EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/10/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
BAHIA BLANCA ESTUDIANTES
Juan Manuel Rivero (192-G-85)
Pedro Franco (187-G-81)
Gerardo Barrera (201-F-77)
Lucas Bianco (198-F-80)
Juan Cangelosi (195-G-81)
Leonardo La Bella (180-G-86)
Leandro Cecchi (201-G/F-88)
Cristian Aguiar (201-C-89)
Youngster team players: Matias Martinez, Gonzalo Etchepare
Head Coach: Marcelo Richotti
GIMNASIA Comodoro Rivadavia
Bruno Ingratta (201-F/C-85)
Diego Romero (209-C-82, college: Florida St.)
Diego Alba (186-G-81)
Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85)
German Sciutto (190-F-78, agency: Interperformances)
Mariano Franco (200-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency)
Jose Alessio (203-C-87)
Sebastian Morales (201-F/C-88)
Hernan Schneider (195-F-89)
Fabian Gabriel (-F-90)
Youngster team players: Federico Favre, Ivan Macharasvili (91), Matias Monzon
Head Coach: Nicolas Casalanguida
Leandro Lauro (188-G-80)
Martin Melo (197-F-82)
Agustin Carabajal (179-G-78)
Federico Marin (199-G/F-82)
Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71, college: Southern)
Fabian Levrino (190-G-87)
Pablo Heit (205-F/C-89)
Juan Levrino (188-G-90)
Santiago Fedele (187-G-89)
Head Coach: Mauricio Santangelo
Diego Prego (198-F-77)
Juan Pablo Sanchez
Juan Ignacio Catalano
Head Coach: Alvaro Castineira
Andres Pelussi (198-F-77)
Pablo Moldu (191-G-78)
Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances)
Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82)
Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83)
Gustavo Orona (196-G-75)
Marcos Saglietti (189-G-86)
Lucas Diaz (91)
Joaquin Giordana (182-G-90)
Andres Landoni (206-C/F-90)
Fernando Manattini (190-F-89)
Juan Emilio Fernandez (196-G/F-91)
Nicolas Herrera (195-F-89)
Head Coach: Julio Cesar Lamas
Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego)
Gabriel Cocha (194-G-71)
Fernando Titarelli (183-G-82)
Daniel Chaher (192-F-78, agency: HM Sports Agency)
Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81)
Omar Canton (210-C-82)
Sergio Ravina (190-F-86)
Cristian Cortes (185-G-90)
Franco Giuletti (200-C-90)
Alan Omar (195-G-90)
Leon Nicanoff (185-G-91)
Luciano Pozzer (196-F-90)
German Chiaruttini (194-F-90)
Franco Rivero (191-G-90)
Horacio Cardani (206-C-89)
Leonardo Alvarez (209-C-88)
Youngster Team Players: Ivan Jaskowsky (190-F-92), Dario Sosa (196-C-92), Lautaro Fraga (180-G-92)
Head Coach: Bernardo Murphy
Diego Cavaco (202-F-79)
Leonel Schattmann (194-G-87)
Gustavo Fernandez (173-G-89)
Coach: Gonzalo Garcia
Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78)
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez
Matias Ruger (200-F/C-91)
Facundo Varela (194-G-90)
Coach: Sergio Hernandez
QUILMES Mar del Plata
Pablo Gil (188-G-78)
Hernando Salles (188-G-79)
Maximiliano Maciel (197-F-83)
Ezequiel Dentis (206-C-82)
Esteban Lopez (184-G-84)
Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87)
Dragan Capitanich (191-G-90)
Facundo Pinero (199-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances)
Nahuel Jerez (182-G-89)
Federico Aldama (198-C)
Youngster team players: Maximiliano Iturrioz (185-F-92), Guillermo Subeldia (199-F-92)
Head Coach: Esteban De la Fuente
Julio Mazzaro (186-G-79)
Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina)
Jonathan Treise (186-G-85)
Victor Hugo Cajal (179-G-80)
Juan Manuel Torres (208-C-84)
Federico Mansilla (190-G-87)
Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88)
Rafael Adaro (200-F/C-90)
Head Coach: Fernando Duro
Roberto Lopez (199-F/C-76)
Damian Tintorelli (202-C-81, agency: Players Group)
Luis Cequeira (180-G-85)
Sebastian Acosta (178-G-82)
Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80)
Alejandro Montecchia (180-G-72, agency: Interperformances)
Mariano Fierro (200-F-86)
Milton Temute (202-F/C)
Head Coach: Silvio Santander
Juan Pablo Cantero (186-G-82)
Juan Carlos Bergel
Head Coach: Sebastian Svetliza
Adelaide 36ers 2008/09 season preview
Last season: 14-16, ninth in regular season, missed playoffs
Points For: 104ppg, second
Points Against: 104ppg, tenth
Field Goal Percentage: 45%, seventh
Rebounds: 48rpg, second
Assists: 19apg, seventh
Blocked Shots: 4bpg, second
NBL Titles: Four (1986, 1998, 1999, 2002)
NBL Playoff Appearances: 20 (last time 2006)
Homecourt: Distinctive Homes Dome, capacity 7800
Head Coach: Scott Ninnis (1st season with Adelaide rookie)
Projected Starters: Aaron Bruce, Brett Maher, Mark Tyndale, Adam Ballinger, Luke Schenscher
Bench: Brad Davidson, Jacob Holmes, Paora Winitana, Brad Hill, Ryan Kersten, David Cooper
After three championships and a host of terrific memories, the Phil Smyth era ended in Adelaide last season, not in triumph, but with a distinct sense of what might have been.
The 36ers struggled mightily out of the gate, looking nothing like the squad many pundits had tagged as potential Final Four material. They had problems with injury with Brett Maher in particular and, most importantly, they agonised for far too long as to what should be done with under-performing import Mike Chappell, who never looked like the star forward he used to be.
By the time the decision was made to release Chappell and replace him with former North Carolina State standout and first round NBA pick Julius Hodge, the horse had all but bolted. To their credit, the Sixers made a tremendous run late to just miss the playoffs by a single game a run, by the way, that included a butt-kicking of a Sydney Kings outfit that would lose only three games in the regular season.
In the midst of their ultimately fruitless drive to a playoff spot, Adelaide looked like one of the best clubs in the L and, with Hodge making like Dwayne McClain and the team suddenly a juggernaut, Sixer fans must have been collectively thinking what if?
Smyths post-season departure opened the door for former 36er Scott Ninnis, previously an assistant with the South Dragons and a guy well respected in the Adelaide basketball community. Ninnis inherited a team somewhat in transition, what with the legendary Brett Maher at the tail-end of his magnificent career and the team undergoing a sea change with The General moving on.
It will be interesting to see whether Ninnis can get this team to play defence. Ultimately, the fact Smyth never was able to get his group locked in on that side of the ball proved his undoing giving up 104 points per just aint gonna get it done.
Adelaides interior D in particular has been sieve-like on occasion, which made the off season signing of big Luke Schenscher so important. The former Georgia Tech star helped the Yellow Jackets reach the NCAA title game in what was a truly magical season, and hes been on the fringes of the NBA for the past couple of years. Hell be expected to be a rock-solid presence in the middle.
The Sixers played a game of will-he or wont-he with Hodge as the swingman attempted to break into the NBA, eventually deciding they couldnt afford to wait and that Mark Tyndale out of Temple University would be a quality replacement.
Getting Aaron Bruce, the Australian point guard out of Baylor, was a minor coup although he had his struggles in his final college season and is looking to kickstart his pro career with a Rookie of the Year campaign.
Theres no question Adelaide have done an excellent job re-tooling their lineup. They have size, perimeter shooting, and look stronger inside than they have been in a number of years. Ninnis has enough up and down his roster to get this team to the playoffs this season but he has a lot on his plate as a rookie head coach.
That said with all the attention being paid to the likes of the Dragons and Tigers lately, you dont want to overlook the Adelaide 36ers. Theyll be right there in the thick of it come February count on it.
The 71 Schenscher is the biggest player in the league immediately and one of the biggest in the competitions 29 year history. At G-Tech he became a cult hero for his size, his crazy hair, and his Aussie accent, which the southerners just couldnt get enough of. He also had the game to back it up. Hes obviously going to be a focal point in the half-court offence, hell rebound and block shots and probably average at least 12 points a game. The big question mark is over his distinct lack of footspeed. This is a fast breaking league after all, and thats not one of his strengths still, if all they need him to do is be an intimidator in the middle, that is something hell do very well.
Adam Ballinger (22.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 54% FG, 44% 3PT FG) had a stellar campaign in 2007/08, ranking among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage and coming up with some monster games all season. He was probably Adelaides most consistent offensive threat and, although he garnered Second Team All-NBL honours, there were very, very few better at the forward position last season than the Michigan State grad. His combination of size, athleticism, and smooth touch out to the perimeter makes him an incredibly difficult matchup most nights and the 36ers will lean on him heavily again.
Tyndale was an outstanding collegian at Temple in the always-tough Atlantic 10 conference, averaging double-figures in points all four of his years there and winding up as the first A-10 player to rank among the career leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. He doesnt figure to be as flashy as the departed Hodge, but should slot in perfectly at the three spot for the 36ers and be extremely productive look for him to slide over to the two on occasion.
What more about Brett Maher (16.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.2apg, 41% 3PT FG, 82% FT) needs to be said, other than when his career is done hell join that pantheon inhabited by the likes of Andrew Gaze and Leroy Loggins. He simply has been an ornament to the game in this country and the league will miss him terribly when he decides to hang em up. He missed nearly half the season due to injury in 2007/08 and isnt what he was physically, but the great leadership, the deadly pull-up J and the clutch shooting are all still in evidence. What a story it would be if the Sixers could send him off into the sunset with another ring.
Brad Davidsons ongoing back problems mean that Ninnis will likely throw Aaron Bruce into the deep end as a rookie starter in this league. Bruce has been one of the most highly touted juniors in Australian basketball and his early career as a Baylor Bear in the NCAA showed tremendous promise. He hasnt quite taken that next step yet although some NBA clubs have been sniffing around for a time, but this represents a tremendous opportunity for the 63 firebrand to show that he is an elite PG and a guy who will be a consistent member of the national program for years to come.
Jacob Holmes returns home to give the Sixers an instant Sixth Man of the Year candidate. The guy is a flat-out killer on the O boards and is really tough in the wide-open transition game Adelaide favours. Davidson was terrific last year and has a great bulldog mentality he never quits and is in your face constantly. Paora Winitana was an underrated pickup from the Breakers and hell provide hustle and good D. David Cooper returns as one of the leagues top role players, Brad Hill makes his comeback from a devastating injury and Ryan Kersten adds to the Sixers depth in the backcourt.
Can Ninnis get this group to play D for 48 minutes? We know the 36ers can score especially in that gym of theirs (which as anyone who has shot around in there knows is one of the great shooting arenas in the nation). But for Adelaide, its all about stopping people consistently. Theyve certainly recruited with an eye on that Bruce will improve them on the perimeter and Schenscher will clog up the middle but its whether the team hunkers down on the defensive end this season that will determine how far they will go.
Last season I looked at this team, listened to The Generals enthusiasm about their chances and thought they would be close to, if not a genuine part of the elite in this league. Of course, they didnt get it done then, but still, its hard not to like the Sixers a lot in 2008/09. Their Australian core is very good, theyve got a superstar in Ballinger at one import spot and if Tyndale pans out theyll be in fine shape. They look better prepared to deal with injuries than they have in a while and by all accounts the chemistry in the group is excellent. Theyll be a playoff team without a doubt the only question is how far theyll be able to go once there.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not reflect those of the National Basketball League.
Courtesy of Matt McQuade
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After big discussions about Gordan Giricek (ex NBA star), Nikola Vujcic, Andrija Zizic and the rest of co. who have refused to play for national team one of NT players decided to express his opinion about those 'stars'. Marko Popovic said that Giricek should not be called in NT anymore in reason of his numerous refusals. In his opinion Nikola Vujcic is ready to play for Croatia again but due to his injury problems he couldnt, and for Andrija Zizic he really doesnt know what to think anymore.
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2007-08 Record: 31-9 (Dutch FEB Champions)
Head coach: Arik Shivek
Additions: Victor Thomas (201-F-79, college: La Salle), Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette), C.C. Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.)
The Dutch FEB title returned to Amsterdam last season, with then-MyGuide Amsterdam detroning Eiffel Towers in a seven-game thriller. The person who played a huge hand in the fortunes of EJMG winning the Dutch title was a red-hot Sergerio Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas), who put the team on his back and helped EJMG overcome a 3-2 deficit and was unstoppable the last two games of the series. The Eurobasket Holland Player-of-the Year Gipson returns to Amsterdam and will be supported by Dutch international and FEB Player-of-the-Year Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure). Holdovers and Dutch internationals Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) continue to improve and provide solid defense and depth, PG Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) returns for a 3rd season in Amsterdam, with Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia St.) also returning. Shivek can also rely on solid veteran leadership and experience in the trio of Thomas, Greene and Harrison, who bring vast international experience. Thomas, formerly of Matrixx Magixx last season, possesses great athletic ability who can play both inside and out, with former Boston Celtic and Sacramento King Greene on board and Harrison having previously played in higher European leagues.
EJMG will participate in the EuroCup competition and will be tested early vs. Serbian team FMP Zeleznik. EJMG should once again be a measuring stick for the rest of the FEB and have the means to not only be a formidable opponent in the FEB, but in the future internationally. Van Paassen wore down at the end of last season and the increased depth and improvement of Krabbendam should provide him with the necessary rest. EJMG has a solid Dutch core base in combination with their foreign players. Shivek's teams are known for playing solid defense with showing different looks and solid rebounding, and that should not change this time around. It will be interesting to see this group, who are loaded at every position. Expect EJMG to make life difficult for the rest of the FEB league to take the championship rings off their fingers.
next: Eiffel Towers Den Bosch
As of late August, Derrick Caracter (6'8''-F-88) still hasnt given the word that hes heading to two-time defending NAIA champion Oklahoma City, Fox Sports reports.
``Are we recruiting him? Yes, said Oklahoma City coach Tommy Wade. Is he at Oklahoma City? No. Has he decided to come to Oklahoma City? No. Not today.
However, Wade is hopeful that the Louisville big man will opt to go to Oklahoma City one of the few places where he might be able to play immediately.
Caracter is still waiting for his summer grades at Louisville and hell need a 2.0 GPA in order to be able to play at any NAIA school. If he opts to go to another D-1 school, hed have to sit out the season. Louisville coach Rick Pitino has also said that Caracter would have to sit out this season and pay his own way if he elects to stay at Louisville which appears more and more unrealistic each day.
``Hes a big-time talent and an intelligent young man, Wade said of the New Jersey big man who was once ranked as the top player in his class. Hes got to make a decision in the next 72 hours.
The other option for Caracter, if he doesnt qualify academically, is to go overseas or to the NBDL.
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Union Olimpija will open the upcoming season with Union Olimpija pre-season Tournament Ljubljana 2008 which will take place in Tivoli arena from 26.9. - 28.9. 2008. Clubs which will take part in this tournament will be top Euroleague teams such as Panathinaikos Athens, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and home team Union Olimpija Ljubljana.
Maccabi Tel Aviv : Panathinaikos Athens (16:00, CET)
Union Olimpija : Fenerbahce Ulker (18:00, CET)
Fenerbahce Ulker : Maccabi Tel Aviv (18:00, CET)
Union Olimpija : Panathinaikos Athens (20:00, CET)
Fenerbahce Ulker : Panathinaikos Athens (16:00, CET)
Union Olimpija : Maccabi Tel Aviv (18:00, CET)
Tournament will become traditional and this time is devoted to Slovenian reffree Iztok Rems who is retiring after 33 years of professional reffreing.
It official the UBL has a new President , Mr Eugene Udell. Mr. Udell is one of the Owners of the Arkansas Warriors Professional Basketball Teams here in the UBL. Mr Udell bring his experience of basketball ownership and hard drive on being the best . As the UBL CEO , I Welcome MR. Udell to the United Basketball League. Please visit our site at www.ublhoops.com or www.ublwranglers.com
Coach Denson CEO (UBL)
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Beroe 2007 announced signings of 4 new players for season 08/09.
The first one is Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86), who is coming from Lukoil Neftochimik. Actually Kordova played last four seasons in Bulgarian runner-up. Her contract has expired this summer and management of the team didn't want to keep the player any longer. Kordova had 32 appearances in A1 last season averaging 9.9 ppg for 20.7 minutes per game. During these four years Lukoil won one National Cup as well as one title in Bulgarian championship. She played for U20 Bulgaria on U20 European Championship in Sopron in 2006. In 4 games she had 3.3 ppg and 1 rpg. Season 06/07 was much better than the last one for Kordova as she averaged 6.8 ppg in Lukoil.
31-year old Kremana Hristova (-F/C-77) played last season in Italian team Valdarno. Except of the Italy, Hristova also has experience from Spain. After short time abroad Hristova decided to return to her Beroe.
The team also agreed terms with Maria Radoycheva (176-C-86) and Galina Stancheva (170-G-85). Radoycheva spent last two seasons in A2 team Tony 7 Sliven. On the other side Satncheva is coming from RIlski Sportlist.
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Detroit Shock beat the Indiana Fever with the Canadian Center 90:68 Friday night. The game was tied at 17 early in the second quarter, but Detroit scored the next 16 points to take control. Nolan had seven points in the run and Hornbuckle had six. The Shock led by 20 during the period and were up 46:29 at halftime. Tammy Sutton-Brown posted 2 points in the losing effort.
Last night the Indiana Fever sealed their playoff spot as they held off the Atlanta Dream 81:77 away from home. LaTanya White knocked down 24 points to pace the Fever to the 15th win in the season. Indiana won the third out of the last four games. Atlanta is meanwhile closing on the worst WNBA record for any expansion team as they are 3-29 at the moment.
The visitors got to a better start to the game and led 19:15 after ten minutes of action. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter and led 34:30 at the interval. The situation never changed after the long break as Indiana remained ahead. LaTanya White chipped in straight trebles early in the fourth term to open a double-digit advantage. However Erika De Souza and Alison Bales cut the distance to just one point with under 4 minutes remaining. Later Iziane Castro drained a three-pointer to tie the scoreline at 72. Latta put Atlanta in front 74:73 with just over a minute left. But LaTanya White and Tamika Catchings scored the final 5 points of the encounter to secure the win for the Fever. Tamika Catchings had 20 points, 10 boards and 6 assists for Indiana. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) added 15 points in the win. Betty Lennox answered with 19 points for Atlanta. Feenstra netted 15 points in a losing effort.
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