EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/27/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Before last round everything is known in Bosnian League 8. Almost everything...
In Play-Off will play Igokea Partizan like second placed team and Siroki Prima Pivo like third placed team. They also can change the places if Siroki win against Bosna on 'Pecara' and Igokea lose game in Istocno Sarajevo. In other Semifinal will play Bosna ASA BH Telecom with team from place four. For now that is Sloboda Dita which have one win more than Borac Nektar. In last round both teams are visitors. Sloboda Dita play against Zrinjski and Borac goes to Grude.
Bosnian League 8, 14TH round (Tuesday May 27TH)
Siroki Brijeg: Siroki Prima Pivo - Bosna ASA BH Telecom (Ref.: Kralj, Jovanic, Adamovic)
Istocno Sarajevo: Slavija - Igokea Partizan (Ref.: Obradovic, Pehar, Drmic)
Grude: Grude - Borac Nektar (Ref.: Zurapovic, Kunosic, Hatibovic)
Mostar: Zrinjski Mik Company - Sloboda Dita (Ref.: Duskaj, Okuka, Lakic)
All matches started at 20:00.
You can listen live broadcast from Siroki Brijeg and from other cities on www.rtvvogosca.ba and www.rtvbostel.com (on Bosnian language).
Play-Off started this weekend (May 31TH). Teams will playing for two win.
|CENTROTRANS LIGA ZA PRVAKA BIH Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. A.Damjanovic (SLA)19,83|
2. Williams (BOS) 19,15
3. M. Milosevic (SLO) 16,85
4. Vuckovic (ZRI) 16,15
5. Z. Jovanovic (BOR) 15,92
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Matic (SLO) 7,6|
2. Fajardo (SIR) 7,2
3. Williams (BOS) 6,9
4. Spralja (SIR) 6,4
5. Milosevic (SLO) 6,0
|Assists Per Game|
|1. Vujcic (GRU) 6,0|
2. Gvozdenovic (SLA) 4,4
3. Jovanovic (BOR) 4,0
4. Allen (IGO) 3,4
5. Bailey (BOS) 3,4
|Steals Per Game|
|1. Franklin (BOR) 1,8|
2. Stemberger (SIR) 1,7
3. Dzidic (ZRI) 1,7
|Blocks Per Game|
|1. Rothbart (BOR) 1,3|
2. Lydeka (IGO) 1,1
3. Patterson (IGO) 0,9
|1. Williams (BOS) 8,14|
2. Damjanov (SLA) 7,00
3. Matic (SLO) 5,22
|1. Jovanovic (BOR) 2,67|
2. Vuckovic (ZRI) 2,43
3. Grays (SIR) 2,33
|1. Stemberger (SIR) 5,78|
2. Zitko (GRU) 5,00
3. Fajardo (SIR) 4,89
|1. Lance Williams (BOS)|
2. Z. Jovanovic (BOR)
3. A. Damjanovic (SLA)
4. Fajardo (SIR)
5. M. Milosevic (SLO)
Igokea Partizan - Siroki Prima Pivo 71:52
Bosna ASA BH Telecom - Zrinjski Mik Company 68:56
Sloboda Dita - Grude 91:77
Borac Nektar - Slavija 85:67
1. Bosna ASA BHT 11-2 1046:869 +177 24 pts.
2. Igokea Partizan 9-4 1121:979 +142 22 pts.
3. Siroki Prima Pivo 9-4 1056:980 +76 22 pts.
4. Sloboda Dita 8-5 1024:1031 -07 21 pts.
5. Borac Nektar 7-6 1012:972 +40 20 pts.
6. Zrinjski MC 3-10 1037:1151 -114 16 pts.
7. Slavija 3-10 982:1152 -170 16 pts.
8. Grude 2-11 987:1131 -144 15 pts.
Igokea Partizan - Siroki Prima Pivo 71:52
(21:12, 16:13, 20:9, 14:18)
Aleksandrovac, SD Nenad Bastinac; Att.: 2.000; Ref.: Bijedic, Duskaj, Nozinovic
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Tosic 6, Patterson 9, Bocka 15, Stazic, Djurica 2, Vucurovic 8, Cup, Wright, Lydeka 4, Stefanovic 10, Kovacevic 13, Allen 4
Coach: Drago Karalic
SIROKI PRIMA PIVO: Bubalo, Planinic, Grays 9, Stemberger 14, Dijan 11, Zupic, Sola 1, Naletilic, Susak, Fajardo 13, Bethel, Ezugwu 4
Coach: Ivan Velic
Bosna ASA BHT - Zrinjski Mik Company 68:56
(14:18, 25:7, 12:16, 17:15)
Sarajevo, SD Skenderija; Att.: 300; Ref.: Okuka, Sobot, Karovic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Jefferson, Sehovic 4, Tomovic 2 (3 ass.), Ikonic 7, Bavcic 6 (6 reb.), Zimic, Bailey 10, Rahimic 11, Hajric 5 (7 reb.), Pasalic 6, Jackson 2, Williams 15
Coach: Jurij Zdovc
ZRINJSKI MC: Filipovic, Bisko, Norac 4, Petric, Oroz, Dzidic 9, Simovic 11, Brecic 2, Vuckovic 22 (16 reb.), Buhac, Planinic 8, Grbavac
Coach: Nedeljko Zelenika
Sloboda Dita - Grude 91:77
(22:14, 28:14, 18:25, 23:24)
Tuzla, SD Mejdan; Att.: 500; Ref.: Kralj, Babic, Ignjatovic
SLOBODA DITA: Halilovic 3, M.Milosevic 21, Hrncic 11, Albijanic 4, Jeftic 3, Persic 2, Tomovic 9, Tanasilovic 11, Matic 8, N.Milosevic, Jocovic 17, Ross 2
Coach: Senad Muminovic
GRUDE: Lovric, Vranjes, Djulabic, M. Gligora 10, L. Gligora 12, Jelcic 5, Vujcic 4, Bura 7, Lozancic 13, Zitko 22, Perajica 4
Coach: Predrag Mikulic
Borac Nektar - Slavija 85:67
(20:20, 28:10, 17:13, 20:24)
Banja Luka, SD Borik; Att.: 500; Ref.: Pehar, Drmic, Lovric
BORAC NEKTAR: Franklin 12, Z. Jovanovic 16, Stupar, Rothbart, V. Jovanovic 9, Gemaljevic 19, Djurasovic 1, Josipovic 10, Pavlovic 2, Milinovic 6, Velimirovic 2, Popovic 8
Coach: Milos Pejic
SLAVIJA: Gvozdenovic 17, Stanic 11, Tomasevic, Simeunovic, Mladenovic 6, D. Damjanovic, Vukovic 4, Grubisic 1, A. Damjanovic 28
Coach/player: Aleksandar Damjanovic
District National Standings|
Eiffel Towers - MyGuide Amsterdam 79:63
Eiffel Towers tied the Final series against MyGuide Amsterdam. Game 4 saw 79:63 for the Towers and in the best-of-seven campaign the teams are even again. The hosts took a control of the game from the very beginning and led to the expected win. Akerboom Kees top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.) nailed 17 and Travis Young (184-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) posted 15. Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) resisted with 21 points in the losing effort.
Eiffel Towers easily grabbed the lead from the first minutes and it was not a surprise as they had 24:13 by the end of it. Another push in the second period gave them 33:17 midway through the second quarter. One of the biggest lead the hosts had in the end of the first half with 18 points advantage. Amsterdam cut its deficit to 47:34 at halftime and hoped to stay closer later in the game.
Robert Owens and Brown stepped up to make EiffelTowers seal the outcome long before the final buzzer. Even though MyGuide Amsterdam won the third period 16:19, they lost the fourth period 16:10.
Game 5 is scheduled for May 27 and will move one of the teams closer to triumph. The series however will be over when one of the teams reach 4 victories agaist the opponent.
Eiffel Towers:Akerboom Kees 19, Robert Owens 17, Travis Young 15
MyGuide Amsterdam:Tamien Trent 21, Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) 14
Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side), whose 17 1st quarter points helped stake Eiffel to a 24-13 lead, which gave Eiffel the necessary energy needed to keep MyGuide on their heels for the rest of the half, with Eiffel leading 47-34 going into halftime.
In what has become a topsy-turby series, with the home games won by the home team by large margins and a huge contrast in three-point shooting, the trend continued on Saturday night in the Maaspoort, with defending Dutch champion Eiffel Towers getting off to a good start, going on to defeat MyGuide Amsterdam by the score of 79-63 to tie the series at 2-2. Eiffel mad enine three-pointers, while MyGuide shot a horrific 2 of 15. The rebounding difference for the home teams in this series also played a factor in the Eiffel win, with Eiffel owning the boards at a 34-23 difference. But the person who helped make the difference for Eiffel, who was the pacesetter, was sharpshooter and Dutch international
In the 3rd quarter Eiffel had their biggest lead at one point 53-35 before MyGuide made a 11-3 run to cut it to 56-46 at the end of the 3rd quarter. MyGuide kept within striking distance in the early part of the 4th quarter, but Eiffel's Damone Brown (204-F-79, college: Syracuse) countered with a run of his own, scoring six points in a row to extend Eiffel's lead to 71-53, and it was from there academic. Akerboom led Eiffel with 19 pts., Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.), who helped deflate a MyGuide run with some key scores, added 17. MyGuide's Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led all scorers with 21 pts. The pivotial Game #5 will be Tuesday night in Amsterdam, with the winner putting themselves in the driver's seat.
Szolnok could not use the home-court advantage and lost the Game Five 65-66 last night. The home team started the game very well after a 9-0 run they lead already 10-2 after 3 minutes.
Than Kenneth Henderson decided to lead his own team and Krmend could tie the game: with Fodors basket the score was 13-13 (it was the first basket mady by a domestic player in the game!).
In the beginning of the second quarter the home team did not find the rhythm (22-27), but after that they made one amazing 18-8 run and were up by 5 points after 20 minutes.
Krmend started also the third quarter better, and the game was tied after 30 minutes (57-57).
There was a very exciting last quarter of the playoffs. Three minutes before the end the guests were leading by 6 points, but Szolnok did not give up: Molnar and Harazin got the home team closer (65-66).
In the last minute Vavra missed his two free throws and Szolnok got the chance to decide the game, but in the last offense Jurkunas missed a three, Thomas grabbed the rebound and so Krmend will meet the biggest rival FALCO KC in the Finals. The first game will be played on Wednesday in Szombathely.
(1818, 2217, 1722, 89)
Szolnok, Att.: 2800, Referees: Hartyani, Cziffra, Palla
SZOLNOK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 19/9, Cziczs, Hollins 10/3, Sabaliauskas 3/3, Andrius Jurkunas (205-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Clemson) 17/6, Molnar A. 5, Henrik Gobi (206-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 7/3, Harazin 4, Coach: Por Peter
KORMEND: Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) 13, Ferencz, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 9/3, Kenneth Henderson (201-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) 17, Ocitti 10/6, Vavra P. 6, Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/6, Trummer, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic
Yesterday night in Avellino Lottomatica Roma took the second win in the Serie A semifinal, going to 2-0 in the aggregate like Siena. This result could allow Roma to sweep the seriers, 3-0 in next game at home. The game ended 85-78 and Air Avellino was clearly limited by the absence of Italian international Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77), injured. The best performer in Avellino was, once more, Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure), who ended the game with 17 pts, 4 rebs, 4 steals and 10 assits. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) added 15 points, but it wasn' t enough. Lottomatica had five players ending the game in double digits, led by David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple), with 19 points and 9 rebounds.The other best performers were Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84), who scored 18 pts, grabbed 5 rebs and dished 4 assists and Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.), who ended the game at 15 points and 9 rebounds
See complete boxscore at www.legabasket.it
From the other side, Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut easily overcome Blue Stars (98-77) without suffering from Ahmad Ismail's (201-F-76) absence. Blue Stars seemed surrendered starting the 2nd quarter. Next game is scheduled on Monday at 17h00 at Michel El-Murr stadium.
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut: Joe Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) (35 pts, 14 rbs), Ace Custis (202-F-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Virginia Tech) (30 pts)
Blue Stars: Derrick Tarver (192-G-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Akron) (23 pts), Waki Williams (206-F-82, college: Memphis) (15 pts), Jean Abdel-Nour (198-G/F-83) (15 pts)
Having a great fan support, Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut imposed a 5th decisive game on Al Moutahed Tripoli (76-65) after beating it at Fouad Chehab stadium. Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut won 2 consecutive games after being behind Al Moutahed Tripoli by 2 games. 5th and decisive game is scheduled on Monday May 26th at Al Moutahed Tripoli court at 21h45.
Sagesse: Sabah Khoury (196-G-82) (19 pts), Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) (17 pts, 5 asst, 11 rbds), Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) (16 pts, 8 asst)
Al Moutahed Tripoli: Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76, college: Virginia) (20 pts,8 rbds), Darren Kelly (190-G-78, college: Texas) (17 pts, 4 rbds, 6 asst), Alain Boustani (182-G-84, agency: Pro Management Agency) (196-G-82) (11 pts, 3 asst)
Basketball club Buducnost from Podgorica is new-old champion of Montenegro.In third game of final Basketball Club Budcnost in city of Podgorica win against Basketball Club Mogren form Budva 94-70 (27-15, 30-16, 23-23, 14-16 )
Podgorica , Sport center Moraca.Spect. 1.000 reff. Sutulovic , Dragojevic (Podgorica),Rutesic (Niksic)
BUDUCNOST: Otasvic, Micov 4 (4-4), Popovic 10 (7-5), Gordic 6 (3-2), Bjelica 4 (4-4), Sehovic 9, Markovic, Ljujic, Ivan Maras (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) 25 (10-8), Vladimir Dasic 22 (3-2), Dragicevic 12 (3-2), Sutulovic 2 , Coach Dejan Radonjic
MOGREN: Obradovic, Stefanovic 12 (2-2), Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-86) 4, Palalic 2, Mitrovic 14 (2-1), Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 6, Boskovic, Subotic 4 (4-2), Vasic 3, Vukovic, Smiljanic 21 (1-1), Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) 4 (2-2).Note: Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) not play - injury , Coach Zeljko Bozovic
Long Beach St. will add Dwain Williams (6'0''-G-87) to their program. Williams averaged 11.0 points and 2.3 assists per game at Providence last season. The San Diego native says he wants to come back to California to be closer to his family.
Evansville welcomes Bryan Bouchie (6'10''-F-88), who averaged 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds as a freshman at Valparaiso.
Wyoming has added Auburn transfer Boubacar Sylla (7'1''-C-86) to their roster. Sylla played in only three games for the Tigers last year due to a stress fracture in his ankle, and played high school basketball at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, CA. He is a native of Paris, France.
Sylla's scholarship at Auburn will be taken by Tony Neysmith (6'5''-G) who trasfers in from Oklahoma. Neysmith played in 22 games with four starts as a freshman for the Sooners.
All four players will sit out the 2008-2009 season. Bouchie, Neysmith, and Sylla will have three years of eligibility, while Williams will have two.
Prokom Trefl Sopot - PGE Turow Zgorzelec 73:70 (16:22, 15:21, 21:17, 21:10)
Prokom Trefl Sopot won the second game at home to tie the series over PGE Turow Zgorzelec. The latter opened the game in a better style, but 21:10 in the final period brought 73:70 for the hosts. Donatas Slanina (192-G-77) and Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 18 points apiece. Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) supported them with 10 points. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) nailed 21 points for Turow and Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) scored 16.
It was another 'must-game' win for the defending champions that remained alive in the Final series. From the very beginning however it was Turow that started to bring one win home. Zgorzelec had 22:16 in the end of the opening quarter thank to David Logan and Thomas Kelati's efforts.
Turow increased to 12 points advantage at the half time and looked forward to step closer to the trophy. Prokom Trefl Sopot had probably nothing to lose at that time as the team scored some important baskets. With 21:17 the hosts reduced the gap to 8 points, but the final push was suggested in the last period. Prokom Trefl Sopot tied the game at 68:68 and then due to 21:10 in the period won the game 73:70. It was an important win for the defending champions, however after 2-2 now the series is still on.
Game 5 is scheduled for May 28, but May 31st might be the day to triumph for one of the teams.
Prokom Trefl Sopot: Donatas Slanina 18, Filip Dylewicz 18, Simonas Serapinas 10
PGE Turow Zgorzelec: David Logan 21, Thomas Kelati 16
|UZO Liga Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|E.J. Drayton BAR 20.2|
Nate Daniels GIN 19.7
Nuno Marçal POR 18.7
Darrell Harris BAR 18.5
Deforrest Riley. BAR 18.3
|Rebounds Per Game|
|Darrell Harris BAR 12.4|
Omari Peterkin LUS 8.8
Ike Nwankwo BEL 8.8
Thiago Labbate GIN 8.4
Julian Terrell POR 8.4
|Assists Per Game|
|Diogo Carreira BEL 5.3|
José Costa CAB 5.1
Nuno Perdig. VAG 5.0
João Figuei. POR 4.8
Chris Alexander BAR 4.1
|Steals Per Game|
|João Manuel CAB 2.7|
Chris Alexander BAR2.2
Paulo Cunha POR 2.1
Nate Daniels GIN 2.1
Nuno Marçal POR 2.0
|Blocks Per Game|
|Darrell Harris BAR 2.1|
Omari Peterkin LUS 1.5
Thiago Labbate GIN 1.3
Brandon Voor. GIN 1.1
Julian Terrell POR 1.1
|Pedro Nuno VAG 46.5|
Monty Scott CAB 45.5
Daniel Monte. BEL 39.5
Brandon Voor. GIN 39.2
Diogo Carreira BEL 38.3
|Darrell Harris BAR 27.3|
E.J. Drayton BAR 24.3
Tyrone Levett VAG 21.1
Lance Sode. BEL 21.1
Diogo Carreira BEL 18.9
U Mobitelco Cluj- CSU Asesoft Ploiesti 75:82
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti tied the series in the Final over U Mobitelco Cluj. Defending champion had a road 75:82 win for 2-2. It was another great Final game and it is expected at least two more. Bojan Obradovic (206-F/C-77, agency: Beo Basket) paced the winners with 21 points. Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) netted 17 and Adrian Blidaru (182-G-85) scored 14. Branko Cuic (196-G-78) top-scored for the hosts with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
U Mobitelco Cluj had 5:3 in the early beginning but then CSU Asesoft Ploiesti took a control of the first period. Arvydas Cepulis made it 9:11 and then it was him again to close the period at 20:24. Popa bounced back with the hosts for 27:26, however the defending champs had 32:27 at the half time. Bojan Obradovic brought the guests 38:48 after 24 minutes of the game. Seals closed the third period at 53:59 as the teams were on the way to fight in the last stanza. Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) cut the deficit to 63:65 with only 5 minutes in the game. A 3-11 run made by CSU Asesoft Ploiesti brought them a second win in the Final series.
Game 5 is scheduled for May 29th.
U Mobitelco Cluj: Branko Cuic 24 points and 12 rebounds, Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) 13, Milan Medvedj (183-G-79) 13
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti: Bojan Obradovic 21 points, Arvydas Cepulis 17, Adrian Blidaru 14, Levente Szijarto (192-G/F-83) 10.
At the end of the season we interviewed Miroslav Juric of Kraski Zidar Jadran, who was the best scorer of the regular part of The UPC Telemach League. He had an average of 19.6 points in 24 games. We were talking about his career the season he spent at Kraski Zidar Jadran. We also discussed some aspects of basketball as a game, controversy concerning foreign players in The Additional League of The UPC Telemach League For The Existence, injuries and much more.
Miro, to become an expert at some field, as you are in the field of basketball, it usually takes many years. You own many trophies and in this season you were the best scorer of the regular part of The UPC Telemach League. Besides that, you were twice the best scorer of the Hungarian league and once of the Bosnian and Croatian League. You also played in five all star games in all these countries and were the best three point shooter in the Austrian league. These facts make us think that you might have started playing basketball very early. When, where and how did it actually happen?
It is true, I fell in love with basketball very early - when I was only ten years old. It all started in Zagreb, the city I come from. Together with my friends from Pescenica, my neighborhood, I joined one of the teams in that area.
How did you spend your early years as a basketball player? Which moments from those days were the brightest?
All the memories from those days are tremendous. We were young and very successful, playing for fun and winning most of the games.
Did these early memories have any special impact on you in a sense of motivation to build such a great career?
It seems like 'the seed of the winning mentality' was sown in my head then. Joy, persistence, competitiveness, leadership and a strong will to practice all grew rapidly from that seed. Soon after, I found myself playing basketball professionally.
We know you started playing professionally in Zrinjevac's basketball club from Zagreb, which used to be a 'talent farm' in Croatia. Besides that, rumors say that you were the most promising basketball player in Croatia at some point. Can you please tell us, how did your professional career start to develop?
Well, Zrinjevac invited me to play for them when I was a cadet. A high achieving team was formed and we won many championships, among them the national one, when we were juniors. Some of us youngsters were rewarded with the opportunity to play in the first team, which reached the finals in one of those years. So, when I was 17, I played the final series to win a national championship against the leading club in Croatia - Cibona. I was the best scorer in one of the games.
What happened next?
Well, due to the financial problems in the next season, a lot of players left the club and so did I. At first, I went to Bosnia, to Mostar and came back to Croatia for two years after that season. From then on, the road to professionalism led me only to the foreign countries.
Miro, you have a lot of knowledge and experiences in the field of basketball, as you have played for numerous clubs in the different countries. We know that BK Ventspils from Latvia has a special place in your memory. Anyway, please tell us which club you were most satisfied with.
Playing abroad is, in my opinion, much more different than playing at home. For me, it is hard to say which club I played for was the best, as all of them were great. It seems as if in Hungary, Latvia and Austria, society invests a lot in basketball, I would say more in comparison to Croatia and Slovenia. When I was there, halls were always full, season tickets sold sometimes a couple of months in advance and all the payments were regular. In Austria, every player even got his own Audi A4. Though, BK Ventspils is probably the most organized club I have played for. I think we lost only one game in the whole season, which worked very well on the players' self-esteem. Besides that, we needed at least half an hour to come out of a hall after each of the games, which tells you the fans were enthusiastic, treating us players really nicely. Once, after we won a game for more than 100 points, it was absolutely crazy.
Did you cooperate with any well known coach while playing for BK Ventspils or anywhere else abroad? Which one did you learn the most from?
Actually, I played under a lot of great and also well known coaches. The one at BK Ventspils was a coach of the Latvian national team. Also a lot of others I played under were coaches of national teams in countries where I played. Though, I would say I learned the most from Neven Spahija, who coached me in Zrinjevac for three years. I adopted his view on the game of basketball.
Let us focus now on this season you played for Kraski Zidar Jadran from Sezana.
We know that you played in Seana before and that you have a family here. Was that one of the main reasons that influenced your decision to come here? How did everything actually happen?
My family and I wanted to stabilize a bit and as my better half comes from Seana, we all thought it would be a good decision to come here for at least one year. Besides, the club offered me the oportunity to continue my work as the main coordinator and basketball coach of younger players that I started working with in Austria.
How would you describe this season? What did you like the most?
Well, at the bottom line we can be satisfied with the season if we look at all that we went through (laugh) - injuries, inspection, coach exchanges, etc. The result was not even near what we expected at the beginning of the season, but some things sometimes just do not stay under the club's control. We all need to stand up after this fall and just go on.
How would you compare this season to all the others before?
Sometimes in our lives we have to make compromises and I made one by coming to Seana. I knew, this was not Maccabi (laugh), though some things could be organized better in my opinion. For example, we could have formed the team much sooner and one coach could have gotten an opportunity, including support, for the whole season.
Especially, Zoran Lazarevski tried to help the team at the end of the season with his winning mentality and great knowledge that he has from playing in the 1.B SKL this season.
I think Lazo was a good choice for our team. He knows the club and the players very well and if the the inspectors had not knocked on our doors, the whole story would have finished much better.
You were the oldest and the most experienced player through the whole season. You also worked as a head coach of some younger players in the club. That all leads us to the conclusion, you can deal very well with big responsibilities, among them being a supervisor. How did all that look in practice and how do you see yourself as a coach in the future?
While being a head coach of younger categories, I gained a lot of experience. I got them through hard work. Still, there were too many things going on outside the basketball court I had to focus on. Anyway, results came after hard work. I am proud of my players and I absolutely enjoy being a coach. This is all why I am so enthusiastic about the idea of taking over one of the teams on the professional level, after I finish my basketball career as a player. I have serious ambitions concerning this. Most of all, it is my pleasure to teach and share experiences with younger players.
The controversy concerning foreign players made a big impact on Kraski Zidar Jadran. Three players from the starting five had to leave Slovenia on the day of the most important match with Nova Gorica in the additional qualifications of The League For The Existence. It seems as if there is a lot to be said about this topic. What is your opinion?
I think the whole championship should not be irregular. Conditions for all the teams must be the same. This types of things should have been resolved after the end of the season, not somewhere in the middle. I wish everything would happen on the court where we would have a much bigger advantage.
What do you think we can expect in the future? Will there be 14 teams in The UPC Telemach League next season? What would be your suggestion to solve this problem?
I think it would be fair, if that happend. The extension of the league would be the most appropriate option for all sides, in my opinion. We will do everything to make that come true and get what we think we deserve (smile).
You broke your finger in the second part of the UPC Telemach League and started playing again in the additional qualifications. Anyway, you are all right now and we would like to know what your short-term plans for the next season are. We would be glad to know, if you could trust us, whether or not you have gotten any serious offers.
My finger is okay now and a couple of clubs from Slovenia and abroad had have already shown an interest in me for the next season, which I am happy about. It will take some time from me now to set my priorities and to decide.
Vladimir Boisa (209-F/C-81, agency: World Sport Agency) has just came home to Ljubljana from Grece, where he played for Aris in this season. We asked him couple of questions.
Vladimer, what was your seasn at Aris like?
Well, unfortunately we did not get through the quarter finals in Grece and did not get the ticket for The Eurleague what we planned. Though, it was great playing for Aris, which is a well organized club with loyal fans.
What are your plans for the next season?
As first, I would like to have some rest and stay home here in Ljubljana with my family for a while. After that, I will look at all the offers and make the best decision. Aris as a club really made an impression on me, but we will see...
What about Olimpija?
Come on, you have Marko Milic (laugh). He was great this year.
We know he plays on your position, but we think you two could work great together...
Well, everything is still open.
Former NT member Milos Sporar (187-G-76) ex Rogla decided to retire. He won a silver medal in the U-22 European Championship 1998 and Croatian Cup 2004. Zlatorog already announced Sporar as new director of youth development.
Parklji Bezigrad (B1) signed Boris Jersin (183-G-85) ex Elektra Esotech for one season.
|TB2L Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Knight, Eyup 23.0|
2 Butler, Pertevniy 20.3
3 Boswell, Vestel 20.0
4 Gursu, FMV 18.6
5 Sidney, Aliaga 18.5
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Crawford, Usak 12.0|
2 Mimms, Yesilyurt 11.3
3 Andrews, Genc 10.8
4 Box, Duzce 10.7
5 Boswell, Vestel 10.5
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Bayrak, Aliaga 9.0|
2 Gacemer, Vestel 6.1
3 Altinmakas, Duzce 5.1
4 Eroglu, Orman 4.7
5 Aziz Kan, TED 4.6
Gaiteros Del Zulia defeated Deportivo Tachira to join up the group of the first four teams of the classification. It was necessary an over time after a regular time with 86 digits for both teams. The final score was Gaiteros 103 Deportivo Tachira 98 points.
Askia Jones led Gaiteros with 26 points followed for Ruben Nembhard with 20.
John Strickland was the player with the whole responsibility for Deportivo Tachira, scoring 18 points helped by Johnell Smith with 16.
So far the Fantastic Four of the professional basketball league of Venezuela are; Trotamundos de Carabobo (29-6), Cocodrilos de Caracas (22-12), Gatos de Monagas (21-12) and Gaiteros Del Zulia (21-14).
WBA Exposure League opens its 2008 season with all teams in action...
Buford Majic 129 Memphis Blue Tornadoes 110...
Buford Majic toyed with the Memphis Blues in the first half, before breaking the game open and cruising to a 129-110 win.
Undersized, Memphis fought vailiantly until just after half-time, when the Majic had a big run to break it open. They led by as many as 24 going into the fourth quarter, behind the inside play of Ronald Allen(6'10''-F/C-84, college: Cincinnati), Markeal King (6'9''-C-77, college: Georgia St.) and B.J. Puckett (6'9''-F-83, college: Clayton St.).
Buford, coached by 2007 WBA Coach of the Year Lionel Garrett , had seven players in double figures, lead by duo Wayne Arnold (6'4''-G-84, college: Tennessee St.) and Roy Bright (6'6''-F-86, college: Cincinnati) with 22 each. Robert Kennedy of Memphis took game-high honors with 23.
Tri-State Crusaders 90 Cartersville Warriors 86...
Tri-State Crusaders jumped out to a huge first quarter lead, but had to hang on to edge Cartersville Warriors 90-86.
First year Head Coach Bobby Rouse , saw his Warriors squad struggle to score early, allowing the Crusaders to break out to an early 17 point advantage. The Warriors fought back through out the game and finally had the score whittled down to 87-86 with under 10 seconds remaining in the game. A costly Cartersville turnover allowed Tri-State to ice the game at the freethrow line at the end.
B.J. Walker (6'10''-F/C-84) of Oklahoma City University scored 27 and Mike Griffin followed with 20 for the Crusaders, who are coached by the timeless Gerald Oliver . Rookie Larry Cox (6'10''-C, college: Miss.Valley St.) paced the Warriors with 29 points, while Lemarr Farr (6'4''-G-83, college: Lambuth) scored 22 points, Jeremy Law (6'5''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) 14 and Ozzie Lee Henderson 12. The Warriors played without key roster players in Mike Dean, Jimmy Baxter, Joe Hamilton and Jermaine Spivey. Dean was working out with the Indiana Pacers, while Baxter was in Memphis working out for the the Grizzlies. Hamilton and Spivey both had previous family commitments. Last week, Cox worked out for the Celtics in Boston, but was able to make it back to get one practice in with the Warriors before Saturday's game.
Cartersville Warriors (0-1)
Lamarr Farr 4-8 12-13 22, Jeremy Law 3-9 6-6 14, Larry Cox 12-18 5-8 29, Donovan McMullen 0-4 0-0 0, Bayete Gordon 2-6 0-0 4, Erik Gainous 0-3 0-0 0, Rodney Mayes 0-3 2-2 2, Ozzie Lee Henderson 5-10 2-5 12, Antonio Simpson 1-11 0-0 3, El Amin Douab 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-75 27-34 86
Tri-State Crusaders (1-0)
Steven Elueyi 3-5 1-2 7, B.J. Walker 12-20 3-3 27, Tony Carr 6-14 3-3 15, Curtis Clark 4-8 3-4 11, Marcus Sims 0-0 0-0 0, Stephen Humphrey 0-1 0-0 0, Mike Griffin 6-15 6-8 20, Neil Wellington 3-7 0-0 6, Neil Rasnake 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 36-76 16-20 90
SCORE BY PERIODS
PTS Cartersville Warriors
3.0 Tri-State Crusaders
FG%: Cartersville Warriors .360, Tri-State Crusaders .474. 3-pt FG:Cartersville Warriors 5-19 (Farr 2-4, Law 2-4, Gordon 0-1, Gainous 0-1, Simpson 1-9), Tri-State Crusaders 2-10 (Carr 0-1, Clark 0-1, Griffin 2-5, Wellington 0-1, Rasnake 0-2). Rebounds: Cartersville Warriors 44 (Cox 12), Tri-State Crusaders 54 (Walker 14). Fouls Cartersville Warriors 24, Tri-State Crusaders 28. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Cartersville Warriors 12 (Farr 4, Gordon 4), Tri-State Crusaders 15 (Griffin 8). Steals: Cartersville Warriors 11 (Law 3, Gordon 3), Tri-State Crusaders 9 (Griffin 3). Blocked shots: Cartersville Warriors 4 (Cox 3), Tri-State Crusaders 2 (Elueyi 1, Walker 1). Turnovers: Cartersville Warriors 27, Tri-State Crusaders 17. Attendance: 200. DakStats 3000 by Daktronics Inc. Brookings, SD
Mississippi Hardhats 104 Decatur Court Kings 98...
The Mississippi Hardhats, after falling behind by as many as 20, came back to slip by the visiting Decatur Court Kings 104-98.
Decatur, behind the guidance of Head Coach Reggie Fox, built a 20-point cushion only to see the Hardhats battle back to re-take the lead and eventually the win on opening night.
Kendrick Fox (6'7''-G/F-83) of Gulf Coast Bandits and Terrell Wilson scored 22 each for the 1-0 Hardhats. Dele Ojo Scored 17 and Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83, college: Drake) scored 15 points for the Court Kings, who start the season at 0-1.
Upcoming WBA Games:
Friday, May 30:
7:15pm Decatur Court Kings @ Buford Majic
7:15pm Mississippi Hardhats @ Memphis Blues
Saturday May 31:
7:15pm Cartersville Warriors @ Mississippi Hardhats
7:15pm Tri-State Crusaders @ Buford Majic
Sunday June 1:
4:00pm Cartersville Warriors @ Memphis Blues
4:00pm Buford Majic @ Decatur Court Kings
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Dunav Econt - Lukoil Neftochimic 80:37
It seemed that during the regular season both teams showed an expected intrigue in the country winning game by game in tough battles. In Game 2 of the Finals Dunav Econt demolished Lukoil Neftochimic 80:37 to take 2-0 record. The hosts dominated the whole game and won truthfully the campaign. Petja Djambazka (178-F-77) and Diana Naydenova (171-G-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza) led the winners with 15 points each. Svetla Asenova supported them with 12 points in a win. Nataliya Topalova (187-F-80) and Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) both scored 8 points in defeat.
A disaster and 0-2 record in the Final was the result for Lukoil Neftochimic after two games on a road. Dunav Econt opened the game with 20:11 as both teams remained tough in the game. The second quarter was however the answer for a good defense from the hosts that used 25-5 for 45:16 lead at the half.
In the third period Dunav Econt produced 20:10 and still held the guests in defense. Another 15:11 in the last quarter saw 35:21 in the second half and as a total 80:37. Dunav Econt thrashed Lukoil Neftochimic and became too close to triumph in Bulgaria.
Game 3 is scheduled for May 27 and if Lukoil shows the same game it might be the last for them in the Final. Dunav is ready also to steal at least a win away from home to bring the trophy home.
Dunav Econt: Petja Djambazka 15, Diana Naydenova 15, Svetla Asenova 12
Lukoil Neftochimic: Nataliya Topalova 8, Zornitza Kostova 8, Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) 7
|Points Per Game|
|1 Tulikihihifo, Got. 19.5|
2 Paunovic, Freiburg 18.9
3 Woods, Leipzig 18.8
4 Hibbert, Wass. 17.6
5 Carroll, Munchen 17.2
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Dennett, Freiburg 9.9|
2 Tulikihihifo, Got. 9.5
3 Triggs, Halle 9.4
4 Zberch, Chemnitz 8.8
5 Muller, Munchen 8.2
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Pop, Wass. 5.8|
2 Woods, Leipzig 4.8
3 Comtesse, Saar. 4.8
4 Mersch, Ober. 4.1
5 Austmann, Ober. 4.0
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Hayes, Freiburg 3.9|
2 Woods, Leipzig 3.9
3 Austmann, Ober. 3.7
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Lassiter, Wass. 1.8|
2 Muller, Munchen 1.7
3 Dennett, Freiburg 1.3
|1 Furkova, Wass. 66.2|
2 Ernest, Ober. 61.7
3 Triggs, Halle 58.6
|1 Berger, Wass. 57.1|
2 Krug, Halle 50.0
3 Barker, Ober. 41.8
|1 Carroll, Munchen 90.4|
2 Nakase, Herner 88.4
3 Adlerova, Leipzig 88.2