EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/19/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Sloboda Dita - Igokea Partizan 87:82
Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Slavija 100:67
Zrinjski Mik Company - Grude 90:69
Borac Nektar - Siroki Prima Pivo 81:78
1. Bosna ASA BHT 9-2 875:738 +137 20 pts.
2. Igokea Partizan 8-3 973:847 +126 19 pts.
3. Siroki Prima Pivo 8-3 916:841 +75 19 pts.
4. Sloboda Dita 6-5 840:876 -36 17 pts.
5. Borac Nektar 5-6 847:828 +19 16 pts.
6. Zrinjski MC 3-8 913:995 -82 14 pts.
7. Slavija 3-8 837:974 -137 14 pts.
8. Grude 2-9 835:937 -102 13 pts.
Borac Nektar Siroki Prima Pivo 81:78
(13:22, 22:19, 29:17, 17:20)
Banja Luka, SD Borik; Att.: 2.000; Ref.: Zurapovic, Kralj, Pehar
BORAC NEKTAR: Franklin 10, Z. Jovanovic 33, Rothbart 11, V. Jovanovic, Gemaljevic 4, Djurasovic 3, Pavlovic, Milinovic 2, Velimirovic 12, Popovic 6, Josipovic
Coach: Milos Pejic
SIROKI PRIMA PIVO: Bubalo, Grays 15, Stemberger 20, Dijan 8, Zupic 2, Sola 3, Spralja 9, Naletilic, Susak, Fajardo 16, Bethel 5, Ezugwu
Coach: Ivan Velic
Sloboda Dita - Igokea Partizan 87:82
(26:20, 21:22, 16:24, 24:16)
Tuzla, SD Mejdan; Att.: 1.00; Ref.: Adamovic, Obradovic, Bijedic
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic, M. Milosevic 29, Hrncic 5, Halilbegovic 2, Albijanic 7, Persic, Tomovic, Tanasilovic 2, Matic 18, N. Milosevic 11, Jocovic 6, Ross 7
Coach: Senad Muminovic
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic, Patterson 5, Bocka 12, Stazic, Djurica, Vucurovic 17, Cup, Wright 13, Lydeka 7, Stefanovic, Kovacevic 12, Allen 16
Coach: Zoran Sretenovic
Bosna ASA BH Telecom Slavija 100:67
(27:15, 20:24, 27:16, 26:12)
Sarajevo, SD Skenderija; Att.: 300; Ref.: Babic, Okuka, Nozinovic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson 7 (6 ass.), Sehovic 1, Tomovic (7 ass.), Ikonic 19, Bavcic 10 (10 reb., 3 bl.), Djurasovic 2, Zimic, Rahimic 23 (6 reb.), Hajric 5, Pasalic 9, Jackson 3, Williams 21
Coach: Jurij Zdovc
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic 5 (4 ass.), Stanic 6, Tomasevic, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 4, Damjanovic D., Vukovic 7 (9 reb., 3 bl.), Grubisic 13, Demic 14, Damjanovic A. 18
Coach: Vladimir Saraba
Zrinjski Mik Company Grude 90:69
(21:29, 27:10, 21:16, 21:14)
Mostar, SD Pod Bijelim Brijegom; Att.: 100; Ref.: Jovanic, Kunosic, Lovric
ZRINJSKI MC: Filipovic 9, Norac 14, Petric 5, Oroz 8, Simovic 10, Brecic 14, Vuckovic 22, Buhac, Sarenac 2, Planinic 4, Grbavac 2
Coach: Nedeljko Zelenika
GRUDE: Lovric, Djulabic, M. Gligora 16, L. Gligora 10, Jelcic 5, Vujicic 3, Bura 1, Lozancic, Zitko 18, Perajica 16
Coach: Predrag Mikulic
Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt - Bayer Giants Leverkusen 74:66
Frankfurt won the second game of the quarterfinal-series against Leverkusen and made it 1:1. 4080 fans in Frankfurt saw the hosts starting the match 22:12 in the first period. However, the Giants replied with a 22:13-run in the second quarter and were behind with only one point at the half. Frankfurt answered after the break and increased the lead to 10 in the third period. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) led the Skyliners with 20 points, Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) had 15 points and 8 rebounds, Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania) and Pascal Roller (180-G-76) each netted 14 points in the game. On the other end Brant Bailey (202-F-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) posted a game-high 27 points, the other Leverkusen-player in double figures was Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83, college: Davidson), who nailed 5 out of 8 shots from beyond the arc and scored 18 points totally.
Telekom Baskets Bonn - Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck 86:82
Though being defeated 15:24 in the last quarter, the hosting Telekom Baskets managed to overcome the Artland Dragons to tie the series. Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) was impressive and had 25 points, 5 boards, 4 steals and 3 assists for Bonn, his teammate Eddie Basden (196-G/F-83, college: Charlotte) added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: LimeLight, college: E.Michigan) netted 11 points. The Dragons were paced by John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) who scored 19 points and dished out 6 assists. Terrance Thomas (198-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Baylor) finished the game with 13 points, Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) and Leon Rodgers (199-F-80, college: N.Illinois) had 11 points apiece, while Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, college: Pennsylvania) produced 10 points.
Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - ALBA Berlin 78:83
ALBA Berlin is ahead 2:0 after two games played of the series against Bremerhaven. The team of Coach Luka Pavicevic overcame the Eisbaeren-team 83:78 on the road though being behind 45:49 at the half and 58:65 after 30 minutes. In the last quarter the visitors turned things around and outscored the host 25:13. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) was one of three ALBA-players who finished the game in double-figure scoring. He shot 5/10 from three-point territory and was perfect (7/7) from the foul-line. Jenkins had 28 points totally. Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76) added 25 points in the win and pulled down 9 boards, as did Goran Nikolic (205-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati), who also scored 13 points. The Bremerhaven-attack was led by Anthony Tolliver (206-C-85, college: Creighton) with 23 points, Brian Brown (191-G-79, agency: Passing Lane, college: Ohio St.) netted 15 points, Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) and Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82) had 12 apiece.
BSV Wulfen (Regionalliga West) announced the arrival of two more newcomers for the roster of the 2008-2009 season. Marek Bienkowski (198-F-81) and Christoph Henke (182-G-83) will join the squad of Coach Phillipp Kappenstein. Bienkowski, 27 years of age, was born in Poland and came to Germany when he was nine years old. He will receive a German passport until the start of the season. Bienkowski spent the 2007-2008 campaign with UBC Muenster in the 2. Regionalliga. 24-year-old Henke joins the Wulfen-team coming from TV Werne.
Keith Harris (196-G/F-85, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Oklahoma Christian) has signed contract-extension with the Schwelmer Baskets (Regionalliga West). The 22-year-old is going to stay one more season with the team of Coach Raphael Wilder. During the 2007-2008 season Harris led the team in scoring and was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West First Team.
A couple of days after the end of the season Sean McCaw (205-F-73, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Utah), former player and now coach of Science City Jena, took the time to answer some questions for Eurobasket Germany.
McCaw talks with us about Jenas BBL season, his first time as a coach, his sensational buzzer-beater as a player coach and a book he wrote.
1) Its been a couple of days since the season is over. How dissapointed are you still about Jenas relagation?
For me it was really tough to accept the fact that we would be moving down. A lot went wrong from the start of this season that couldnt be made up no matter who the coach would have been. I prefer to look forward to next season though.
2) Science City Jena lost 6 games by less than 5 points. If you guys would have won those games, you would not have been relegated. What do you think were the reasons for those tight losses and the relegation?
Actually if we would have won half of those games things would have been alot more interesting. Had we won some of the close ones, it would have given the team much more confidence to win OTHER close games. I think the tough losses in the beginning didnt give us the confidence we needed to win close games later in the season. Mostly mental lapses.
3) Sean, in February you took over as a coach. Was it a surprise to you that officials asked you to do the job? And did you have doubts about it first?
Yes it was a surprise and yes I had doubts. I was on the one hand extremely pleased that the management would take such an unusual step and appoint me as coach, but of course on the other hand I had some reservation as to whether the team would accept the move. Without their support it could have turned into a joke. The credit goes to them really for still acting professional.
4) Jena will play in ProA next season. Will you coach the team again? And what can the fans expect? Is it your goal to promote to BBL next year?
I will be the coach next season in Pro A. Next season the fans can expect a more exciting style and I will definitely give some young German talent the chance that they deserve. The goal will not be to move back to the BBL next year but we will for sure be out to win every game. If it happens that we are in an AUFSTIEG place then so be it.
5) Its been a turbulent season for Jena and for you as well: you started as a player, then became a coach and finally a player-coach for one game. How did that happen? And were you able to coach while you were on court?
I wouldnt say it was a turbulent year. I prefer to say it was a learning year under EXTREME conditions. As I took over as head coach I knew that I wouldnt be able to both play and coach. I officially retired after the Bonn game. The only reason I played again against Bramerhaven was because I had NO CHOICE. We were already down to a shortened rotation and people had fouled out. When I went into the game though, I was thinking only as a player. My assistant did the rest.
6) You became the first ever coach to play a game in BBL history. And not only that: as a player-coach you made a shot (some people call it the shot!) from the other side of the court to send a game into overtime. That must have been a very emotional moment.
Pure luck. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time and threw it. I would probably never make that shot again. The most important thing about that game to me is that we lost another close one.
7) You were not only a player and youre not only a coach now, but youre also an author of a book, many readers of eurobasket. com should be interested in. Your book Same game different name deals with the problems young americans could face in their first overseas season. What was your inspiration to write that kind of a book?
I have always been interested in writing and since many players that I know had been asking me questions about how I made it so long over here in Europe, I decided to just write it all down. I hope it gets published and can help some guys and girls experience the wonderful things that I have during my time in Europe.
8) Would things in your carreer have been better with a guide like your book next to you? Anything that could have been prevented?
Actually I have to say that during my 13 year career, I have been extremely lucky and never really had any real stress or bad experiences but I am sure I would have read the book in order to have a better idea of what COULD happen.
9) Especially since there is no foreigner-restriction in BBL, a lot of young americans join BBL and play their first season overseas here. Would you recommend a young american to play in Germany and what should he be careful with?
I would DEFINITELY recommend that any American should come to Germany. It is a very professional league and the level is very high. I think the only problem the league might have is actually that there probably are too many Americans and not enough good German talent to push into the spotlight. I am just a coach and not the BBL commissioner so its not my concern actually.
10) Do you think its better for a player to sign with a team that is located in a bigger, american-like city to feel comfortable? Or in a smaller town were you can focus on basketball?
It depends on the person in general. If a player is going to be homesick, it will be happen in a big city as well as a small one. It depends on the players ability to adapt.
11) You always seemed to feel a responsibility for young players. How disappointing was it for you to find out that your player Ermen Reyes-Napoles was tested positive on THC?
That was especially difficult for me because I really believe in Ermen..s ability. He was getting much more time since I had become head coach and was showing signs of real development.
12) There were five cases in german basketball, where players were caught using drugs. We also have much more suspensions of players due to their behaviour. Do you think that this is a new problem? Or do clubs and the league just react different now?
We also had an incident early in the season and I think the clubs are just taking more responsibility and acting on such things more than before. The image of a club to current and potential sponsors is very important. Most people underestimate the importance of that.
13) Some people blame the clubs and the coaches when players misdemeanour and endorse that clubs should do drug and doping tests every 2 weeks. What do you think about that?
I think that the suggestion is not very realistic. These are grown men that should be held responsible for their actions. Our job is to coach, manage, and be professional. It is not to babysit. I think the current system is fine and as you can see, it works.
14) Last not least: You played against all teams this season and also had a different view on them as a coach. Who do you think will become BBL champion 2008? And is there a team that could surprise everyone like Artland last year?
That is the most difficult question you have asked. If I knew that then I would probably be coaching one of those teams next season. I will say Artland will win it though. I think they have an extremely talented team and I really respect the job that Chris Flemming has done in the years leading up to now.
Anyone who is interested in Seans book Same name different game or seeks for further informations can contact him via mail: email@example.com
Eurobasket.com made a small research and realized that there are at least twenty Greek Head coaches currently who are looking for a job either they are in discussions with a number of clubs in Greece and abroad, or they are discussing with their team to renew their contract.
Starting from the A1 level (let's say) head coaches we can see that the following head coaches are currently without a team:
Giorgos Kalafatakis he didn't renew his contract with AEL 1964, yet.
Argiris Pedoulakis he will not continue his career in Rethymno as he is looking for a team abroad
Vangelis Alexandris he will not continue his career with Kolossos Rodou, there are some rumors that he will go to Thessalonica
Vangelis Agelou he didn't renew his contract with AEK Athens, within the next couple of weeks we will be able to learn more news in regards to his career
Giannis Christopoulos , he is in discussions with a Cyprus club
Elias Zouros he didn't renew his contract yet with Panellinios, in a couple of weeks we will be able to learn more details about his career
Angelos Koronios after his short career in AEK Athens he remain jobless but it is said that very soon he will be signing with a well known club
Kostas Petropoulos , a great coach who still remains unwanted, after his pass from Panellinios last season he is not in the 'hot' market anymore
Nikos Vournas , after his short career in Patras he is ready to comeback for good; there are some rumors that bring him in Rethymno and A2 this season.
Leuteris Kakiousis , he remains loyal in the Hellenic NT as an assistant coach of Panagiotis Giannakis but rumors are also taking him to an A1 club this season.
John Korfas , he didn't sign any contract with PAOK so he is currently looking for a job unless, Zidros takes over and then we will see....
Minas Gekos , after his short period in Panionios at the beginning of this season, we lost his trucks, there are also some behind the scene news that he will take over an A2 team very soon.
Thanasis Skourthopoulos , is also without a job but he is among the most wanted coaches as there are at least three teams whicha re ready to sign him at any given point.
Kostas Flevarakis , after his second 'dramatic' attempt in the Greek league with two teams which had amazingly huge financial issues (Makedonikos and PAOK), the Greek Coach will try to find a 'safer' environment, even though he has a numerous of cases in foreign leagues, the Greek coach prefers to stay in his country but if there is not any real scenario he will be moving once more abroad.
Giorgos Zeygolis, is another coach without a team after his short pass from Kolossos Rodou, there are some rumors that he will be moving in a foreign league too.
Stergios Koufos , after his successful work in Rethymno of A2, he was fired after only a couple of weeks in A1 with the same team, since then he is still unwanted.
Nicos Linardos is currently an assistant coach in Panionios and he will remain over there for the time being for the coming season too, even though after the game against Marousi for the third contract in Euroleague, possible negative results will bring some insecurity to the coaching team of Panionios.
Kostas Pilafidis , is another great head coach who is currently without a job but there are rumors that he will be signing soon enough to a newcomer in the A1.
Paraskevas Mouratidis , a head coach with big experience in the A1 is without a job in the Greek league and that was the main reason why he prefered to move in Italy, after he finished this season in the Italian league he is currently without a job even though the Italian club wants to re-sign him for the next seazon.
Nikos Stavropoulos is another coach who is currently without a job as he will wait the PAOK's status in order to decide how he will proceed in his career.
Eurobasket will keep posted its readers in regards to the coaching placements of the seazon 2008-2009.
Efes Pilsen-Fenerbahce Ulker 65:76
Fenerbahce Ulker made a huge step towards the Finals of Turkish Play-offs after a road win over Efes Pilsen last night. The visitors took the lead from the very beginning and led the game to 76:65 win. James White (198-G-84, college: Cincinnati) led the winners with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) produced 14 and Semih Erden (211-C-87) netted 11. Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) top-scored with 22 points in defeat, whilst Ermal Kurtoglu (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11. Fenerbahce Ulker is now 2-0 in the semifinals and one step closer to the Finals.
Fenerbahce Ulker went on a lead in the opening tip taking 8-3 advantage. Having 25:18 in the last minutes of the period the guests allowed Efes Pilsen to close at 22:25. The second period was a tough one for the hosts who scored only 9 points to let Ulker go for 31:40. After a conversation and rest in the lockers Efes Pilsen returned to the game being another team. They dominated the court and reduced to 49:53 before the Final period. Fenerbahce Ulker however had more power left and created 7-0 run to seal the victory. Ulker used 23:14 in the last period and advantaged with 76:65 win.
Another game is scheduled for May 20, while the game between Besiktas and Turk Telecom will be held on May 19.
Efes Pilsen: Kenny Gregory 22, Ermal Kurtoglu 11
Fenerbahe Ulker: James White 15+8 rebs, Tarence Kinsey 14, Semih Erden 11, Willie Solomon 10
Domestically Cercle Jean Mace Cercle Jean Mace Bourges have been unstoppable this season and they finished on a high by winning the French cup (63-51) against Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole. Catherine Melain (186-F-74) led a well balanced attack with 11 points.
Villeneuve got off to a good start and led early in the first period (7-3) but then suffered a (13-2) thumping that allowed Bourges to lead after the first period (18-14).
Bourges never allowed Villeneuve to get back into the game and paced themselves to victory
In the U18 cup final USO Mondeville II came from behind to overturn the defending champions Valenciennes USVO II (66-61) to lift the cup for the third time.
The SIG women ended their Paris Bercy jinx to win the Amateur French Cup (62-61) against US Leveyron.
For the 5th straight year TSV Wasserburg captured the DBBL-title. In game 4 of the finals against the Saarlouis Royals the team of Coach Hans Brei edged the host 75:73. The 2000 fans witnessed a dramatical encounter between the best two teams of this season. The Royals started the game 5:0 and won the first quarter 21:17. Saarlouis continued to impress in the second quarter, dominated the paint and was ahead 39:36 at the half. But Wasserburg came back. Between the 24th and 28th minute of the game the defending champ turned the score from 46:46 into 60:53. The players of Coach Brei stepped up in defense and managed to score with a higher percentage than in the first half now. However, the game remained close. With one minute left to play in the final period Wasserburg was ahead 75:73. Saarlouis' final shot missed, while Corry Berger (192-F/C-82, college: USF) got the rebound with 8 seconds left. The old and new German champion was led by Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) who scored 22 points in the last game of the season, Diana Adela Pop (175-G-71) added 15 points, Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) tallied 13 points, Katharina Kuehn (191-C-80) added 9 points and 9 rebounds. Romy Baer (187-F-87) scored 20 points for the Royals, Desire Almind (180-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) added 18 points and 12 rebounds, Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) had 12 points and 14 boards, Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) finished the game with 11 points, while Isabelle Comtesse (180-G-82) dished out a game-high 11 assists in defeat.