EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/29/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
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 Cantamessa's offensive foul caused 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.
Following is a comment from Oostende Captain Sebastien Bellin
as far as the game i think it was a great win for Oostende but also for Belgian basketball.
I think we need to give the Mons fans a lot of credit for the atmosphere they created along with the Oostende fans..
it was two very good teams playing in a great atmosphere and you can only take positive from that for the future of basketball here in Belgium..
as far as Oostende is concerned this Cup win completes on of our major goals for this season and
hopefully will generate even more energy for us to complete the last objective we have left this season...
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.
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Pesaro loses at home against Avellino, ending regular season behind Cantu' and Upim: no playoffs for Scavolini. Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) led Avellino in the fourth quarter, when Air took the decisive lead with a 9-2 run in 4 minutes. Green closed with 18, while Pesaro had in Hicks the top scorer (26 with 9/10 from the free throw line). Thanks to Avellino, Cantu' and Bologna improved to seventh and eighth place: Tisettanta prevailed in Rieti (but not as easily as expected), while Bologna managed to win in Milano against Armani Jeans. Joseph Forte (193-G-81, agency: Megasport, college: N.Carolina) impressed scoring 31 points with 4 assists and Milano ended the regular season with the usual, positive Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group): 19 points for Nba prospect. Armani in first round will face Premiata Montegranaro, able to beat Udine at home. Benetton Treviso outscored Teramo but failed to reach 9th place: no chances to play Euroleague next season for the Greens.
1 Montepaschi Siena - 8 Upim Bologna
4 Premiata Montegranaro - 5 Armani Jeans Milano
3 Air Avellino - 6 Pierrel Capo d'Orlando
2 Lottomatica Roma - 7 Tisettanta Cantu'
In front of its fans, America de Pilar took all the three games scheduled, and now leads undefeated the Group B. Metropolitan champions of Sol de America are undefeated in Group A. The National League will come back in action on MAy 2, when the Group A will concentrate in Encarnacion and the Group B will travel to Asuncion for anoother 'thre nights round robin'. The complete results of the first two National League round robins are as follows:
Sol de America - Estrellas del Este 83-70
Felix Perez Cardozo - Sacachispas 83-79
Sacachispas - Estrellas del Este 85-73
Sol de America - Felix Perez Cardozo 96-76
Felix Perez Cardozo - Estrellas del Este 84-64
Sol de America - Sacachispas 86-83
1. Sol de America 3-0
2. FPC 2-1
3. Sacachispas 1-2
4. Estrelas del Este 0-3
Libertad - Gigantes del Norte 69-53
America - Dep.San Jose 84-70
America - Gigantes del Norte 102-81
Libertad - Dep.San Jose 85-83
America - Libertad 93-82
Dep.San Jose - Gigantes del Norte 77-74
1. America 3-0
2. Libertad 2-1
3. Dep.San Jose 1-2
4. Gigantes 0-3
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In Spain, Unicaja Malaga won against Joventut Badalona 92-64, Daniel Santiago played 21 minutes with 13 points (6/8 2pts, 1/2 FT) with 9 rebounds and 1 steal.
In Turkey, Besiktas won against TED Koleji 95-9, 'The Wizard' Rick Apodaca scored 5 pts (1/5 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 3/4 FT) in 17 minutes. Besiktas ended the turkish regular season with a 24-6 standings and Besiktas is the first team of the Turkish Liga. In the Play-offs Besiktas will play with the 8th team, Banvitspor (1-0).
In Germany, Paderborn won against Bremerhaven 89-75, Nathan Peavy played a good game with 12 points (3/9 2pts, 1/3 3pts, 3/5 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks.
In Bosnia, Siroki won a difficult game against Zrinjski Mik 91-86. Sharif Fajardo was the MVP of the game with 18 points. Siroki has now a 4-1 standings in the Bosnia League.
In Italy, Caserta was defeated by Jesi 75-84, for Guillermo Diaz 25 minutes with 9 points (3/5 2pts, 3/4 FT)+2 rebs,2 steals and also 3 turnovers. Caserta ended the Italian Second Division with a 20-10 standings. Caserta classified 2nd and the team of 'our boricua' Guillermito will play against Rimini in the Italian Play-offs.
In Poland Turow qualified for the Semifinals and the team of Andres Rodriguez will play against Slask Wroclaw.
In Puerto Rico, Santurce defeated Bayamon 92-76, with this victory Santurce has a 15-11 standings and Los Cangrejeros are back in the race for the first place in the Metro Division. MVP of the game was 'El Jefe' Larry Ayuso with 20 points, He had bad percentage but with his leadership and garra Santurce could conquer Bayamon.
Guaynabo won against Fajardo 89-85 with a great game of Carmelo Lee 23 points and a great intensity in defense.
Carolina was defeated by Humacao 92-105. MVP of the game Isiah Victor with 33 points. Roderick Riley, the new american of Humacao, scored 4 points (in three games with Humacao 8.9 ppg). Riley is an american center who played a lot in the US Minors with Bakersfield Jam and Fayetteville Patriots in D-League
C= Carmona 24, Rivera 21, Ere 19, Reyes 13, Hiraldo 4, Brown 4, Cruz 4, Villafane 3, Rosa 0
H= Victor 33, Guzman 27, Nieves 21, R. Sanchez 9, K. Sanchez 5, Ayala 4, Riley 4, Malpica 2
F= Beard 25, Rivera 20, Agbai 16, Hamilton 11, Mojica 4, Quintero 3, Gonzalez 2, Salgado 2, Pellot Rosa 2, Colon 0
G= Shannon 24, Lee 23, Escalera 14, Martinez 14 (11 rebs), Latimer 9, Sheppard 5, K. Sanchez 0
S= Ayuso 20, Dalmau 17, Watson 16, Falcon 15, Traylor 12, Berdiel 10, R. Dalmau 2, Melendez 0, Narvaez 0, Rivera 0, E. Santiago 0, Rivas 0
B= Guevara 29, Perez 16, Benson 8 (14 rebs), Vega 7, Valencia 5, Lopez 4, Hinson 3, Western 2, Morales 0, Valenzuela 0
Bristal and Fribourg both collected much needed victories in their semifinal series this weekend. Birstal defeated Lugano at home in a thrilling game that took an extra period to decide the outcome. After being defeated on the road in Lugano in game 1, the Starwings fought Lugano each quarter Saturday, as the score was tied at the half 37-37, and at the end of regulation, 71-71. It wasn't unitl the overtime period that Birstal pulled away, outscoring Lugano 14-9 and winning the game with a final score of 85-76! Jared McCurry led the Starwings with 24 points follwed by Sheray Thomas' 22. Lugano was led by sharpshooter Dusan Mladjan who scored 29 points in the loss.
In the other semifinal game on Sunday Fribourg absolutely embarrased Vacallo on the road, as the Swiss champs won 89-51. At the half Frbourg only led by 8 points, but came out in the third quarter and showed their defensive prowess as the only allowed 5 points in the first 6 mintues of the quarter. After getting the game 1 upset of Fribourg, Vacallo seemed to be going right where they left off last game as the took an early lead in the 1st quarter. But that was the last time Vacallo would even get close to Fribourg as the rest of the game was a cruise for the champs. Fribourg had 5 players in double figures led by Pascal Perrier-David, who rebounded from his awful 0-10 game 1 shooting performance. Vacallo was led by Ricky Gibson who tallied 15 points.
Fribourg: Pascal Perrier-David- 21 points Tresor Quidome- 14 Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78, college: Bowling Green)- 12 Harold Mrazek -12 Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, agency: Octagon, college: TCU) 11 points 6 rebounds
Vacallo: Ricky Gibson (191-G-84, college: Stillman)- 15 points Martin Mihajlovic (208-C-81)- 10
Virgin Islanders invading Caribbean professional leagues.
A grand total of seven (7) Virgin Islanders are presently playing in Latin America Countries. Carl Krauser (188-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) recently signed with Guayana Giants of the Venezuelan professional league (LPB). Krauser arrived in the oil rich country on Saturday and is scheduled to play his first game on Wednesday.
Krauser has played in the CBA with the Pittsburgh Xplosion and in Puerto Rico with Mayaguez Indians before moving on to South America.
Three national team members presently call Puerto Rico home. Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville), who is having one of his best seasons ever, is averaging 16 points for the Guaynabo Conquistadors (15-13). Guaynabo sits in fifth place in the metro division.
Ja Ja Richards (207-C-75, agency: EM-PA, college: Loyola, IL) suits up for Humacao Grises (16-11). Richards is out with a foot injury and should be back with the team any day now. Grises are in second place in the metro division
Jameel Heywood (198-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Oklahoma) recently joined Ponce Lions after a six month stint with Lanus Club of Argentina. Heywood had 11 points and six boards in his last game, a win for the Lions (12-15). The Lions are in fourth place in the Island Division.
Last but not least, three more players are calling Dominican Republic home. Carl Thomas (200-F-76, college: Charleston) is playing with Jose Horacio and Ramel Lloyd (193-G-78, college: Long Beach St.) plays for San Sebastian of the XV Torneo de Baloncesto Superior de Moca.
Thomas had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead Jose Horacio (4-3) to a tough win over Don Bosco, 79-72, Sunday night.
In the first game of the night, La Cancha held off San Sebastian, 90-86. San Sebastian fell to 2-4 on the season.
Darnell Miller (195-G-82, college: W.Georgia) has lead Cupes to the finals of the XXVIII Torneo de Baloncesto Superior de Santiago. Cupes promptly lost to GUG, 71-93, at the Dr. Oscar Gobaira Arena in Santiago. Miller had 16 points in the loss and took a punch from Winston Tepo Muoz. Munoz will be suspended for game two.
Miller is having a great tourney and was named player of the week in the second week of play and received Nicander Perez Bohemian Beer plaque and gifts from Dominican National Brewery, Benches and Nave Group Malla.
Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.) continues to play great basketball. CAI Zaragoza has won their 11th straight game in dominating fashion. Zaragoza roughed up Fundacio Basquetinca.com, 89-64, in the Spanish LEB Gold Division play. Victor played only 25 minutes and scoreed 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists.
Zaragoza (26-5) have been playing the best basketball in the LEB and is on pace to ascend to one of the premiere leagues in all of Europe, ACB next season. Raja Bell had a brief stint in the ACB with Real Madrid before joining the Utah Jazz.
Rhymer leaves Hanzevast
The governing board of Hanzevast Capitals after exhaustive consultation with coach PEP Claros has decided to end their contract with Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Massachusetts). Rhymer was unable to train with the team for the past ten days due to injury. With the series versus the Matrixx tied at one game a piece and the team in need of a big man. Hanzevast refused to give Rhymer the ' letter or clearance', which implies that he cant play for another team until the season for Capitals ends. The Capitals was one of the favorites to win the Dutch Eredivise.
Omari Peterkin (204-F/C-83, college: Boston U.) first year as a professional came to an end as Vagos eliminated Lusitania three games to two in the first round of the UZO league.
Peterkin had a good initial season and was named to the all star team. The 6-foot-8 post averaged 11 points and 8.8 rebounds in 16 regular season games. He averaged 10 points and 7.4 boards in the playoffs.
Digibu Baskets Paderborn exploded to a 30-13 lead after first frame on their way to a quality 89-75 home win over playoff bound Eisbaren Bremerhaven Saturday night in Bundesliga play. Leading 45-31,
Jason Edwin had 10 points for
Third-ranked Slask needed four games to get past Reggie Freeman (198-G/F-75, college: Texas) and Atlas Stal Ostrow of the Polish DBE. Slask put on a strong performance in the fourth encounter and prevailed in the series, 3-1. The visitors relied mainly on the first and fourth periods, winning them 52--37. It was just enough for Slask to move on to the semifinals.
As Suns guard Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) approached his locker following Sunday's 105-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, he paused to look at the large media contingent waiting for him then softly dropped a one-liner.
'This is the most action I've seen since I clotheslined Kobe (Bryant),' he said referring to his infamous takedown during the 2006 postseason.
The attention was warranted after Bell delivered another knockout performance in Game 4. After scoring just 27 points in the first three games combined, Bell matched that total Sunday to lead the Suns' desperation charge.
Bell's first seven points, which came consecutively, were the most important. After Phoenix, in need of a quick start, missed its first three shots, Bell nailed a 3 off an inbounds play and hit his next two shots as well to key the Suns' 11-1 start.
'I made a commitment to be a little bit more aggressive,' said Bell, who was 8-for-11 from the field, 5-for-7 from 3-point range.
'It wasn't really until I put that ball inbounds and decided not to run the play and just come off and shoot it that I made that decision.'
Bell doubled his first-quarter output in the second, scoring 14 points while making all three of his field-goal attempts and all six of his free throws.
'Raja was fantastic tonight,' guard Steve Nash said. 'He was making shots and his passion and aggressiveness was contagious.'
Phoenix is 12-0 when Bell scores at least 20 points this season.
'I felt it was needed,' said Bell, who had 14 points in Game 1, but just eight in Game 2 and five in Game 3. 'Sometimes you have a feeling that your team might need something that night. ...
'It's one of those things that offensively against them we run sets that I wind up in the corner a lot. Sometimes I feel like Tony (Parker) and guys who are on me get a free pass. They get to stand over there and watch. That's OK, but tonight in a game where we're down 0-3, we got nothing to lose. I might as well come off and try to help offensively.'
While Bell did almost all of his damage in the first half, he also delivered late.
With mostly reserves on the floor in the fourth quarter, Phoenix's lead shrunk from 32 to 21 so coach Mike D'Antoni was forced to bring Bell back into the game. He responded with a 3 from the corner to end a 5-minute, 15-second scoring drought.
It was Phoenix's only field goal in the final 9:28.
'Raja's a warrior, he always has been,' D'Antoni said.
Matt Paulson, Tribune
Gatos de Monagas puts a check point, helped for their best cats as Alejandro Flores (201-F,college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) and Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: Mc Clennan CC) pull over the Blue Express.
Alejandro Flores made 27 points and catches 16 rebounds to stop Trotamundos de Carabobo.
Gatos and Trotamundos are leaders of the classification, first and second spot. The first month of tournament is gone, Gatos as well as Trotamundos have been trying to keep the leadership.
Gatos defeat Trotamundos 98 - 93.
Today(03/31/2008) they are facing once again to finally define which team is taking the leadership... so far.
Bnot Hsahron- Ramla 69:81
Jackie Johnson 2 pts
Laine Selwyn 2points.
Shay Doron 20 pts
Sherill Baker 22 pts
Michelle Snow 18 pts,
For Raanana Hertzeliya:
Abiola Wabara 13 points.
Tanisha Wright 20 points
Mistie Williams 11 pts,.
Ornit Shwartz 8 points.
Katia Levitzky4 pts
The next game will be at Ramla home court..its 2:1.. and Ramla is only one game from winning the champion..