EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/8/2009Copyright © 1997-2009 Eurobasket
Bree will have to do without Don Beck after the coach signed with Eiffel Towers Den Bosch for the next year and a half. The 2007-2008 Belgian coach of the year Randy Wiel at the helm of Den Bosch.
He will coach his first game this coming Sunday vs West Brabant Giants.
No word from Bree as to who will succeed Beck.
Another move from Belgium to Holland for Angelo Flanders (201-F-77, college: Bradley) who joins the roster of Matrixx Magixx Nijmegen voor the rest of this season and the next.
Flanders played for Wevelgem the past years till the team was declared bankrupt earlier this season.
Dexia Mons-Hainaut has to find another player to replace Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii) who opted to go back home due to personal family reasons.
Alfred Aboya , the 6-9, 245 lb forward/center is having a great senior year at UCLA (Los Angeles, California, USA) so far. Aboya had graduated from UCLA last year and had seriously considered turning pro. However, in the end, he chose to return to UCLA, both for academics (graduate school) and basketball. Perhaps one of the happier persons following Aboyas return is UCLA Coach Ben Howland, as the recent departure of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (6-8, 232), Kevin Love (6-10, 271) and Lorenzo Mata-Real (6-9, 237) left a gaping hole in the post for the team, with no frontcourt, inside presence to speak of. One could only imagine opposing teams taking advantage of UCLAs inferior inside defense by sending the ball to the post each time, since no one is there to defend.
Enter Alfred Aboya. At the start of this season, the Yaounde native has been tapped by Coach Howland to man the post this year. And Aboya has responded impressively. Perhaps most impressive was his performance at Madison Square Garden in New York against the Southern Illinois Saluskis on November 21, 2008. Following a tough loss to Michigan, UCLA was facing the Salukis in a consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic Tournament. Aboya was completely dominant in 24 minutes of play, scoring a career-high 22 points, along with 8 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. Aboya had a number of thunderous dunks, smooth midrange jumpers and hit 10-13 free-throws. To date, Aboya has scored in double digits in 5 games this season, along with close to double-digit rebounds. It seems not too much to expect a double-double (double digit points and rebounds) from Aboya real soon as the season is only starting. After 14 games this season, Aboya is averaging 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 0.8 steals. Aboya is also adept at taking charges, sacrificing his body as opposing players run into him in full force. Simply put, Aboya has now become a force to reckon with both on offense and defense. For a video highlight of Aboyas performance against Southern Illinois, go to 'Indomitable Lion Alfred Aboya overpowers the Salukis': http://mostlyuclahoops.blogspot.com/search/label/Alfred%20Aboya%20muzzle%20the%20Salukis
Given his increased role in the team this season, Aboya has been instructed by Coach Howland to make sure he does not get in foul trouble and that he stays in games. This is a challenge for Aboya since he plays with high energy and intensity. But it is critical for him to stay out of foul trouble, because if he leaves the game, there would be no one to stop opponents from scoring in the paint. And Aboya has been doing well in this regard up to this point, except for the last game in Oregon on January 4, 2009. While he scored 12 points and pulled down 4 rebounds, Aboya left the game after committing 5 fouls, and there was close to 3 minutes left in the game. While UCLA held on to win the game, Coach Howland was quick to talk to the Cameroonian reminding him that he is not allowed to foul out of games this season. Aboya completely agrees and says that he will have to make adjustments to how referees are calling these games quicker, so as to avoid committing fouls and fouling out of games. Speaking to Brian Dohn (Los Angeles Daily News), Aboya said 'I really don't know what happened. I thought the game was called really tight at the beginning. I have to make the adjustment now. Going into the game, fouling is always the first thing for me. I've done a great job so far, but (Sunday) wasn't the same.' For the complete Brian Dohn article, click here: http://www.dailynews.com/ucla/ci_11369485
After this road trip, UCLA returns to Los Angeles to play their cross-town rival, USC. USC has a couple of trees (real tall players) so Aboya will have his hands full. Perhaps most important is trying to shut down USC center Taj Gibson (6-9, 225) who is averaging 15.4 points and 10.6 rebounds this season.
Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-85)
Continued success, Alfred! Alfred Aboya picture courtesy of the Associated Press.
First-place Xinjiang had seven players in double figures as it crushed Qingdao 125-84. Its record is now 21-2. Juan Mendez had 19 points and 16 rebounds. Young Li Pengfei had 17 points and 5 rebounds, his third double-figure game of the year. Young Co Tal scored 13 points, his first double-figure performance. Mengke Bateer had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Mulati had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Myron Allen had 10 points and 8 assists. Chris Williams and Li Yiding each scored 14 for Qingdao. Frans Steyn had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Yu Gaofeng scored 12 points and Li Guang had 10.
Harvey Donnell (203-C-80, agency: Octagon, college: Florida) had 41 points and 24 rebounds as Jiangsu crushed Dongguan 117-99. Hu Xuefeng had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 3 steals. Yi Li had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Jameel Watkins had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jiangsu is in third place with a 17-6 record. Dongguan is tied for fourth at 15-8. Michael Harris had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Dongguan. Zhang Kai had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals. Jamaal Sampson had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 15 and Meng Duo scored 13.
Bonzi Wells had 44 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Shanxi Zhongyu to a 98-83 pasting of Beijing. Olumide Oyedeji contributed 17 points, 22 rebounds and 3 blocks. Wei Mingliang scored 11 points and Zhang Xuewen had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Young Duan Jianpeng, who has been hot recently, played 43 minutes but only scored 5 points on 2 of 8 shooting. Dontae Jones had 32 points and 12 rebounds for Beijing. David Harrison had 23 points and 13 rebounds. Du Jiang added 19 points.
Lee Benson scored 34 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and dished out 7 assists as Shaanxi edged Shandong 97-93. Brandon Robinson added 26 points and 9 rebounds. Dai Yong scored 19 points and Zhang Wei added 10. Chen Zhaosheng added 8 points as the starters played all but 3 minutes. Garnett Thompson and Mack Tuck each scored 27 for Shandong. Thompson had 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Tuck had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Li Jingyu added 13 points.
Jilin outlasted Tianjin 103-87 as Leon Rogers had 44 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Soumaila Samake had 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Yang Yuming had 16 points and 6 assists. Liu Wei had 11 points and 8 rebounds while Zhong Cheng had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Theron Smith had 25 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists for Tianjin. Darryl Watkins added 22 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists. Wang Hao added 12 points and 3 rebounds while Xu Lei had 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Zhang Qingpeng flashed his national team form as he scored 29 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and handed out 6 assists to lead Liaoning to a 109-96 win over Shanghai. Chris Alexander had 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Liu Xiangtao had 15 points and Awvee Storey had 12. Li Xiaoxu added 11 points. Peng Fei had 24 points and 8 rebounds for Shanghai, which again was without Liu Wei. DaJuan Tate scored 22 points. Luo Xudong and Wang Yong each scored 16. Wang Ligang added 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Bayi continued its slide without Wang Zhizhi, falling to an 11-12 record as it lost to Fujian 88-78. Gong Songlin led Fujian with 25 points. Chris Porter had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Lu Xiaoming had 13 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 10 steals. Liu Yudong had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Bo led Bayi with 15 points. Mo Ke had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Wang Lei scored 13. Young center Xu Zhonghao had 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Zhejiang Guangsha defeated Yunnan 120-104 as Nigel Dixon had 31 points and 20 rebounds. Zhang Nan had 27 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Jin Lipeng had 25 points and 5 assists. Rodney White had 21 points and 7 rebounds. Gabe Muoneke had 35 points and 12 rebounds for Yunnan. Li Lin scored 16. Wang Xinkai had 15 points and 10 assists. Zhao Anan scored 13 and Wu Liyi had 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Korisliiga, Round 21: No undefeated home teams anymore. YMCA Lahti suffered the first loss at home tonight as KTP (Kotka) came and beat hosting Lahti 60-76.
KTP three American players (Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona) - Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) - Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner)) combined 67/76 pts! YMCA Lappeenranta's PG Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola) played only 6:37 minutes, sprained his ankle and however YMCA LPR lost only by three (98-101) vs visitor Kataja (Joensuu). Demetrius Brown (197-F-83, college: San Jose St.) led YMCA LPR with 34 pts. The Player of December, Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) scored 28 pts for Kataja. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) won over Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 83-70 and Kouvot (Kouvola) over Tarmo (Porvoo) 85-61. Honka (Espoo) almost gave away a 15-point-lead, but Ben Perkins (200-F-79, college: Mc Neese St.) and Sasu Salin (190-G-91) saved Honka at the end of the contest. Also tonight the games were lasting 4x10 minutes. FoKoPo (Forssa) may have forgotten that as they lost their lead during the last quarter. Team Componenta won the fourth quarter 32-12 and the contest 80-69.
YMCA Lahti - KTP 60-76 (22-32) (Ray Nixon 14, Vesa Makalainen 11, Bilal Abdullah 10 - Steve Smith 27, Damon Williams 25, Durell Vinson 15/12).
YMCA Lappeenranta - Kataja 98-101 (42-53) (Demetrius Brown 34, HL.Coleman 22, Jouko Jarvinen 14 - Larry Blair 28, Jeremiah Wood 17/10, Petri Virtanen 16).
Korihait - ToPo 83-70 (48-41) (Josh Gonner 20, Alain Laroche 15, Bojan Sarcevic 14 - Isaac Spencer 19, Timo Heinonen 12, Antti Niskanen 11).
Kouvot - Tarmo 85-61 (39-29) (Matt Williams 18, Roope Suonio 14, Antti Kanervo 12 - DeWayne Richardson 27/13, Victor Morris 11, Ville-Pertti Lind 11).
Honka - Pyrinto 74-73 (33-32) (Akeem Scott 21, Monte Cummings 16, Ben Perkins 10 - Antti Nikkila 22/12, Antero Lehto 11, Juha Harjula 10).
Team Componenta - FoKoPo 80-69 (30-39) Frank Richards 21/11, Clifton Jones 17, Kimmo Tolvanen 16 - Ray Cunningham 22, Mikko Jalonen 22).
Deandre Brock (188-G-86, college: Indianapolis) needed only two seasons to become the 8th all-time leading scorer in the history of the University of Indianapolis Men's basketball team (NCAA Division II), a school that has sent several players to the pros in the past years, including David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis), who is currently the second leading scorer in the Euroleague, playing for Polish powerhouse Prokom Trefl Sopot. He poured in 17.9 points per game in his 53 career contests for UIndy and recorded 132 three-pointers in his two seasons in a Greyhound uniform, good for 11th-most all-time at the school. Plus his career free throw percentage of 84.3 ranks fourth in the Greyhound annals. In his senior-season he was named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball Third Team according to an announcement made by league officials and led UIndy in scoring in 21 of 27 games played. Before he became a member of the Greyhound squad, the 22-year-old from Indianapolis, In. spent one year of junior-college basketball each at Spoon River CC and John Wood CC. In high school at Warren Central HS he became the all-time leader in 3-pointers made in a career, season and game, earning team-MVP honors in his final year.
Deandre Brock is now available and looking for a team to play. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out his game film online: click
Hopsi Polzela and American guard Terrence Hundley (191-G-85, college: W.Georgia) have reached an agreement to end the contract that was due to run until June 2009. He appeared in 8 games of UPC League, averaging 13,1 points (2P 21-38, 3P 14-45, FT 21-30), 3,4 rebounds, 2,3 assists and 1,8 steals in 29,5 minutes per game. Hundley won 2008 Slovenian All-Star slam dunk contest.
Rudar (B1) have added the 2007 and 2008 B-1 League's top scorer Matic Ribic (186-G-85) ex Konjice to their roster.
Litija (B1) signed Danijel Majstorovic (184-G-89) ex Rogla.
|BRAZIL - Women|
|CNBF Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Tayara, Nassau 20.4|
2. Palmira, Catand. 19.6
3. Clarrisa, Petrob. 17.4
4. Cintia L., Bernard. 16.0
5. Karla, Unimed 15.8
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Clarrisa, Petrob. 12.5|
2. Karina, Unimed 10.0
3. Simone, Santo 9.4
4. Eliane, Bernard. 9.3
5. Silvia, Catand. 8.4
|Assists Per Game|
|1. Joice, Nassau 4.8|
2. Barbara, Unimed 3.9
3. Gattei, Colchoes 3.8
4. Fabiana, Catand. 3.8
5. Ega, Colchoes 3.7
|Blocks Per Game|
|1. Isis, Catanduva 1.8|
2. Ega, Colchoes 1.3
3. Maria, Clube 1.2
|FINLAND - Women|
|GERMANY - Women|
Sarune Jasiunskaite (188-F-88) has joined the ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL). The 20-year-old forward/center from Lithuania owns lots of international experience on the junior-level, as she attended the 2006 U18 and U20-EUROs as well as the European championships for U20-teams in 2007 and 2008. The Kaunas native spent the 2007-08 campaign at TEO Vilnius and moved to Belgium during the summer after signing with D1-club Spirou Monceau Charleroi. She was among the top-rebounders of the Belgian league so far this season and pulled down 9.4 boards per contest.
Meanwhile, former Saarlouis player Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) has found a new home in Belgium. She agreed to terms with DBC Houthalen. In 2007-08 Wojdowski won the German Cup-competition with the Royals.
Florentina Ardeleanu (167-G-83) has left SV Halle (DBBL). The Romanian guard returned to her home country. In 14 appearances for the Lions this season, she averaged one point and one rebound per outing.
|LITHUANIA - Women|
|ROMANIA - Women|
|TURKEY - Women|
|U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women|
|UKRAINE - Women|
|ZIMBABWE - Women|