EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/2/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
While the very intense Division I season continues and Dexia Mons Hainaut was playing the FIBA EuroCup final last weekend (a memorable moment in Belgian basketball history; see www.fibaeurope.com for more info), the Division II playoffs and playdowns are keeping Belgian basketball fans busy. The second round of the competition continues with Sint-Jan Antwerp of Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80, agency: Stanley International) and BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem of the second round's top scorer Tom Van de Keere (20.6 ppg so far) leading in Division A; Boom BBC and very experienced guard Paul Bayer (192-G-70) will host coach Fulvio Bastianini's CEP Fleurus next weekend for the top spot in Division B.
Some surprising news also came out two weeks ago when Division II observers learned that Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden of former Belgian Lion Herbert Baert (202-F-75) would most probably not play the last games of the season. The previous week, Sint-Truiden finished the game against the Kangoeroes with only three players on the floor in a 114-66 blowout. (Matthias Desaever led the Kangoeroes with 24 points in that game.)
In Division C playdowns, the final days of competition were not favorable for Royal Alsec Nivelles. On the other hand, BC Ninane finished strong as the team from Province Liege defeated coach Dirk D'Haese's JR Hasselt and West Hoek Zwevezele led by Broderick Bobb (202-C-75, college: Abil.Christian) of the US in the final two rounds.
Results of the final rounds of the Division II second stage were as follows:
Sint-Jan Antwerp 72:58 BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem
Bent Schoenen Waregem 84:74 BBC Falco Ghent
Bent Schoenen Waregem 73:82 BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem
BBC Falco Ghent 77:71 Sint-Jan Antwerp
Sint-Jan Antwerp 82:63 Bent Schoenen Waregem
BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem 88:69 BBC Falco Ghent
Sint-Jan Antwerp, 4-1
BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem, 4-1
Bent Schoenen Waregem, 1-4
BBC Falco Ghent 1-4,
Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden 66:114 BBC Kangoeroes
CEP Fleurus 80:84 Boom BBC
CEP Fleurus 20:0 Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden
Boom BBC 72:68 BBC Kangoeroes
Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden 0:20 Boom BBC
BBC Kangoeroes 89:94 CEP Fleurus
Boom BBC, 4-1
CEP Fleurus, 4-1
BBC Kangoeroes, 2-3
Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden, 0-5
Royal Alsec Nivelles 78:106 BC Ninane
De West Hoek Zwevezele 75:93 Jaga Radiators Hasselt
De West Hoek Zwevezele 86:56 Royal Alsec Nivelles
Jaga Radiators Hasselt 75:78 BC Ninane
BC Ninane 82:77 De West Hoek Zwevezele
Royal Alsec Nivelles 70:73 Jaga Radiators Hasselt
BC Ninane, 4-1
JR Hasselt, 4-1
De West Hoek Zwevezele, 1-4
Royal Alsec Nivelles, 1-4
(Edited by Os Davis)
BT Power Liefmans Wevelgem vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 70-72
Thanks to a last basket by Ward Lemaire (196-F-80), Sint-Jan qualifies for the Division II Play-Off Finals for the second time in a row (against Ghent last year).
Sint-Jan will go to Fleurus on Friday and will host CEPF in Hoboken for the honorific title (no Division II team will join Division I next season) four days later.
Score at the half: 34-37.
Wevelgem: Robeyst 12; S. Naudts 6; Van de Keere 21; Flanders 18; Vandenberghe 3; Guillemyn 10.
Sint-Jan: Gorremans 4; Van Rillaer 12; Lemaire 7; Van Schil 15; T. Van de Vondel 16; Dekkers 4; Verrept 5; Ceyssens 9.
Falco Ghent vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 97-84
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 27-25, 55-51, 79-65 and 97-84.
Falco: Vanderkimpen 9; T. Foucart 12; Breca 7; De Schepper 29; J. Van de Vondel 9; Selhorst 5; Seghers 4; Brysse 6; Huyghe 16.
Waregem: Van Vooren 5; De Leersnijder 5; Steinbach 15; Colpaert 6; Verdickt 8; De Wilde 14; Cleymans 13; Fiers 18.
BBC Boom vs. CEP Fleurus 59-64
The men of Coach Fulvio Bastianini will play for the Division II title and will host Sint-Jan in Bonsecours on Friday, May 2nd at 20:30 for the first leg of the Play-Off Finals. The second leg (return game) will take place in Hoboken next Tuesday. The champion will be the winner in aggregate after both legs.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 18-16, 33-25, 46-50 and 59-64.
Boom: Van Wert 3; Bayer 11; Lambreghts 15; Salden 19; Leten 4; Van den Eynde 7.
Fleurus: Vanesse 4; Tison 2; Moris 15; Jadin 13; Rozewicz 18; Buja 1; Semijejero 4; Pourtoit 7.
BBC Kangoeroes vs. Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden 20-0
The Canaries of Sint-Truiden did not show up.
BC Ninane vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 73-71
This close loss by Nivelles means the last rank in Group C for the visitors.
Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. De West-Hoek Zwevezele 87-76
Thanks to this win, Hasselt finishes first in Group C.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 24-15, 39-34, 66-59 and 87-76.
Hasselt: Geysen 14; Hendrix 14; Sterk 10; Van Poelgeest 12; Koonings 4; Vanhove 24; Maes 3; Gijbels 3.
Best scorers for Zwevezele: Bobb 21; Tandt 15 and Bourdeaux 18.
Sint-Jan Antwerp 5-1
Falco Ghent 2-4
CEP Fleurus 5-1
BBC Boom 4-2
Kangoeroes Willebroek 3-3
Xenia Sint-Truiden 0-6
JR Hasselt 5-1
BC Ninane 5-1
West Hoek Zwevezele 1-5
RA Nivelles 1-5
In Szekesfehervar the fans of the home team did not really like the performance of the referees, so they had the leave the arena with the help of the security guards. Even there was a close game for three quarters, but the guests had one amazing 15-5 run in the last ten minutes and could win the game. Key of their victory was the better shooting performance, scored the field goals with 56%, the home team only with 47%. Player of the game was Nile Murry, the american guard scored 22 points (5/5 3pointers)!
The winner of the regular season, FALCO KC could not win as easily as excepted againts the 8th place team of Nyiregyhaza. After 20 minutes the home team was up only by 7 points, but leaded by Kalman scored 26 points and Kazlauskas 28 points, 6 threes! could even won the second half and the game.
In Pecs the all-in-one team of the last season had a very big chance to win and make a big step into the quarterfinals. The guests were up by 1 point 69-68 - in the 33rd minute, when the home team made one amazing 12-0 run and decided the game. There was one other very interesting moment during the game: the head coach of the home team and our national team Stojan Ivkovic got closed out after two technicals int he 27th minute of the game.
In Dombovar 1.700 fans could see a very exciting sold out game. Mike English who had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists - decided to take the last shoot, but missed it, so Krmend could win by 2 points. The home team played still without Julien Mills, the best scorer of the league arrived back to Hungary two days ago and could not step on the court. It was a very tied game, only Krmend could make a 19-5 run int he second quarter. Key players of the guests were Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle), who scored 25 points and Kenneth Henderson (201-F-82, college: Texas Arlington), he had 12 points and 9 rebounds in 15 minutes ont he court.
ALBACOMP - ATOMERŐMŰ SE 77-86
(20-20, 22-24, 17-18, 18-24)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 2700, Referees: Vigh P., Bodnar P., Kapitany G.
ALBACOMP: Balazs SIMON 19/6, Bradford 10/6, Radovic 5, Chad McClendon (199-F-73, college: Appalachian St.) 12, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 15, Adam Hanga (200-G/F-89, agency: FCM) 7/3, Boozer 5, Dvid G. 4, Sos, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos
ASE: Zalan Meszaros (190-G-74) 11/3, Nile Murry (193-G-83, college: TCU) 22/15, Toroman 3/3, Horvath 9, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 16/3, Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) 12, Brooks 7, Kiss Z. 6/6, Panta, Coach: Sabali Balazs
PVSK-EXPO CENTER PECS - SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 85-75
(16-16, 24-20, 24-27, 21-12)
Pecs, Att.: 1800, Referees: Hartyni, Bognr, Farkas
PVSK: Jovanovic, Williams 10, Gabor Denes (197-F-82) 16/12, Peter Grebenar (211-C-81) 8, Lapov 14/6, Kutasi 7/3, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) 18/6, Toth N. 6, Laszlo Czigler (215-C-71) 6, Hosszu, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
SZOLNOK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 27/3, Cziczas 6/6, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 21/3, Sabaliauskas 3/3, Gobi 2, Andrius Jurkunas (205-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Clemson) 9/3, Harazin 7, Coach: Por Peter
FALCO KC SZOMBATHELY - MARSO VAGEP NYKK 107-93
(27-27, 33-26, 23-19, 24-21)
Szombathely, Att.: 2500, Referees: Palla, Benczur, Torok
FALCO: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 26/3, Doyne 13/3, Ciric 18/6, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 28/18, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 13/3, Pankar 3/3, Feigl, Borszeki 6, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
NYIREGYHAZA: Savic 16/9, Buchanan 5/3, Ross Mouton (201-G/F-85, college: La-Lafayette) 24/6, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 20/3, Trepak 5/3, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 16/3, Siska 5/3, Krasznai 2, Coac: Deri Csaba
PLANET LEASING DOMBOVAR KC - POLAROID LAMI-VED-KORMEND 68-70
(18-15, 8-21, 25-16, 17-18)
Dombovar, Att.: 1700, Referees: Adam, Forrai, Hegedus
DOMBOVAR: Dek 9/9, Balogh L. 4, Sanders 10, English 11, Du Juan Wiley (206-C-75, college: Michigan St.) 23/9, Molnr M., Simon 11/6, Bodi, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
KORMEND: Fodor M. 6, Jermaine Thomas 25/6, Ferencz 5/3, Ocitti 11/3, Kenneth Henderson 12, Vavra 9, Trummer 2, Kocsis, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic
Amicale outplayed Musel Pikes enough in the first half to take a 13 point lead into the locker room with them. Good thing
becaused it was mostly Pikes who controlled in the second half winning the final 2 quarters by 5 points, 25-30. Musel Pikes
ran out of time and Amicale hung on for the win. travis Depree had a monster of a game for the home squad scoring 18 points
and taking 20 big rebounds. The American also had 2 assists, blocked 4 shots and had 6 steals. Christopher Jones had 16 and
Christian Schartz 11 points and 7 assists in this low scoring affair. Samy Picard shared scoring honours with Guy Schmit for
Musel Pikes who with the loss drop the the fourth position in the playoffs just half of a point behind Amicale. Both teams
have 15-11 win/loss records. Musel Pikes' import Christopher Braier had another low scoring game with only 9 points but he
took 13 rebounds and 3 steals. Amicale will play at Residence this weekend on Saturday, April 19th at 8:30pm. Musel Pikes
will entertain Contern on sunday, April 20th in Remich at 6:00pm. though both teams are in for the final four, they still
fight for a 3rd or 4th regular season finish and a higher positon for the final four.
Amicale: 27 field goals, 8 three pointers, 7 for 13 free throws, 31 rebounds, 17 steals and 14 turnovers
schartz 11, Scholtes 9, Depree 18, Jones 16, Ney 8, also Birenbaum 7, Dangelo, Kartheiser and Rausch.
Musel Pikes: 22 field goals, 11 three poiters, 11 for 19 free throws, 30 rebounds, 15 fouls and 13 turnovers
Score by quarters: 1st Q 20-10, Halftime 44-31, 3rd Q 55-50, Final 69-66
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Etzella 70 - Sparta 74
After a poor start, Nelson DelGado brought Etzella back into the game and had his team looking like it would finally break Sparta's spirit as well as their winning streak, up by 5 points at the break and going up by as many as 11 pointsearly in the third quarter. Then Etzella could only put 10 points on the board in the final stanza mostly due to Sparta's defensive efforts. Zohrab Ziai, Christian Wulff and Larrie Smith all hit key shots from the perimeter to help the Red and White of Bertrange to its 7th straight win with the Final four so close ahead.
Etzella's Tim Giver could not find the center of the rim from the field, where he went 1 for 6 from 2 point and 3 point range and scoring just 7 points but added 6 assists and 2 steals. Nelson DelGado led all scorers with 23 points. Marcus Kennedy also had a nice game with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Cedric Schroeder had a double-double of his own with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Larrie Smith and Co. had nice balance in scoring throughout the game. Smith scored 22 points and took 11 rebounds to lead the way, followed by Sohrab Ziai with 19 points. Pit Hoffmann also added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Looking closely at the statistics, you can see that this game was won by Sparta from the free throw line where they capitalized on 15 of 25 shots. Sparta was only called for 12 fouls during the entire match, allowing Etzella to shoot only 7 free throws. Etzella made them all.
Sparta will fine tune for the semi-finals, playing at Contern, on Saturday, April 26th at 8:30pm. Etzella must win at Amicale to finish second or third for the final four. If they lose, they will have to face Sparta in the semi-finals.
Etzella: 28 field goals, 7 three pointers, 7 for 7 free throws, 32 rebounds, 24 fouls and 7 turnovers.
J. DelGado 4, N. DelGado 23. Giver 7, Schroeder 10, Kennedy 22, also Garganese, Ittenbach and Kerger 4.
Sparta: 57 field goals, 7 three pointers, 15 for 25 free throws, 32 rebounds, 12 fouls and 16 turnovers.
Smith 22, Ziai 19, Hoffmann 11, Wulff 8, Baustert 7, also Palumbo 5, Wolzfeld 2 and Evans.
Score by quarters: 1st Q 23-25, Halftime 42-43, 3rd Q 60-55, Final 70-74
Musel Pikes 80 - Contern 65
Contern, coming off a huge win over Etzella last weekend, cound not find its form away from home and struggled against a hot shooting Musel Pikes team. coach Fank Baum gave the green light as Musel Pikes shot 30 three pointers in the match making good on nearly half of them. Samy Picard hit 6 of 13 from behind the arc and finished with a game high 27 points. Chris Braier had one of his better games with a huge double-double notching 21 points and 11 rebounds. Guy Schmit added 15 and Laurent Schwartz 10 for the winners from the Moselle River Valley. For Contern, it was brick city as they could only manage to sink 2 of 14 from the 3 point arc, but they were magnificent from the charity stripe where they went 19 for 20. Dave Mallon stepped it up big time with 25 points and 19 big rebounds. Only Eric Jeitz cound manage double figures in scoring with 12. Gilles Becker and Yves Braun were held to 8 points each. With a win against Rsidence this coming Saturday, Musel Pikes(16-11) will finish in third place ahead of either Etzella of Amicale and find itself playing one of those two teams in the semi finals of the DBBL's final four. Contern(11-16) will host Sparta(20-7) to end their season in 5th place.
Musel Pikes: 31 field goals, 12 three pointers, 6 for 10 free throws, 33 rebounds, 16 fouls and 15 turnovers
Schwartz 10, Picard 27, Braier 21, Kirch 7, G. Schmit 15, also Schmitz, and Dentzer.
Contern: 22 field goals 2 three pointers, 19 for 20 free throws, 40 rebounds, 17 fouls and 16 turnovers.
Mallon 25, Jeitz 12, Braun 8, Becker 8, Bissener 6, also Donnersbach 6, Kafer and Herber.
Score by quarters: 1st Q 11-16, Halftime 41-26, 3rd Q 58-51, Final 80-65
Rsidence 52 - Amicale 101
Rsidence: 15 field goals, 2 three pointers, 20 for 25 free throws, 29 rebounds, 18 fouls and 21 turnovers
Felten 17, F. Mangen 12, Julien 10, Abdiu 9, Kayser 4, Torres, also Bichel, Ludwig and Schmit
Amicale:(no stats available)
Schartz 4, Depree 30, Ney 18, Scholtes 13, Jones 13, also Birenbaum 12, Gillardin 2, d,Angelo and Steinmetz
Score by quarters: 1st Q 19-24, Halftime 29-42, 3rd Q 39-69, Final 52-101
Final four standings:
1 Sparta 20 7 31.50
2 Amicale 16 11 29.50
3 Etzella 19 8 29.50
4 Musel Pikes 16 11 29
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Etzella 101 - Sparta 93 2OT
Etzella Jumped out to a 1-0 lead in this DBBL semi-final series after bruising the defending champions Sparta in the opening game. Sparta won the last several battles with Etzella in the playoffs, but it was a different story yesterday. Sparta was more accurate from the field(2point fg range) in the starting frame and throughout the contest, but it was the three point line and the free throw line where Etzella was deadliest.
It was nearly a dead heat after the first ten minutes of play with Etzella up by only 1 point 24-23. The visitors from Bertrange struck hard in the second period out-pacing the home team 15-28 to grab a 12-point advantage going into the intermission. After thre quarters, Sparta still controlled and went up by 8 going into the 4th. Etzella out-played the rest of the way knocking Sparta off balance for the humongous double overtime win.
Nelson DelGado had an awesome game ending with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Tim Giver also had one of his better games in recent weeks by adding 26 points and 3 steals. Marcus Kennedy gave Sparta problems with his 22 points and 11 rebounds. Cedric Schroeder dropped 14 points and Jairo DelGado 11. Etzella was out-rebounded 39-34, but they only committed 5 turnovers compared to Sparta's costly 16. Sparta's Larrie Smith was one rebound short of a double-double with 32 huge points and 9 rebounds. Christophe Baustert and Sohrab Ziai scored 14 a piece and Christian wulff scored 11. Pivot player Pit Hoffmann also had 9 points and 9 rebounds.
Etzella: 32 field goals, 14 three pointers, 21 for 25 free throws, 34 rebounds, 16 fouls and 5 turnovers.
Kennedy 22, Giver 26, N. DelGado 28, Schroeder 14, J. DelGado 11, also Garganese and Kerger.
Sparta: 37 field goals, 9 three pointers, 10 for 17 free throws, 39 rebounds, 17 fouls and 16 turnovers.
Smith 32, Wulff 11, Ziai 14, Baustert 14, Hoffmann 9, also Rupil. Palumbo 7 and Nittler 6.
Score by quarters: 1st Q 24-23, Halftime 39-51, 3rd Q 60-68, 4th Q 79-79, 1OT 87-87, 2OT Final 101-93
Game 2 is scheduled for Friday, May 2, 2008 at 8:30pm at the sports hall Grimler in Dudelange.
Musel Pikes 68 - Amicale 60 1OT
Musel Pikes: 26 field goals, 6 three pointers, 10 for 19 free throws, 50 rebounds, 13 fouls and 18 turnovers.
Braier 13, Kirch 16, Picard 8, Schwartz 22, G. Schmit 9, also Dentzer, Schmitz and C. Schmit
Amicale: 22 field goals, 8 three pointers, 8 for 14 free throws, 28 rebounds, 19 fouls and 8 turnovers.
Jones 10, Schartz 5, Ney 7, Scholtes 6, Depree 18, also Birenbaum 14, D'Angelo, Rausch and Kartheiser
Score by quarters: 1st Q 20-15, Halftime 36-32, 3rd Q 50-45, 4th Q 58-58, 1OT Final 68-60
After some weeks of uncertainty, Aluxes de Cancun officials announced to media that they finally decided to participate to Liga del Sureste 2008. The team should be coached by Manuel Vigueras or by Miguel Parra (it is not yet sure who will be chosen at the end) and their home courth will be the Gimnasio de usos mltiples Kuchil Baxal. The import players will be three well-known veterans: Timmy Gibbs (191-G-67, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Weber St.) (yet signed), Eric Carr (200-F-71, college: Penn St.) and Michael Saulsberry (203-F-64, college: La-Monroe) (both yet negotiating with the team), and the Aluxes should make their debut on saturday, May 3, vs. Dorados de Playa del Carmen. The decision of Aluxes will beef up a little the league line-up, till now only four teams had see action in LSB and one of them, Peppers de Progreso, had complained a lot for their games directions, threatening the LBS officials to leave the league.
The current Liga del Sureste standings are as follows:
1. Peppers de Progreso 2-2
2. Dorados de Playa del Carmen 2-2
3. Leopardos de Merida 1-1
4. Marineros de Cozumel 1-1
5. Aluxes de Cancun 0-0
Joel Munoz leaded his team FTC EAD to a needed victory in the brazilian league over CETAF GAROTO 71-58Joel Munoz (179-G-80) helped his cause with 14 Points and 4 Assistances and he has the following figures in 7 games played 10.9 Points, 6.6 Assistances, 4.0 Rebounds, 2.0 Steals in 37 Minutes erp game. FTC EAD is in the 9th position with a record of 2-6. The other victory of FTC EAD was over Pitagoras Minas in overtime.
|Points Per Game|
|Melendez (Caguas)23.8 Figueroa (Arecibo) 21.6|
White (Arecibo) 21.0
Ayuso (Santurce) 20.2
Ramos (Caguas) 19.4
|Rebounds Per Game|
|Benson (Bayamon) 14.9|
Ramos (Caguas) 10.3
Aubry (Ponce) 9.2
Figueroa (Arecibo) 9.1
Reyes (Carolina) 9.0
|Assists Per Game|
|Caro (Guayama) 7.8|
Pagan (Ponce) 6.0
Guzman (Humacao) 5.8
Rivera (Carolina) 5.7
Hatton (Arecibo) 5.3
|Steals Per Game|
|Figueroa (Arecibo) 2.1|
Guzman (Humacao) 1.6
Padilla (Ponce) 1.6
|Blocks Per Game|
|Ramos (Caguas) 2.6|
Traylor (Santurce) 2.2
Benson (Bayamon) 1.7
|Avila (S. German) 52.6%|
Alamo (Caguas) 48.7%
|Cortes (Arecibo) 100%|
Ra. Dalmau (San.) 92.3%Rice (Carolina) 90.9%
Al Arabi Club can now add GCC champions to their recent list of accomplishments under Coach David Ingram, as they held off Al Qadsia of Kuwait in an action packed final at Al-Garaffa Stadium in Doha 80-76. Al Arabi started off very strong, racing to an early 8 point lead (16-8) behind the strong play of Mohammed Salah, who had 11 points in the first 6 minutes of the first quarter. He finished the game with 13 pts, 5 reb and 2 blk, and had a very big defensive game alongside Hashem Zaidan (211-C-80)(185-G-86) (8 pts and 8 reb), as they took turns holding Al Qadsia's big man J Williams, who went off for 35 pts and 20 reb in the semis, to just 16 points and 8 rebounds. Lamar Grimes (182-G-83, college: Indiana St.) led the offensive charge for Al-Arabi. Going into the 4th quarter though, Grimes only had 13 pts, 6 ast and 7 rebounds and Al Arabi were down by 4, but when the game was on the line, he stepped up to lead his team to victory, finishing the game one rebound short of a triple-double as he recorded 20 pts, 10 ast, and 9 rebounds. He started off the 4th quarter charge with a crucial 3 pointer that cut the Al Qadsia's lead to 1. Then he grabbed 2 offensive rebounds which resulted in Mohammed Al Derazi (192-F) treys that put Al Arabi up for good. Grimes then iced the game by hitting 4 crucial free-throws in the dying moments of the game to make sure that there would be no last second heroics on the Al Qadsia side. Baker Ahmad Mohammed (198-F-86) played his heart out adding 13 pts, 7ast and 8 reb, while Al Derazi finished the game with 20 points, hitting some important shots down the stretch. Credit also has to be given to Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.), Al-Arabi's injured professional, as he helped coach the team and get them mentally and emotionally prepared for this big international competition. Who knows, maybe there is a future for Watson in the coaching ranks after his playing days are over!!!
In the days other games, Al Rayyan routed Al Wasl in the 3rd place match 113-69 to win the bronze. Ali Turki (200-F-82) (200-F-82) led Rayyan with 23 pts. Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 17 pts to go along with 8 ast. Al Wasl were led by Abdulla Sabeel's 19 pts and 4 ast. Al Ahli Manama got their revenge on Al Arabi of Kuwait, who had beaten Al Ahli in the group stages to knock them out of a place in the semis, beating them 72-65 to finish 5th and 6th respectively. In the match for 7th and 8th place, Al Ansar of Saudi beat Al Nizwa of Oman 91-65, behind a huge 42 point performance by Akeem Wright (198-G-84, college: Kansas St.). Wright who is just out of college, looks to have a very bright future ahead of him.
Gold Medal Match
Al Arabi Club 80-76 Al Qadsia
Bronze Medal Match
Al Rayyan 113-69 Al-Wasl
5-6th Place Match
Al Ahli Manama 72-65 Al Arabi
7-8th Place Match
Al Ansar 91-65 Al Nizwa
A day after Al Rayyan's Emir Cup victory, point guard Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Ky Wesleyan) kindly sat down with me for an interview.
Amir: What's up Marlon? Congratulations on your victory yesterday.
Marlon: Thanks Amir. It feels good.
What made you decide to come back to Qatar?
Well, I felt that Rayyan would be a good situation for me and I felt that I could come in and help this team.
t believe that I've played in a more athletic league.
I have to ask you then: How would you rate the competition here in Qatar:
Overall, Qatar has a pretty competitive league. I believe that the level is not as good as it could be because of the one-import rule, but I don'
You were in Estonia earlier this year. How was your experience there?
Life was great there and the people were very nice. The playing, though, was not where I expected it to be. On the whole, it was a great experience.
So why did you leave?
The team felt that they could save money. It was a business move.
When you left, your former team BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn were undefeated in the league and in first place. However, since then, they've lost three crucial games and ended up losing the league title to rivals Tartu likool/Rock. What did that tell you?
It makes you understand your worth as a player. You feel bad for the players because they are good people, but I saw it coming because Rock is a great team.
Then you come to a Rayyan team that lost the league title to Al Jaysh Army SC and you were expected to come in to help them win the Heir Apparent and Kings Cups, right away. Did you feel any added pressure?
Sure, of course I felt pressure, even though I have played under similiar circumstances before. There were nights where I couldn't sleep because I was anxious, but with leader like Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80), it makes the adjustment that much easier.
So you play your first game, you foul out and Rayyan loses. What was going through your mind at that moment?
Not only did I lose, I lost to my former team (Qatar Club). I was a bit down, which is normal, but I knew that it was just a matter of time before it clicked. The only problem was that we didn't have much time and I was just hoping that it would be sooner than later.
You got a rematch with Qatar in the finals of the Heir Apparent Cup, but this time you guys got the better of them when it counted most, with you scoring 23 points and playing an great game overall. Tell me about that.
It felt great! My teammates were great. It was a team effort and when it was money time we knew what we had to do.
But come on; don't tell me that this victory wasn't that much sweeter because it was Qatar.
It was real sweet, definitely. Being in battle and winning the Emir's Cup with them last year, and now being on the other side of the court and doing battle against them and coming out victorious again; it was special.
Then you faced Qatar again in the Emir Cup round robin, this time with Daoud Musa (193-G-82) in the lineup. Once again they beat you guys, and this time pretty handily, might I add, but again you guys beat them in the final. Was giving them a sense of false hope part of the strategy?
Yeah, it was. When we played them in the round robin, it wasn't important. They were trash talking like they had already won the cup and I said to my teammates that we would meet again when the stakes were higher and that we would take care of business then.
Last year you finished third in the league and won the Emir's Cup with Qatar; this year, Rayyan finishes second and you win both the Heir Apparent and Emir's Cups. I don't believe that any player has come here and won so many medals in such a short time. How does that make you feel?
It makes me feel good. They were all great accomplishments and that's why I work so hard. I just want to be remembered as a winner.
Now you have the GCCs and the Asian Club Championships up next. What are your predictions?
I don't really know who we're facing. We will just take it one game and one tournament at a time, but I have confidence in my team.
To change the subject a bit, let me ask you: With your resume and talent, why do you think you still haven't had a chance to ply your trade in the NBA?
I would like to believe that it's about being at the right place at the right time, but I don't believe that I was ever given a fair opportunity. Seeing people in the NBA that I played against and knowing that, when I played against them I totally dominated them, makes me question things sometimes. But, hey, I'm not going to dwell on it. When one door closes another opens, and there are many leagues out there where I can go out and do my thing. That's all I can do, and if that isn't enough to get me there, then at least I will go out with my head held high.
Do you think that not being in the NBA has anything to do with some immature acts on your part? Things that when a more mature, more experienced you reflects back on, would do over if given the chance.
Of course, man. Everybody does, don't they? We are all prone to make mistakes. I wish that my coach and I would have had a better relationship. I think that things were blown out of proportion. I just wanted more freedom out on the court to do things that I knew I could. But I never regret anything; you live and learn and I hold no grudges. I just love the game of basketball and want to play. It did really humbled me though.
When you say 'coach,' are you talking about your former coach at University of New Mexico, Fran Fraschilla ?
Yeah. Coach Fran.
How is your relationship with him now? Have you seen him ever since, and if so how was it?
Everything is good. I saw him in Minnesota at the Summer League.
How does the story end this year?
Well, I hope with two more championships and hopefully going back to play in the NBA summer league. And from there, we'll see.
Do you want to give a shout out to anyone?
Firstly, I need to thank God because without Him, we wouldn't be here today. My parents who taught me to never give in to anything that I didnt believe in; Rayyan management for giving me this chance; my college coach at Kentucky Wesleyan, Ray Harper, for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to repay his trust. Coach Fran for teaching me the X's and O's of the game; and my current coach Brian Lester for making me feel at ease right away, trusting me as a player and coaching a masterful game yesterday.
Thanks for your time, good luck for the upcoming tournaments, and hopefully we could do another one after you win the GCCs and the Asian Club Championships.
Let's hope so.
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Darnell Miller and Cupes lost to Club Gergorio Urbano Gilbert (GUG), 120 -116, in double overtime of the XVIII Torneo de Baloncesto Superior de Santiago. Miller had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. GUG takes a two games to none lead.
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BC Khimik Yuzhniy started the 2008 Superleague Semifinals with a 81:84 upset of the defending champions Azovmash Mariupol, taking a 1:0 lead in the series.
Azovmash had an 8:7 lead midway through the 1st quarter, but went on a 15:7 run to close out the stretch up by 9. They stayed in control in the second quarter, extending the advantage to 18 points with 5 minutes to go in the half. The visitors, however, replied with an 8:18 run to cut Mariupols lead to 8.
The game evened up in the second half after Yuzhniy finally caught up with Azovmash. The third quarter ended 61:59 for the hosts.
Khimik got a 5-point lead with 2:30 to go in the 4th, Azovmash reduced it to 1 with 1:30 to go and was forced to put the visitors on the line to stop the clock. Clutch free throws allowed Khimik to hold on to the lead.
Olu Famitimi scored 21 for the winners. Robert Archibald had game-high 24 points in the losing effort.
BC Kyiv, meanwhile, cruised past Politekhnika-Galychyna 98:68.
Game stats are available on the official website of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation.