EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/24/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Play offs: Round 1 - Apoel and AEL beat their opponents (AEK and Apollon respectively) and made the 1-0 in their best of three series for this first round.
Aspis Apoel beat BMC AEK in
The MVP of the game and Top performer was the Serbian Forward Balca Radunovic (206-F/C-80). The scorers of the two teams were:
Aspis Apoel: Hansen 6, Serdaris 3, Miseta 4, Jones 10, Lopatka 4, Balca Radunovic 17, Wheeller 16, Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) 13, Sokratous 2 and Jo-Jo Garcia 8.
BMC AEK Larnakas: Kouzapas 3, Berton 19, Dann 11, Marko Kandic (203-F-79) 20, Panteli 4.
In the last night's game, AEL thrashed the junior team of Pizza Express Primetel Apollon with 114-42. The game was really a 'joke' as Apollon couldn;t play against AEL since all the foreign players (with the exception of Ekine) were dismissed so the team came to the game mostly with members of its junior team. The quarters were: 28-13, 59- 18, 91-26 and 114-42. Top performer and scorer on behalf of the permanent champions was Souchu with his 22 points.
The scorers for the two teams were:
Proteas EKA AEL: Alexis Liatsos (200-F-80, college: Ohio) 13, Cuic 13, Souchu 22, Aleksic 4, Radle 9, Zanveni 8, Buzian 4, Zavoriev 13, Palalas 4, Loizidis 9,
Express Primetel Apollon: Antonis Kazoulis 2, Markou 4, Foklas 8, Hatzitheodosiou 2, Antonov 2, Kaskiris 4, Ierodiakonou 2, Koutousis 2, Ekine 13.
Pizza Express Primetel Apollon Limassol agreed terms with the American Head Coach James Weldon, the American Coach allread yarrived in Cyprus and will be arranging everything before takes over. The contract is for one year with option of renewall. His assistant Coach for the next seazon will be the veteran player of Apollonas Akis Konstantinou who is currently and for the Play-offs the Assistant Coach.
Korisliiga, Round 34: Four games this Saturday and as a result two home wins and two victories on the road. Team Componenta (Karkkila) scored 100 pts,
when beating Pyrinto (Tampere) by 23 pts. Nick Wallery (201-F-81, college: Albany St.) led TC by 27 pts and 11 rbs. Home Team was shooting treys 65,0% (13/20). Another home win in Porvoo, where local Tarmo defeated Karhu (Kauhajoki) fourth time this season in as many contests. This time the difference was 11 pts. Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh) (Tarmo) was the game MVP: 29 pts, 13 rbs and three blocks. Kouvot (Kouvola) won 24th time this season. This time it happened on the road in Uusikaupunki. And Honka (Espoo) won also 24th time this season by winning over KTP in Kotka by eight pts. Eldar Skamo (195-F-86) came from the bench and scored his career high 18 pts on top level.
Team Componenta - Pyrinto 100-77 (50-41) (Nick Wallery 27/11, Chris Hester 26 - Damon Williams 21/14, M.C.Mazique 12).
Tarmo - Kauhajoki 87-76 (49-39) (Mark McCarroll 29/13, Travis Leech 16/4 - Darryll Hudson 24, Mario Porter 23/10).
Korihait - Kouvot 72-80 (31-42) (Jussi Kumpulainen 21, Kyle Shiloh 16 - Wayne Bernard 20, Peter Cipriano 14).
KTP - Honka 80-88 (46-44) (Toni Ilmonen 20, Jari Vekkila 16 - Petteri Koponen 27, Kimmo Muurinen 21, Eldar Skamo 18).
Round 19 Predictions
After last nights exciting upsets look for the home teams to dominate once again in round 19 of the LNB!
Le Mans 90 - 75 Orleans
Cholet 62 - 55 Le Havre.........Game Of the Week!
Paris 77 - 70 Chalon
Clermont 76 - 75 Strasbourg
Vichy 81 - 83 Hyeres-Toulon.......Heyeres-Toulon tries to win another important game without team leader Sean Colston
The two anticipated Serie A games of yesterday night ended both with an expected result. In the first one, Eldo Napoli defeated on the road Premiata Montegranaro 85-72, with Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) leading the way at 21 points and 11 rebs, and Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) adding 19 points and 10 rebs. Jamal Thomas was another important winning factor, with 19 points he too. Thanks to this unexpected win, Napoli makes an important pace ahead in the battle to enter in the playoff grid. Montegranaro did not show the usual 'hunger' and only Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) was at his level, with 20 poins and 3 rebounds. In the other game of the saturday night, Benetton Treviso felt to Armani Jeans Milano 73-98, at the end of an awful performance, causing lots of protesting from the team fans. In fact, only Marco Mordente (192-G-79) (18 points) played at his usual level in the Greens, while Milano kept the head of the score at the beginning and never left it, ending the game with five players in double figures, led by Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group), who scored 18 pts and grabbed 12 rebounds to be the saturday night MVP.
See complete boxscore at www.legabasket.it
The 6th and Final Rounds started today with LG SAKERS #5 Hosting #2 SAMSUNG THUNDERS
In Changwon, Leather Terrence (206-C-81, college: S.Florida) was superb nocking down 38 pts with 22 pts at the half,
He was unstoppable with power dunks and post play and no answer until late in the 3rd
Quarter as the Sakers Duo Of Blankson Odartey (201-F/G-82, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: UNLV) and
Warner Calvin (201-F/C-80, college: Jacksonville) Found there teams rythm and started
A roll that notched a relentless come back as The Big O Knocked Down 35 pts and 8 rebs and Calvin Warner
Chipped in 22 pts and 8 rebs 16 coming in the last Quarter.
Dongbu Promy still commands the stage as they up-held #3 KT&G 93-78 No statistics at time of this report.
Nunber #4 KCC EGIS was up-staged by #7 SK KNIGHTS 92-84 No statistics at time of this report.
SEB Baltic Basketball League
Kalev/Cramo Tallinn - Barons/LMT Riga 69-83 (18-21, 9-16, 17-28, 25-18)
Kedzo 17, Freier 16, Kangur 13, Kriisa 8; J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81) 14, Gustas 14, Berzins 13, Skele 11, Adomaitis 9, Hlebowicki 8, Alexander 7
1. Zalgiris 14-1
2. Lietuvos Rytas 14-1
3. ASK Riga 11-5
4. Barons/LMT 10-7
5. Siauliai 10-7
6. BK Ventspils 6-9
7. Kalev/Cramo 5-9
8. Rock 5-12
9. Valmiera 3-14
10. Neptunas 2-15
Caracas, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela) and Boca Juniors (Argentina) started their participation in Liga Sudamericana 2008's Group A, with well deserved triumphs over Regatas de Lima (Peru), 116-79, and Universo BRB (Brazil), 93-80, respectively, as Matchday 1 was played at Naciones Unidas Park, the home of Cocodrilos.
The Venezuelan side showed their lack of rythm, due to the fact that Venezuela's LPB hasn't started yet and their merely in a preseason stage right now. However, the Peruvians did not take advantage of that and could not overcome the more effective shots of Caracas.
Cocodrilos de Caracas 116 - Regatas de Lima 79
COCODRILOS (VEN)= 116 (32+26+32+26)
Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 4 points, Kelley McClure (186-G-74) 11 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 16 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 12 points, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 17 points (Starting Five). Henry Paez (184-G-70) 26 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 12 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 6 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 6 points, Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) 4 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 2 points, Boris Urbina (195-G/F-84) 0 points. Coach: Nestor Salazar
REGATAS (PERU)= 79 (18+22+23+26)
Hugo Rangel 2 points, Tim Parham (206-F-83) 25 points, John A. Thomas (198-G/F-82) 9 points, Julio Monges (191-G-80) 27 points, Mouhamadou Diop (210-C-87) 16 points (Starting Five) Nicolas La Rosa 0 points, Roberto Puente (192-F-77) 0 points, Daniel Del Carpio (198-F/C-75) 0 points, Aldo De Ferrari (205-C-82) 0 points, Alvarado Rojas 0 points. Coach: Carlos Zanelatto
Boca Juniors 93 - Universo BRB 80
BOCA JUNIORS (ARG)= 93 (21+26+28+15)
Gustavo Orona (196-G-75) 21 points, Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) 7 points, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 19 points, Devon Ford (193-G-77) 12 points, Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76) 11 points (Starting Five) Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) 9 points, Jamal Robinson (196-F/G-73) 6 points, Fernando Funes (193-G-83) 6 points, Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83) 2 points Coach: Gabriel Picatto
UNIVERSO BRB (BRA)= 80 (17+17+25+21)
Arthur Belchior Silva (198-G-82) 17 points, Valtinho Silva (187-G-77) 6 points, D Spillers 21 points, Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) 10 points, Luis Fernando de Souza (210-C-78) 8 points (Starting Five) Ratto Fonseca (181-G-69) 4 points, Estevam Ferreira (211-C-78) 10 points, Charles Silva (203-F/C-81) 4 points, Brasilia Clemente (200-C-72) 0 points Coach: Paulo dos Santos
LKL 3 point Shootout -
1st. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) 22. (Semi-Final score - 26 - All-Time Record)
2nd. Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) 19.
3rd. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) 15.
4th.Gytis Sirutavicius (195-F-83) 14.
Slam Dunk 2008 Champion - Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances).
Lithuanians - Foreigners 110:109.
MVP - Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) 27 points.
Experienced point guard Srdjan Jovanovic (194-G-76) agreed terms with Hungarian team PECS, whose head coach is Stojan Ivkovic. Jovanovic started the season in Polish Polpak but got released in December. In the past Jovanovic used to play for Aris, Milan, Cantu, Crvena Zvezda, Imola, Kecskemeti and Makedonikos.
PECS is currently on the third place in Hungarian A league with 12 wins and 6 defeats.