EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/7/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Last night at the Belize Civic Center the U-26 Tournament contiunued with three exiciting ball games. In the first face off, The Future went against Complex Bombers. The Bombers were bombed by 20 pts losing their 3 game of the season by 73-55. For The Future, Winston Pratt scored 21 pts, got 6 rebounds, 3 blocks and 5 steals, while Leroy Louriano scored 11 pts. These two guys are a combination that is becoming hard to stop. In a losing effort for The Bombers, Lester Cadle (188-G-80) scored 13 pts, got 8 rebounds and 3 steals, while Dale Turner (165-G) scored 13 pts.
In the Second match of the night, Lake I Boyz defeated Belmopan Young Gunz by a score of 66-54. This was a game of showering three's in which Lake I score 11 and Young Gunz 8 for a total of 57 pts coming the way of 3's. For the winning team, Ashton Edwards netted 29 pts (7-3's), got 6 rebounds and 8 steals, while Eden Serano (191-F) netted 10 pts. In a losing effort, Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) got 12 pts, 7 rebounds and 5 steals, while Rheton Belisle 11 pts.
In the last game of the night, the UB Black Jaguars bounced back defeating Buttonwood Bay 72-48. Sometimes its good to stumble once in a while and realize the invincibility issue rather than having a heartbreak during the playoffs. For the Jaguars, Farron Lauriano ended up with 10 pts and 8 rebounds while Travis Lennon 15 pts. For the Bay, Andre Herrera 21 pts while Alton Herrera 11 pts.
Wednesday - 06 February 6:30 pm at Civic Center
Game 1 - Belmopan Young Gunz (0-4) vs Mesop. Guardian(2-1)
Game 2 - The Future (4-0) vs Lake I Boyz (3-1)
Game 3 - Junior Bulldogs (3-0) vs (Buttonwood Bay (0-5)
Sunday 10 February 2:30 pm at Civic Center
Game 1 - Complex Bombers (1-4) vs UB Black Jaguars (4-1)
Game 2 - Belmopan Young Gunz (0-4) vs Buttonwood Bay (0-6)
Game 3 - Junior Bulldogs (3-0) vs Mesop Guardian Bombebrs (2-1)
Rafael Paulo Araujo (210-C-80, college: BYU) had 12 points and 6 rebounds for Spartak in in a 5 point loss to Ugra. Baby's team is still in 11th place in the Superleague standings with 3 wins and 13 losses.
Maccabi kept the lead on the Israeli Premier Division after beating Happoel Elyon by 90 to 84. Alex Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) went scoreless but had 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 20 minutes on court.
In LKL play, Lietuvos Rytas crushed Siauliai by the score of 93 to 70. No action for J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga). The Vilnius club leads the standings with 11 wins and 0 losses.
Lukoil Academic continues to rule Bulgaria's A1 (20w-0l). This time the squad from Sophia beat 8th placed Rilski by the score of 89 to 78. Murilo da Rosa (207-C-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) saw no action. Willie Deane has 36 points to lead the ‘Students'.
For the 18th round of Bundesliga play, Ludwigsburg lost to Koln by the score of 99 to 77 in front of 2200 Koln fans. Michel Nascimento (208-C-78) started for the guests and scored 12 points and had 5 rebounds. The top scorer of the game was Koln's, and former UCLA Bruins, Toby Bailey with 23 points. Ludwigsburg is in 12th place on the standings with 8 wins and 10 losses.
In the Hungarian Cup 1/8 Finals, Univer beat Veszpremi 102-83 with 14 points by Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83). The Brazilian will see more action tonight as the country's A Division resumes for Round 17.
In Switzerland, on Boncourt's win over Nyon (80-78), Carlao Ferro (198-F-84) had 10 points and 2 rebounds. The Brazilian would have had more points if it wasn't for his low long range shooting percentagem (14.3%). Boncourt is in fifth place in the standings (8w-8l).
Herens, another Brazilian fueled squad, beat Vevey (71-84). Fernando Fischer (190-F-81) led the squad with 21 points. Derrick Lang (194-G-80, college: Incarnate World), who played with Franca and Sao Jose last year, scored 2 points. Luciano Delmanto (183-G-88) didn't play. Herens is still fighting for a playoff spot in 9th place (6w-10l).
Gazco faced big trouble in the game against Army at Army club Hall, and lost by 24 points 83-59.
Gazco had a big troubles in both defense and offense while Army offense was very effective.Army tunisian player naaim def Alah scored 32 points , Mohamed Fouad scored 14 points and Osama Belal Scored 11 points. Army scored nine (3points) shoots while Gazco scored only four. Winning this game is a good step for Army team before facing Ittihad El Shortain the next round.
Korisliiga, Round 30-31: Kauhajoki was down by two (88-90) and there was 1,4 seconds to go. Time out was for a smart plan. And Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) made it by hitting the 3-pointer at the buzzer. Kauhajoki had won over Korihait (Uusikaupunki) by one 91-90. Another close contest was in Porvoo, where visitor KTP (Kotka) beat Tarmo after OT by one 88-89. Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona) (KTP) tap in the winning two pts with two seconds left. ToPo (Helsinki) defeated Team Componenta (Karkkila) by 22 pts. Six ToPo-players out of eight were in double figures. Honka's (Espoo) 'D' was too tough for hosting Pyrinto (Tampere). The game was practically over already by half time. Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) led Honka with 19 pts.
Kauhajoki - Korihait 91-90 (47-40) (Darryl Hudson 22, Cedric McGowan 21/12 - Kyle Shiloh 23, Darius Glover 21).
Tarmo - KTP OT 88-89 (80)(43-42) (Mark McCarroll 21/20, Tony Bennett 20 - Toni Ilmonen 25, Steve Smith 24).
Torpan Pojat - Team Componenta 105-83 (48-43) (Josh Gonner 32, Elias Kajander 14 - Chris Hester 22, Jerome Rogers 18).
Pyrinto - Honka 62-85 (23-40) (Damon Williams 21/10, Damion Dantzler 13 - Jukka Matinen 19, Petteri Koponen 19).
POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND - ZALAKERAMIA-ZTE KK 77-55
(20-17, 19-11, 23-17, 15-10)
Kormend, Att.: 2.400, Referees:
KORMEND: Fodor 4, Ed McCants (193-G-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 10/9, Trummer 7/3, Vavra 4, Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Binghamton) 16/6, Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) 14/6, Ferencz 3/3, Kenneth Henderson (201-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) 12/3, Fodor 2, Toth 5, Kocsis, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic
ZTE KK: Miskovic 9/3, Walters 10/6, Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/9, Piplovic 7/3, Keresztes, Gaspar, Basette 6, Simon, Baki, Toth, Coach: Nikola Lazic
Most rebounds: Stanley Ocitti 13 - Baki 3
Most assists: Kenneth Henderson 3 - Miskovic 5
SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK - PLANET-LEASING DOMBOVAR 74-70
(19-11, 25-11, 20-26, 10-22)
SZOLNOK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 17/3, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 20/9, Molnar 11/9, Sabaliauskas 11/9, Gobi 8, Harazin 5, Cziczas 2, Coach: Por Peter
DOMBOVAR: Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) 28/9, English 6, Attila Deak (193-F-77) 11/9, Sanders 10, Wiley 7/3, Simon 3/3, Molnar 5/3, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
Most rebounds: Gobi 8 - Sanders 11, Julien Mills 10
Most assists: Thomas Kelley 7 - English 5
PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS - ALBACOMP 80-58
(17-10, 16-14, 28-15, 19-19)
PECS: Wittmann 4, Williams 9, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) 14/9, Toth 8, Grebenar 9, Lapov 10/6, Czigler 2, Gergely Kutasi (190-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12/6, Denes 12/9, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
ALBACOMP: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 22/6, Bradford 13, Soos 3/3, Boozer, McClendon 7, Radovic 8, David 2, Hanga 3, Coach: Goran Miljkovic
Most rebounds: Czigler 6 - McClendon 10
Most assists: Dragan Aleksic 5 - Simon 5
ATOMEROMU SE - FALCO KC SZOMBATHELY 75-82
(12-27, 23-9, 15-18, 25-28)
ASE: Zalan Meszaros (190-G-74) 16, Murry, Kiss 7/3, Horvath 15, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 25, Panta 2, Toroman 10/6, Medve, Coach: Sabali Balazs
FALCO: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19/9, Varadi 8, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 24/6, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 17/9, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 14, Borszeki, Will, Feigl, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Most rebounds: Horvath 14 - Varadi 12
Most assists: Zalan Meszaros 6 - Laszlo Kalman and Arnas Kazlauskas 5-5
SOPRONI-SORDOGOK - UNIVER KSE 89-107
(23-29, 19-28, 21-24, 26-26)
SOPRON: Bradley 6, Lakatos 12, Viggiano 7, Lesko 8, Pavel Frana (212-C-77) 24, Szabolcs Pojbics (183-G-76) 17/15, Kortelyesi 2, Boldizsar 5, Vesztergom 5/3, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
UNIVER: Sigurdarson 13/3, Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) 39/15, Horvath 13/6, Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) 21/3, Fiegi 6/3, Szabo 13/9, Vida 2, Halmai, Coach: Zsoldos Andras
Most rebounds: Lesko 5 - Jefferson 7
Most assists: Lakatos 4 - Blair and Sigurdarson 3-3
MAFC - NYKK 82-90
(21-18, 14-24, 24-15, 23-23)
Budapest, Att.: 200, Referees: Kothay, Foldhazi, Szabo
NYÍREGYHAZA: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 18/12, Buchanan 12/3, Mouton 5/3, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 24/12, Helbich 11, Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12, Siska 8/6, Krasznai, Farkas A., Coach: Deri Csaba
NYÍREGYHAZA: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 18/12, Buchanan 12/3, Mouton 5/3, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 24/12, Helbich 11, Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12, Siska 8/6, Krasznai, Farkas A., Coach: Deri Csaba
Bodrogi Bau Vasarhelyi KS - Kaposvari KK 98-82
(33-28, 26-19, 26-21, 13-14)
Hodmezővasarhely, Att.: 700, Referees: Hegedus, Gal, Balogh L.
Bodrogi Bau Vasarhelyi KS: David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 19/3, Drahos 16, Kovats 7, Eric Freeman (205-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) 28, Gemes 18/6, Babut 10, Boszormenyi, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo
Kaposvari KK: Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, agency: Court Side) 26/15, Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) 19/3, Szőke 14, Hendlein 8, Orosz 4, Csirke 4, Kinsella 7, Tomosvary, Coach: Horvath Imre
In the 4th round of teh Quadrangolar, America de Pilar suffered the first loss, falling to 1 de Mayo, 70-77, being also surpassed at the first place in the table. In the other game of the round, Deportivo Obrero destroyed Sport Crucecita 93-63.
The Standings ars now as follows:
1. 1º de mayo 7, 75
2. America 7,50
3. Deportivo Obrero 7,00
4. Crucecita 4,25
In a ridicolous press release, the Jacksonville Jam Co-Owner and General Manager, Felix Krupczynski , announced today that the 'team has discontinued its relationship with the Premier Basketball League and is suspending team operations while it considers its future direction'. We remember to all that Mr. Krupczynski is the same person who did not pay his team members as promised till last week. Good luck to him and to all his organization. The PBL reacted announcing that the Jacksonville team has a new name, Jacksonville Slam, and a new website at http://jacksonvilleslam.com We will try to update asap all the roster changes.
Helios inked former Croatian NT member Marijan Mance (197-G-78) ex Kvarner. He averaging 32,8 minutes, 15,7 points (2P 48-87, 3P 25-47, FT 47-66), 5,8 rebounds, 2,1 assists, 0,7 steals, 0,1 blocks and 1,8 turnovers in 11 games of Croatian A1 League.
Luka Kuper signed Sasa Mucic (202-F-83, agency: Interperformances) ex Omonia Nicosia. He averaging 27,0 minutes, 10,7 points (2P 14-27, 3P 10-26, FT 27-33), 5,3 rebiunds, 1,1 assists, 0,6 steals, 0,3 blocks and 2,0 turnovers in 8 games of Cypriot A1 League.
Ukrainian team Azovmas has announced Mehmet Becirovic as new head coach till end of the season. He will make his debut in semifinals of Cup against Politehnika on Thursday.
The New England Recruiting Report (NERR) has listed a pair of Virgin Islanders on their list of best players at their respective positions. Stephen O'reilly< was listed as one of the better combo guards and Jervan Jackson is one of the better wing players out there.
By definition a combo guard is a player who can play either guard position. O'reilly seems to fit that bill rotating between the two spots.
The fact that the South Kent Prep (CT) product scored 70 points in a game in the Virgin Islands last year is a good indication that he can fill it up. In fact, he is a very good spot up shooter who is learning how to play the point this year, now that he is surrounded by talent for the first time in his career.
Jackson, also of South Kent Prep, is a terrific on-the-ball defender who has great size for the wing positions (6'6'). Offensively, he is a smooth dribble drive player who thrives in the open floor but also gets to the rim in a half-court set. He is a jump shot away from being a mid-major kid.
Wing players generally play the shooting guard or small forward positions and typically lack the handle or mindset to play the point or the size to play in the paint.
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Eric Wilson played well in front of his family and lead the Owls with 13 points.
This was one of the best teams the Owls faced all year and helped prepare them for the upcoming playoffs.
Gambrinus withstood against Hungarian MiZo Pecs in arguably the most intriguing game in the first round of Euroleague eighth-finals. Gambrinus thus clinched a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series and can book their quarterfinal ticket on Friday when they travel to Hungary for Game 2. The game turned out to be one of the most exciting stories in this year's edition of Euroleague. Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) opened the scoring tally with 4 points for Gambrinus. But Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) and Graziane Coelho (192-C-83) kept it close for Hungarian outfit. The teams traded baskets before Timea Beres (192-C-76) capped the frame with two free throws and gave the hosts a 20:15 advantage. Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) scored 5 starting points for Gambrinus in the second quarter as they carry the lead. Not for long though. Graziane Coelho scored 4 points and Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) added three-pointer to set the visitors up 29:27 at halftime. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) extended the gap to 4 points at the start of the second half but just to see Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) and Machova square things up at 31. Soon the hosts retained the lead with Hamchetou Maiga and Petra Kulichova taking up the floor for Czech team. However Anna Vajda and Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) combined for 5 consecutive points and MiZo Pecs surged ahead at 42:38. The lead changed hands for a couple of times before Ivana Vecerova crowned the period with a jump shot and made it 48:47 for Gambrinus. The exchange of buckets continued in the fourth term with neither side able to clear off. Zsofia Fegyverneky tied the scoreline at 61 with just over 2 minutes left in regulation. Timea Beres and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) nailed 4 point in a row to put Gambrinus up. Dalma Ivanyi though converted a three-pointer and trimmed the deficit to a single point with 71 seconds remaining. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) immediately fired from downtown for Brno side but Dalma Ivanyi and Emilja Podrug responded with three points to stay in the game at 67:68 and 18 seconds on the clock. However Gambrinus survived as Eva Viteckova was fouled attempting a three-pointer and then knocked down all three free throws to seal a win. Ivana Vecerova came up with 13 points to lead Gambrinus. Eva Viteckova scored 12 points, while Zuzana Zirkova contributed 11 points for the winners. Dalma Ivanyi replied with 15 points for MiZo Pecs. Zsofia Fegyverneky supplied Hungarian team with 14 points in defeat.
Lotos opened their Euroleague campaign with a narrow loss to Dynamo in Moscow. Dynamo now enjoy a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series and Lotos needs to win on Friday in Gdynia to remain in the battle for the quarterfinal ticket. The first frame of the encounter turned to be very tight with the teams exchanging the blows. Dynamo grabbed a 9:6 lead midway through the period but Lotos answered with 6:2 run to surge ahead. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) completed a three-point play and Tatiana Popova (181-C-84) added a free throw as Moscow team regained the lead. However Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) hit a three-pointer and the teams were tied at 16. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) scored 4 points in an 8:2 rally from the visitors as they finished the first stanza up by 5 points 26:21. Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) knocked down two free throws at the start of the second period and Lotos led by as many as 7 points. Soon Dominique Canty and Waligorska opened up a double-figure lead for the visiting side. Dynamo responded with 12 points from Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and Simona Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) to trim the deficit to 7 points at halftime 39:46. Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances) delivered 8 points for Dynamo in opening 4 minutes of the third frame as the hosts climbed as close as 2 points from Lotos. Soon Tatiana Popova's jumper put the home team in front. The teams traded the buckets and Lotos entered the fourth term with a 61:60 advantage. Chamique Holdsclaw and Sladana Maksimovic (-84) secured a 65:60 cushion for Polish team early in the final quarter. Dynamo answered with 4 points from Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and the scoreline was drawn again. The teams were knotted at 71 with just over 3 minutes left in regulation when Olga Firsova (172-G-79) drained a big three-pointer to carry Dynamo ahead. Simona Augustus and Smith provided the hosts with 4 more points and Dynamo took a 78:73 lead with under 2 minutes left. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) connected from the outside for Dynamo to run away to an 8-point distance. Simona Augustus then completed a three-point play to seal the winning outcome for Russian side.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota topscored with 23 points for Dynamo. Simona Augustus nailed 17 points, while Dubravka Dacic produced 14 for the winners. Chamique Holdsclaw had an outstanding night for Lotos with game-high 28 points, 10 boards and 4 assists. Dominique Canty had 20 points and 7 boards in defeat. Dynamo outrebounded their Polish counterparts 39:28 and shot 50% from the field.
TEO Vilnius were unable to bring up a sensation and lost to the defending Euroleague champions Spartak Moscow Region in the first game of the best-of-three eighth-final series. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) was on fire as she poured in 34 points to pace the winners. TEO Vilnius entered the game proclaimed as underdogs. They lost their leading centre Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) as she left for UMMC. Nevertheless Lithuanian team proved they can fight bravely and looked absolutely challenging for the reigning champions. Spartak quickly gained the lead at the start but TEO tried to stay close throughout the first stanza. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) and Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) scored 4 points late in the quarter and gave Spartak a 19:11 lead. Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) and Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) trimmed the difference early in the second period but Spartak responded with two triples from Lauren Jackson. She then added three straight jumpers to enlarge the gap to 36:17. Diana Taurasi and Tatiana Shchegoleva (193-F/C-82) soon deepened the gap to 26 points. However TEO Vilnius refused to surrender that early. Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) scored 8 points in the starting 4 minutes of the third period and the visitors cut the margin to 21 points. Later Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) netted 5 points as Vilnius team came as close as 18 points from the hosts. Kristin Haynie (175-G-83, college: Michigan St.) continued the streak for TEO with a trey to make it 46:61. Lauren Jackson stepped up with 4 points for Spartak but Kristin Haynie knocked down another three-pointer for TEO. Still Spartak uttered the last word in the frame with Tina Thompson (188-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) converting two free throws and Lauren Jackson sinking a jumper. The teams traded the baskets in the fourth term with an outcome pretty vivid and Spartak drove to the first win in the series. Tatiana Shchegoleva provided 21 points and 8 boards for Spartak in the game. Tina Thompson had 11 points and 10 boards for the winners. Kristin Haynie scored 20 points for TEO Vilnius. Streimkyte and Gintare Petronyte notched 12 points apiece in a losing effort.
UMMC was too good for the visiting Villeneuve in the opening game of the best-of-three series at the Euroleague's eighth-final stage. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) fired 28 points for the Russian team as they easily surpassed their French rivals in Ekaterinburg. It never looked like a one-sided game at the start though. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) scored 4 points for Lille as they took a lead early on. But UMMC scored 9 straight points to surge ahead and won the first frame 20:16. Soon Agnieszka Bibrzycka hit a three-pointer to put the hosts up by 9 points 27:18. Natalia Vodopyanova (190-F-81)'s jumper opened up a double digit lead for the home side with under 3 minutes left in the second period. Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) finalized a 35:23 advantage for UMMC at the break. Asjha Jones, Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Caroline Aubert (168-G-80, college: Colorado) spurred UMMC to a 42:25 margin with just over 2 minutes past in the third term. However Bintou Dieme (166-G-84) and Fatimatou Sacko (185-F-85) nailed treys for Villeneuve to stay in contest. It all went wrong for the visitors late in the frame as Agnieszka Bibrzycka dropped back-to-back trebles and Harrower added another long bomb to stun French outfit. UMMC headed into the fourth quarter with a 58:36 lead. Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Oxana Rakhmatulina (180-G-76, agency: LBM Management) fired two more triples to open the final frame and UMMC never looked back further on. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) and Caroline Aubert secured 9 points apiece in a win. Geraldine Robert netted 16 points and pulled down 7 boards to pace Villeneuve. Fatimatou Sacko had 10 points in a losing effort. UMMC dominated the boards 41:28 and shot outstanding 61% from the field. Game 2 will be played on Friday in France.
Russian CSKA overwhelmed Perfumerias Avenida in the first game of the best-of-three series of Euroleague eighth-final stage. CSKA grabbed a 1-0 lead and are now looking forward to completing the series in Spain on Friday. CSKA entered the game firing from all guns as Ann Wauters (194-C-80), Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) and Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) made it an 8:0 lead with 4 minutes gone. Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) soon nailed 4 straight points and the hosts claimed a 14:3 advantage. It all worked smoothly for the home team and the margin grew to 15 points late in the quarter. Finally Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) scored 5 straight points to cap the frame with Perfumerias trailing 12:22. Tracy Reid (182-F/G-76, agency: Merit Sports, college: N.Carolina) and Silvia Dominguez (166-G-87) ignited a 10:2 run for the visitors early in the second quarter as Avenida trimmed the gap to 2 points. Later Silvia Dominguez nailed a jumper to tie things up at 28. However Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) scored 5 consecutive points and Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) added a three-pointer to restore an 8-point cushion for CSKA. Ann Wauters finished the half with 6 points in a row for the Russian team and they held a 44:32 advantage at the interval. Isabel Sanchez and Anke De Mondt (180-F-79) fired from beyond the arc at the start of the third period as Perfumerias kept the intrigue burning. But Ann Wauters continued to pile up points securing a safe distance between the sides. Ilona Korstine dropped 6 consecutive points for CSKA and the hosts accumulated a 60:46 lead with 2 minutes remaining in the third frame. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) bridged the quarters with two three-pointers as CSKA rolled confidently to the win. Ann Wauters and Nicole Powell soon crafted a 70:53 gap and Perfumerias never recovered afterwards. Ann Wauters provided 21 points and 15 boards for CSKA. Ilona Korstine and Maria Stepanova added 12 points apiece in a winning case. Isabel Sanchez answered with 14 points for Spanish team. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) posted 13 points and 6 boards in defeat. CSKA outrebounded their opponents 40:34 and held them to 39% from the field. Game 2 is scheduled for February 8 in Salamanca.
Istanbul became the unwelcoming place for Wisla Can-Pack that lost to Fenerbahce 61:78 in the opening clash of their eighth-finals showdown. A 27:17 in the opening quarter and another 28:20 in the second were fatal for the Polish squad. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) led the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) collected 20 points and 8 rebounds and Birsel Vardarli (173-G-84) netted 14. Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) chipped in 15 points in the losing effort.
Even though Dupree opened the game for the guests Fenerbahce replied with 9-0 run in the opening tip of the game. A productive end of the game saw 27:17 for the Turkish team. Tuncluer started the second quarter with a three and continued with her team to dominate in the court. Tammy Sutton-Brown with a lay-up made it 42:30 and then 12-3 spurt brought 55:37 at the half. The third quarter belonged to the guests that had a good time in defense. A 7:12 in the third period gave 62:49 before the final stanza.Led by Cappie Pondexter and Tammy Sutton-Brown, Fenerbahce went on a 7-0 run in the last quarter. With 78:61 Fenerbahce grabs the first win of the campaign. The second game will be played in Poland on February 8th.
Bourges outscored MKB Euroleasing Sopron 69:47 in France. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) led Bourges with 14 points. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) was on fire for the visitors, scoring 17 points.
Ros Casares remains undefeated after a win over US Valenciennes 70:44. The Spanish side led 40:30 early in the second half and then put the defensive clamps on their opponents from France and pulled away for a decisive win.Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) led Ros with 12 points while Evani Maltsi scored 10.
Sonja Petrovic has been announced as the winner of FIBA Europe young player of the year. You can listen to her brief comment about the opening minutes of Serbia Eurobasket victory against Russia (in English) here
She beat Silvia Dominguez from Spain to the title. Her country women Jelena Milovanovic shared 3rd place with Regina Palusna