EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/1/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
* Group E:
Zain (JOR) 89 - Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (LEB) 61 (Qs: 27-20, 46-28, 73-41 & 89-61)
# Best performance:
Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) (26 pts, 3 ast, 2 stl)
Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) (23 pts, 2 ast)
- Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut:
Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) (20 pts)
Sabah Khoury (196-G-82) (11 pts)
* Group F:
Orthodox (JOR) 89 - Al Nasr (LBA) 73 (Qs: 23-18, 46-32, 69-55 & 89-73)
# Best performance:
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) (20 pts, 5 ast, 3 stl)
Rob Anderson (196-G/F-79, college: George Mason) (20 pts)
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) (18 pts, 11 reb)
- Al Nasr:
Abdelhalim Qa'wan (20 pts, 4 ast)
Khaled Mohammad (14 pts)
Al Kuwait SC (KUW) 97 - An Nasr (UAE) 94 (Qs: 21-23, 51-47, 71-67 & 97-94)
# Best performance:
- Al Kuwait SC:
Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) (37 pts, 4 ast, 6 stl)
Ahmad Al Mutairi (187-G-80) (21 pts)
- An Nasr:
Justin Murray (198-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Washington St.) (29 pts, 5 ast)
Qasem Mohammed (20 pts)
# Day 8 - 21st Arab Clubs Championship:
- Wednesday 30/4:
16:30 Al Kuwait SC - Al Nasr
18:30 Maghreb de Fes - Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
20:30 Orthodox - An Nasr
Zrinjski Mik Company Bosna ASA BH Telecom 54:84
Siroki Prima Pivo Igokea Partizan 82:75
Slavija Borac Nektar 65:72
Grude Sloboda Dita 78:82
1. Bosna ASA BHT 6-0 488:385 +103 12 pts.
2. Siroki Prima Pivo 5-1 497:449 +48 11 pts.
3. Igokea Partizan 4-2 517:472 +45 10 pts.
4. Sloboda Dita 4-2 433:456 -23 10 pts.
5. Slavija 2-4 467:497 -30 8 pts.
6. Zrinjski MC 2-4 481:527 -46 8 pts.
7. Borac Nektar 1-5 426:451 -25 7 pts.
8. Grude 0-6 441:513 -72 6 pts.
Grude Sloboda Dita 78:82
(24:19, 17:22, 19:17, 18:24)
Grude, SD Bili Brig; Att.: 500; Ref.: Kralj, Coric; Hatibovic
GRUDE: Lovric 5, Vranjes, Djulabic, Alpeza, M. Gligora 16, L. Gligora 14, Jelcic, Vujcic 14, Bura 7, Lozancic 3, Zitko 16, Perajica 3
Coach: Predrag Mikulic
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M. Milosevic 18, Halilbegovic, Albijanic 3, Persic, Tomovic 4, Tanasilovic 2, Matic 18, N. Milosevic 11, Jocovic 10, Ross 16
Coach: Senad Muminovic
Slavija - Borac Nektar 65:72
(21:19, 14:13, 10:16, 20:24)
Istocno Sarajevo, SD Slavija; Att.: 600; Ref.: Husaric, Babic, Okuka
Slavija: Gvozdenovic 6, Stanic 5, Tomasevic, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 18, D. Damjanovic, Vukovic 2, Malovic 2, Grubisic, Ivanovic, Demic 10, A. Damjanovic 22
Coach: Goran Sehovac
Borac Nektar: Atanackovic 10, Z. Jovanovic 8, Stupar, Rothbart 6, V. Jovanovic 2, Gemaljevic 6, Djurasovic 14, Frenklin 5, Popovic 15, Velimirovic 6, Paunovic, Ugrekhelidze
Coach: Milos Pejic
Siroki Prima pivo - Igokea Partizan 82:75
(14:22, 24:20, 26:18, 18:15)
Siroki Brijeg, SD Pecara; Att.: 1.200; Ref.: Zurapovic, Jovanic i Drmic
SIROKI PRIMA PIVO: Bubalo, Grays 14, Stemberger 20, Dijan, Zupic 10, Sola 13, Spralja 9, Naletilic, Susak, Fajardo 8, Bethel 4, Ezugwu 4
Coach: Ivan Velic
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic 4, Patterson 5, Bocka 16, Stazic 8, Djurica, Vucurovic 7, Cup, Wright, Lydeka 6, Stefanovic 16, Kovacevic 4, Allen 9
Coach: Zoran Sretenovic
Zrinjski Mik Company - Bosna ASA BHT 54:84
(11:22, 15:26, 9:17, 19:19)
Mostar, SD Bijeli brijeg; Att.: 800; Ref.: Obradovic, Sobot, Nozinovic
ZRINJSKI MC: Filipovic 7, Bisko, Norac 9, Petric 2, Dzidic 2, Simovic, Brecic 10, Vuckovi 7, Buhac, Sarenac 9, Planinic 4, Grbavac 4
Coach: Nedjeljko Zelenika
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson 7, Sehovic 10, Tomovic 9, Panic 10, Bavcic 10, Djurasovic, Zimic 1, Bailey 6, Hajric 5, Pasalic 3, Jackson 6, Williams 17
Coach: Jurij Zdovc
Hardy Asprilla key member of Marinos de Anzoategui, the Colombian forward become in the first defensive player of the Marionos, while averages 5,1 PPG, 2,2 RPG and 1,5 APG in 15 mins per game, Marinos is climbing in the standings and in the last 4 games Asprilla has averaged 9.25 PPG the last three games were victories of the Marinos over Gigantes and Guaros
Stalin Ortiz minutes in Air Avellino were reduced after the arrival of the new big men Marcus Campbell, that Avellino inked to strenght its frontline facing the playoffs.
Jean Otero and Freddy Asprilla officially signed National Letters of intention to play with the Florida Intenational University, both players are expected to take startng roles in the team coached by Sergio Roucco
|Liga Metropolitana Standings|
Tuesday night in the race to the 2008 FEB championship, in the third and deciding game, both Matrixx Magixx and West-Brabant Giants did what needed to be done, keeping their championship aspirations intact, with Matrixx Magixx sending Hanzevast Capitals on an early vacation, and West-Brabant Giants eliminating pesky Rotterdam Challengers.
In the Horstacker, Matrixx Magixx had to overcome a halftime deficit of 47-37, putting together first a strong 3rd quarter effort (23-9), then finishing things off in the 4th, eliminating Hanzevast Capitals 83-75. Matrixx made a living at the free throw line, making more free throws (33) than Hanzevast attempted (26), with five players scoring in double figures, led by Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) with 23 pts. and 10 rebounds. Tyler Smith (203-F-80, agency: Players Group, college: Penn St.) who struggled offensively in games #1 and #2, added 21 pts., including a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line. Foul trouble plagued Hanzevast were led by Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.) with 19 pts. Matrixx moves on to play MyGuide Amsterdam on Friday night.
In Bergen-op-Zoom, West-Brabant Giants overcame a slow1st quarter start to take control in the 2nd half, making a great 4th quarter finish to win 78-66. It was a close game the first three quarters, but the Giants found an extra gear in the 4th, outscoring the Rotterdammers 27-17. Andre Harris (203-F-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) had a strong performance, scoring a game-high 26 pts. on 10-13 shooting, with Devonne Giles (203-F-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Tech) adding 21. West-Brabant also held the Rotterdammers to 40% FG. The Giants will next take on nemesis and defending Dutch champion Eiffel Towers in Game #1 on Thursday in Den Bosch.
According to most people who follow basketball in Luxembourg, Etzella is in big trouble. Why? Because Musel Pikes beat Residence in yesterday's match moving up past Etzella to third place. Etzella dropped to fourth place in the playoffs, which means they must play Sparta in the semi-fnals in a best of three series beginning in Ettelbruck on Wednesday, April 30th at 8:30pm. Sparta has won 8 games in a row and are very healthy, playing as a team on both ends and showing they are capable of overcoming a 20 point deficit to come back and win on the road. Etzella hasn't beaten Sparta since 2007 on October 28th, when they blew them out at home 107-74. Etzella started out the season with a 14-0 record and seemed virtually unstoppable. Since January 6th, 2008, when Sparta defeated Etzella 81-79 to give them their first loss of the season, Etzella's record fell to only 6 wins and 8 losses. Etzella now ends the title group playoffs with a four game losing streak. If Nelson DelGado and Co. can pull this one off, beating Sarta in a best of three series and make it to the finals, it would be a truly amazing feat! Anything is possible! We will have to wait and see just what happens.
Here are the details of what happened last night in the DBBL:
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Amicale 89 - Etzella 76
Amicale(17-11) got another big win moving itself all the way up to a 2nd place DBBL position in the last game of the title group playoffs, putting istelf in an excellent spot for a run at the title, with a best of three series with Musel Pikes coming up. After a very close first quarter, Amicale took control of the game in period 2 and went into the locker room up by 12 points. Etzella played better in the 3rd but Amicale closed this one out winning with defense and intelligent offensive play. Amicale consistantly found a hot Christian Schartz from the three point line where he knocked down 5 of 8 attempts. Schartz also had 5 assists and 6 steals. But, it was Sam Ney who led his team in scoring with 25 on 8/10 2fg, 2/5 3fg and went 3/3 from the foul line. Ney also had 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a blocked
shot. Christopher Jones stepped it up again big time by dropping a double-double notching 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jones also had 4 steals and 3 assists. This young guy is really coming around and making good things happen for his team. American Import Travis Depree was held to 11 points. When all pistons are firing, this Amicale team can be a tough one to beat.
Marcus Kennedy and Nelson DelGado did their best to keep Etzella in the match. Kennedy led all scorers with 31 points and tallied 13 rebounds. Nels was close behind, finishing with 30 points, 5 steals and 4 assists. That was about it for Etzella as the rest of their team failed to show up offensively. Tim Giver went scoreless for all of nearly 30 minutes of play. Besides N. DelGado's 4/9, Etzella's entire team struggled from the three point line where they were 4/24 for only 17%. If Etzella wants to move past Sparta and get to the finals they are going to have to re-energize and lay it all out on the line in this series against a strong Sparta team. The Double for Etzella this year... ? maybe.... not.
Amicale: 32 field goals, 10 three pointers, 15 for 24 free throws, 27 rebounds, 21 fouls and 10 turnovers.
Depree 11, Schartz 22, Ney 25, Jones 17, Scholtes 9, also Birenbaum 2, D'Angelo, Kartheiser 2, Rausch 1, Steinmetz and Gilardin.
Etzella: 28 field goals, 4 three pointers, 16 for 20 free throws, 31 rebounds, 22 fouls and 17 turnovers.
Schroeder 4, Giver 0, N. DelGado 30, J. DelGado 6, Kennedy 31, also Benseghir, Eckes, Garganese 4, Herrmann, Kerger 1, and Pravisani.
Score by Quarters: 1st Q 20-24, Halftime 49-37, 3rd Q 70-59, Final 89-76
Contern 79 - Sparta 83
Contern, in their final game of the season, showed promise for the future by playing very well against a Sparta team poised and preped to defend their title as Champion of Luxembourg 2007. contern, playing in forntof their home crowd, started off strong outscoring Sparta 28-14 in the first quarter. they kept pace in the 2nd as well taking a lead of 55-35 with them for the halftime speech. Sparta came out in the second half looking again like the team to beat regaining the control of the game and dominating the entire 2nd half for the 4 point win which is their eighth in a row. Eric jeitz played hero for Contern with 25 points trailed by Dave Mallon who had 20 points and took 13 rebounds. Gilles becker also tallied 17 points and added 6 assists for Contern.
Larrie Smith scored 22 points and took 11 rebounds and Christian Wulff added 16 points and 6 assists. Sohrab Ziai scored 17 points and Pit Hoffman had 11 pointsd and 8 rebounds. Sparta will face Etzella on Wednesday in the first game of a best of three series to begin the semi-finals for the championship of the DBBL.
Contern: 32 field goals, 4 three pointers, 11 for 22 free throws, 34 rebounds, 22 fouls and 8 turnovers.
Becker 17, Jeitz 25, Braun, Mallon 20, Herber, also Donnersbach 6 and Bissener 2.
Sparta: 29 field goals, 12 three pointers, 13 for 21 free throws, 37 rebounds, 16 fouls and 13 turnovers.
Baustert 5, Wulff 16, Smith 22, Hoffmann 11, Ziai 17, also Wolzfeld 4, Evans, Klein, Palumbo 4, Nittler and Rupil 4.
Score by quarters: 1st Q 28-14, Halftime 55-35, 3rd Q 69-61, Final 79-83
Residence 67 - Musel Pikes 80
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1 Sparta 28 21 7 33.50
2 Amicale 28 17 11 31.50
3 Musel Pikes 28 17 11 31
4 Etzella 28 19 9 30.50
Here is the program for the DBBL final Four Semi-Final Playoffs:
Wednesday April 30, 2008
20.30: Etzella - Sparta
20.30: Musel Pikes Amicale (at Dudelange)
Friday, May 2, 2008
20.30: Sparta - Etzella (at Dudelange)
20.30: Amicale - Musel Pikes
Friday, May 9, 2008 (if necessary)
20.30: Sparta - Etzella (at Dudelange)
20.30: Amicale - Musel Pikes
Afte needing help to secure their spot in the final four, Al Arabi Club, behind the strong play of Lamar Grimes (182-G-83, college: Indiana St.), Baker Ahmad Mohammed (198-F-86) and Mohammed Al Derazi (192-F), overpowered an overconfident Al Rayyan team to win 107-92 and book their place in tonight's final. Al Arabi controlled the tempo from the get go and had their way all night against a non-existent Rayyan defense. Grimes punished them, going for 27 points, 8 assists and 2 steals, while Baker finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Al Derazi added 25 points and 8 rebounds for the victors. Credit also has to be given to Al Arabi's coach, David Ingram, as he had his team well prepared for this game and his players executed a great game plan. They will face Al Qadsia who beat Al Wasl 87-82. J Williams had a monstrous game scoring 35 points and registering 20 rebounds for Al Qadsia.
Al Rayyan will now face Al Wasl for 3rd place.
3rd-4th Place Game
Al Rayyan vs Al Wasl (1700 KSA)*
Al Arabi Club vs Al Qadsia (1900 KSA)
|Liga Femenina Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
3.Christon (Irun) 17.5
|Rebounds Per Game|
2.Lyttle (Ibiza) 10
4.K.Da Silva (Dato) 8.2
5.Z.Tamane (Irun) 8.1
|Assists Per Game|
2.C.Ciocan (Burgos) 4.3
3.S.Santos (Cadi) 3.4
4.L.Infantes (Dato) 3.3
5.L.Palau (Ros) 3.2
|Steals Per Game|
|1.Lyttle (PDV) 2.8|
2.Musovic (Olesa) 2.5
3.A.Cruz (Burgos) 2.2
4.S.Morales (Pdv) 2.2
|Blocks Per Game|
|1.S.Lyttle (PDV) 1.2|
2.Tamane (Filter) 1.2
3.Miller (Burgos) 0.9
5.Mujanovic (Celta) 0.8
|1.I.Matic (Perf.) 60%|
2.N.Antibe (Rivas) 60%
3.K.Douglas (Ros) 59%
5.L.Navarro (Pdv) 57%
|1.Rasmussen (Pdv) 50%|
2.N.Jordana (Ros) 49%
3.E.Maltsi (Ros) 48%
4.B.Erzeg (Filter) 47%
|1.A.Feaster (Leon) 92|
2.K.Brown (Extrug) 89%
2.S.Lyttle (Pdv) 19.7
3.S.Morales (Pdv) 19.2
4.N.Antibe (Rivas) 16.9