EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/1/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
Australia defeated Angola 81-78 in the FIBA Diamond Ball Classic today while Argentina defeated Serbia 75-60.
Tomorrow Australia will play Argentina for first place, China will play Iran for third place and Angola will play Serbia for fifth place.
In China's game against Iran Yao Ming will face Iran's 7-2 Hamed Ehadadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10), who is averaging 20 points and 14.5 rebounds per game in the tourney. We ought to get some idea of how good a prospect Ehadadi is.
According to www.fiba.com, China is expected to have Liu Wei back in the line-up. Liu left the first quarter of China's loss to Australia with a suspected rib injury.
China coach Jonas Kazlauskas said on Thursday: 'I hope that Liu will be okay. He went to the hospital and had an MRI which confirmed there was nothing serious. We worried that he might have an injury but he will be able to play on Friday.'
Andrew Bogut led Australia with 32 points and 11 rebounds in its win over Angola. Olimpio Cipriano scored 23 points, Edwardo Mingus scored 20 and Joaquim Gomes had 17 for Angola.
Manu Ginobili scored 18 points and Andres Nocioni scored 15 in Argentina's 75-60 win over Serbia. Branko Svetkovic led Serbia with 13 points.
GROUP A Games Points
# AUS CHN ANG P W L For Agst Pts
1. AUS 67-55 81-78 2 2 0 148 133 4
2. CHN 55-67 83-74 2 1 1 138 141 3
3. ANG 78-81 74-83 2 0 2 152 164 2
GROUP B Games Points
# ARG IRI SRB P W L For Agst Pts
1. ARG 81-71 75-60 2 2 0 156 131 4
2. IRI--- 71-81 72-70 2 1 1 143 151 3
3. SRB 60-75 70-72 2 0 2 130 147 2
|LIDOBA 2008 Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|Western, SC, 30.2|
Ozuna, SC, 23.3
Thomas, PP, 21.5
Pena, PP, 21.0
Araujo, DN, 19.4
Lopez, STGO, 18.7
Dean, SFM, 18.4
Morban, PP, 18.4
Charles, LR, 17.2
Salvador, SC, 17.3
|Rebounds Per Game|
|Santana, LR, 9.5|
Sanders, STGO, 9.3
Gomez, LV, 8.4
Ferreiras, SFM, 8.4
Western, SC, 7.8
Eusebio, SPM, 7.8
Pandy, LV, 7.5
Araujo, DN, 7.4
Charles, LR, 6.8
Thomas, PP, 6.5
|Assists Per Game|
|Ortega, SFM, 7.5|
Ramirez, STGO, 6.8
Pena, PP, 5.8
Morban, PP, 5.2
Fortuna, SC, 4.3
Coronado, LV, 4.2
Salvador, SC, 4.0
Villegas, SPM, 3.8
Thomas, PP, 3.5
Charles, LR, 3.0
|Western, SC, 72%|
Dumont, LR, 63%
Araujo, DN, 61%
Williams, LR, 56%
Lopez, STGO, 55%
Thomas, PP, 54%
Salvador, SC, 46%
Charles, LR, 45%
Pena, PP, 45%
|Lopez, STGO, 55%|
Ozuna, SPM, 48%
Snow, STGO, 47%
Morban, PP, 43%
Lalane, SPM, 40%
Salvador, SC, 37%
Abreu, SC, 36%
Dean, SFM, 35%
Villegas, SPM, 31%
Pena, PP, 26%
|Abreu, SC, 100%|
Pena, PP, 84%
Minaya, SFM, 78%
Ozuna, SC, 78%
Thomas, PP, 78%
Charles, LR, 72%
Pandy, LV, 68%
Filion, STGO, 66%
Western, SC, 62%
Sanders, STGO, 56%
|EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE|
The final day at the Eurobasket Summer League in Salt Lake City featured an electrifying atmosphere and some great games.
The venue at the Franklin Covey Corporate gym was pumping with the R&B beats from the DJ who had the place rocking all weekend.
The players were seen dancing during warm-ups and throwing down some serious dunks due to the soulful atmosphere.
During the week visitors like the former NBA legend Norm Van Leer and some scouts from the Toronto Raptors visited the gym where the Utah Jazz once used the venue as a practice facility.
In all of the ESL events in the other cities the final day always provided the best basketball as players actually begin to feel more comfortable with their teammates.
The anticipation of the championship game in Salt Lake was very interesting because both teams had been very dominant in the first couple of matches.
The first game of the day was the 5th Place game between Frankfurt and Barcelona where the Frankfurt team won a thrilling contest 104-98.
The game was a seesaw battle with a lot of scoring and quality play from both teams but in the end Frankfurt led by Marcus Watts (201-F, college: Chattanooga) 39pts and Travis Knight (211-F/C-74, college: Connecticut) 16rbs, 6ast and 5blks was too much for Barcelona.
The match-up between the talented Mensah Sadikki Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) who scored 26pts, 10rbs and 5ast and Marcus Watts is what the summer league is all about.
Both of these talented players illustrated some serious skills and scoring ability and it was fun match-up to watch as they guarded each other with no success.
Mensah played like a point-forward often bringing up the ball and created off the dribble for himself and his teammates using his deadly cross-over dribble and blazing quickness.
Marcus Watts usually caught the ball on the wing and created of the dribble mixing up some nice drives to the basket and his deadly shooting from the perimeter.
Marcus had some sweet moves and finishes which brought the crowd and scouts right out of their seats.
Travis Knight showed why he played 7 years in the NBA and played smarter than his opposition all week and was scientific with his defense without picking up fouls.
His jump shot was a little off in this game but his 16 rebounds, great passing (6ast) and 5 blocks were equally impressive and everyone agreed that he will be a nice addition to a European team looking for a quality big man who knows how to play.
Rick Cardoso (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) was a big surprise in the ESL with his all around quality play and slick athleticism. He scored 20pts, 7rbs and had 4blks. He was a smooth scorer by either driving or shooting the jump shop and using his athleticism by dunking on people. He is a nice 6'8' swing forward who plays a lot bigger than listed.
Marcus Heard (201-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: De Paul) of Barcelona scored 17pts and 7rbs and continued to show why his was named to the CBA All Rookie team using his athleticism and nice shooting touch.
Quincy Hodges has been solid all week and added 15pts and 7rbs for the Barcelona team.
Kenny Pascley (183-G-85, college: Tiffin) the ultra quick and super athletic point guard scored 13pts and dished out 5ast to help out the Barcelona team. Kenny has been a bright spot in the ESL all week and maybe the most athletic point guard we seen in all the ESL events.
In the 3rd place game Rotterdam overwhelmed Naples 126-96 in a game that was over way before the forth quarter began.
The story of this game was Melvin Jones (206-F-84, college: St.John's) the big man who scored 28pts, 20rbs, 7blks, 4stls and dished 5ast.
This big man played in South America last year but is a super talent for Europe and won't be on the sideline too long this season.
He is very athletic and has quality footwork and moves around the basket and can play at a high-level in Europe and his still very young.
Some of the dunks, blocks and moves he displayed on Saturday were very unique and if there are teams in Europe in need for a big man please look no further because this guy is the real deal.
Troy Gwynn (196-G/F-80, college: Evergreen St.) (24pts & 4rbs) the super athletic player who probably had the most dunks in the Salt Lake City event had another quality game and was unstoppable in transition.
Marlo Saunders (196-F-84, agency: IceBasket) again played superior and displayed another quality performance using his skills and athleticism to score 19pts.
Christopher Agnes (193-F-84, college: Morehouse) scored 16 of his 18pts in the second half to help pace Rotterdam to the blowout victory. This was probably his best game of the ESL.
Robin Hood (186-G-84) looked good and had a solid performance as he scored 11 points and dished out 8 assists in the game.
Naples was limited in power but had some bright spots as Kevin Mitchell (188-G-80, college: UTPA) played extremely well and looked like a smooth quality point guard with a great jump shot as he scored 17pts and 7ast.
The big Clay Cruse (211-C-86, college: Tarleton St.) had his best game of the ESL by scoring 16pts and 5rbs.
Chris Gaines (193-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M) played well and scored 16 points for the Naples team.
The Championship game was the third game of the day and featured the best two teams in the Salt Lake City event and was the marquee match-up in the ESL.
Sevilla (Play to Win) featured a team that previously had won three back to back to back championships in the Sothern California Summer Pro League in Long Beach.
Their team featured a very talented team of players with pro experience and a few rookies and were the favorites of the tournament.
They were matched up against a very talented young Munich team that consisted of mostly rookies and a veteran CBA star.
The game was intense and exciting and went down to the final possession as Sevilla (Play to Win) won 85-84 in a thrilling contest that featured a lot of talent on both sides.
The game started out with Munich taking a double digit lead in the first quarter with the outstanding play of Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) and Nick Covington (188-G-85, college: Oklahoma City)
However in the second period the intense defense of Sevilla picked up and their offensive rebounding and strong inside play overwhelmed Munich.
As a result Sevilla strolled to a 48-43 halftime lead and seem like they were ready to roll to an easy victory as they found a way to control the rapid scoring of Nathan Green and Nick Covington early in the game.
Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) and Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) were the key figures for the Sevilla team in the first half as Spillers was posting up his smaller opponents and kept attacking the basket relentlessly.
Kenny Walker the smooth and very skilled big man just scored at will and showed why he has played at the top level in Europe as he dominated the inside by scoring, rebounding and altering shots.
Lawrence Blackledge (203-F-86, college: Marquette) was probably the X-Factor for the Sevilla team as he made his presence felt during the game with his crazy athleticism, length, shot blocking ability and offensive rebounding as he scored 17pts, 7rbs, 4blks and had a tip dunk that brought the crowd out of their seats.
During the second half Munich made a serious run and the game went back and forth like a good prize fight which featured some quality play from both teams.
Kevin Young (196-F-83, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) came of the bench to provide Munich a spark in the forth quarter and Nick Covington recaptured his form and was unstoppable.
Sevilla continued to get quality inside play from Kenny Walker and company.
Munich went to a zone defense which slowed Sevilla down but Mike Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) (12pts) came in and provided some needed outside shooting to keep Sevilla in the contest.
In the final moments Munich held a small lead but the lack of experience was critical and Sevilla prevailed and made the key plays down the stretch to escape with a one point victory in a great game.
Munich did have the last shot opportunity where Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) drove the lane and was clearly hit hard but the officials let the game be decided on the court.
The Championship game in Salt Lake City was the most competitive game in all of the ESL events this summer and featured some very talented performers who had mutual respect for their counterparts.
Sevilla (Play to Win) has added another chapter to their legacy of Summer League play in the United States and brought flavor and quality to the ESL.
In the 7th place game which was the final game of the ESL this summer Sofia beat Belgrade 110-106 to earn their first victory in the ESL.
As usually the final day brought out some fine performances and over four players scored over 20 points for the Sofia squad.
Kurtis Rice (200-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Charleston So.) again put on a show and was one of the best scorers and player in Salt Lake City as he did it all and scored 29pts, 8rbs, 6ast and 5stls.
Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.) like Rice has been very consistent and had another great performance by scoring 21pts, 8rbs and 3ast.
Rice and Spence were very impressive during the ESL and you could see their professional experience and talent.
Gordon Chase (188-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) also had his third straight quality game as he scored 26 points and has been totally unstoppable all week with his unique inside power and great mid-range jump shooting ability.
The guy has some many old school moves its rare and amazing to witness and you wont believe his game until you see it in person.
Its like seeing a mixture of Adrian Dantley and Chares Barkley in a 63 & 240lb powerful body with serious basketball skills.
Julian Franklin had his best game of the ESL and his 20pts help Sofia defeat Belgrade in the very competitive pride game.
Belgrade had five players who scored in double figures led by super athletic Marcus Saunders (203-F/C-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Texas-PB) 18pts, 8rbs, 3ast and 2blks.
Nikola Bodic (196-F-83, college: W.Illinois) scored 19 points and was very aggressive offensively all week.
Kareem Grant (198-F/G-82, college: Tennessee St.) scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and had a quality scoring performance.
Matt Wheaton (196-G-85, college: Tulane) also looked good and had a nice 11pts and 9rbs performance.
Monty Rogers (196-F-82, college: Mayville St.) the super athletic forward who has played professionally in Finland had a couple of show-time dunks and had 13pts and 7rbs.
This game was very exciting and all of the players played really hard in a game that was not decided until the final 50 seconds.
The ESL will announce the Salt Lake City All Tournament Team on Friday as well as the All Big Men Team.
We are sorry about the delayed news but the Eurobasket server was down a few days and the ESL staff was traveling back to our office.
If any coaches require any additional information regarding the top players in the ESL we have DVD's of all of the events and all of our All Tournament players can play anywhere in Europe.
Most of our events featured players who had professional experience in Europe, NBA, CBA, NBDL, ABA and other international markets.
We identified some very talented young players who stood out against stiff competition in the various cities where we held the ESL.
Please contact us ASAP for additional scouting information regarding some of the players who are stil available and we will direct you to the players agents and etc.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information regarding the ESL this summer.
Game 1: (5th Place): Frankfurt: 104, Barcelona 98
Travis Knight: 6pts, 16rbs, 5ast, 5blks, 4stl
Guy Meyer: 7pts, 6rbs, 3ast
Rick Cardoso: 20pts, 7rbs, 4blks
Nic Fuller: 5pts, 5ast
Andre Thompson: 8pts,
Todd Okeson: 0pts, 3ast, 4stls
Marcus Watts: 39pts, 2rbs, 4ast, 2stls
Jeremy Walker: 11pts,
Kenny Pascley (183-G-85, college: Tiffin): 13pts, 5ast, 4rbs, 2stl
Brian Lathan: 9pts, 2rbs, 2stl
Ryan Mueller: 10pts, 2stls
Marcus Heard: 17pts, 6rbs, 2ast
Quincy Hodges (196-G-81) (196-G-81): 15pts, 7rbs, 2ast
Mensah Sadikki Taylor: 26pts, 10rbs, 5ast, 3stl
Chris Hunt: 12pts, 5rbs, 1ast
Game 2: (3rd Place): Rotterdam 126, Naples 96
Marlo Saunders: 19pts, 3rbs
Melvin Jones: 28pts, 20rbs, 7blk, 3ast, 4stl
Brian Dailey: 9pts, 2rbs, 4stl
Christopher Agnes: 18pts, 2rbs, 3stl
Jamaal Conley: 2pts, 4ast
Troy Gwynn: 24pts, 4rbs, 4ast
Robin Hood: 11pts, 3rbs, 8ast, 2stl
Zack Alviderez: 12pts, 4ast, 2rbs
Derrick Courtney: 5pts, 5rbs
Chris Gaines: 16pts, 5rbs
Emmitt Thomas: 9pts, 3rbs
Brian Sewald: 8pts, 4rbs, 2stl
Chris Gaines: 16pts, 5rbs, 3ast, 2stl
Chris Keller: 11pts, 2stl
Jon Sheets: 11pts, 2rbs, 3ast
Kevin Mitchell: 17pts, 7ast, 4stl
Game 3: (1st Place) Sevilla 85, Munich 84
Mike Dale: 12pts, 1rbs
Shawn Daniels: 4pts, 6rbs, 2ast
Adrian McCullough: 4pts, 4ast, 2stl
Jeff McMillan: 8pts, 6rbs, 2ast, 1blk
Lawrence Blackledge: 17pts, 7rbs, 3blk
Maurice Spillers: 16pts, 7rbs, 4ast, 5stl
Justin Taylor: 2pts, 3rbs, 1ast, 1stl
Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama): 21pts, 9rbs, 2blk, 1stl
Ryan Davis: 2pts
Emmanuel Little: 11pts, 4rbs, 2ast
Marcus King-Stockton: 4pts, 7rbs, 1ast, 1stl
Joseph Jackson: 5pts, 1rbs, 1blk, 1stl
Kevin Young: 8pts, 5rbs, 2ast, 1stl
Nathan Green: 19pts, 13rbs, 1ast
Isiah Allen: 7pts, 3rbs
Nick Covington: 25pts, 7rbs, 8ast, 3stl
Phillipe Harris: 5pts, 1stl
Game 4: (7th Place Game) Sofia 110, Belgrade 106
Micah Smith: 9pts, 5rbs
Isaac Spencer: 21pts, 8rbs, 3ast, 2stl
Kurtis Rice: 29pts, 8rbs, 6ast, 5stl
Julian Franklin: 20pts, 2stl, 1blk
J. Williams: 3pts, 2ast
Shawn Sridhar: 2pts, 1rbs, 1blk, 1stl
Gordon Chase: 26pts, 4rbs, 1ast, 1stl
Marcus Saunders: 18pts, 8rbs, 3ast, 2blk, 1stl
Nikola Bodic: 19pts, 4rbs, 1ast, 1blk, 1stl
Kareem Grant: 22pts, 5rbs, 3ast, 1stl
Hasan Houston: 7pts, 3rbs, 5ast, 1stl
Quincy Saxton: 2pts, 2ast
Matt Wheaton: 11pts, 9rbs, 2ast
Clive Williamson: 3pts, 5ast
Monty Rogers: 13pts, 7rbs, 1stl
Matt Thomas: 2pts, 1rbs, 2ast
|EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18|
Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber announced this evening that junior guard Jamar Smith (6'3''-G-87) has been dismissed from the men's basketball team for violating terms of his agreement for a possible return to the team following an alcohol-related car accident in February 2007.
'Jamar's decision to violate the terms of our personal agreement for his potential return to our basketball program has left me with no other recourse but to rescind that opportunity,' said Weber. 'At this time, Jamar and his family need to focus their attention on the issues that have brought Jamar to this point. For the good of our program and players we need to move forward and prepare for the 2008-09 season. While Jamar will always be a part of the Illinois basketball family, I have made the decision that he can no longer be a part of our team. Our entire team and coaching staff are obviously very disappointed he will not be with us. We will continue to do everything we can to help him continue his academic career and achieve his goal of graduation.'
Smith, a native of Peoria, Ill., played in 53 games during his two years on the court, starting six times. He scored a total of 425 points for an average of 8.0 per game.
Courtesy: Illinois Athletics
Pacific was supposed to be the favorite in the Big West. Not any longer.
Bob Thomason just lost three of his top players for the season and one of them, the frontrunner for Big West Player of the Year honors, is leaving the school permanently.
The Stockton Record said that the three players were involved in an alleged sexual assault which also involved a womens basketball player.
Pacific sports information director Mike Millerick confirmed to FOXSports.com that the three players Steffan Johnson (6'1''-G), Michael Nunnally (6'8''-F) and Michael Kirby (5'11''-G) - are no longer on the current roster (all three names have been removed from the roster on the schools athletic web site).
According to a source close to the situation, Johnson, a senior guard who averaged 14.5 points and 4.9 assists last season, appears to be headed to the University of Idaho where he would play for head coach Don Verlin (whose twin brother, Ron, is an assistant at Pacific).
Nunally, a senior big man who averaged 7.4 points and 4.5 boards last season, will miss the entire year and Kirby will be eligible for the second semester.
The source said there is currently no criminal investigation and that Johnson will likely sue the school.
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
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