EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/8/2008Copyright 1997-2007 Eurobasket
Below are the Eurobasket Belgium Awards for 2007-2008 (number in brackets is the percentage of votes)
Import Player of the Year
D'or Fischer (68.5) (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia)
Domestic Player of the Year
Sam Van Rossom (92.5) (188-G-86)
Coach of the Year
Don Beck (48.1)
Matt Walsh (72.5) (197-F/G-82, college: Florida)
Import Players 1st Team All League
Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara)
Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech)
Damien Cantrell (200-F-76, college: USF)
Import Players 2nd Team All League
Veselin Petrovic (194-G/F-77)
Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara)
Andre Riddick (208-C-73, college: Kentucky)
John Turek (206-F/C-83, college: Nebraska)
Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany)
Domestic Players 1st Team All League
Sam Van Rossom
Christophe Beghin (207-F-80)
Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83)
Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85)
Odell Hodge (203-F/C-73, college: ODU)
Domestic Players 2nd Team All League
Dimitri Jorssen (212-C-79, college: Utah St.)
Jef Van der Jonckheyd (203-F-82)
Piet De Bel (208-C-80)
Lionell Bosco (176-G-81)
Alexander Lichodzijewski (200-C-84)
The General Secretary of FIBA Europe Nar Zanolin officially approved the establishment of Balkan International Basketball League (BIBL). Together with the members of all basketball federations were accepted the regulations of BIBL which are made according to the same ones of FIBA Europe.
BIBL will be the first international basketball competition to accept the proposal made by Nar Zanolin in which: 'Each team must have on the court at least one player eligible for the national team of the country that the club belongs to.'
The draw for the opening season in Balkan International Basketball League (BIBL) took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. Here are the results from the draw as the competition will start on October 8, 2008:
Cherno more Eurohold
Radnicki 034 Group
Mega Aqua Monta
Schedule for the games for round 1 in both groups:
Greece 1 - Cherno more Eurohold
Radnicki 034 Group - Feni Industries
Rapid Bucharest - Swisslion Takovo
Levski - Greece 2
Strumica 2005 - Fersped Rabotnicki
Mega Monta Aqua - Dinamo Bucharest
Brother Jeff Greer (195-G/F-79, college: Rutgers) and Ricardo Greer (195-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) paced their team Sluc Nancy to the final of French Pro A. Last season finalist, Sluc Nancy, beat ASVEL 104-89 in third decisive game of the semifinals finishing it 2-1.
Brothers Greer were the best players of their team, who struggled a lot in the first half. Its opponent ASVEL opened it very good finishing first quarter 32-23.
Ricardo Greer was MVP of the game reaching index value 37! He netted 30 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for his team. He had fantastic 4 of 6 from behind the arc and also 7 of 11 from the field. Ricardo Greer was totally unstoppable for ASVEL's forwards leading his team to the second consecutive final in Pro A.
His brother Jeff Greer also demonstrated nice performance. He delivered 17 points grabbing 5 boards. He did not have such a good shooting night but anyway together with his brother he had very important role in this victory.
Both of them signed 3-years contracts with Sluc Nancy previous summer.
Igor Bakovic (211-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) is originally from Bosnia, but he moved with his family to Canada a couple of years ago. Igor, who has both canadian and bosnian passport, played for Ryerson College in the CIS the past five years and was considered as one of the best big men to come out of the canadian college basketball system in the last years.
He averaged a double-double this season by pouring in 12.7ppg and 10.1rpg. Igor will be playing in the Scorers1st Showcase next week (June 13.-15.) in Dusseldorf, Germany to showcase his skills in front of coaches and managers. Eurobasket Germany had the chance to chat with Igor before the Showcase about his past, the present and his future:
1) You were considered as one of the best centers in Canadian college basketball the past seasons. Tell us a little bit more about you as a player.
I like to think that I was considered a pretty good player, always played against double teams and it was always hard to find open space and when I did, decisions had to be made very quickly. But because I played on a not so strong team, it made it even more difficult, because most of the time I was the only one being guarded. I lead the country in rebounding in my third year and our conference in my last year. Always finished in the top in blocks and scoring among centers.
2) A lot of people do not know much about the CIS. How would you compare the CIS to the NCAA?
CIS basketball is different from NCAA. It does not receive as much recognition partially because the level of play is not as high as NCAA and as well it is not considered a money making business as it is in the United States. The better CIS teams have played well against average and top NCAA Division 1 teams, also winning in some cases. Overall the competition is good but the fact that full scholarships are not given and that it is not as recognized on international televisions makes it hard to compete.
3) Being born in Bosnia, but raised and educated in Canada, do you feel more european or canadian?
I feel a bit of both. I still kept most of the roots and culture from Bosnia which have not changed since I have been living in Canada. I have come to understand both cultures and the way of life. How societies work here in North America compared to Europe. My studies have also helped me compare the two and have learned a lot since coming here.
4) How do you prepare for your first season as a pro basketball player?
The only way to prepare for anything that is unknown for you is to try and talk to as many people and listen, try to learn and pick up anything you can. Other then that, the only thing to do is to work hard, train train and train some more. It will be important for me to have a solid first year. Only way to do that is keep working on things that you need to develop and the things you know how to do well. No person can say I know everything, you learn every day.
5) Will you visit your family in Bosnia this summer?
I plan on visiting them but Ill have to see on what the scheduling allows. Time will tell.
Kormend could not stop Falco KC in the own arena, so the yellow-blacks got the first title of club's history.
It was a tied game for 35 minutes, and the home team could not use the chances to tie the series: Bam Doyne got closed out in the 25. minute, Ciric had 4 fouls already after the first half, Kazlauskas got a technical, but Falco had a big man, who was unstoppable thursday night! Aliakseyeu played his best game in Hungary ever, scored 31 points and 18 rebounds!
Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend - Falco-Szova Kc Szombathely 71-80
(19-30, 23-14, 14-13, 15-23) Kormend, Att.: 2400, Referees: Bodnar, Foldhazi, Benczur
Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend: Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) 20, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 10/3, Ferencz, Ocitti 9/3, Vavra 6, Marton FODOR 16/6, Henderson 3, Trummer 5/3, Toth G. 2, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub
Falco-Szova Kc Szombathely: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 6 , Doyne 9/3, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 13/3, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 16/6, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 31, Borszeki 3/3, Varadi 2, Pankar, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Fileni Jesi defeated 102-94 Pepsi Caserta yesterday night, and the aggregate result of the Lega 2 Finals is now 2-1 for Caserta. Jesi took the lead of Game 3 at the beginning and never looked back, keeping alive the hopes to advance to Serie A. with 30 points and 11 rebounds, Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) was the game MVP, followed by Anthony Maestranzi (178-G-84, college: N.Illinois), who added 25 points. Caserta was led by Randolph Childress (190-G-72, college: Wake Forest) and Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL), who scored 24 and 23 pts, respectively. Game 4 will be played tomorrow nigh, again at Jesi, and, in case of need, Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11 in Caserta.
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it
Even without four suspended players, Mirza Begic, Ronell Taylor, Maurice Bailey and Chris Booker, Union Olimpija outplayed Helios in Game 4 of Play-Off Finals to win 14th title with a 84-60 road victory.
Olimpija opened second quarter with 17 straight points to take a 40-24 lead. Marko Milic (199-G-77) finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds, Goran Dragic netted 20 points, Hasan Rizvic collected 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and Sasa Doncic 14 of his 17 points posted before the half. Helios in second quarter shot just 3-of-11 from the field and commited 6 turnovers. Aljaz Janza netted a game-high 22 points on shooting 9-of-12 and Alexei Lashkevich added 12.
List of champions: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 & 1997 - Smelt Olimpija, 1998 & 1999 - Union Olimpija, 2000 - Krka Telekom, 2001 & 2002 - Union Olimpija, 2003-Krka, 2004, 2005 & 2006 - Union Olimpija, 2007 - Helios, 2008 - Union Olimpija.
Today U20 National Team started with preparation.They met in Belgrade where they will spent whole the preparation time.U20 team will participate on the European Championship in Italy from the 11th till 20th of July.They will try to defend the silver medal from las summer.Coach Jovica Antonic called 19 girls:
(180-G-88) of Vojvodina Nis Naftagas Novi Sad
Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Jelena Cerina (194-C-88) of Hemofarm Vrsac
Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) of Herceg Novi
Jelica Domazet (188-F/C-88) of Vojvodina Nis Naftagas Novi Sad
Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) of Vojvodina Nis Naftagas Novi Sad
Smiljana Ivanovic (176-G-88) of Vojvodina Nis Naftagas Novi Sad
Mina Jovanovic (176-F-89) of ZKK Kovin Kovin
Jefimija Karakasevic (191-C-89) of Vojvodina NIs Naftagas Novi Sad
Irena Matovic (186-F-88) of Vojvodina Nis Naftagas Novi Sad
Jovana Mesaros (170-G-88) of ZKK Usce Beograd
Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) of Celta Vigo Spain
Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) of Sopron Hungary
Jelena Mitic (190-C-89) of Vojvodina Nis Naftagas Novi Sad
Ivana Musovic (173-G-89) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of Bourges France
Iva Roglic (189-F-88) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Vanja Veljovic (-88) of Radivoj Korac Beograd
Lidija Vuckovic (174-G-88) of ZKK Usce Beograd
Nina Bogicevic,Iva Roglic,Ivana Musovic and Jelena Cerina will join the team later because they are playing final of the play off with their teams.