EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/13/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
The ABA team line-up had some last-time changes due to bad economy. According with an e-mail concersation with league boss Joe Newman , we are able to confirm that both the Gallup Talons and San Diego Wildcats were moved to 2009 in consequence of financial straits of their owners. Instead, the league has added at the last time the New Hope Trailblazers, a team based in Hampton Roads, VA. This last team was originally scheduled to play in 2009, but the ownership agreed to fill one of the voids in the line-up. The team is owned and coached by Emory Addison, Jr., the President of the Hope Youth Vision Community Youth Organization, a not-for-profit organization. The coach assistant is Quincy D. Hinton, who helped Addison to put together a competitive team in very few days. For more information, call 757 470 7865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Many changes took place in the last couple of days for the Nicosia team Seastar Apoel Nicosia. Firstly there are two new addings, the Bulgaria Jordan Bozov (191-G-79) and the Serbian Damjan Kandic (206-F/C-84) have been added in the roster of the enwcomer head Coach Christos Stylianidis . The players Mike Bernard (205-C-78, college: S.Florida) and Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) are no longer players of Apoel, they have been dismissed just after the game against Keravnos Strovolou last week. Earlier in November the players Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79) and Nate Doornekamp (213-C-82, college: Boston Coll.) and Niko Traykov (198-G, college: Bloomsburg St.) have been released.
These new changes (plus another one of a center which will be announced very soon) is expected to strengthen the Nicosia team in the league and be able to fight for the best feasible position in the second round and the regular seazon in general.
BMC AEK Larnacas agreed financial terms with Terrence Christopher and split ways with Ronald Alexander (213-F/C-84, college: Miss.Valley St.) and Du Juan Wiley (206-C-75, college: Michigan St.)
Coach PANAYIOTIS GIANNARAS (currently assistant coach in Keravnos Strovolou Mens' Basktball team) knows what it feels to be disregarded, despite having achieved more than most of his colleagues did. The 36 year-old coach reached the pinnacle of his Career when he was appointed as a head coach of Enosis Paralimniou Mens' Basketball team (Div A) in 2000-2002. Additionally, in 1998-1999 he worked as an assistant coach in AEK Larnakas Mens' Baskeball team (Div A). The last 3 years he has been serving as the assistant coach of Keravnos Mens' Basketball team (Div A), with which he won 1 championship and 1 cup.
He has been coaching basketball since 1994. For a strange reason though, has never been called at any level of the Cyprus National team. A person who has worked as an assistant and a head coach in Mens' Basketball (Div A) and despite the fact that he has probably won more titles, in a higher level, than any of the other coaches who have ever coached in the national team he is wondering why. 'To be honest, I am doing my job and hoping that someone will notice', Panayiotis said to eurobasket.com.
Taking a closer look at his record, coach Giannaras is a terrific talent. He has passed from quite a few teams so far, including Enosis Paralimniou Mens' basketball team, AEK Larnakas Mens' Basketball team, AEL Limassol womens' team and Keravnos Strovolou junior and womens' team and of course Mens' team. Besides his success as Keravnoss assistant coach (1 championship and 1 cup), in his career he managed to win 6 more titles out of which 3 were championships. Specifically, his achievements include:
Division B championship finalist (1996-1997)
Division B cup winner (1997-1998)
Womens' league champion (2002-2003)
Womens' league champion (2003-2004)
Womens' cup finalist (2003-2004)
Womens' league champion (2004-2005)
Womens' league cup winner (2004-2005)
Womens' league supercup winner (2004-2005)
Mens' league cup winner as an assistant coach (2006-2007)
Mens' league champion as an assistant coach (2007-2008)
Finally, through his coaching years he managed to develop very good players, all who have been top in their league. One of them, is the well known Panayiotis Trissokas.
When you have a record like this it is disappointing to stay away. To cut the story short ,Panayiotis Giannaras is only 36 years old, has worked in few of the best teams on the island and has quite a few titles in his resume.
Despite all these he has not been called and never coached a single hour in the Cyprus National team, at any level. Why?
We believe that the so called 'Basketball Experts' should give us an aswer!!!
Korisliiga, Round 17: Two games tonight. Pyrinto (Tampere) and KTP (Kotka) had a close contest in Tampere as it was a one-point-game (66-67) with three minutes to go. But KTP came strong again at the end winning by seven pts 71-78 (36-33): 5min 6-7, 10min 15-14, 15min 27-22, 20min 36-33, 25min 45-50, 30min 52-56, 35min 58-62 and 40min 71-78. Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) led Pyrinto with 19 pts. Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner) (KTP) was the game MVP: 26 pts and 12 rbs.
In Kouvola hosting Kouvot had a strong start, but fell then asleep and visitor Team Componenta (Karkkila) came back to the game. But only for a while, because Kouvot won the second half 57-29, the fourth quarter 39-17 and the game 93-63 (36-37): 5min 13-4, 10min 16-21, 15min 21-30, 20min 36-37, 25min 42-43, 30min 54-46, 35min 76-55 and 40min 93-63. Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) led Kouvot again with 21 pts and seven assists. Kenneth Henderson (203-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) scored 20 pts for TC.
Pyrinto - KTP 71-78 (36-33) (Chris Hester 19, Kurtis Rice 12/11, Joni Harjula 10 - Durell Vinson 26/12, Steve Smith 22, Pasi Heinonen 11).
Kouvot - Team Componenta 93-63 (36-37) (Brian Swift 21/7a, Antti Kanervo 17, Roope Suonio 17 - Kenneth Henderson 20, Frank Richards 13, Darrell Waters 10/10).
Al Sahel basketball team management agreed terms with the American Forward Justin Allen (203-F-81, college: Arizona St.) to play for them this season 2008/2009.
Justin Allen is a 6'8' big man that his presence alone is very intimidating. He is very strong, blocks shots, and rebounds tremendously. He has prior European experience and will make a great addition to any team.
Academic All-Pac-10 honors -02, 03, 04
Gene Autry Courage Award -02
Jimmy V. Comeback Award -03
2nd Team Pac-10 All-Academic selection -04
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Here are some player updates on the fast moving LNBP:
Gene Shipley (206-C-79, college: Brandon) and Jerome Habel (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) are now playing for the Tijuana Galgos, while Shannon Swillis (201-F-78, college: Fresno St.) was also signed to the Galgos.
Rahsaan Smith (208-C-73, college: Fresno St.) left the same team after playing in seven games (8,7 ppg and 7,7 rpg).
DeeAndre Hulett (200-G/F-80, college: Coll.Sequoias CC) and Reggie George (208-C-85, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Robert Morris) inked with Potros ITSON while Dedrick Gage (201-F-79, college: Lynn),Randy Kelly (201-F/C-80, college: Cascade),Lorenzo Trudo (201-F-80, college: Huron) and Lance Holloway (203-F-85) are not with Obregon anymore.
Omar Waller (196-F-81, college: Texas Coll.) is new in Mexico City and plays for the Estrellas Indebasquet ed Distrito Federa while Forrest Fisher (193-G-84) (15,1 ppg) and Bruce Cooper (203-F/C-83, college: S.Connecticut) (6,2 ppg) were waived.
Leaders Tecos de la UAGuadalajara got help by James Jackson (206-F-81, college: E.Michigan) while David Harrison (191-G-75, agency: Interperformances, college: Campbellsville) (7 ppg and 4,2 rpg) is out, the same could have happened to Corey Louis (204-F/C-77, college: Florida St.) (5,2 ppg and 3,9 rpg).
Tang Tephen Hamilton (201-F-78, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Mississippi St.) and Jerry Echenique (201-C-79, college: High Point) are now signed by the Chihuahua Dorados. The team cut James Collins (188-G-84, college: Birmingham Souther) (7,4 ppg) KKeenan Jourdon (202-F-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Boston Coll.) (13,8 ppg and 4,8 rpg) and Detrick White (184-G-76, college: Mississippi St.) (14 ppg).
Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) announced he will continue his career in Turrow in Poland under very well acknowledged Slovenian coach Saso Filipovski. He signed till the end of the season (source: kosarka.si).
Nova Gorica is negotiating with Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77, agency: 011 Sports), but also some other Slovenian clubs are interested in this player. .
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