EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/29/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
The men's national basketball team will close the first phase of their preparation today, with a game agains a mix of the
top players in city of Praia. The preparations began on the 16 of June for the pre olympic tournament in Athens. This
game will also serve as a presentation to the country of the National team at the Vva Duarte pavillion.
The coaching staff has been working, in this first phase, with 18 pre selected players. But today, the final 12 selected
players will face the mix of Praia. The second phase of the preparation will continue in France, and than on to Greece for the
pre Olympic tournament, 14 to the 20 of June.
The National team was received today by the President of the country, Pedro Pires.
|EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE|
The Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) was very exciting on Friday , the second day of the event.
All of the players seem to settle down and played a much better brand of basketball.
The coaches from Lithuania, Ukraine and Serbia identified several top prospects at the ESL event who were very impressive.
In the 5th game of the ESL Rome outlasted Athens by a 111-98 margin.
Alex Davenport (194-G-85, college: Ft.Hays State) of Rome was very impressive and was unstoppable as the 6'5' silky smooth guard from Fort Hayes State scored 23 points and caught the eyes of several coaches.
Chip Soderman, Jerrah Young (201-F-85, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Toledo) and Keith Hampton (198-G/F-80, college: St.Xavier) all added 16 points a piece to help pace Rome's balance attack. Chip Soderman also dished out 8 assists.
The Rome team is very talented and looked a lot better than they played on the first day.
Stanley Thomas (189-G-80) from the Chicago Throwbacks led Athens with 20 points while John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) and Phillip Gilbert (191-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Bradley) both added 19 points.
Both teams played better and scored more efficiently on day two of the ESL.
Game 6: of the ESL featured Amsterdam beating Paris 100-86 with Junior Austin (192-G-81, college: Philander Smith) leading the way with an impressive 22 points and 8 rebound performance. Jimmy Williams (196-F-86, college: Alders.-Broad.) chip in with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Eugene Seals (199-F-82, college: Miami, OH) added 19 points and 9 rebounds and Kevin Chester (203-C-84, agency: Champion Sports Management, college: Nova SE) control the inside with 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Paris was led by Elzie Bibbs (193-G/F-82, agency: Champion Sports Management, college: Ferris St.) with 29 points; 8 rebounds who is one of the most athletic guys in the ESL and is currently the scoring leader of the ESL. Bibbs is quietly capturing some attention from some of the scouts. Jontee Willhite (186-G-86, college: E.Illinois) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Mark Stovall (197-F-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: McKendree) chip in 12 points and 4 rebounds and Olalekan Esho (191-G-79, college: Rust) scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the Paris team. Courtney Bradley also was a significant player for Paris by scoring 12 points and grabbing 4 rebounds.
Game 7: of the ESL was probably the most entertaining game of the day featuring two teams with lots of talented players.
London in the end overwhelmed Berlin by 83-65 by displaying outstanding defense and received superb play by Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: Beggs and Lane, college: William Carey) (191-G-84, agency: Beggs and Lane, college: William Carey).
The game was a closely fought contest with several lead changes the first 15 minutes of the game.
However the defensive intensity of Kyle Lamonte, Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) and Jermaine Dailey (201-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) was too much for the Berlin team.
London is probably the most athletic team in the ESL event in Chicago and the use their ability to out rebound Berlin.
This game featured some terrific dunks by Leonard Houston (191-G-85, college: Drake) of Drake University, Jermaine Dailey of Illinois-Chicago and David Johnson (193-G-85, college: SE Missouri St.) from Southeast Missouri State.
Kyle Lamonte led London with 25 points and 6 assists; Emmanuel Little chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds and Leonard Houston scored 15 points.
Berlin was led by Bryan Edwards (187-G-69, college: JMU) who has played professionally in Austria and France scored 16 points and Danny Brown (193-G-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: St.Louis) added 14 points.
In the final game of the evening Warsaw came back from being down 8 points with 1:11 left in the game against Madrid and snatched a 106-105 victory.
Madrid with about five minutes remaining had a 15 point margin but crumbled by under the full court pressure a trapping defense by Warsaw.
Steve Taylor's Warsaw guards forced several turnovers and Madrid could not manage a simple inbounds strategy to close out the game.
The crowd at the Attack Athletics gym were stunned by the sudden collapse of Madrid.
Maurice Carter (191-G-74, college: Brandon) the European veteran scored 20 points and hit several key 3 pointers to lead Warsaw to the championship game.
Demarius Bolds (191-G-83, college: Missouri Western) scored 19 points and made all of the crucial free throws during crunch time for the Warsaw team.
Madrid played very well throughout the game was was led by another bright performance by Daniel Bandy (178-G-84, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) who scored 25 points and dished out 5 assists.
Justin Johnson (203-F-83, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: St.Louis) scored 17 points, Eric Vierneisel (201-F-85, college: California) had 15 points, Maurice Gibbs (188-G-85, college: UAB) pitched in 13 points and J.J. Tauai (190-G-85, college: Bradley) scored 12 points aslo for the Madrid team.
The championship game on Saturday will feature the best two teams in the Chicago ESL at 4pm (London vs.Warsaw).
During the past couple of days several notable NBA players have past through the ESL while working out at the famous Attack Athletics facility.
Michael Jordan was once trained by Tim Grover the owner of Attack Athletics and was credited as a major factor in Jordan success while winning several NBA title for the Chicago Bulls.
The week has been an interesting spectrum watching the group of young talented players trying to showcase the skills for the international market while the NBA guys past through the Attack Athletics training facility focussing on summer their conditioning program.
However there are a couple of players at the ESL that have NBA potential but will need some European experience to enhance their skills as they will be playing in the ESL Chicago Championship game on Saturday.
Game 5: Athens 98, Rome 111
Lawrence Brooks: 7pts; 3rbs
John Little: 19pts; 3ast
Stanley Thomas: 20pts; 6rbs
Jeffrey Mayi: 3pts; 4rbs
Mike Lylte: 7pts; 5ast
Roderick Smith: 9pts; 3rbs
Stephen Flucker: 8pts; 6rbs
Jordan Lear: 4pts; 10rbs
Tyler Sickmeyer: 2pts; 4rbs
Phillip Gilbert: 19pts; 5ast
Ervin Youmans: 9pts; 3ast
Vangelo Smith: 2pts; 1ast
Edward James: 8pts;
Chip Soderman: 16pts; 8ast
Alex Davenport: 23pts; 6rbs
Tyler Moretto: 5pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Jerrah Young: 16pts; 10rbs
Jessan Gray: 3pts; 10rbs
Keith Hampton: 16pts; 5rbs
Ben Helb: 11pts; 2rbs
Game 6: Amsterdam 100, Paris 86
John Griffin: 6pts; 3rbs
Kevin Chester: 14pts; 5rbs
Eugene Seals: 19pts; 7rbs
David Jordan: 4pts; 2rbs
Fred Oguns: 9pts; 5rbs
Jimmy Williams: 18pts; 10rbs
Cortez Forte: 9pts; 4rbs
Junior Austin: 22pts; 8rbs
Brent Cowles: 6pts
Elzie Bibbs: 29pts; 8rbs
Peter Gecelovsky: 7pts; 4rbs
Corey Niles: 3pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Courtney Bradley: 12pts; 4rbs
Jermel Nelson: 0pts
Ryosuke Nozawa: 0pts
Jontee Williams: 10pts; 6rbs; 3ast
Mark Stovalll: 12pts; 4rbs
Olalekan Esho: 14pts; 6 rbs
GAME 7: London 86, Berlin 65
Ronnie Davis: 6pts; 5rbs
Leonard Houston: 15pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Emmanuel Little: 19pts; 8rbs
Marcus King-Stockton: 2pts; 9rbs
Kyle Lamonte: 25pts; 5rbs; 5ast
Jermaine Dailey: 9pts; 6rbs; 3blk
Dane Cruz: 3pts; 4 ast
Andre Muse: 2pts;
Corley Lee: 9pts; 3rbs
Carl Marshall: 2pts; 3ast
Diego Aguiar: 9pts; 5rbs
Terry Ayers: 2pts; 2rbs
Joel Haviland: 3pts; 3rbs
Danny Brown: 14pts
Brian Carter: 0pts;
Matt Salley: 4pts; 6rbs
David Johnson: 8pts; 4rbs
Jeremy File: 4pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Bryan Edwards: 15pts; 2rbs
Lantrice Green: 8pts; 4ast
GAME 8: Warsaw 106, Madrid 105
Jimmy Miles: 6pts; 3rbs
Maurice Carter: 20pts; 3rbs
Marcus Arnold: 7pts; 5rbs
Giani Bearden: 10pts; 6rbs
Demarius Bolds: 19pts; 5rbs
Jason Warren: 8pts; 4rbs
Reo Logan (211-C-81, college: Georgia St.): 13pts; 11rbs
Brandon Watkins: 11pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Casey Love: 4pts; 4rbs
Perrick Robinson: 8pts; 4rbs; 5ast
Michael Rembert: 13pts; 5rbs
Matt Martin: 2pts; 1rbs; 3ast
J.J. Tauai: 12pts
Dshon Cannon: 9pts; 3ast
Eric Vierneisel: 15pts; 5rbs
Jangki Che: 2pts; 3ast
Maurice Gibbs: 13pts; 2rbs
Justin Johnson: 17pts; 4rbs
Daniel Bandy: 25pts; 3rbs; 4ast
Brian Filyes: 2pts; 2rbs
|EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16|
Four games were played in this round :
Al Ahli Tripoli - Al Wahda 82-51
Al Ittihad - Al Shabab 81-84
Naser - Al Morog 65-56
Ahli Benghazi - Al Hilal 60-44
Al Shabab - Al Ittihad game was so far the most exciting this season , after shabab lost their chances to win the league title , they are now trying to focus on the Cup competition and win it for the third consecutive year , the winner of this game will directly qualify to the first group final game while the loser will play another game against the winner from Al Ahli Tripoli - Al Jazeera to make the first group finals.
the first quarter ended 25-20 for ittihad ,as for the second quarter (40-38) and the third (65-59) ended also for Al Ittihad.
In the forth quarter eveything was going good for Al Ittihad and with 2 minutes left , 81-74 for Al Ittihad , a basket and a free throw made by Al Shabab Mauritanian player Babaker Wad and a three point shot by Mohammed Issa made the result 81-80 for Al Ittihad , then a steal by Al Shabab Player Mohammed Doji , a free throw made by the same player tied the result , Al Ittihad lost the position of the ball to Al Shabab before 3 seconds from the ending Mohammed Issa made a three point shot to leave Al Ittihad stunned by Al Shabab's 8 consecutive points comeback that made them win the game and qualify to the first group finals for the third year.
Al Ittihad now have to play against the winner from Ahli T - Al Jazeera game to determine the other finalist while in the second group Ahli B qualified to the final and will wait for the winner from An Naser Riyadh - Al Hilal game.
For the League's week 21 results :
Al Ittihad - Naser 74-73
Al Jazeera - Al Shabab 82-58
Al Yarmook - Al Wahda 73-75
Tahade - Al Hilal 54-57
Al Madina - Al Ahli Tripoli 63-88
Ahli Benghazi - Moroj 74-47
Giovanni C. Funicielly (NBA agent), announced today that Alejandro Flores will join Miami Heats training on July 2nd.
Alejandro Flores played at Eastern Oklahoma State College where he was named to the second team all region mens, as well as to the first team Bi-State All-Conference Men.
The 6' 8' 240 pound, power forward, has an outstanding national and international professional basketball career, which began at his native Dominican Republic, in LIDOBA (Dominican Republic Professional Basketball league) with professional organizations as NACO, CDP, Don Bosco and Scorpions.
In Venezuela, Alejandro Flores started his participation as foreign player with Estudiantes Del Guarico in the National League. He was selected by the Venezuelas National team to help them in the South American Championship for professional Clubs, in Brazil, in 2007. Alejandro was one of the ten best players of this championship scoring 13.4ppg. After that, he went back to Venezuela to join Pescadores de Sucre, actual champions of the 2007 National League of Venezuela.
In the 2008 LPB (Professional Basketball League of Venezuela), Alejandro Flores joined Marinos de Oriente to then, get trade to Gatos de Monagas, leading this team with 16.1 points per games and 6.96 rebounds per game.
Last Wednesday the 25th, Alejandro Flores scored 31 points to defeated Marinos de Oriente. The same basketball team that trade him out by the beginning of the 2008 LPB 's season.
Alejandro Flores was also playing in the Venezuelas Profesional Basketball League All-Star Game.
Next week, Alejandro Flores will be facing his new challenge at the NBA level in his professional basketball career.
It's not the first time that a professional basketball player, can make the NBA level coming from the Venezuela's professional Basketball League, as Carl Herrera, Oscar Torres, Anthony Mason, David Wesley, Moochie Norris, etc
Good luck Caballo!!
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