EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/6/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
Dexia Mons-Hainaut announced the signing of American forward Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) for the next season.
Green played the past season, his first overseas, in Germany. In 34 games for Trier he averaged 17.9 ppg and 6.1 rpg.
The 17.9 points ranked him 4th in the German Bundesliga. His best game of the season was a double double of 40 pts and 12 rebs vs Giessen.
Before coming to Europe Green had an outstanding career at Oral Roberts where he was selected Conference Player of the Year on 3 occassions.
In his senior year he scored 20.5 ppg and 9.3 rpg. Over the last 3 years at ORU he averaged close to 20 pts and 9 rebs.
Was voted to the All MCC team all 4 of his years at Oral Roberts.
The team is looking for a point guard and forward to finalize its roster.
Greek giant Aris made an official offer to Levski's center Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances). The talks are in final phase and both sides are close to signing a long term contract - says Georgios Patapatiou - the agent of the player. From Aris's board expressed a desire to invest in Varbanov, and the head coach Andrea Mazzon will make an individual program for the player.
'It will be a crime against Bulgarian basketball if he doesn't sign with Aris' added Patapatiou.
Personally the president of Aris Giannis Damianidis has held two weeks negotiations with Luciano Capicchioni, the boss of Interperformances and the thing that remains is the contract to be signed.
Varbanov will have a guaranteed contract with Aris only if he and the agency that represents him agree the player to be send on loan to another team.
23-year old center played 42 games with Levski last season and had an average of 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Now he is on training camp of the national team and is preparing for the European qualifications.
Colombia got its first win in the Sudamerican Championship in Chile, defeating the host 71 - 68 in a very intense game, the national team began with Edgar Moreno , Camilo Londoo, Norbey Aragn, Enielsen Guevara and Jorge Canedo.
The first quarter was for Chile who took advantage thanks to its 3 point shooting, the Colombian defense did not move quick enough and allow many open shots to Elliot, Arteaga and Carrasco, Briones did also its job in the paint.
But in the second quarter the history began to change and the duo of Moreno and Aragn made its job in the ofensive side, with great help of a telented Enielsen Guevara.
Egdar Moreno as always show all his talent, scoring 24 points, including 3 of 3 from the 3 ptr in an amazing 80% FG for the second straight night, and Guevara added 18 and 5 rebound, Camilo Londono still show his improve and helped with 12 points, Norbey Aragon posted 6 points, and Jorge Canedo 5 points and 9 rebounds, Felipe Barrios score 4, and Adison Mosquera 2, Felipe Montoya also saw action in the game.
The national had its best shooting night with 45% from the field and 43% beyond the arc.
Both teams alterned the lead in the last quarter bt Colombia had a better end winning 71-68.
The national team have a chance to go to the FIBA Americas tourmanent, the team needs to defeat Venezuela tomorrowEnielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82)
Germany fell short to Puerto Rico 83:85 in its first game and will have to replace veteran Ademola Okulaja (202-F-75, college: N.Carolina) throughout the summer. That's the most important news for German fans after game day one of the Supercup in Bamberg. Okulaja is suffering from back-problems and won't be ready to play for this country this time. In the game against Puerto Rico Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) had 21 points, the guests were paced by Nowitzki's teammate Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.) who tallied 24 points apiece.
Previously Greece overcame Slovenia 79:71. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) led the Greek offense with 17 points, Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) answered with 16 points in defeat.
Greece - Slovenia 79:71, Boxscore
Germany - Puerto Rico 83:85, Boxscore
Puerto Rico takes on Greece in the first game Saturday (16:00 CET), Germany meets Slovenia 18:30 CET. Both games can be followed via Live score: click
Damir Miljkovic (193-G-80), who last season was a member of Spartak Primorie Vladivostok, signed one-yeard deal with PGE Turow Zgorzelec. 28-year-old Croatian player can play as shooting guard as well as point guard too. He started his career in KK Zagreb being one of the best shooters in years 2002-2005 averaging 17.4 ppg. Later he moved to Dinamo Sankt Petersburg where he was scoring 12.2 ppg. Next he played in Panionios Athens, however before the season 2007/2008 he chose Russian League once again. His averages dropped a little bit 7.4 ppg.
After signing David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis), Prokom Trefl Sopot is negotiating with Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) another star of PGE Turow. Kelati was the key player of Saso Filipovski's tactics. He was scoring 15.2 ppg., 3.0 rpg. and 2.0 apg. in Polish League and 14.8 ppg., 3.2 rpg. and 1.9 apg. in ULEB Cup.
Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski signed another player. After strenghtening its roster by Krzysztof Szubarga (184-G-84, agency: AB Agency) and Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82), Atlas Stal inke one-year-deal with Dimitrije Matic (204-F/C-78) according to some bosnian media. Matic is moving to Stal form KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla. He can play as power forward or center.
Slovenia lost their opening game in the tournament at Bamberg, Germany, to Greece 71-79.
Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) scored 16 points but he sprained his ankle in second half, Goran Dragic added 10 points, Uros Slokar 9 and Sani Becirovic had 8 points and 5 assists.
Fotsis led Greece with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
SLOVENIA 71 (21+21+18+11): Zagorac 3, Lakovic 6, Capin 2, Becirovic 8, Nesterovic 16, Dragic 10, Slokar 9, Joksimovic 5, D.Lorbek 5, Drobnjak 2, Zupan 5, Klubucar, Preldzic.
GREECE 79 (20+18+23+18): Papaloukas 3, Borousis 13, Zisis 8, Spanoulis 8, Fotsis 17, Perperoglou 4, Glyniadakis 6, Diamantidis 11, Schortsanitis 2, Pelekanos, Tasaldaris 3, Printezis 4.
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