EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/30/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
|CBA Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Pace, E.Ky 23.0|
2 Selvy, Oklah. 22.7
3 Hunter, Atlanta 22.4
4 Burton, Albany 22.0
5 Dean, E.Ky 21.8
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Thomas, E.Ky 11.4|
2 Jackson, E.Ky 10.3
3 Phillips, Oklah. 10.0
4 Holmes, Minot 8.8
5 Hunter, Atlanta 8.7
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Norris, Yakama 8.9|
2 Cook, Butte 6.4
3 Fields, Minot 4.9
4 Forte, R.Gran.V. 4.8
5 Krauser, Pittsb. 4.8
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Fields, Minot 2.7|
2 Rice, Minot 2.4
3 Krauser, Pittsb. 2.0
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Tyson, R.Gran.V. 1.9|
2 Thomas, E.Ky 1.8
3 Freeman, Butte 1.7
|1 Thomas, E.Ky 62.5|
2 Mattear, Minot 61.7
3 Thomas, Yak. 60.9
|1 Horton, E.Ky 50.0|
2 Spanich, Oklah. 45.2
3 Krauser, Pittsb. 44.8
|1 Dean, E.Ky 88.3|
2 Selvy, Oklah. 85.8
3 Johnson, RGrV. 83.9
Minot - Oklahoma 76:86
Oklahoma Cavalry won CBA Championship defeating in the 5th final game Minot Skyrockets 86-76 and ending final series 3-2.
It's important success in the franchise short history as they won CBA title in their first season they joined the league. The Oklahoma Cavalry got to a better start as they led 24:19 after the opening stanza. But the hosts quickly returned into the driving seat as they outgunned their opponents in the second period and came out of the first half on top 45:42. But the spectators at the Minot Municipal Auditorium saw a different Oklahoma in the second half. The team came out of the dressing room firing from all guns and what most important playing some impenetrable defense. The visitors limited their opponents to only 29% accuracy from the field and outrebounded them 56:39 overall. Minot simply could not find the way to shake the stinging Cavalry off. Oklahoma accumulated opened up double-digit lead in the third stanza and never gave it up to celebrate their first CBA championship. They also became the first expansion team to win the Jay Ramsdell Trophy since 2002 when the Dakota Wizards succeeded.
Shawn Daniels (6'7''-C-79, college: Utah St.) dominated for the Cavalry with game-high 23 points and 16 boards. Daryan Selvy (6'6''-F/G-79, college: Oklahoma) notched 22 points and Brandon Dean (6'2''-G-79, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Arkansas) added 14 points for the winners. Kevin Johnson (6'8''-F-80, college: Charlotte) answered with 14 points for the Skyrockets. Lee Scruggs (6'11''-F-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Georgetown) dropped 13 points, while Ronnie Fields (6'4''-G-77, agency: Edge Sports) was held to only 12 points in defeat. Brandon Dean who was the real leader for the Cavalry during the Final series was trumped the CBA playoffs MVP. Oklahoma's head coach Michael Ray Richardson joined Phil Jackson, Cazzie Russell and Henry Bibby on the list of former NBA players to win CBA championship.
Minot: Kevin Johnson 14, Lee Scruggs 13, Ronnie Fields 12
Oklahoma: Shawn Daniels 23+16 boards, Daryan Selvy 22, Brandon Dean 14
Korisliiga, Play-off-games, Game 1: Honka (Espoo) dominating at first, YMCA Lahti then coming back to the game during the second and third quarter and
taking the lead (64-71) during the fourth quarter with 4:28 minutes to go. Time out (Honka) at that moment changed the nature of the game. YMCA Lahti
scored one (1) point during the last 4:28 minutes! Missing the shots, offensive fouls, turnovers...Honka scoring 13 more points and winning 77-72.
Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) led Honka with 19 pts. Ed Williams (200-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: NC-Wilmington) netted 24 pts for YMCA Lahti.
Honka - YMCA Lahti 1-0.
Honka - YMCA Lahti 77-72 (41-35) (Petteri Koponen 19, Jukka Matinen 18, Kimmo Muurinen 13/10 - Ed Williams 24, Sami Pekkola 13, Ilkka Vuori 11).
Korisliiga, Qualification, Game 2: Korikobrat (Lapua) - Team Componenta (Karkkila) 87-95 (44-44). This result means, that Team Componenta will continue
playing at the top level (Korisliiga) and Lapua stays in the 1. Division. This was a fair result as TC (Karkkila) wants to play in 'Korisliiga', but Lapua's ambitions
are not that clear. Team gave away their Center Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80, college: Illinois St.) in February and Bojang would have been the key player Lapua needed yesterday and on Wednesday. Bojang played 20 regular season games on Lapua's roster and averaged 25,4 ppg - 15,8 rpg in the 1. division. Then Bojang transfered into KTP (Kotka) roster in Top League replacing injured Manny Dies. Maybe next season, Lapua?
Lapua - Team Componenta 87-95 (44-44) (Tyrwone Still (196-F-77, college: W.Virginia St.), Jussi Turja 16, La Trice Little 13/10, Kyle Carhart 14 - Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) 27/15, Chris Hester 21, Kimmo Tolvanen 16).
Korisliiga, Play-off-games, Game 1: Favourite Teams YMCA Lappeenranta, Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) and Kouvot (Kouvola) winning on Friday night.
YMCA LPR crushed Pyrinto (Tampere) by 39 pts and Kouvot defended and kept visitor Korihait (Uusikaupunki) to 49 pts, the fewest pts and smallest figure ever
in play-off-games. Kouvot scored 40 pts more, 89 pts. In Helsinki Torpan Pojat was leading all the time vs Tarmo (Porvoo), but that contest was the tightest anyway. ToPo won after all by 13 pts. Takais Brown (203-F, college: SE Illinois JC) (ToPo) scored 28 pts in 31 minutes. Honka (Espoo) vs YMCA Lahti tonight. The next games are on Sunday, March 30.
YMCA LPR - Pyrinto 105-66 (47-23) (Ivan Harris 27, Petri Virtanen 23, Pasi Riihela 12 - M.C.Mazique 24, Damon Williams 11/10, Jukka-Pekka Vaananen 11).
Kouvot - Korihait 89-49 (41-24) (Wayne Bernard 19, Corey Smith 17, Roope Suonio 15 - Kyle Shiloh 15, Niilo Lehtila 10).
Torpan Pojat - Tarmo 101-88 (51-44) (Takais Brown 28, Josh Gonner 26, Tyson Patterson 18/13 - Mark McCarroll 27/12, Tony Bennett 15, Esa Maki-Tulokas 14).
|A Division Standings|
|A Division Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Mills, Dombovar 23.09|
2. Gulyas, ASE 22.91
3. Blair, Univer 22.36
4. Lesko, Sopron 21.83
5. Kalman, Falco 21.33
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Freeman, Bodrogi 9.82|
2. Horvath, ASE 9.36
3. Hendlein, KKK 9.05
4. Ocitti, Kormend 8.62
5. Aliakseyeu, Falco 8.53
|Assists Per Game|
|1. English, Dombovar 8.96|
2. Savic, NYKK 7.39
3. Kalman, Falco 7.24
4. Simon, Albacomp 5.96
5. Meszaros, ASE 5.64
|Steals Per Game|
|1. Savic, NYKK 3.87|
2. English, Dombovar 3.18
3. Doyne, Falco 3.13
4. Drahos, Bodrogi 3.05
5. Hendlein, KKK 2.71
|Blocks Per Game|
|1. Wiley, Dombovar 1.78|
2. Gulyas, ASE 1.62
3. Hendlein, KKK 1.48
4. Aliakseyeu, Falco 1.35
5. Viggiano, Sopron 0.95
|1. Gulyas, ASE 30.38|
2. Mills, Dombovar 30.14
3. Kalman, Falco 29.38
4. English, Dombovar 28.23
5. Blair, Univer 27.68
After that Siena played a Serie A 29th Round on Friday night, three other games of the same Round were played yesterday. In the first one, Solsonica Sebastiani Rieti defeated La Fortezza Bologna 83-81, reaching in this way the aritmetic certainty to stay in Serie A. Scoring 19 points each, Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB) and Patricio Prato (193-G-79, college: St.Bonaventure) were the best in Rieti, while Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) and Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) topped Bologna with 18 points each. Largely defeating Legea Scafati 103-84 in a regional derby, Air Avellino added another win to its impressive record. Nothing less than seven players of Avellino ended the game in double digits, with Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) scoring 21 pts and Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) scoring 18 and grabbing 15 rebounds, being the game MVP. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) led Scafati with 17 pts in losing effort. In the last game of day, Premiata Montegranaro came back from a -10 deficit during the 4th quarter to defeat Pierrel Capo D'Orlando, another time enlightened by a fantastic Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72), who performed for 22 points, 6 rebs and 7 assists. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) scored 22 pts he too at the winning side, Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) added 18 pts and Kiwane Garris (188-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) quaterbacked the comeback, scoring also the last, decisive 3 points for Premiata, ending the game with 13 points and 3 asists.
See complete boxscore at www.legabasket.it
# Best performance:
Chris Campbell (194-G/F-81, agency: 011 Sports, college: Harding) (36 pts, 3 ast, 4 stl)
Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, college: Xavier) (21 pts, 12 reb)
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) (21 pts, 17 reb)
- Arena Amman:
|A Superleague Standings|
Montenegrin team Mogren from Budva decided to reinforce its roster for the Superleague. Management of the team signed experienced guard Aleksandar Smiljanic (196-G-76, agency: Beo Basket), ex player of FMP Zeleznik, Buducnost, Maroussi Athens, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu and Ukrainian Lvov.
Mogren also agreed terms with point guard Nenad Stefanovic (193-G-85, agency: Interperformances), who moved from FMP to Polish team Polpak Swecie in February. Before FMP, Stefanovic used to play for BC Beograd, Partizan and Sloga.
KT&G Number 4 seed Host SK Knights number 5 seed Opened the 2008
Korean Basketball Play-Offs with an exciting overtime game, Sk Knights up by
3 pts with 3.7 sec remaining in regular play when KT&G play maker guard number 9
Joo Hee-Jung (181-G-77) hit a long 3 to tie the score 81-81. In Overtime
Chandler Marquin (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) Fouled out
at the 1:20 mark down 87-83 but Number 11 Yang Hee Jong (195-F-84) for KT&G
Hit a big 3 to close the gap 87-86 and number
9 Joo Hee-Jung got a steal with 25.2 sec and a lay in to take the lead 88-87,
SK turn over at 20.1 sec. sent Cummings T.J. (204-F-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UCLA)
to the strike and converted both free throws to win 90-87 in the best of 3 series
hoping to advance to meet Number 1 Regular Season Champions Dongbu Promy,
Samsung Thunders number 3 seed Host LG Sakers number 6th seed Sun March 30th
The winner advances to play 2 seeded KCC Egis.
After the end of the regular season in UAE, Justin Murray (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Washington St.), The american import in Al Sharjah Club opened his heart to Asia-Basket and spoke about his 1st career in middle east....
1- Who is Justin Murray?
Justin Murray is a determined hard working guy from Tacoma, Washington who has an undying passion for the game of basketball. I try to make the most of my God given talents by being a positive influence in the lives of others while doing my best to make my family proud!
2- This is your 1st experience in Middle East..How did you see it so far?
Being that this was my first time coming to the Middle East, i wasn't exactly sure what to expect when i arrived. Coming from the states you have all these perceptions of different places by what you see on the news and read about in the news papers, but i was pleasantly surprised with the area. It has definitely been a great experience for me up to this point!
3- What's your 1st impression about UAE?
The first thought that came into my head when I came to the UAE was, 'WOW!'. I didn't expect to see what I saw. The UAE is beautiful man. It is one of those places that should be on everyone's list of 'things to see.' It is really amazing out here!
4- How did you find your coach and teammates?
I love my coach! I think Coach Imad Othman is a really good coach and has a great understanding of the game of basketball. I really enjoy playing for him! As good as he is with the X's and O's, he is just as good of a person! When you are playing for a coach like that it makes very easy to come to work every day and give everything you have to make the team better. I have a very deep respect for my coach!
My teammates have a lot of potential. We are a very young and inexperienced team, so we deal with the frustrations that come along with that situation. But I think our future is bright. My guys just need some more experience and confidence in game situations. I have taken a leadership role, not only to lead by example, but also offering my basketball knowledge to my teammates so that we can become better as a team and they can be better individual basketball players. My teammates are a good bunch of guys and I want them to be able to look to me as an example on the court and a friend off the court.
5- Tell me your opinion on the league until now?
The league is a solid league. There are some really good teams that we face and it is pretty competitive.
6- How far you think that Sharjah can reach this year?
Honestly...I think the sky is the limit for Sharjah! Yes we are young, and yes we are a little inexperienced, but we have the potential to be a team to be reckoned with in this league!
7- What's the difference between basketball in UAE and other leagues you played in your point of view?
The difference in the basketball in the UAE I would have to say the pace of the game. Games tend to be more of a half court game than I am used to playing.
8- What do you do when you have free time in UAE?
When I have a little free time, I like to relax and get my rest. I also like to go to Dubai and see some of the sights, because there is a lot of interesting things to see here. Sometimes I spend my days at the beach, but for the most part I try to relax in my free time.
9- Did you try to get close to the other imports in UAE? Do you know any of them before?
All the other imports that are here are all good guys. As I would think most people would do, when they are half way around the world from home, I try to get to know some of these guys a little better. I did not know any of the imports before I came until my team made a recent roster change. We brought in Rashaad Powell (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Idaho) and I have played with him before on a couple of other teams back in the states.
10- Last word to fans
To the fans that do attend the games, thank you for your support. It is much appreciated! I hope to see a lot more of you in the future!
- Season Stats
22.9 points per game
10.2 rebounds per game
3.5 assists per game
1.7 steals per game
1.2 blocks per game
07/08 Season MVP - Tanisha Wright (180-G-83)
07/08 1st Team
Shay Doron, Ramla
Jia Perkins, Electra Ramat Hasharon
Ayana Walker, Maccabi Ashdod
Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Maccabi Ramat Hen
Coach of The Year - Shiki Falach, Raanana Hertzeliya
Breakout Season - Katia Abramzon
6th Player of The Year - Nomi Kolodny, Electra Ramat Hasharon
Defensive Player of The Year - Armintie Price agency GG basketball , Ramat Hen
The Under-appreciated Player of The Year - Dada Vilipic, Electra Ramat Hasharon
The Israeli Coaches Voted:
Player of The Year - Tanisha Wright - agency GG basketball
07/08 First Team
Shay Doron - 1st among Israelis in points per game with 16.8 (14th in the league), 2.8 assists per game (12th in the league)
Jia Perkins 20.0 points per game (9th in the league), 5.2 rebounds per game
Tanisha Wright - 21.3 points per game (5th in the league), 1st in assists with 6.2 per game, 1st in steals with 3.2 per game, 6.4 rebounds per game
Mistie Williams agency GG basketball - 18.2 points per game (12th in the league), 62.7% 2pt field goal percentage (3th in the league), 7.6 rebounds per game (13th in the league)
Ayana Walker - 20.1 points per game (8th in the league), 11.6 rebounds per game (3rd in the league), 1st in blocks with 2.2 per game
Coach of The Year - Shiki Falach
Breakout Season of The Year - Katia Abramzon
Baltic Woman`s Basketball League
Semi-final round, Group B in Cesis
TTT Riga - SK Cesis 53-62 (18-20; 15-14; 12-12; 8-16)
Riley 14+7reb, Kityzina 12, Tare 11+8as; Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) 14+7reb, Derevjanik 12, Sales 12+6reb
Arvi (LTU) - Berezina-RCOR (BLR) 91-48
1. Arvi 1-0
2. SK Cesis 1-0
3. TTT Riga 0-1
4. Berezina 0-1
|A Superleague Standings|