EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/27/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
* Group C:
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 106 - Al Kahraba Electricity (IRQ) 88 (Qs: 42-20, 70-44, 94-65 & 106-88)
# Best performance:
- Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut:
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) (33 pts, 6 ast)
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) (20 pts, 11 reb, 8 ast, 7 stl!!!)
Ace Custis (202-F-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Virginia Tech) (16 pts, 5 ast)
- Al Kahraba Electricity:
Nedal Ghanem (21 pts, 4 ast, 4 stl)
Ahmad Hamzeh (18 pts, 2 ast)
Orthodox (JOR) 91 - Al Manama (BHR) 79 (Qs: 29-24, 55-48, 72-71 & 91-79)
# Best performance:
Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason) (28 pts, 3 stl, 7 reb)
Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) (18 pts, 12 reb)
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) (18 pts, 6 ast)
- Al Manama:
Albert Mouring (191-G-79, college: Connecticut) (28 pts, 5 ast, 4 stl)
Abdulla Kutaiba (197-F/G-80) (18 pts, 9 reb)
* Group D:
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (LEB) 105 - As Seeb (OMA) 59 (Qs: 30-11, 46-30, 76-41 & 105-59)
# Best performance:
- Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut:
Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) (20 pts, 3 ast, 4 stl)
Sabah Khoury (196-G-82) (18 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl)
Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) (17 pts, 4 ast)
- As Seeb:
John Amondy (13 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast)
Neslon N'Gao (16 pts, 3 ast, 3 stl)
# Day 5 - 21st Arab Clubs Championship:
- Sunday 27th of April:
14:00 An Nasr (LIB) - De La Salle
16:00 Al Ittihad - Fes
18:00 Zain - Qatar
20:00 An Nasr (UAE) - Al Tilal
Telindus Oostende beat Dexia Mons-Hainaut 66-63 to win its 11th Cup of Belgium.
The game could not have started any better for Oostende who took a 5-17 lead at the 6 minute mark. Bree then placed a 0-9 run to close the game to 3pts on 2ft's by Ben Ebong.
That 3 pt gap stayed on the scoreboard at the end of the first Q (17-20).
Oostende was not able to keep control of the score and slowly Mons fought its way back into the lead at the end of the 2nd quarter when Jim Cantamessa made a 3pt shot to give him team the lead at the half 35-33.
Things went from bad to worse when Mons opened the 3rd quarter with 2 more 3pointers made by Lenzly and Gray giving them their biggest lead of the game so far at 41-33. After Van Rossom and Petrovic narrowed the gap to 2 pts it was Greg Brunners moment to help his team reclaim the lead with a dunk and a 3pointer he gave Oostende a 43-46 lead with under 3 minutes to go in quarter 3. Of course this would not be a cup game if Mons was going to give up this late in the game and thanks to free throws by Evans, Reinking and Cantamessa they got even with Oostende in the 29th minute before Chuck Davis scored a free throw of his own to give his team a 1pt lead going into the final 10 minutes.
Oostende took the better start in the last quarter and took a 49-55 lead on scored by Van Rossom and Ivory. Titus Ivory's last score was followed by layups by Evans and Sullivan before he again with a 3pt shot gave Oostende another 5 pt lead (53-58) at the 35 minute point. Just when it seems Mons was about to lose control of the game they bounced back thanks to scores by Gray and Conlan who tied the game at 61 and 2 minutes to go. Mons even took the lead again in the final minutes on 2 ft's by Ben Ebong but once again it was Titus Ivory who got his team back on the right track with a 3pt shot made giving them a small 63-64 lead. Maybe more important than the score was the steal by Veselin Petrovic to give Oostende possession of the ball in the final moments of the game. After an Oostende time-out Mons had no option but to foul an Oostende player. Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) was perfect from the line and gave Oostende a 63-66 lead in the closing seconds. Travis Conlan missed the final layup and Oostende came away with a hard-fought Belgian Cup win at the Spiroudome in Charleroi.
In a comment to Eurobasket coach Sharon Drucker said that teamwork and sacrifice were the keys to this win. He also added to be proud that his team brought the Cup back to Oostende after 7 years.
Mons : Ben Ebong 8, Justin Gray 13, Travis Conlan 6, Andrew Sullivan 7, Mike Lenzly 14, George Evans 4, Nate Reinking 4, Jim Cantamessa 7, Jim Potter 0.
Oostende : Titus Ivory 9, Veselin Petrovic 8, Jerry Green 15, Chuck Davis 7, Sam Van Rossom 11, Elvir Ovcina 4, Chris McCray 2, Greg Brunner 10, Sebastien Bellin 0.
Last weekend, games continued in the BECOL Tournament featuring a number of games in the different divisions. Friday night, in the U-20 game Hydro Power (3-2) defeated Young Stars (2-4) in a close match 35 - 33. For Hydro Power Jerome Lepp Garcia scored 10 pts and 2 steals. In a losing effort, Abel Simpson scored 9 pts, 2 rebs and Regis Morris 8 pts. In the Over 35, Hydro Power lost again this time to Benque Rockers by 55 46. Maino Skull Bevans scored a double double with 22 pts, 11 rebs, 3 steals, Kirk Peppa Jones, 16 pts, 6 rebs and Edgar Garrido 8 pts. In a losing effort, Steven Usher scored 29 pts, 3 rebs while Gerald Usher 10 pts and 4 rebs.
In the Senior division, Belize Bank Diamonds (5-1) played for the top seed against Christ for Life (4-2) and it was Belize Bank who came out with the victory by 52 - 35. Lester Cadle (188-G-80) scored a double double, 19 pts, 12 rebs, 2 assists and 2 blocks, Emerson King 9 pts, 2 steals and Micheal Martinez 8 pts and 7 rebs. In a losing effort, Jamie Bug Gentle scored 9 pts.
Saturday night, in the U-17 division, L. A. Tigers (4-0) beat Wolves (0-4) 50 - 28. for the Tigers, Zamir Gramox Usher scored 11 pts, Elvis Zui Usher Jr., 10 pts, 7 rebs, 2 blocks while Shelton O Defour Jr., 9 pts and 6 rebs. In a losing effort, Amir Westby scored 8 pts, 7 rebs and Gian Zetina 6 pts.
In the U-20 division, West Side (3-3) obtained their third victory in a row after defeating Cayo Ballers (0-4) by a crushing margin of 61 31. For West Side, Evan Brown scored 14 pts, 7 rebs, Cesar Castellanos 14 pts, 3 rebs, Jose Luis Pech 8 rebs, 5 rebs and 2 steals. In a losing effort, Shimeon Simpson scored 13 pts, 2 rebs while Dudley Smith 8 pts, 6 rebs and 2 steals.
In the Senior Division, E-Three Stars obtained an easy victory when Spartans was unable to field a team on time, so they lost by forfeit.
Games for this coming weekend. First game starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. This is the last weekend for regular season, as the playoff kicks off on May 2nd.
Game 1(U 20) Cayo Ballers vs. St. Ignatius High School
Game 2(Srs.) - Spartans vs. Patriots
Game 3(O - 35) - Hydro Power vs. ICB Veterans
Game 1(U 20) Hydro Power vs. Cayo Ballers
Game 2(O - 35) - Belmopan Bandits vs. Esperanza Veterans
Centro-Sur North Standings|
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Etzella 70 - Sparta 74
After a poor start, Nelson DelGado brought Etzella back into the game and had his team looking like it would finally break Sparta's spirit as well as their winning streak, up by 5 points at the break and going up by as many as 11 pointsearly in the third quarter. Then Etzella could only put 10 points on the board in the final stanza mostly due to Sparta's defensive efforts. Zohrab Ziai, Christian Wulff and Larrie Smith all hit key shots from the perimeter to help the Red and White of Bertrange to its 7th straight win with the Final four so close ahead.
Etzella's Tim Giver could not find the center of the rim from the field, where he went 1 for 6 from 2 point and 3 point range and scoring just 7 points but added 6 assists and 2 steals. Nelson DelGado led all scorers with 23 points. Marcus Kennedy also had a nice game with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Cedric Schroeder had a double-double of his own with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Larrie Smith and Co. had nice balance in scoring throughout the game. Smith scored 22 points and took 11 rebounds to lead the way, followed by Sohrab Ziai with 19 points. Pit Hoffmann also added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Looking closely at the statistics, you can see that this game was won by Sparta from the free throw line where they capitalized on 15 of 25 shots. Sparta was only called for 12 fouls during the entire match, allowing Etzella to shoot only 7 free throws. Etzella made them all.
Sparta will fine tune for the semi-finals, playing at Contern, on Saturday, April 26th at 8:30pm. Etzella must win at Amicale to finish second or third for the final four. If they lose, they will have to face Sparta in the semi-finals.
Etzella: 28 field goals, 7 three pointers, 7 for 7 free throws, 32 rebounds, 24 fouls and 7 turnovers.
J. DelGado 4, N. DelGado 23. Giver 7, Schroeder 10, Kennedy 22, also Garganese, Ittenbach and Kerger 4.
Sparta: 57 field goals, 7 three pointers, 15 for 25 free throws, 32 rebounds, 12 fouls and 16 turnovers.
Smith 22, Ziai 19, Hoffmann 11, Wulff 8, Baustert 7, also Palumbo 5, Wolzfeld 2 and Evans.
Score by quarters: 1st Q 23-25, Halftime 42-43, 3rd Q 60-55, Final 70-74
Musel Pikes 80 - Contern 65
Contern, coming off a huge win over Etzella last weekend, cound not find its form away from home and struggled against a hot shooting Musel Pikes team. coach Fank Baum gave the green light as Musel Pikes shot 30 three pointers in the match making good on nearly half of them. Samy Picard hit 6 of 13 from behind the arc and finished with a game high 27 points. Chris Braier had one of his better games with a huge double-double notching 21 points and 11 rebounds. Guy Schmit added 15 and Laurent Schwartz 10 for the winners from the Moselle River Valley. For Contern, it was brick city as they could only manage to sink 2 of 14 from the 3 point arc, but they were magnificent from the charity stripe where they went 19 for 20. Dave Mallon stepped it up big time with 25 points and 19 big rebounds. Only Eric Jeitz cound manage double figures in scoring with 12. Gilles Becker and Yves Braun were held to 8 points each. With a win against Rsidence this coming Saturday, Musel Pikes(16-11) will finish in third place ahead of either Etzella of Amicale and find itself playing one of those two teams in the semi finals of the DBBL's final four. Contern(11-16) will host Sparta(20-7) to end their season in 5th place.
Musel Pikes: 31 field goals, 12 three pointers, 6 for 10 free throws, 33 rebounds, 16 fouls and 15 turnovers
Schwartz 10, Picard 27, Braier 21, Kirch 7, G. Schmit 15, also Schmitz, and Dentzer.
Contern: 22 field goals 2 three pointers, 19 for 20 free throws, 40 rebounds, 17 fouls and 16 turnovers.
Mallon 25, Jeitz 12, Braun 8, Becker 8, Bissener 6, also Donnersbach 6, Kafer and Herber.
Score by quarters: 1st Q 11-16, Halftime 41-26, 3rd Q 58-51, Final 80-65
Rsidence 52 - Amicale 101
Rsidence: 15 field goals, 2 three pointers, 20 for 25 free throws, 29 rebounds, 18 fouls and 21 turnovers
Felten 17, F. Mangen 12, Julien 10, Abdiu 9, Kayser 4, Torres, also Bichel, Ludwig and Schmit
Amicale:(no stats available)
Schartz 4, Depree 30, Ney 18, Scholtes 13, Jones 13, also Birenbaum 12, Gillardin 2, d,Angelo and Steinmetz
Score by quarters: 1st Q 19-24, Halftime 29-42, 3rd Q 39-69, Final 52-101
Final four standings:
1 Sparta 20 7 31.50
2 Amicale 16 11 29.50
3 Etzella 19 8 29.50
4 Musel Pikes 16 11 29
Amicale 69 - Musel Pikes 66
Amicale outplayed Musel Pikes enough in the first half to take a 13 point lead into the locker room with them. Good thing because it was mostly Pikes who controlled in the second half winning the final 2 quarters by 5 points, 25-30. Musel Pikes ran out of time and Amicale hung on for the win. Travis Depree had a monster of a game for the home squad scoring 18 points and taking 20 big rebounds. The American also had 2 assists, blocked 4 shots and had 6 steals. Christopher Jones had 16 and Christian Schartz 11 points and 7 assists in this low scoring affair. Samy Picard shared scoring honours with Guy Schmit for Musel Pikes with 24 points each. Musel Pikes' import Christopher Braier had another low scoring game with only 9 points but he took 13 rebounds and 3 steals. With the loss, Musel Pikes drop to the the fourth position in the playoffs just half of a point behind Amicale. Both teams have 15-11 win/loss records. Amicale will play at Residence this weekend on Saturday, April 19th at 8:30pm. Musel Pikes will entertain Contern on Sunday, April 20th in Remich at 6:00pm. Although both teams are in for the final four, they are still fighting for a 3rd or 4th place title group finish and a higher positon for the final four.
Amicale: 27 field goals, 8 three pointers, 7 for 13 free throws, 31 rebounds, 17 steals and 14 turnovers
Schartz 11, Scholtes 9, Depree 18, Jones 16, Ney 8, also Birenbaum 7, Dangelo, Kartheiser and Rausch.
Musel Pikes: 22 field goals, 11 three poiters, 11 for 19 free throws, 30 rebounds, 15 fouls and 13 turnovers
G. Schmit 24, Picard 24, Braier 9, Dentzer 5, Schwartz , also Schmitz 4 and C. Schmit.
Score by quarters: 1st Q 20-10, Halftime 44-31, 3rd Q 55-50, Final 69-66
Al Rayyan overcame a sluggish start to their GCC campaign to register a 96-60 victory over Al Nizwa of Oman in the late game on opening night. Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) led a balanced Al Rayyan attack with 19 points, while Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80) and Saleem Abdullah Mohammed (202-C-82) had 13 a piece. Rayyan hopes the victory is a sign of things to come as they look to defend the crown they won in Saudi Arabia last year.
In the other matches earlier tonight, Al Wasl of the UAE beat Al Ahli Manama of Bahrain 79-69, and Al Qadsia of Kuwait defeated Al Ansar of Saudi 84-73.
Al Arabi Club of Qatar, who were playing without their star player Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) due to injury, defeated Al Arabi of Kuwait 93-78. Al Arabi (Qatar) had a great shooting night, going 56 % from the field, 50 % from beyond the arc, and 75 % from the free-throw line. Lamar Grimes (182-G-83, college: Indiana St.), replacing Watson, led Al Arabi (Qatar) with an almost flawless game, scoring 23 points to go along with 8 assists and 2 steals. Khalid Masoud Al Nasr (175-G-80) chipped in with 17 going 5-7 (75%) from 3 point range, while Mohammed Salah had 16, and Baker Ahmad Mohammed (198-F-86) recorded a double double, scoring 12 and grabbing 13 rebounds. J Asmer scored 16 points and had 13 boards, to lead Al Arabi (Kuwait) in a losing effort.
In the nights other games, Al Rayyan (Qatar) were given a scare by Al Ansar (Saudi) before a big 4th quarter run blew the game open, securing their place in the final 4. Al Ansar went into the break up 34-33, and were only trailing by 4 (46-50) entering the 4th, but Al Rayyan started the 4th quarter with a 13-0 run, and never looked back as they recorded a 72-55 victory. Rayyan were again led by Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) who scored 18 points, while Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80) was 1 rebound shy of registering a double double, scoring 14 points and adding 9 rebounds. However, it was Saad Abdulrahman Ali's (194-F-85) hot shooting down the stretch, hitting 3 key treys, and scoring 13 of his 15 points in the decisive 4th quarter, that put the game out of reach for Al Ansar. Akeem Wright (198-G-84, college: Kansas St.) led Al Ansar with 15 points and 9 rebounds. The last game of the night had Al Qadsia handily beating Al-Nizwa 80-54, in a game thar was never in doubt. J Williams, who sat most of the 2nd and 4th quarters, led Al Qadsia with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Wayne Houston (206-G/F-73, college: S.Indiana) scored 31 points, a night after scoring 29 points for a undermanned Al-Nizwa team. With the victory, Al Qadsia also booked their place in the last 4.
Al Wasl (UAE) vs Al Arabi (Kuwait) (1600 KSA)
Al Arabi Club (Qatar) vs Al Ahli Manama (Bahrain) (1800 KSA)
Al Rayyan (Qatar) vs Al Qadsia (Kuwait) (2000 KSA)
The signing of Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) paid off right away. After losing out in the League to Qatar Army (Jaysh), Al Rayyan signed Parmer to help them get back on top. Well, after claiming both the Heir Apparent and King's (Emir's) Cups over the last month, he did just that.
Emir's Cup Final
Al Rayyan 86 - 71 Qatar Club
Coming into this game Rayyan knew that if they did not contain Qatar's dynamic 3 it would be a long night. So Rayyan came out and used various defences to contain the one-on-one ability of Qatar's trio. Qatar was able to rely on Daoud Musa (193-G-82), A.J. and Musa in the first half to stay in the game, but the team was unable to do much of anything in the 3rd quarter and dug themselves into a deep hole. Down by 17 to start the 4th, Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Minnesota) was finally able to break free, which led to a run that saw the deficit shrink to 4 points, and with Parmer in foul trouble after picking up his 4th, it looked like the game was turning in Qatar's favour. They couldn't however, bait him in to his 5th, and Parmer was able to stay in the game to give Rayyan the extra punch they needed in the closing minutes. They made a few key free throws down the stretch, and a dagger of a 3-pointer by Saleem Abdullah Mohammed (202-C-82) with under 3 minutes left saw the lead balloon back to 10 points and that was it. The nail was in the coffin.
Al Rayyan: Yaseen Ismail 20, Omar Abdgader Salem 20, Marlon Parmer 11
Qatar Sports: Daoud Musa 23, Maurice Hargrow 18, Musa 12
Al Rayyan and Al-Arabi will represent Qatar at the GCC Championships that will take place in Doha at Gharrafa Stadium starting on the 24th of April. Qatar Sports Club will be off to Jordan next week, representing Qatar at the Arab Club Championships. Best of luck to all 3 of them.
Game analysis courtesy of the Professor of Roundball, Luqman Williams
Latvian Woman`s Basketball League
For 3.place. Second game (best of five)
Avantis/Turiba - Liepajas metalurgs 69-64 (20-20; 18-20; 17-12; 14-12), series 2-1
Vorma 18, Ieva Vitola (189-C-85) 16+9reb, D.Zarina 12+6reb; Niedola 19+17reb, Zuzane 13, Nazarova 13, Cirsa 10
Liepajas metalurgs - Avantis/Turiba 71-65 (17-12; 19-8; 20-27; 15-18), series 2-2
Nazarova 20, Niedola 19+17reb; Eibele 30, Ieva Vitola 11+8reb, Lapsina 10
Avantis/Turiba - Liepajas metalurgs 66-57 (17-13; 14-11; 15-12; 20-21), series 3-2
Ieva Vitola 14+8reb, Lapsina 13, Veinberga 11+6reb, Eibele 10+6reb, Horelika 10; Niedola 15+20reb, Nazarova 14+6reb, Cirsa 10
The draw for Olympic basketball tournament in Beijing was held today in China. The tournament will take place in Beijing from 9th through 24th of August. The participating teams were drawn into two groups comprising 6 of them apiece. Five spots are yet to be taken as 12 teams will fight for the available tickets during the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament in Madrid from the 9th to 15th of June 2008. The participating sides will be Fiji, Czech Republic, Spain, Belarus, Latvia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Senegal and Angola. So five best squads will join two preliminary groups in Beijing.
Group A: Australia, Korea, Russia, Qualifier A, Qualifier B and Qualifier C
Group B: China, Mali, New Zealand, Qualifier D and Qualifier E.
Four teams of each group will advance to the quarterfinal stage. Here is the schedule for the preliminary round:
9th August 2008:
Game 1: Qualifier A vs. Korea
Game 2: Russia vs. Qualifier B
Game 3: Qualifier C vs. Australia
Game 4: Qualifier E vs. China
Game 5: USA vs. Qualifier D
Game 6: Mali vs. New Zealand
11th August 2008:
Game 13: Korea vs. Russia
Game 14: Australia vs. Qualifier A
Game 15: Qualifier B vs. Qualifier C
Game 16: China vs. USA
Game 17: New Zealand vs. Qualifier E
Game 18: Qualifier D vs. Mali
13th August 2008:
Game 25: Australia vs. Korea
Game 26: Qualifier C vs. Russia
Game 27: Qualifier A vs. Qualifier B
Game 28: New Zealand vs. China
Game 29: Mali vs. USA
Game 30: Qualifier E vs. Qualifier D
15th August 2008:
Game 37: Korea vs. Qualifier C
Game 38: Qualifier B vs. Australia
Game 39: Russia vs. Qualifier A
Game 40: China vs. Mali
Game 41: Qualifier D vs. New Zealand
Game 42: USA vs. Qualifier E
17th August 2008:
Game 49: Qualifier B vs. Korea
Game 50: Qualifier A vs. Qualifier C
Game 51: Australia vs. Russia
Game 52: Qualifier D vs. China
Game 53: Qualifier E vs. Mali
Game 54 : New Zealand vs. USA