EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/3/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
In their first and only exhibition game before next week's season opener at home against the ABA championship runner-up San Diego Wildcats, the Heatwave struggled early, but escaped with a 81-80 win over Showtime team from Oakland. When the game was on the line, team captain, point guard Kenny Brunner (6'0''-G-78, college: S.Idaho JC) took over and hit a three pointer, two free throws and completed a three point play by hitting the free throw after being fouled hard going to the basket. Brunner led the Heatwave with 18 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Former ABA All-Star Jimmy Miggins (6'6''-F-79, college: Pepperdine) finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds. 'Showtime was a great opponent and a great chance for us to see where we are,' said owner/Head Coach Reggie Davis . 'We'll see them again soon.' For more information, visit www.sacramentoheatwave.com
The American Basketball Association today released its Power Rankings for the week preceding the official start of the ABA season this weekend - and for the third straight week, the Nashville Broncs, with a 5-0 regular season record, maintained the top position. The Maywood Buzz moved to #2 based on a combination of pre-season and regular season wins with the Alaska Dream coming in a very close third. 'This is the first week I've taken on the assignment of the Power Rankings,' stated Burrell Lee, ABA Director of West Coast Operations. 'Fortunately, we had much more information to base the rankings on with pre-season games, regular season games and a look at the various rosters. This is anything but an exact science and after this weekend with the large number of games, we might see some dramatic shifting.'
1. Nashville Broncs
2. Maywood Buzrz
3. Alaska Dream
4. South Texas Showboats
5. San Francisco Rumble
6. Beijing Aoshen Olympian
7. San Diego Wildcats
8. Jersey Express
9. Kentucky Bisons
10. Knoxville Thunderbolt
11. West Texas Whirlwinds
12. SE Texas Mustangs
13. Montreal Matrix
14. Washington Raptors
15. WV Blazers
16. Cleveland Rockers
17. Modesto Bearcats
18. Houston Takers
19. Sacramento Heatwave
20. Chicago Steam
21. Salt Lake City Saints
22. Georgia Gwizzlies
23. Mississippi Blues
24. Kansas City Spartans
Regatas Corrientes, a team that had lost the final game of the same torunament the last year, became champion of Super 8, the tournament where the best 8 team of the first stage play each other. In the final game Regatas beat host and invited team Obras sanitarias, with an excellent deffensive game. Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80) was named MVP of the tournament. Regatas had won to Gimnasia Comodro in semifinals and BB Estudiantes in quarterfinals. Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances) was the top scorer.
Obras Sanitarias (62): Fernando Titarelli 8, Gabriel Cocha 5, Angel Caballero 2, Lazaro Borrell 20, Tyler Field 10 (st), Fernando Martina 4, Daniel Chaher 11, Cristian Cortes 0, Sergio ravina 2, Franco Giulietti 0. coach: Carlos Duro.
Regatas Corrientes (68): Alejandro Montecchia 5, Sebastian Acosta (178-G-82) 15, Ramzee Stanton 8, Federico Kammerichs 6, Damian Tintorelli 8 (st), Luis Cequeira 9, Roberto Lopez 7, Cedric Patton 8, Mariano Fierro 2. coach: Silvio Santander.
The ATLIB Sports Association held its National basketball tournament on Saturday, 29 November 2008 Hosted by Galen University in San Ignacio Town.
The top two teams of each division played each other as follows:
Males: Game 1 UB champ. vs SJCJC subchamp. Game 2 WJC champ. vs EJC subchamp.
Females: Game 1 UB champ. vs WJC subchamp. Game 2 SJCJC champ. vs EJC subchamp.
The winners went directly to the finals while the losers played for third place.
Male Game Results:
Game 1: UB defeated SJCJC 59 - 24
UB Leroy Louriano 12 points
Winston Pratt 9 points
Tyron Castillo 9 points
SJCJC Don Williams 9 points
Game 2: EJC defeated WJC 44 - 36
EJC Sheldon Apolonio 13 points
Gabriel Guerra 8 points
Delroy Caliz 6 points
WJC Kareem Elrington 12 points
Duane Staine 7 points
Wilfred Richards 6 points
Third Place: WJC defeated SJCJC 47 - 41
WJC: Duane Staine 10 points
Devon Defour 9 points
Raphael OBrien 6 points
SJCJC: Edgar August 18 points
Hughson Tillett 8 points
Championship Game: UB defeated EJC 32 - 29
UB: Stephen Williams 6points
EJC: Apolonio Sheldon 10 points
Francisco Gary 9 points
Stephen Flores 6 points
Female Game Results:
UB defeated WJC 24 - 13
UB: Ashley Elrington 6 points
Kara Kinsling 6 points
Rosabelle Ogaldez 5 Points
Karla Vea 5 points
WJC: Kannisha James 6 points
Ashley Gladden 4 points
EJC defeated SJCJC 19 - 15
EJC: Stacey Weber 8 points
Jackline Arzu 8 points
SJCJC: Kaya Cattouse 5 points
Bianca McFadzean 4 Points
Third Place: SJCJC defeated WJC 47 - 41
SJCJC: Kaya Cattouse 12 points
Michelle Andrews 8 points
WJC: Ashley Gladden 6 points
Championship Game: UB defeated EJC 26 - 14
UB: Shaniqua Micheal 13 points
Karla Vea 7 points
EJC: Alice Nunez 6 points
Jeremie Flores 6 points
Thus, out of the male teams, UB came up as the champion and EJC second; out of the female teams, UB came in first and EJC second.
Keravnos Strovolou never bounced back from last week's defeat to Telekom Baskets Bonn, and lost another game, this time in Strovolos (three defeats in a row, in the worst European tour of the Strovolos team the last decade). The French team SAOS Hyeres one of the weakest teams in the French league (it is actually second from the end in the local league with a record of 3-6) was able to succeed against the Cyprus champions of 2007-2008 an amazing road win 85-88 and left no EuroChallenge hopes to the Cyprus site as now with a 0-2 record and a home loss cant recover in the group as the strongest team is obviously Ural Great!
Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) poured in 29 points (Vasilis Fragias couldnt do anything to stop the American guard) and the veteran Nichols 20 for the winners.
The French team dominated the boards in the blowout, out-rebounding Keravnos 40-30 with Kyle Milling (204-F/C-74, college: Oregon) pulling down a game-high 12. The French team also connected on twelve of 23 shots from behind the arc while Keravnos Strovolou drilled just nine of 28!, with LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) having 2/9, Pilavas 0/3 and Andre Woolridge (183-G-73, college: Iowa) 3/7.
Keravnos started with the home team being very possessive and very good in the peripheral especially with Andre Woolridge who scored his 8 out of 11 points in the first 8 minutes, giving the leading role to his team with 28-17. The second quarter though was really very tough for Strovolos team as the veteran Nichols started to score without the slightest problem from Vasilis Fragias defense; the American guard scored nine points in this quarter while Hrvoje Perincic (196-G/F-78) added another 8 and Dontaye Draper another 7 to close the gap in the half time to 50-43 mainly due to Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73)'s heroic game in the paint.
Hrvoje Perincic and Dontaye Draper start shooting from the arc in the third quarter and the score 4.37 before the end of the game became 59-58 for the home site which started slowly-slowly to feel the hot breath of the French. Dontaye Drapers three pointers gave the first leading moment to the visitors with 2.24 remaining and the score board was showing 61-63. LaMarr Greer's lay-up gave to the home team a small lead at the end of the third quarter and the score becoming 70-67
Aleksandar Damjanovic and LaMarr Greer opened the fourth quarter with a lay-up each and gave a hope to the few Strovolos fans as the score went up to 74-67 and 77-67 some seconds after with Barisa Krasic (203-F-78) 3pointer and Harts lay-up the score became 81-69 and somewhere there, the Strovolos team with 7.39 before the end thought that they have finished the game! A team without strategy and without psychology lost a game which cannot be lost!! Keravnos acted as an amateur in the remaining minutes and with very bad shooting percentages and once more without the necessary touch which differentiates a small team to a big team, the French over scored the Strovolos team with an amazing 4-19 in the last 7 minutes and will fly back to their home with a win which was gifted from Vasilis Fragias team.
Dontaye Draper who was the MVP of the game scored 11 points in the last 7 minutes while Pierre Pierce (193-G-83, college: Iowa) scored his 4 out of 6 points the last crucial minutes. From Keravnos which seems to be worst and worst game by game, top scorer with really very bad percentages was LaMarr Greer with 16 followed by the steadiest player of Keravnos this season, veteran Aleksandar Damjanovic with 15 points and 5 boards
It is more obvious than ever that the dismantling of the Cyprus team from its experience head coach this summer was simply a MISTAKE which cannot be solved so easy. Sotiris Karapostolou played his last game with Keravnos jersey as he asked split ways with the team earlier on today
Nest game of Keravnos is against their Nicosia rivals Apoel and eurobasket.com is definitely sure that at least one player will give his answer in the court.
Two games between teams in the lower stand of the league was on monday. both games won by the visitors. Stjarnan lost at home to Breidablik 87-91 were
Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77, college: Pfeiffer) had a big night with 41 pts & 17 rebs for Breidablik. Also Kristjan Sigurdson 15 & Halldor Halldorsson 14 pts. For Stjarnan Fannar Helgason 21 Justin Shouse 15 + 11 assist.Jovan Zdravevski 16 pts.
The other game was FSU - IR . FSU lost at home 71 - 75. Tom Viglianco had good game for FSU 22 + 12. Arni Ragnarsson 13. For IR Sveinbjorn Claessen 21 . Steinar Arason 16.
Grindavik who have only lost 1 game so far had a home game against Snaefell. Grindavik won 93-81. You dont win games if you have 28 turnovers as Snaefell had.
Arnar Freyr Jonsson 22 Brenton Birmingham & Pall Axel Vilbergsson 18 each for Grindavik. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 26. Jon Olafur Jonsson 17. Hlynur Baeringsson close to triple double with 15 pts 21 rebs & 9 assist.
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv signed Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia) till the end of the season in hope to upgrade their game inside the paint. Brown played the past season in Hapoel Holon, the team that beat Maccabi in the title game 73-72. He will re-unite with Tre Simmons, who also played for Holon the past season and is now wearing the jersey of Maccabi.
Elton joins Marcus Brown, Rodney White and Yaniv Green in one of the most colorful rosters European basketball has ever saw.
Brown was the top rebounder in Greece when he played for Makedonikos in his first pro season. He had a double-double season average but left before the end of the season due to financial problems. He played in the D-League, Puerto Rico and a very short stop in the ACB before landing in Holon the past season.
His arrival probably means the end of Esteban Batista's role in Maccabi. The Israeli runner-ups now have D'or Fischer, Yaniv Green, Brown and Batista and will have Marcus Fizer on the roster in about a month from now, once he recovers from his injury. Batista, who hardly played under the former coach, earned very short minutes in Gershon's debut against Unicaja and didn't play at all in the easy win over Ashkelon on Monday night.
Rodney White and Jayson Williams are also expected to leave the team soon, as Maccabi are looking for new homes for the two Americans.
Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) will no longer wear the jersey of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv after the club announced on Tuesday night to have reach an agreement to terminate the contract with the forward. White was signed in the summer by the former coaching staff of Maccabi who put a lot of trust in White, but were quickly disappointed, already in pre-season, and didn't even register him to the official games. White's first performance with Maccabi was only under the new coach, Pini Gershon, on last Thursday, in the home loss to Unicaja in the Euroleague, less than 48 hours after he returned to Israel from the USA, where he visited his family. His 10 minutes, some of them in the close 4th quarter, finished with an index rating of -6 and not the most memorable performance in the history of Nokia Arena.
With the addition of Elton Brown only a few hours ago, Maccabi turned to conclude the unsuccessful affair with White, who will go on now to a new chapter after playing already in Spain, Italy and China.
As a consequence of this move, Maccabi's quantum of color last names on the roster reduces to three leaving the Browns (Elton and Marucs) and the Green (Yaniv) as the last colorful players on the roster.
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Marino Bursic (202-F-82, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) has left TCG Mercator to join another UPC League's team Epic Misel. He averaging 4,5 points (2P 8-16, 3P 2-8, FT 4-7), 2,7 rebounds, 0,7 assists and 0,2 blocks and 20,5 minutes per game in 6 games for TCG Mercator.
Hrastnik (B-1) signed former U-20 NT member Aljosa Remus (200-F-86) ex Rogla until end of the season. He averaging 33,5 minutes, 14,3 points (2P 29-76, 3P 6-18, FT 38-48), 6,6 rebounds, 0,9 assists, 0,6 steals and 0,3 blocks in 8 games of B-1 League.
Prebold (D3) inked Edo Ceman (185-G-81) ex Kos Celovec/Klagenfurt.
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Medvescak - Buducnost 90-78
Medvescak celebrated against the Montenegrin champ in Round 8 registering the second win in regional league. Croatian representative is currently the seventh ranked team in with 2-5. On the other side, Buducnost dropped on sixth place with 3-4 record. Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) was totally the best player of this game. She was unstoppable at the offensive end draining 24 points for the hosts. Iva Badanjak (191-C-85) also was in a game mood helping the winners with 17 points. Dea Klein-Sumanovac (182-G/F-81) and Marina Mazic (190-C-80) followed them adding 15 pts apiece. As usually, Buducnost got the most from Lady Comfort (188-C-86, college: Temple), 22 points. Jelena Culafic (174-G-89) netted 14, while Nikolina Popovic (184-G/F-84) stopped on one point less. The last player with double digits in scoring for Buducnost was Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87), 11 points.
Both teams had high scoring first quarter 32-29. The host team was better also in the next one creating plus 7 at the half time. Buducnost was on a decent level, but it could not resist against Medvescak, who had couple of very motivated players. Mirna Mazic dominated in offense, while her sister Marina Mazic also helped a lot. After 30 minutes it was 72-62. Interesting is that Buducnost was not able to end any of the quarters with positive score. Medvescak grabbed the last one 18-16 for the final 90-78.
Medvescak: Mirna Mazic 24, Iva Badanjak 17, Dea Klein-Sumanovac 15, Marina Mazic 15
Buducnost: Lady Comfort 22, Jelena Culafic 14, Nikolina Popovic 13, Maja Milutinovic 11
Mladi Krajisnik - Gospic CO 62-82
Bosnian representative Mladi Krajisnik faced with another failure in regional championship. This time Bosnians suffered home defeat against Croatian Gospic CO. It was another painful loss by 20 points for the hosts. Croatian EuroCup team, Gospic CO, is currently on third place in Adriatic league with 4-3 record. Exactly the same numbers has Serbian Vojvodina NIS. Mladi Krajisnik remains the only winless team so far. Bosnians will have to do something urgently if they want to avoid the last place at the end of the championship. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) once again demonstrated nice performance for Gospic CO netting 25 points. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) added 17, while Martina Gambiraza (176-G-82) this time stopped on 8. Aida Pilav (187-C-87) contributed with 22 points in defeat. Milica Deura (178-G-90) had one point less than her. In the next round Gospic will meet Medvescak in Croatian derby. Medvescak was better than Buducnost in this round 90-78. Mladi Krajisnik goes to Slovenia where it will meet Merkur Celje.
Mladi Krajisnik: Aida Pilav 22, Milica Deura 21
Gospic CO: Jelena Ivezic 25, Marija Vrsaljko 17, Martina Gambiraza 8
Vojvodina NIS - Ragusa 66-68
The only Serbian representative in Adriatic league was defeated in Round 8. Croatian Ragusa grabbed tiny victory in Novi Sad improving its record on 4-2. Vojvodina is currently on the fourth place with 4-3. Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) had 17, while Ivona Matic (188-F/C-86) stopped on 11 points for the winning squad. Vojvodina got the most from Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84), 16 points. Jovana Vukoje (174-G-86) and Maja Scekic (170-G-87) delivered 15 points apiece.
Vojvodina had better start. Ivana Grubor was in a game mood, but on the other side Ragusa had Jennifer Harris, who also opened the game strongly. Vojvodina couldn't create nothing more than plus 1 in the first quarter, 15-14. Second stanza also belonged to the hosts 17-15. It was expected that Vojvodina put into the fifth gear after the half time, but that didn't happen. Mostly owing to Jennifer Harris and Matea Vrdoljak, Ragusa netted 21 points tying the score before the last frame. It was very exciting match until the very end. Visitors were concentrated when it was the most important grabbing nice road victory. In the next round Vojvodina will meet Jedinstvo. Ragusa will take on Buducnost.
Ragusa: Jennifer Harris 23, Matea Vrdoljak 17, Ivona Matic 11
Vojvodina NIS: Ivana Grubor 16, Jovana Vukoje 15, Maja Scekic 15
Jolly JBS - Merkur Celje 69-57
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|Luxembourg Women Basketball Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Donovan, Etz 28.5|
2. Lea, Rac 27.8
3. Sweere, Greng 25.5
4. Stowe, Con 25.4
5. Lee, Ami 24.0
6. Gladden, Esch 23.2
7. Scanlon, Res 22.7
8. Fisher, Mus 22.7
9. Dennett, T71 22.5
10. Walton, Sch 20.5
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