EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/6/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
* Final game:
Zain (JOR) 72 - Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (LEB) 67 (Qs: 18-16, 35-34, 54-52 & 72-67)
# Best performance:
John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) (28 pts, 2 ast, 2 stl)
Zeid Abbas (203-C-83) (15 pts, 10 reb, 3 bs, 2 stl)
Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) (10 pts, 3 stl, 8 reb)
- Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut:
Micah Brand (210-C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) (16 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast)
Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) (15 pts, 10 reb, 3 ast)
Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) (15 pts, 2 stl)
* Third place game:
Al Kuwait SC (KUW) 93 - Orthodox 89 (Qs: 25-31, 47-57, 68-75 & 92-89)
# Best performance:
- Al Kuwait SC:
Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) (31 pts, 6 ast, 3 stl)
Ira Clark (203-F/C-75, college: Texas) (21 pts, 12 reb)
Hiram Fuller (206-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) (16 pts, 9 reb, 3 stl)
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) (16 pts, 5 ast, 4 stl)
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) (13 pts, 13 reb)
Fadel Najjar (194-G-85) (13 pts, 2 stl)
# Final standings:
3- Al Kuwait SC4- Orthodox
CEP Fleurus vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 81-74
Nice crowd in Bonsecours last Friday for the first leg of the 2008 Division II Play-Off Finals. The hometeam started the game with the intention to win with a large gap in order to travel to Hoboken for the second leg with a relatively good advantage next Tuesday. The first and second quarters were particularly marked by some easy attempts missed in fastbreak situation by the CEP players. Only Sam Semijejero (196-F/C-77) in the paint, Stephen Tison (176-G-84) from long range and Tomasz Rozewicz (206-C-82) at the rebound seemed able to boost their CEP mates while Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80, agency: Stanley International) was already well present in all sectors of the game for the visitors. Around fifty Sint-Jan fans believed in one of their team's feat especially when half-time was reached on the following score: 38-39. In the second half, the men of Coach Bastianini seemed to have found the right tempo when they took the lead 67-59 but it was without counting on Van Schil, Van de Vondel and Lemaire of Sint-Jan who led their team for a nice comeback (67-66 a few minutes later). Semijejero and Tison kept showing the way to their mates but it was not enough as Sint-Jan stayed close. After a few wrong options chosen by the CEP players, the visitors came back at 78-73 (Witse Van Schil from long range again). Ward Lemaire (196-F-80) even had the opportunity to fill the gap with 2.4 seconds left on the clock when he was fouled on what seemed to be a last attempt in this game. He made only one of his two free-throws and Coach Fulvio Bastianini immediately took a time-out as CEP had only a four-point lead. The last play after the time-out was worth seeing as Stefan Moris (207-F/C-86) hit a very important three-pointer on the buzzer. Fleurus' fans could not believe their eyes and the last basket by one of their favourite players made them very happy. CEP will go to Hoboken with a 7-point advantage for the second leg but Sint-Jan players proved that they have not surrendered yet and can still challenge their opponents.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 23-18, 38-39, 62-59 and 81-74.
Fleurus: Vanesse 11; Tison 11; Pirlot 6; Moris 9; Jadin 11; Rozewicz 9; Buja 8; Semijejero 10; Pourtoit 6.
Sint-Jan: Gorremans 2; Van Rillaer 5; Lemaire 5; Van Schil 23; T. Van de Vondel 26; Verrept 6; Ceyssens 7.
Three Lukoil Academic players practically almost defeated alone Spartak Pleven in the first semifinal game between thоse two teams. Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue), Pero Antic and Nenad Canak scored 81 points compared to 89 for whole Spartak team and gave their team 1-0 lead. The rest of Lukoil players combined for 11 points to set the final score at 102-89.
Above all was the American playmaker Willie Deane III who played his best game in Lukoil Academic uniform and finished with 41 points. He had 27 at the break and together with Macedonian star Pero Antic both had 49 compared to 50 for Spartak. Deane and Antic were unstoppable in the first quarter and combined for the first 28 points for their team before Tencho Banev dunked for 30-25.
The game started with little advantage for the visitors who had 5-0 lead after a minute of play and 20-13 after six. Then Lukoil made 8-0 run to take the lead for first time at 21-20 with 3.14 to go.
At the break the advantage for the hosts was ten points, 60-50.
In the second minute of the second half Sasha Topchov cut it to 60-54 and put a little pressure on the hosts. With 6.26 to go in the third quarter Lukoil Academic was leading 64-58 but in the next three minutes made a run of 13-4 as the difference went up to 77-62.
'The Students' didn't allow basket in the first 3.38 of the last quarter and scored 12 points to take a 93-72 lead with six minutes to go. From here Lukoil Academic lost a little of the focus and allowed their opponents to cut the difference to the final 13 points.
Deane added 6 assists and 4 three-pointer to his tally. Antic finished the game with 26 points and 8 rebounds. The captain Todor Stoykov didn't miss a shot (2/2) but scored 5 points and Banev played less minutes the fouls he did 4.48 to 5.
For the visitors Topchov finished with 24 points before also fouling out. The croatian Bozo Barac added 12.
The second game is tomorrow in Pravets at 18.00.
FULL STATS FROM THE GAME LUKOIL ACADEMIC SPARTAK PLEVEN
Liga Superior Standings|
After 28 days none knows which three teams has the advantaged to gain the promotion in the A2 category. Near East is the most possible pretender. In the other hand 7 teams has the same record (19-9) and goes for the 2 other positions.
KAOD - Olympiakos Volou. 104-70
Quarters: 33-13, 58-38, 77-53, 104-70
KAOD (Grigoriadis): Tosounidis 4, Bourdanos 15 (4), Kalampoukas 2, Papadopoulos 10 (1), Kiosses 13 (1), Filiousis 14 (2), Michaelides 5 (1), Maslarinos 22 (2), Koukoyravas 7 ( 1), Daliaris 12.
Olympiakos Volou. (Zafeiriou): Balomenos, Tsourelis 6, Foundas 4, Nanis 25 (1), Karathanos, Tsolis 11 (1), Mihos 13 (1), Politis 11 (1).
Amyntas - Ase Doukas Athens 69-61
Quarters: 15-24, 32-34, 51-49, 69-61
Amyntas (Vlahos): Zoupas 12, Barbas 6 (2), 7 Samothrace, Grammatikos 7 (2), Boutros 9, Korizis 6, Dorkofikis 9 (1), 4 Vogiatzis, Christofakis, Moumoyris 9 (1).
Ase Doukas Athens (Linoxylakis): Tsochlas 9 (1), Panourias, Birdas, Kamariotis 7, Matzioris 12 (1), Petrakis 10 (2), Arsenis 2, Karatzios 2, Kouvaris 2, Kritsalos 17 (3), Achis, Papaioannou.
Near East - Komotini 68-60
Quarters: 23-15, 38-23, 63-36, 68-60
NIAR IST (Karnesis): Nikos 4, Fasoulopoylos, Stamatis, Michalos 12 (2), 8 Neophytou, Karampas, Lykogiannis 6, Kouklakis 5 (1), Papoulidis 4, Gkavanopoulos 10 (2), Sizopoulos 7 (1), Papargyropoulos 12 .
Komotini (Lemonidis): Mastrokostopoulos 8, Mouzakitis 14 (2), Lechoudis, Koutsovasilis 9 (2), Tsakonitis 13 (2), Veli 2, Souflias 6, Khalil 8.
DROP Ermis Lagkada. - AONS Milonas Athens 100-63
Quarters: 27-14, 57-25, 79-45, 100-63
DROP Ermis Lagkada. (Baxevanis): Troulialis, Kloutzos 5, Paritsis 5 (1), Papaconstantinou 30 (7), Vourlitis 11 (2), Lefkaditis 8, Gkamouras 15 (1), 8 Akepsemaidis Dimitriadis 18 (2).
AONS Milonas Athens (Paralikas): Antonopoulos 2, Karampampas 6, Tsakas 2, Mubarak 11 (1), Vlavianos 18 (1), Kyritsis 9 (1), Bikas 3 (1), Efstratios 2, Ballas 9, Despotou 2.
Lavrio - Ikaros Kallitheas 74-59 74-59
Quarters : 19-12, 33-24, 51-43, 74-59
Lavrio (Serelis): Trikaliotis 4, Rallis 11 (1), N. Kousoylas 14(2), Giannakopoulos 19 (3), Agapitos, Notis 3 (1), Drakakis, Kasanos 4, Bakas 4, Psileas 15.
Ikaros Kallitheas (Charitatos): Tsopokis 5 (1), Martzos 2, George 3 (1), Emmanouilidis 13, Papadakis, Katranas 6 (1), Delichristos, Karastamatis 3 (1), Chiolos 2, Katoufas 22 (2), Koukouras 3 ( 1), Angelopoulos.
Goumenissa - Ikaroi Serron. 72-68
Quarters: 17-15, 36-32, 49-46, 72-68
Goumenissa (Nitsis): Bagki 23 (4), Imeridis 6, Hatzinikolaou 11, Matenidis 5, Antoniadis, Gotsos 13, Tatsis 1, Andreadis 7 (1), Ntarakis 6.
Ikaroi Serron. (Kamarakis): Pechlivanis 3 (1), Sdrakas 22 (5), 7 Georgantzas, Pappoudas 1, Kadis 5, Tsanakas, Asimakis 15 (4), Giavropoulos, Soutzopoylos 2, Topouzis 13.
Alfa Alimos - Aigio Helesi 93-97
Quarters: 12-25, 44-42, 59-62, 93-97
Aigio Helesi (Chrysanthopoulos): Prokos 15 (1), Gioupis 2, Koliopoulos, Stamopoulos, Tyrlas 22 (1), Deraos 7 (1), Manolas 6, Mandalakis, Stavroulakis 46 (5).
Alfa Alimos (Armenis): 1 Koutsoukos, Vrynas S. 2, Thomas 9 (1), Tsolakis 26 (5), H. Vrynas 27(5), Τζουγκαράκης 28. 27 (5), Tzougkarakis 28.
Anagennisi Floga - Makedonikos Kozani 89-87
Quarters: 23-23, 48-36, 69-62, 89-87
Anagennisi Floga (Touloymis): Rozolis 3, Moysiadis 7 (1), Tsakaleris 6, Galanidis 20 (3), Pittakas 5, Sidiropoulos 6 (2), Papaioannou, Zarogiannis 14, Spyropoulos 8, Pallis 12, Thymnios 8.
Makedonikos Kozani (Giannouzakos): Samourelis 3, Kathiopoulis 5, Dalpas 11 (1), Tanakidis 27 (7), Karezis, Angelidis, Mitsakis 17 (3), Bouintas 11, Kogias, Goulas, Bochoridis 9 (1), Papoulidis 4.
This weekend in the race for the 2007-08 FEB championship, West-Brabant Giants got things on track after a tough Game #1 loss, while MyGuide Amsterdam moved one step closer to a return to the FEB finals, with a Sunday close win over Matrixx Magixx in Nijmegen.
In Bergen-op-Zoom on Saturday night, West-Brabant's strong start helped them gain the confidence needed vs. defending Dutch champion Eiffel Towers, and were not fazed with Eiffel's second half run, with the Giants also getting strong play from Dutch international Arvin Slagter (190-G-85), tying the series 1-1 in a 96-88 win. Slagter had a perfect shooting day, with 5 of 5 FG, 2-2 3FG, and 5 of 5 from the line. Slagter stepped up on both ends of the floor, including putting the clamps on Eiffel shooting ace Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) in crunch time despite having four personal fouls. Eiffel had chances in the end to close the gap, but three-pointers by Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.) and Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) rimmed out. Slagter and Andre Harris (203-F-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led the Giants with 17 pts. each. Both Akerboom and Travis Young (184-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) led all scorers with 21 pts. Game #3 will be in Den Bosch on Thursday night.
In the Horstacker MyGuide are one game from a semifinals sweep of Matrix Magixx with a 75-73 win. MyGuide's defense managed to force Matrixx once again to low shooting percentages, with 44.1% FG and 8 of 26 from the three-point line. MyGuide shut down Chris Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) (only 4 points) and made it difficult for Matrixx to play their normal system, with Matrixx having to attack through one-on-one actions. Despite this, Matrixx managed to make a 4th quarter run, taking advantage of MyGuide's inconsistent offensive play. But Matrixx could not get over the hump, as MyGuide still still managed to find a way to close the door on Matrixx's chance to tie the series, with a Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) free throw icing the win. Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) had a double-double with 17 pts. and 11 rebounds to lead MyGuide. MyGuide has a chance to sweep the series on Thursday night in Amsterdam.
Premier L. Standings|
|SerieA Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. C. Tucker (TE) 21.0|
2. M. Finley (RI) 19.9
3. D. Diener (Cdo) 18.2
4. J. Jones (NA) 17.9
5. D. Wood (Can) 17.9
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. J. Wallace (Cdo) 10.7|
2. S. Ford (MTG) 10.0
3. T. Watson (MI) 9.6
4. J. Thomas (FBO) 9.5
5. P. Sow (RI) 9.4
|Assists Per Game|
|1. G. Pozzecco (Cdo) 7.8|
2. M. Green (AV) 6.5
3. T. Mc intyre (SI) 5.3
4. G. Poeta (TE) 4.6
5. J. Allen (UD) 3.6
|Lega2 Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. T. Pickett (Imo) 22.6|
2. L. Flores (Fab) 22.2
3. A. Young (Reg) 20.1
4. R. Anderson (Liv) 19.9
5. B. Mc kie (Pav) 19.7
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. O. George (CMo) 11.4|
2. A. Bougaieff (Fab) 10.4
3. N. Ezugwu (Imo) 9.7
4. T. Grant (Ver) 8.5
5. M. Maggioli (Jes) 8.0
|Assists Per Game|
|1. M. Levin (Nov) 4.2|
2. R. Childress (Cas) 4.0
3. M. Morri (Sor) 3.7
4. A. Collins (Fer) 3.7
5. M. Nardi (Mon) 3.3
After losing loss last Monday, Blue Stars won 2 consecutive games against Champville and booked its place in final four, to meet Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in 3 out of 5 games.
In the 3rd game, at Michel El Murr Stadium, Rodrigue Akl (185-G-88) (12 Rds, 8 Ass) and Jean Abdel-Nour (198-G/F-83) (28 pts) distinguished themselves and lead their team for an easy win (72-60). On the other side, Coach Sarkis suffered from the bad performance of Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) and Jarred Merrill (206-F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Oklahoma Christian) who twisted his ankle and didn't take part in the next game.
In the 4th game, Champville, playing with one foreigner, Jonathan Jones (21 pts, 10 rbs), lost at home court (72-69).
Derrick Tarver (192-G-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Akron) (25 pts, 3 ass), Blue Stars foreigner, was the game best scorer.
Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul now needs just one more game to reach the semifinals , after they beat Banvit Basketbol Kulb 85-81 on the 1st round of quarterfinals. Now they lead 2-0 against Banvit Basketbol Kulb on the quarterfinals. Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul have won both of the 2 regular season meetings so they had the lead 1-0 before the match. Banvit Basketbol Kulb just tied the score once at last period and that was all they did. Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul were affective at the 1st half and finished it 45-33 ahead. They continued scoring , mostly with Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) and the score was 66-55 when the last period was begining. Banvit Basketbol Kulb tied the score to 74-74 three minutes before the end . But that was all they did beacuse Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul made a 11-0 fastbreak with baskets of Erkan Veyseloglu (200-F-83) (200-F-83), Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) and Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) . The score at the end was 85-81. Kaya Peker was man of the match with 21 points and 9 rebounds , while Joe Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) scored 25 points for Banvit Basketbol Kulb.The other match will be played at the 7th of May and if Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul wins they will reach semi-finals.
Beşiktaş Cola Turka(85): Christian Dalmau 7, Sinan Guler 4, Preston Shumpert 12, Onur Aydin 6, Predrag Drobnjak 11, Kaya Peker 21, Mehmet Yagmur (188-G-87) , Rick Apodaca 5, Sandro Nicevic 6, Erkan Veyseloglu 13
Banvit(81): Joe Crispin 25, Mike Jones 3, İnan Koc 10, Caner Topaloglu 5, Kenny Adeleke 8, mit Sonkol 15, Derya Yannier 2, Yunus Cankaya 8, Mutlu Demir 5
The zulian team had an excellent weekend with two victories against Gigantes de Guayana at the Pedro Elas Belisario Aponte Arena in Maracaibo.
On saturdays game, the Jorge Arrieta squad won 99-94. Cornelius McFagdon made 31 points. With that victory, Gaiteros caught the fifth place in the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB) standing.
Today, the musical team defeated Gigantes again, this time 98-96. Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72, college: Weber St.) made 19 points. Gaiteros almost loses the game because in the last period, Gigantes scored 47 points.
Gaiteros will face Guaros de Lara next wednesday.
Lotos PKO BP Gdynia - Wisła Can Pack Krakow 85:92 (19:22, 13:18, 20:15, 27:24; 6:13)
Lotos PKO BP: Dominique Canty 24, Alana Beard 22, Chamique Holdsclaw 17, Slobodanka Maksimovic 12, Magdalena Leciejewska 6, Natalia Waligrska 4, Anna Breitreiner 0, Jekaterina Snicyna 0.
Wisła Can Pack: Jelena Skerovic 19, Anna Wielebnowska 18, Kara Braxton 14, Anna DeForge 14, Candice Dupree 11, Natalia Trafimawa 5, Marta Fernandez 4, Ewelina Kobryn 4, Agnieszka Pałka 3.
Liga Feminina Standings|