EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/4/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Foreign Stars-Baltic Stars 154:136
The Baltic League played their All Star Game last night. Aside from the game the spectators could enjoy the Three-Point Shooting Contest and Slam Dunk competition.
In the game between the Foreign Stars and Baltic Stars the foreigners were stronger, winning by s score of 154:136. They took a control in the beginning of the game and after Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) nailed another 3-pointer the score was 36:22. The Foreign Stars finished the first quarter leading 46:32.
The result of the quarter is usually the result of the half in the BBL league, however both teams did not pay to much attention to defense and allowed their opponents to make some more tricks on the court. The halftime score reached 75:68 still with the players from abroad on top. They spurted to another 120:99 after three quarters and finally won by a score of 154:136 at the buzzer.
Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87, agency: Interperformances) from Valmiera was named an MVP of the game scoring 23 points and grabbing 8 boards.Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) from Kalev also finished the night with 23 points for Foreign Stars. Dwayne Broyles from ASK Riga scored 20 and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) from Zalgiris scored 15. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) produced 22 points for the Baltic Stars, while Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) collected 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: FCM) was the winner of the Three-Point Shooting Contest. The player from Valmiera defeated Virginijus Sirvydis 17:14 in the decisive duel.
Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83, agency: Beo Basket) was a Slam Dunk Champion. He made 360 degrees turnaround dunk with one hand before jumping over Gailius for his second dunk in Final. Pelkic finished of with a high-flying basket that was rewarded with loud cheers from the Saku Arena crowd.
Foreign Stars: Vladimir Stimac 23 points, 8 rebouns, Mateo Kedzo 23 points, Dwayne Broyles 20, Marko Popovic 15.
Baltic Stars: Sandis Valters 22 points, Marijonas Petravicius 20+11 rebounds, Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) 18, Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) 18.
Bundesliga Game Day 18 tipped off the second half of the season for teams all over the country and provided basketball fans with exciting action. The weekends showcase game is the without question Sunday evening's league leading ALBA Berlin against second place Artland Dragons game live on BBL.TV
Friday Febuary 1, 2008
Bayer Leverkusen 76 digibu baskets Paderborn 74
Brendan Winters drilled 6 of 8 threes to lead Leverkusen to a hardfought 76-74 road win at Paderborn friday night. Winters topscored with 22pt followed by under-the-weather Zack Whiting's 17pt 5ast. Veteran big man Eric Taylor (14pt) and Nate Fox (12pt) were also strong for Head Coach Achim Kuczmann's squad. Tim Black scored 22pt for Paderborn and Greg Jenkins added 17pt 9reb in the loss. The even game saw the lead change hands in the first half before Leverkusen took a 39-36 lead at half. Heading into the 4Q, Leverkusen led 61-59. Leverkusen used a remarkable advantage from the foul line to help them get the win. Leverkusen shot 71% (18-25) from the FT compared to the home teams 2 for 3 in forty minutes. Leverkusen improved to 13-5 while Paderborn fell to 7-11.
Saturday Febuary 2, 2008
TBB Trier 96 Walter Tigers Tubingen 74
Forward Caleb Green caught fire scoring 40pt on the strength of 19 for 23 FT as Trier hammered Walter Tigers Tubingen 96-74 Saturday night at Trier Arena. Trier exploded to a 16-7 1Q and extended their lead to 43-27 at half. Trier hit 52% from the floor including 10-22 from three. PG Austen Rowland was also strong scoring 19pt 6ast with 3 of 5 from 3. C Rasko Katic topscored for Tubingen with 18pt 10reb, Ray Nixon added 16 on 5 of 10 from three and Patrick Sparks chipped in 15pt 6ast for the Tigers who lost for the fifth consecutive game. All was not lost for Tubingen, Trier's blowout win came up two points short in the head to head count. Head Coach Yves Defraigne and his Trier team improved to 4-14 while Tubingen fell to 5-14.
Koln 99ers 99 EnBW Ludwigsburg 77
Saturday at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln, the hot-shooting 99ers bested EnBW Ludwigsburg 99-77. Koln ran to a 30-19 lead after 1Q but Ludwigsburg responded with a 27-20 2Q setting the game at 50-46 at the half. Koln took control of the game in the 3Q with a 20-11 frame and followed it with a 29-20 4th for the win. Despite the off court troubles, Koln has won their last three games since the insolvency announcement a credit to Head Coach Sasa Obradovic, his team and the staff. The 99ers shot 67% from the floor and 11 of 17 (64%) from three in the game. Toby Bailey drilled 9 of 12 shots including 3 of 4 threes to topscore with 23pt followed by Aleksandar Nadjfeji with a perfect 5-5 from the floor and 15pt. Big man Nedzad Sinanovic was also a perfect 6 for 6 from the floor adding 12pt and youngster Philipp Schwethelm buried 2 of 3 threes to score 10. Ludwigsburg shot 48% from the floor but only 3 of 11 (27%) from three. Inside players Coleman Collins (18pt), Nate Harris (14pt) and Michel Nascimento (12pt) led Ludwigsburg scorers. The 99ers are now 11-7 while Ludwigsburg falls to 8-10.
NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 90 ratiopharm Ulm 86
Saturday night at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm, Braunschweig put 6 players in double figures handing ratiopharm Ulm a 90-86 loss, their 3rd straight. Ulm held a 1pt lead after 1Q (24-23) and at half (42-41) but it was Braunschweig's late 3Q run which helped them take a 68-63 lead into the 4Q. The Phantoms held off an Ulm run with strong teamwork and clutch free throw shooting. In the end, Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his team capitalized on their opportunities while Ulm's efforts came up short. The Phantoms shot 49% from the floor and made 6 of 13 (66%) from three compared to Ulm's 35% from the floor and 8 for 21 (38%) from three. The Phantoms also converted 21 of 31 (67%) attempts in the paint to Ulm's 14 for 37 (37%). John Allen topscored for Braunschweig with 19pt followed by former Ulm G Jonathan Levy (15pt), Domonic Jones (15pt), Andrew Drevo (14pt 15reb), Kyle Visser (12pt) and Stephen Wright (11pt) in the impressive team effort. Konrad Wysocki was excellent for Ulm scoring 23pt with 16reb followed by EJ Gallup's 20pt and Jeff Gibbs with 16pt 11 boards. Braunschweig is now 10-8 while Ulm fell to 9-8.
BG74 Gottingen 91 LTi Giessen 46ers 75
Gottingen used a 14-2 late 2Q run to build a 50-39 halftime lead and coast to a 91-75 home win at Lokhalle in Gottingen Saturday night. Willie Jenkins topscored with 23pt followed by Jeb Ivey with 21 for Head Coach John Patrick and his hardworking team. Big men Michael Schroeder (14pt 12reb) and David Monds (14pt) were also a factor in the victory. Gottingen was impressive FT making 18-20 (90%) with Jeb Ivey standing out sinking 10 of 11. Recently signed Ben Jacobsen scored 8pt in his Gottingen home debut. Michael Umah drilled 4 of 5 threes to topscore for the 46ers with 19pt and Corey Rouse added 18pt 8reb. The 46ers did shoot 49% from the floor but only 56% from the FT and 5 of 18 (27%) from three. Gottingen upped their record to 7-11 and Giessen slipped to 4-14.
Deutsche Bank Skyliners 90 Science City Jena 71
Deutsche Bank Skyliners bolted to a 28-10 lead after the 1Q and never looked back beating Science City Jena 90-71 Saturday night in Jena. 5 Skyliners for Head Coach Murat Didin scored double figures in the terrific team performance led by Pascal Roller 20pt 8ast (4-7 threes) with support from 19pt 10reb from Koko Archibong, 17pt 7reb from Derrick Allen and 11pts apiece from Jimmy McKinney and Ilian Evtimov. Frankfurt shot 49% from the floor, made 10 of 28 (35%) threes and outrebounded Jena 34-32 in the win. Ajmal Basit and Lavelle Felton shared topscoring honors for Jena with 12pt each while Mark Davis and Ali Seggelke both had 11. Frankfurt made 16 of 19 FT compared to 7 of 8 for Jena. Frankfurt improves to 10-8 while Jena drops to 2-16.
Sunday Febuary 3, 2008
Eisbaren Bremerhaven 71 Telekom Baskets Bonn 66
Nate Funk, Ivars Timermanis and Brian Brown scored 15pt apiece as Eisbaren Bremerhaven beat Telekom Baskets Bonn 71-66 Sunday afternoon in Bremerhaven. Head Coach Dr Sarunas Sakalauskas and his team used a strong 20-12 1Q to take control, led 35-29 at half and kept Bonn at bay the rest of the way. Bremerhaven shot 46% from the floor and nailed 9 of 21 (42%) threes in the win. Winsome Frazier led Bonn with 13pt followed by John Bowler with 11pt 6reb and Ronnie Burrell with 10pt 5boards. Bonn outrebounded Bremerhaven 36-30 but made 5 of 15 (33%) threes and only 59% FT (13 of 21). Bremerhaven improved to 9-8 while Bonn saw their 6 game winning streak snapped and are now 12-6.
Brose Baskets Bamberg 71 Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 67
Ademola Okulaja was in top form scoring 20pt 8reb including 4 of 7 threes in leading brose Baskets Bamberg to a hardfought 71-67 road win over Ewe Baskets Oldenburg Sunday at Oldenburg's Ewe Arena. Clutch outside shooting (12 for 28 from three as a team) from Okulaja, Darren Fenn (18pt 8reb 4-5 threes) and Demond Greene (10pt) provided the Bamberg attack while their trademark tough defense helped Head Coach Dirk Bauermann and his team earn the victory. Bamberg shot 43% but limited Oldenburg to 39% and outrebounded the Thunderbirds 42-33. Jason Gardner (18pt) and Rickey Paulding (12pt) were the only two double figure scorers for the hosts. Bamberg improved their record to 11-5 while Oldenburg slipped to 10-8.
Artland Dragons 76 ALBA Berlin 68
In the Bundesliga Showcase game of the weekend league leading ALBA Berlin hosted second place Artland Dragons at Max-Schmellinghalle in Berlin. After ALBA edged Artland 78-72 in Quakenbruck earlier this season, Artland returned the favor with a strong 76-68 road win pulling even atop the Bundesliga at 14-4. Not only did Head Coach Chris Fleming and his team earn the impressive win, the 8pt victory margin gives Artland the head to head count. ALBA held a 22-20 advantage after 1Q but a strong 26-17 2Q gave the Dragons a 46-39 halftime lead. Artland continued their surge in the 3Q with big baskets extending the score to 64-53 after 3. Julius Jenkins led an ALBA charge in the 4Q but Artland held on with quality play down the stretch. Wing Terrance Thomas was terrific topscoring with 16pt on 6 for 9 shooting including 2 of 4 from three. C Adam Chubb scored 14pt and grabbed 11 boards while wing Leon Rodgers drilled 3 of 6 threes on his way to 14pt of his own. Lamont McIntosh also got some big buckets with accurate outside shooting to add 12pt on 2 of 3 from three. For the game the Dragons shot 49% from the floor drilled 9 of 18 threes and sank 13 of 18 FT (72%) while outrebounding Berlin 33-28. Julius Jenkins led ALBA with 20pt while Bobby Brown added 14pt and Patrick Femerling 11pt 8reb in the loss.
This weekend in Dutch Cup action, defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers, current FEB leader MyGuide Amsterdam, and Rotterdam Challengers have joined West-Brabant Giants to determine the Final Four of the Dutch Cup.
In the Vijfmeihal on Saturday night, Eiffel's strong 2nd quarter run and hot shooting from the three-point line put the pressure on ZZ Leiden, which ZZ had no answer for, with Eiffel coasting to a 98-89 win. Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) led Eiffel with 23 pts., with Marcel Aarts (212-C-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) adding 15. Eiffel made half of their three-pointers, going 13 for 26, with 26 assists.
In the Sporthallen-Zuid in the MyGuide-Hanzevast Capitals matchup, it was mismatch heaven for the team of Arik Shivek, as MyGuide Amsterdam overcame a Hanzevast run in crunch time, advancing with an 83-74 win. A Hanzevast team, missing four players due to injury and playing their fourth game in seven days,
gave MyGuide their best shot, were so near but yet so far away from the complete MyGuide team. Hanzevasthad difficulties containing MyGuide off the dribble, particularly Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) and Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming), who were adapt at finding the open spaces in Hanzevast's interior defense, finding the open man and getting to the free throw line. As a result, MyGuide shot 68.8% FG and had six players in double figures, led by Trent and Roberts with 17 pts. each. Hanzevast were led in scoring by Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) with 21 pts.
In Zwolle, Rotterdam Challengers gained the final spot by winning over Landstede 2 by the score of 84-65.
Planet-Leasing Dombovar - Szolnoki Olaj KK 81-51
(21-15, 21-7, 18-17, 21-11)
Dombovar, Att.: 1.000, Referees: Bodnar, Adam, Kothay
DOMBÓVAR: Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: Mo.-Kansas City) 14, Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) 22/6, Deak 3, Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park) 21/3, Wiley 11/3, Balogh, Simon 8/3, Molnar 2, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
OLAJ: Kelley 9, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 16, Cziczas 3/3, Sabaliauskas 9/3, Gobi 6, Molnar 6/6, Harazin 2, Cseh, Coach: Por Peter
2 pointers: 56% - 44 %
3 pointers: 13/6 - 26/4
Free Throws: 17/22 - 7/10
Fouls: 15 - 21
Turnovers: 12 - 14 (Kelley 7)
Assists: 11 (English 9) - 8 (Kelley 3)
Rebounds: 52 (English, Mills 14-14) - 24 (Sabaliauskas 8)
ZALAKERAMIA ZTE KK - FALCO KC 71-71
(14-19, 24-11, 22-15, 11-26)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 600, Referees: Foldhazi, Papp, dr. Szakall
ZALAEGERSZEG: Miskovic 11/6, Walters 2, Kaman 11/3, Hoffmann, Basette 2, Gaspar 7, Rafael Keresztes (211-C/F-79) 12, Simon L. 7, Baki 6/3, Toth 4, Piplovic 9, Coach: Nikola Lazic
FALCO: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 21/6, Doyne 2, Varadi 5/3, Kazlauskas 14/9, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 15, Will 9/3, Borszeki, Feigl 5, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
2pointers: 25/38 (66%) - 19/31 (61%)
3 pointers: 4/14 (29%) - 7/16 (44%)
Free Throws: 9/15 (60%) - 12/15 (80%)
Most rebounds: Keresztes and Toth 5, Aliakseyeu 8
Most assists: Miskovic 6 - Kalman 10
POLAROID-LAMI-VED-KÖRMEND - MAFC-ÚJBUDA 77-69
(21-18, 17-17, 25-14, 14-20)
Kormend, Att.: 1800, Referees: Kapitany, Marton, Farkas
KÖRMEND: Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/9, McCants 10/6, Rudolf Trummer (196-F-78, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/9, Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Binghamton) 13/6, Vavra P. 11, Thomas 8/6, Ferencz 3/3, Henderson 4/3, Kocsis 6/6, Toth, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub
MAFC: Young 9, Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) 25/6, Fodor K., Fulop 9, Peter Kecskes (208-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Hawaii) 14, Radovics 2, Ferenc Bodrogi (190-F-88) 10/6, Coach: Dinnyes Attila
2pointers: 11/26 (42%) - 23/47 (49%)
3 pointers: 16/38 (42%) - 4/16 (25%)
Free Throws: 7/9 (78%) - 11/21 (52%)
Most rebounds: Ocitti 10 - Kecskes 9
Most assists: Fodor 4 - Young 6
SIOKOSAR-NTE BUDAORS - ALBACOMP 54-98
(14-26, 10-28, 13-26, 17-18)
Budaors, Att.: 300, Referees: Győrffy Pal, Jakab Laszlo, Szabo GergSiokosar NTE-Budaors: Volf 3, Gabor Beak (195-G-82) 18/3, Zoltan Kolonics (206-C-73) 11, Bausz 9/3, Mate 7/6, Rujak 4, Toth, Samu 2, Magyar, Coach: Patonay Imre
Albacomp: Simon 16/12, Gabor Soos (200-G/F-85) 17/6, Gergely David (206-F-83) 15, Bradford 5/3, Chad McClendon (199-F-73, college: Appalachian St.) 22, Keller 4, Antal, Adam Hanga (200-G/F-89, agency: FCM) 17/3, Szabo 2, Coach: Zsoldos Andras
SZEDEAK-SZEGED - ATOMEROMU SE 51-76
The eight teams which will be playing in the 1/4finals for the Final Four:
Lovcen - Rudar 98-68
Rudar still remains the only team without victory in the league with 14 straight defeats, including the cup game.
Scorers for both sides...
P. Jovanovic 9
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SM-sarja, Round 24: PuHu (Vantaa) won both games during this weekend. The new Head Coach Mikko Kurki could not get a better start. Winning over
Alku (Forssa) was not a big thing, but winning today on the road in Jyvaskyla over HoNsU was a slight upset. Aneta Kausaite (179-G-70) made her first FT, when
seven seconds to go and PuHu took 72-73 lead. What happened next during those seven seconds? Many, many things! Kausaite first missed her second FT,
but PuHu's Alli Arppe (184-F-81) grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled by Salla Viitanen (168-G-87). Arppe was awarded with two FTs, but she missed both of them. HoNsU's Charlee Underwood (178-F-85, college: CSU Fullerton) took now the rebound and Heidi Lonnberg (180-G-78) fouled her. Underwood missed her both FTs, HoNsU's Pia Kratsch (175-F-78) took an offensive rebound had a 2-pts jump shot, but missed that. Finally PuHu had won 72-73! Huima (Aanekoski) crushed Alku in Forssa 67-100 and PeKa (Kotka) defeated BC Nokia, but only by four pts: 79-75.
HoNsU - PuHu 72-73 (37-42) (Lizanne Murphy 22 - Heli Roukanoja 21/14, Aneta Kausaite 19).
PeKa - BC Nokia 79-75 (47-41) (Shanika Freeman 25, Ashley Haynes 20/10 - Sherry McCracklin 29/11, Tiia Huuhka 16).
FoA - Huima 67-100 (35-47) (Megan Griffith 28, Minna Johto 18 - Shakeena Wicker 27/11, Chrystal Erwin 22).
Cercle Jean Mace Bourges are the only team that have not dropped a game in the league this season but Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket are on a run of nine wins.
Saint Jacques Sport Reims beating USVO was the result of round 14. This defeat allowed Cercle Jean Mace Bourges to extend their lead at the top of the table.
In round 15 Mondeville confirmed their intention of finishing in the championship playoff spot with a clinical display against Aix-en-Provence.
Challes-les-Eaux Basket-les-Eaux put a stop to their negative series while dented Villeneuve chances of finishing in the top 4 with a hard fought victory
Round 16 has just come to an end this evening with the top 4 team all won but the real interest is at the bottom end of table. Aix pulled off the victory of the round as they came away with all the points on the road against the high flying Saint Amand. They now join Calais and Tarbes Gespe Bigorre on 5-11. Arras are currently in 13th place but have a game in hand.
Kristen Sharp inspired Aix with 22 points in a game that was only decided in the last 90 seconds. Saint Jacques Sport Reims had to wait until the last few seconds to overcome Challes-les-Eaux Basket.
The 16th round was played over three days with Bourges and USVO beating Villeneuve and Arras on Friday evening. Mondeville paced themselves on Saturday evening to victory against Mourenx while Clermont-Ferrand toppled Calais.