EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/27/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
This past Monday the U-26 tournament's regular season continued with two games. In game one, Lake I Boyz beat Belmopan Tuff e Nuff 61 - 59. Again, Belmopan lost in the lost minutes of play when Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) of Belmopan Tuff e Nuff hit 1 of his 2 free-throws for his only point in the game to tie it at 59 with seconds remaining. At the other end, Tyrone Edwards (186-G, college: Hillsdale) (186-G, college: Hillsdale) then drove to the hole drawing the defense then dished the ball to Jerome 'Penny' Ellis who hit the 6 foot buzzer beater for the game winning shot.
Lake I - Tyrone Edwards 19 pts / 13 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals
Eden Serano (191-F) 12 pts / 14 rebounds / 2 assist
Tuff e Nuff - Jay Chavarria (191-F) 22 pts / 4 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals
Rhetton Belisle (186-G) 11 pts / 6 rebounds
In game two, the UB Black Jaguars defeated Mesop. Guardian Bombers 61 - 53. The game was stopped, ending with 34.6 seconds remaining when a Mesop. player lost his mind and in a display of unsportsmanship, kicked the ball into the stands. Bernard Felix (183-G-85) needs to grow if he has further aspirations in the field of basketball...
UB - Stephen Williams (188-G-83) 18 pts (4-3's) / 11 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 block / 2 steals
Farron Lauriano 10 pts / 5 rebounds / 1 block
Mesop. - Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, college: Ohio) 18 pts / 14 rebounds / 2 blocks / 1 steal
Egbert 'Eggy' Walford 10 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 steal
Ming Yao (226-C-80) will miss the remainder of the NBA season with a stress fracture in his left foot. However, he is likely to be able to play in the Olympics this August.
If Yao chooses surgery, according to Houston Rockets team doctor Tom Clanton, it would involve placing screws across the bone to hold it together. The second option would be to treat it with a cast and crutches. Both options involve a healing time of about four months.
This would enable Yao to return to play in late June or early July.
'It is not an injury we feel he can play with,' Clanton said. 'I've made the recommendation that it be treated surgically and we are working with him to get other opinions just to be certain that that is indeed what should be done.'
Clanton said that the injury was caused by an 'accumulation of stresses on the bone. Yao first experienced soreness and pain in his ankle before the All-Star game and tests were done Monday when the situation didn't improve.' This is Yao's fourth major injury in the last two years. He missed 32 games last season with a fracture in his right leg and 21 games in late 2006 with a toe infection that required surgery. He missed four games in April 2006 after breaking his foot. Yao was having a great season for the Rockets, averaging 22 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
Mario Bosnjak (209-C-79) and Hrvoje Gasparac (189-G-84, college: S.Nevada CC) signed for Dubrava (A1). Bosnjak was injured almost whole last season and Gasparac played in Slovakia.
Marin Vrsaljko (201-F-83) and Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84) signed for Vrijednosnice Darda (A2). Vrsaljko came from Posusje (BiH-D1) while Delic came from Macedonian team Strumica.
Great Success for the Cyprus Basketball as Fiba Europe Cup decided to show alive through the official site of the league at http://www.fibaeurope.com/, this is the most historic game for any Cyprus team as possible victory in Ukraine will bring the Cyprus site of AEL in the final four of the competition which will be held (most probably) in Limassol, Cyprus. So who will be the winner, the Serbian, Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81, agency: Beo Basket), the top performer and scorer of Khimik with 16 points per game or the other Serbian Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82), the top performer and top scorer of AEL with 19 points per game. By tonight everybody will know whether another golden page will be added for the Cyprus Basketball. All the friends of AEL and generally Cyprus Basketball can follow the game through the internet. Just for the information of the general public the Ukrainian TV channel MEGASPORT will have the game alive.
Eurobasket.com - Cyprus wishes all the best to the Limassol team.
It was well known already some days ago, that the starting point guards, Kalman and Wittmann will not be able to play because of their injuries. Tonight the guests found a better replacement, Srdjan Jovanovic scored 11 points in the first half already. On the other side, Kornel Varadi could not replace Kalman as excepted.
In the first two quarters the guests ruled the game - leaded by Dragan Aleksic - and were up by three points after twenty minutes.
There was a big change from the 24th minute of the game, the home team found the rhythm, the guests could not score for 4 minutes, when Williams scored a three pointer. In the last quarter FALCO played a lot of zone defense, which destroyed Pecs's offensive game, so the home team could won by 13 points and keep the chance to reach the Final Four.
Player of the game was lithuanian forward Arnas Kazlauskas who had 29 points and scored 6 three pointers!
FALCO KC-SZOMBATHELY - PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS 86-73
(15-17, 22-23, 19-13, 30-20)
Szombathely, Att.: 2000, Referees: Papp, Pall, Torok
SZOMBATHELY: Varadi K. 9/6, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 22/6, Draughan 14, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 29/18, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 12, Feigl, Will, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
PECS: Kutasi 2, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 22/12, Jovanovic 11/3, Toth N. 4, Bojan Lapov (211-C-68) 15/9, Aleksic 13/3, Grebenar 2, Czigler 4, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
The Mexicali Soles made quick work of the Santos of San Luis sweeping them out of the LNBP Northern Division Finals in four games. Mexicali wrapped the the series last night with an 86-84 last second win in San Luis. A three from James Penny (198-F-76, college: TCU) with 19 seconds to play put Mexicali up by two and after a time out from San Luis, the ball was inbounded at half court to Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence) who was unable to get a good luck thanks to staunch 'D' from Richard Lopez (192-G-78, college: Cal.Baptist) and James Penny. The last second push from Santos fell short and the Soles wrapped up their second LNBP Northern Division Title in as many years.
Mexicali will face the Halcones of Xalapa in a rematch of the 2006 LNBP Finals in which the Soles won, after playing in only their second year in the LNBP. Greg Lewis again led the Soles with 27 and 11 while teammates James Penny had 18, (four three pointers) and Richard Lewis tallied 18. For Santos, Erron Maxey had a team high 25 followed by Sanjey Noriega (196-G/F-77, agency: Players Group, college: Alaska-Fairb.) and Ramel Allen (210-C-79, college: Bridgeport) who finished with 15 each. Click here for more on the LNBP Finals.
Joel Munoz leaded his team FTC EAD to a needed victory in the brazilian league over CETAF GAROTO 71-58 Munoz helped his cause with 14 Points and 4 Assistances. Joel has the following figures in 7 games played 10.9 Points, 6.6 Assistances; 4.0 Rebounds ; 2.0 Steals in 37 Minutes per game. FTC EAD is in the 9th popsition with a record of 2-6. The other victory of FTC EAD was over Pitagoras Minas in overtime.
In Uleb Cup, Besiktas played a great game against Hapoel Jerusalem. In Istanbul Apodaca's team won with a +20 advantage and They qualified for the next round where Besiktas will play against Red Star Beograd. 'Man of the match' was 'The Wizard Apocadabra' Rick Apodaca who played 37 minutes with 15 pts (6/10 2pts, 0/2 3pts, 3/3 FT), 5 rebs and 3 assists. For 'our other Boricua' Christian Dalmau 12 pts (1/2 2pts, 3/6 3pts, 1/2 FT), 1 reb and 2 assts in 28 minutes.
Turow won against Nymburk 68-66 and also Turow qualified for the next round, the polish team will play against Kiev. Andres Rodriguez played 40 minutes with 7 pts (2/4 2pts, 0/2 3pts, 3/3 FT), 3 rebs and 8 assts.
PJ RAMOS IN BSN
Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) will come back in Puerto Rico to play the BSN 2008. Fuenlabrada let free 'Our Snoop Dogg' who is very happy to come back and play since the beginning the BSN. Ramos should play for Criollos de Caguas, his past team in Puerto Rico.
A chat with a coach of Tab Baldwin caliber is a regale, no matter what your name is and where you come from.
Coach Baldwin accepted a 10 minutes interview with HalfCourt, but after an hour he was still explaining the differences between the pressing zone and his own defense.
For sure one of the best specialists to coach on Romanian land, Tab Baldwin is a model of erudition in sports in general (he studied and coached rugby as well).
He is a teacher (no matter what his profession is) who has been showing his students on 3 continents that if you want and if you do it properly, you can win.
HalfCourt - Why did you choose U-Mobitelco after your Greek experience? I would have expected you to pick another Greek team, especially because you have family there.
Tab Baldwin - Yes, I do have family in Greece, in Thesaloniki. Cluj has been talking to me, my greek assistant coach has gone to school to Cluj, so when I lost my job, it was almost a no-brainer. I found the people very friendly and very organized.
HalfCourt - Was it a long negotiation?
Tab Baldwin - Actually it was not. When the job fell over, the decision was there. My mentality was 'I want to keep coaching'. I was so disappointed with the Greek management, so poor and so unreliable. The negotiation with Mircea Cristescu was very simple and honest.
HalfCourt - How is your adjustment going so far ?
Tab Baldwin - I've been around for 20 years. I think I'm adaptable to any environment. Comparing with the unreliability from Greece and Turkey, it is different to me in Romania. My management here in Cluj is very accountable to their word. I guess it is very specific, depending on the organization.
HalfCourt - What do you like and what you don't like the Cluj's team ?
Tab Baldwin - The team has good characters. When I arrived to Cluj, they lacked strong leadership and had a disjointed mentality. The players have began to realize how serious I am about coaching and how important is being a good team. We have now the spirit of a good team, Serbians, Romanians and Americans blending in naturally in their background to be submissive.
HalfCourt - How different is Romania from Greece ?
Tab Baldwin - I think Greece mentality is very laid back, fantastic from the personal point of view. Romania is to me a more dependable and professional society.
HalfCourt - What made you not change the team after you've taken over U-Mobitelco Cluj ? Each coach would like to bring over his own players.
Tab Baldwin - I have a rear philosophy: I don't like to change personnel. I'm big on loyalty. When players sign contracts, you have a responsibility, whose fault is if it doesn't work ? Who am I to change this ? I know many of the coaches don't think like that.
HalfCourt - When you took over the team, rumors said that you wanted to bring over Pero Cameron, your New Zealander star. How true that was ?
Tab Baldwin - Just rumors. If I could, he would be the first one to pick. But Pero is a man of honor, he is under contract and he will keep his word.
HalfCourt - Going back in time, 2002 and 4th place at the World Cup with the Tall Blacks has been the best moment of your life ?
Tab Baldwin - Tremendous moment for me. Although draining, I was working for few years 2 jobs, for a Basketball Performance association in New Zealand and the national team, and then I was coaching Banvitspor, the Turkish team, and the Kiwi national team in the same time. You need an off-season and I wasn't getting that. I hated to leave New Zealand.
HalfCourt - How would you characterize yourself as a coach ?
Tab Baldwin -I'm more focused to the defensive end. I don't like the European style of basketball the one that Americans use right now. That one says this player is PG that one is a SG and so on. I like complete players. Complete players that play complete type of basketball .
HalfCourt - Could you be more detailed with your defense ?
I've been working a lot of years on a specific type of complex defense and I tried to implement that to my new team. I mix man-to-man with zone, sometimes during the same possession. All my players can play all of type the defenses. The frequency of the execution though is the problem we have from time to time. But we're getting there.
HalfCourt - What do you think about the Romanian refs so far ? Last week Cluj fans and lots of other Romanian fans sympathized with you when you took a technical foul for saying to referee Banica: 'I have absolutely no respect for you'. What triggered that unorthodox way of getting a T?
Tab Baldwin - First of all, the comment was referring to one specific play only. At that play, all three referees didn't call a blatantly evident foul. What I expect from a referee is not to be a judge, but to be consistent and to call the game by the rules. After the game we played in Medias, I went to the referees and I thanked them for the consistent way they refereed. And I meant it. As a coach I used to be able to go to the referees before the game and ask them how they normally call this rule or that rule (hand check rule, 3 seconds etc). That gave me an idea about the way the referee behaves and I could send the information to my players. But lately, more and more refs avoid talking to the coaches at all before the games.
HalfCourt - How close is your relationship with your assistant coaches ? How skilled are they ?
Tab Baldwin - I'm really fortunate to have Dorin and Marcel as assistant coaches. They are both very organized and extremely helpful. Dorin (N.R. Dorin Pintea) gives me ad-hoc kind of scouting reports, stories about teams and players, everything we need, schedules, meals, water etc, really doing a very good job. Quality basketball info, which is a plus. Marcel Tenter is a guy that has a big future in coaching, he played and coached under very good coaches. He is an enthusiastic, has the passion. That could be though an asset and a liability. He does the scouting report and the analysis. Very good tactical knowledge reports, very good input during the games, strategic and tactical moves. He is very advanced in the coaching career
HalfCourt - What did you do to Silvasan ? He seems to be the hot hand these days ? Did you inject him with some confidence ? How did you do that ?
Tab Baldwin - I don't think it's anything that I did. He is a smart, energetic and enthusiastic player. He has very good skills, just a matter in getting in better shape. He had take better decisions when shooting, otherwise a coachable player.
HalfCourt - Where do you see you team at the end of the season ? What are you trying to leave behind you ?
Tab Baldwin - I understand the spirit of your question. I would like my guys to execute critical plays and to understand to play as a team and how much more to produce for themselves and for the team. I just don't think we have the talent as individuals, but if they can take their abilities and put it together, we can be as good as the other teams and maybe better. We should be in a good position in the Play-offs. I really want to win the title with my team.
HalfCourt: We wish good luck !
Tab Baldwin - Thank you very much.
Khimki is all but in the ULEB Cup Last 16 after a 19-point road victory in the first leg at Koln 99ers. Head coach Kestutis Kemzura 's Khimki grabbed a 91-72 win over an inspired Koln, which was under-manned due to a near financial collapse. Khimki shot 52% for the game and forced 17 turnovers while turning the ball over only 9 times. Kemzura's Russian team eventually proved too much for Koln, blowing the game open after leading by only three points going into the fourth. Center Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) dominated the game at times in scoring 23 points while playmaker Dan Ewing had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Small forward Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, college: S.Mississippi) had 13 points, new shooting guard Clay Tucker (194-G-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) also had 13 and reserve forward Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds.
With the big lead and returning to its home court, Khimki looks like a sure bet to reach a Last 16 showdown with either DKV Joventut Badalona or Allianz Swans Gmunden. Koln 99ers meanwhile was happy just to play the game after having been told it would have its license for the German league revoked hours before the first leg only to shortly thereafter announce the team had been saved. Head coach Sasa Obradovic's under-manned team (it released its top three players - Toby Bailey, Immanuel McElroy and Aleksandar Nadjfeji - to stay alive financially) held tough for three quarters before finally losing the fourth quarter 25-9. Koln shot just 44% and struggled handling the ball with 17 turnovers. Forward Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) did all he could to make up for the lost production with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Playmaker Derek Raivio (191-G-84, college: Gonzaga) added 14 points and 4 assists and forward Marko Keselj had 13 points and power forward Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) chipped in 10. And while those were solid numbers, the rest of the players totaled just 9 points. With the club's immediate future now saved and nobody believing Koln has a chance to advance, Obradovic will likely tell his troops to go out and have fun and see what happens.
Here are the results of the 4th round of the senegalease national Championship Div 1 for men:
USL players lost for the fisrt time at their home court from DUC 43-48.Duct cover Alcess Badji after injury .Itthad players are getting better every game they are sending a clear message to everyone that they will do something this season.
Jason Edwin may be one of the better shooters in recent Virgin Islands Basketball history but they are two young guns who are vying for his title. Sharp shooters Khalid Gerard and Devon Peltier (178-G) have been on fire for distance for the entire season. Gerard has done more damage in New York, while Peltier has been putting on a daily show in Missouri.
Both guys have Region play this weekend and are hoping to see each other in the Junior College Championships on March 18 in Hutchinson Kansas.
Gerard and #2 Technical Career Institute (TCI) takes on #3 Monroe College on Thursday February 28, in the Division I Region XV Men's Semifinals. Things were tight all season for the Division I schools as #1Globe Institute, Monroe and TCI split all their games to finish in a three tie for first place that had to be decided by a coin flip.
Peltier and the Missour State West Plains Grizzlies compiled a 26-4 overall record and a 5-3 Region 16 record, and earned the right to play third seeded Mineral Area College (19-11, 4-4) of Park Hills in a Region 16 semifinal game at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo.
Below is quick look at their numbers. Who you got as a top gun?
College: Technical Career Institute
Scoring: 16.0 ppg
Rebs.: 4.4 rpg
Assists: 1.7 apg
Steals: 1.1 spg
FG%: 49.5% (151-305)
3FG %: 46.3 (70-151)
FT%: 79% (44-56)
College: Missouri State West Plains (26-4)
Scoring: 13.6 ppg in only 17.7 minutes a game
Rebs: 1.1 rpg
Assists: 0.9 apg
Steals: 0.9 spg
FG% 50.6% (136-269)
3FG% 47.5% (87-183)
FT% 86.2% (50-58)
Baltic Woman`s Basketball League
Tallinna Living - SK Cesis 61-80
Rebane 16, Jallai 14, Raussberg 12; Jessica Moore (191-C-82) 21, Cinite 17, Crockett 17
TLU/VOLTA - SK Cesis 56-79
Rannaveski 17, Wallace 13; Jessica Moore 19, Derevjanik 15, Neimane 13
Tallinna Living - Avantis/Turiba 80-53
Anderson 17, Rebane 12, Mitt 12; Horelika 16, Vitola 12, D.Zarina 10
TLU/VOLTA - RS TTT/Rapa 118-51
Rannaveski 25, Kostla 19, Rosenfeldt 19; Indriksons 16
Tallinna Living - RS TTT/Rapa 73-51
Saarniit 23, Anderson 18, Puu 17; Gailite 16
TLU/VOLTA - Avantis/Turiba 100-77
Rosenfeldt 25, Zilmer 20, Wallace 19; Eibele 15, Vorma 13
Regular season final standings
1. Arvi 13-1
2. TIM-SCUF 13-1
3. Laisve 10-4
4. Berezina-RCOR 10-4
5. SK Cesis 10-4
6. Olimpia 9-5
7. BC Minsk-2006 8-6
8. Tallinna Living 8-6
9. Lemminkainen 6-8
10. TLU/VOLTA 6-8
11. Olimp-NAEK 6-8
12. Avantis/Turiba 3-11
13. RS TTT/Rapa 1-13
14. Barsy Atyrau 1-13
15. LTU Junior team 1-13
1. TEO, Vilnius (Lithuania )
2. TIM-SCUF, Kyiv (Ukraine)
3. LAISVE, Kaunas (Lithuania)
4. OLIMPIA, Grodno (Belorussia)
1. TTT- RIGA, Riga (Latvia)
2. ARVI, Marijampole (Lithuania)
3. BEREZINA-RCOR, Borisovo (Belorussia)
4. SC CESIS, Cesis ( Latvia)