EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/10/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
According to various press sources Charleori has signed American forward Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) for the rest of the season.
Till recently Walsh played in Spain for Manresa. In 18 games for Ricoh Manresa he is averaging 22mpg, 11.3ppg and 3.2 rpg.
Played 16 games for Larissa in Greece during the 2006-2007 season and had averages of 17.8ppg and 4.6rpg. Was voted to the Eurobasket Greece All Import team.
Before heading to Greece he was on the pre-season roster of the New Jersey Nets and played 7 games with averages of 4.4ppg and 3.8 rpg. Was waived before the start of the regular season.
Played 2 games for the Miami Heat in 2005-2006. Played in the NBA Summerleagues between 2005 and 2007 for the Miami Heat, Seattle Supersonics, Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Had an good career at Florida where in his 3 years he averaged around 14pts and 4 rebs.
Eurobasket's northern office had chance to interview Kyle Carhart (191-G/F-83, college: Grand Valley St.), well known as a tremendous defensive player and especially a sharpshooter. . First year as a pro Kyle found his way to Lapua. EB found out who is the man behind those double figures and footwork from outer space. Kyle shared his thoughts abouts remaining season and playing in Finland.
Your team (Korikobrat) has done well this season. Obviously you've done something right. What do you think are the main reasons for good ranking?
- The main reason for our good ranking thus far has to be how hard our guys play everyday. When we are playing our entire team is playing well defensivly getting stops and getting easy baskets. We also have a good core of talented players Boo, T, Jussi, Ville, Henry, and La.
Seems to me your team spirit is great. Am I right?
- We do have good team spirit. All of us get along really well and really focus on playing as hard and as well as we can everytime we play together.
Your team do score a lot, but which is more important to you: score more than other team or let other team score less? Working D or accurate hand behind the arc?
- I believe that the key to winning is good defense. It is always nice to make shots but good defense will help get more wins.
Toughest team in men's 1st division to play against and why?
- So far the toughest team has been FOKOPO. They are in first place for a reason. They have a very good team and they play well together
Looks like Korikobrat is going to play for promotion to Korisliiga. Have you already started concentrating on it or is it just far away -reward after season?
-The promotion is a long way away. There are a lot of games left and anything can happen. We know that if we play hard every game we have a chance to win. That is all we are focused on right now. Making it to the playoffs or to the Korisliiga would be a great reward for the end of the season.
Prediction for the rest of the season?
- We will try our best to win every game we play.
Former Finnish national team coach Ari Tammivaara has been coaching Korikobrat regularly. How is he like?
- Ari is a very good coach who comes in a couple times a week and helps with our team. He works well with our other coaches and players. Ari really does a good job of helping our team with defense and spends a lot of time on it in practice.
How would you compare finnish and american practicing? Of course it depends a lot who is coaching but are there some big differences between these two?
- Like you said a lot of it depends on the coach. In America we had longer practices that were a lot more defense oriented. Here in Finland sometimes we dont have a lot of time or as many guys at practice as in America so we have to spend more time working on shooting and other individual skills.
You play 26 games + some cup&practice matches this season. Total about 30 matches sounds like a good amount to me. Your opinion?
- Yes it is a fair amount. However I would love to play at least once more over the course of a week.
Did you have any expectations for this season? Did you know anything(teams, players, refs?) about finnish basketball or Lapua?
- I really did not know anything about Finland basketball. I certainly did not know where Lapua was so i had to do a little research on the internet before i came.
Eurobasket readers surely want to know how you end up here in first place?
- I played at a pro exposure camp in Boston where coach Greg Gibson saw me play. (Karhu) He was nice enough to get me in touch with Markku and basically set me up with Lapua. Coach Gibson is responsible for getting me the oppurtunity to in Finland (Lapua) and I can not thank him enough.
You played your college ball in Grand Valley state university. How was Grand Valley?
- Grand Valley was great they have an outstanding coaching staff and I got to play with a very good group of players
More and more young Finns go to USA to develop as a basketball player. What do you think is the reason for that?
- America does a very good job of helping and developing young players. If the players are able to get in a good situation they can really benefit from that.
Many of them come back with improved physics. Do college coaches pay much attention to that?
- American coaches really stress the importance of the weight room. This is a lot more emphasis put on getting as strong as possible.
After college, was it shock to come here? At least Grand Rapids is way bigger than Lapua. Any juicy stories to tell?
- It really was not that big of a shock to come here weather wise. We have very similar weather in Michigan it just stays lighter out a little longer. It was different to come to a place that was so much smaller. I am not used to being able to walk from one end of town to the other easily.
Season ends in couple of months. Will we see Kyle Carhart hitting those threes and frustrating enemy offense in Finland next year?
- If I was given the oppurtunity to play in Finland again I would love to.
Korisliiga, Round 32: Korihait (Uusikaupunki) upset Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 79-72, YMCA Lahti lost by two (68-70) vs Pyrinto (Tampere) at home,
Honka (Espoo) crushed Kauhajoki 104-72, Kouvot (Kouvola) defeated Kataja (Joensuu) 91-84 and Tarmo (Porvoo) won over Team Componenta
(Karkkila) 103-93. Ten (10) rounds out of the reagular season left.
Korihait - Torpan Pojat 79-72 (40-36) (Jussi Kumpulainen (204-F-76) 22/14, Kyle Shiloh 20 - Josh Gonner 24, Timo Heinonen 13).
YMCA Lahti - Pyrinto 68-70 (47-30) (Ilkka Vuori 15, Ville Makalainen 13/10 - Damon Williams (199-F-73, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) 26/10, James Wright 20).
Honka - Kauhajoki 104-72 (57-31) (Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) 21, Jukka Matinen 20 - Darryll Hudson 19, Cedric McGowan 15).
Kouvot - Kataja 91-84 (44-48) (Tuomas Iisalo (195-G-82) 31, Corey Smith 18 - Andre Foreman 25, Ville Vesala 18).
Tarmo - Team Componenta 103-93 (51-37) (Esa Maki-Tulokas (200-F-82, college: LIU Brooklyn) 32, Tony Bennett 22 - Chris Hester 24, Nick Wallery 23).
4 Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86) of Energy Invest (GEO)
5 Vladimir Boisa (209-F/C-81) of Aris Thessaloniki (GRE)
6 Anatoli Boisa (195-G/F-83) of Energy Invest (GEO)
7 Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) of Atlanta Hawks (USA)
8 Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) of Tartu Rock (EST)
9 Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) of Maccabi Tbilisi
10 Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77) of Cajasol (ESP)
11 Manuchar Markoishvili (196-G-86) of B.C. Kyiv (UKR)
12 Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87) of Vita Tbilisi
13 Vakhtang Natsvlishvili (204-F-76) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRA)
14 Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) of Adecco Estudiantes Madrid (ESP)
15 Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) of Seviglia Wear Teramo (ITA)
Head Coach: Davit Ustiashvili (Energy Invest)
UNIVER-KECSKEMET - SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 89-85
(26-23, 17-19, 23-21, 23-22)
Kecskemet, Att.: 2000, Referees: Foldhazi, Papp P., Kothay
KECSKEMET: Sigurdarson 8/6, Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) 31/12, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81, agency: FCM) 19/3, Jefferson 8, Fiegi 10, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 10/9, Toth P., Csorvasi 3, Halmai, Coach: Zsoldos Andras
SZOLNOK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 25/3, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 26/3, Molnar A. 9/3, Sabaliauskas 4, Gobi 15, Cseh 6/6, Toth V., Harazin, Coach: Por Peter
2pt's: 27/49 (55%) - 28/46 (61%)
3pt's: 7/20 (35%) - 5/17 (29%)
FT's: 14/17 (82%) - 14/24 (58%)
Most rebounds: Blair, Jefferson and Sigurdarson 7 - Gobi 9, Hollins 8
Most assists: Blair 9 - Kelley 6
ATOMERŐMŰ SE - POLAROID-LAMI-VED KÖRMEND 74-87
(17-7, 15-31, 22-27, 20-22)
Paks, Att.: 1000, Referees: Hartyani, Kiraly, Farkas G.
PAKS: Meszaros 1, Murry 9/6, Kiss Zs. 10/6, Horvath Z. 11, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 25, Toroman 13/9, Csaplar-Nagy E., Mate Medve (193-G-89) 4, Panta 1, Coach: Sabali Balazs
KÖRMEND: Fodor M. 8/3, McCants 3/3, Ferencz 6, Peter Vavra (203-F/C-80) 12, Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Binghamton) 14/6, Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) 17/6, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 12/3, Rudolf Trummer (196-F-78, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/9, Henderson 4, Toth G., Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub
2pt's: 18/29 (62%) - 22/41 (54%)
3pt's: 7/28 (25%) - 10/25 (40%)
FT's: 17/24 (71%) - 13/22 (59%)
Most rebounds: Gulyas 12 - Ocitti, Vavra and Henderson 7
Most assists: Meszaros 5 - Fodor M. 4
KAPOSVARI KK - DOMBÓVARI KC 78-87
(18-19, 17-14, 17-27, 26-27)
Kaposvar, Att.: 1200, Referees: Forrai, Toth K., Marton L.
KAPOSVAR: Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, agency: Court Side) 21/9, Szőke 5/3, Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) 11, Roland Hendlein (201-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/9, Orosz 4, Vojvoda 6, Kinsella 11/3, Csirke, Kiss K. 3/3, Coach: Horvath Imre
DOMBÓVAR: Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: Mo.-Kansas City) 21, Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) 25/9, Deak 5/3, Wiley 10/3, Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park) 15, Simon N., Bodi 9/6, Molnar M. 2, Balogh L., Coach: Dzunic Branislav
2pt's: 20/34 (59%) - 24/42 (62%)
3pt's: 9/28 325%) - 7/17 (41%)
FT's: 11/15 (73%) - 14/22 (64%)
Most rebounds: Kinsella and Hendlein 7 - English 9, Mills 7
Most assists: Edwards 6, Ceskovic 5 - English 5
ALBACOMP - MAFC 101-75
(24-22, 28-17, 25-21, 24-15)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 1800, Referees: Adam, Csősz, Gal
ALBACOMP: Simon B. 5, Mooser 2, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 21/9, Chad McClendon (199-F-73, college: Appalachian St.) 19, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 18/6, Gergely David (206-F-83) 14, Soos 7/3, Hanga 10/3, Szabo T. 5, Coach: Peresztegi Nagy Akos
MAFC: Jitim Young (188-G-81, college: Northwestern) 27/3, Zoltan Wehner (191-G/F-82) 7/3, R. Radovics 6, Vavra 8, Peter Kecskes (208-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Hawaii) 12/3, Fodor 11/3, Fulop 4, Coach: Dinnyes Attila
2pt's: 30/39 (77%) - 21/45 (47%)
3pt's: 7/24 (29%) - 4/15 (27%)
FT's: 20/30 (67%) - 21/29 (72%)
Most rebounds: Bradford 5, McClendon and David 4 - Vavra 11, Kecskes 7
Most assists: Simon 10 - Young 4
MARSO-VAGEP NYÍREGYHAZI KK-SOPRONI SÖRDÖGÖK 95-84
(21-24, 23-23, 27-22, 24-15)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 1200, Referees: Cziffra, Gorka, Franyo.
NYKK: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 17/9, Gary Buchanan (191-G-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Villanova) 18/12, Mouton 11/9, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18/6, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 22, Siska 6/3, Trepak 3, Coach: Deri Csaba
Sopron: Bradley 15/6, Lakatos 8, Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 20/3, Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) 21/9, Frana 3, Pojbics 7/3, Boldizsar 7/3, Vesztergom, Kortelyesi 3/3., Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
2pt's: 20/39 (51%) - 25/40 (62%)
3pt's: 13/31 (42%) - 9/23 (39%)
FT's: 16/21 (76%) - 7/12 (58%)
Most rebounds: Buchanan 9, Helbich 8 - Viggiano 14
Most assists: Savic 5 - Lesko 6
ZALAKERAMIA ZTE KK - BODROGI BAU-VASARHELY 100-89
(29-19, 27-22, 17-21, 27-27)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 1000, Referees: dr. Valovics, dr. Szakall, Balogh Gy.
ZALAKERAMIA ZTE KK: Miskovic 8, Mark Walters (188-G-82, agency: Warren Sports, college: N.Mexico) 23/9, Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19/9, Pitlovic 10/3, Rafael Keresztes (211-C/F-79) 10, Toth A. 10, Kovats V. 3/3, Simon 5, Gergely Baki (194-G/F-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12/9, Coach: Nikola Lazic
BODROGI BAU-VASARHELY: Drahos 6, David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 25, Kovats R. 10, Eric Freeman (205-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) 29/3, Gemes 15/9, Babut 2, Boszormenyi 2, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo
2pt's: 33/50 (66%) - 25/40 (62%)
3pt's: 10/23 (43%) - 4/15 (27%)
FT's: 4/10 (40%) - 27/32 (84%)
Most rebounds: Kaman 8 - Freeman 11
Most assists: Walters 7, MIskovic 6 - Drahos 3
Nevezis vs Neptunas
The most exciting match was in Kedainiai, where Neptunas won against the hosts 79:67 (12:13, 20:18, 18:18, 17:30). After the first quater Neptunas was ahead 13:12. Then Neptunas Klaipdeda took the lead and increased the advantage to 9. But after this half Nevezis was ahead 32:31. It all started to work for Neptunas in the final period, Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) led his team to the victory 79:67.
Nevezis : Z.Stankus 17, V.Vasylius 11, G.Leonavicius 11.
Neptunas : Vaidotas Pridotkas 29, V.Peciukas 17, G.Shukhovtsov 11+12 reb.
Sakalai vs Techasas
Techasas Panevezys overcome Sakalai Vilnius 86:81 (19:22, 21:15, 24:24, 22:20). The hosts started the game with a 13:0 run, but Techasas reduced the deficit to 3. In the second quater Techasas absorbed the game control and won the first half 40:37. Sakalai reduced the deficit to 2 points, but that wasn't enough. Rolandas Matulis (199-C-73) had a chance to save the game, but his shot wasn't succesfull, Techasas won by 5. Chris Hill (178-G-83, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) (178-G-83, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) finished with 21 points, 10 assists and 8 erbounds.
Sakalai : A.Labuckas 25, L.Lekavicius 15, Rolandas Matulis 15.
Techasas : Chris Hill 17, D.Griskenas 14, P.Williams 13.
Arvi-Suduva vs Lietuvos Rytas
Lietuvos Rytas won easily against Arvi-Suduva and achieved their 12 victory. Rytas controlled the situation from the beginning till the end and won the game 102:70 (32:19, 28:17, 19:13, 23:21). After the first quater Suduva was already behind by 13. The top scorer of Lietuvos Rytas was Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) with 20 points.
Rytas : Martynas Gecevicius 20, A.Slezas 18, M.Petravicius 16.
Arvi - Suduva : M.Valukonis 19, A.Birgelis 12, G.Sirutavicius 10.
Aisciai-Atletas vs Siauliai
Aisciai-Atletas - Siauliai 84:89. Siauliai achieved their 7 victory. Atletas started the game better than the visitors, but then Kaunas began to struggle and Siauliai won the first half by 7. Siauliai saved this advantage till the end and won.
Aisciai-Atletas : G.Vileita 17, T.Barstys 14, G.Navickas 11.
Siauliai : Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) 27, D.Zavackas 16, A.Kieza 13+10 boards.
The two top teams Asker Aliens and Harstad Vikings met on Friday to try to finish the fight for the top spot before the playoff. Asker lost the match 66-74 but will still have the advantage over Harstad if both teams end up with two losses. Asker beat Harstad by nine points in Harstad earlier in the season so it was pretty close one this time.
Harstad came out like a tornado and took immediate control over the game. Excellent shooting and almost no mistakes in the first part of the match kept them in front all the time. Asker came back strong in the third period but could never get close enough to take over the match. Very balanced scoring for Harstad with five players in double digits. And a Norwegian top scorer - Christer Fonnes (183-G-83) with 16 points.
Asker was led by Mustafa Mahnin (182-G-80) by 24. The two imports in Asker (VanKlompenburg and Olsson) combined for 8 - eight - points. That is bad in a very important match like this. Up to now they have averaged exactly 20 ppg combined. OK, Asker has very good Norwegian players but can not be happy with the situation. It is too late to get new players now but I guess coach Stoller would have wanted new material if he could.
Harstad will have to win both remaining matches (Fjellhamar away and Tromsř at home) to claim the top spot. Asker finishes the first part of the season on Feb 17 against Ulriken in Asker.
Local paper Fćdrelandsvennen report that Kristiansand Pirates' coach Anthony Collins has been suspended one match for allegations against the referees. He is claimed to have commented to media that it felt like playing 5-against-8 after a match. Due to this he can not lead the team in the do-or-die match against Ammerud on Feb 15. The winner of the match will make it to the playoff, the loser is out.
The Pirates organization is also reported to look for a new coach for the next season. Collins has led the team for three seasons.
Collins must be given credit for standing tall during the worst losing streak in the history of BLNO. Pirates lost 43 matches in a row under Collins before they finally beat Ammerud this season. 3B and Fjellhamar have also lost to the Pirates this season. Collins' coaching record with the Pirates is now 3-53.
SM-sarja, Round 24-25: PeKa (Kotka) knows how to beat Catz (Lappeenranta). Today again PeKa defeated Catz by 10 pts (87-77) Dionne Pounds (178-F-84, college: Lamar) led PeKa with 25 pts. BC Nokia won at Forssa and HoNsU (Jyvaskyla) beat Huima (Aanekoski). PeKa is on the top with record 23-2.
PeKa - Catz 87-77 (43-28) (Dionne Pounds 25, Shanika Freeman 19 - Eleba Reshetko 24, Yelena Solovyeva 22).
FoA - BC Nokia 64-69 (36-38) (Jamie Hawkins 18/10, Megan Griffith 17 - Sherry McCracklin 22/14, Sheree Thompson 21/10).
HoNsU - Huima 86-65 (41-36) (Charlee Underwood 26, Breanne Watson - Shakeena Wicker 19, Kenya Robinson 17/13).
Szeviep Szeged found Judit Kajdacsi's successor in the person of Olena Zserzserunova. Kajdacsi has left the team and finished her carreer this week out of the blue. The management thought of other players as well, but Zserzserunova seemed to be the best choice from all of that.
She is a member of the Ukrainian National Team and played in TTT Riga this autumn. As the Latvian team fell in the Euroleague, Zserzserunova's contract wasn't been enlongated. The nationally experienced player scored 10,2 points in average in 10 played games in the Euroleague this season. Her average in rebounds is 4,5. She had her peak against MKB Euroleasing Sopron on home court when she scored 17points and made 10 rebounds and played a principle role in her team's winning. Her points high has been 21, scored against the French Lille.
If the procedures in case of the official papers finish successfully, she can debute against Foton Gyor on Sunday.