EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/31/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Belgian Cup winner Telindus Oostende has reached an agreement with Serbian player Ivan Paunic (194-G-87).
Paunic is a shooting guard who played this past season for Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad in Serbia.
Played 25 games in the Adriatic league where he averaged 8.6ppg, 1.rpg and 1.8spg.
Panic was a member of the Serbian U18 team and the U20 team. Teams with which he won European Championships.
In 2007 he was also on the roster of the Serbian University team.
TORONTO - It has been a long time in coming, but fans in Canada will get a chance this summer to see the Senior Men's National Team in action.
For the first time since 2002, Team Canada will play games on home soil. The occasion is the 2008 Jack Donohue International Classic (JDIC), in which the Canadians will face the national teams of Lebanon and New Zealand. The games will be played from June 30-July 5 at McMaster University in Hamilton and Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
'We are pleased to bring the excitement of international basketball to Hamilton and Toronto,' stated Wayne Parrish, Executive Director and CEO for Canada Basketball. 'Both cities have strong roots in basketball and will serve as great hosts for our team as we begin our quest to qualify for the Olympics.'
All three teams in the JDIC exhibition series will be competing in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens from July 14-20, along with the squads from nine other countries. The top three teams will advance to the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing in August.
'I am very excited to be preparing for the Olympics right here at home,' said Leo Rautins , Head Coach of the Senior Men's National Team. 'We have a great group of guys coming back this year, and look forward to continuing to build on the successes from last summer.'
Team Canada will tip off the 2008 JDIC with two games at McMaster University on June 30 vs. Lebanon and July 1 vs. New Zealand. Lebanon will play New Zealand at McMaster on July 2.
The Canadians will round out the exhibition series on July 4 vs. New Zealand and July 5 vs. Lebanon at Ricoh Coliseum, formerly the CNE Coliseum, in Toronto. The two games mark the first-ever basketball events to be played at the historic venue since it opened in 1921. Ricoh serves as the home of the Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League farm team of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
'We are thrilled to be hosting this event at the historic Ricoh Coliseum,' said Bob Hunter, Executive Vice-President, Venues & Entertainment at MLSE. 'This is the first-ever basketball event we have held at the venue, so to see its versatility is exciting. Further, working alongside Canada Basketball, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is committed to developing basketball in the country and is proud to be supporting Team Canada on their quest to qualify for the Olympics.'
The Senior Men's Team is holding an open tryout in Toronto on May 27. Training camp begins on June 20, also in Toronto.
Tickets to the event are currently on sale. For more information, visit: www.basketball.ca
China defeated the Conference USA team 92-88 in the second game of their three-game series. No box score is yet available.
I am accurately calling the visitors Conference USA rather than Memphis since this is what the team wears on its uniforms. This is not the Memphis Team that took Kansas to overtime. The three stars of that team -- Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Joey Dorsey -- are gone. They have been replaced by some good but not NBA-caliber players from other teams in Conference USA -- though Conference USA could aptly be called 'Memphis and the Eleven Dwarfs.'
After falling behind 25-15 in the first quarter China rallied. It narrowed the gap to 45-38 at halftime and 64-60 after three quarters. It outscored Conference USA 32-24 in the fourth quarter. Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83) was China's high scorer with 17 points, adding 6 rebounds. Young power forward Li Xiaoxu scored 13 points. Veterans Li Nan and Du Feng each scored 12 points while Liu Wei added 10. Zhang Kai had another good game with 9 points and 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Chen Jianghua impressed, knifing through the Conference USA defense for 4 athletic layups.
Yao Ming, Yi Jianlian, Wang Zhizhi and Sun Yue did not play.
China----- 15 23 22 32 92
Conf USA 25 20 19 24 88
Ding Jinhui 9min+1p+2r, Liu Xiaoyu 6min+2p+1r+1a, Wang Shipeng 29min+17p+6r+1a, Zhu Fangyu 19min+3p(0-5)+4r+4a, Li Xiaoxu 22min+13p+1r, Chen Jianghua 14min+8p(4-4)+1r+2a, Wang Lei 9min+5p+1r, Zhang Kai 18min+9p+7r, Liu Wei 22min+10p+2r+3a+3s, Li Nan 24min+12p+3r+1a, Du Feng 27min+12p+1r+1a
As the season has ended for all but the last in course for the playoffs, many teams have accelerated their recruiting activity.
We have learned that several ProA and ProB teams are making plans to attend the EuroExposure camp in Columbus, Ohio June 20-22. This camp has become a top recruiting camp for French and European teams in the last several years. Last year, some prestigious players took part to the camp like Jamie Arnold, Brian Greene, Dewarick Spencer, Marc Salyers or Jimmal Ball before starting a great career. For the first time ever, Eurobasket will scout this camp and provide readers updates and recruiting news from the camp.
For any information about the camp, contact the organisation trought this address firstname.lastname@example.org
Jusuf El Domiaty (189-G-90) and Philip Noch (200-G/F-89) have signed contract-extensions with the Braunschweig-basketball program, which includes 1. Bundesliga-side New Yorker Phantoms, the Spot Up Medien Baskets (2. Bundesliga Pro B) and SG Braunschweig (NBBL). Both players have not suited up for the BBL-team yet, but are expected to do in the future. El Domiaty, a member of the German U18-NT, averaged 3.9 points for the Spot Up Medien Baskets during 2007-08 and was a key-player on the roster of the NBBL-squad (15.5ppg). Noch was selected for the German U20 just recently. He saw action in 14 encounters of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B in this past season and tallied 3.4 points a game. In NBBL-play he appeared 5 times and contributed 8.8 points per contest.
The Wolfenbuettel Dukes (2. Bundesliga Pro B) announced lately, that Tobias Grauel (195-F-86, agency: Heinrich Sports) will stay another season with the team. The 21-year-old Wing scored 7.4 points on average during his first year as a Duke. Additionally he helped the farm team SG Wolfenbuettel (Regionalliga North) in 13 matches and averaged 11.2 points a game.
Horst Schmitz has set an ending to his cooperation with the BIS Baskets Speyer. The 44-year-old former German international took over the coaching job during the 2007-2008 campaign and helped Speyer to stay in the league in its first season after moving up.
The next season in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B is not going to not see Dimplex Falke Nuernberg battle for points. The team, that finshed 07-08 in last place in the Pro A and therefore had to face relegation, will go to the start under the name Franken Hexer, which is most known as fine program to produce talents in the city of Nuernberg, but has not been involved in Bundesliga-action yet. Alex Krueger, who coached the club's NBBL-team and also is responsible for the German U16 National Team, will stand at the helm of the 'Sorcerers'.
According to the local newspaper 'Norddeutsche Rundschau' the MTV Itzehoe Eagles (Regionalliga North) have agreed to terms with five players from last season's roster regarding the 2008-2009 campaign. Reportedly coach Paul Larysz will keep Martin Duggen (185-G-81), Kester Mayr (187-G-83), Robert Daugs (194-F-83), Tino Rohde (202-F/C-81) and Ole Alsen (204-C-88).
The first important signing of the Capitals for the next season was announced yesterday. The governing-board of Hanzevast Capitals announced the signing of guard-forward Chaz McCrommon (197-F/G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Robert Morris).
Chaz McCrommon is not unknown in the Netherlands, because he played in the past for Den Helder and later for Upstairs Weert.
The guard-forward ended up the previous season for Chalons-en-Champagne in the French ProB. He averaged 17.1 points and 5.5 rebounds a game.
Boston Celtics won Eastern Conference Championship in the conference final 6th game in Detroit defending Pistons 89-81.
It gave them a ticket to the finals, where they will face Los Angeles Lakers, which beat San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Final.
The Celtics were lead by Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) (27 points), Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) (17) and Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) (16).
The Pistons were eliminated on their home court for the first time during a six-year run that included a trip to the conference finals each year and the 2004 title.
Boston entered the series without a road win in the postseason, then beat Detroit on its home court twice to win the grueling series.
After playing two Game 7s, the Celtics will get a needed break before hosting Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Thursday night.
Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) scored a playoff-high 29 points and Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) had 21, but the rest of their teammates had lackluster efforts, especially Rasheed Wallace (6'10''-F/C-75, college: N.Carolina).
Wallace scored just four points on 2-of-12 shooting and had three turnovers in what might've been his last game as a Piston and could've been Flip Saunders last as Detroit's coach.
After it was 58-all, Detroit closed the third quarter with a 10-2 run and took its first lead since midway through the opening quarter.
Just when it seemed the Pistons might be in control with a 70-60 lead early in the fourth, the Celtics scored nine points in less than 2 minutes and went on a 19-4 run that put them ahead 79-74.
Billups' three-point play pulled Detroit to 83-79 with 2:24 left, then the Pistons wasted a chance to get closer.
Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) grabbed a loose ball after a Boston miss and turned the ball over when James Posey (6'8''-G/F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) surprised him from behind and snatched it away.
Pierce made two free throws on the possession, putting the Celtics up by six with 1 1/2 minutes to go.
The Pistons failed on their 3-pointers down the stretch and couldn't take advantage of Garnett missing two free throws with 36 seconds left.
LA Lakers - San Antonio 100:92
The Lakers celebrated the Western Conference championship before their adoring fans at Staples Center, but not too hard. They've got one more goal to reach before the real excitement begins. They reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 2004.
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 100-92 on Thursday night and win the conference finals in five games.
The Spurs faced an improbable task of edging the Lakers at the Staples Center where the hosts had an 8-0 postseason record heading into the game. The Spurs however opened the game bravely and ignited a 15:1 run to enjoy a 33:16 lead early in the second period. However the hosts went on an 11:2 run to cap the first half and trim the deficit to 6 points. The visitors remained ahead early in the third stanza before the Lakers tallied a 19:8 run and surged ahead 61:60. Kobe Bryant stepped up for the Lakers in the final frame. He dropped 17 points and held the Spurs at bay throughout the quarter. San Antonio were able to cut the deficit to 3 points but Kobe Bryant came up with back-to-back jumpers to retain an 89:82 lead for the home team. The Lakers never looked back again and secured the Western conference title. They get a week off before opening the NBA finals next Thursday night at Boston or Detroit. The Celtics lead the Eastern Conference finals 3-2 with Game 6 on Friday night in Detroit.
'I think it is a tremendous accomplishment,' Kobe Bryant said. 'I think the West is extremely tough. We're all extremely excited and proud about it. Now, it's time to go on and see if we can't finish it off.'
The Lakers are 12-3 in the playoffs, including 8-0 at Staples Center, where they haven't lost in two months. They have won 14 straight home games and 21 of their last 24 postseason games at home.
LA Lakers: Kobe Bryant 39, Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) 13, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) 12+19 boards
San Antonio: Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) 23, Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) 19+15 boards +10 assists
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UMass' 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year , Panama's Gary Forbes starred in his second game leading his White Team with a camp-best 30 points on Thursday. Forbes made 15-of-16 from the foul line and 7-of-16 from the floor in just 26 minutes. He continues to impress the scouts in attendance from every NBA team. He led his team in scoring in his first game with 17.
Here's what NBADraft.net said about Forbes:
If there was to be a player of the day award, then without a doubt it would have to be given to Gary Forbes (30pts, 15-16ft, 2stl). Even though his team lost, it was no fault of Forbes, who almost singlehandedly brought his team back from a large deficit. In the early going Forbes looked to set his teammates up, yet when he realized they weren't capitalizing, he took it upon himself to put points on the board.
He may have forced the issue too much at times, looking a bit selfish, but nobody can argue with his effectiveness and results. He scored in a variety of ways: hitting tough shots right out of the triple threat, showing his touch with soft floaters and even some athleticism by getting to the hoop and absorbing contact and still having enough body control to give the ball a chance to go in.
Although he was very impressive scoring, he may have been just as good on the defensive end, where he chased Richard Roby (3-9fg) off screens and forced him to put the ball on the floor and settle for difficult shots. He can get overaggressive and get cheap fouls sometimes as he does lack great lateral speed, but one has to respect the effort he put in on this end.
Here's what DraftExpress.com had to say about Forbes' performance:
For Team 2, the best player on the floor (and likely of the day) was clearly Gary Forbes, stringing together one of the best single-game performances (30 points, 7-16 FG, 15-16 FT, 26 minutes) we've seen in the last five years of the pre-draft camp. Forbes was incredibly aggressive putting the ball on the floor with either hand and making very strong moves to the basket, being very physical once there and in turn getting to the free throw line at will. His scoring instincts might be the best of any wing player at this camp, as he makes up for his lack of freakish athleticism with phenomenal footwork and body control, being able to quickly read and exploit angles, or move intelligently without the ball, in turn showing a very good basketball IQ that impressed many people here. Although his perimeter shot wasn't a huge part of his game once again, he knocked down one of his two attempts from NBA range, which leaves optimism in that regard. He's making a strong push for consideration in the early second round or possibly higher.
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti- U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca 94-90
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti won Game 5 of Romanian Finals over U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca. Last night the defending champions overcame the opponents 94:90 to take 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven final series. Trailing one point after the first half, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti produced 23:17 in the last period to seal a victory. Bojan Obradovic (206-F/C-77, agency: Beo Basket) was unstoppable for the winners nailing 36 points and collecting 8 rebounds. Levente Szijarto (192-G/F-83) netted 16, Rashard Griffith (212-C-74, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) posted 12 and Adrian Blidaru (182-G-85) ended up with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) shined for the guests with 22 points and 8 rebounds.
It was an offensive start from both teams and U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca did not mind playing away from home as they went on a lead. The first quarter ended up with 23:27 for the guests that scored some important baskets in the end. Even though the hosts produced 28:25 in the second quarter, U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca enjoyed a lead in the half time.
The guests overcame the home side 21:20 in the third period, but intrigue ramained in the court until the end of the game. The final push saw CSU Asesoft Ploiesti taking the lead as they won the last period 23:17. Bojan Obradovic led his team to 94:90 win and a huge step towards the crown of Romania.
Game 6 might be the last in the series if CSU Asesoft Ploiesti grabs a road win. Game 6 is scheduled for June 2 as U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca invites to their place.
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti: Bojan Obradovic 36 points + 8 rebs, Levente Szijarto 16, Rashard Griffith 12, Adrian Blidaru 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca: Zoran Krstanovic 22 points and 8 rebounds, LeVar Seals (194-G-82, agency: N.E.T., college: De Paul) 17.
Zlatorog agreed terms with NT head coach Ales Pipan ex Anwil for a multiyear contract.
Mirsad Alilovic will be new head coach of Geoplin Slovan.
Rogaska (B1) re-signed coach Boris Zrinski.
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|Points Per Game|
|1 Fernandez, DKV 21.2|
2 Gomis,VLL 18.0
3 Douglas, PAM 16.6
4 Gasol, GIR 16.2
5 English, KGC 15.2
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Gasol, GIR 8.3|
2 Weis, BLB 7.3
3 Reyes, MAD 6.9
4 Moss, MEN 6.2
5 Evtimov, VLL 6.1
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Sanchez, BAR 5.4|
2 Rodrguez, MAN 5.4
3 Williams, PAM 4.8
4 Prigioni, TAU 4.6
5 Sada, GIR 4.2
|Steals Per Game|
|1Fernandez, DKV 2.2|
2Rubio, DKV 2.2
3Barton, DKV 1.7
|Blocks Per Game|
|1Asselin, MAN 2.2|
2Gasol, GIR 1.8
3Barnes, LEO 1.5
|1Gasol, GIR 67.7|
2Pietrus, EST 66.9
3Hervelle, MAD 66.7
|1Perez, KGC 48.7|
2Garcia, FUE 47.8
3Rodrguez, VLL 58.8
|1Corrales, VLL 95.5%|
2Marco, LEO 94.9%
3Robles, PWM 94.7%
|LNA Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 J.McCurry, Star. 26.5|
2 Mlandjan, Luga. 21.6
3 Brown, Laus. 20.8
4 Karim, Meyrin 20.7
5 SIR, Boncourt 20.4
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Erwin, Luga. 12.2|
2 Blankson, Month. 10.1
3 Pellerin, Meyrin 10
4 Thomas, Star. 9.8
5 Pietras, Luga. 9.3
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Bah, Luga. 7.6|
2 Derogatis, Geneve 6.9
3 PLeux, Laus. 6.0
4 Karim, Meyrin 5.8
5 Perrier, Fribourg 5.6
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Gibson, Vacallo 4.4|
2 Smiljanic, Vacallo 2.9
3 Dacevic, Vacallo 2.7
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Johnson, Fribourg 3.4|
2 Erwind, Luga. 2.0
3 MaddoxA, Vevey 1.7
|1 Mrazek, Fribourg 78.9|
2 Buettner, Geneve 73.9
3 Kautzor, Geneve 70.6
|1 T.McCrory, Star. 53.8|
2 Kautzor, Geneve 53.3
3 Mrazek, Fribourg 52.2
|1 Senderos, Meyrin 96.4|
2 Van Stein, Laus. 92.6
3 Walkers, Laus. 90.9
During the past weeks, the Santa Barbara Breakers extended their season-long winning streak to eleven games, and the sensation is that this West Coast Pro Basketball League can not be considered much of a one-team league. In fact, till now only one team (the Breakers) played a full schedule in the same home court, and only them have a reliable website with a stable roster. None of the other teams in the WCPBL played more than a half of the Breakers games, and some of their best players switched between one team and another. The so-named 'official league website' never displayed the game results, neither the full team rosters. It all seems more a weekend, amateur league than a true professional one. We forecast an easy triumph of the Breakers in the upcoming 'WCPBL Championship Weekend' scheduled for June 20-21 at the SBCC Sports Pavilion, not by case their home venue.. However, see here down the last results we found of the Breakers' games
Thursday, May 15, 2008: High Desert Rattlers 116 - Santa Barbara 126
Thursday, May 22, 2008: Newport Beach Surf 130 - Santa Barbara 144
Sunday, May 25, 2008: Ventura Jets 89 - Santa Barbara 105
Experienced coach William Avalos was named the Head Coach and Main Selector of the El Salvador Female National Team. He replaces in the job Enrique Samour, suddenly dead two months ago. The announced was made by the President of the El Savador Basketball Federation, mr. Carlos Loucel. The first score of Avalos will be a good performing at the CentroAmerican Torunemnt, scheduled for the fall of 2009 in Hoduras. His assistant will be Jose Roberto Carrillo
with the help of Jaime Arevalo
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