EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/6/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
After losing two consecutive games to CSKA, this time Levski was relentless and won the 'eternal' derby with 109-67. Disappointingly for the spectators in 'Triaditsa' hall, excluding Levski's fans, today's game wasn't a derby at all. The absence of CSKA's starting playmaker Mike Henderson was obvious. The team's plays were disorganised and Levski took full advantage of that.
The hosts made an excellent start with a 9-2 run. CSKA tried to change the course of the game but there wasn't anything they could do and after 10 minutes of play the score was 25-14 for Levski.
The second quarter started the same way and with interesting offensive combinations, good three-point shooting and oraganised defense Levski extended their lead to 20 points at the half (50-30).
During the break the praiseworthy initiative by Levski's executives to entertain the audience with a game between the children playing for the club was continued. The little players showed their skills and played with a lot of enthusiasm, making everyone in the hall happy.
After the start of the third quarter nothing changed and Levski was still the dominant team on the court. CSKA, on the other hand, seemed as if they have given up the game and made lots of childish mistakes. That way Levski led with the impressive 32-point advantage with ten minutes left in the game (83-51).
In the last quarter Lubomir Minchev put mostly his younger players on the court but they played exceptionally well and extended their team's lead to reach the incredible 42-point advantage at the end of the game, pleasing all of their fans.
With this game Levski secured its second place after the regular season, while CSKA are going to be fourth or fifth, eventually facing Lukoil Academic in the semi-finals.
Five of Levski's players finished the game with double figures. Stanislav Slaveykov was the best scorer for his team with 16 points and Rob Preston made a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
For CSKA, Krum Doychinov scored 22 points, which was more than anyone who played in this game.
FULL STATS FROM THE GAME LEVSKI - CSKA
by Svetlin Petrov - BulgarianBasket.com
From the start of the second quarter until almost the end of the game, there was only one team on the court - Balkan Botevgrad. Yambol's players played as if they were another team. They were undetermined and out of ideas in offense and played terribly in defense. The experienced team from Botevgrad took maximum advantage of the situation and after 3 minutes of play they were already leading in the result. In the middle of the second quarter Yambol's deficit reached 8 points and at the halftime they were losing by 15 (32-47).
After the halftime break Yambol's fans expected their team to come out and play a lot better but that didn't happen. They kept on playing the same way, making lots of mistakes organising their offense and not paying enough attention to defense. Govedarov, Skumatov and Reka weren't at their usual level and didn't pose a threat to the opponents. After gaining a comfortable lead that reached 20 points at a certain moment, Balkan started playing calmer and slowed down their offenses to gain time. The third quarter finished with a 16-point advantage for the guest (48-64).
Yambol's awakening happened 6 minutes before the end of the game. They started playing full-court press, stole lots of balls but weren't successful in the three-point shooting and the best they could do was to cut their deficit to 7 points for the final 73-80.
For Yambol Reka scored 16 points and for Balkan Boban Bilbija (207-F/C-83) had 16 and Morton added 14.
FULL STATS FROM THE GAME YAMBOL - BALKAN BOTEVGRAD
by Svetlin Petrov - BulgarianBasket.com
Korisliiga, Round 37: Honka (Espoo) caused Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) their ninth loss by defeating ToPo 83-80 in a close contest. Both Teams had
four players in double figures. American G Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) led again Honka (21 pts). Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) added 18 pts. ToPo's newcomer Takais Brown (203-F, college: SE Illinois JC) scored 22 pts in his first game here in Finland. Pyrinto (Tampere) has played many better games than today. Visitor Tarmo (Porvoo) won the second half 27-47 and the contest 64-80. Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh) led Tarmo with 26 pts and nine rbs. Kauhajoki defeated KTP (Kotka) 92-84 and YMCA Lappeenranta cut down Kouvot (Kouvola), which Team had won seven games in a row.
Honka - Torpan Pojat 83-80 (43-42) (Akeem Scott 21, Petteri Koponen 18 - Takais Brown 22, Josh Gonner 16).
Pyrinto - Tarmo 64-80 (37-33) (Antero Lehto 21, M.C.Mazique 11 - Mark McCarroll 26, Travis Leech 16).
Kauhajoki - KTP 92-84 (44-40) (Darryl Hudson 29/11, Eric Washington 26 - Jermaine Spivey 23, Steve Smith 18/11)
Kouvot - YMCA LPR 83-96 (47-42) (Wayne Bernard 24, Corey Smith 18 - Pasi Riihela 26/13, Adrian Henning 23).
In this interesting match with many high leads and come backs, Energy found the way to get another win; it was hard fought in the over time. Their play is showing a lot of inconsistencies this season. They can never secure high leads they are having throughout the game. It happened this time too, with 13 point lead at the end of the 1st half, which melted in the first few minutes of the second half. Jovan Stefanov (208-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) lead the winning team with another double-double shooting almost perfect from the field (5:5 for 2pt. and 4:3 for 3pt.). Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) is improving his shape showing that he will be ready for this year's NBA summer league (Viktor was drafted by San Antonio Spurs).
Dinamo 77:84 Energy
Dinamo: Viktor Sanikidze 25 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists; Archil Jgenti 12 points, 5 assists.
Energy: Jovan Stefanov 23 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists; Besik Lezhava 18 points; Giorgi Gamqrelidze 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists.
Michael Bizoukas (185-G-90), who graduated from Munster last year and became the school's only Indiana All-Star last summer, was diagnosed with mononucleosis just before he arrived at DePaul last fall. He is now seeking a medical redshirt from the NCAA after playing in just five games and suffering a relapse.
Feeling better now, the star point guard's emotional lifted up, a couple of weeks ago while talking to his dad, Nick Michael Bizoukas. That's when Michael Bizoukas found out he'd been invited to try out for the FIBA U-20 Greek National team in Athens, Greece, this summer.
'I was totally shocked,' Michael Bizoukas said. 'I wasn't expecting that at all. I just wanted to get back to 100 percent and was only thinking about DePaul and not any other team. But it's a great honour and a blessing.'
The U-20 team will play in an international tournament later this summer in Latvia, and is the team that's sort of considered the stepping stone team to the Greek National team that plays in Olympic competition. Michael Bizoukas is an American citizen, and is 50 percent Greek.
Nick, his dad, is 100 percent Greek. Nick's parents -- and Michael's grandparents, Cleo and George Michael Bizoukas -- live in Highland. All are extremely proud of Michael's latest accomplishment, he said.
'My dad's really proud, but my grandfather is probably the most proud,' Michael Bizoukas said. 'He's really, really happy for me. I think he and my dad are going to go with me to the tryouts.'
That will be in June, and will be Michael Michael Bizoukas' first trip to Greece. He was supposed to go last summer with his grandparents, but had to cancel when he made the Indiana All-Star team. Now, another all-star team is letting him see what he missed.
Other notable college freshmen with Greek heritage who were invited include Ohio State's Kosta Koufos (213-F/C-89) , Florida's Nick Kalathis (200-G-89), Saint Joseph's Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85) (Nick's older brother) and Furman Paladin's, Giorgos Brozos
'We're all extremely proud of him,' Munster head coach Mike Hackett said. 'It's a big honour just to be considered. And I think it's a big pick-me-up. He was real disappointed that he had to take a medical redshirt, so for him to be able to do this, it's exciting for him.'
By Brian Hedger Post-Tribune staff writer
Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) is officially AEK's player. AEK Athens and Head Coach Agelou wanted to sign earlier on this year the successfull American (with European passport) but they couldn't untill today. Darrel played last seazon in Sporting and he was among the top performers in the A2, helping his team to win the first place and the promotion (which never happened due to fianncial reasons)
Ionikos Lamias and Head Coach Branislav Prelevic split ways. After the latest negative results and the fact that there are fewer chances for possible promotion in the A1, Ionikos Lamias decided to split ways with the Greek-Serbian Coach.
Tuesday night in FEB action, Hanzevast Capitals and ZZ Leiden, both teams needing a win to remain in striking distance of their respective playoff positions, both got the job done, with Hanzevast making the return trip to Groningen seem a little shorter, winning over Upstairs Weert 96-90, and ZZ Leiden over Den Helder Seals.
Hanzevast overcame a 70-65 deficit at the end of the 3rd quarter to take control of the game in the 4th quarter, with good ball pressure and bench scoring, not to mention an excellent performance by Niels Meijer (204-F-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy) to win over struggling Upstairs Weert. Meijer had his best scoring output of the season, scoring a season-high 20 pts. Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) led Hanzevast with 21 pts. and 5 assists, with Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.) adding 16. Hanzevast's pressure defense forced Upstairs to cough up the ball 23 times, with a 29-10 bench scoring advantage. Upstairs PG Derek Coleman (180-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Robert Morris) led all scorers with 26 pts. Hanzevast are now 18-13 and move back into 5th place in the FEB, a half-game behind Matrixx Magixx before their Saturday matchup in the Martiniplaza, and only one game behind Eiffel Towers for 3rd place. Meanwhile, the freefall continues for Upstairs, who suffered its sixth straight loss and 10 of last 11.
In Leiden, it was like two wins for ZZ Leiden on Tuesday night, coupled with Upstairs Weert's loss, ZZ did what must be done to remain in the FEB playoff hunt, taking control of the game in the 4th quarter, winning over Den Helder Seals 87-82. Both Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) andSteve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) led ZZ with 22 pts. each, with David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) adding 20 pts. and 14 rebounds. Den Helder Seals, who shot 68.4% FG, were led by game-high scorer J.R. Duffey (201-F/G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) with 31 pts. With the win, ZZ bumps Upstairs temporarily out of playoff position, with a 12-18 record.
The Holland Blast will begin their season at Orchardview Middle School in Muskegon Michigan on Sat, March 15th at 7pm versus the Hidden Gems All Stars. The Holland Blast roster for 2008 will feature the 1-2 punch of Dennis Springs (5'8''-G-82, college: Ferris St.) and Antonio Davis (6'6''-F-82, college: Urbana) among many talented others including mainstay contributers Dominick Melton (6'6''-F, college: Wisc.-Parkside) (2007 All Star) and Duane Bosma (6'9''-C, college: Hope (MI)).
Hidden Gems is a semi-pro team that plays competitive,high pressure basketball against different professional teams and colleges. The Hidden Gems All Stars will be composed of players who are in the market for professional basketball employment. Most have achieved high levels of success in their collegiate careers and also have professional experience at varied levels of play. Other IBL teams and representatives of different organizations are encouraged to be in attendance in order to evaluate the prospective talent.
To access information for attending this spectacular game, go to www.hollandblast.com and go to the schedule which has all the traveling information. Or visit either www.iblhoopsonline.com and go to Holland Blast for specific information on the team or www.leaguelineup.com/hiddengems for more information on the Hidden Gems organization as a whole. Roster Information for The Hidden Gems All Stars:
Tyler Ousley (6'9''-F/C) - All American at Otterbien with bigtime pro potential. Can play any frontcourt position at his height.
Frank Phillips (6'4''-F-84, college: Findlay (OH) - All American on Nationally ranked Findlay. 4yr starter who is apt at 2/3/4. Defensive stopper.
Tony Cornett (6'5''-F/G-84, college: W.Virginia St.) - 2-time All American. Equally effective at 2/3/4. Athletic,competitor fresh from Iceland.
Dwayne McNeal (6'7''-F/C-79) - Versatile Post player from Hampton who can play 4 or 5. Vast,varied pro experience.
Charles Warren (6'1''-PG/SG, college: Findlay (OH) - IBL All Star and star in college. Strong at either backcourt position. Top tier shooter and leader.
Marcus McCants (6'1''-PG/SG) - South Carolina St collegiate athlete with deadly outside touch. Plays 1 or 2 very well. Brother of Ed McCants.
Chris Blakely (6'5''-G/F, college: Mt.Union) - Coach on the floor. Premier defender and high quality all around talent. 1-4 on both sides of the ball.
Marcel Jackson (6'3' PG/SG) - Defensive juggernaut. 6'8' wingspan allows for many steals and quality defensive pressure. Deft mid-range shooter as well.
Sean Ballard (6'6' F) - Frontcourt versatility. Fully capable of defending 2/3/4 and strong at 3/4 on offense. High level defense and intensity.
Henry Brown (5'8' PG) - Cat-quick, strong PG who finsihes well in traffic. 3ball is strong,as is defensive pressure. Penetration is almost at will.
Breidablik has won division 1 and will move directly up to Iceland Express league next season. After team beat Valur last night 64-62 it was clear.
Good coaching job from coach Einar Johannson .
Game was on the line in last second of the game but Runar Ingi Erlingsson made tho freethrow to secure the win.
Top scorers for Breidablik Nemanja Sovic 19. William Coley 15.Halldor Halldorsson scored 7 pts & 17 rebounds for Breidablik.
For Valur Rob Hodgson 12 Alexander Dungal 11. Team did not use Craig Walls well in this game.
Action did not stop with the final whistle of the game between Zain and Orthodox Clubs on Tuesday, as a fight broke out in Zain Club locker room between Orthodox import player Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) and Zain Club player Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85), and it was continued in the parking lot. The two players shoved and pushed during the game and exchanged words and elbows, but were stopped and warned by referees.
The Jordan Basketball Federation stopped the two players until the end of season -
Orthodox players Fadel Najjar and Ghazi Naber who joined in the locker room fight, were also stopped for three games each.
JBF's punishment was welcome by fans and officials who care for the game and its image.
The two teams will meet tomorrow without their punished players, and the team with the deeper bench should win.
Basseterre, St.Kitts (March 4th 2008):-The Wind of Change that has seemingly been blowing through the Caribbean has apparently reached the local sports organizations as two associations in the past 3 weeks have elected new leadership. During last month Juliette Hanley-Liburd was elected as the new president of the St.Kitts Amateur Netball Association. The St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Association did likewise on Tuesday evening when they elected SKABA Icon, James 'Barman' Hanley to his 8th term as president replacing outgoing president Glen Phillip.
Hanley who first served as President in 1982 ran unopposed as the much talked about run-off between Hanley, Vice President Garfeild Alexander and former Vice President Wallis Wilkin never materialized as Wilkin supported a motion that nominations be ceased after Hanley was nominated.
'I am truly humbled once again be elected as President of this Association,' said Hanley. 'My first order of business is to put basketball back at the pinnacle of local sports both in terms of popularity and standard through developing and closely policing a programme which is geared towards ensuring that teams are properly organized ,' the new President continued. The newly elected President went on to say 'The proper organization of teams and the proper development of a youth programme of a high standard will be the two ideals that I will pursue with much urgency.'
The General Meeting also included the Treasurers report as well as the discussion on the proposed start date of the 2008 league which has been tentatively set as April 6th.
James 'Barman' Hanley is synonymous with basketball in the federation of St.Kitts-Nevis. Many of the strides made by the sport, particularly during the 80's were as a result of his efforts. His team the Harmonites Hitters is easily the most successful club team in the region having won the local SKABA championship on 17 occasions as well as many OECS and Leeward Islands Club Titles.
Courtesy of stkittsbasketball.com
In Week 22 of Turkish League the eyes witnessed more than a few tough match ups which will definitely effect the playoff and relegation fights. On Saturday CASA TED grabbed an extremely cruical victory over TTNET Beykoz in a game they took the lead early and never looked back as Jermaine Dearman (203-F-80, college: S.Illinois) rose to the challenge with a season high 22 points and 7 rebounds keeping his team somewhere between the relegation zone and play off bracket on a day Turk Telekom showed no mercy to Alpella on the road and stopped a two game losing streak in the league. Turk Telekom forward Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) was not available but Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) and Kris Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) dominated the paint for the Ankara side with 34 points in total.
City rivals Antalya BSB and Kepez, two newcomers in TBL both snapped up wins this week again and surprisingly becoming a major force in the league since Antalya is on an eight game winning streak making the third place and Kepez is likely to take the last ticket for this season's playoffs. Another stunning result came from Darussafaka-Galatasaray Cafe Crown game on Saturday. Former Galatasaray Cafe Crown coach Halil Uner who was not able to join his Darussafaka due to medical reasons over the last two weeks, came back to shock the contenders and increased Darussafaka's record to 5-17 giving hope to the Greens who are trying to get away from the bottom. The hosts stormed to a 13-0 run in the first quarter and managed to stay in the game although Murat Rifat Kaya (190-G-84) responded to take the lead back. Despite a bad perimeter game Eric Chatfield nailed the money shots once again for his Darussafaka in another critical win.
On Sunday Besiktas Cola Turka had to defeat Efes Pilsen to keep the beermen away from the first place and they made it as expected against a limited Efes rotation missing 'the rebels' who refused to travel to Belgrad last week except Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) who has been forgiven by Efes the management. David Blatt's team fought well and stayed in the game till the last seconds but an extraordinary contribution by Mehmet Yagmur (188-G-87) and a 19-14 last quarter run sealed the deal for Ergin Ataman and his Besiktas Cola Turka who will start a possible playoff series 1-0 over Efes Pilsen since they defeated the Beermen twice in TBL. Former Efes Pilsen big guy Kaya Peker was there to provide the hustle and the muscle for his Besiktas Cola Turka in addition to his 22 points and 9 boards.
In the another critical match up on Sunday a shorthanded Pinar Karsiyaka losing their starting point guard Baris Ermis (194-G-85) to injury, hosted the defending champions Fenerbahce Ulker. The visitors controlled the game in the first half and looked comfortable although they were only up by 1. In the third things were much different compare the first half as Quinton Hosley and his company dominated the entire ten minutes for an incredible 22-4 run that broke Bogdan Tanjevic's heart and also determined the winning side. Hosley had a carrer game both in scoring and rebounding with a nothing but crazy 43 point&19 board effort. This victory tied Karsiyaka's record with Fenerbahce at 14-8. In the last game of Week 22 Oyak Renault found gold in Bandirma by defeating Banvit on the road. In a week their rivals Darussafaka and CASA TED won Oyak Renault had to came up with a road victory like this to take themselves up and push TTNET Beykoz to the bottom.
Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) of Darussafaka
Evren Buker (194-F-85) of Oyak Renault
Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU) of Antalya BSB
Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) of Pinar Karsiyaka
Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) of Besiktas Cola Turka
In a Group E clash of the Euroleague Top 16 round Fenerbahce Ulker hosted Aris TT Bank in Istanbul at Abdi Ipekci Arena. It was a win or go home situation for the visitors as Fenerbahce Ulker was looking forward to improve its record to 3-1 which would probably send them to quarter finals at the end Top 16 round.
Aris started the game with a triple by Dimitris Tsaldaris (196-F-80) and rallied for a 22-15 run slowing down a highly motivated Fenerbahce Ulker playing in a packed arena. In the second quarter the hosts started taking advantage of a dynamic front court especially Omer Faruk Asik (211-C-86) in addition to Semih Erden (211-C-87) who cut the lead to two points before both teams leave for the locker room at the half. In the third Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) was there to keep his team ahead anytime Fenerbahce Ulker tried hard to break away and Massey's back to back baskets made it 50-45 for Aris. Omer Onan (194-G-78, agency: Interperformances) hit two cruical triples to take lead for Fenerbahce for the first time in the game while Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) brought his side back. Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) followed Giorgos Kalaitzis (195-G-76) missed free throws with an and one to tie the score at 59. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) missed the three pointer and Omer Onan sent Jeremiah Massey to the free throw line in a rebound fight. Massey made the first but missed the second and Will Solomon missed a driving shot while Omer Faruk Asik tried to tip the ball in and meanwhile obviously hit by Vladimir Boisa (209-F/C-81, agency: World Sport Agency), tried the second chance but he was too late to score that one as the game came to an end.
Aris grabbed its first win in Group E to stay alive and kept Fenerbahce Ulker who will play a decisive game next week at Rytas, at 2-2. Jeremiah Massey was tough to handle once again and poured in 18 points and 8 rebounds in addition to 2 blocks. On the other hand Fenerbahce's promising center Omer Faruk Asik consoled the hosts with his 13 points, 11 boards and 5 blocks. After the game Fenerbahce Ulker coach Bogdan Tanjevic apologized to fans for the loss while Gordon Herbert went home with another road win in Istanbul.
Fenerbahce Ulker(59): James White 4, Will Solomon 13, Omer Onan 11, Rasim Basak 0, Semih Erden 9, Damir Mrsic 6, Gasper Vidmar 4, Oguz Savas 1, Tarence Kinsey 0, Omer Faruk Asik 13, Emir Preldzic 0
Aris TT Bank(60): Reyshawn Terry 8, Bracey Wright 12, Georgios Kalaitzis 0, Savvas Iliadis 0, Vladimir Boisa 5, Hanno Mottola 9, Jeremiah Massey 18, Lazaros Agadakos 0, Dimitris Tsaldaris 5, Darius Washington 3
(15-22, 32-34, 45-50, 59-60)
Week 18 featured many close games once again as favorites kept winning except Erdemir who lost to Ankara Basket on the road by one thanks to Burak Erol (195-F-88) who had an all around game with 15 points, 7 boards and 4 assists to mix up the leadership race in Group B. On the other hand Harun Erdenay (190-G-68)'s 26 points did not only keep his ITU at the top of Yesilyurt but also took his side one win closer to Erdemir in a week Aliaga secured their place at the top with an easy victory over Golcuk.
In Group A Tofas won harder than expected against Gazi Uni on the road while Sean Morgan Denison (210-F/C-85, agency: TASM, college: Santa Clara) led his team with another double double taking advantage of Vestel's loss at the hands of Usak. Pertevniyal was once again thankful to their skillful guard Lamar Butler (187-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) who exploded with 34 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to keep Izmir Bsb at the bottom.
FMV Isikspor - Eyup: 92-84
Izmir Bsb - Pertevniyal: 80-94
Cukurova Uni - Genc Banvit: 80-92
Usak - Vestel: 90-83
Gazi Uni - Tofas: 79-80
Akcakoca Poyraz - Orman: 77-78
Bursa Basketbol - Duzce Genclik: 84-87
Yesilyurt - TED Istanbul: 78-51
Ankara Basketbol - Erdemir: 77-76
Gelisim - ITU: 89-90
Canakkale - Anadolu Uni: 93-72
Golcuk - Aliaga: 83-118