EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/15/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
The ABA team named West Virginia Outlaws does' t exist anymore. It has been replaced by the West Virginia Wild, owned by Daniel Hicks (6'5''-F-73, college: Concord) and coached by former West Virginia State College player James Layne. The team is boosted on the court by former Marshall University Star J.R. Vanhoose (6'10''-F/C-79, college: Marshall) and by And1 Tour star Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80), aka 'Baby Shaq, an undersized forward with a 50-inch vertical. The team will make its debut vs. the CBA East Kentucky Miners on Decenber 20. Check the full 2008-09 Wild roster at
Slavija - Borac Nektar 64:70
(21:17, 14:18, 11:13, 18:22)
ISTOCNO SARAJEVO - SC Slavija; Att.: 200; Ref.: Husaric, Drmic, Coric
SLAVIJA: Vukelic, Jojic 14, Zelenovic, Prasovic 13, Janjic, Damjanovic, Gambiroza 11, Simeunovic, Bozic 2, Kalanj 8, Hodzic 4, Demic 12
Coach: Bogdan Stanojevic
BORAC NEKTAR: Vucic, Janjusevic, Puljko 17, Peterkin 16, Mladenovic 10, Milekic, Djurasovic 11, Richardson 14, Pavlovic, Milinovic 2, Garma, Josipovic
Coach: Milos Pejic
Siroki HT Eronet - Sloboda Dita 83:90
(18:24, 27:28, 21:24, 17:14)
SIROKI BRIJEG - SD Pecara; Att.: 1.000; Ref.: Jovanic, Babic, Ignjatovic
SIROKI HT ERONET: Planinic, Josipovic 14, Milekovic, Naletilic 3, Bubalo, Bilinovac, Siriscevic 22, Dujmovic 5, Spralja 15, Ruzic 8, Price 5, Morban 11
Coach: Josip Vrankovic
SLOBODA DITA: Jakubovic, Jovanovic 18, Halilovic 2, Velimirovic 21, Hrncic 8, Halilbegovic 6, Albijanic 17, Persic 7, Leric 6, Markovic 5, Golijanin, Besovic
Coach: Senad Muminovic
Igokea Partizan - SL IAT Leotar 86:50
(25:12, 22:10, 26:13, 13:15)
ALEKSANDROVAC - SC Nenad Bastinac; Att.: 800; Ref.: Okuka, Maric, Petkovic
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Carr 5, Vuksanovic 16, Bocka 9, Djerasimovic 13, Djurica 2, Bilanovic 2, Taylor 8, Radic, Mirkovic 15, Topolovic, Kovacevic 9, Matic 3.
Coach: Bajic Dragan
SL IAT LEOTAR: Kovacevic, Setencic, Aleksic, Pelkic 7, Radulovic, Zotovic 4, Vukovic 5, Kordou 2, Markovic 15, Boljkovac 5, Petronic 12, Djordjevic
Coach: Radomir Kisic
In a close game last night Keravnos lost to Achilleas by 74-67. This is the 2nd loss for Keravnos in the championship (lost to Etha) and the 5th loss in the last 6 games. This throws the team in the second position on the board and unfortunately places the team in a very difficult spot regarding winning the championship.
Keravnos has given 8 games in the championship so far. It has won Apollonas and APOEL in overtime, has beaten AEK and AEL by 1 and Omonoia and Enad in very close games and lost to Etha and Achilleas. Not forgetting that has lost all 3 European games it has given the last 3 weeks, ending up with a 5-game loosing string.
Bottom line, it has not won an easy game, not a single one!!
This is certainly a not championship team. Many basketball analysts have foreseen that Keravnos will even not make it in the first 4. The question is why?
The answer should lie on why players like Anastasiades, Randojevic, Kosanovic, Smith (Patrick Lee left due to injury) have left the team? But most importantly, why a championship team was left to be destroyed, with promises that a new team was 'supposed' to be built and this never happened. Very kindly, we wish to note to coach Frankias that he has promised to rebuilt the team but he never did.
Many basketball analysts have stated that the 'After Anastasiades Era' was going to be cruel for Keravnos and so far they were not proven wrong. A player like this is not easily replaced. Lets not forget that the team's successful era had originally started in 1998 with the landing of Anastasiades in the team. At that time his signing in the team was considered a huge success and let to very fruitful years. How could anyone believe that by allowing the National Team's Captain (the best defensive player and best shooter on the league) move a main contender, could have seen better days? More over, how can a team like Keravnos that has a tradition in bringing and keeping players, allow last year's best center player (Randojevic) also move to another contender? If you allow these players to go, you should be ready to replace them. And Keravnos was not ready!
Eurobasket.com has mentioned quite a few times that Keravnos will not be a contender for the title unless the team lands an impact center player. Coach Frankias has decided to change last year's approach and play faster, insisting on having in the team only power forwards. Actually, he has in the team more power forwards than expected. We kindly want to say that his approach has failed. It is only enough to mention that Keravnos has never won a championship without a center in the team. And we are wondering how could he change something hat has been proven successful?
There are people who believe that the problem does not lie on the center but on the guard. The truth is that Keravnos has 2 guards in the team, being also true that Woodrich is not in his best shape. Why doesn't coach Frankias use Yiannas and keeps playing with Woodrich? If he simply does not trust him, why having him in the team. After all Yiannas is a National Team player.
How could the current-champions let themselves end up like this?
YMCA Lappeenranta did it again. The fourth time in a row. The Finnish Cup winner 2008 is also the winner in the years 2005, 2006, 2007: YMCA Lappeenranta.
This time the opponent in the Final was Torpan Pojat (Helsinki). The first half was tight, but YMCA LPR was leading by 15 pts after three quarters. When the 4th
quarter was even 21-21, YMCA LPR won 98-83 (48-44). Quarters: 23-21, 25-23, 29-18, 21-21. YMCA LPR was shooting more and better, winning the rebounds 39-31
and earning the fourth Finnish Cup victory. The winning Team had five players in double figures. The Danish PG Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C) was the game MVP with 24 pts. Demetrius Brown (197-F-83, college: San Jose St.) added 18 pts and Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) had a double-double 17/12. Jouko Jarvinen (188-G-87) was a big surprise with 14 pts. ToPo had three players in double digits. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) netted 19 and E.J. Drayton (204-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Charlotte) 18 pts. Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.) scored 17 pts.
Finnish Cup Final: YMCA Lappeenranta - Torpan Pojat 98-83 (48-44) (Chanan Colman 24, Demetrius Brown 18, Pasi Riihela 17/12, HL Coleman 14, Jouko Jarvinen 14 - Timo Heinonen 19, E.J.Drayton 18, Isaac Spencer 17).
After Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky) broke his hand a few weeks ago the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck were looking for a replacement to strengthen their frontcourt. Now they found a familiar face for BBL fans: Tyray Pearson (201-F-80, college: Iowa St.), who spent the 2005/2006 campaign with New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and the following season with Telekom Baskets Bonn, signed a contract that is valid until february.
Pearson started his professional career in Portugal and had impressive stats. In his first season in Germany with Braunschweig, he averaged 13.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and lead all players in efficency per game. In a pre-season game for his new team Telekom Baskets Bonn Pearson suffered a achilles tendon rupture and was forced to sit out for several months. He only played 13 games for Bonn and was far from his A-game producing just 5.3 points and 5.4 rebounds.
Last season Pearson joined C.B. Blanes Almeria (Spain-LEB Silver) and had a decent year in Spain averaging 14.3 points and 8.8 rebounds.
Some weeks ago he had a try-out phase with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, but the team decided to sign Craig Callahan (203-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: NC-Wilmington) instead.
Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) (foot injury), Hanzevast did not seem to miss the presence of Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) (suspension). Lead guard Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) set the tone for Hanzevast, with strong ball pressure that helped turn defense into offense, and with the ability to get in the lane at will, setting himself up for drives or penetrate-kick looks. This also opened up offensive rebounding and postup opportunities for Hanzevast, who took advanatge of Landstede's interior defense, which is their Achilles' heel at this moment. Landstede had trouble getting defensive stops on the inside, and with excellent perimeter shooting and crisp passing, double teams in the post were not an option for Landstede. Landstede managed to remain close at the end of the 1st quarter thanks to the efforts of Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) and Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman), who were behind 29-23 at the end of the quarter.
Saturday night in FEB action, Hanzevast Capitals win once again in a blowout fashion, this time on the road over Landstede Basketball, while ZZ Leiden wins its second straight and Rotterdam Challengers win in Den Helder.
In the ZBC-hal, strong on-the-ball pressure, hard crashing of the offensive glass and a great inside-outside balance was the name of the game for Hanzevast Capitals, who were in charge from start to finish, winning in a 102-76 blowout over Landstede Basketball. Hanzevast's ball pressure and denials forced Landstede out of their comfort zones and to catch entry passes much further the three-point line. While it did not help Landstede's cause with the absence of
In the 2nd quarter, things got worse for Landstede (and got better for Hanzevast), with Landstede turning the ball over early in the quarter. Hanzevast executed their halfcourt pick-and-roll game to a science, with crisp passing and aggressive drives to the hoop. Role players for Donar such as Aaron Roye (185-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy), Bas Rozendaal (212-F/C-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Sander de Roos (195-F-91) also made important contributions for Hanzevast. Two consecutive dunks from Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) off penetration dishes and a three-pointer by sniper Will Whittington (191-G/F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Marist) helped Hanzevast to a 57-32 halftime lead.
In the 2nd half it would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way, as Hanzevats continued to dominate on the offensive glass, and Thomas continued to attack off the dribble at will, with each time gaining more success than anticipated. In the end, while both teams had little trouble putting the ball in the basket (Hanzevast 62.8% FG, Landstede 63.3% FG), the difference was that Hanzevast forced Landstede into coughing up the ball 25 times, had also 15 offensive rebounds, including five each by Brempong and Simon Conn (206-F/C-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Gardner-Webb). Hanzevast also had 35 pts. from the Landstede turnovers and 20 second chance pts. Both Conn and Brempong led six Hanzevast players in double figures with 17 pts each, with both having double-doubles (Conn 11 rebounds, Brempong 10). Thomas added 15 pts. and 8 assists, while Whittington also added 15 with four three-pointers. Young led Landstede with 17. Hanzevast improves to 10-6 and tied for 2nd place in the FEB with Eiffel Towers, while Landstede falls to 8-9.
In Leiden, ZZ Leiden continue to go on the up and up in their recent play, with another strong performance by centerJohan Kuijper (217-C-80) en route to winning over Aris Friesland 79-66. The Dutch big man had a double-double of 15 pts. and 16 rebounds, and added 2 blocked shots and 2 steals. Eight of his rebounds also came on the offensive glass. ZZ held Aris Friesland to pedestrian shooting numbers of 40.4% FG and just 5 of 23 from the three-point line. Aris shot also only 9 of 19 from the free throw line and were clobbered on the boards by a 55-42 margin. The win improves ZZ's record to 4-11, while Aris drops its 2nd straight and seventh loss in the past eight games.
In Den Helder, Rotterdam Challengers get back on the winning track thanks to a strong second half performance in its 89-79 road win over BlueStream Seals, spoiling the coaching debut of Remy de Wit. Rotterdam center Martin Iti (213-C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: N.Mexico St.) was a big lift off the bench for the Rotterdammers, and complimented Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) well on the inside, were a potent duo in the deciding 4th quarter run. Both Iti and Briggs combined for 30 total points, 17 by Briggs. Bobby Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) led all scorers with 21 pts. The Rotterdammers move to 9-7, while BlueStream Seals fall to 4-12 with its 3rd straight loss.
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Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) is taking some time away from Kuwait Club, but not due to illness or injury, but to take care of some family business!
Mutawa is headed to Istanbul with Bahrain National Team to compete for the '1 spot' in the Gulf Cup. Mutawa and the Bahrain national team will depart Dec 19th for a 10 day Training camp playing a few local clubs in preparation for the Gulf Cup.
The nationals are bannered by star big man Ahmed Al Mutawa, and include a healthy mix of stanch veterans and quick, fearless youngsters, some of whom will be representing Bahrain for the first time. 'I like the group of players coach Walter has chosen to represent Bahrain,' Mutawa was quoted as saying. 'I have worked with him before and I think his style and philosophies on how to play the game are going to be very helpful in making us a stronger team.'
Bahrain, although already featuring an improved national team line-up, will still be overshadowed in the Gulf Cup by defending champions the UAE, and favourites Qatar. 'I think every team has a chance to win, but of course I play to win and I came to Bahrain to help the team win,' Mutawa said. 'If we play hard and execute our plays, our chances are very good. Our team is young and small, but we are quick and everybody can shoot, so our goal is to work with what we have and come back with the cup.'
Players: Ahmed Al Mutawa, Mohammed Hassan, Mohammed Abdulmajeed, Mahmood Ghuloom, Mohammed Hussain, Hussain Shaker, Mohammed Qurban, Khadem Majed, Ahmed Malallah, Ahmed Mirza, Yasser bu Naffour, Sadeq Mahdi, Essa Ebrahim, Ahmed Abdulaziz, Omran Abdulredha, Abdulrahman Tareq, Maytham Jameel, Mohammed Quwayed.
SOURCE: Gulf Daily News
After desperate nine weeks,Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara downed Pinar Karsiyaka in Ankara.
Casa TED Ankara Kolejliler made its first win in regular season with the new coach Hasan Ozmeric
and its supporters, Die4you. Five players scored in double digits in CASA TED, Erek Hansen (211-C-82, college: Iowa) finished the game with 18 points and 8 rebounds, Kevin Bell collected 11 points,4 rebounds and 4 assist for the winners, Leon Williams collected 12 points 17 rebounds, Gerald Brown netted 22 points in defeat.
CASA TED ANKARA KOLEJLILER (71): Ozgur Adiguzel 8 (2 reb., 4 as.), Caner Oner 3 (2 reb.), Alper Ozcan (1 reb., 1 as.), Caner Erdeniz 12 (1 reb., 1 as.), Onder Kulcebas 5 (6 reb., 2 as.), Kevin Bell 11 (4 reb., 4 as.), Volkan Cetintahra (1 reb.), Quan Prowell 11 (3 reb., 2 as.), Erek Hansen 18 (8 reb., 2 as.),
PINAR KARSIYAKA (63): Gokper Gen (1 reb.), Leon Williams 12 (17 reb., 1 as.), Hakan Koseoglu 8 (1 reb., 6 as.), Omer Kahyaoglu 3, Valentin Pastal 3 (1 reb., 1 as.), Ralph Mims 11 (6 reb., 2 as.), Michael Benton 2 (11 reb., 2 as.), Gerald Brown 22 (2 reb.), Erhan Yetim 2 (2 reb., 1 as.)
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