EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/19/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
After a brief sting under a diffferent coaching, team owner Todd Triplett is back at the helm in Vegas. His team, the Las Vegas Aces, are 3-0 now, led by Lou Kelly (6'5''-G/F-79, college: UNLV) and Johnny McClenton (6'6''-F-81, college: Bethune-Cookman). Kelly scored 64 points (!!) against Arizona Rhinos the last week and leads the Aces in points. The other top scorers are McClenton and Antwan Roberson (6'7''-F-80, college: Jacksonville JC). NBA veterans Tony Farmer (6'10''-F/C-70, college: Nebraska) and Anthony Miller (6'9''-C-71, college: Michigan St.) are in the team too. Coach Triplett has agreed with 4 teams in Luxembourg, Europe to play in a 6 day tournament at the end of December-January. He looks forward to go back to the country where he started his coaching career. The Aces are very excited about going to Europe for teh Xmas break. The team's new official website site is www.2kaces.com
Juan Mendez scored 25 points as Xinjiang advanced to a 13-1 record with a 109-95 win over Shaanxi. Xu Guochong scored 19 and Myron Allen had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Mengke Bateer had 10 points and 8 assists. Mai Wulan added 12 points. Brandon Robinson scored 19 for Shaanxi. He Ben scored 16. Yang Wengbo, listed as born in 1990, scored 15. Dai Yong and Li Benson each scored 10. Young 7-footer Zheng Zhun had 8 points and 4 rebounds in 19 minutes.
Jones Dontae (202-F-75, college: Mississippi St.) had 54 points and 15 rebounds to lead Beijing to a 107-102 upset of Jiangsu, knocking the Dragons out of second place. Zhang Yunsong had 21 points and 9 rebounds. David Harrison scored 19 and grabbed 15 rebounds. Xie Libin had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Donnell Harvey led Jiangsu with 35 points and 15 rebounds. Jameel Watkins had 19 points and 22 rebounds. Zhang Cheng scored 21. Yi Li had 15 points and 6 assists. Hu Xuefeng had 12 points, 7 assists and 4 steals.
Guangdong edged Dongguan 105-100 as Zhu Fangyu had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guangdong gained sole possession of second place with a 11-3 record. Jason Dixon had 21 points and 17 rebounds and Tyler Amaya had 20 points and 6 rebounds. Du Feng and Liu Xiaoyu each scored 14. Michael Harris led Dongguan with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 25 points. Wang Jing scored 15 and Meng Duo scored 14. Zhang Kai had 11 points and 5 rebounds.
Wang Zhizhi had 28 points and 8 rebounds as Bayi defeated Zhejiang Guangsha 101-94. Wang Zhongguang scored 24 points and had 9 assists. Mo Ke had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Nigel Dixon led Guangsha with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Rodney White, a new import, scored 20 points and Jin Lipeng had 17.
After a one-game absence Zhang Dayu had 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead Zhejiang to a 115-74 slaughter of Yunnan. Samuel Hoskin had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Ding Jinhui had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Luo Zhi scored 16 and Zhang Yongpeng had 10 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Gabe Muoneke did not play for Yunnan and Keith Closs had only two points in 20 minutes. Li Tao led Yunnan with 15 points and Zhao Anan had 14.
Zhang Qingpeng had 27 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals as Liaoning edged Qingdao 100-91. Awvee Storey had 21 points and 6 rebounds. Yang Ming scored 14 and Li Xiaoxu had 11. Li Guang led Qingdao with 21 points, 8 assists and 4 steals, though he did have 6 turnovers. Chris Williams replaced Amal McCaskill as one of Qingdao's imports and had 7 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, shooting just 2 of 13. Yu Gaofeng scored 19 points and Lu Keming had 16. Frans Steyn had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Shandong defeated Shanxi Zhongyu 122-118 as Mack Tuck had 36 points and 9 rebounds. Sun Jie added 27 points and Wang Gang had 16. Li Jingyu added 13 points. Donta Smith had 41 points for Zhongyu. Olumide Oyedeji had 27 points and 30 rebounds. Wei Mingliang scored 11 and Ba Zhichao had 10.
Fujian swamped Shanghai 112-88 as Gong Songlin scored 33. Chris Porter had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Yang Chao scored 15 and Liu Yudong had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Matt Frieje had 12 points and 6 rebounds. DaJuan Tate had 28 points and 13 rebounds for Shanghai. Peng Fei scored scored 15, Wang Ligang scored 12 and Meng Lingyuan had 11.
Tianjin defeated Jilin 88-81 as Theron Smith had 35 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Darryl Watkins had 19 points and 9 rebounds. Xu Guijun had 12 points and Wang Hao had 11. Soumaila Samake led Jilin with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Wang Bo added 17 and Yang Yuming scored 12.
Coach Yiannaras Panayiotis knows what it feels to be disregarded, despite having achieved more than most of his colleagues did. The 36 year-old reached the pinnacle of his Career when he was appointed as a head coach of Enosis Paralimniou Men's Basketball team (Div A) in 2000-2002. Additionally, in 1998-1999 he worked as an assistant coach in AEK Larnakas Men's Baskeball team (Div A). The last 3 years he has been serving as the assistant coach of Keravnos Men's Basketball team (Div A), with which he won 1 championship and 1 cup, being also a Eurochallenge Cup Finalist.
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 Men's 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 Yiannaras is a terrific talent. He has passed from quite a few teams so far, including Enosis Paralimniou Men's basketball team, AEK Larnakas Men's Basketball team, AEL Limassol women's team and Keravnos Strovolou junior and women's team and of course Men's 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)
Women's league champion (2002-2003)
Women's league champion (2003-2004)
Women's cup finalist (2003-2004)
Women's league champion (2004-2005)
Women's league cup winner (2004-2005)
Women's league supercup winner (2004-2005)
Men's league cup winner as an assistant coach (2006-2007)
FIBA Eurochallenge cup finalist (2006-2007)
Men's 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 Yiannaras Panayiotis is only 36 years old, has worked in few of the best teams on the island and has quite a few titles on 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 answer!!!
One of the most educated Basketball Coaches in Cyprus, Konstantinos Filippopoulos once more is educating himself as he does nearly every year.
The talented Head coach is to attend some very serious basketball seminars which will take place in Europe and in the States, at the end of December beginning of January. Filippopoulos is following all the Basketball trends the last five years and is among the local Head coaches that are more updated than many of the foreign Head coaches who are coming on the island with supposidly good credentials and months later everybody realizes that they are much better in theory and not so good in practice.
Its quite pity for the specific coach who even though proved him self to be a very good coach (in his last two attempts in the Cyprus league, with Keravnos Strovolou in womens league and in Achilleas Kaimakli as an assistant coach, two years ago went amazingly good having in mind all the factors), is still unemployed. Last summer he was very close to book in some European leagues but unfortunately for him there was a kind of a gap in the financial issue.
Eurobasket.com wishes the Cypriot Head coach all the best in his new trip and hopes to see him back on the island even more wiser.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
T71 91 - Contern 86
The game between these two teams was very close, especially in the first half. In the middle of the third quarter T71 went on a nice run, increasing its lead to as many as 13 points. Contern out-played T71 in the fourth, but it was too little too late for the visitors who suffered their 5th loss and dropped to a 6th place tie with Black Star. All 8 players scored for T71, with Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Drexel)(11 Rebounds) leading the way with a game high 31 points. Martin Rajniak had 24 points and 9 rebounds. Gilles Ruffato and Michael Kostur added 15 and 10 respectively. Eric Jeitz was top-scorer for Contern with 23 points. Brandon Gary (202-F-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Hutchinson JC) had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Ken Diederich scored 18 and Gilles Becker 15. This weekend Contern hosts Sparta and T71 goes to Mersch to face Black Star. Both games are on Saturday, December 20th.
T71: 34 field goals, 6 three pointers, 17 for 20 free throws, 32 rebounds, 21 fouls and 13 turnovers; Kostur 27' fouled out
Whitworth 31, Rajnial 24, Kostur 10, Ruffato 15, Kieffer 5, also Bemtgen 2, Klein 2 and Siebenbour 2
Contern: 26 field goals, 8 three pointers, 26 for 29 free throws, 29 rebounds, 16 fouls and 11 turnovers
Unsprtsmanlike Fouls: 4' Diederich and 39' Braun; Technical Foul: 12' Coach Amelow
Becker 15, Jeitz 23, Diederich 18, Gary 20, Bissener 2, also Braun 8, Fasbender and Torres
Score by quarters: 1st Q 23-23, Halftime 50-47, 3rd Q 72-62, Final 91-86
Racing 70 - Residence 78
Racing: 26 field goals, 8 three pointers, 10 for 17 free throws, 36 rebounds, 28 fouls and 17 turnovers
Weynandt 11, Schroeder 8, Pires 4, Archbold 26, Haas 5, also Klose 5, Garcia 2, Ural, Schmit 3, Grand 6 and Hochmuth
Residence: 27 field goals, 7 three pointers, 17 of 32 free throws, 38 rebounds, 15 fouls and 22 turnovers
Abdiu, Leschek 6, F.Mangen 8, Koster 21, Hall 30, also Hemmen 5, Julien 3, S.Mangen 5 and Torres
Score by quarters: 1st Q 18-17, Halftime 34-35, 3rd Q 56-57, Final 70-78
Satruday, December 13, 2008
Heffingen 74 - Etzella 97
Heffingen was coming off their first win but their success was short lived as it was back to solid ground having to face Etzella last Saturday night at home. Etzella got off to a strong start taking care of business early with a 19 point lead at the end of the first quarter. The game was pretty much over at that point and Etzella was able to put things on automatic pilot until the last buzzer. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) had a field day with 34 points, 15 rebounds, 5 steals and a blocked shot. Tim Giver crushed his former teammates as well adding 22 points in just 30 minutes of play. Jim Garganese is back for Etzella his presence was also felt by Heffingen as he chipped in with 12 points in only 16 minutes. Jairo DelGado is also back but he was held to only 6 points. Nelson DelGado is still rehabilitating his sprained ankle.
For Heffingen, Willie Irick (198-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Oklahoma City) had a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Joel Thesen had 12 and three others had 8 points: Daniel Weyrich, Claude Weyrich and Max Schmit. Heffingen, playing without Pit Hetto(broken thumb) was down by as many as 35 during this lop-sided affair. Heffingen drops to 1-10 on the season and get a break this weekend as they will face Residence for a battle of the bottom. Etzella will go to Contern to try and get revenge for a first round home loss. Both games are on Saturday evening, December 20,
Heffingen: 30 field goals, 3 three pointers, 11 for 17 free throws, 32 rebounds, 23 fouls and 23 turnovers
J. Thesen 12, C. Weyrich 8, D. Weyrich 8, Scholtus 6, Irick 25, also Feltes, Kauffmann 3, Schmit 8, K. Thesen and M. Weyrich 4
Etzella:34 field goals, 12 three pointers, 17 for 23 free throws, 31 rebounds, 19 fouls and 11 turnovers
E. Ferreira 2, Giver 22, Kennedy 34, J. DelGado 6, Ittenbach 5, also Kerger 2, Wiesenbach, Pravisani 4, Jacoby 4, Garganese 12, Bensighir 6 and S. Fereira
Score by Quarters: 1st Q 12-31, Halftime 28-54, 3rd Q 47-80, Final 74-97
After suddenly being released by Vermont on December 12th, Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) now finds himself a member of the Manchester Millrats, a fierce division rival to Vermont. Kinsey was rated the #14th Best Minor League Player in the Country last April according to www.probasketballnews.com. He starred for the ABA's Texas Tycoons, but saw his championship quest end in two consecutive postseasons at the hands of the Frost Heaves. In 2007, Vermont dismantled the visiting Tycoons 143-95 in a lopsided title game. In 2008, Texas met Vermont again, this time in the quarterfinals, but came up short 106-100. In Manchester, Kinsey is now part of a team that has experienced success against Vermont, going 4-2 against the champs last year, in their inaugural season.
North sector, round 11
Odzaci-Crvenka 107-85 (28-21, 28-18, 22-22, 29-24)
Odzaci: Apic 13, Stanimirovic 8, Zaric 14, Stevanovic 6, Japundzic 13, Krtinic 8, Golubovic 14, Ilic 2, Ristic 11, Hanc 4, Gadzic 14, sotirovic.
Crvenka: Ostrogonac 17, Raketic 9, Golubovic 6, Popovic 12, Mikulic 3, Blazic13, Subotic, Jovanovic 2, Djuric 8, Milulic 15.
Backa Palanka-Apatin 96-82 (24-21, 31-28, 35-17, 16-16)
Backa Palanka: Stancevic 15, Bosnjak, Smiljic 2, Piljak, Jerkov 36, Karanovic 10, Bajic 23, Kovacevic 2, Dragutinovic 4, Boskovic 3, Babic.
Apatin: Mandic, Miljanic 3, Maljkovic8, Jovanic 9, Copic, Zikovic 16, Jovic 35, Matijevic, Loncar 5, Pejin 4, Marijanovic 2.
Roling-Hemofarm Stada MT 89-72 (18-18, 26-17, 27-24, 18-15)
Roling: Milosavljevic 16, Kojic 9, Jeremic 3, Sajic 14, Skrpinac, Cvijovic, Lisica 12, Grabovicki 7, Milovic 7, Lucic 2, Radak, Bozic 9.
Hemofarm Stada MT: Bulic 13, Kambic 22, Lekic 13, Knezevic, Smiljkovic, Tripkovic 7, Cirovic 2, Petkovic 7, Igrutinovic 9, Alamanja.
Top-Stara Pazova 85-77 (18-15, 21-15, 23-23, 23-24)
Top: Sredojevic, Gusic 6, Djurovic 3, Nogavica 6, Vugrincic, Mudrinski 2, Jevtic 16, Jocic 3, Kneevic 11, Ivelja 23, Stanic 15.
Stara Pazova:Ratkov 2, Bursac 4, Cobanovic 19, Bulovic 15, Ivanis 12, Miletic , Puletic, Kalik 17, DSjuricic 8., Vujinovic, Grujin, Milosevic.
LSK-Dinamo 61-71 (13-15, 19-23, 9-17, 20-17)
LSK: Tomic 9, Katic 9, Jandric 3, Curak 7, B.Curak 19, Lalic, M.Ratic 2, Zeljkovic 2, Stajic, Mirceta 4, Stacenski 6.
Dinamo: Djaovic, Jereminov 7, Nikolic, Doskovic 3, Zafirovic 2, Babic 21, Golubovic, Stanojevic26, Radenkovic 13, Vukovic.
Hajduk-Vojvodina 71-65 (18-15, 21-18, 12-17, 20-15)
Hajduk; Setuljev 9, Vladetic, Lovrencic, Radovic, Lescesin 21, Skrbic 3, Manojlovic, Jurisin 15, Zekovic 22, Borovic, Pjevac, Ljubanic.
Vojvodina: Marinkovic 8, Somborski 11, Sijacki, Gajin 15, Konrad, Miskovic 11, R.Toroman 10, B.Toroman, Berbakov, Radenkov 10.
Center sector, round 9.
Astra-Girasol Basket 85-63 (29-6, 13-18, 24-22, 19-17)
Astra: Marovic 14, Jevdjenic 20, Markovic 8, Vlajic 3, Rusovac 4, Mirkovic 2, Milosevic 11, Jovanovic 8, Ristanovic 6, Jevtic, Eglandzija 8.
Girasol Basket: Latanovic 2, Ilic 1, Stankovic 4, Bulatovic 13, Milenkovic 11, Kosovic 8, Tisma 4, Novosel 12, Kapicic 8.
Kasta-Superfund MT 110-83 (19-13, 37-20, 25-25, 29-25)
Kasta: Milenkovic, Kricka 18, Beselinovic, Milanovic 1, Stamenkovic 24, Milatovic 24, Damjanovic 16, Radovanovic 7, Aleksic 5, Zujovic 6, Malic 2, Jovanovic 7.
Superfund MT: Rajic, Keselj 21, Prljevic 6, Ristic 5, Cvetic, Dimitrijevic 9, Jovanovic 6, Marin 15, Saric 2, Vukovic 4, Kankaras 15.
Best 98-Mladenovac 93-91 (21-27, 22-15, 24-23,26-26)
Best 98; Slavkovic 11, Paljevic 11, Baskalovic 3, Ardalic 14, Gacic, Maricic 11, Radisic, Stankovic 4, Tadic 17, Colovic 1, Musikic 2. Boskovic 19.
Mladenovac: Micic, P.Simic, Stosic 28, Z.Simic 3, Zdravkovic, Aleksic, Ivkovic 10, Jeftic 27, Milosavljevic, Lukaj 10, Stepic 16.
Rakovica Basket-Union 88-79 (13-18, 39-22, 19-19, 17-20)
Rakovica Basket: Ristic 9, Trojanovic 13, Crnomarkovic, Micic, Nonovic 13, Jovic, Zivkovic 36, Miljanovic 4, Bojovic 2, Bankovic, Curguz, Saptovic 22.
Union: Bualo 2, Krznanic 3, Stanisic 6, Cvetic 4, M.Knezevic 4, U.Knezevic 8, Lazic 11, Drakulovic 18, Damjanovic 21, Puzovic 2.
Tenerife Rural decided to resolve the contract with Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky), due to attitude of the player during latest weeks. Then Barbour left the canary team while is the LEB Golds top scorer 18'9 points and the recordman with points 50, and in value 54 in that game, 3 weeks ago.
Felix Munoz dimissed as head coach in Beirasar Rosalia
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