EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/3/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
The Australian Boomers will face the might of the USA Dream Team in Shanghai on August 5 in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics.
USA Basketball announced on Monday that the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team, which will be composed of superstars from the NBA and could include Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, will complete its 2008 training by participating in the USA Basketball International Challenge in Shanghai, China, from August 2 - 6 against Australia and Russia.
The United States will face 2007 EuroBasket champion Russia on August 3 (3 p.m. Shanghai local time), and meet 2007 Oceania champion Australia on August 5 (8 p.m. Shanghai local time). Both games will be held at the Qizhong Arena (13,708 capacity) in Shanghai, China.
'The games versus Russia and Australia will without doubt be very challenging and feature a pair of opponents who are their zone's champions and very talented teams. The Qizhong Arena is an outstanding venue for these games and the USA Basketball International Challenge will afford basketball fans in and around Shanghai a remarkable opportunity to see three of the world's very best teams show their abilities,' said Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program.
'Our games in the USA Basketball International Challenge are a critical part of our team's overall preparations. All of the teams involved are very competitive and respected international teams, so we know we will be challenged each time we take the court. Our early arrival in China will afford us the opportunity to adjust to the time change and help us focus on our final training period. Needless to say, this training and these games will be critical to our success,' said USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
The USA and Australia last faced each other at the 2006 World Championship in Japan when the USA posted a 113-73 win (8/27/06). The USA's last contest against the Aussies in an Olympic setting came in the 2004 Games, where the Americans emerged with an 89-79 victory on 19 August 2004.
'We're extremely happy to have secured a match against such high quality competition in the lead-up to the Olympic Games,' Basketball Australia Chief Executive Scott Derwin said.
'It will form a vital last step on the road to Beijing and I'm positive that our players and staff will benefit from the experience.
'They beat us quite handily at the 2006 World Championship and we'll be doing everything we can to rectify that in Shanghai.'
USA Basketball announced earlier its domestic training plans for its 2008 Men's Senior National Team. Selected members of the USA Senior National Team program will participate in a mini-training camp from June 27-29 in Las Vegas, Nev. The 12 players selected from the mini-training camp will be nominated to the United States Olympic Committee to participate in the 2008 Olympic Games.
USA Basketball's Men's Senior National Team currently consists of 33 players: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards); Shane Battier (Houston Rockets); Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons); Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors); Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz); Bruce Bowen (San Antonio Spurs); Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New Orleans Hornets); Nick Collison (Seattle SuperSonics); Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics); Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks); Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Antawn Jamison (Washington Wizards); Shawn Marion (Miami Heat); Brad Miller (Sacramento Kings); Mike Miller (Memphis Grizzlies); Adam Morrison (Charlotte Bobcats); Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets); Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics); Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons); Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks); J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic); Luke Ridnour ( Seattle SuperSonics); Amare Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz).
The USA Senior National Team coaching staff is led by Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and also features assistant coaches Jim Boeheim from Syracuse University, New York Knicks head mentor Mike D'Antoni and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan.
Courtesy of www.nbl.com.au
By: Cyril Empig
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the Yaounde, Cameroon native and an incoming senior at UCLA, is currently in Orlando, Florida, USA, at an NBA pre-draft camp, trying to showcase his skills in front of NBA coaches and scouts. Ideally, he would impress the 'powers-that-be' enough that he would hear that an NBA team will choose him during the upcoming NBA draft in this summer. Luc had expressed his thought that if he has the sense that he is guaranteed 'at the very least' being drafted in the second round, he will not return to UCLA and will go forward into the NBA. The first round of the NBA Draft will comprise of thirty players selected, these players will command top salary money; second round players will command less salary money. Luc says he is not interested in playing anywhere else but the NBA. If he does not make it into the NBA, he will return to UCLA.
This Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando is primarily being attended by players who are still unsure of their standings in the draft, whether they would like to move up in position in the draft or simply to be drafted. Players that already have a sense of where they would be drafted (and if it is a high enough position) have opted to skip the camp. Luc's fellow UCLA Bruins Kevin Love (center) and Russell Westbrook (combo guard) are both perceived to be first round draftees, and so they have chosen to skip camp, although they might be there to watch.
Luc is a 6'8' 240 pound power forward, but this is 'smallish' for the NBA. And so, he will be asked to shoot more from the perimeter. Hence, to entice NBA coaches and scouts, Luc needs to be hitting those perimeter shots from the outside, with confidence, accuracy, and hopefully wide range (from the 15-footer to the 3-point shot). His inconsistency on his jump shots was in plain view during the last game of last year, the tournament loss to the Memphis Tigers. In that game, the Tigers opted to double-team Kevin Love and dared Luc to make the perimeter shot. Unfortunately for UCLA, Luc could not deliver.
The initial buzz from the Pre-Draft Camp is that Luc is a monster on defense, he is gifted with length and jumping ability, but this is not enough to stand out here since almost everyone here is lengthy and can jump. Luc needs to impress people with his shot, so he has some work to do here. Especially with his smallish size, he will be required to hit his jump shots. This makes being able to make the jump shots that more important for Luc.
Luc has plans to play for Cameroon in the upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament in Athens, Greece on July 14-20, but this hinges on whether or not he gets drafted by an NBA team. If he gets drafted, he would probably leave it to the NBA team who has drafted him to decide whether he could play in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Cameroon is joined by Puerto Rico and Croatia in Group D in the 12-team tournament, all of whom are vying for the remaining three slots in the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Also in the tournament are Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Germany, Greece, Korea, Lebanon, New Zealand and Slovenia.
Meantime, Luc's fellow Yaounde native and UCLA Bruin teammate Alfred Aboya is close to graduating from UCLA and might not return to UCLA basketball team for his senior year. He plans to go to graduate school. And so, if this takes him away from UCLA, he might forego his senior season with the team. But if he decides to attend graduate school at UCLA, then he might return and play his last year with the team.
Good luck to Luc and Alfred!
ISRAEL - Canadian Senior Men's National Team forward and all-time leading Canadian scorer in the NCAA Juan Mendez (202-F-81, college: Niagara) has received the Bosman Player of the Year award for his performance in the Israeli Premier League (IPL) this season.
Mendez averaged 26.3 minutes per game while starting for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion this past season, leading his team in scoring with 16.7 points per game while adding 5.1 rebounds, shooting .604% from the floor and a solid .337% from three point range.
Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion finished seventh in the 10 team IPL this year with a 9-18 record.
The 6'8' native of Montreal will attempt to help Canada reach the Olympics for the first time in nearly a decade this summer, and will be part of the roster when Team Canada opens its training camp June 20 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
For more, visit: www.basketball.ca
*Jacky Perigois is the new coach of the team of Quimper. The former assistant of Erman Kunter at Cholet will replace Francois Peronnet in the ProB team, while Jim Bilba (199-F-68) will assist Kunter in Cholet and start a new career in the coaching.
*Germain Castano will coach St-Quentin next season and replace Nino Asceric . Castano was released by Besancon in November '07, while Asceric led St-Quentin to a record this season.
*Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (196-F-86) leaves Evreux and signs a contract for Dijon. In addition, Dijon added 2 youngsters in the professionnal roster (Souleyman Diabate (182-G-87) and Benjamin Monclar (190-G-88)).
*Jimmal Ball (178-G-78, college: Akron) and Curtis Sumpter (201-F-84, college: Villanova) both leave Vichy.
*Stephane Risacher (203-F-72) signs 2 seasons for Chalon. This is a big signature for the French ProA, since a former star of the league (13.9ppg with Pau in 1999/2000 before leaving to Greece) is now back. Risacher was posting 7.9ppg 1.9rpg in the ACB league last season with Murcia. Risacher will be the main part of Chalon's new project, rebuilding a team around Risacher and some french players staying with the team.
Defending champion Strumica 2005 outsmarted Feni Industrija in thriller finish 75-74 coming on 2-3 in the final series. Battle for the title will continue tonight in Kavadarci where Feni Industrija will have a chance to finish the season with two crowns.
Saturday's game was really tough and interesting until the very end. Basketball fans in Strumica had an opportunity to enjoy watching two best FYR Macedonian teams fighting for the title. The hosts played much better first half closing it 42-27. But Feni woke up in third quarter showing why the team from Kavadarci is National Cup winner and champion of regular season. They finished third stanza with fantastic 10-29 entering the crucial period with plus 4. Feni had lead almost until the end but the defending champion did not give up. They came on 73-74 at the last minute. Six seconds before the end Serbian Damir Latovic (204-C-80) netted two free throws for his team setting the score on 75-74. Feni couldn't succeed to score at their last possession which means that the final series will continue in Kavadarci.
Clutch player of the game was Damir Latovic, who netted 17 points in total. Eftim Bogoev (185-G-80) had one more point than him while Miljan Pupovic (210-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) stopped on 13 points. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) had fantastic night for Feni pouring in 33 points. Feni also got 17 points from Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza).
Feni Indistrija has another chance tonight to capture the championship title. They missed it on Saturday but according to Feni's players they will try to finish this season tonight at the front of their fans in Kavadarci.
Strumica 2005 - Feni Industrija 75-74 (2-3)
Strumica: Eftim Bogoev 18, Latovic 17, Pupovic 13, Bosnjak 12
Feni: Donald Cole 33, Zlatko Gocevski 17, Prekovic 8
Davit Gurabanidze (175-G-92)
Nodar Teneishvili (195-G-92)
Merab Boqolishvili (194-F-92) (C)
Levan Eliadze (196-F-92)
Giga Mekhrishvili (195-F-92)
Shalva Kakauridze (188-G-92)
Nodar Sharabidze (199-F-92)
Giorgi Tetelashvili (185-G-92)
Irakli Cherqezishvili (175-G-92)
Duda Sanadze (195-G-92)
Nikoloz Magradze (196-F-92)
Sergi Meladze (194-F-92)
Goga Javakhishvili (199-F-92)
Irakli Alkhanaidze (199-F-92)
Head coach: Gela Tsuladze
Eurobsket.com, succeeded an interview through the net with the young talented basketball player Vladimir Jankovic (208-F-90), the member of the Hellenic NT and Panionios was more than willing to talk to us and give us his oppinion and thoughts about Basketball in Greece, Panionios and Play-offs now for the Euroleague games between his team and Maroussi which turned out to be the best games during the last decade between two, more or less equall teams. Here is out little chat with Jankovic.
Eurobasket.com: Hi Vladimiros
Eurobasket.com: We will be needing a sttement from you in regards to the coming fifth game against Marousi, this Wednesday
Jankovic: What do you want exactly.
Eurobasket: What do you believe for this last game, what are the odds that you give to Panionios and what are the odds to give to Maroussi?
Jankovic: Look, i believe that my team succeeded to balance the series at this stage (from 0-2 to 2-2) and is very capable to do the total recall on Wednesday, our psychology is really high and together with our fans we will try to do a historical recall as we will be just the second team in the Greek history of Basket to do such a recall in the play offs (from 0-2 to 3-2) The odds that m giving are 75% for Panionios and 25% for Marousi as we are better team and we do play in our court.
Eurobasket: Do you have a new tactic or something new to prsent in the court in order to stop Marousi's players?
Jankovic: The question should have been wether they have something new to present as it is obvious that they got tired and it obviously shows in the court from game to game. We will simply play our game.
Eurobasket:We have seen the top performer of Marousi the last three months, Miljsavlievic to be really unsteable the lst two games, did Mr. Markovic arrange soem kind of a special deffencive strategy against the charismatic scorer?
Jankovic: We simply overplayed him and our coach told us not to let him get the ball so often as all the big scorers in the league.
Eurobsket: Something to end this short interview, what do you beleive for Marousi, it was one of the temas which initially was among the favorites for relegation and all of a sudden in the second part of the league and in the play-offs it got magic!! What do you feel about this team?
Jankovic: Well, the difference is simply the new coach and the 2 players signed as both of them matched exactly witht heprofile of the team, plus ofcource Kaimakoglou's very good performance in the play-offs.
Eurobasket: Thanks a lot for you time
Jankovic: You are more than welcome.
And now the time for the big final has come!!! Olympiakos won last night its big rival, Panathinaikos, 59-57 at Peace and Frinedhip stadium, equalised the series at 2-2 and everything will be clarified on Wednesday's night at OAKA's hall where the champion for this season will be found.
It was a precious win for the Reds, at a no-tomorrow game, which, though didn't start under the best conditions, since the atmosphere at the hall remind us rather of a war than a basketball game: a lot of small pieces were thrown at the beginning of the game, so as to let the referrees take a decision to stop the game for more than 50 minutes. In fact they thought of let the game restart only after an evacuation of the hall, but after a lot of time and a lot of pressure from both teams, especially from Olympiakos, they decided to let the teams contimue their game, having played 2:30 minutes.
At the rest of the first half, the Reds seemed most concentrated on their game and with a lot of help from Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) managed to take a lead of 11 points by the end (38-27). Panathinaikos, at the same time, was scoring mainly from the 3-point line (most of its attempts were from this line), with Spanoulis and Diamantidis scoring the most points.
At the second half, Olympiakos didn't lost the lead at any time, until 1:47 before the end, but the difference was constantly reduced (6 points at the end of the third period), with Panathinaikos keeping on shooting 3-points shots. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) helped a lot at that moment of the game, but Diamantidis was the player who with a dunk and a successful 3-point shot gave Panathinaikos the lead (55-57). However, then only the Reds scored (with 4 free throws, in fact, made by Giorgos Printezis, Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Greer) and the stop made by Ioannis Bourousis on Batiste at the last minute of the game was proved crucial for the winner. Diamantidis didn't succeed in his final 3-point shot at the buzzer and the two opponents renewed their rendez-vous for Wednesday.
We all hope that the best team will win, with no incidents happen inside or, especially, outside the basketball field.
Top scorers for the two teams were:
Olympiakos: Giorgos Printezis 21 points and 2 rebounds at 27 minutes, Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) 8 points, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) 4 points, Ioannis Bourousis 6 points and 13 rebounds, .
Panathinaikos: Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) 17 points and 2 assists, Dimitris Diamantidis 14 points (3/13 3p.), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, Sarunas Jasikevicius 13 points
Liga Metropolitana Standings|
Sunday afternoon in Amsterdam in a classic game #7 between MyGuide Amsterdam and Eiffel Towers, MyGuide overcame a difficult start, once again being provided a spark by an old reliable, with the FEB title changing hands and MyGuide detroning Eiffel Towers by the score of 83-74. It appeared after the first eight minutes of the game that Eiffel would retain its FEB title and make it a three-peat, with Eiffel taking a commanding 23-8 lead. At that point MyGuide appeared tight and stagnant on offense, shooting the ball poorly. Eiffel did a good job putting double team pressure on FEB MVP Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and forced him into making mistakes.
In the 2nd quarter Eiffel kept MyGuide on the ropes with aggressive play from Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.), who took the ball strong to the rim and established also a midrange game (16 1st half pts.) and sharpshooter Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) and Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) also were active, helping stake Eiffel to a 40-32 halftime lead.
In the 3rd quarter, however the old relaible for MyGuide, Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas) began to make his move, like in the previous game, hitting a clutch buzzer beating three-pointer at the end of the 3rd quarter, tying things up at 55-55.
In the beginning 4th quarter MyGuide got good results in their first few possessions, first from their X-factors such as Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia St.) scoring a runner, Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) taking advantage of a mismatch and scoring on a turnaround jumper in the post, and reserve guard Sheiku Kabba (188-G-79, college: Providence) hitting a clutch three-pointer. The game would remain neck-and-neck throughout the first six minutes in the 4th quarter. However, things would take a dramatic turn for the best for MyGuide (and worse for Eiffel), with nearly 3:00 remaining, Gipson would come up with a three-point dagger to make it 72-68 for MyGuide, and followed immediately on an Eiffel miss with a big rebound. From then on MyGuide had the psychological edge on the game. The core players for Eiffel in the 1st half (Owens, Tucker, Young) were shut down by the MyGuide defense, with Eiffel failing to make the extra pass that helped them get the early 1st half lead. MyGuide defended Akerboom well, giving him little space to catch and shoot. At 1:21 remaining, Gipson would make another three-point dagger to seal the deal for MyGuide, and two free throws afterwards to give MyGuide a 79-74 lead. MyGuide made great stops afterwards, wrapping up its sixth Dutch title and first since 2005. Gipson led all scorers with 27 pts., Owens and Tucker led Eiffel with 17 pts. each and Akerboom added 16.
Congratulations to MyGuide Amsterdam, and to the players and coaching staff for the classy play they demonstrated for the entire season.
Over 100 players participated at the USBA/IBL international exposure camp in Blue River, OR from May 27th-29th. The level of play was very good and was viewed from scouts from teams in South America, Japan, China and South Korea as well as many agents and IBL representatives. Only 25% of the players cam from NCAA Division 1 schools which indicates how talented players slip through the recruiting cracks for a variety of reasons. While we are naming the top players in this article, many other players not mentioned have the ability to play overseas productively. The following players impressed us the most:
Point Guards: God Shammgod (6'1''-G-76, agency: Passing Lane, college: Providence) was the most complete point guard at the camp. An NBA and overseas veteran Shammgod knows how to run a team and can use his strong body to score in the post. Kevin Tyner (6'0''-G-83, college: W.Oregon), currently playing for Vancouver in the IBL, was the most consistent point. Tyner is just a solid point guard was solid skills in all areas. He has had prior experience in Germany. Josh Jackson (6'2''-G, college: Warner Pacific), another Vancouver player, recently graduated from Warner Pacific College was the surprise of the camp. He can play both guard spots, is very quick and has an excellent shot.
Shooting Guards/Small Forwards: Tyler Amaya (6'6''-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington), currently playing for the Bellingham IBL team, impressed us the most. Amaya has a complete game and is very athletic. He can soar for dunks and has a good range on his outside shot. Sheldon Bailey (6'6''-F-83, college: Florida Intern.), a 6-6 athlete with experience in China, can take anyone off the dribble, is a great rebounder and is extremely quick. Kenny Langhorne (6'5''-F/G-83, college: S.Arkansas), who is playing for Grand Rapids in the IBL, is a strong 6-5 who can score underneath as well as from long range. He recently scored 49 points in an IBL game. Kenny Tate, a 6-4 IBL veteran with experience in Saudi Arabia, can play the 1, 2 or 3, can run a team and score from anywhere. Reggie Smith, a 6-5 athlete from Northeastern State, can run and jump with anyone and has good range on his shot. Bobby Nash (6'6''-G/F-84), a 6-6 recent graduate of Hawaii, has good skills in all areas and is a total team player, always looking for the best opportunity for his team.
Power Forwards/Centers: 6-10 Dean Browne (6'9''-C-80, college: Nevada) (6'9''-C-80, college: Nevada) was the most impressive player at the camp. Browne, from Nevada with experience in Japan, has unusual ballhandling skills for someone his size. He can take his man off the dribble and go in for thunderous dunks and has good rebounding and shotblocking ability with a good medium range shot. He has the ability to play at the top levels overseas. Nate Gerwig (6'9''-F/C-83, college: Kent St.), from Kent State and the D-League is a strong 6-9, an excellent rebounder with a good three point shot. Brad Stricker (6'11''-C/F-77, college: Georgia St.), another D-Leaguer, is a very strong 6-11 who is solid in the blocks and is an excellent rebounder.
Other players who impressed us included: shooters James Life from UMass and Larry Smith from the Portland IBL team, point guard Matt Martin from Montana, wings Shane Thorson from the Grand Rapids IBL team and Jalonta Martin fom the Central Oregon IBL team, combo guard Marc Williams from the Porttland IBL team and Porter Troupe from the Vancouver IBL team. An interesting prospect is Brad Favin a 7-2 center with improving skills.
|IBL Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Lucas Portland 39.2|
2. Springs Holland 29.8
3. Dunn C. Oregon 26.9
4. Moodie Elkhart 26.3
5.Diggs Bellingham 26.2
6. Watkins Elgin 24.5
7. Rhinehart W.City 24.7
8.Langhorne G.Rapids 24.1
9. Murray L.A. 24.0
10.Horton C. Oregon 23.5
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1.Murray L.A. 11.6|
2.Charles Elkhart 11.2
3.Shaw G.Rapids 11.0
4.Horton C. Oregon 10.7
5.Gayden Elgin 10.4
|Assists Per Game|
|1.Hall Las Vegas 9.4|
2.Bradford W.City 8.7
3.Springs Holland 7.9
4.Kyle B.Creek 7.2
5.Tyner Vancouver 6.8
5.Parran Gary 6.6
5.Tyner Vancouver 6.6
|BSL Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Burtt, I ASH 21.0|
2 Arnold, H JER 16.8
3 Tolbert, I RG 16.7
4 Williams, B HASH 16.7
5 Hill, I NAH 15.4
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Ebi, B HASH 8.5|
2 Morris, Mac TA 8.2
3 Massie, I ASH 8.1
4 Campbell, H Holon 8.0
5 Kozikaro, I NAH 7.3
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Jones, Gilboa/A. 5.7|
2 Tapiro, B HASH 5.5
3 Hagag, H JER 4.7
4 Rot, H HOL 4.6
5 Bowers, H JER 4.5
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Ohayon, GALIL 2.0|
2 Bowers, H JER 1.9
3 Nixon, Galil 1.8
4 Rot, H HOL 1.8
5 Shaashua, R LZ 1.8
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Wallace, I ASH 2.0|
2 Morris, MAC TA 1.8
3 Cisse, B HASH 1.7
4 Bennet, I ASH 1.2
5 Ebi, B HASH 1.1
|1 Wells, H JER 78.9|
2 Halperin, M TA 72.4
3 Campbell. H HOL 71.2
4 Brown, H HOL 71.1
5 Felix, H JER 70.8
|1 Shason, H JER 50.5|
2 Sharp, Mac TA 49.4
3 Washam, H HOL 48.9
4 Johnson, I NAH 47.7
5 Hagag, H JER 46.7
|1 Yatzkan, I ASH 96.0|
2 Hagag, H JER 90.6
3 Itzkhaki , I RG 90.2
4 Sharp, Mac TA 90.0
5 Tolbert, I RG 88.9
|1 Arnold H JER 21.5|
2 Burtt, I ASH 21.2
3 Morris, MAC TA 18.8
4 Campbell H HOL 18.3
5 Tolbert, I RG 18.1
One of the most historical Italian basketball teams, Reyer Umana Venezia, was the first team to claim the promotion to Lega 2. Yesterday, Venezia defeated on the road New Basket Brindisi 72-63 in Game 2 of the Serie B1 Finals. With 19 points, 4 rebs and 6 assists, former Italian international Rodolfo Rombaldoni (190-G-77, agency: Players Group) was the man of the game, while Alberto Causin (198-G/F-76, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80, agency: Players Group) 8 at the winning side. Roberto Feliciangeli (204-F-74) took the game top scoring honors with 20 in losing effort. Thanks to this win, Reyer Venezia becames also the Italian Amateur Champion team 2008, as it happened to Scavolini Spar Pesaro in 2006 and Power Dry Pistoia in 2007. Even losing yesterday, New Basket Brindisi stays in the race to Lega 2. According with the 'strange format' of the Serie B1 playoffs, New Basket Brindisi will now challenge the winner of the 'Tie-Breaker Final', Banca Nuova Trapani, that routed Intertransport Treviglio 107-70 led by Marco Caprari (195-G-76), who scored 33 points.
The Jordanian Basketball Federation (JBF) agreed with the local clubs in Jordan about the agenda of the basketabll rules and competitions for next season in the meeting which was held the JBF's headquarters in Amman yesterday.
# The main decisions were:
1- Pre-Season Summer League (During August & September 2008), Dates will be decided later.
2- Jordan Cup (From 12th of December 2009 until the end of the year).
3- 2008/2009 Excellent League Season (Will begin in the 1st week of January until the end of March 2009).
4- Putting some restrictions on clubs in signning with free agents (Maximum 2 per team).
5- Excellent League clubs agreed on not having any imports next season to spend more money on signning with high-level coaches to build better teams for future, A suggestion to have one import only for each team may be discussed later.
6- Each team in Men' level can use only 2 players from the youngesters' teams.
7- The new age of releasing players (Who does'nt have a contract with his origin team) is 20 years.
Most of those decisions were decided to give the National Team the chance to prepare for Asian Championship 2009 adding to build a new system of local tournaments based on givinng the Jordanian player more chance to develop himself under better atmosphere and coaching with ability to enter the good enough imports to the system in the near future.
|All-League 1st Team 2007-08|
|NBA Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 LeBron,CLE 30.0|
2 Kobe,LAL 28.3
4 Carmelo,DEN 25.7
5 Stoudemire,PHX 25.2
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Dwight,ORL 14.2|
2 Camby,DEN 13.1
3 Kaman,LAC 12.7
4 Chandler,NOH 11.7
5 Duncan,SAS 11.3
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Paul,NOH 11.6|
2 Nash,PHX 11.1
3 D.Williams,UTA 10.5
4 Kidd,DAL-NJN 10.1
5 Tinsley,IND 8.4
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Paul,NOH 2.7|
2 Artest,SAC 2.3
3 B. Davis,GSW 2.3
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Camby,DEN 3.6|
2 J. Smith ,ATL 2.8
3 Kaman, LAC 2.8
|1 Samb,DET 75.0|
2 Baston,TOR 68.0
3 B.Outlaw,ORL 66.7
|1 J.Graham,TOR 66.7|
2 Skinner,PHX 66.7
3 Allen,DAL-NJN 50.0
|1 Ahearn,MIA 96.8|
2 Barry,SAS 95.0
3 Stojakovic,NOH 92.9
- Valentin Voronin made a press-conference. There was announced that Politekhnika-Halychyna has inked the further contracts with Yaroslav Zubrytskyi (202-F-74), Volodymyr Gurtovoi (207-C-75), Dmitri Kouzmine (197-G-75), Pavel Ulianko (204-F/C-79) and Oleksandr Koroviakov (200-F-81) there. Politekhnika-Halychyna wants to see Aleksei Lobanov (194-G-77), Vladimir Golubev (193-G-81) and Juris Umbrasko (196-F-79), too.
As for the newcomers: Politekhnika-Halychyna headquarters almost made a deal with Alexander Kudrautsau (190-G-80) from Polish Czarni (11,8 ppg) and Andres Rodriguez (182-G-81) from PGE Turow (7,0 ppg, 4,3 rpg and 4,5 apg in ULEB Cup). Lviv team is interested in Graham Brown (205-C-84) and Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78). Nikola Bulajic's (208-C-84) future in Lviv depends of inking one of these players. Serhi Gladyr (196-G/F-89) has a possibility to play in Politekhnika-Halychyna, too.
Yevhen Annenkov (187-G-77) and Aleksei Goliakhov (190-G-84) leave a team.
- BC Odesa can ink four newcomers. Two candidates' surnames are known - Lior Lifshits (180-G-84) from Maccabi Givat Shmuel (11,0 ppg) and Adrian Pledger (190-G-76) from Iscar Nahariya (9,2 ppg). Plus there are three Ukrainians there - Artem Shvets (202-G/F-85), Andri Kalnichenko (200-G-86) and Yuri Fraseniuk (199-F-86). Oleh Yushkin (195-G/F-75), Gennadi Kuznetsov (204-F-75), Stanislav Balashov (209-C-79) and Oleksandr Rybalko (189-G-79) stay in Odesa.
- Mehmet Becirovic stays in Mariupol to rule Azovmash next season.
|LPB Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|Washington (Guai) 19.4|
K. Capers (Gat) 19.1
J. Vargas (Tro) 18.3
A. Flores (Gat) 15.9
E. Brock (Gua) 15.4
|Rebounds Per Game|
|A. Sucre (Mar) 9.1|
T. Aguilera (Tro) 8.2
E. Brock (Gua) 6.7
A. Flores (Gat) 6.7
L. Bethelmi (Coc) 6.7
|Assists Per Game|
|C. Cedeno (Guai) 5.6|
M. Osimani (Tro) 5.3
E. Mijares (Gat) 5.2
R. Guevara (Mar) 4.4
G. Vargas (Pan) 4.4
|Steals Per Game|
|E. Mijares (Gat) 3.7|
H. Salcedo (Gai) 3.6
C. Cedeno (Guai) 3.5
H. Guillent (Gua) 3.4
R. Guevara (Mar) 3.1
|Blocks Per Game|
|M. Marriaga (Gai) 1.5|
L. Bethelmi (Coc) 1.3
E. Brock (Gua) 1.1
H. Bayona (Guai) 0.9
M. Dumont (Pan) 0.7
|L. Bethelmi (Coc) 67.0%|
J. Vargas (Tro) 61.0%
H. Salcedo (Gai) 60.0%
M. Dumont (Pan) 59.0%
K. Freeman (Coc) 59.0%
|L. Garcia (Coc) 49.0%|
L. Cappare (Tro) 49.0%
J. Centeno (Coc) 48.0%
L. Wallace (Tro) 42.0%
C. Morris (Tach) 41.0%
|L. Wallace (Tro) 97.0%|
V.D. Diaz (Coc) 87.0%
K. Capers (Gat) 81.0%
L. Garcia (Coc) 80.0%
Basket Landes take the title with the very last shot of the match with with Marion Laborde (178-G-86) hitting the winner from down-town at the buzzer for them to beat Reze Nantes Basket 44 (63-61) to become 2007-2008 NF1 champions.
TheNF1 final brought together the top 4 teams in a final four after a 30 match programme thatmber started last September. Reze Nantes as regular season champions and Basket Landes will play in the LFB next season.
In the match for Bronze , ASPTT Charleville-Mezieres beat Armentieres SO (67-66).
Slovak champion KOSIT 2013 Kosice signed forward Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) from USA and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) from Israel. Cohen plays last season in spanish Baloncesto San Jose Leon. Spencer did not play in Europe, but last season in WNBA she had a good year as a rookie. She scored nearly 10 points per game. Spencer was with former KOSIT player Janel McCarville in camp of USA teym preparing for OG 2008 in Peking.