EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/25/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
Insanity in behaviour of CSKA bosses doesn't have an end. The last affected is Nigerian guard Nosa Omorogbe who was released from the club couple days ago. And if this is normal thing for Georgios Sterianopoulos and Branislav Prelevic it's absolutely be puzzled why from the club don't want to give him Letter of Clearance to go and play in other club.
Omorogbe, who turned 19 yesterday came in CSKA in the beginning of season together with his fellow-countryman Ibrahim Adamu. He played in 9 games for the club and managed average of 4.9 points and 2.1 rebounds playing 14.2 minutes per contest.
'I received half of my money last Saturday and had a meeting with my bosses. They told me that I'm fired. I asked why and they said because we had too many point guards. I was very surprised as I never made any problems and even lately had much more playing time and contributed well for my team', said Nosa Omorogbe. 'I have a contract until the end of the season. Despite that I told them - no problems, I will leave, just give me Letter of Clearance, so I can go and play somewhere else. The answer was - No. I couldn't believe why they aree acting like that and didn't know what to do. I have a offer from Italy but CSKA doesn't give me permission to go. In the same time I'm fired. This is my first club in Europe and I thought club with such a name and big tradition like CSKA was a good choice. It's a pity, I'm very disappointed from the bosses of CSKA. They want from me to leave the hotel on December 27-th and I received my ticket to go back to Nigeria. However I would like to get my Letter of Clearance and go play somewhere else. I don't know why they treat their players like that.'
The case with Nosa Omorogbe is one of the many since Sterianopoulos and Prelevic took over the club. They released some of the late symbols in CSKA while they are untouchable. Right now CSKA look like everything else but normal basketball club from National Basketball league. This CSKA it's a shame for Bulgarian basketball, third and fourth quality level Serbian and greek players are getting calls in the club (with exception of Milos Sakota of course), that in other parts of Europe will not get into the gyms. Youngsters in the club are terrible, organization of the games are way below minimum average. Bulgarian Basketball Federation need to take action and finally that Ethic code to take affect in situation like one with Nigerian kid. In normal countries that behaviour it's not supported at all...
Liceo Mixto qualified to its third consecutive Dimayor's final after finishing the series against Deportes Castro 3-0. In game three, Liceo outscored Castro 36-20 in the second quarter and never looked back. The shooting guard Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81, agency: Players Group) was the offensive leader for the winners with 21 points. Liceo is now waiting for the winner in the series between CD Universidad de Concepcion and Boston College (series tied 1-1).
Liceo Mixto 104 - Deportes Castro 65
Lic: Rodrigo Espinoza 21 pts. Brandon Lee 18 pts. Peter Kiganya 17 pts.
Cas: Jose Luis Campos 26 pts. Aaron Eneas 9 pts. Mauro Salinas 8 pts.
Liceo won the series 3-0
BG 74 Goettingen (1. Bundesliga) have parted company with Jason Miller (208-F/C-80, college: Oklahoma St.). The 28-year-old center who joined the Violets coming from Jena during the summer will return to the USA due to family reasons. In the past weeks Miller only received very little playing time and didn't see any action in the most recent games against Bremerhaven and Noerdlingen. His final appearance on the Goettingen team was on December 13, when the Violets took on Tuebingen and edged past the Tigers 65:64. Miller scored a single point in 2:29 minutes on the hardwood in this game.
Meanwhile, Charles Lee (192-G/F-84, college: Bucknell) has signed a contract-extension that will keep him in Goettingen until the end of this current season.
Zlatorog crashed Epic Misel 102-63 and go into Christmas Break as the league-leading team of UPC League after Geoplin Slovan lost over Elektra Esotech.
Zlatorog-Epic Misel 102-63: Zlatorog led as many as 30 points at the halftime and hit 100 points for the first time this season. Nejc Strnad and Miguel Berdiel netted 17 points apiece, Milos Miljkovic had 16 points and 9 rebounds, Ante Masic added 12 points and Uros Lucic 11. Zlatorog made a 27-5 run, including 15 straight points in second quarter. Epic Misel was outrebounded 21-36. Bojan Jovanovic posted 17 points and Vjeran Soldo 10 of his 14 points scored in third quarter.
Hopsi-CPG Nova Gorica 102-84: Hopsi trailed by 56-57 but pulled away with a 18-3 run. Shawn King collected 24 points, 12 rebounds and 13 fouls drawn, Marko Samanic scored 15 points and Nemanja Jelesijevic added 12 while Vlado Pasalic led the guests with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dalibor Petrovic added 16 points and Jan Petrovcic 14.
Elektra Esotech-Geoplin Slovan 83-80: Slovan led 71-56 early in last quarter but lost for the third time in last four games. Elektra scored 10 consecutive points for a 77-74 lead with 2:29 remaining. Nikola Ivanovic scored 25 points and dished out 7 assists and Dejan Cup had 14 points and 9 rebounds before he fouled out. Dejan Delic scored 22 points for Slovan but he missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at 80-82 with 5 seconds left.
Zagorje-TCG Mercator 77-66: Zagorje in first quarter scored 12 unanswered points and outrebounded their opponent by 46-28. Gilbert Goodrich scored 22 points and dished out 6 assists, David Paris added 16 points and Joshua Johnson (198-F, college: Bowie St.) had 14 points and 26 rebounds. TCG Mercator extended their losing streak to six games. The team has also dropped eight of their last nine games. Simon Finzgar posted 21 points and Primoz Skok 14.
Alpos Sentjur-Luka Koper 07/01, Krka-Helios 11/01.
Adriatic League: Union Olimpija - Buducnost 81-79
Union Olimpija grabbed thriller win against the Montenegrin powerhouse in Round 14 of the regional championship. The hosts escaped with 91-79 for 6-8 record. The same numbers also has Bosna, who shares the seventh place with Olimpija. Buducnot had excellent start of the season, but later it slowed down a little bit. Montenegrins are currently on the sixth place with 8-6. Macedonian point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) led Olimpija in scoring with 19 points. Big guy Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) netted 12, missing only one board for double-double. Miha Zupan (206-F/C-82) and Mirza Begic (218-C-85) delivered 10 points apiece. On the other side, Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was totally the best player in Buducnost with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) followed with 18 pts and 7 rebs, while Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) posted 13.
Olimpija entered in to the last 10 minutes with minus 11, 54-65 (52-65 few moments before). After that Vladimir Golubovic and Vlado Ilievski shined for the hosts. They made couple of important baskets, but Buduncost managed to keep its lead until the last minute. Than Miha Zupan stepped up for Olimpija draining the triple for 77-77. Both teams exchanged couple of FTs after that, but at the very end Gordic of Buducnost missed two. Experienced Hukic made the second one for 81-79. Simonovic tried at the very end, but he missed for 3.
Olimpija: Vlado Ilievski 19+4 boards+4 as, Vladimir Golubovic 12+9 boards, Miha Zupan 10+5 boards, Mirza Begic 10+4 boards
Buducnost: Vladimir Micov 25+5 boards, Nenad Misanovic 18+7 boards, Vladimir Dasic 13
Adriatic League: Krka - Partizan 65-80
Partizan was too strong for Krka on the road remaining on top of Adriatic league with 13-1 record. It means that the defending champion ended year 2008 on the first place with one victory more than Crvena Zvezda, who has 12-2. On the other side, with this loss Krka fell on 4-10 sharing the 11th place with Vojvodina. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) was a key player of this game. He spent 31 minutes on the floor nailing 27 points and also collecting 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) helped Partizan with 12 points and 9 boards, while Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) stopped on 9 points. Richard Shields (193-G-82, college: Rutgers) was the leading player in Krka with 18 points and 6 boards. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM) had 10, while Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Octagon) contributed with 9 points. In the next round Partizan will meet Helios. Krka will take on Crvena Zvezda.
Krka: Richard Shields 18+6 boards, Smiljan Pavic 10+4 boards, Rolandas Alijevas 9
Partizan: Novica Velickovic 27+4 boards+7 as, Stephane Lasme 12+9 boards, Aleksandar Rasic 9
Adriatic League: Bosna S. - Helios 87-72
Bosnian champion celebrated in Round 14 of Adriatic league. After extremely poor start, Bosna ASA BHT improved its performance a lot jumping at the middle of the standings with decent 6-8 record. Slovenian champion, Union Olimpija, has the same digits. Helios Domzale faced with 11th failure in 14 games taking position number 13. The last ranked team in the league is Split with 2-12. Bosna had big advantage in the paint as Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Emir Zimic (217-C-86) were in a game mood. Ivanovic top-scored in his team with 18 points, also grabbing 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Zimic is the second player with very important role as he nailed 17 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) netted 14, while Dusan Dordevic (195-G-83) drained 13 points, including 5 assists.
First quarter was totally leveled, 18-18. During the following 10 minutes the hosts made plus 2. Crucial period of the game was beginning of third quarter as above mentioned Ivan Ivanovic and Emir Zimic made couple of baskets, and together with Goran Ikonic created 11-3 run for 10-point lead. It was 49-39.Thanks to Alvin Snow's (188-G-81, college: E.Washington) lay up at the last Helios' possession in the period, Slovenians closed the gap on 63-55. Visitors came on minus 5 few times in the last stanza, but Emir Zimic and his teammates immediately responded jumping on plus 12 and resolving question about the winner.
Bosna: Ivan Ivanovic 18+6 boards+5 as, Emir Zimic 17+5 boards, Goran Ikonic 14, Dusan Dordevic 13+5 as
Helios: Aljaz Janza (185-G-81) 21+4 boards, Alvin Snow 17+4 as, Nicholas Jacobson (194-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Utah) 14+4 boards
|TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO|
Marshall Strickland (188-G-83, college: Indiana) has released from Galatasaray. He could not take longer times at Galatasaray and finally signed with CASA TED Ankara Kolejliler.
A complete skilled SG, very good outside shooter, physycally strong and with Big Ten conference playing experience. He met with the supporters of CASA Ted Ankara Kolejliler last night at the 10 th anniversary meeting of Die4you.
Last three years career :
2005-2006: Indiana (NCAA, starting five): 30 games: 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.4apg
2006-2007: Alpella Istanbul : 29 games: 16.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.2apg
2007-2008: Alpella Istanbul : 26 games: 16.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg
The UBL Missouri Thrill Tryouts is Jan 10. 2009. All players fees $50.00. See you there. The United Basketball League season starts April 1, 2009. Teams are located in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Please visit our site at www.ublhoops.com to get info on all upcoming tryouts. The United Basketball League is the league thats moves its players to the next level.
The UBL Come Get Some !!!
|UNITED ARAB EMIRATES|
* Wednesday 24/12:
# Group A:
Al Jalaa Aleppo (SYR) 84 - An Nasr (UAE) 75 (Qs: 26-15, 43-32, 68-52 & 84-75)
- Best scorers:
Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) '22 pts' from An Nasr
Damond Williams (197-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Mc Neese St.) '22 pts' from Al Jalaa Aleppo
Reggie Butler (207-C-77, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Xavier) '14 pts' from An Nasr
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 101 - Champville (LEB) 53 (Qs: 18-15, 44-26, 65-43 & 101-52)
- Best scorers:
Andre Muse (196-G-86, college: Quincy) '17 pts' from Champville
Ali Fakhreddine (202-C-83) '16 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Omar El Turk (186-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) '15 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Hussein Tawbe (198-F-82) '14 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
# Group A standings:
1- Al Jalaa Aleppo (SYR) 3-1
2- Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 3-0
3- Champville (LEB) 1-2
4- An Nasr (UAE) 1-2
5- Al Ittihad Alexandria (EGY) 0-3
# Group B:
Zain (JOR) 78 - Mahram (IRI) 61 (Qs: 18-10, 34-31, 56-53 & 78-61)
- Best scorers:
Oscar Yebra (200-F-74, agency: Court Side) '28 pts' from Mahram
Zeid Abbas (203-F-83) '17 pts' from Zain
Mike Christensen (203-G/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Hampshire) '16 pts' from Zain
LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Orleans) '14 pts' from Zain
# Group B standings:
1- Mahram (IRI) 3-1
2- Zain (JOR) 3-0
3- Al Moutahed Tripoli (LEB) 2-1
4- Al Jeish Army Damascus (SYR) 0-3
5- UAE National Team 0-3
* The american center Marquis Estill (206-F-81, college: Kentucky) replaced Guillermo Scholtis (217-C-78) in An Nasr's imports list.
# Day 6 - 20th Dubai International Tournament games schedule (GMT):
- Thursday 25/12:
10:45 Ittihad X Champville
12:45 Army X UAE
15:00 Riyadi X An Nasr
17:00 Zain X Mouttahed
|ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women|
Adriatic L. Standings|
|CROATIA - Women|
|FINLAND - Women|
|ITALY - Women|
|LATVIA - Women|
|LSBL Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Niedola Liepajas 22.6|
2 Steinberga Jun 21.8
3 Troina TTT Riga 17.6
4 Kublina TTT Riga 15.2
5 Tare SK Cesis 14.9
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Niedola Liepajas 11.4|
2 Steinberga Juni 11.3
3 Vitola SK Riga 10.0
4 Eglite RTU 9.6
5 Veinberga Turiba 8.9
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Burian TTT Riga 5.9|
2 Tare SK Cesis 4.0
3 Troina TTT Riga 3.9
4 Karklina SK Cesis 3.4
5 Priede Jun 3.1
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Karklina SK Cesis 4.5|
2 Troina TTT Riga 4.3
3 Krumberga TTT 4.3
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Vitola SK Riga 2.3|
2 Gailite RTU 1.5
3 Eglite RTU 1.3
|1 Niedola Liepajas 26.6|
2 Troina TTT Riga 20.5
3 Steinberga Jun 20.5
4 Kublina TTT Riga 19.9
5 Tare SK Cesis 17.7
|LUXEMBOURG - Women|
|MONTENEGRO - Women|
|ROMANIA - Women|
|Divizia A Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. F. Diaconu, GOV 25.3|
2. J. Hughes, Orad. 23.5
3. C. Graham, STM 20.9
4. B. Savic, Alexan. 19.0
5. A. Denson, Alex. 19.0
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. D. Eshe, Arad 10.3|
2. F. Muller, Oradea 9.5
3. A. Denson, Alex. 8.8
4. Cr. Cutas, Craiova 8.6
5. N. Turoczi, Targov. 8.4
|Assists Per Game|
|1. S. Zoll, Sf. Ghe. 7.0|
2. M. Boriga, Targov. 5.1
3. S. Dragusin, UCL 5.0
4. C. Givens, Targov. 3.9
5. A. Pinter, Craiova 3.7
|1. L. Toma, Targov. 67.6|
2. D. Zoric, Arad 64.9
3. D. Varda, Targov. 64.1
4. I. Crasnoscioc, 63.1
5. T. Porter, Alexan. 62.3
|1. F. Diaconu, GOV 23.4|
2. T. Porter, Alexan. 21.6
3. A. Denson, Alex. 21.3
4. L. Toma, Targov. 19.5
5. B. Savic, Alexan. 19.2
|SERBIA - Women|
|SOUTH KOREA - Women|
|UNITED KINGDOM - Women|