EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/10/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
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The first transaction of the season took place earlier on this week, the cup winners, team of Proteas EKA AEL Limassol Limassol agreed financial terms with one of the best local performers on the guard position, Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) after two years in
Thursday night in the FEB semifinals, Matrixx Magixx avoided a sweep by blowing out MyGuide Amsterdam on the road, while defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers put themselves one win away from a third straight trip to the FEB finals.
In the Sporthallen-Zuid, Matrixx jumped out to an early lead, leading 40-30 at halftime, not letting up and going on to a 91-69 blowout win. Matrixx outscored MyGuide every quarter, finally shooting the ball well, making 57.5% FG, and outrebounded MyGuide 41-32. . Chris Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) finally got going, scoring a game-high 26 pts. Game #4 will be played on Saturday in Nijmegen.
In the Maaspoort, Eiffel Towers overcame a hot shooting West-Brabant Giants team in the 1st half, then got good quality minutes from Marcel Aarts (212-C-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Brandon Griffin (203-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.), going on to win 93-86. Aarts and Griffin provided Eiffel with a big boost, combining for 27 inside points. Eiffel's depth difference payed dividends, paving the way for starters Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.) and Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) to remain fresh and continue to take advantage of scoring opportunities while not playing a huge abundance of minutes. Owens led all scorers with 25 pts. Eiffel will look to close out the series on Saturday night in Bergen-op-Zoom.
Timir Patel (208-F/C) is may not known to many basketball enthusiasts in Asian basketball but should be making his mark on the basketball map once he is invited to play for India internationally.
Although he is still improving his game after transferring around the Midwest from college to college, the Houston-born forward is eager to represent India and the country of his parents who are hailing from Lambhel a small village near Ahmadabad in the state of Gujarat.
Patel first suited up for Cinco Ranch HS in Katy, Texas before getting the chance to play for Prairie View A&M&M a NCAA D1-programm who was coached back then by Jerome Francis who saw some potential in the 6-10 center.
But after a loosing season, Francis resigned and Patel took his steadily improving game to Blinn JC so he had not sit out a year due to transfer rules.
There, he was recruited by Texas St.-San Marcos and Alcorn St. but chose to attend Nebraska-Omaha for his junior-year after talking to his former-coach Francis who is an assistant at University of Nebraska. 'Once I got there last year I had trouble adjusting as far as playing inside because they tried to make me a back to the basket player', mentions Timir about the time in Omaha.' I am more of a finesse big man that likes to face up when I post up; play the pick and pop and even shoot the three', but coaches there must have had other plans with the tall Indian kid, so he packed once again his belongings and moved back home to be near his family who also needed him most during that period.
Now back in Houston, Timir got the chance to play some D1-ball again for Houston Baptist who are in the transition-phase moving from the NAIA to the NCAA right now and completed their first year in the highest collegiate basketball system around.
But for Timir, that doesn't matter much , what matters most is his game which is still raw and he has still a long way to go in his young career,
but what would be more helpful for this aspiring young man then being called up to the national team to learn and play against bigger and better opponents like China, Korea, Lebanon or Iran in the Asian tournaments?
Maybe we are hearing more from this uprising player soon, as he is going to visit India in the end of May and if someone at the Indian Basketball Federation is taking a look at his game, Timir might continue his career in the country he wants to represent proudly on the basketball courts out there.
Here is a picture of Timir in action:
MABETX SUPER LEAGUE
Second final match
PEJA SIGAL PRISHTINA 1:2 , Sunday at 19,00
TOYOTA WOMEN LEAGUE
Second final match
BASHKIMI SIGAL PRISHTINA 1:0, Saturday at 13,00
Referees: Hajredin Zeka, Agim Halili
Monitors: Tafil Hoxha
STOBI FLIPS PIONEERS LEAGUE
Third semi final match
SHB 12 MEGABASKET 1:1 ,Sunday at 12,00
Referees: Agim Halili, Labninot Belegu
Monitors: Bekim Agusholli
TREPA YLLI 1:1, Saturday at 11,00
Referees: Daut Mehmeti, Isa Prebreza
Monitors: Bajrush Ademi
Al Qadsia basketball team management agreed terms with the American guard Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) to play for them the Asian Clubs Championship (Kuwait May 8-16) .
hes very athletic forward, with great leaping ability, who plays hard at the two sides of the court; can further improve and become a very good international level forward .
Northeast Conference Newcomer of the Week - 3 times (Monmouth College) -98
Northeast Conference Freshman of the year -98
NBDL Semifinals -03
All-NBDL Honorable Mention -04
NBDL Regular Season Runner-Up -04
NBDL Semifinals -04
CBA All-Stars Game -05, 06 (Slam Dunk Contest Winner)
Japanese JBL Challenge Cup Winner -07
Japanese JBL Superleague Regular Season Champion -08
Japanese JBL Superleague Champion -08
Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese JBL Superleague 1st Team -08
Asia-Basket.com Japanese JBL Superleague All-Imports Team -08
Lebanese Cup Semifinals -08
Arab Club Championships Finalist -08
Zalgiris-Lietuvos Rytas 87:80
Zalgiris won its first Final home game and tied the series against Lietuvos Rytas at 1-1. The winner of Baltic league overcame its rivals 87:80 with a perfect start in the early beginning. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) led the winners with 18 points. Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) collected 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Brown netted 15 and Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 11. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) finished the night with 18 points in the losing clause.
Zalgiris grabbed the lead from the very beginning and Jankunas closed a 8-0 run. Zukauskas made it 20:6 as the hosts dominated the court. Still Lietuvos Rytas reduced their deficit to 9 points as the first period ended at 27:18. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) brought the guests to 28:22 as the latter were coming back to the game. Kenan Bajramovic's three saw 35:30 and that was the 'battle time' on the court. Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina)'s shot from the arc closed the first half at 48:42 for Zalgiris.
DeJuan Collins brought back 10 points advantage making it 58:48. Damir Markota was the last to score in the quarter as the teams were getting ready for the last period with 75:64. Last quarter started with guests points 10:1 as the margin was reduced to 76:74. Zalgiris deserved the win probably a bit more and held the score for good. Jurak scored two free throws for the winners in the end for 87:80 victory.
Zalgiris: DeJuan Collins 18, Damir Markota 15+7 rebs, Brown 15, Jonas Maciulis 11
Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 18, Chuck Eidson 16, Hollis Price 14, Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78) 10
Everything is ready for the 31st Venezuela's All-stars Basketball game.
The All-stars game will be held in the Bolivarian Dome of Barquisimeto on May 18, 2008.
The head coach for the local stars is, Nelson 'Kako' Solorzano (Gigantes de Guayana, 6 wins / 23 defeat), and for the foreign stars, the head coach is the Argentinean Guillermo Navarte (Trotamundos de Carabobo, 25 wins and 5 defeat).
1 Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85, college: Frank Phillips JC), 2 Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: Mc Clennan CC), 3 Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82),4 Rafael Guevara (194-F-79), 5 Eduardo Torres (195-F-81), 6 Heissler Guillent, 7 Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86), 8 Victor David Diaz (195-F-68, college: Houston), 9 Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80), 10 Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77), 11 Axiers Sucre (198-F-78), 12 Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84)
1 Alejandro Flores (203-F-81,college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) 2 Marlon Dumont (206-F-77, college: TCU), 3 Scooter McFadgon (198-G-82,college: Tennessee), 4 Kevin Freeman (201-F-78, college: Connecticut), 5 Evan Brock (204-F-84,college:Alabama) 6 Lawrence Wallace, 7 Marcus Fleming (204-F-78, college: Alcorn St.), 8 Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) 9 Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston), 10 Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72,college: Weber St.), 11 Carl Krauser (188-G-81, college: Pittsburgh)
Barquisimeto is the Musician city of Venezuela, and now became the Milky Way.