EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/29/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
After fantastic win in
Mixed results for the 2 Belgian teams still in the European Competitions.
Oostende who played in the stronger Uleb Cup could not pull off the needed 5 pt win in Kyiv.
They went down fighing in the second game in Kyiv though, after a strong first quarter they stayed to within 1 pt at the end of the 3rd Q, but that proved to be the end of the road for Oostende in the Uleb cup and they lost on the road 68-60, marking the end of a strong Uleb season.
Different story for Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the Fiba EuroCup. In game one they blew out Samara 92-66, but of course in a best of 3 series a huge win does not guarantee anything. So they had to go into Russia and get the win to avoid having to come back to Belgium for game 3.
Game 2 told a totally different story and it took the heroics of Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.) to pull off the win.
Trailing 85-84 Mons turned the ball over with 7 seconds left on the clock.
When play resumed after a Samara time-out they went for the foul right away, fouling Demeshkin who only made 1 of 2 Ft's giving Samara a 86-84 lead with seconds to play. Coach Finch then called his last time out which resulted in the game winning 3pt shot for Reinking.
Next up for Mons is the Eurocup final four which takes place on the 18th and 20th of April.
They meet AEL Limassol in the first semi-final.
The Holland Blast will begin their season at Orchardview Middle School in Muskegon Michigan on Sat, March 15th at 7pm versus the Hidden Gems All Stars. The Holland Blast roster for 2008 will feature the 1-2 punch of Dennis Springs (5'8''-G-82, college: Ferris St.) and Antonio Davis (6'6''-F-82, college: Urbana) among many talented others.
Hidden Gems is a semi-pro team that plays competitive,high pressure basketball against different professional teams and colleges. The Hidden Gems All Stars will be composed of players who are in the market for professional basketball employment. Most have achieved high levels of success in their collegiate careers and also have professional experience at varied levels of play. Other IBL teams and representatives of different organizations are encouraged to be in attendance in order to evaluate the prospective talent.
To access information for attending this spectacular game, go to www.hollandblast.com and go to the schedule which has all the traveling information. Or visit either www.iblhoopsonline.com and go to Holland Blast for specific information on the team or www.leaguelineup.com/hiddengems for more information on the Hidden Gems organization as a whole. Roster Information for The Hidden Gems All Stars:
Tyler Ousley (6'9''-F/C) - All American at Otterbien with bigtime pro potential. Can play any frontcourt position at his height.
Frank Phillips (6'4''-F/G-84, college: Findlay (OH)) - All American on Nationally ranked Findlay. 4yr starter who is apt at 2/3/4. Defensive stopper.
Tony Cornett (6'5''-F/G-84, college: W.Virginia St.) - 2-time All American. Equally effective at 2/3/4. Athletic,competitor fresh from Iceland.
Dwayne McNeal (6'7''-F/C-79) - Versatile Post player from Hampton who can play 4 or 5. Vast,varied pro experience.
Charles Warren (6'1''-PG/SG, college: Findlay (OH)) - IBL All Star and star in college. Strong at either backcourt position. Top tier shooter and leader.
Marcus McCants (6'1''-PG/SG) - South Carolina St collegiate athlete with deadly outside touch. Plays 1 or 2 very well. Brother of Ed McCants.
Chris Blakely (6'5''-G/F, college: Mt.Union) - Coach on the floor. Premier defender and high quality all around talent. 1-4 on both sides of the ball.
Marcel Jackson (6'3' PG/SG) - Defensive juggernaut. 6'8' wingspan allows for many steals and quality defensive pressure. Deft mid-range shooter as well.
Sean Ballard (6'6' F) - Frontcourt versatility. Fully capable of defending 2/3/4 and strong at 3/4 on offense. High level defense and intensity.
Henry Brown (5'8' PG) - Cat-quick, strong PG who finsihes well in traffic. 3ball is strong,as is defensive pressure. Penetration is almost at will.
Arena suffered before winning over Al Riyadi/Aramex who played without their imports for unknown reasons, While Zain remained on top without any partner following their victory in their game against Orthodox in Prince Hamza Hall last night within round 3 of the Excellent League's Final 4...
Arena 89 - Al Riyadi/Aramex 88 (Qs: 24-21, 52-44, 62-51 & 89-88)
The yellows began the game strongley and succeeded to have the higher hand in the 1st 3 quarters thanks to the perfromance of Mark Strickland (208-F/C-70, college: Temple) '22 points', Mohammad Bushnaq (200-F-81) '16 points' and Josh Cooperwood (193-G-80, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tennessee St.) '18 points' .
The 4th quarter witnessed the late wake up of Al Riyadi through Wesam Sous (181-G-83) '20 points', Faisal Kheir (204-C-85) '12 points' and Hussam Lutfi (198-F/C-73) '27 points' made the game tied at 88-88 before 20 seconds from the end but Cooperwood's free throw saved Arena from their 2nd loss in final 4.
Zain 86 - Orthodox 72
The titleholders succeeded to passby their previous problems esspecially injuries history and won over their rivals Orthodox by 14 points.....
Zain's trio Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) '32 points', Soumaila Samake (215-C-78, agency: CAA Sports) '19 points' and Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) '15 points' were on the top of their performance yesterday by scoring and stopping their opponent in offense esspecially from Naser Bassam (198-G/F-76) '23 points' and Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) '17 points'....
Orthodox's Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) was injured during the game and that was utilized by Zain esspecially inside, Ashraf Samara (205-F/C-76) played his 1st game with Orthodox yesterday but failed to cover Idais's gap as he needs more time to get involved more to his new team's system....The game also was the beginning for the new Zain's import Antonio Wyche's (193-F-77, college: Notre Dame) 1st experience in Jordan, He came the day before from Qatar as he was playing there with Al Rayyan.
Zain's Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) will be out from 3 to 6 weeks due to injury in his right hand during the game.......
The 4th round of Excellent League's final 4 will be played tomorrow (Friday) as Zain will meet Al Riyadi/Aramex and Arena will be face to face with Orthodox.....
For everyone interested to pay the last tribute to the great person and player Mike Plowden (200-F/C-58, college: Saginaw Valley) heres the schudale:
The funeral cerymonys start tomorrow(Friday) at 3pm(portuguese time) at Capela da Misericordia do Barreiro in the city of Barreiro near the police station and funeral is in Saturday at 10am(portuguese time aswell) in Vila Cha cemitery.
Not only basketball fans are welcome to join ,but everyone is more then welcome to join due the fact of besides sport and the love ,passion he had,he was a incredible human being that marked everyone he meet,from kids to fans,from old people to moms,to simply everyone.
Tonight is 'The night', BSN 2008 will start with one of the most beautiful games of the whole season, Cangrejeros de Santurce against Capitanes de Arecibo. These teams played last season the Finals and Santurce could win the BSN 2007 and became the 'Queen of Puerto Rico'.
Cangrejeros are still one of the strongest teams of this BSN and in this season ' El Jefe' Larry Ayuso will play for Santurce since the beginning. Tonite is also Larry Ayuso vs. Angel Figueroa, 'El jefe' and 'Buster' are two of the most important and spectacular 'boricuas' in the League and They will contribute to make Cangrejeros- Capitanes not only a basket-game but also an authentic show. Welcome BSN 2008.
The possible starting-five of the teams are:
For Santurce: Raymond Dalmau, Ricardo Dalmau, Larry Ayuso, Alex Falcon and Robert Traylor; For Arecibo: Bobby Joe Hatton, Rafael 'Pachy' Cruz, Angel Figueroa, White Rodney and Osiris Ricardo.
In Euroleague, Daniel Santiago played a 'partidazo' against CSKA Moscow. His team Unicaja Malaga won against one of the strongest teams in this Euroleague 72-67. 'Our Boricua' was the MVP of the game with 20 points (7/12 2pts, 6/6 FT) in 22 minutes. Santiago catched also 6 rebounds+ 2 steals. In this Top 16, Daniel Santiago is scoring 8.9 ppg with 2rpg. Unicaja has a 1-2 standings and They can still qualify for the Next Round.
In NBA Orlando was defeated by Philadelphia 101-89, for Carlos Arroyo only 4 minutes with 0 pts (0/1 2pts).
After fantastic win in
Before ALBA Berlin Subotic spent one year in New York Phantoms Braunschweig.
After couple of inconvinient defeats, management of Russian Superleague team Lokomotiv Novosybirsk and Serbian coach Djordje Petrovic agreed to terminate the contract. Russian team is curently on the 11th place in Superleague with 4 wins and 16 defeats. They have one wins less than Univerzitet Surgut and two than Spartak Vladivostok.
The team immediately hired Sergei Kazarzhevsky as a new head coach and announced that there won't be any changes until the end of the season.