. Parker, RGV 7.8
4.M. Cleaves, BAK 7.5
5.W. Conroy, ABQ 7.4
Korisliiga, Round 16: Six contests tonight and the Top Teams were all rolling and winning. Kataja (Joensuu) defeated FoKoPo (Forssa) 90-77. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) led Kataja with 26 pts and Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) FoKoPo with 19 pts and 12 rbs. YMCA Lahti beat YMCA Lappeenranta by 20 pts 83-63. Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) scored 15 and Jari Vanttaja (208-F/C-86, college: Baylor) his saeson best 14 pts for Lahti. Viljami Vanjoki (193-G-86) (14 pts) was the leading scorer for YMCA LPR! Demetrius Brown DNP (fever). In Kotka KTP was down by six (38-44) during the half time and after three three quarters (56-62) vs Tarmo (Porvoo), but by winning the fourth quarter 31-18 KTP survived (87-80). Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona) (KTP) had a great game: 29/16. DeWayne Richardson (202-F-77, college: Fairmont St.) played his first game on Top level in Finland and on Tarmo roster. Richardson had at once a double-double 22/20. ToPo (Helsinki) was winning third time in a row, when beating Pyrinto (Tampere) 76-72. E.J. Drayton (204-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Charlotte) had transfered from Tarmo to ToPo and was immediately ToPo's leading scorer by 17 pts. Kurtis Rice (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) led visitors with 17 pts and 10 boards. Team Componenta (Karkkila) upset Honka (Espoo) by three 86-83 and Kenneth Henderson (203-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) (TC) was game MVP with 24 pts and five assists. Kouvot (Kouvola) caused the second home loss to Korihait (Uusikaupunki): 83-88. The only victory on the road tonight. American G Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) led Korihait with 23 pts and G Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) Kouvot with 18 pts. YMCA Lahti is on the top with 12-4 record.
Kataja - FoKoPo 90-77 (45-39) (Jeremiah Wood 26, Quinnell Brown 19, Larry Blair 16 - Ray Cunningham 19/12, Vincent Hunter 17, Charles Thomas 16).
YMCA Lahti - YMCA Lappeenranta 83-63 (40-39) (Ray Nixon 15, Jari Vanttaja 14, Ville Vesala 12 - Viljami Vanjoki 14, HL Coleman 13/18, Chanan Colman 13).
KTP - Tarmo 87-80 (38-44) (Steve Smith 29/16, Ville Makalainen 16, Durell Vinson 14 - DeWayne Richardson 22/20, Steve Barnes 19, Esa Maki-Tulokas 11).
ToPo - Pyrinto 76-72 (44-38) (E.J.Drayton 17, Isaac Spencer 13, James Allen 12 - Kurtis Rice 17/10, Antti Nikkila 14/13, Antero Lehto 13).
Team Componenta - Honka 86-83 (50-36) (Kenneth Henderson 24/5a, Frank Richards 18/7a, Darrell Waters 16 - Akeem Scott 30, Ben Perkins 20, Monte Cummings 13).
Korihait - Kouvot 83-88 (43-43) (Josh Gonner 23, Alain Laroche 17, Mark Zoller 17 - Brian Swift 18, Calvin Walls 16, Ronny LeMelle 16).
There is Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) who won six NBA titles with The Chicago Bulls and then also Michael Jordan (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania) who has had the burden of going through life with a very famous name. He has coped well and had a fine European Basketball career having played in Germany, winning the BBL title in 2006 with Rhine Energy Cologne and playing in Italy, Belgium and Israel. Now he is back in Germany with the Brose Baskets Bamberg and wants a new championship in Freak City.
Your from the city of brotherly love Philidelphia. How was your childhood?
It was normal I guess. I mean I wouldn't change a thing. My childhood has shaped me into the man that I am today and everything that happened growing up was supposed to happen.
Who were your Basketball idols growing up?
Michael Jordan and a host of other players from the Philadelphia area who I watched and learned from.
What was it like growing up in the 90s with the name Michael Jordan. Did this give you more positive or negative experiences? Did you have any benefits with the ladies with the name Michael Jordan?
Man, i'll tell you like I tell everyone else. Ladies do not care that I share the same name as the other guy. I'm not him and that is all they care about. No benefits I don't think. I mean I get attention from it but that is both good and bad which is good in its exposure, but bad in that some people really think I am supposed to play like him becuase we share the same name and No I wasn't names after him and also for the record, I never started using my middle name. I have no clue how that started.
You played college ball at u Penn. You won the Ivy league championship 2000. What was so unique with that team?
We won it in 99' and in 00. We were a good team who played together and got along well and that goes a long way.We had a really good team atmosphere and chemistry.
Who were the best players that you played against in college that might be in the NBA or Europe now?
I've played against so many talented guys that to answer this question would take a while and I know I would leave a few guys out, but seriously, I've played against damn near everyone.
Do you remember how the Summer league was in 2000 in Boston. Did you then ever think that you had the chance to ever play in the NBA?
I remember it yes, and I was with the 76ers, but didn't play much, but the preseason camp with Boston was great as well. I had my shot, I took it and it didn't work out. It wasn't in the cards for me. I'm playing professional basketball so I a'm very happy. Every player dreams of playing in the NBA I think.
The 2002-2003 season for you was wild with TSV Quackenbruck. With the success and regulation to BBL, you put duck town onto the German map. You averaged 21 points and nearly seven assists per game. What made the team so special?
Once again, we had a good team and guys knew and understood what they had to do in order for us to win. When you have all the guys on the same page great things will happen.
You played two more seasons with the Artland Dragons. Was it difficult as an American to live there. I guess you had nothing to do but focus on Basketball!
I enjoyed my time in Quackenbrck. Your time anywhere is how you make it and I had a good time.The people there were nice and treated me well and it was an awesome experience
After a short stay at BK Ventspills, you joined Cologne and became German champion 2006. No one really expected you to win except probably the team and your fans. How did this championship compare with your college title?
Well my college title was only for the Ivy Legaue which wasn't the NCAA and winning the BBL made us champions of an entire country.
Cologne almost fell off the face of the BBL map last season. How did all the news about the difficulties in Cologne effect you? The team is having problems winning this season.
It was disheartening to hear about the financial difficulties there because I still had friends on the team when it all went down and they had familes,. but they bounced back and hopefully will fix the things that caused the issue and will avoid that in the future.
I sometimes dont understand the world of Basketball. You averaged 13,8 points with Cantu Italy and led the league with assists with 5,2. Why didnt you stay there? I guess Basketball will always remain a business and then comes the sport of playing.
It's definitly a business. I wanted to stay, but they didn't even offer me to stay. I guess they didn't want me back or thought that after a good year and they wouldn't be able to afford me. It also could have been because of the knee surgery I had at the end of the season, which was a success by the way.
How much stronger is the Italian league compared to the BBL?
Basketball is Basketball, but Italy is a very good league. The teams there have higher budgets so they will get better players, but tons of guys who play in Germany could do well in Italy, Spain, Greece, wherever.
Last season you played at Charleroi in Belgium. You werent too happy there. What was it like living and playing there?
It was an experience that I have learned from and I met some good people there.
What would you like to do after the Basketball career?
Maybe coach or teach who knows or maybe start my career as a NASCAR Driver.Golf? they say I could be the next Tiger.
What is the most number of free throws that you have ever hit in practice?
I have made 50 straight before in a ft contest as I get older I have to make them, its the only way I can score.
Who would win a one on one? You or Filiberto Rivera?
I dont know, I am very competitive so I wouldn't allow myself to lose. I would probably end up tackling him before I let him win
There are five seconds to play against THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS and you have the ball, do you hit an open shot or find the open guy Alexander Johnson under the hoop?
If AJ is open, he's getting the ball. He's a good player and I trust he'll get the win. As for anyone on our team, whomever is open will get the ball, but if it comes down to getting to the line then I am stepping up there before AJ 10 out of 10 times.
What are your hobbies?
Watching TV, internet, movies, chilling, music and PS3...
Thanks MJ for doing this long and interesting interview. See you soon.
Hopsi inked Nemanja Jelesijevic (208-C/F-79, agency: Interperformances) ex NYKK Marso-Vagep.
Zagorje fired Mihajlo Nesovic (198-G/F-86) and Samo Majerle (210-C-82) and Ales Primc (201-F-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) underwent surgey to repair a ruptured Achilles's tendon and will ob out six months. Nesovic averaged 15 minutes, 2,6 points (2P 6-18, 3P 1-11, FT 6-8), 1,6 rebounds, 0,4 assists, 0,5 steals and 0,1 blocks in 8 games of UPC League and Majerle averaged 6,5 minutes, 2,4 points (2P 5-6, FT 2-2) and 0,8 rebounds in 5 games of UPC League.
The winless Radenska Creativ fired coach Peter Jutersnik after a eleventh straight lopsided loss to start the season. Matjaz Cujez , former U-20 NT assistant coach will replace Jutersnik.
Litija (B-1) inked Drago Brcina (203-F/C-87) ex Rogla. He averaged 13,2 minutes (2P 6-17, 3P 1-7. FT 5-6), 2,9 points, 2,1 rebounds, 0,1 assists, 0,4 steals and 0,4 blocks in 7 games of B-1 League.
Marko Lekic (211-C-85) of Geoplin Slovan undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee an will be out four to six weeks.
Klemen Lorbek (198-G-88) undergo knee surgery to clean out torn cartilage and will be sidelined at least two months.
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Manchester Magic will be aiming to reach their third straight National Cup final when they host Division Three South side Brixton Topcats on Sunday.
Jeff Jones Magic side have beaten Worthing Thunder in each of the last two finals, and go into the game on the back of a 13 game winning streak. Their path to this seasons semi-final has been relatively straightforward, beating Wirral Hornets 118-59, Birmingham As 89-61 and Team Northumbria 83-52, with all the games being staged at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.
Despite facing a side two leagues lower than Magic, Jones is not taking the Topcats lightly: Were pleased to be at home again, and having won it the last two years, we like to think of it as our cup. Theyre a bit of an unknown except for Paul [Mundy-Castle], but I'd be disappointed if we didnt come through it. Weve had some tough games against teams from outside Division One, and weve won them by wearing the opposition down. Thatll be our approach again, but well show them respect as clearly they arent a bad team having made it to a semi-final.
Jimmy Rogers and Andy Powesland will have them well-drilled, disciplined and theyll be well-structured. It wont be as easy as some people think, and well give them the respect they deserve. But well be fighting hard to get to another final.
Brixton won 102-84 at Hackney White Heat in the first round before winning home games against London Towers (86-65) and Kent Crusaders (97-61) to reach the quarter-finals. A trip to the West Country awaited in the quarter-finals, but with veteran point guard Paul Mundy-Castle pouring in 29 points, they defeated Division Two side Plymouth Raiders II 77-67.
Its the first time that the London club have progressed further than the third round in the competition, although the did reach three straight National Trophy finals between 1988 and 1990.
Brixton coach Powesland is looking forward to the challenge of travelling to Manchester: We travel to Manchester with a full realisation that we are playing the holders and treble winners of last year, it holds no fear for us and I have no doubt it will be a competitive game. I have many young players that have the potential to play at a higher level and some key veterans who have played in the higher leagues before, one point is that they are not competing at that level week in week out and they have to raise their performance for the big cup games, and this is the biggest challenge to date. We totally dominated both Division Two teams we have met so far and look forward to seeing how good we really are against the Division One champions.
Reaching the last four of the National Cup is an amazing achievement for a Division Three team and is something the club and its community is immensely proud. My knowledge of Manchester Magic is very limited as we compete in different leagues. I have seen Stefan Gill (173-G, agency: Stefanou Sports Agency) (through University Competition) and Tanner Adu (as a Londoner) both play and would identify them as key players with which we will have to contend, and I know they have an American import player, other than that none of the other players are known to me.
The key players for us are Paul Mundy-Castle, who provides us leadership on the floor and will match up well with any of their guards, and Armand Anebo who I think is the best all round player in Division Three that I have seen. I see the game being a close intense affair decided by defensive match ups and who shoots well on the day.'
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:
-Amber Marin (208-C-81) is now playing for Bucaneros de Campeche and finished up with 25 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, a block and 3 fouls in a victory over Potros de Sonora, 93-70, in Matchday 32.
-Juan Herrera (197-F-81) scored 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, with 3 assists, a turnover and 2 fouls, in a defeat of Santos Reales de San Luis against Soles de Mexicali, 93-88, in Matchday 32.
-Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) scored 15 points with 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, 4 turnovers and a foul in a triumph against Bravos de Piedras Negras, 91-75, in Matchday 32.
-Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) finished up with 11 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, 4 steals, 2 turnovers and 4 fouls in a victory of Angeles de Puebla against Bravos de Piedras Negras, 91-75, in Matchday 32.
-Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) chipped in 2 points, 3 rebounds, an assist, a turnover, a steal and 4 fouls in a comfortable victory of Panteras de Aguascalientes against Dorados de Chihuahua, 101-77, in Matchday 32.
-Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) scored 7 points with 6 rebounds, an assist, a turnover, a block and 3 fouls in a triumph of Panteras de Aguascalientes over Dorados de Chihuahua, 101-77, in Matchday 32.
-Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) ended up with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers and 4 fouls, while Lobos UAC de Saltillo lost against Halcones de Xalapa, 96-85, in Matchday 32.
-Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) did not play in a defeat of Fuerza Regia de Monterrey against Lechugueros de Leon, 98-83, in Matchday 32.
-Carlos Morris (194-G-75) scored 9 points with a rebound, 3 assists, a steal, a turnover, a block and 3 fouls in a loss of Venados de Nuevo Laredo against Halcones de Cordoba, 102-69, in Matchday 32.
-Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) was a starter for Union de Sunchales in Matchday 11, as his team advanced to TNA 1 Tournament with a triumph over Espanola de Charata, 88-79. He scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead his teammates.
SPAIN (LEB Gold - EBA A - U20)
-Javier Roman (207-F/C-80) came off the bench for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo and did not score a point with one rebound as they won against Clinicas Rincon, 87-76.
-Jhornan Zamora (194-F-89) was a starter for Zarzuela Maristas Boecillo in EBA A, and his team lost against CB Chantada, 87-65. He played 34 minutes and had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal, 3 turnovers, a block and a foul.
-Javinger Vargas (206-C-90), who belongs to Beirasar Rosalia in the U20 league, hasn't seen any action lately
ITALY (LEGA A)
-Hector Romero (202-F-80) continues inactive after undergoing surgery to repair damage in his left hand's pinky finger.
-Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) was a starter in Matchday 9 of the 2008-2009 season for Snaidero Udine, as his team lost against Armani Milano, 85-78. Torres played 21 minutes, and ended up with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 2 steals, and 4 fouls.
FRANCE (PRO A)
-John Cox (195-G-81) and his team, Sluc Nancy Basket, won against Dijon, 76-74, in Matchday 10 of the 2008-2009 season. Cox played 21 minutes and supported his team with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 turnovers and 2 fouls
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