EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/22/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
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Saturday night in FEB action, the defending champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide had their hands full in the first 25 minutes vs. BlueStream Seals, but then afterwards took care of business, while Rotterdam Challengers and Aris Friesland closed off the 2008 year on a positive note, cruising to wins over West-Brabant Giants and Landstede Basketball respectively.
In Den Helder, BlueStream Seals put up a big challenge vs. battle tested Eclipse Jet/MG, jumping to leads of 24-14 in the 1st quarter (28-20 at the end of the 1st quarter) and 42-32 midway through the 2nd quarter. But in the end the defending Dutch champions found their stride, with strong play in the 3rd by Dutch international making a difference, helping Eclipse Jet/MG cruise to an 102-87 win. Center van Paassen helped Eclipse Jet/MG go on a 12-0 run midway the 3rd that led to Eclipse Jet/MG gain a lead of 72-63 at the end of the quarter. From then on, coupled with BlueStream plagued by foul trouble, the game tempo belonged to the defending Dutch champs. Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) led Eclipse Jet/MG with 21 pts. with Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) adding 16 pts. Tjoe de Paula (185-G-81, agency: Court Side) led BlueStream Seals with 21 pts. Eclipse Jet/MG, who were playing their 4th game in a full week, with no immediate rest in sight with the upcoming Amsterdam Haarlem Basketball Week in its agenda, improve to 13-2.
In Bergen-op-Zoom, the game tempo changed in the favor of the guests Rotterdam Challengers in the 2nd quarter, thanks to their more abundance of quickness and tough defense, helping the Rotterdammers to a big halftime lead, which they managed to retain in the second half, winning convincingly over West-Brabant Giants 80-68. The Rotterdammers caused havoc on a West-Brabant team that has struggled at home the 1st half of the season, leading at halftime 43-27 and leading at one point by a margin of 20 pts. West-Brabant could get no closer than 12 pts. throughout. Sullivan Sykes (193-G/F-81, college: St.Joseph, IN) led the guests with 19 pts., with
Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) dominating inside to the tune of 18 pts. and 13 rebounds. Bobby Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) had an excellent all-around effort of 15 pts., 6 assists and 6 steals. Rotterdam shot 61.1% FG, made 10 threes and had also 23 steals. The team of head coach Terrence Stansbury can enter the Christmas break on a positive not, with an 11-7 record, while West-Brabant Giants, their fifth home loss in the 1st half of the season, fall to 9-9.
In Leeuwarden, Aris Fresland capped off an excellent week and with good feelings heading into the Christmas break with a 94-86 win over Landstede Basketball. After a 1st half in which both teams were trying to establish a tempo, the Aris trio of Dutch international Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and the 'Killer B's' Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) and Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) made life miserable for Landstede, with a strong 3rd quarter fron van der Kamp and Bauscher making the difference, leading Aris to a hat trick over Landstede. Bauscher made two three-pointers to break a tie and give Aris a 56-50 lead, then van der Kamp did the rest, helping Aris take over the game tempo and lead 73-59 at the end of the 3rd.
Landstede answered with a quick 7-0 run at the beginning of the 4th, but a score by Aris forward Keith Spencer (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) set Aris back on track and retain control of the game throughout. Both Bauscher and van der Kamp led Aris with 23 pts. each, with Blackwood adding 19. The 'Killer B's' both dished out 6 assists each. Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) led Landstede with 23 pts. It was Aris' 3rd win this season over Landstede, with all coming at home, including in the FEB Cup. Aris improved to 7-11 while Landstede suffered its 3rd defeat in a row and drops to 8-11.
Sunday early evening in the Martiniplaza, the team of Marco van den Berg and Hanzevast Capitals also head into the holidays on a positive note, holding off Upstairs Weert 74-72. Hanzevast did an effective job of shutting down the formidable Upstairs scoring backcourt ofOmni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) and Nick Stapleton (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Austin Peay St.), holding Smith to 7 pts. and Stapleton to only 3 pts. Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) dominated inside, leading Hanzevast with a double-double of 21 pts. and 11 rebounds, with also 2 blocks. Upstairs forward Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) led allscorers with 25 pts. The win was Hanzevast's third straight and they move into 2nd place heading into the holiday break at 12-6.
In the Maaspoort early Sunday evening, Eiffel Towers also got back on track after the Thursday loss in Leeuwarden, venting out their frustrations on Matrixx Magixx, with a dominant second half making the difference and rolling to a 92-67 blowout win. The three-point line was friendly territory for Eiffel, knocking down 14 of 25 total. Eiffel also outscored Matrixx 60-32 in the second half. Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest) led Eiffel with 19 pts. With the win, Eiffel improve to 11-6 and moves into 3rd place heading into the holiday break.
JEDINSTVO B.Polje - PRIMORJE Herceg Novi 81:86 ( 17:22, 14:16, 24:19, 26:29 )
Bijelo Polje - Sport Center Nikoljac. Spect: 700. Reff: Jokic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Niksic), Lakicevic (Budva)
JEDINSTVO : Muovic 2, Vucetic, Miljic, Popovic 8, Omerovic 13, Babaca 3, Tokalic 2, Gemeljevic 25, Radulovic 4, Jeckson 17, Kovacevic, Vladimir Grdinic (190-G-78) 7.
PRIMORJE : Arapovic, Najdenov, Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-86) 4, Miljanic 2, Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) 1, Stevovic 9, Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) 22, Oldrih, Mihailovic 17, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 14, Kovacevic, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 17
DANILOVGRAD - MORNAR Bar 83:61 ( 17:12, 21:13, 20:19, 25:17 )
Danilovgrad - School Center . Spect: 600. Reff: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Koljensi c(Podgorica), Savovic (Podgorica)
DANILOVGRAD : Jovovic, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 6, Bogojevic 24, Radulovic 11, M. Stanisic 7, Simonovic 12, B. Stanisic 5, Danilo Vojvodic (202-F/C-83) 8, Miladin Mijajlovic, Milatovic 9, Vujisic 1
MORNAR : Saptahovic 8, Djurisic 16, Djelosevic 9, Mihailovic 10, Radovic 2, Milosevic 1,Igor Bijelic (208-F/C-88) 2, Dobrovic 2, Vujosevic 4, Savic 5
LOVCEN Cetinje UlLCINJ 75:80 ( 15:12, 24:23, 19:20, 17:25 )
Cetinje - SRC Lovcen. Spect: 300. Reff: Sundic (Podgorica), Kicovic (Bar), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje)
LOVCEN : Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90), Marko Calic (197-F-86) 10, Savovic 6, Milosevic 12, Ivanovic 5, Djukanovic, Zoran Kascelan (190-G-86) 11, Lutersek, Lopicic, Lalic 5, Jovanovic 8, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 18
ULCINJ : Latkovic, Stanic 3, Kalezic 10, Zeljko Jovanovic (192-F/G-86), Jankovic 18, Micetic, Cetkovic 3, Sekulic 4, Nikolic, Ivanovic 15,Miljan Vukotic (204-F/C-77) 17, Djordjevic 10
RUDAR Pljevlja - NIKSIC 20-0
Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras and Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes the finalist of the ProLiga 2007-2008, have played this weekend now for the TOP League.
The result was the same, victory for Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras.
The game was great to see, with a lot showtime and no guest who was going to win the game.
Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras toke the lead in the first 10 minutes, but soon Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes recover from that and got until the last quarter a 7 points diferencial.
In the last quarter Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes start stronger and got 12 points away from Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras, but Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras pull it together and the defense got stronger and recover, and with 5 minutes to play got the lead by 5 points.
At the end Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras close the game with a vitory by 7 points. Final score 83-76.
Both teams made a good game, very nice to see. But still not playing there best!
For Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes the best player was Louis Graham (203-F-84) with 24points 8 rebounds (solid game, playing inside and out, shooting inclusive from the 3 point line)
For Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras the best guys wore, Jason Davis (193-G/F-85, agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC, college: Sacramento St.) 9points 4 assists (he had a hard job to guard Julian Banks that only scored 11points, and made some fantastic dunks), Miguel Salvador (187-G-81) 21points (have done a good job at the point guard position), Joseph Harrell (204-F-85, agency: 540 Sports) 16points 8rebounds (player that done a quiet game but with important shoots made during the game), and the MVP Jeffrey Ferguson (210-F/C-81, college: Wayne St., MI) with 24points 13rebounds (made a solid game, with some explosive dunks, but still making some travling with some inside moves),
|LPB Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Smith, CAB 22.1|
2 Graham, Vitoria 21.7
3 Madison, CAB 20.8
4 Williams,Academica 20
5 Jeffrey C., Fisica 19.2
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1Jeffrey C.,Fisica 12.4|
2 Johnson,Academica 10
3 Coleman, Vagos 9.8
4 Kevin, Porto 9.6
5 Doliboa, Benfica 9.2
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Pires, Barreirense 5.3|
2 Costa, Ginasio 4.8
3 Figueiredo, Porto 4.6
4 Reed, Benfica 3.9
5 Smith, CAB 3.9
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Madison, CAB 3.4|
2 Harvey, Vitoria 2.3
3 Tyrekus,Barreirense 2.3
4 Costa, Ginasio 2.3
5 Joseph, Fisica 2,2
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Graham,Vitoria 2|
2 Brown,Barreirense 1.6
3 Doliboa,Benfica 1.6
4 Rosefelt,Academica 1.5
5 Kevin, Porto 1.5
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* Sunday 21/12:
In the 2nd day of Dubai Intertnational Tournament, Three games were played earlier today with full of joy and excitment.
# Group A:
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 75 - Al Jalaa Aleppo (SYR) 72 (Qs: 26-18, 41-37, 62-51 & 75-72)
- Best scorers:
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) '23 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Michel Maadanli (196-G-81, agency: Huss Sport Agency) '19 pts' from Al Jalaa Aleppo
Knight Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) '16 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Damond Williams (197-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Mc Neese St.) '13 pts' from Al Jalaa Aleppo
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) '13 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
An Nasr (UAE) 80 - Al Ittihad Alexandria (EGY) 65 (Qs: 20-14, 40-31, 66-44 & 80-55)
- Best scorers:
Saleh Sultan (178-G-89) '32 pts!!' from An Nasr
Derrick Franklin (208-C-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Columbus St.) '20 pts' from Al Ittihad Alexandria
Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) '20 pts' from An Nasr
# Group A standings:
1- An Nasr (UAE) 1-1
2- Champville (LEB) 1-0
3- Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB)1-0
4- Al Jalaa Aleppo (SYR) 0-1
5- Al Ittihad Alexandria (EGY) 0-1
* Group B:
Mahram (IRI) 84 - Al Moutahed Tripoli (LEB) 74 (Qs: 20-20, 44-41, 55-53 & 84-74)
# Group B standings:
1- Al Moutahed Tripoli (LEB) 1-1
2- Zain (JOR) 1-0
3- Mahram (IRI) 1-0
4- Al Jeish Army Damascus (SYR) 0-1
5- UAE National Team 0-1
* The american forward Justin Murray (198-F/G-80, college: Washington St.) replaced Marvin Black (201-F-80, agency: EM-PA, college: Marshall) in the imports list of Al Jeish Army Damascus (SYR) on loan from Al Sharjah (UAE).
* Al Ittihad Alexandria decided to put Anthony Jones (194-G-77, college: Ohio) in the place of Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Iowa) in (EGY).
* Montenegrin player Nebojsa Bogavac (199-G-73, agency: Beo Basket) is playing with Mahram in the tournament
# Day 3 - 20th Dubai International Tournament games schedule (GMT):
- Monday 22/12:
12:45 Mahram X UAE
15:00 Jalaa X Ittihad
17:00 Zain X Army
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