EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/4/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Round 1 (played 2008-03-15 and 16)
Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. BBC Falco Ghent 87-68
Falco Ghent was leading at the half: 40-44. Sint-Jan, led by Nick Verrept (19), Witse Van Schil (18) and Jochen Ceyssens (18), had an excellent fourth quarter and finally won the game. Thomas Foucart (191-G-84), who recently signed with Okapi Aalstar for next season, was the best scorer for his current team with 19 points.
BT Power Liefmans vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 114-113
A real thrilling Flemish derby in Wevelgem. Steve Robeyst (38 points) was unstoppable for the hosts who finally won the game after four OTs. Tom Van de Keere (25) and Angelo Flanders (23) were also very present offensively for BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem. Jorn Steinbach (25), Bart Cleymans (25) and Wouter Dewilde (24) were the best scorers for BS Waregem.
Score evolution: 24-18, 49-35, 66-58, 85-85, 90-90, 96-96, 107-107 and finally 114-113.
Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden vs. CEP Fleurus 67-81
Nice win for the visitors with Stephen Tison (176-G-84) as leading scorer in this game (19 points). Special mention also to Sam Semijejero (196-F/C-77) who grabbed 13 rebounds. Former NT player Herbert Baert (202-F-75) scored 16 points for Sint-Truiden.
Kangoeroes Willebroek vs. BBC Boom 79-71
Score evolution: 13-14, 33-30, 62-43 and 79-71.
Despite a nice fourth quarter by the visitors, Kangoeroes kept the lead until the final buzzer. Dave d'Haens (18) finished the game as best scorer for the hometeam.
Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 88-83
The arrival of US guard James Wade (180-G-75, college: Kennesaw St.) a few weeks ago seemed to be very helpful for Royal Alsec Nivelles. Short but nice win for the hometeam.
BC Ninane vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 89-96
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 14-29, 37-46, 63-70 and 89-96.
Round 2 (played on 2008-03-28, 29 and 30)
BBC Falco Ghent vs. BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem 65-68
The visitors had an excellent first quarter. They kept the lead at the half: 33-39. Falco came back in the third quarter but Wevelgem, led by Angelo Flanders (20), finished stronger.
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Sint-Jan Antwerpen 86-98
Thomas Van De Vondel (27) and Witse Van Schil (25) were the top-scorers for the winning visitors.
BBC Boom vs. Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden 96-72
BBC Boom was already leading by 26 at the half and never left any chance to their guests. Kenny Van Wert (206-C-82) was very efficient for the hometeam (31 points and 16 rebounds).
CEP Fleurus vs. Kangoeroes Willebroek 83-81
After having had a 20-point lead, CEP Fleurus could not avoid the nice comeback of Kangoeroes with a fantastic performance by former Belgian Lion Matthias Desaever (194-G/F-76, agency: Court Side) who scored 39 points (especially from long range). Nevertheless, Desaever's efficiency was not enough to make his team win. The guests missed a few good opportunities in the last seconds of the game indeed. Amaury Jadin (189-G-86) scored 18 points for CEP Fleurus.
Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 94-69
There is no doubt that JR Hasselt with Cox and Vanhove as best scorers (23 points each) want to finish the season in a strong way. The hometeam did not give any chance to the visitors.
De West Hoek Zwevezele vs. BC Ninane 75-84
BC Ninane seems to be more succesful away than at home this season. The visitors were already leading 32-43 at the half and remained ahead until the end.
Sint-Jan Antwerp 2-0
Falco Ghent 0-2
CEP Fleurus 2-0
BBC Boom 1-1
Kangoeroes Willebroek 1-1
Xenia Sint-Truiden 0-2
JR Hasselt 2-0
BC Ninane 1-1
RA Nivelles 1-1
West Hoek Zwevezele 0-2
One of the best players of CSKA was cut from the club, without explanation. The decision was made by 'Red' Board of Directors. The player is the first victim after the team's strike for money. The president Georgios Sterianopoulos and sports director Branislav Prelevic owe him two salaries, like to other four players, but they continue to lie this is not true. Here is the interview of Hadjisotirov given to 'Tema sport' daily newspaper in Bulgaria.
Udo, who informed you, that CSKA is releasing you?
- Boriana called me (Boriana is secretary of Sterianopoulos, his Greek-Bulgarian translator and member of Board of directors in CSKA and 'Interlogic' firm). I don't know exactly what is her position in the club. Briefly she told me, that from the name of the officials she must let me know I have been released. Without any kind of explanation and without telling me any motives.
Did Sterianopoulos, or Prelevic contacted you?
- No, none of them.
Do you plan to contact them?
- I don't think I must search a contact with them, because first of all I must receive an official written document with explained reasons by them for my releasing. Till then I have a contract and I continue to be a player of CSKA.
Do you have your personal point of view for their motives?
- I don't think they are of basketball nature. I am in a good shape. I practice and I play with the maximum fetch and I always give 120 percents of my qualities. In the last two months I never stopped working hard and giving my best on the court no matter I haven't been paid for February and March. I always reacted with dignity. I explained to Mister Prelevic my position. I refused him to sign a document CSKA doesn't owe me anything, because this is a lie. They owe me and four of my teammates salaries for two months. My labour haven't been paid since February and they know it very well. I think the fact I always defend my attitude wasn't accepted with pleasure from our president and sports director.
Did you speak with the coach?
- A little after Boriana called me. We spoke on the phone. He informed me he didn't know as well and they told him I am cut by phone, without letting him know what is the reason. I know he is in the hard position now and there is a lot of pressure over him. But I am sure he is using all ways to protect and keep the team.
Do you think it's possible they to blame you now, that you miss on purpose those free throws at the end of the game with Rilski sportist?
- I think everything is possible. But I would like to tell one thing. When I step at the court I always fight for the honour and in the name of CSKA. Because CSKA for me means a lot. I grown up like a kid in this club. And nobody can blame me, that I am betraying my team! I scored 19 points against Rilski sportist and before these final few seconds that was my best game this season on my opinion! I badly wanted the victory, I needed it for me, for my teammates, for our coaches, for our fans, who are the greatest. I did the best what I could and I fought for my name, for my dignity, no matter of money lack. I never thought I can miss two free throws. I never thought the game will turn into this point at the end. I played for CSKA sick and injured and it seems to me absurd somebody to blame me and suspect me in disposition acts.
You stopped practicing, because of these financial problems. Why you came back together in the gym two days later, when not all of you took their salaries?
- Because we respect CSKA and we respect ourselves. We decided to keep on playing and bear it a little bit more. To wait and hope for a positive end of the story. I would like here to say few words about my teammates. Georgi Davidov, Hristo Nikolov and Jivko Stoyanov are great guys, with great hearts and huge sence of human dignity. Like me, they are without salaries too. And Mike Henderson, who is injured as well.
What is the opinion of your agency 'AMI'?
- I informed them. In the beginning they were shocked. They tried to make a contact with the officials of CSKA, but without any success. Very soon they will come out with official note. Since then I can only tell my agency will fight for my rights and for the truth. They will protect me. Our position at the moment is since they don't give us well-grounded written explanation I am still a player of CSKA. My agency stopped me from practices and games only, because they owe me two salaries.
March, 15th 2008
Provincial Osorno 98
Rodrigo Zuniga (198-F-76) 16 pt., Emilio Paris 15 ptos
Provincial Llanquihue 70
Eduardo Francke 17 pt., Alberto Toledo 16 ptos
Deportes Castro 80
Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) 27 pt., Mauro Salinas 16 ptos
Asociacion Ancud 89
Nelson Mendez (200-F-77) 20 pt., Julios Holt 25 ptos
Deportes Lautaro 76
Josef Krause (193-F-87) 22 pt., Ronald Cruces 12 ptos
Deportivo Valdivia 65
Claus Prutzmann 16 pt., Francisco Bravo 14 ptos
Las Animas 70
Roberto Gatica 15 pt., Alejandro Vera 13 ptos
Universidad de Los Lagos 100
Michael Ernst 24 pt., Haralt Funk 14 ptos
Deportivo Imperial 90
Felipe Acuna 24 pt., Nick Morales 21 ptos
D. Pto. Varas 101
Patricio Robles 21 pt., Felipe Valenzuela 17 ptos
March, 29th 2008
Deportivo Valdivia 81
Francisco Bravo (174-G-87) 21 pt.., Cristian Von Bischoffhausen 15 pt.
Provincial Osorno 72
Rodrigo Zuniga (198-F-76) 23 pt., Renato Vera 15 pt.
Deportes Lautaro 90
Josef Krause (193-F-87) 22 pt., Ronald Cruces 15 pt.
Deportes Castro 64
Pedro Sandoval 19 pt., Cristian Velasquez 8 pt.
Provincial Llanquihue 79
Alberto Toledo 23 pt., Eduardo Francke 12 pt.
Asociacion Ancud 76
Fernando Campos (186-G-81) 22 pt., Kurt Kruger 17 pt.
Deportes Pto. Varas 98
Felipe Valenzuela 22 pt., Gonzalo Cataldo 15 pt.
Unap Victoria 76
Alex Sepulveda 32 pt. Gustavo Contreras 18 pt.
Deportivo Imperial 101
Nick Morales 26 pt., Cristian Zamorano 18 pt.
Deportes Las Animas 81
Carlos Zuniga 17 pt., Alejandro Vera 15 pt.
Deportes Carahue 70
Renato Torres 23 pt., Jimmy Puschel 14 pt.
Universidad de Los Lagos
78 Leonel Mendez 28 pt., Johnny Gomez 16 pt.
CIEGO DE AVILA is the Queen of Cuba!!!
'Los Avilenos' won the last game against Capitalinos and they are the 'champions of Cuba' for the fourth consecutive time.
Ciego de Avila won 77-64 against Capitalinos. It was one of the most exciting games in the LSB History. It was not a beautiful game. There was too much pressure. The teams played only with 'garra' and heart and with a bad percentage, but it was a 'real game', with a lot of intensity and hard contact.
Geoffrey Silvestre was 'The Man', 'El Gato' played a 'partidazo.' He was for the whole game unstoppable. He is the MVP of these LSB Finals 2008. Ciego de Avila wins another 'Cuban Championship' thanks to him and Michael Guerra 'the head of the team'. Ciego de Avila is an expert team, They are used to winning and even if they started 0-2 in these Finals, they could come back into the series and win deservedly. There is no team in Cuba nowadays that can contrast two strong players as Silvestre and Guerra if they are 'on fire'.
Capitalinos was really near to stopping the 'Ciego de Avila's hegemony', The team of La Habana is a young team and in the future they can really strive for a title and become Champions of Cuba, but now is a Ciego de Avila-time, as always, the Queen of Cuba.
In the 1st game last night, CDP defeated CUPES, 91-77. The leading scorer of the game was former Santiago MVP, Jesus Martinez (195-F-73) who scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Franklin Matos (190-G-82) added 19 points and 'refuerzo' John Jackson (201-F-74, college: Mississippi) had 18 points & 7 rebounds. For CUPES it was a very difficult outing as former National Team player & CUPES team leader, Fausto Alex Sime (192-G-79) had only one point in the game. Darnell Miller (195-G-82, college: W.Georgia) had 18 points with Noel Estevez (180-G-78) and Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83) chipping in 16 and 15 points respectively.
In the 2nd game last night, Sameji won a heartbreaker of a game 86-85 over Plaza. Behind 28 points & 10 rebounds from Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81) and 16 points from Manuel Fortuna (187-G) Sameji clinched their place in the playoffs. Only 5 players scored for new Plaza coach Juan Matos. Bearing the load for Plaza was Tai Crutchfield (200-F/G-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) who had 26 points & 7 rebounds, 21 points for Robert Sanders (201-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) and 16 points for Jose Frias (188-G, college: Maine-Fort Kent) was not enough to pull out the victory.
GUG 6-2 , Cupes 4-4, Sameji 5-4, CPN 4-4, CDP 4-4 & Plaza 2-7
Korisliiga, Play-off-games, Game 4: YMCA Lappeenranta has made the semifinals by winning over Pyrinto (Tampere) 3-1. Tonight YMCA LPR
visited Tampere and defeated Pyrinto 71-79 (33-40). Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) netted game high 34 pts and grabbed 18 rbs. M.C. Mazique (206-F/C-75, college: Alabama) added 17 pts and 10 rbs. NT G Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) led Lappeenranta with 22 pts. Juha Sten (191-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 16 and Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) 15 pts. YMCA LPR - Pyrinto 3-1.
Tarmo (Porvoo) tied the victories (2-2) with Torpan Pojat (Helsinki). ToPo was better during the first half, but Tarmo won the third quarter 32-18
and the contest 97-85. Takais Brown (203-F, college: SE Illinois JC) led ToPo with 24 pts. Mikael Holme (191-G-79) had again 25 pts and he led Tarmo in pts. Travis Leech (203-C-81, college: Winona St.) had 24 pts and 13 rbs. The fifth game needed.
The JBL just recently dropped their transfer list. Below players are able to negotiate and transfer freely. All OSG players have been listed, as OSG will be making a move to the BJ League next season.
Mitarai Takaaiki 1981/4/21 Rera Kamuy
Sugahara Yousuke 1983/9/25 Rera Kamuy
Yoshimune Kato 1979./4/30 Rera Kamuy
Kumagaya Wataru 1982/5/10 Rera Kamuy
Shoichi Saitoh 1974/12/16 Hitachi
Reina Itakura 1981/5/11 Toshiba
Takehiko Shimura 1982/2/14 Toshiba
Yousuke Machida 1983/4/4 Toshiba
After the first two games played in each semifinal, in the LICOMUBA
Mineros Parral went to Nuevo Casas Grandes to face the Faraones in wich
the first two games were in favor of Faraones, who were the best team
in the regular season and confirm there way to the championship.
Now the series goes to the Parral where Mineros will have to give there
last effort to win the third game if not , the season it's done for them.
The semifinal format is the best of 3 of 5 games.
The other side its the shocking news where two time champion
Choriceros Camargo lost one of two games at home , versus the
young squad of Liebres ITCJ, now the series comes back to
Cd Juarez today in two very important games for the Liebres this
friday night and saturday. There best player for Liebres in Camargo was
Joel Palma (-F) who made the points in the win against Camargo , and all the
young players of Liebres who showed no fear against the most experience
Camargo Team and against the home crowd.
Faraones Nvo Casas Grandes at Mineros Parral
Choriceros Camargo at Liebres ITCJ
Faraones Nvo Casas Grandes at Mineros Parral * if necessary
Choriceros Camargo at Liebres ITCJ
|PBA 2008 Fiesta Cup Standings|
According to sources Monty Scott (198-F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Dayton) has left CAB Madeira due to slow/late payments from the team to him,a loss the team will have for the upcoming playoffs where CAB is.
After we got close sources with the player(agent)that told us the reason for Monty Scott left CAB was those late payments ,well we got a confirmation from the team that he left due to personal reasons and not because late payments as we reported before,for the fact we apolosize but the sources we had we believed to be real.
Monty Scott played 19 games ,averaging 14.1PPG , 4.5RPG , 1.2APG , the 23 years old player that came from Dayton college,23 years old of age.
CAB already played this week without Monty winning against Vagos , CAB so far has a record of 9-11 being in the 4th place before the last round .
Triumph Lyubertsy left for Croatia for team camp. They will be preparing for Russian play-offs till April 12th. Head Coach Stanislav Eremin says that they will have friendly games with top Ukrainian teams Azovmash Mariupol and BC Kyiv in Croatia. Triumph picked Dmitriy Zagnoyko (193-G-85) from their junior team who will probably replace injured Kristaps Valters (188-G-81). They will finish Regular Season playing against Enisey. Stanislav Eremin says that his team needs some fresh air and rest. Also to keep in good shape for play-offs.
|Superleague A Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 L. Nailon 22.0|
2 Z. Hamilton 18.6
3 F. Warrick 17.2
4 H. Domercant 16.4
5 A. Scales 15.2
6 A. Goldwire 15.1
7 A. Wisniewski 15.0
8 J.R. Bremer 14.6
9 B. Wright 14.6
10 J. Gardner 14.5
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. L. Nailon 8.8|
2. J. Blair 8.7
3. Z. Hamilton 8.3
4. R. Araujo 7.8
5. B. Wright 7.5
6. M. Lampe 7.1
7. K. Gibbs 7.0
8. M. Krivosheev 6.8
9. D. Andersen 6.6
10. T. Kirksay 6.5
|Assists Per Game|
|1 J.R. Bremer 5.6|
2 T. Papaloukas 5.4
3 L. Cooper 5.3
4 A. Wisniewski 4.5
5 J.R. Holden 4.3
6 A. Ponkrashov 4.2
7 O. Askrabic 3.9
8 D. Ewing 3.8
9 T. Kirksay 3.6
10 M. Chatman 3.6
|Steals Per Game|
|1 T. Kirksay 2.3|
2 M. Chatman 2.1
3 L. Nailon 2.1
4 S. Bykov 1.9
5 J.R Bremer 1.7
6 E. Kurilov 1.6
7 J. McCullough 1.6
8 P. Zakamov 1.6
9 D. Savanovic 1.5
10 A. Scales 1.5
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 M. Goree 1.2|
2 A. Fotsis 1.1
3 A. Banitchev 1.1
4 D. Sokolov 1.1
5 S. Monia 1.0
6 S. Szewczyk 0.8
7 K. Gibbs 0.8
8 D. Lavrinovic 0.8
9 K. McCarty 0.8
10 O. Askrabic 0.7
|1 N. Zisis 68.1%|
2 R. Javtokas 66.1%
3 V. Veremeenko 64.9%
4 A. Savrasenko 64.7%
5 R. Siskauskas 64.6%
6 T. Papaloukas 62.5%
7 S. Szewczyk 62.2%
8 J. Blair 62.1%
9 M. Chatman 61.9%
10 M. Lampe 61.3%
|1 A. Tsypatchev 54.5%|
2 S. Toporov 53.6%
3 T. Langdon 52.7%
4 V. Fridzon 52.5%
5 M. Tusek 51.3%
6 T. Kirksay 50.0%
7 T. Rannikko 50.0%
8 V. Ginevicius 49.2%
9 J. McCullough 47.7%
10 S. Demechkine 47.3%
|1 S. Chikalkin 95.0%|
2 N. Zisis 93.6%
3 A. Kuzyakin 90.7%
4 A. Goldwire 88.9%
5 H. Domercant 88.9%
6 T. Rannikko 87.5%
7 M. Perry 86.7%
8 K. McCarty 86.0%
9 V. Fridzon 84.4%
10 L. Nailon 84.4%
11 A. Fotsis 84.1%
Mitar Trivunovic, player of Kraski zidar Jadran, achieved 42 points on the Wednesday's game of UPC Telemach League For The Existence against Alpos from Sentjur. This is the second highest achievement in The UPC Telemach League this season and is only one point behind Gil Goodrich's (178-G-82, Zagorje) record of scoring 43 points against Polzela on March 15th. We asked Trivunovic what was going on in his head during the game, as we were curious how someone can achieve something like this.
Trivunovic answers: 'Before coming to Kraski zidar Jadran, I had a lot of problems with my heart and was not able to play basketball for three months. It was a big challenge for me to come back and it still is, as I believe I can do even much more than that, when I bring my game to the level, on which it once already was. Now, I am determined to help Kraski zidar Jadran to achieve the goals that we set. This is the highest priority and all the players in the team work for that. For this game, my friend helped me to get extremely motivated and it seems like the players were able to recognize I have this special energy inside of me today. I appreciate them more than you can imagine. They are so smart, they know I have a lot of experiences and skills and they let me play the role that I like the most. I would like to thank them for that from the depth of my hearth! I really enjoyed this game and I hope this step on our way will bring us to our final destination.'
The Santa Barbara Breakers will start their second pro basketball season with a new league, new rules, new faces and newly reduced ticket prices. Thirteen of the Breakers' 20 games will be played at SBCC's Sports Pavilion, starting with the weekend of April 11-12 against the Newport Beach Surf and Hollywood Shooting Stars. All home games begin at 7:05 p.m. The Breakers are coming off a stellar rookie campaign that produced a 17-6 record in the IBL and a runner-up finish in the Western Division playoffs. They won' t play anymore in the IBL, however, but in the brand new West Coast Pro Basketball League, made of eight teams, along with several others from the American Basketball Association, which completed the 2007-08 season this month. The Breakers are coming off a stellar rookie campaign that produced a 17-6 record and a runner-up finish in the Western Division playoffs. The Breakers 2008 lineup features Tyler Newton (6'11''-C-75, college: Pacific), who averaged 12.7 points and 8.4 rebounds last year and was the only Breaker to appear in all 23 games during the IBL campaign. The other top names are Allan Purnell (6'4''-G-82, college: Pacific) and Rashid Byrd (7'0''-C-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) - who both played for the Breakers last year - along with former USC player Jerry Dupree (6'7''-F-81, agency: Life Sports, college: USC). Other team members are Josh Merrill (6'9''-F-74, college: UCSB) and Shantay Legans (5'10''-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Fresno St.). The team is coached by Team Owner Curt Pickering. For info about tickets and games, visit the offiical team website http//:breakersbasketball.com
Latvian international Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) speaks about her experience in playing in France. Grace Daley (170-G-78, college: Tulane), Allyson Hardy (170-G-83, college: Bowie St.) and Serbain international Jasmina Ilic (185-G/F-85, college: Colorado) are three other players that also talk about their time in France.
Basko does not only speak about basketball while Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) and Jucimara Dantas (188-C-78) both from Villeneuve make comparison to their home countries.
You can listen to all the players statement here
OPEL Turkish Cup Women will be played between 4th-6th April 2008, in Menderes Sports Hall in Adana. The press conference and draw has been arranged today in Hilton Hotel Adana. At the meeting take part turksih federation stuff, medias and clubs stuff. Adana is hosts Turkish Cup this year, cuase in a few year they got a progress into women basketball developement and also idea to build a good women basketball in that area. This progress is possible by the representative teams Botas spor and Ceyhan Bld. in TBBL and also good performance into FIBA Europe Cup.
The game program for the first day of OPEL Turkish Cup Women is as below:
12.30: Ceyhan Bld. - Besiktas Cola Turka
14.30: Cankaya Univ. - Galatasaray
16.30: Botas - Pankup TED Kayseri 18.30: Mersin - Fenerbahce