EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/9/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
head coach Sergio Hernandez announced on Thursday morning the list of players who will play the southamerican tournament and the olympic games.
Southamerican: This group will train in Chaco, and then will travel to Chile. three or four of this players then will probably go to the olympic games.
Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group), Guard, Pau Orthez (Francia)
De los Santos Nicolas: Guard, Granada (Spain)
Gerbaudo Diego, Guard, Real Madrid (Spain)
Cequeira Luis, Guard, Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79), Guard, Cai Zaragoza (Spain)
Lescano Matas Guard, Cai Zaragoza (Spain)
Nocedal Matias, Guard, Tau Ceramica (Spain)
Javier Bulfoni (192-G-76), Guard, Leon (Spain)
Sandes Matias, Forward, Fuenlabrada (Spain)
Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances), Forward, Roma (Italia)
Vega Sebastian, Forward, Central Entrerriano (Argentina)
Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78), Forward, Burgos (Spain)
Pelussi Andres, Forward, Libertad de Sunchales (Argentina)
Leonardo Mainoldi (205-C-85), Forward, Lleida (Spain)
Aguerre Federico, Center, Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Gutierrez Juan ,Center, Granada (Spain)
Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency), Center, Penarol (Argentina)
Olympic games list: This group wil start to work on July 4 in Rosario then they will play some friendly games in Buenos Aires and Mar del plata. On July 20 they will travel to Europe for more friendly games. Sergio Hernandez said that he will play the otournament with two point guards so maybe one of them will be 'cut'.
Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77), Guard, Tau Cermica
Antonio Porta (188-G-83, agency: Players Group), Guard, Spartak (Rusia)
Nicolas Gianella (187-G-78), Guard, Granada (Spain)
Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances), Guard, San Antonio Spurs (USA)
Carlos Delfino (199-G-82), Guard, Toronto Raptors (USA)
Andres Nocioni (199-F-79), Forward, Chicago Bulls
Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80), Forward, Murcia (Spain)
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78), Forward, Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Fabricio Oberto (207-C-75, agency: Interperformances), Center, San Antonio Spurs (USA)
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80), Center, Houston Rockets (USA).
The first transaction of the season took place earlier on this week, the cup winners, team of Proteas EKA AEL Limassol Limassol agreed financial terms with one of the best local performers on the guard position, Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) after two years in
|Pro A Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Colson Tou 21.4|
2 Graves Pau 21.0
3 Salyers Roa 20.0
4 Cox Le Havre 18.9
5 Skinn Clermont 16.6
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Masingue Tou 10.5|
2 Issa Vic 8.9
3 Krupalija Dij 8.1
4 Marquis Cho 7.8
5 Nsonwu-Amadi ASVEL 7.6
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Colson Tou 8.3|
2 Sciarra Dij 8.1
3 Stanic Pau 7.3
4 Thompson LeH 6.8
5 Mitchell Cha 5.1
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Colson Toulon 4.31|
2 Greer Nancy 3.94
3 Stanic Pau 3.21
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Issa Vic 1.9|
2 Akpomedah Par 1.7
3 Bauer Nan 1.7
|1 Bauer Nan 70.9|
2 Foster Par-L 70.2
3 John Ford Cha 67.5
|1 Sangare Vil 48.1|
2 Cope Orl 47.5
3 Golemac Par 46.7
|1 Colson Tou 92.2|
2 Nichols Tou 91.3
3 Dewar Orl 90.9
|1 Colson Toulon 19.12|
2 Salyers Roanne 19.06
3 Greer Nancy 18.88
4 Williams Toulon18.53
5 Ford Chalon 17.94
Soulis Markopoulos's Marousi is the fourth team to join Panathinaikos, Olympiakos and Panionios in the Semi finals after the second amazing road win in Amexandreion Melathron over Arisn Thessalonikis. Markopoulos team was more decisive than ever and with players full of passion and an amazing Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) for a third game in the row (he scored 85 points in three games against Aris and he is definitely the MVP of the quarter finals) managed to eliminate Coach Herberts team. Now in regards to the Canadian's team, it was simply colorless and with a lot of stress, not even the amazing 5000 yellow fans were able to 'waken up' the players of Aris. Without any real strategy in their game, or real organisational skills, simply without the 'brains' in the team, it is more than obvious that Aris made a fatal mistake when actually changed the successful veteran Terrell Castle, who was the brain of the team, with Washington, as the ex NBAer prove to be not enough for Aris. The sixth placed Costa Cafe Marousi with the 13-13 of the regular season eliminate the Euroleagues Aris of 18-8.
Costa Cafe Marousi started the game more decisively and by the end of the first quarter already showed that Alexandreion will not be a big problem for Branko Milisavljevic and Bryant as the two players were doing the most amazing things in the game, the two players lead their team and with the help of Nikos Boudouris (192-G-71) and Haralambidis increased the difference slowly-slowly to 15 points 8 minutes before the end of the game, Aris players were have a kind of anarchy in their game as both Terry and Wright were shooting from the arc with very bad stats (2/10 both of them) and with Boisas bad shooting from the arc (0/4) the Costa Cafe Marousi players mostly with Stevenson were dashing down the rebounds the one after the other, with persistence and team work, Markopoulos team took the victory, mostly because of the passion, strategy, coolness and very good coaching skills of the Greek Coach. It is more than clear that he check mate his Canadian colleague!!
The quarters were: 19-24, 40-44, 56-67, and 79-85
The final score of the game was 79-85 with the scorers of the two teams being the following:
Aris: Terry 3, Washington 20, Wright 9, Kalaitzis 3, Iliadis 13, Motola 4, Massey 27.
Costa Cafe Marousi: Stevenson 7, Haralambidis 8, Nikos Boudouris 7, Jazvin 8, Bryant 14, Mavroidis 6, Branko Milisavljevic 26, Kaimakoglou 9.
T.J. Sorrentine (180-G-82, college: Vermont) scored 29 points on shooting 7-of-11 behind the arc, Davor Marcelic posted 25 points on shooting 5-of-7 from the downtown, and Krka beat Helios 92-80 to end a 14-game losing streak in the series. Krka had not beaten Helios since a 79-75victory on February 23, 2005. Krka shot 16-of-29 gor 3-pointers and in last quarter outscored Helios by 22-9. Jack Ingram led the guests with 22 points.
Zlatorog never trailed and easily defeated TCG Mercator 85-69. Salih Nuhanovic netted 14 points without a miss and Nejc Strnad collected 14 points and 4 assists while Jure Erzen had 13 points for TCG Mercator who shot 1-of-14 behind the arc.
Esotech Elektra beat Luka Koper 78-65 for their first home win. Zan Vrecko scored 19 points and Ales Kunc had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Koper had only two scorers in double fugures. Emanuel Richter finished with 19 points and Sasa Mucic added 12.
Union Olimpija led as many as 28 points in the third quarter as defeated Geoplin Slovan 100-86. Maurice Bailey posted 24 points and Marko Milic 22 while DeMarco Johnson led the guests with 28 points and 12 rebounds.
League Play-Off - Round 12: Krka-Helios 92-80, TCG Mercator-Zlatorog 69-85, Elektra Esotech-Luka Koper 78-65, Union Olimpija-Geoplin Slovan 100-86.
Relegation Group - Round 5: Parklji crushed Kraski zidar Jadran 105-72. Rade Dzambic collected 20 points and 8 assists to lead five scorers in double figures. Miroslav Juric had 24 points for Kraski zidar Jadran.
Gabriella Szoke (186-C-68), Edith Szoke (186-F/C-69) and Annamaria Trybswasser (-85)'s effort was enough to carry Herzogenburg to the silver medals in Austria. Flying Foxes however became the AWBL after they held off Herzogenburg in Game 4 of the championship series. Flying Foxes won two games away from home to grab a 2-0 lead in the series. But then suddenly the defending champs lost to Herzogenburg at home a couple of days ago. But the intrigue did not live for too long. Flying Foxes picked up right from where they left in Herzogenburg and sealed the series. Flying Foxes got to an aggressive start outscoring the visitors 20:7 in the opening stanza. Herzogenburg sparked in the second quarter but managed just not to lose the quarter completing it at 23 apiece. Flying Foxes prevailed physically and easily raised the tempo to run away to a 23-point distance after three quarters of action. Herzogenburg never threatened the hosts lead and had to surrender at the end. Martina Remler paced the home side with 20 points. Yaneth Arias provided 16 points for the winners. DiAndrea Humpries and Gabriella Szoke posted 15 points apiece in a losing effort. Annamaria Trybswasser produced 4 points for her Herzogenburg.
Andreea Nemes (185-F-88) and Sdent Sierre won the LNB season in Switzerland and booked their ticket to the LNA for the next year. It was a tremendous season for the team. Sdent Sierre finished the LNB regular season with a perfect 20-0 record and never slowed down in the playoffs. They thrashed Riva Ceresio II in the quarterfinal. Later Sdent Sierre breezed past BBC Cossonay in the semis before taking on Nyon in the Final best-of-three series. The first game was once again an easy trip for Sierre. They overwhelmed Nyon and celebrated a stunning 96:35 victory. Maria Villarroel paced the hosts with game-high 32 points. Katrien Vercauteren added 23 points for the winners. Nyon answered with 8 points from Sakellie Daniels . However in the next game Nyon turned the game into a real battle. Playing at home Nyon managed to build a 32:30 lead at halftime. But a sizzling performance from Maria Villarroel allowed Sierre to come from behind and posted a vital 70:56 claiming the title. Villarroel finished with 30 points. Rhona McKenzie added 16 points in a winning case. Andreea Nemes posted 6 points for the winners.
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- A group of 21 players called up by head coach Enrique Gil , began trainings in San Juan de los Morros, Guarico, to try and gain a spot in the 12-woman roster that will travel to Ecuador to play the South American Championship from May 24th till the 30th, and fight for a spot in the FIBA Americas Pre World Cup Tournament, later this year.
A few members of the group are expected to arrive later, as they play in international leagues or have college duties. That's the case with Maria Villarroel (174-G-78, college: Oklahoma), player of Sierre Basket in Switzerland, and also NCAA players such as Mirna Araujo (183-F-87), Yesi Castillo (175-F, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) or Ivaney Marquez (-83). Even Jofranny Guerra and Veronica Hernandez played in a semi-pro league in Ecuador.
Other members of the squad are Cleider Blanco (-90), Roselis Silva (-91), Germary Blanco (-90), Miriam Rodriguez, Yosimar Corrales (-90), Karen Hernandez, Maria Requena (-90), Kiancy Barragan (-90), Sonia Rodriguez (-90), Igsen Muria (-90), Endrina Bolivar (-90), Jannaly Montilla, Maria Cabrices (-90), Dahilifer Iserny (-90) y Francesca Curvelo. Their main goal is take away the current title holders in the South American area, Brazil. Venezuela gained historic titles in the last couple of years in the U16 and U18 cathegories, both times in Ecuador.
The team will play three friendly matches against Trinidad and Tobago in San Juan de los Morros from May 9th till the 11th.