EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/20/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Some weeks ago, the American Basketball Association (ABA) agreed in principle with the Global Basketball Alliance (GBA) to explore the possibility of creating both Men's and Women's Spring-Summer Basketball Leagues. The GBA is a league being re-launched by Moose Lewis, a well-known boxing and wrestling promoter, who created two entities, the Global Basketball Alliance (GBA) and the Women's Global Basketball Alliance (WGBA), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Lewis has recruited several teams already and announced official league tryouts for both men and women in the Bronx, New York City, on March 16, 2008 for one day only. The tryouts will be run by coaching personnel of the 'Bronx Breakouts', the 'Harlem Hammer', and the 'Brooklyn Brawlers', the GBA newest men's teams, as well as women players for the female version of these teams. We investigated a lot more about this GBA, and discovered that Mr Lewis tried to launch a spring-summer league even in 2001, holding even a players' draft, but the season was cut short due to an heart attack suffered by Moose Lewis the same. Also, checking the official website http://www.gbahoops.com/ it seems that the entering fee for a team owner is $6,500.00 for a men's team and $3,000.00 for a women's team, not exactly a warrantee for a top level competition... However, the Global Basketball Alliance, LLC is also announcing a new broadband broadcast network in partnership with Mizlou Sports & News Network, Inc. -also known as 'MSNN'- to broadcast their spring basketball games. (website www.MizlouSports.tv ). Let's see what will happen...
In the first game of the ULEB Cup 1/16 finals in Sarajevo, Bosna ASA BHT won against a strong Gran Canaria team. Supported by 6,000 fans Bosna players put up a good fight and deserved to win tonight. In a game with poor defense on both sides, Bosna was a better team in the second half. Both teams shot unusually high percentage for games of this importance (I.e Bosna shot 62.5% 2FG, 46% 3 FG and 76% FTs0. Gran Canaria also had a great shooting night with 58% for 2FGs, 45% for 3FGP and 73 FTP). Of course, Bosna got outrebounded by taller Spanish players 20:29. However, guests had twenty (20) turnovers vs. Bosna`s 12 and that might have decided the game outcome. Teams had same number od steals, same number of free throws, almost the same FG percentage. It appears that host players wanted this win more than guests and that was the key. Bosna players and coaching staff deserve all the credit for tonight`s win.
Game notes: Seid Hajric (203-F-83) who joined Bosna two days ago played briefly but in a short period on the court Hajric showed that Bosna has brought a quality player who will be a significant reinforcement till the rest of the season. It was obvious tonight that he is getting adjusted to the new teammates, does not know plays, yet. However, Hajric showed that he is an excellent rebounder, hussler and an experienced player who will help at position 3. Since Bosna had no player who can play at a high level at that position since the beginning of the season, Hajric`s arrival must be a true relief to Bosna coaching staff.
Although Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) (22 pts, game-high), Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) (17pts) and Dzenan Rahimic (205-C/F-74) (16 pts) led the way for Bosna in scoring, Suad Sehovic (198-G-87) (11 pts, 6 rbs, 3 stls) showed that he has matured and deserves a lot of credit for tonight`s Bosna win. Not only Sehovic played a hard-nosed defense as he is capable of, but he also showed his offensive skills drilling three pointers at a crunch time. Suad Sehovic (1987) showed that his MVP award at last year`s U20 European Championship was not accidental. Primary point guard backup, Muhamed Pasalic (1987) tried to help his team playing injured, but that was not Pasalic we`re used to watch. Hopefuly, he will be recovered and fit for the game in Spain in seven days. It`s interesting to mention that Spaniards at tonight`s game had support of around two hundred fans. Deciding game is scheduled for next Tuesday in Spain.The winner of this match up will play in the 1/8 finals vs. the winner between Asvel Basket and Galatasaray. There was no winner in the first game in France. Score was 69:69.
First place on the table in Bosnian A1 League after twelve rounds is Sarajevo's team Novi Grad Atal. They have lost only one game since the beginning of the season. Another team with only one loss is Cazin Limometal, but they have two postponed games. Too close is Kakanj and Brcko District with 9-3 and 9-2 records, respectively.
In League of Herceg-Bosna Vitez is on first place with a 10-1 record. Their only rival is Mostar who has 8 wins and 3 losses. This weekend started second part of season and there is much time until the end.
Five teams in First League of Republika Srpska have ambitions for Title. First of them iz Mladost from Mrkonjic Grad with only two losses after 15 rounds. Other teams are Radnik and Varda HE with 11-4 and Rudar and Bratunac with 10-5. First League of Republika Srpska is only Lower Division where they use a playoff.
Keravnos Strovolou succeeded it 6th road win and finished at the top of the league in the regular season. Keravnos's captain, Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77) was amazing with 6 three pointers and 22 points proved once more that he is in a great shape even though he is not used in the team as the previous years. On the other hand, Theocharidis was great too as he scored the unbeleivable number of 7 out of 7 three pointers and a total of 27 points.
In the Cyprus league there is for a second consecutive year, a unique phaenomenon, there is no relegation!!! Achilleas Kaimakli is the only team in the world which will not be relegated in the second division even though was finished in the last position of the regular season with a record of 2-14 (exactly like last year which happened the same with Etha Engomis) simply because the Cyprus Basketball Federation decided so at the beggining of the seazon!
The quarters of the specific game were: 21-31, 34-47, 53-67 and 82-86.
Frederick Achilleas: Bonu 4, Zujovic 14, Stylianou 7, Wallas 4, Zotovic 5, Garner 25, Theocharidis 23 (7 out of 7 three pointers).
Keravnos Strovolou: Stefanovic 3, Pilavas 7, Giorgos Anastasiadis 22, Smith 12, Lee 18, Damianovic 7, Trisokkas 9, Kosanovic 2, Radojevic 6.
Pizza Express Primetel Apollon - Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD 65-57
Quarters: 17-10, 29-30, 49-39, 65-57
Top scorers: Chris Kaskiris (206-C/F-79) 27 points, 13 rebounds, 3 block shots, Hatzitheodosiou 12, Kazoulis 8, Markou 6, Foklas 5, Ierodiakonou 7
ENAD: Achilleos 8, Elhadji 7, Stavrinou 3, Konstantinou 4, Pilakoutas 3, Kupros Koutsokoumnis (180-G-88) 17, Frageskou 11, Ioannou 4.
Omonoia - BMC AEK Larnakas 109-104
Quarters: 21-23, 41-38, 61-58, 89-89. OT 109-104
A great game took place in Nicosia where the home team beat in the extra time the Larnaka team with the NBA like score 109-104
Top scorers were: Davis 17, Jankevicius 17, Zaric 6, Mouhtaris 6, Darrin Fowlkes (198-F-67, college: Butler) 17, Prjstojevic 18, and Stone 28.
BMC AEK: Fantousis 3, Kouzapas 2, Cvetkovic 2, Kuprjanov 3, Isaac Burton (191-G-73, college: Arizona St.) 19, Dann 28 (4), Kandic 18 (4), Panteli 23 (4), Simunovic 6.
Aspis Apoel - Proteas EKA AEL 78-71
Quarters: 26-15, 44-34, 63-47, 78-71
Aspis Apoel: Van Dorpe 7, Hansen 2, Miceta 3, Jones 19, Lopatka 9, Radunovic 11, Weeller 10, Pantouris 2, Garcia 15
Proteas EKA AEL: Liatsos 7, Zianveni 4, Souchu 4, Aleksic 9, Randle 12, Sudov 15, Ilunga 3, Woodwort 17 (2).
The round 1 of Final 4 of Excellent League will begin today, Titleholders Zain will meet the 4th place team Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman, While Orthodox will be waiting Arena Amman who did super finish of the regular season following their win over Zain by 10 points...
- The Final Four of Excellent League schedule:
* Round 1 (Tuesday 19/2):
Arena - Orthodox
Zain - Al Riyadi/Aramex
* Round 2 (Sunday 24/2):
Zain - Arena
Al Riyadi/Aramex - Orthodox
* Round 3 (Wednesday 27/2):
Arena - Al Riyadi/Aramex
Orthodox - Zain
* Round 4 (Friday 29/2):
Arena - Zain
Orthodox - Al Riyadi/Aramex
* Round 5 (Sunday 2/3):
Orthodox - Arena
Al Riyadi/Aramex - Zain
* Round 6 (Wednesday 5/3):
Al Riyadi/Aramex - Arena
Zain - Orthodox
# JJ out of Zain
The american center of Zain Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) will today after taking his release from the team according to the player himself.....
JJ said that he is looking for a chance to be back to europe and he support his team and hope for them the best in the reminder of the league and upcoming tournaments.
Zain is now searching for a center with big career to replace JJ......
# ASU's imports to Al Riyadi/Aramex!!
Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman had succeeded to have the signning of ASU Sport Club's imports Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego) and Demetris Montgomery (203-F-72, college: Lynn) untill the end of the season...
Laws and Montgomry participated with ASU in Jordan Cup and were out following their defeat from Arena Amman in quarter finals........
Cecil continues their dominance. Cecil community college of North East Maryland is the #1 ranked D-II JUCO and has been atop of the NJCAA ranks for the past three years and are now working on their fourth. National Champions in 2006, have won the region XX championship five of the last nine years. While sending 30 players to division I school and many others to D-II and D-III school. Cecil has not lost a league game in the past three years, while competing in the highly competitive MDJUCO which consist of teams such as Allegany College (Steve Francis's school before Maryland), Hagerstown, and always tough Prince George's County and is undefeated once more this year in and out of conference. They have played six D-I JUCO and have bet the all handily. They have posted no less 31 win per season since the 04-05 season and look to be heading to another 30 plus win year, as they are 19-0, with their last win coming over Dundalk 99-72 on, January 26th. Antonio Haymon (6'5' SF) led the way with 23 point. Haymon is averaging 14 point and 7 rebound per game while shooting 65% from the field and 77% from the free throw line. Coach Bill Lewit, will be looking to se if Haymon and the rest of his talented squad can head back to the national tournament and bring yet another title back to North East, Maryland.
The nations assist leader in the NJCAA, Joey Parker is having maybe the best season of his career. Despite the Blue Storm of Southwestern Illinois College, losing their last three games after winning eleven straight games before that. The blue Storm have are sitting at 23 - 4, and Parker a 6'1' Guard from, Centralia, IL who has always played the shooting guard until coming to Southwestern Illinois College and is averaging 9.8 assist per game. That is more than three assist higher than what he passed out last year, and he has had six games with eleven assist or better. Parker is also fourth on the team in scoring putting in about 10 points per game which is a basket shy of what he was scoring last year, but with Devron Bostick dropping 19ppg as he did last year scoring is not all that important for the passer. As the Blue Storm head into the home stretch of the season head coach Jay Harrington, hopes that sophomores Parker and Bostick can continue there play and carry them into nationals.
After 10 games played in the season , the leader in the LICOMUBA
are Faraones Nuevo Casas Grandes with a record of (9-1). They are
follow by the surprise of the season Dorados Chihuahua (8-2) with all local players.
While Choriceros Camargo are resurging in the season actual champion started slow
the season but recently have done a good work and are in third place in the league , thanks
to good players like Mike Thompson (198-F-77, college: Salem Intern.) ,
Jose Escobedo (202-F-78, college: UTEP) and all the young players that play good basketball
There coach is Rufo Torres , legendary person in Mexican basketball.
In some other news Mineros Parral have there new import finally , in the person of
Melvin Williams (201-F-82) who last played in the PBL. Mineros changed coach too
and now Edgardo Cepeda (183-G-75) its the new coach for Parral in substitution of
The standings are :
Faraones Nvo. Casas Grandes 9 - 1
Dorados Chihuahua 8-2
Choriceros Camargo 6 -4
Mineros Parral 5-5
Liebres ITCJ 5- 5
Guerreros Saucillo 3-7
Indios UACJ 2-8
Nogaleros Jimenez 2-8
In the third game of the southern finals in the LNBP, Halcones Cordoba
react and beat Halcones Xalapa in front of a packed house in ' El Mexicano'
In the first quarter action sharp shooting by both teams made the score 30 -26
in favor of Cordoba. Players like Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Kent St.)
Hiram Lopez , Jose Portillo (200-G/F-74, college: N.Mexico Highlands) and
Dallas Logan (193-G-82, college: Northwood) made the diference with the help of Cordoba fans
to route there way to a a key win in the series with a 114-99 final score in favor of Cordoba.
Score's by quarter's
first 30 - 26 Cordoba
Second 62 -59 Cordoba
Third 93 -78 Cordoba
Final score 114 - 99 Cordoba.
The top players for Halcones Xalapa were :
Michael Johnson (183-G-76, college: Oklahoma) 22 pts
Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) 22 pts
Gustavo Ayon (211-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) 21 pts.
Jesus Lopez (203-F-83, college: SW Baptist) 24 pts
Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Kent St.) 25 pts.
The series is still in favor of Xalapa (2-1) next game its today in Cordoba Veracruz.
Benfica didnt played this weekend and Vitoria, with their win, came closer from the top of Proliga, Portugal's 2nd league.
CTM Vila Pouca Aguiar X Queluz Sintra PMundial / 51 - 65
Galitos FC X VSC -M.Couto Alves / 85 - 89
Cv. Alianca/Sangalhos X Atletico/Slimcei / 65 - 47
Maia Basket X Angra/Susiarte/Samsung / 66 - 79
Ass.Academica Coimbra X Esgueira /Oli / 63 - 53
Illiabum X Fisica T. Vedras / 94 - 73
Sampaense/Tec.Coimbra X Seixal FC /Slimcei / 74 - 51
No relevant surprises in this round.
Slovenian team Kraski Zidar from Sezana signed contract until the end of the season with shooting guard Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77), ex player of Bosnian team Leotar from Trebinje. In the past Trivunovic used to play for Inter Bratislava, Intercollege Etha Engomis, Masinac, Sloga and Spartak. At the moment Kraski Zidar is, together with Zagorje, on the last place in Slovenian A league with score 3-15.
At the moment Kraski Zidar is, together with Zagorje, on the last place in Slovenian A league with score 3-15.
Edward Santana (203-F-80) (Alimentos de Palencia) was the MVP in the 20th round in the Adecco LEB-Silver with 35 of efficiency. In the Adecco LEB-Bronze the MVP was David Ortega (-84) (AB Merida) with 31 of efficiency.
Week 20: TOP 5 by efficiency LEB Silver
Edward Santana (Palencia): 35 (25pt + 4rb)
Ed Nelson (203-F-82, college: Connecticut) (CB Ourense): 30 (27pt + 8rb)
Jesus Castro (190-G-83) (Almeria): 29 (25pt + 4rb + 5as)
Manuel Guzman (203-F-82) (Sabadell): 28 (16pt + 14rb)
Daniel Rodriguez (180-G-84) (Huesca): 26 (32pt + 2rb)
Week 20: TOP 5 by efficiency LEB Bronze
David Ortega (AB Merida): 31 (19pt + 14rb)
Brett Beeson (193-G-72) (Archena): 30 (28pt + 5rb)
Robert Joseph (204-C-78) (Coruna): 29 (15pt + 9rb + 5bk)
Javier Alarcon (190-G-73) (Torrealta Molina): 29 (27pt + 4rb)
Manel Nunez (190-G-81) (AB Esplugues): 28 (22pt + 5rb)
Lake Jackson 's team splits series
Lake Jackson, Tx There is a reason why the Gallos de Pelea from Juarez-El Paso are so good chemistry the Gallos have used to stake themselves to a 10-0 start in the Texas Professional Basketball League. The Lake Jackson Lakers are a first-year team trying to make a name for itself in the league. So far, the Lakers have opened some eyes with their 4-1 start.
Saturday night Feb. 16 showed the Lakers they still have a ways to go. The Gallos' explosive offense ran all over Lake Jackson , 121-107, at Brazoswood Gym, leaving the Lakers a bit winded in the end, But in a two-game series against the front-runners of the league, the Lakers bounced back Sunday afternoon to take a 106-95 win to split. Lake Jackson still trail El Paso (11-1) but certainly served notice that the Lakers are a force to be reckoned with.
saturday feb. 16
gallos 121 - lakers 107
sunday feb. 17
lakers 106 - gallos 95
san angelo chaparrals run away with a win
Snyder ,Tx - The San Angelo Chaparrals got back into the swing of things with sharp shooting, good passing and pressure defense when they took on always scrappy West Texas Storm, who were without their toughest player Matt Fambro. The Chaparrals came in and ran away with the game 136-111with deep 3 point shoot from Tony Allen who finished with game high 37 points and Tracy Braziel who finished with 26 points.
The Serbian Nemanja Bjedov (192-F/G-77) is the new head Coach of the Women's team of Etha Engomis. The young coach will try to help the young women's team in the difficult continuation of the league. Nemanja Bjedov is an ex player who spent the last part of his career in the Cyprus courts, mostly in the Second division. This will be his first job as a coach in a team.
The team of Apoel Nicosia has withdraw from the Cyprus league due to financial reasons, so after AYMA (At the beggining of the seazon) another team added in the 'problematic' situation. The league currently consist of only 6 teams, AEL, Keravnos, Etha, Anagennises Yermasogeias, Achilleas Kaimakli and ENAD. It is worth mentioned that Achilleas Kaimakli split ways with the two foreign players due to financial reasons, from now on the Kaimakli team will continue only with the Cyprus staff.
Hamar finally won one the top teams when they beat KR 80-75. Bad loss for KR who have been fighting for the top seat.Both teams with new foreign players Hamar have added on the roster Iva Mileoj
KR replaced Monique Martin with Candace Futrell.Both players did well.
Top scorers for Hamar LaKiste Barkus 26. Iva Mileoj 21. For KR Candace Futrell 25. Hildur Sigurdardottir 23
Next sunday is the Lysing Cup final where Grindavik face last years Cup winner Haukar.
Baltic Woman`s Basketball League
RS TTT/Rapa - Barsy Atyrau (KZH) 56-63 (14-15; 13-15; 12-18; 17-15)
Diana Ozolina (180-F-89) 19, Surkusa 9, A.Eglite 9; Sevastyanova 16, Dvorskaya 13, Serdiukova 12
SK Cesis - Barsy Atyrau (KZH) 87-45 (20-16; 25-14; 27-7; 15-8)
Jessica Moore (191-C-82) 21, Okankvo 15, Crockett 13; Dvorskaya 14, Serdiukova 9, Averyanova 7
ESCB win again, after his first lose in the last round.
ESCB and CSS are the two best teams of Tunisia championship.
ST and ZS in a good fight for the third place.
1/ ESCB 21 11 10 1
2/ CSS 20 11 9 2
3/ ZS 17 11 6 5
ST 17 11 6 5
5/ ASFJ 15 11 4 7
AH 15 11 4 7
7/ GST 14 11 3 8
8/ CSFB 13 11 2 9