EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/5/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Aspis Apoel and Keravnos Strovolou won their opponents and made the 1-0 (in the best of five series) for the first game of the Semi finals. Aspis Apoel beat Proteas EKA AEL 73-63 and Keravnos Strovolou beat Hasapis Omonia Nicosia 83-67.
Aspis Apoel Nicosia - Proteas EKA AEL 73-63
After a great game the Nicosia team succeeded to win the first and quite crucial game against the permanent champions, team of AEL. With an amazing second quarter which found the home team with a deficit of +10 points (34-24) and then with a new 13-8 increase the deficit to fifteen points (47-32) and with a three pointer from Tyson Wheeler (183-G-75, college: Rhode Island) made create teh biggest difference of 18 points (50-32) to finish the third quarter with56-43 after a short comeback made, mainly by woodward who was the best player on behalf of the visitors. The fourth quarter, the Limassol team tried to make a bigger come back but APOEL with Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) both defence and offence, Balca Radunovic (206-F/C-80) was the top performer and the MVP of the game. The quarters were: 15-14, 37-28, 56-43, 73-63 . Next game will be played in the Melford Arena this weekend.
The scorers of the two temas were:
Apoel: Van Dorpe 7, Hansen 2, Miceta 2, Jones 3, Balca Radunovic 17, Tyson Wheeler 17, Grigoris Pantouris 12, Garcia 13
AEL: Liatsos 4, Radle 14, Buziane 4, Zianveni 12, Aleksic 15, Woodward 14 (2).
Keravnos Strovolou - Hasapis Omonia Nicosia 83-67
In the other game played in Strovolos, Coach Frangias team did not had any difficulties against Omonia Nicosia and with an early lead of 10 points, and with the American point guard Patric Lee, in a great day from the parameter (5/8 three pointers), the Strovolos team finished the game from the half time as the 25 points scored by Omonia players was not really a thread for Frangias players for the next 20 minutes. Five players had double digits with Lee scoring 24 and smith following with 15 points. The quarters were: 22-13, 40-25, 65-51, 83-67
The scorers were:
Keravnos: Anastasiadis 8, Smith 15, Damijanovic 12, Trisokkas 14, Lee 24, Radojevic 10
Omonoia: Mijalovic 1, Davis 16, Jankevicius 12, Mouchtaris 3, Dorde Prstojevic (191-G-77) 12(2), Marvin Stone (208-C-81, college: Louisville) 23(1).
Korisliiga, Round 37: Only one game tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) defeated at home Team Componenta (Karkkila) 103-91. Both Teams had four players
in double figures and though visitor TC was shooting better and won the rebounds, Kataja won mostly on FT line and with few TOs (13-20).
American G Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.) led Kataja with 28 pts. Terry Black (198-F-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Baylor) added 18 pts. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79, agency: ANYPEX) made a come back after the shoulder injury at the end of November. Lehtoranta played 19 minutes with figures 9pts/4rbs. Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) led Karkkila with 33 pts. Nick Wallery (201-F-81, college: Albany St.) added 14 pts and grabbed 22 rbs.
Kataja - Team Componenta 103-91 (49-48) (Louis Hinnat 28, Terry Black 18/12 - Chris Hester 33, Nick Wallery 14/22).
Alieu Badara Njie is a 6'8'' wiry athlete with good hops and adequate lateral mobility. A member of the Wallidan team in Gambia this athletic power forward is still in the development phase ,but could materialize into a solid talent. When I saw him this past summer in Banjul, what I liked about him was his quickness for his size. Granted, he is a work in progress offensively, but in the right program he could be brought along to be a valuable defensive presence. I keep bringing up Pierre Jallow, but he is a prime example of an African athlete who transformed into a player. Jallow was a volleyball player and attended William Jewell College ( NAIA 2) and has become one of the most successful Gambian pro players alongside Boubacar Bojang.Alieu Badara Njie (203-F/C-88) Alieu might have that potential.
Olympiakos Volou - Komotini 79-98
Coach Lemonidis's team having in a great day Christos Tsakonitis (188-G/F-83) who finished the game with 26 points and another three players with double digits did not phase any problem against the weakest team in the division.
Quarters: 22-27, 42-53, 62-77, 79-98
Olympiakos Volou: Vogiatzis 2, Tsourelis 12, Fountas 2, Nanis 30, Arnaoutakis 2, Politis 8, Tsolis 17, Michos 6
Komotini: Mastrokostopoulos 3, Mouratoglou 7, Lehoudis 2, Dinas 9, Koutsovasilis 14, Christos Tsakonitis 26, Holevas 14, Veli 3, Souflias 18, Halil 2.
Ermis Lagkada - Lavrio 75-75, OT 83-82
With one shot from the charity line Troulialis gave the victory to the Lagkadas team bogging at the same time Serelis's dreams for A2.
Quarters: 20-16, 35-37, 64-55, 75-75, 83-82OT
Ermis Lagkada: Troulialis 11, Nikos Kloutzos (190-G) 15, Paritsis 10, Bellos 6, Vourlitis 2, Siolios 13, Gamouras 4, Akepsimaidis 2, Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) 20 (2).
Lavrio: Trikaliotis 7, Rallis 7, N. Kousoulas 10, Giannakopoulos 15, Notis 6, Kassianos 4, Bakas 7, Psileas 26 (3).
Doukas - Anagennisis/Floga 86-74
Great game in Doukas's closed court with the home team winning the game due to their charismatic and talented Alexandros Petrakis (200-F-87) who did everything in the court, 24 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
Quarters: 20-18, 40-42, 59-57, 86-74.
Doukas: Tsohlas 17, Kamariotis 2, Alexandros Petrakis 24, Achis 8, Kouvaris 4, Kritsalos 16, Matzioris 8, Karatzios 7
Anagennisi/Floga: Rozolis 5, Moisiadis 3, Pittakas 11, Sidiropoulos 10, Thymnios 2, Zarogiannis 22, Spiropoulos 3, Pallis
Milonas - Aigio 71-86
Quarters: 36-20, 47-45, 61-65, 71-86.
Milonas: Kalaitzakis 3, Ventouris 15, Karababas 8, Mubarak 5, Vlavianos 14, Kiritsis 6, Bikas 5 (1), Ballas 15.
Aigio: Prokos 14, Gioupis 3, Stamopoulos 10, Tirlas 26, Deraos 5, Manolas 12, Stavroulakis 16.
Ikaroi Serron - Amyntas 63-49
The home team was much better then their opponents and only during the second quarter they really had some trouble, other than, that and when Dorkofikis stopped scoring Ikaroi serron took a big lead a the 3rd quarter and they kept it until the end, MVP of the game was Asimakis.
Quarters: 13-11, 29-24, 53-36, 63-49.
Ikaroi Serron: Pehlivanis 11, Georgantzas 5, Tsanakas 6, Pappoudas 4, Asimakis 23, Giavropoulos 1, Topouzis 13.
Amyntas: Zoupas 6, Barbas 3, Samothrakis 9, Grammatikos 9, Boutros 1, Korizis 6, Dorkofikis 16, Vogiatzis 3, Christoforakis 3.
KAOD - Alimos 85-65
In Drama, there was a good game only for 20 minutes when Alimos through Tsolakis tried to defend it self with Tsolakis, when Elias Armenis key players got tired they loose the game quite easy.
Quarters: 16-10, 40-33, 65-52, 85-65.
KAOD: Papadopoulos 8, Kiosses 6, Filiousis 26, Michaelidis 15, Maslarinos 4, Koukouravas 16, Daliaris 10
Alimos (New Head Coach Armenis): Moutoupas 11, Tsolakis 14, Il. Vrinas 6, Bourousis 3, Ifantis 9, Kallimanas 7, Tzouggarakis 7, St. Vrynas 6, Thomas 2.
Goumenissa - Near East 67-68
Another game for the top performers in the league, ending at a point, that was the fourth game which Near East wins with the minimum difference of 1 point, this seazon
Quarters: 22-23, 38-42, 49-54, 67-68
Goumenissa: Bagi 12, meridis 12, Matenidis 9, Klepkos 22, Andreadis 9, Gotsos 3.
Near East: Nikou 8, Michalos 2, Lykogiannis 7, Kouklakis 9, Papoulidis 16, Neofytou 7, Sizopoulos 6, Papargiropoulos 4, Fasoulopoulos 2.
Makedonikos - Ikaros Kallitheas 64-67
A derby took place at Makedonikos's court with the home team very near to a big surprise but at the end Ikaros Kallitheas (which are very close to the promotion with this win as they remained at the second place and alone) succeeding the positive result with Emmanouilidis and Katoufas being the top scorers and performers for Coach Haritatos team.
Quarters: 11-22, 22-40, 42-56, 64-67.
Makedonikos: Bohoridis 4, Dalpas 19, Tanakidis 11, Kalthopoulis 3, Mitsakis 9, Kogias 2, Pappoulidis 4, Samourelis 12.
Ikaros Kallitheas: Georgiou 10, Delichristos 4, Emmanouilidis 17, Papadakis 2, Katranas 7, Karastamatis 6, Aggelopoulos 2, Katoufas 15, Koukouras 4.
Top scorers after 20 weeks:
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 441 points
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 372 points
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 347 points (in 19 games)
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 356 points (in 18 games)
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 332 points
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 292 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 286 points
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 275 points
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 275 points
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 272 points
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 265 points
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 257 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 240 points
Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Near East 232 points
Theologos Vlavianos (196-G-86) of Milonas 235 points
Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio 219 points
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 219 points
Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80) of Anagennisi Floga 216 points
Nikos Kritsalos (192-G-77) of Doukas 215 points
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 186 points (in 18 games)
Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) 24 pts.
Results March 1, 2008:
Current FEB leader MyGuide Amsterdam continue to let the good times roll, keeping the momentum going heading into Tuesday's Dutch Cup showdown wih title contender West-Brabant Giants, winning over defending Dutch champion Eiffel Towers 82-69.
leading scorers MyGuide:
Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia St.) 19 pts.
leading scorers Eiffel Towers:
Damone Brown (204-F-79, college: Syracuse) 14 pts.
Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) 14 pts.
In Landstede on Saturday night, Landstede Basketball remains one of the hottest teams in the FEB, winning its 4th straight and last even of nine, with white-hot Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) leading the way, with Landstede winning over ZZ Leiden 91-88.
leading scorers Landstede:
Wilson 32 pts., 5 steals
Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) 24 pts.
leading scorer ZZ Leiden:
Nick Curtis (202-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: USC) 25 pts., 12 rebounds
In the Horstacker on Saturday night, Matrixx Magixx nearly doubled the score on Den Helder Seals, shooting a whopping 86% FG, blowing their doors off with a 130-75 blowout win.
leading scorers Matrixx Magixx:
Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) 34 pts. (14 of 15 FG)
Chris Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) 23 pts.
Tyler Smith (203-F-80, agency: Players Group, college: Penn St.) 22 pts.
leading scorer Den Helder Seals:
J.R. Duffey (201-F/G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) 20 pts.
In the Topsportcentrum on Saturday night, Rotterdam Challengers took over 5th place in the FEB standings from Hanzevast Capitals, with a good 1st quarter start a key ingredient, shooting 62.5% FG and dominating the glass (47-28 difference) in the process, cruising to a 98-78 win.
leading scorers Rotterdam Challengers:
Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) 20 pts.
Charles Richardson (175-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Nebraska) 17 pts.
Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) 15 pts., 15 rebounds
leading scorer Hanzevast Capitals:
Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) 18 pts.
In Weert on Saturday night, Aris Friesland keeps Upstairs Weert heading downstairs in the FEB standings, winning by the score of 84-79.
leading scorers Aris Friesland:
Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville) 20 pts.
Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) 17 pts.
Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Tenn.St.) 14 pts., 14 rebounds
leading scorer Upstairs Weert:
Trey McDowell (188-G-85, college: Louisiana Tech) 27 pts.
*Due to the recent passing away of my mother in the United States, I was unable to update the results on time. My apologies for this.
2005 Kobatama Champions, PIMNAD Nangroe Aceh Darussalam, is heading to the grand final of Kobatama 2007/2008 after beat Halim Kediri 64-58.
The victory over Halim Kediri put this team on the top of the standing board with two wins and a lost.
A Mild IBL All Star 2008 is Ready to Rock Palembang
A Mild IBL All Star 2008 will be held in Palembang, the city that famous with its traditional food called empek-empek.
The city is expecting the actions of pro basketball players from the league.
The players which are chosen by the fans from around Indonesia with the voting system are ready to show their skills and entertain the crowd.
The game itself will be held at Gedung Basket Indoor Kampus Palembang.
Who would miss the crossover dribble from Kelly Purwanto (-G) (Garuda Bandung) or slam dunk from Ronny Gunawan (SM Britama Jakarta)?
PLAYER ROSTER FOR ALL-STAR 2008
Coach: Abdurahman Padang (XL Aspac Jakarta)
Manager: Tjetjep Firmansyah (XL Aspac Jakarta)
Starter: Kelly Purwanto (Garuda Bandung/PG), Mario Wuysang (177-G-79) (XL Aspac/PG), Denny Sumargo (Garuda Bandung/SG), Andrie Ekayana (XL Aspac/SF), Antonius Joko Hendratmo (XL Aspac/PF).
Bench: Ponsianus Nyoman Indrawan (Bima Sakti/C), M. Thoyib Isman (XL Aspac/C), Andre Tiara (Garuda Bandung/PF), Andi Batam Poedjakusuma (XL Aspac/SF), Mohammad Herdian (Kalila Jakarta/PG).
Coach: Fictor G. Roring (SM Britama)
Manager: Dwui Eriano (SM Britama)
Starter: Ronny Gunawan (SM Britama/C), I Made 'Lolik' Sudiadnyana (Bhinneka Solo/PF), Agustinus Indra Jaya (CLS Knights Surabaya/PF), Faisal J Achmad (SM Britama/PG), dan Rachmad Febri Utomo (Bhinneka Solo/SG).
Bench: Youbel Sondakh (SM Britama/SF), Max Yanto (IM Makassar/C), Immanuel B Kellen (Citra Satria Pontianak/PG), Amin Prihantono (SM Britama/SG), Wellyanson Situmorang (SM Britama/PF).
After Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) signing deadline were are recap of the signings in last weeks.
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius took back youngsters Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) and Lukas Brazdauskis (203-F-88) from loan to KM-SSK-Perlas Vilnius (NKL).
Alytus signed youn guard from Alytus basketball school Edvinas Laukevicius (193-G-89).
Sakalai Vilnius added promising point guard P.Paulius Ivanauskas (194-G-87). This season he played in Puntukas Jarimpeksas Anyksciai (NKL).
Panevezys Techasas parted ways with Adam Schaper (206-F/C-83, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Iowa St.) because of bad performance.
Neptunas Klaipeda point guard Andrius Mazutis (179-G-81) gone to ASK Riga instead of him team signed experienced guard Saulius Raziulis (185-G-76) from Meresta Pakruojis.
Regular Season Standings
1. Pitt-Johnstown 161.5 17-3 22-7
2. Alders.-Broad. 157 17-3 25-6
3. W.Virginia St. 143.5 16-4 20-10
4. W.Liberty St. 137.5 15-5 23-6
5. Charleston Univ. 115.5 12-8 19-10
6. Fairmont St. 109.5 12-8 19-10
7. Seton Hill 100.5 11-9 12-15
8. Shepherd 82.5 9-11 16-13
9. Davis & Elkins 80 9-11 13-15
10. Concord 77 9-11 15-14
11. W.Virg.Wesl. 63.5 8-12 10-18
12. Wheeling Jesuit 61 8-12 13-15
13. Glenville St. 61 7-13 9-19
14. Ohio Valley 46.5 6-14 7-21
15. Salem Intern. 20.5 2-18 4-24
16. Bluefield St. 17 2-18 2-26
Tournament Final: Alderson-Broaddus - Pitt Johnstown 71-64
Alderson-Broaddus - West Virginia State 80-68
Pitt Johnstown - West Liberty State 82-72
All-WVIAC Tournament MVP: Terrell Eargle (6'4''-G) of Alderson-Broaddus
WVIAC All-Tournament Team:
Chris Banal (6'5''-F) (West Liberty State)
Terrell Eargle (Alderson-Broaddus)
Chris Gilliam (6'7''-F) (Pitt Johnstown)
Stan Hall (6'3''-G) (Alderson-Broaddus)
James Helton (6'6''-F) (West Virginia State)
Thad McFadden (6'2''-G-87) (Fairmont State)
Dannie Parker (6'4''-F) (Concord)
William Sharpe (5'10''-G) (Pitt Johnstown)
Marcus Tullis (6'6''-F) (Pitt Johnstown)
Jimmy Williams (6'5''-F) (Alderson-Broaddus)
All-WVIAC 1st Team
Chris Banal (West Liberty State)
Terrell Eargle (Alderson-Broaddus)
Chris Gilliam (Pitt Johnstown)
Stan Hall (Alderson-Broaddus)
James Helton (West Virginia State)
Jelani Jackson (6'4''-F) (Davis & Elkins)
Thad McFadden (Fairmont State)
Dannie Parker (Concord)
Robert Strickland (6'7''-F) (Charleston)
All-WVIAC 2nd Team
Dan Binggeli (6'2''-G) (West Liberty State)
Marquis Brooks (6'3''-G) (Charleston)
Ben Howlett (6'0''-G) (West Liberty State)
Chris Leborious (6'8''-C) (Ohio Valley)
Ronnie Means (6'0''-G-86) (Fairmont State)
Wade Pidock (6'8''-F) (West Virginia State)
Jordan Thomas (6'1''-G) (Seton Hill)
Marcus Tullis (Pitt Johnstown)
All-WVIAC Honorable Mention
Cody Boone (6'9''-F/C) (Seton Hill)
Samario Clancy (6'3''-F) (Alderson-Broaddus)
Quinton Davis (6'3''-G) (Pitt Johnstown)
Curtis Dorsey (6'4''-F) (Salem International)
Tryvan Leech (6'5''-F) (Glenville State)
Danny Manuel (5'10''-G) (Davis & Elkins)
Brett Rector (6'2''-G) (Davis & Elkins)
Jimmy Williams (Alderson-Broaddus)
WVIAC All-Freshman Team
Danny Branch (6'4''-G) (Pitt Johnstown)
Justin Caldwell (6'2''-G) (West Virginia Wesleyan)
Adam McFerran (6'4''-G/F) (Wheeling Jesuit)
Corey Pelle (5'11''-G) (West Liberty State)
Liki Turner (6'6''-F) (Shepherd)
All-WVIAC Player of the Year: Chris Gilliam (Pitt Johnstown)
All-WVIAC Freshman of the Year: Liki Turner (Shepherd)
All-WVIAC Coach of the Year: Bob Rukavina (Pitt Johnstown)
Regular Season Standings
1. Virginia Union 7-1 0.875 14-4 0.778 22-7 0.759
2. Elizabeth City 5-3 0.625 13-5 0.722 20-7 0.741
3. Bowie St. 5-3 0.625 13-5 0.722 21-8 0.724
4. Virginia St. 3-5 0.375 8-10 0.444 11-18 0.379
5. St.Paul's 0-8 0.000 3-15 0.167 8-17 0.320
1. Johnson C. Smith 6-2 0.750 11-7 0.611 21-9 0.700
2. St.Augustine 5-3 0.625 11-7 0.611 16-10 0.615
3. Fayetteville 5-3 0.625 8-10 0.444 14-15 0.483
4. Livingstone 3-5 0.375 8-10 0.444 14-14 0.500
5. Shaw 1-7 0.125 1-17 0.056 5-23 0.179
Tournament Final: Johnson C. Smith - Fayetteville State 65-57
Fayetteville State - Bowie State 67-65
Johnson C. Smith - Virginia Union 61-58
All-CIAA Tournament MVP: Edmund Rainey (6'3''-G) of Johnson C. Smith
CIAA All-Tournament Team:
Phillippe Harris (5'11''-G) of Fayetteville State
Jason Ingram (6'4''-G) of Bowie State
Brad Byerson (6'7''-F) of Virginia Union
Andy Gebru (6'4''-G) of Fayetteville State
Edmund Rainey of Johnson C. Smith
David Paris (6'9''-F-84) of Bowie State
Jamel Austin (6'3''-G) of Fayetteville State
Joshua Johnson (6'6''-F) of Bowie State
David Sanders (6'8''-C) of Johnson C. Smith
Maurice Hooper (6'2''-G) of Johnson C. Smith
Joshua Johnson of BSU
David Paris of BSU
Anthony Hilliard (6'4''-G/F-86) of ECSU
Jerry Hollis (6'6''-F) of JCSU
Damola Obadina (6'5''-F) of SHAW
Brad Byerson of VUU
Lakeith Blanks (6'6''-F) of VUU
Phillippe Harris of FSU
Andy Gebru of FSU
Maurice Hooper of JCSU
Will Gill (6'0''-G) of SAC
Trey Mines (6'2''-G) of VSU
CIAA All-Freshman Team
Hayward Fain (6'4''-F) of St. Augustine
Derek Holmes (6'5''-F) of Fayetteville St
Adrian Moffatt (6'4''-G) of Saint Paul
Maurice Reevy (6'6''-F) of Saint Paul
Ronald Thornhill of Johnson C. Smith
All-CIAA Player of the Year: Anthony Hilliard of ECSU
All-CIAA Defensive Player of the Year: Brad Byerson of VUU
All-CIAA Freshman of the Year: Hayward Fain of Saint Augustine's College
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan center Pablo Machado (207-C-77, college: Loyola Marymount) declared from Spain, where he plays in the EBA league for Domo Residencial Oviedo, that he's only asking for the 'respect' of the contract agreement of his 2007 season with Guaros de Lara in Venezuela's LPB and to be paid the 23.000 dollars left, cause he doesn't want to stop playing in Venezuela, in a phone interview conceeded from Oviedo to Diario El Impulso of Barquisimeto.
A former Senior Team of Venezuela member, Machado has also played for teams such as Panteras de Miranda, Cocodrilos de Caracas and Marinos de Anzoategui and had been loaned by Guaros de Lara to Gaiteros del Zulia only for 2008, in exchange for power forward and center Luis Julio (199-F-80), even though he hadn't been completed paid on his 2007 salary.
'Last time I got in touch with Guaros was two weeks ago, when owner Carlos Garcia sent me an e-mail message in which he made the compromise of paying me. I supposed that, by then, he knew I had told Gaiteros that I would not got back and play for them unless Guaros paid me first', said Pablo.
Number 31 said that the promises date back from May of 2007, the day after Guaros were eliminated in the Quarter Finals round by Cocodrilos de Caracas. The management told him he was going to get paid and his contract included money that hadn't been paid to him from the 2006 LNB season, when he defended Guerreros de Lara, team that's also owned by Total Sport and that is now known as Lideres de Yaracuy.
'They changed my contract without letting me know and wanted to pay me in bolivares instead of dollars. There was a moment in which I even agreed to be paid in bolivares, cause I had debts and finantial problems, but they still didn't pay me back', he said.
'They didn't call me to play in Yaracuy cause they still owed me money, so I decided to play for Torrevieja in Spain and later on this team also had finantial trouble and withdrew from LEB Bronze. Then I started playing for Oviedo. Guaros told me they had aprooval from Cadivi to pay me with dollars, but they have all my account numbers and still have not deposited anything', Machado explained.
His trade to Gaiteros was 'just too much' for him to handle, so he called the president of LPB, Rolando Urdaneta. When Gaiteros told him they would try and work out the trouble with his debt, he decided to way, but he's still worried. 'It's been almost a year and I can't go back and play for free. I'm tired of waiting. I have a wife and responsibilities with my family'.
Despites all of that, and the fact the he considers himself 'the big looser in this whole story', Machado says he'd still be willing to negotiate with Gaiteros, Guaros or any other team to play in LPB this year, but only after he gets paid completely what he is owed. 'If I'm going to negotiate with Guaros, my attitude off course will not be the same. I'd have to request money in advance and only through my agent, and not personally', he said. 'They ask for you to be patient when you want to get your money, but the banks are not patient with you. They'll just take away whatever you put as guarantee. With Marinos or Cocodrilos I never lived something like this and with Guaros is the first time'.
Thanks to Julio
When Machado learned that power forward and center Luis Julio refused to play for Guaros, claiming that he is 'uncomfortable' with the fact that Machado hasn't been paid, Machado said he was 'gratefully surprised' and 'speechless', cause he didn't know how to thank Julio for such a decision. 'It's not normal for a player to have that level of solidarity', he declared. 'If there were more players like him, with conscience of what the working rights are for, and if we had more union as basketball players, I'm sure we'd get a lot more benefits from teams that we currently do to work'.
'With Julio I shared time in Delfines and the National Squad of Venezuela. I'm very content about his attitude. I hope this situation works out quickly so he doesn't have to pay or ends up hurt by this debt. I feel very proud of his values as a person', said Machado. The two times runner-up in Venezuela's LPB with Guaros and former player of the World Cups of Indianapolis 2002 and Japan 2006, also had some words for the fans in Barquisimeto.
'I send my best regards to you. I always felt great there. They supported me a lot even in my worst time as a pro basketball player. Their attitude helped me to overcome that and reach my level in the latter part of last season. Thanks also for following up my work in Spain. I'm here trying to help Oviedo climb to the next cathegory though it's been hard for me to get adapted'.
Round 21 results:
Elitzur Ramla 71 - Bnot Hasharon 77
Bnot Hasharon: Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, college: Penn St.) 23 pts,5 steals, Mistie Williams (191-C-83, college: Duke) 19 pts, Abiola Wabara (183-F-81, college: Baylor) 14 pts,10 rebs, Ornit Shwartz (186-F-79) & Neda Djuric (173-G-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Rhode Island) 8 pts each, Chen Nusel (174-G-86) 5 pts
Ramla: Sherill Baker (174-G-82, agency: Ronsport, college: Georgia) 16 pts, Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) 14 pts, Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) 12 pts, Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) 10 pts, Brahsheedah Elohim (180-F-80, college: Fayetteville) 7 pts, Ina Gourevitch (180-G-68) 4 pts, Katia Abramzon (186-F/C-87) 2 pts
Maccabi Ramat Hen 76 - Maccabi Ashdod 65
Maccabi Ramat Hen: Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) 21 pts, 10 rebs, Armintie Price (175-G-85, college: Mississippi) 20 pts, 9 rebs, Edwina Brown (175-G-78, agency: Ronsport, college: Texas) 13 pts, 12 rebs, Chen Shtain (171-G-82) 8 pts, Shiri Sharon (169-G-79, college: Duquesne) 7 pts, Olena Mustafina (172-G-70) 5 pts, Sharon Zeevi (180-F-78) 2 pts
Ashdod: Michal Epstein (180-G-81, college: Boston U.) 22 pts, Brandi McCain (160-G-79, agency: Ronsport, college: Florida) 15 pts, Ayana Walker (191-F/C-79, college: Louisiana Tech) 10 pts, 8 rebs, Bat El Lazmi (170-G-86, agency: Ronsport) 9 pts, Ortal Oren (176-G-84, college: UCLA) 5 pts, Sheri Lynette Sam (183-F/G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: Vanderbilt) 4 pts, 6 steals, 8 rebs
Electra Ramat Hasharon 83 - Elitzur Maclaren Holon 80
Ramat Hasharon: Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) 21 pts, 9 rebs, 7 ast, 6 steals , Jia Perkins (173-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) & Dada Vilipic (196-C-75) 17 pts each, Naomi Kolodny (172-G-82) 15 pts, 5 ast, Mirav Dori (178-F-86) 7 pts, 6 rebs, Limor Mizrachi (172-G-70) & Monique Coker (188-F-82, college: ODU) 3 pts each
Holon: Ivory Latta (168-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina) 22 pts, 7 ast, La'Tangela Atkinson (188-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) 18 pts,8 rebs, DeTrina White (180-F-80, college: LSU) 15 pts, 15 rebs, Shiran Zairy (170-G-86) 12 pts, Inbal Mizrachi (167-G-85) 11 pts, Hana Hileli (168-G-78) 2 ps
Italian federation announced the schedule for the Italian NT in August and September.
All following matches will be played for Eurobasket Women Championship 2009
Home teams are listed first.
16 Italy-Finland (Cagliari)
20 Bosnia H.-Italy
27 Italy-Turkey (Chieti)
30 Italia-Poland (Bologna)
6 Italy-Bosnia (Schio)