EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/21/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
SABA Battery - Rayyan 82:75
The Iranian powerhouse SABA Battery clinched the second straight Asia Champions Cup title yesterday. They overpowered Qatari Rayyan in the championship game in Kuwait. The game turned into a dramatic contest with the sides keeping it on level terms for the major part of the game. However DaJuan Tate (196-G/F-81, college: Mountain St.) accounted for a couple of key points in the dying minutes to propel the SABA Battery to an impressive success. SABA Battery and Rayyan exchanged the blows early in the encounter with the Iranian outfit grabbing a 16:15 lead at the first intermission. Rayyan relied on solid performance from Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) to regain the control over the game in the second quarter. Rayyans American import came up with 15 points in the frame and Qatari team claimed a 10-point advantage at halftime. The things changed radically in the third stanza and SABA Battery started to claw their way back. DaJuan Tate and Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) teamed up to ignite a 32:14 rally that put SABA in front 61:53 after three quarters of action. Eric Chatfield came up with a trey to tie it all at 68 late in regulation. DaJuan Tate answered with 7 straight points to carry SABA to safe distance and they ensured the winning outcome at the end. DaJuan Tate scored 30 points to lead all scorers. Gabe Muoneke added 26 points, while Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency) nailed 18 points for the winners. Eric Chatfield knocked down 29 points to pace Rayyan. Yaseen Ismail (204-F-80) accounted for 15 points and Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) had 13 in defeat.
SABA Battery: DaJuan Tate 30, Gabe Muoneke 26, Hamed Hadadi 18
Rayyan: Eric Chatfield 29, Yaseen Ismail 15, Dalron Johnson 13
Bronze Medals Game
Wasl - Riyadi 87:82
Al Wasl stepped on the pedestal as they outgunned Riyadi in the Bronze medals final yesterday. The victory marked a historic event for the Emirates basketball as Wasl became the first ever team from the country to grab medals at the Asia Champions Cup. Riyadi meanwhile returned to the event after a 10-year pause and failed to overcome the result that achieved in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 (Bronze medals).
The Lebanese team got to an aggressive start and cleared off to a 29:20 distance at the end of the first frame. However Ivorian import Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) stepped up for Wasl and paced them back into fight. Wasl trimmed the gap to 3 points at halftime as the tension mounted. The teams traded baskets in what turned out to be a seesaw third frame. Still Wasl found the way to jump in front as they grabbed a 65:63 lead heading into the fourth stanza. The pressure escalated on both sides in the dying moments but Herve Lamizana was superb as he kept it cool and doomed Riyadi in the crunch time. The Ivorian tallied game-high 30 points to propel Wasl to a historic third-place finish. Ibraheem Ahmad contributed 22 points and Rashed Al-Zaabi launched 15 for the winners. Joe Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) answered with 28 points for Riyadi. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) came up with 26 points in a losing case. So the 19th Edition of Asia Champions Cup was successfully completed with Wasl suffering the only loss at the tournament and registering an impressive record as for the teams that was widely taken as underdogs before the competition.
Wasl: Herve Lamizana 30+9 boards, Ibraheem Ahmad 22, Rashed Al-Zaabi 15
Riyadi: Joe Vogel 28, Fadi El Khatib 26
Borac Nektar - Igokea Partizan 80:77
Siroki Prima Pivo - Zrinjski Mik Company 88:68
Grude - Bosna ASA BH Telecom (Wednesday May 21TH)
Slavija - Sloboda Dita (Wednesday May 21TH)
1. Siroki Prima Pivo 9-3 1004:909 +95 21 pts.
2. Bosna ASA BHT 9-2 875:738 +137 20 pts.
3. Igokea Partizan 8-4 1050:927 +123 20 pts.
4. Borac Nektar 6-6 927:905 +22 18 pts.
5. Sloboda Dita 6-5 840:876 -36 17 pts.
6. Zrinjski MC 3-9 981:1083 -102 15 pts.
7. Slavija 3-8 837:974 -137 14 pts.
8. Grude 2-9 835:937 -102 13 pts.
Borac Nektar Igokea Partizan 80:77
(18:20, 20:28, 21:17, 21:12)
Banja Luka, SD Borik; Att.: 1.500; Ref.: Jovanic, Duskaj, Okuka
BORAC NEKTAR: Franklin 20, Z. Jovanovic 23, Stupar 3, Rothbart 5, V. Jovanovic 1, Gemaljevic 9, Djurasovic 3, Pavlovic, Milinovic 3, Velimirovic 5, Popovic 8, Josipovic
Coach: Milos Pejic
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic 10, Patterson 3, Bocka 6, Stazic, Djurica, Vucurovic 15, Cup, Wright 3, Lydeka 13, Stefanovic 13, Kovacevic 2, Allen 12
Coach: Zoran Sretenovic
Siroki prima pivo Zrinjski Mik Company 88:68
(24:19, 20:8, 21:13, 23:28)
Siroki Brijeg, SD Pecara; Att.: 500; Ref.: Husaric, Lakic, Drmic
SIROKI PRIMA PIVO: Bubalo 12, Planinic 5, Grays 6, Stemberger 9, Dijan 11, Zupic 18, Sola 16, Naletilic, Susak 1, Fajardo 1, Bethel 3, Ezugwu 6
Coach: Ivan Velic
ZRINJSKI MC: Filipovic 3, Bisko 3, Norac, Petric 8, Oroz 9, Dzidic, Simovic 4, Brecic 15, Vuckovic 4, Buhac 7, Planinic 13, Grbavac
Coach: Nedjeljko Zelenika
Another two players have been called in the preselecting Cyprus NT yesterday the two players are Iacovos Panteli (188-G-85) of BMC AEK Larnakas and Stratis Stulianou (195-F-83) of Achilleas Kaimakli. Iacovos Panteli is among the top guards in the Cyprus league with very steady percentages from the arc, good organisational skills and very good defence as he is among the top 'thieves' of the league, on the other hand Stratis Stulianou is an experience player with lots of physical power who can help in the rebounding area and in the defence.
These two players were added in the 31 players who have been called earlier on and now the two national coaches Christos Stylianidis and Linos Gabriel have to choose the top performers to build up the new Cyprus NT. Its the very first time in which the selection is to be made with such a big number of players.
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the Cyprus NT.
Julio Vidal, Franklin Matos (190-G-82) & Robert Sanders (201-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) combined for 61 points to lead Centro Juvenil Don Bosco to defeat San Sebastian 97-98 on the first game of the semifinal of the Superior Baketball Tournament of Moca.
Julio Vidal lead all players with 26 points, Franklin Matos (190-G-82) had 19 and Robert Sanders finish with 16 points and 14 boards; for San Sebastian, Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81) had 24 points and Darnell Miller (195-G-82, college: W.Georgia) finish with 14 points.
The fantastic basketball action of the 2007-2008 Bundesliga playoffs continued Tuesday night with two exciting games and surprising results. ALBA Berlin advanced to the semi-finals with a 95-73 Game 3 victory and 3-0 sweep over Eisbaren Bremerhaven. Earlier Tuesday evening in Quakenbruck, Telekom Bonn used a tremendous fourth quarter and thrilling finish to edge host Artland Dragons 77-76 at Artland Arena.
Tuesday May 20th, 2008
ALBA Berlin 95 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 73 (ALBA sweeps series 3-0)
A 30-19 1Q set the tone in Tuesdays 95-73 Game 3 win and helped ALBA Berlin finish their first round series with a 3 games to 0 sweep of Eisbaren Bremerhaven. The ALBA perimeter attack led the production as Immanuel McElroy topscored with a game best 23pt on 5 for 6 three point shooting. Bobby Brown added 17pt 7ast while Julius Jenkins and Aleksandar Nadjfeji chipped in 14pt apiece to the win. C Patrick Femerling also reached double figures with 10pt 6reb. Head coach Luka Pavicevic saw his team shoot 59% from the floor and drill 14 of 28 threes while dishing out 22ast as a team. Berlin used their strong start to build a 55-33 lead effectively ending the series by halftime. A 26-18 3Q gave ALBA fans the chance to celebrate their teams performance as they took a 81-51 lead into the 4th. Bremerhaven was led by Brian Brown's 20pt and Matt Haryasz 17pt. Nate Doornekamp and Ivars Timermanis scored 13pt apiece in the loss. Bremerhaven shot 44% from the floor and made 6 of 17 threes 35%. Berlin advances to the next round awaiting the winner the brose Baskets Bamberg-Ewe Baskets Oldenburg series.
Telekom Baskets Bonn 77 Artland Dragons 76 (Bonn leads series 2-1)
Miah Davis took a top of the key handoff from John Bowler and drove hard to the hoop laying up a right hand fingerroll off glass before the buzzer lifting Telekom Baskets Bonn to an amazing 77-76 road win over Artland Dragons Tuesday night at Artland Arena. The dramatic result came from a sideline inbound play with 3.8sec to play. Artland led 72-70 with 1min40sec after big points from Leon Rodgers. Bonn's John Bowler has his post move goaltended evening the score at 72 with 1:25 to play. Artland's John Goldsberry gave the Dragons a lead 74-72 with a strong driving lefty layin. Miah Davis missed a perimeter shot with 40sec keeping the score 74-72. Artland milked the clock before Lamont McIntosh miss a wing jumper with 20sec. Winsome Frazier buired a transition three giving Bonn a stunning 75-74 lead with 14sec left. Artlands attack was finished by a Leon Rodgers tip in with 3.8sec remaining giving Artland a 76-75 lead. After a timeout, Bonn's Michael Koch and team could celebrate the fantastic finish and 2-1 series lead. The game opened with Artland moving into the drivers seat. After a 23-15 1Q which saw Lamont McIntosh sink early three pointers, Artland built a 30-19 lead before Bonn battled back and cut the halftime margin to 43-36 for the Dragons. Bonn trimmed the deficit to 62-58 heading into the 4th. The exciting fourth quarter added to the fantastic post season the Bundesliga is enjoying. Game 4 is set for Thursday May 22nd at 4pm in Bonn.
|A2 Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Fotiou, Sporting 18.8|
2 Kaklamanos, Trik 17.5
3 Liakopoulos, Pag 17.2
4 Totsios, Iraklis 17.0
5 Moulakis, Xanthi 16.5
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Despos, MENT 9.3|
2 Koutroulias, Ilis 8.5
3 Symeonidis, Iraklis 8.4
4 Bucci, Peristeriou 7.7
5 Moutran, Sporting 7.2
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Karydas, MENT 5.5|
2 Moshovitis, Perist 4.8
3 Kantartzis, Halkid 4.3
4 Liakopoulos, Pagr 4.0
5 Kekelis, Ionikos 3.3
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Karydas, MENT 2.6|
2 Tomaras, Halkidas 1.9
3 Bucci, Peristeriou 1.8
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Trybanski, Perist 1.7|
2 Psathas, Halkidas 1.2
3 Harismidis, Trikala 1.0
3 Koutroulias, Ilis 1.0
|1 Mandic, MENT 66.0|
2 Despos, MENT 65.0
3 Zaras, ICBC 63.0
|1 Manojlovic, Pener 55.0|
2 Panagiotopoulos 49.0
3 Apostolopoulos, Ir 46.0
|1 Panagiotopoulos 91.0|
2 Spanos, Ionikos 89.0
2 Aposkitis, Falirou 89.0
In the battle for the fifth place in Russian Superleague Triumph Lybertsy celebrated at the second game against Unics in Kazan 77-69. As the Triumph won the first game in Moscow they finished season 07/08 on fifth position.
Visitors played a bit better first quarter while the second period belonged to UNICS. Teams went on the half time almost equalized. It was 35-37 for Triumph. Third period brought much better performance from Triumph. Mostly owing to Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) and Dmitriev they made a bigger lead having plus 9 at the beginning of the last quarter. At the last 10 minutes Triumph kept its advantage with routine.
Sergei Toporov paced the winners scoring 25 points. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) followed him netting 16 points. On the other side Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) was the best in Unics with 21 points. Triumph played those two games without its power forward Ognjen Askrabic, who is slightly injured.
Interesting is that both teams finished regular season in top 4. Triumph was on the fourth place with 16 wins and 8 defeats while Unics was even better ranked. Team from Kazan finished it on very good third place with score 17-7. Naturally those two teams had bigger ambitions after the regular season but Unics lost against Ural at the quarterfinals while Dynamo Moscow beat Triumph.
Unics - Triumph Lybertsy 69-77
Unics: Stanescu 21, Sergeev 16, Keiru 9
Triumph: Toporov 25, Chatman 16, Dmitriev 14
After a season away, the Cartersville Warriors are returning to the WBA Exposure League. The Warriors finished the 2006 season in 2nd place after losing in a double OT thriller to the Rome Gladiators. Team's General Manager David Archer opted to hire Bobby Rouse (6'5''-G/F-76, college: USC-Salkahatcie JC) as Head Coach for the 2008 WBA season. Rouse was the Assistant Coach/Director of Player Personnel on the 2006 runner up team that saw 10 players go on to receive professional contracts that fall. He tabbed Jackie Copeland as his Assistant Coach, and the team inked players Lance Perique (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Georgia St.), Golden Ingle (5'11''-G-81, college: Kennesaw St.), Jeremy Law (6'5''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) and Lemarr Farr (6'4''-G-83, college: Lambuth). The WBA season starts on May 24 and the Warriors will be ready to compete for the first places.
|WNBL Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Porter, SYD 24.2|
2. Cox, TOW 21.5
3. Randall, BUL 18.1
4. Camino, ADE 17.6
5. Wilson, PER 16.6
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Crouse, TOW 12.1|
2. Francis, AIS 10.8
3. Randall, BUL 9.7
4. Bishop, CAN 9.3
5. Gahan, ADE 8.9
|Assists Per Game|
|1. Macleod, BEN 5.2|
2. Porter, SYD 4.7
3. Glaubitz, BUL 4.2
4. Richards, PER 4.1
5. Hunt, AIS 4.1
|Steals Per Game|
|1. Bevilaqua, CAN 2.6|
2. Milner, BUL 2.1
3. Richards, PER 2.0
|Blocks Per Game|
|1. Crouse, TOW 2.3|
2. Beatty, CAN 2.2
3. Tolo, AIS 1.7
|1. Shiels, SYD 62.5|
2. Fryters, ADE 60.0
3. Beatty, CAN 58.3
|1. Penaluna, BUL 66.7|
2. Gahan, ADE 58.1
3. Lorenzini, SYD 50.0
|1. Cumming, AIS 95.0|
2. Ebzery, AIS 90.5
3. Veal, SYD 88.9