EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/31/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
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American G Aubrey Conerly (183-G-83, college: Jacksonville) is returning back to Finland. Last season Finnish Champion in the 1st division on FoKoPo (Forssa) roster Conerly will play 2008-09 on the same second highest level, but different town and team. Conerly's new address will be Vilpas at Salo. In Forssa Conerly averaged
15,5 ppg and 5,9 apg.
1st Division newcomer Kori-Konkarit (Loimaa) has signed with two American players. F Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86, agency: David Lee services) comes straight from college (Cal.St. Northridge 11,4 ppg - 5,5 rpg), but F Eryk Thomas (198-F-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) has played shortly (seven games) last season in Ireland. Juha Valkama continues as LoKoKo Head Coach.
Korikobrat (Lapua) had a very good year last season in the 1st division (record 23-3). Coming 2008-09 season Team wants to be at least as successful.
Toni Raiski (194-F-81) returns back 'home' from Kauhajoki, American F Tyrwone Still (196-F-77, college: W.Virginia St.) (17,7 ppg - 6,5 rpg last season) has re-signed with Lapua as well as Gambian F-C Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Illinois St.), who will start his 4th season in Finland. By the way; Bojang knows now the difference between 1st division and Top League (Korisliiga) in Finland. Bojang averaged 25,3 ppg - 15,8 rpg in 1st division (Lapua) and while playing 10 games on top level (KTP, Kotka), he averaged 11,8 ppg - 7,7 rpg.
Akapana Publishing has released its 2008 All IBL League Team for the Western Conference. The team was assembled through a random poll of coaches, fans and media. The publication also considered live games attended, film and statistics. There were numerous players who were within the top 11 to 22 who were within votes of making the top ten. The following is a list of the first and second teams selected.
2008 IBL Western Conference All-League Team
C- Jake Carlisle (6'6''-G/F-75, college: Alaska-Anch.) VANCOUVER - Solid post both ends, great footwork, winner.
F- Tyler Amaya (6'6''-F-82, college: W.Washington) BELLINGHAM- Very Athletic, can do a bit of all, wont be outworked.
F- Mike Tabb (6'6''-G/F-82, college: San Jose City JC) LAS VEGAS- 2007 rebound champ. Can and does score inside and out.
G-Ryan Diggs (6'2''-G-83, college: W.Washington) BELLINGHAM- Great finisher, great competitor, prepares well.
G-Tyner Kevin (6'0''-G-83, college: W.Oregon) VANCOUVER- Very quick, great leaper with strength, unselfish.
C- Lee Scruggs (6'11''-F/C-79, college: Georgetown) EDMONTON- Legit big man, consistent game.
F- David Lucas (6'8''-F-82, college: Oregon St.) PORTLAND- Outstanding low post scorer, class act.
F- Porter Troupe (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Portland) VANCOUVER- Great athlete. Great body control, scorer.
G- Jeff Dunn (6'5''-G-83, college: Corban) CENTRAL OREGON- Finished season with Edmonton. He can score in any country.
G- Rashaun Broadus (6'0''-G-84, college: BYU) EDMONTON- Great performer on very talented squad.
Bassirou Dieng (6'9''-F-85), who played basketball the last two seasons at St.Francis and has been accepted into Georgia Tech's International Affairs graduate program, has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA to play for the Yellow Jackets' basketball team in the 2008-09 season.
Dieng (pronounced BASS-uh-roo dee-ENG), who is 6-9 and 215 pounds, has one year of eligibility at Tech. In two years at St.Francis, he averaged 8.5 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game and shot 46.2 percent from the floor. Dieng also played one year at Norfolk State (2004-05) before moving to St.Francis, where he sat out the 2005-06 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.
''Bass' is a young man who contacted us about playing basketball after applying and being accepted into graduate school at Georgia Tech,' said head coach Paul Hewitt. 'Coaches in their league that I have spoken with are very complimentary of his ability as a player and his character. We're happy that he has decided to attend Georgia Tech.'
NCAA rules require student-athletes sit out one year when transferring, but the NCAA can grant a waiver when the student-athlete enrolls at an institution in a graduate program which is not offered by his previous school. Dieng, who received his undergraduate degree from St.Francis in the spring in Political Science and International Studies and will begin his graduate studies at Tech in the fall semester.
Dieng, a native of Dakar, Senegal, will be on a basketball scholarship at Tech this year. The post player actually has played a game in Alexander Memorial Coliseum, scoring four points in 19 minutes for St.Francis during an 87-43 loss to the Jackets on Dec. 30, 2006.
Although teams are still in vacations till mid-August - season only begins on October 4th - the schedule has been release for the new Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol. Therefore, on day 1, champions Ovarense host Academica Coimbra, FC Porto challenges Lusitania, Barreirense hosts Vagos, former Proliga champions Fisica Torres Vedras challenges CAB Madeira, Ginasio and Vitoria play in Figueira da Foz and the Lisbon derby puts Belenenses against Benfica.
There will be 22 rounds, plus the crossed games against Proliga teams, in a total of 34 games for each team.
One of the biggest news for this season's game plan are the crossed games against Proliga teams, which will be held between both regular seasons. On the first day of these games, on October 4th: Queluz-Academica, Electrico-Benfica, Angrabasket-CAB Madeira, Sampaense-Ovarense, Sangalhos-Barreirense, Maia-Ginasio, Esgueira-Belenenses, Illiabum-FC Porto, Seixal-Vitoria, Basq. Barcelos-Vagos, Galitos-Lusitania and Atletico-Fisica.
Crossed games Schedule
Cartersville, GA - Playoff positioning in the SEBL Metro A-League was being battled for on Wednesday night at JH Morgan Gym... Baseline-1 and Marietta helped their causes with big wins, while Skyline and ServPro's defeats proved costly...
Wed., July 30th @ JH Morgan Gym:
Supreme 79 Skyline 70... Supreme surprised a flat shooting Skyline squad, to capture their second straight win. The Supreme moved to 2-6 and into 7th place and will be a scary match-up for who ever they play in the first round of the playoffs. They have lost several games in the waning moments and could actually be sitting as good as 6-2 had the Basketball Gods looked down upon them a little more favorably. Skyline, fighthing for a second place seed in the North Division playoffs, had a chance to catch ServPro but faltered on this night. After leading early, Skyline went flat and Supreme heated up behind the scoring of Carlos Hampton, who had 16 of his 20 in the opening half. Supreme led 43-32 at the half. Skyline tried to make a run in the second half, as Nick Mattone dowened several threes and Antone Anderson hustled his way to 14 points in the second half. But, Supreme's Ale Burt picked up the slack in the second half, downing 18 of his 22 points. Skyline f....ell to 4-3 on the summer and is currently in third place, hoping to hold steady at that spot or even move up if they can get by ServPro-1 on Sunday.
Baseline-1 87 ServPro-1 84... Baseline clinched the Metro A-League North Division Title with a come from behind win over ServPro-1. Behind the scoring of Joe Hamilton and Ronell Wooten, Baseline held a comfortable lead most of the first half, but ServPro's Darnel Cox and Jermaine Spivey began to work around the basket to get buckets. Chris Jones helped Baseline maintain with several offensive boards and put backs, but Servpro managed to get to within 48-46 at the break. Things tightened up in the second half, as both teams began to understand the importance of grabbing a victory. Baseline moved back out to a 7-point lead early in the second half, but ServPro's guards began getting to the basket for either baskets or fouls. ServPro went to the line 16 times for 13 of their second half points and they built a double digit lead with under 10-minutes remaining. Baseline-1 was down but not out and began chipping away at the ServPro lead down the stretch. Wooten got free for two ally oops from Terrence Hundley. Hundley had a stretch where he scored six straight to keep Baseline-1 within striking distance at 72-69. Wooten's basket and freethrow finally re-knotted the score at 72-all. with 3:52 remaining. Later ServPro went back up 80-77 on freethrows by Shan Finley and Spencer Dixon. Wooten then dribble left off a screen and buried a 25 foot trey to tie things up at 80. After a ServPro-1 miss, Wooten dribbled up and drained another three to suddenly put Baseline ahead by three with :40 ticks remaining. ServPro's Finley drew a foul and hit both, making it 83-82, then were forced to foul. Chris Jones was fouled and hit one for Baseline, he missed the second and Hamilton pulled the offensive board. Hundley was then fouled and he connected on one of the two freethrows, putting Baseline up 85-82. Cox answered with a bucket under the basket for ServPro with :6.9 ticks left, to make it 85-84 for Baseline-1. After a timeout, Baseline advanced the ball to half-court and on the the inbounds ServPro-1 fouled Hundley, who went to the line with 5.6 left and hit both freethrows. ServPro-1 inbounded and was unable to get the desparation 3-point shot at the buzzer, allowing Baseline-1 to escape with the win. Servpro, who slipped to 5-2, was led by Finley's 30 points, while Spivey had 20. Cox who only had four points after half-time finished with 16 and Spencer Dixon had 11. For Baseline-1, who improved to 7-0, Ronnell Wooten finished with 26, while Hamilton had 23, Jones 16, Hundley scored all of his 11 in the second half, and Kurtis Wood had eight.
Marietta 81 BC Force 63... Marietta caught BC Force on a off night and streaked to a big win. Shannon Billings downed 22, while Chris Brown had 16, Courtney George 14 and Isaac Cook 12 for Marietta who evened their record at 3-3. Marietta held a 37-19 lead at the half. BC Force was paced by Kelvin McConnell's 17 points, as Antonio Cook had 14 and Marc Reese13. Marietta moved into fourth place in the North Division, while BC Force is currently in fifth place.
BC Celtics 93 Knicks-1 60... The Celtics,who had dropped two straight, got back on track with a big win over the lowly Knicks-1 squad. Mike Reynolds downed 30 points, while Dexter Shaw had 21 and Jeff Croft 20 to pace the Celtics offense. For the Knicks-1, Jon Johnson was the bright spot with 29 points, while DeMarlow Simmons had 15. The win kept the Celtics tied with the Force in the North standings with one round of games to go. The Knicks-1 remained winless at 0-6 in the division.
Metro A-League South Division Scores... (re-caps and summaries will be posted shortly)
Wed., July 30th @ Clayton State…
Tri-County 74 BC Lakers 61
Speedboys 66 Black Monop 60
DOTS 82 Young Gunz 67
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