EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/22/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Div 2 team St Jan Antwerpen has a new coach for next season. Tony van den Bosch at present still coaching in Holland will replace the departing Eddy Van Loon.
Eddy Mens will serve as assistant coach. St Jan has also signed young guard Vincent Verbeeck from Antwerp Giants.
Tony van den Bosch coached Leewaarden for the moment and was head-coach for another Dutch team Bergen-op-Zoom for several years.
Coach Van den Bosch last coached in Belgium during the 03-04 season when he coached Wevelgem.
The american with bulgarian passport Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) said that definitely he wants to play for Bulgarian national team if they call him. He was part of the National team last summer during the qualifications for Eurobasket 2007 in Spain. Later he joined greek Olympiacos where the coach recently was Pini Gershon.
'Once again I would like to say that if my country needs me I will be there,' said in the interview for Gong Roderick Blakney after the emotinal win of his team over Real Madrid and qualification for the next stage in this edition of Euroleague.
'We managed big win. It was a big challenge for us and we were able to eliminate such a team like Real Madrid. It was emotional win but we were sure in our abilities to do it. Before the game we had a honour for some legends of Olympiacos that won the title back in 1997. The arena was fully packed and we had a full support of the crowd. We played very well and deserved to win. Regarding Panagiotis Giannakis, I worked with him before 3 years in Maroussi. He trust me and I do the same with him.'
Probably you will also say that elimination of your major opponent in Greece - Panathinaikos from Eueoleague was a big surprise?'
Definitely was a surprise but Partizan played such a good basketball and desrved that big win.'
Now you will play with CSKA Moscow. You know them very well from the previous meetings, right?'Yes, it will be very hard against them. It's a best of three series and they have a home court advantage. We will try to get something from the games in Moscow, it will be very tough but we will try…'
I can't go on without asking you about your former coach in Olympiacos Pini Gershon who was selected to coach Bulgarian National Team. Did you talk with him about that?
'Actually, we didn't talk about it that much. When he had a press conference here in Athens, he told me that he accepted the job to coach Bulgaria and joked with me: 'Now I'm your coach in two teams'. He didn't specified anything more than that. But I'm always saying that if I receive invitation to help the National team will do so. Now It's up to them if they will call me or they will select somebody else to get a passport and help the National team of Bulgaria. Only one at the time naturalized player can play, right...'
It's not a secret that you are in very good relationship with former head coach of Bulgaria Titi Papazov, one of the assistents of Pini Gershon. Do you think they can cooperate well together?
'I think so. Pini knows the game very well while Titi is so emotional and he is a good coach as well. I think they can work very well together and they will be very good combination. Like I said, if they wants me to come, I will be here. For me It's a pleasure for me to play for Bulgaria and when the country needs me I will be there.'
Can you say that greek championship is interesting now?
'Yes, we are playing very good basketball right now. Before we play against Panathinaikos, we were not ready and lost. Now we have a big game for the Cup of Greece. We have to think about the Euroleague as well.'
Do you want to say something to your bulgarian fans?
'I want to say Hello and hopefully to work together again.'
The 2008 edition of the NCAA Tournamnent has already been launched, and less Cameroonian players are living the breath-taking excitment of March
Madness. Only six countrymen are competing in the NCAA tournament and this with UCLA (Luc Richard Mbah A Moute and Alfred Aboya), University of Texas
(Alexis Wangmene (203-F/C-89)),Villanova University (Frank Tchuisi (203-F/C-86) (203-F/C-86)), UNLV (Beas Hamga (213-C) who is surrently red-shirted for injury). and Western Kentucky University. (Boris Siakam (201-F))
UCLA defeated Mississipi Valley State University by the resounding score of 70-29 on march 20th. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88) had 9pts and 9rbds in that game in 18mns of playing
time. Alfred Aboya (203-F/C-85) ,who saw more playing time than Mbah A moute (who sprained his ankle last week during the Pac 10 Tournmant) scored 4pts and grabbed 6rds. UCLA will
face Texas A&M on March 22nd.
The Texas Longhorn of Alexis Wangmene will face the Austin Peay Governors today at 3pm, while Villanova of Frank Tchuisi will have much to deal with in Clemson University
at 9:50pm. University of Nevada at las Vegas of Beas Hamga defeated Kentucky University by the score 71-58. They will face Kansas University on the 22nd.
Western Kentucky of Boris Siakam should be opposed to Drake University on the 21st.
|A Division Standings|
- Zain club failed to reach a deal with Tony Madison (190-G-71, agency: China-Hoop, college: New Orleans) to replace Antonio Wyche (193-F-77, college: Notre Dame) in the team but they found another one called John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) to play with the team until the end of the season...
Thomas was chosen as one of the best imports previousley in Germany, England, Finland and Poland, He will have his 1st chance to play in the region...
- After the signature with Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason), The american center Raphael Madera (208-C-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: Delaware) will be the new addition in the roster of Al Riyadi/Aramex....
Madera is a newly graduated player from Delawere University and will play overseas for the 1st time....
- The american expericned center Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, college: Xavier) and Orthodox had finally agreed together to play until the end of the season adding Leroy Davis (194-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Georgia St.) is confirmed as the 3rd import of the team....
Braggs is a 'full of experience' player who had a big career following his history in playing in NBA (3 seasons), Venezuela, Greece, Spain, Russia, China, Philippines, Latvia, South Korea and finally in Iran this season.......While Davis played before in Mexico, Venzuela and some leagues in the US...
|LBL Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|Ozols (Jurmala) 21.0|
Kanbergs (VA) 19.9
Rudzitis (Bum.) 18.6
Delveris (Roja) 18.5
Mizis (LU/Ridz.) 17.6
|Rebounds Per Game|
|Stimac (Valmiera) 11.3|
Ed.Eglitis (LU/Ridz.) 8.8
Licitis (Saldus) 8.5
Alexander (Bar.) 8.1
Bucs (VA) 8.1
|Assists Per Game|
|Slesers (Livani) 7.3|
Buskevics (ASK) 4.5
Olivero (Valmiera) 4.0
Tiss (Saldus) 4.0
Raiskums (Zem.) 3.9
|Steals Per Game|
|Slesers (Livani) 3.3|
Skele (Barons) 2.8
Millage (ASK) 2.7
|Blocks Per Game|
|J.Rozitis (ASK/Jun.) 2.6|
D.Rozitis (Cesis) 2.4
Rich (Liepaja) 2.4
|Stimac (Valmiera) 21.6|
Kanbergs (VA) 21.0
Alexander (Bar.) 20.2
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the NABC Division III All-District teams and coaches, recognizing the best men's collegiate basketball student-athletes and coaches in the division. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The 88 student-athletes, from eight districts, are now eligible for the State Farm Division III All-America teams, selected by the NABC.
2008 NABC DIVISION III ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS
Anthony Williams, SUNY Plattsburgh*
Sean Burton, Ithaca
Jonathan Onyiriuka, University of Rochester
Travis Gorham, SUNY Plattsburgh
Corey McAdam, Nazareth College
Sherod Harris, SUNY Brockport
John Grazioli, Hobart College
Lawrence Avitabile, Vassar College
Uche Ndubizu, University of Rochester
Scott Morton, SUNY Geneseo
Brandon Williams, SUNY Brockport
Coach of the Year: Tom Curle, SUNY Plattsburgh
Nick Shattuck, Ursinus College*
Chad McGowan, York College (PA)
Phil Stricker, DeSales University
Albert Medoro, Albright College
Josh Robinson, Susquehanna University
Dan Capkin, Gettysburg College
Terrence Shawell, Alvernia College
Charles Jones, Widener University
John Soboleski, King's College (PA)
Rashawn Johnson, Wesley College
Corey Dorsey, Gettysburg College
Coach of the Year: Kevin Small, Ursinus College
Ben Strong, Guilford College*
Thomas Britt, Centre College
Jeremiah Lawrence, Shenendoah University
Jake Baldwin, Piedmont College
Tyler Winford, Mississippi College
Mardochee Jean, Hardin-Simmons University
Edrick Montgomery, Millsaps College
Tyler Fantin, Virginia Wesleyan College
Spiros Ferderigos, Emory University
Greg Bienemann, Washington and Lee Univ.
Alex Bowers, Maryville College
Coach of the Year: Greg Mason, Centre College
Matt Goodwin, UW Whitewater*
Kyle White, Loras College
Jeff Skemp, UW Platteville
Dan Breyer, UW Eau Claire
Andre Wagner, Buena Vista College
Ryan Symes, Whitworth College
Tom Conboy, Macalester College
Luke Linz, Concordia College (MN)
Connor Whitman, Occiodental College
Zach Johnson, Carleton College
Steve Hicklin, UW Stevens Point
Jason Foster, University of Puget Sound
Coach of the Year: Brian Van Haaften, Buena Vista College
Matt Byrnes, Rowan University*
Richard Jean-Baptiste, Brooklyn College
Jon Greene, Richard Stockton College
Dana John, New Jersey City University
David Acree, St. Joseph's, L.I.
Mario Lancioni, Richard Stockton College
Damien Santana, Farmington State College
Abdoulaye Ouedraogo, William Paterson Univ.
Cody Moffett, Manhattanville College
Chadd Barnes, Rutgers-Newark
Waleed Farid, Stevens Inst. of Technology
Coach of the Year: Gerry Matthews, Richard Stockton College
Kent Raymond, Wheaton College (Ill.)*
Nate Hanje, University of Chicago
Anthony Pettaway, Defiance College
Ryan Kroeger, Lawrence University
Troy Ruths, Washington University
Larry Welton, Aurora University
Brian Fogerty, Fontbonne University
Jordan VanEss, Marian College (Wis.)
Brett Wessels, Augustana College
Brent Ruch, Elmhurst College
Marty Young, Franklin College
Coach of the Year: Jon Miller, Defiance College
Andrew Olson, Amherst College*
Dan Holbrook, UMass Dartmouth
Antoine Coleman, WPI
Joe Coppens, Brandeis University
Fletcher Walters, Amherst College
Dylan Holmes, Salem State College
Charles Stone, Connecticut College
Geoff Baranger, Roger Williams University
Jeremy Shannon, Emerson College
Jimmy Bartolotta, MIT
Bryan Wholey, Bates College
Coach of the Year: Tim Gilbride, Bowdoin College
Marcus Vanderheide, Hope College*
James Cooper, College of Wooster
Nate Stahl, Capital University
Andrew Lemmon, Heidelberg College
Kevin Buczynski, Penn State Behrend
Dustin Rydegeair, Ohio Wesleyan University
Brody Jackson, Bethany College
Greg Gonzalez, Carnegie Mellon University
Tyler Wolfe, Hope College
Caleb Veldhouse, Calvin College
Drew Yancey, Albion College
Coach of the Year: Mike DeWitt, Ohio Wesleyan University
*denotes Player of the YearCourtesy of http://nabc.cstv.com
|SEBL Metro North Division (3 game min. as of 7/20/07) Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|Casey Moore, BSL.. 28.1|
Rodny Kirtz, BSL... 21.0
J.Johnson, AS...... 20.2
Ray Head, MR........ 20.0
Crtny Coleman, MO..19.5
Arthur Pie, MR........ 18.7
Joe Hamilton, BSL.. 18.2
Brandon Kelly, AS... 18.1
Chris Jones, BSL... 17.9
Gene Moss, MO.... 16.8
R. LeMelle, BSL... 16.3
Golden Ingle, BSL.. 15.8
Tony Cook, BSL.... 13.5
D. Owens, MO.... 12.8
|Assists Per Game|
|A. Slater, BSL..... 10.1|
Golden Ingle, BSL. 7.8
Brandon Kelley, AS.. 7.5
|Blocks Per Game|
|Joe Hamilton, BSL... 4.2|
|AC Ware, Ctown..... 31.1|
Chris Brown, SH..... 22.1
Dee Henderson, SH. 20.3
Scott Windom, SH...19.4
Terry Albert, Ctown...19.2
Jeff Dawson, SH..... 17.0
Drew Davis, GEC... 14.2
February 15, 2008 - SEBL Results...
ATLANTA SPEEDBOYS 114 CARTERSVILLE-BASELINE WARRIORS 103...
Cartersville, Ga -- The Atlanta Speedboys came in to town with their usual propensity for hot-headed attitudes, but also came in on a roll, after winning 5 of their last six including a couple of upsets in the College Park Pro Am.
Atlanta came out real strong against a roster depleted and small Baseline squad on this Sunday afternoon. Baseline hung close for the first portion of the game, before Jamal Johnson and Brandon Kelley (5'11''-G-84) paced Atlanta's offense with several treys and penetration drives. Tempers reared their ugly heads as Johnson was tossed from the game, and the already puny Warriors' roster saw Joe Hamilton (6'6''-F-79) and Chris Jones both get ejected. Ronald Lewis (6'0''-G) came off the bench to drill five three-pointers for the Speedboys, as Baseline's lackluster defense provided virtually no defensive effort. The inclusion of Lewis' perimeter shooting helped the Speedboys pull out to a whopping 71-56 lead going into the break.
Baseline managed to make a game of it, battling back to trim the score to 96-93 on a Antonio Cook (6'6''-G/F-80) trey with 4:50 remaining in the game. But, Shawn Cox (5'7''-G-82) of Atlanta Vision and DeCourney McGowan took control down the stretch with Cox getting several transition baskets and McGowan drilling clutch mid-range jumpers, to push Atlanta's lead back out to double-digits. Cox also went 5 of 7 at the line in the closing minutes to ice the win for the Speedboys.
Despite the loss, Baseline got balanced scoring as all seven dressed players reached double figures. Anthony Slater (5'9''-G-79) had 18 points and 12 assists, while Cook had 16, Jones 15. Adrien Borders and Golden Ingle (5'11''-G-81) each netted 14, as Wayne Arnold chipped in 13 and Hamilton finished with 11 in his limited minutes. Baseline played with out leading scorer Casey Moore, who was out with a back contusion, Rodney Kirtz, Rod Ashmore, and Bobby Rouse.
The Speedboys got 26 from Kelley, while Lewis wound up with 24, McGowan 18, Cox 16, Johnson 16, Keith Payne nine and Romell Wright seven.
Summer Hill Post Grad Blue Devils 85 Atlanta Metro College 84...
Cartersville, Ga -- The Summer Hill Blue Devils escaped with an 85-84 win, after staving off a wild rally by the Panthers of Atlanta Metrotropolitan College Friday evening at JH Morgan Gym.
After trading buckets early in the contest, Summer Hill worked out to as much as a nine-point lead at 35-26, before taking a satisfying 49-43 lead into the half-time. Mike Reynolds and Scott Windom led a balanced attack with 10 each, while Chris Brown and DeMarlow Simmons combined for a dozen in the first half.
Summer Hill came out really strong in the second half, forcing Atlanta Metro into tough shots and limiting the middle part of the court. The Devils built a seemingly comfortable 81-62 lead with 7-minutes left when the offense began to stifle, going scoreless for three minutes. AMC wasn't capitalizing at first, but suddenly scored seven straight off Devil turnovers in a 20 second span. Then, after a shooting foul, Summer Hill's Windom was tagged with consecutive technical fouls. AMC took advantage, hitting all six freethrows, then promptly stuck a trey once awarded the ball. In only five ticks of the clock, AMC netted nine points. They scored on another Summer Hill turnover and capped an amazing 18-0 run in under a minute, cutting the Devils lead to 81-79. After a couple of Summer Hill freethrows, AMC got back to with in one, at 85-84, on a lay-in by Patrick Shopeka with 22 seconds left. Summer Hill's Mike Reynolds was fouled and missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity with 5.9 seconds on the clock. AMC inbounded and got the ball to half-court, where they called time-out with 2.6 seconds remaining. They inbounded and Jarquis Stevenson dribbled left to the top of the key, launching a shot from just inside the three-point line at the buzzer. The ball caromed off the right side of the rim, allowing Summer Hill to escape with the one point win.
Jeff Moon had 19 for Atlanta Metro (8-15), while David Brown and Keyshore Williams each got 17, Rodney Washington 14, Stevenson 12, Shopeka three and Michale Hughes two. For Summer Hill, Windom finished with 19 pts, 12 boards and two blocks. Chris Jones finished with 17, while Brandon Harris hit 13, Reynolds 12, Simmons 10, Brown nine, Marcus Henderson three and Stuart Mitchell two.
The Devils (17-4) will host Gordon College Sunday at 2:30pm at JH Morgan Gym in Cartervilles, before turning around at travelling to Gordon on Thursday night in a 7:00pm tipoff on the Barnesville (GA) Campus. Summer Hill will be on the road again next Saturday when they have a re-match against Atlanta Metro in Atlanta, before returning home to take on Smyrna.
February 17, 2008 - SEBL Results
Summer Hill out-scored Gordon College 14-5 in overtime to win 88-79...
The Blue Devils got off to a very stale start, as the Highlanders' persistent full-court press forced miss after miss. Gordon jumped out to a 6-0 lead and built a 14-4 lead in the early minutes of the game. However, the Devils began getting the ball to the middle, where Scott Windom nailed several mid-range jumpers. Kevin Green also came off the bench to provide several nifty jumpers, including a three pointer to help the Devils get to with in one by the half. Though Summer Hill still trailed 36-35, the momentum seemed to have turned.
In the second half, Summer Hill and Gordon traded baskets for several minutes. The Devils Mike Reynolds got hot for consecutive treys, allowing Summer Hill to build an eight-point spread. Later, the Devils led by as many as 13 and seemed to be in control. Up 69-59, after a Dee Henderson basket and And-1 with 3:22 left, Summer Hill took a couple of ill-advised shots and Gordon quickly capitalized. Sharp got free for a lay-in, followed by a Ajayi trey, to cut it 69-64.
Then, McGee forced a Devil turnover and scored to make it 69-66 with only 2:01 remaining. The Devils took an untimely three-point attempt which turned into a another trey in the corner for Ajayi, knotting the score. On the ensuing possession, Brandon Harris hit a huge shot in the lane, drawing a foul. He hit the freethrow, putting the Devils up 72-69. Gordon missed, then fouled Chris Jones going to the basket with :57 seconds left. He made only the second attempt, but gave Summer Hill a four-point lead. McGee slipped under the defense for another quick lay-in and Gordon was down only 73-71. Mike Reynolds missed another three attempt in the corner and Gordon raced back.
Bailey was fouled going to the basket. He hit one and missed the other. Gordon's Ajayi pulled the offensive board and went back up for two in the lane, putting Gordon up 74-73 with 22 seconds on the clock. Summer Hill got the ball up the floor and worked the ball around, then put the ball in Chris Jones' hands, who drove to the basket on the right side. He was fouled hard, while missing the attempt with 3.1 ticks left. He sank the first shot to re-knot the score at 74. After a Gordon time out to ice Jones, he missed the second attempt. Gordon rebounded and called a timeout with 2.6 showing. On the inbounds, Gordon didn't get a clean look at the basket, missed the shot, sending the game to OT.
In the OT, after a Gordon miss, Henderson drove the baseline for a reverse lay-up to put SH up 76-74. Then, Gordon found Ajayi deep in the corner for yet another trey, putting Gordon back up by one, 77-76. Then, Brandon Harris drew a foul, sank both freethrows and put the Devils back up by one. with 2:30 left in OT.
Gordon went back up, 79-78, after Moyston went to the line and sank both. After both teams missed, Summer Hill got a transition bucket from Green. Gordon could not answer on a McGee trey attempt and two subsequent offensive boards and misses.
Summer Hill's Jones then drove the right side again and sank the shot while drawing another foul with 1:13 left. He put the Devils up 83-79 when he hit the freethrow. Gordon again could not find the basket on several put-back attempts.
Green drove the dagger when he took a pass from Henderson on the wing and nailed a three-pointer, increasing the Blue Devils lead to 86-79. Gordon's well ran dry and after another miss, Henderson got another lay-in to put put the icing on the victory for Summer Hill.
Mykal McGee led Gordon College with 21 points, while Ajayi had 18 and C. Jones 10.
For Summer Hill, Chris Jones finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Mike Reynolds sank 19. Kevin Green came off the bench, and in his first extended action provided 15 points and five assists. Scott Windom had 14 points and nine boards, while Brandon Harris got 10 points. Dee Henderson came off the bench to provide a spark late, scoring eight points, while Chris Brown rounded out the scoring with a bucket.
The Devils, who now sit at 18-4 on the season, will travel to Gordon College on Thursday to take on the Highlanders on the Barnesville (GA) Campus.
CARTERSVILLE BASELINE WARRIORS 105 MACON RAIDERS 87...
Cartersville, Ga -- The Warriors got back on the winning track with a solid 105-87 win over the Macon Raiders on Sunday afternoon at JH Morgan Gym. Casey Moore came back from a back injury to spark the Warriors with 20 of his 24 total in the first half. Joe Hamilton also had 12 in the opening half to pace Baseline to a 53-44 lead at the mid-way point. Antwan Bratty and Arthur Pie each had 11 in the first half for Macon.
Baseline kept its comfortable lead through out the second half, as Golden Ingle and Rod Ashmore (6'5''-F/G-79) picked up the scoring efforts, combining for 26 points. Davion Zellnor scored 10 down the stretch to keep Macon competitive.
Bratty and Zellnor finished with 19 and 17, respectively, for the Raiders, while Pie had 15, Lorin Lewis and Marquis Fleming 11 each. Ray Head also had 10 and Juaquan O'nea two.
For Baseline, Moore and Ingle finished with 24 and 23 points, respectively, as Hamilton got 21, Ashmore 13, Chris Jones eight and Anthony Slater 6 points and 10 assists.
Summer Hill B-Team 119 Smyrna Knicks 79...
Cartersville, GA -- The Knicks came out strong leading by as many as 10 early in the game, before SH settled down and began clicking behind the offense of Dee Henderson and Kevin Green, who combined for 30 first half points. Rico James had 17 first half points for the Knicks, as Summer Hill took a 54-44 lead into the break. Summer Hill exploded for 65 points in the second half, while holding the Knicks to 35.
James led Smyrna with 21, while Terry Albert had 18, Byron Hall 12. For Summer Hill B-Team, Dee Henderson streaked his way to a career high 33 points, while Chris Brown had 22, Scott Windom and Green 17 each, Brandon Davis 15, Jeff Dawson 8 and Dusten Glenn 7.
February 21, 2008 - SEBL results...
GORDON COLLEGE HIGLANDERS 74 SUMMER HILL POST GRAD BLUE DEVILS 71, ...
Barnesville, Ga -- It's always tough to beat any team three times, much less a comparable opponent. Summer Hill found out just how tough it is on the road on Thursday night at Gordon College. After coming from behind two times to beat Gordon College at home, the Highlanders flipped the script and handled the Blue Devils in front of their own raucus home crowd.
The Devils jumped out early, leading by as many as 10 behind the work of Chris Jones and Scott Windom. But, Gordon fought back and took the momentum, as Mykal McGee began finding the bucket. Summer Hill's scoring went dry and Gordon took a slim 34-32 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Devils came out re-newed and scored seven straight to build a five point lead. Gordon answered, and the two teams battled it out. Summer Hill maintained its lead most of the half and even stretched its lead out to eight at one point. However, Gordon's McGhee and Ajayi took over in the closing minutes. McGhee coming up with several big buckets, including a huge three to put his team back up by two, followed by two follow up dunks by Ajayi. Summer Hill had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but Mike Reynolds' desparation three was off the mark.
Summer Hill was led by Jones with 27 points, while Reynolds had 17, Marlow Simmons 11 and Windom seven. For Gordon, McGhee finished with 29, Ajayi 10, Elston nine and Aaron Tribbey seven.
Gordon ended its season with a big win, while Summer Hill saw its 17-game win streak snapped and will now go on the road again to face Atlanta Metro College.
February 23, 2008 - SEBL Results...
Atlanta Metro College 82 Summer Hill Blue Devils Post Grad 64...
Atlanta, Ga -- Last week the Blue Devils built a large lead before fighting off a furious rally by AMC. This time around, the Panthers led from buzzer to buzzer, as the Devils struggled to score the ball all night, falling 82-64 Saturday night in Atlanta.
Summer Hill was competitive for most of the first half. AMC maintained a slim lead behind the scoring of Shapoka and Steverson, who combined for 23 points. Chris Jones and Mike Reynolds combined for 16 for Summer Hill, who shot a dismal 9 of 30 from the field as a team. Metro closed the half on a 6-0 run to go in up 39-29.
The Devils closed to within six early in the second half, but the Panthers forced several turnovers and went on a 16-4 spurt to build an 18 point spread. Summer Hill got back to with in 10 on two occasions, but didn't have enough fight to really challenge the more active Panthers, who rode to an impressive win.
Mike Reynolds led SH with 15 points on 6 of 19 shooting, while Jones finished with 11, Windom 10, Brandon Harris eight and Marcus Henderson seven. Chris Brown served out a one-game suspension for the Blue Devils on this night. For Metro, J. Steverson had 27 points, Shopaka 15, R. Washington 11 and D.Brown nine.
The loss dropped Summer Hill to 18-6 on the season, as they move on to host the Smyrna Knicks on Sunday.
March 9, 2008 - Statesboro, Ga -- The Atlanta Speedboys put together a great run at the Georgia Men's Open State Championships this weekend. They battled through the field, reaching the Title Game on Sunday where they were matched up with fellow SEBL and College Park Pro Am member and long-time rival, Jonesboro South (Orange Crush). The Speedboys were able to come up with a mammoth team performance, beating Jonesboro 73-60 to take the 2008 State Championship.
Quarter-Finals: Atlanta Speedboys 85 Statesboro 59...
March 7, 2008 - -Statesboro came into the game with a 17-0 record overall on the season. But, that posed no threat to the Speedboys, as they dismantled Stateboro with force. The Speedboys worked out to a 38-26 lead by the half and simply built on that in the second half.
Keith Payne (6'4''-F) led the Speedboys with 17 points, while Brandon Kelley (5'11''-G-84, college: Clayton St.) had 14 points and six assists, Charles Williams (6'10''-C) had 12 points, as did DeCourney McGowan (6'7''-F, college: Albany St.) and Ronald Lewis (6'0''-G).
The Speedboys advanced to the semis to take on Effingham County.
Final Four: Atlanta Speedboys 60 Effingham County 57...
March 8, 2008 -- Atlanta was behind from the opening tip, trailed 33-25 at the break. The were behind by 11 with only 2:45 left in the game when things started to turn their way. With their backs to the wall, they put the ball in the hands of Charles Williams in the paint, who converted back-to-back and-1's to get to with in Five with 1:59 left. Ronald Lewis got a steal and scored to put the Speedboys down by only three with 1:21 left on the clock. After a foul, Effingham missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity at the freethrow line. Ron Lewis then nailed a trey bomb to knot the score at 57-all.
The Speedboys had never led in the game, but after a Effingham falter on the ensuing possession, Atlanta took the ball out and got the ball to Brandon Kelley who nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer for the win.
The Speedboys advanced to the Title Game, where they discovered they were to be matched up against who else, but Jonesboro South -- their ultimate rivals. Jonesboro had made its way, in typical fashion, through the other side of the bracket to the Championship Game.
Championship Game: Atlanta Speedboys 73 Jonesboro South 60...
March 9, 2008 -- If any team at the State Open Tournament knew how to play the 3-time Defending Champs, it would be the Atlanta Speedboys. They two teams have matched up countless times over the last several years. The teams split regular season games this season, then faced off in the College Park Finals. South won that game, but Atlanta had other ideas when the 'chips' were down for the State Title.
Jonesboro had the upper hand in the first half, holding a 35-28 lead at the half. In the second half though, the Speedboys turned the tables and dominated, out-rebounding and out-scoring South. Atlanta's defense stepped up and held Jonesboro to only 22 points total in the second half, and only nine in the all-decisive fourth quarter. The Speedboys 45 second half points was too much for Jonesboro to recover from in the end.
DeJuan Clark (6'2''-G-77, college: Tougaloo) and Xavier Morton (6'9''-F/C-80) each had 15 points to lead Jonesboro. For the Speedboys, Brandon Kelley had 16 points and 7 assists, DeCourney McGowan had 10 points and 3 blocks. But, the high-point man for the Speedboys for the game was former Georgia Tech star Martice Moore (6'8''-F), who downed 26 points and pulled 11 boards.
Congratulations to the Atlanta Speedboys and Jonesboro. But, rest assure this will not be the last of the epic battles between these two rivals!
Brandon Brandon Wolfram (207-F/C-79, college: UTEP) (Farho Gijon) was the MVP in the 25th round in the Adecco LEB Silver with 38 of efficiency. He scores 31 points and grabs 10 rebounds. Clinicas Rincon Axarquia leads the LEB Silver with 20 wins and 5 loses.
One more time, Brett Beeson (193-G-72, college: Minnesota St. Univ.) (Balneario Archena) was the MVP in the LEB Bronze with 38 of efficiency. He scores 31 points and grabs 10 rebounds. Gestiberica Vigo leads the LEB Bronze with 18 wins and 5 loses.
Week 25: LEB Silver TOP 5 by Efficiency:
Brandon Wolfram (207-F/C-79) (Gijon): 38 (31pt + 10rb)
Duane Virgil (205-F/C-74) (CB Illescas): 37 (30pt + 5rb)
Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) (Almeria): 31 (19pt + 17rb)
Paulo Prestes (210-C-88) (Axarquia): 31 (21pt + 9rb)
Jesus Castro (190-G-83) (Almeria): 30 (30pt + 4as)
Week 25: LEB Bronze TOP 5 by Efficiency:
Brett Beeson (193-G-72) (Archena): 38 (31pt + 10rb)
Bruno Gelsi (188-G-76) (Cajasur): 32 (24pt + 6rb)
David Vinas (192-G-82) (ADT Tarragona): 30 (23pt + 5as)
Juan Navalon (191-G-75) (Alaior Jovent): 28 (23pt + 7rb)
Fred Hooks (198-F-82) (Torrealta Molina): 28 (18pt + 17rb)
This is an updated list of the lates LPB 2008 Transactions and News during the first part of Week 2. A few of the organizations are trying out new imported players or have added Venezuelan players to cover for injuries and lack of depth. Americans Aaron Harper (201-G-81) and Michael Byars-Dawson (183-G-78) were tested by the LPB and turned out positive for forbidden substances and inmediately released.
The LPB's Executive President, Rolando Urdaneta, issued an official statement in which he expressed his concern about the cases. 'We energically condemn this situation. It's a behavior that we won't tolerate and we'll inmediately apply sanctions', he said.
'In the LPB we work for a clean sport environment that promotes positive values, and that's why we arranged an alliance with the National Antidoping Comission, a group of people we want to thank for their high level of professionalism. We're going to intensify this work of antidoping control and we'll demmand more and more rigurosity to the teams in terms of medical examinations that they perform on their players', he added.
GUAROS DE LARA
-Added Walt Waters (211-C-84) and Uruguayan Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) to the roster. They already played their first match on Wednesday. Antric Klaiber (208-F/C-76) and Chad Barnes (191-G) have not been released yet so they continue to be in the roster
COCODRILOS DE CARACAS
-Released Bahamian Aaron Eneas (202-F-78) and signed Jamaican Ricky Johns (190-G-85)
TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO
-Released Aaron Harper due to the fact that the league tested him and he was positive for Marihuana in his blood system
-Signed Mark Alan Bortz (208-F/C-82) as his replacement
GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA
-Signed Dominican Jorge Almanzar (193-G/F-76) as the replacement of Colombian Norbey Aragon (193-G/F-78)
GAITEROS DEL ZULIA
-Released Michael Byars-Dawson due to the fact that the league tested him and he was positive for Marihuana in his blood system
-Signed Ray Castillo (196-G/F-82) as his replacement
-Signed Uruguayan Diego Pereyra (184-G-85)
-Signed Venezuelan Jose Angel Hernandez (206-C-76)
-Released Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80)
MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI
-Signed Nat Burton (190-G-77) as the temporary replacement of injured Kenny Lowe (191-G-80)
-Signed Venezuelan Adan Reyes (183-G-83), former player of Gaiteros
GIGANTES DE GUAYANA
-Released Jamaican Noelly Walters
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