EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/14/2009Copyright © 1997-2009 Eurobasket
|ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS|
By Richard Hinds; Sydney Morning Herald ----------------------
MIDDAY yesterday: In Sydney, Basketball Australia chief executive Larry Sengstock is telling the media that BA will continue to parade the bones of the National Basketball League with a seven-team competition. Perhaps the best name for the interim league is Ringo. An NBL without Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will be like the Beatles without John, Paul and George.
In Atlanta, LeBron James is scoring a disappointing 27 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers sweep the Hawks in the NBA conference semi-finals. Disappointing, because James knocked in 47 points in game three. Last player to disappoint like that was Michael Jordan.
In the prosperous NBA, Jordan's name is now most often raised in the context of the now earnest James-Jordan debate. In the now greatly diminished NBL circles, its mention brings only wistful smiles. Think of Jordan and you think of those heady days in the early 1990s when the NBL briefly rubbed shoulders with the big boys of Australian sport. When it sold out 15,000-seat stadiums, made back-page headlines and converted its still almost ridiculously healthy grassroots participation into a vibrant competition.
Some maintain it was Jordan who put the air in the Australian basketball bubble and his inevitable decline that caused it to burst so spectacularly that, as of yesterday, only Adelaide, Cairns, Gold Coast, New Zealand, Perth, Townsville and Wollongong remained. The truth lies much deeper.
The demise of the NBL contains a lesson that applies equally to all of Australia's major sporting bodies. It is, as one man closely associated with the NBL said yesterday, about how you cannot let 'the lunatics run the asylum'.
The 'lunatics' of the National Basketball League were the club owners. Some were clever, capable and had the best interests of the game at heart. Some were self-interested, short-sighted and opportunistic. Some - like those who run clubs in every professional sport in the country - were a bit of both.
But, inevitably, when the conflicting interests of the owners collided at the boardroom table - or their shared aspirations conflicted with the good governance of the sport - mistakes were made. The NBL insider cites the knee-jerk decision of the owners to add the Singapore Slingers to the competition after Newcastle went out of business in order to ensure there were still the same number of money-making home games as just one example of how short-term imperatives created long-term headaches.
A great regret of those now struggling to keep the NBL on life support is that while other professional leagues in Australia were centralising power and taking decisions out of the hands of the clubs, the private owners grabbed the keys to basketball's car.
During its halcyon days, the NBL was run by a board split equally between league representatives and the clubs - before private ownership, often represented by state or local basketball officials with strong links to the game's healthy grassroots. By the early 2000s, the NBL board was run solely by 'participant representatives'.
Contrast this with the AFL, which in 1993 formalised a process begun in 1984 whereby the clubs voted themselves out of the boardroom. The commission-run league has subsequently thrived and the struggling clubs who feared they had signed their own death warrants have benefited from the game's strong corporate model.
The self-interest of club owners is not the only reason why the NBL has fallen apart. Boomer Mark Worthington points an accusing finger at 'the idiots' who have failed to act swiftly to save the league, although you figure the damage was done a long time ago.
Since the early '90s, sport has endured a litany of missed opportunities and false leads - particularly with the competition's long lost free-to-air television deals. The quality issue that football's A-League confronts - whereby exposure of fans to superior foreign leagues can make your own product seem second-rate - applies equally to basketball. And in the past 20 years, the competition for the sporting dollar has become more intense.
Sengstock, who is spearheading the belated attempt to run the NBL from the top down, acknowledged yesterday that BA 'needs to spend the time to get [a revamped NBL] right. Yet, he said, 'we don't have the capacity to take time off' - presumably for fear of losing what spectator and sponsor interest remains and keeping the players employed.
As it stands, the NBL's success just over a decade ago seems like a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. But they said that about Michael Jordan.
Optima Gent is not wasting any time building their roster for next season. After the last home game of the season, a thrilling win over Oostende new general manager Erik Rogiers announced that the team has extended the contract of 4 of its players on the present roster. The signings of Domien Loubry (186-G-85), Senne Geukens (190-G-83) and Hans Van Langenhove (200-F-80) were expected since the team had already reached agreement with all 3. Today at the press conference after the Gent-Oostende game the GM announced the return of Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83) for next season. At present Randle is the nr 2 rebounder in the Belgian League. Earlier they had already announced that present assistant coach Filip Wintein is taking over from coach Rogiers as head-coach. In his playing days Wintein won 7 championships with Oostende.
The team also announced the addition of Stephane Moris (207-F/C-86) to the 2009-2010 roster, he is expected to sign his contract soon.
Gent also hopes to keep Belgian NT guard Roel Moors (188-G-78) and negotiations are underway.
|DIMAYOR 2009 Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1. Heard,Val 27.5|
2. Zuniga,Oso 20.4
3. Morton,Esp 19.2
4. Marechal,Ucon 19.0
5. Velasquez,Cas 18.6
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1. Morton,Esp 13.3|
2. Hubner,Sag 12.0
3. Briones,Lic 9.7
4. Salinas,Cas 9.6
5. Valencia,Bos 9.4
|Assists Per Game|
|1. Ziegele,Bos 5.2|
2. Carrasco,Oso 5.1
3. Werth,Lic 4.3
4. Oliver,Sag 4.0
5. Hernandez,Oso 4.0
|Steals Per Game|
|1. Carrasco,Oso 3.0|
2. Contreras,Uc 3.0
3. Marechal,Ucon 2.8
4. Valencia,Bos 2.8
5. Garrido,Llan 2.7
|Blocks Per Game|
|1. Hubner,Sag 2.7|
2. Marechal, Ucon 1.7
3. Chaine,Llan 1.3
4. Valencia,Bos 1.2
5. Prutzmann,Val 1.0
|1. Mendez, Llan 62.5%|
2. Gonzalez, Esp 57.7%
3. Ulloa, Llan 53.8%
4. Osses, Ucon 50.0%
5. Campos, Llan 45.8%
|1. Gutman, Lic 1.25|
2. Briones, Lic 0.88
3. Cisternas, Lic 0.86
4. Carrasco, Oso 0.77
5. Morton, Esp 0.71
Finnish G Roope Suonio (176-G-82) is coming back home to Lahti (YMCA Lahti) after playing the last five seasons in three Finnish teams: PuHu (Vantaa), Team Componenta (Karkkila) and Kouvot (Kouvola). Last season Suonio averaged 10,2 ppg and 1,7 apg in Kouvola. Suonio and YMCA Lahti signed a 2-year-contract.
YMCA Lappeenranta has re-signed with three Finnish players. Jouko Jarvinen (188-G-87) (5,0 ppg - 3,6 rpg), Tuukka Kulha (193-F-85) (6,5 ppg - 2,3 rpg) and Aleksi Koskinen (181-G-92) (2.9 ppg - 0,8 rpg) will continue on YMCA LPR roster.
G Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) (16,0 ppg - 2,5 apg in I-division) will not return back to Torpan Pojat (Helsinki), but stays in his real home town Salo and belongs to Vilpas roster as Salo is the newcomer in Top League. German Coach Philip Dejworek will start his third season as the Head Coach of Vilpas.
Karhu (Kauhajoki), another newcomer on top level, will be coached by American Greg Gibson also next 2009-10 season. Gibson will start his seventh season as Team's Head Coach. I-division best Finnish player SG Roni Leimu (189-G-82) (17,6 ppg - 3,3 rpg - 1,7 apg) has re-signed with Kauhajoki. The contract is model 2+1 years.
Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) is a 24 year old 183cm point guard playing his second season for Ratiopharm Ulm. He won three Ohio state championships with St Marys together with Lebron James and Romeo Travis. The team posted a record of 103-5 in his four years and he averaged 11ppg and 8apg in his four years. He then played at The University of Akron from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he averaged 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 65.6%. Last season for Ratiopharm Ulm, he averaged in 34 games: 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, Assists-2(4.4apg), 2FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 72.8%. Currently he is averaging 10,1ppg, 1,9rpg and 4,6apg. He is preparing for the Quarterfinal playoff series with The Telekom Baskets Bonn.
Your first playoffs in Germany. How excited are you about playing Bonn?
Hey Miles, I am excited about my first playoffs, I always hear about how the level of play and intensity picks up in the playoffs and I am looking forward to competing
You got killed in Bonn but won at home. What can we expect from this series?
We split during the season, I dont know what to expect in a series of five. You have to stay present in the moment and you cant think of the past and you cant look ahead.
The PG duel between you and EJ Rowland will be very interesting. Could the disruption of either point guard be vital for either team winning the series?
There is no battle at one position individually, but you can have a great game and still lose, for us to win I will need to play well and the same for him.
Mike Taylor lives Basketball 24/7. Has he turned into a different man since Saturday? I mean its playoff time, his first. Has anything changed with him in the last days?
With any first comes anticipation and some nerves, so he definitely hasnt been getting any sleep...lol... He is focused on preparing us for the series
Bonn have great role players and very athletic guys with Frazier, Yarbrough, Bowmann etc. How will you want to stop Bonn on offense? A zone dont work for 40 minutes?
They will be tough to stop individually, but as a team we must play defense as if we were connected by a string
How has the development been with young German Per Guenter? What has he improved the most?
Per Guenther, I think Rookie of the Year says enough
What are your picks for the Frankfurt-Oldenburg, Bamberg-Gottingen and Berlin-Paderborn series?
As far as the other series go, the better team over that period of games will win...I cant upset people by picking winners Miles...lol...who knows what is in store for the 2nd round.
Your pick Lebron James-Boston Celtics? hahaha Let me guess Lebron 4-2 vs Celtics. I am speculating Boston beats Orlando.
Cavs v. Celtics/Magic.... either the Celtics or Magic will be lucky if they see a game 6. 'Akron is in the Building'
What was the last DVD that you saw?
I watched Casino starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci
Alba Berlin- Paderborn Baskets 3-0
Alba Berlin is seeking their second BBL title in a row and ninth in 13 years as they prepare to defend their 2008 BBL title against the feisty Paderborn Baskets, who slipped in in the last seconds against Gottingen with a 72-71 win. Berlin management will never admit it, but they were surely doing their own innovative Albatros dances as they found out that their opponent would be The Paderborn Baskets and not The Artland Dragons. This is a perfect 2009 Basketball version of David and Goliath. The big mighty Alba Berlin players with more than 400 NBA games experience against The less experienced Paderborn Baskets, who make their first trip to the playoffs and only have two real experienced playoff players with ex Skyliner Stefano Garris (200-G/F-79), who won 4 titles with Berlin and Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: LimeLight, college: Valparaiso) who won two BBL titles with Bamberg and is making his 10th consecutive BBL playoff appearance.
Alba Berlin won the BBL season title with a 26-8 record, while The Paderborn Baskets finished the season with a 18-16, due to a strong run in February 2009 winning five games in a row. Alba Berlin had a strong season reaching the final 16 in the Euroleague and are on course of winning another BBl title. The Paderborn Baskets had to fight injuries and the finance crisis with the club, and the whole uncertainty of the team seemed to have given the team new energy and brought the team a lot closer together.
Alba Berlin was able to win the season series against the Paderborn Baskets. Paderborn offered a lot of resistance at home, but were out scored in the second half 44-32 and losing 74-68. Alba Berlin was led by Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) with 16 points and five assists as five Berlin players reached double figures. Paderborn out rebounded Alba Berlin 46-27, but if they would of shot a bit better and had less turnovers, then they might of had a chance. Paderborn shot only 33% form the field, while Alba Berlin shot 50%. Paderborn was a bit wild registering 17 turnovers. In the return game in the O-2 arena, Alba Berlin gave Paderborn an unfriendly welcome winning easily 82-65. Berlin were led by Americans Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Stanford) and Julius Jenkins with 15 points a piece. Paderborn was already trailing 44-28 at half time. Alba Berlin was near unstoppable posting a 16-1 record in the new modern O-2 arena losing only to Bamberg 72-62. Paderborn might want to imagine the Maspern Halle while their playing or even have some good luck charm from their gym for luck, because they will need much of it in Berlin. Paderborn once again controlled the rebounds 37-31, but shot poorly again with 34%. The Paderborn defense was unable to hinder Alba Berlin from shooting 51%. Berlin also won easily in cup play in Paderborn.
Alba Berlin has the current strongest 14 man roster in the world. A roster contains 12 players, but Berlin has the double luxury to choose from a few more. Many critics have argued if the 2008-2009 Alba Berlin roster is their strongest of all time? When going down the Alba Berlin roster, you can become dizzy by all the talent. Alba Berlin have two starting five teams. The team is led by American 2008 BBL MVP Julius Jenkins(14,6ppg, 1,9rpg, 4,2apg), who was injured for a long time and was for a time coming from the bench ended the season as top scorer. He is a great clutch time shooter that has upped his assist average through more knowledge of the opponents defense. American Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati)(10,7ppg 4,9rpg, 3,2apg) is one of the most complete players and belongs to the top players in the BBL. American Ansu Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi)(10,6ppg, 4,2rpg) who was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 1998 has had a solid season in a deep roster scoring in double figures 20 times and has a very feared three pointer (49,5%). American Casey Jacobsen, who played many years in the NBA is averaging 10,1ppg, 2,7rpg and 1,2apg. He was the go to guy in the 2007 Bamberg title run, but in Berlin is just a role player, but very dangerous shooter who can decide a game at any time. Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76) is averaging 9,5ppg, 3,2rpg, and 1,7apg. He is a strong player inside and sharp passer for a forward. He has gotten less minutes(not more than 18 min in last 12 games) down the stretch and only scored in double figures in two of his last 12 games. Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) is averaging 9,3ppg and 4,3 rpg. He came some months ago to compensate the loss of injured Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington). He has done a solid job scoring and rebounding in an average of 17 min. American Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) who was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 2004 is averaging 8,0ppg, 3,3rpg, and 2,3apg. He has missed the last seven games, but had a nice comeback against Oldenburg scoring 13 points. American Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, college: Pennsylvania) is averaging 6,9ppg and 3,2rpg. He is a very strong finisher, but with less playing time, because of the deep roster, his playing time has suffered. German National player Steffen Hamann (194-G-81), who won the BBL title twice with Bamberg is averaging 6,3ppg, 1,9rpg and 1,7apg. Despite less minutes, he remains a fierce defender and solid point guard that can hit the open three pointer. German title record holder Patrick Femerling was injured for most of season and may return in the playoffs. Dragan Dojcin (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) is averaging 2,8ppg and 1,8rpg. He is another great role player that would start for most other BBL teams. German National players Johannes Herber (197-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) and Philip Zwiener (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) have their place reserved on the bench, which robs Basketball Germany of seeing these fine players develop.
The Paderborn Baskets have a routine nine man roster that has been shaped smartly by long time coach Douglas Spradley (agency: LimeLight ). The leading scorer is American Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: LimeLight, college: Miami, OH) who is averaging 13,7ppg and 5,3rpg. He missed ten games, but since his return, he has become the number one go to guy and has helped Chris Ensminger under the boards. American Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, college: Ohio) is averaging 13,1ppg, 3,7rpg and, 2,1apg. He has been in Paderborn since 2004 and can call Paderborn his second home. He even went on the streets to help sell tickets as the team was in their worst period of their finance crisis. He can be a deadly shooter. The biggest signing in the history of Paderborn could be debated between Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: LimeLight, college: Barton (NC)) and Chris Ensminger. The ex Bambegr center has been a big part of the team success as he is averaging 11,1ppg, 9,6rpg and 1,5apg and continues to show that his body is more like a 28 year old then a 35 year old. American Lavelle Felton (193-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Louisiana Tech) is averaging 10,4ppg, 3,1rpg and 2,4apg. He is a scoring point guard and has had an up and down season, but he can score in bunches if needed and has scored in double figures in 17 games. American Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: LimeLight, college: N.Kentucky) is a solid combo guard who is averaging 8,1ppg, 2,9rpg and 2,0apg. He has scored in double figures in 17 games. American Bryant McAllister (191-G-84, agency: LimeLight, college: Duquesne) is averaging 7,7ppg, 1,7rpg and 1,7apg. He is a strong shooter coming from the bench and showed with his 23 point outburst against Dusseldorf. German Marius Nolte (206-C-81) is averaging 6,0 ppg and 3,0 rpg and is the heart and soul of the team as he has been with the club since 2001. He gives added stability under the boards and can swish the mid distance jumper. Ex Deutsche Bank Skyliner Stefano Garris is averaging 4,7ppg, 2,0rpg and 1,4apg. He returned home this season and was able to play all 34 games, something he was unable to do in Frankfurt where he only managed 52 games in three seasons. American Matt Terwilliger (206-F/C-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ohio St.) who was able to play one on one against Portland Trailblazer Greg Oden (213-C-88, college: Ohio St.) at Ohio State is averaging 3,0ppg 1,4rpg. He averages nine minutes per game and helps under the boards.
Something has to go drastically wrong for Alba Berlin if they are to lose this series to Paderborn. Paderborn has to hope that The Basketball god is not only present in their Maspern Halle, but also try to find a way to get around the glitz of the O-2 arena and bring some indirect distraction to the Berlin game. First and foremost, Alba Berlin has the experienced players and have played Euroleague. Second Berlin has the most talented and deepest team in the BBL. Alba Berlin play very disciplined Basketball and very structured. Paderborn will play with 180% and hope that Alba Berlin will underestimate them, but that wont happen. Paderborn needs to find a way to disrupt the rhythm of Alba Berlin. Paderborn did a good job controlling the boards in their two encounters. What people tend to forget is that Alba Berlin shoot so well at 52%, that they will more than likely have less offensive rebounds than most teams. Blagota Sekulic definitely boosts Alba Berlin down low and the return of Femerling could present problems for Paderborn down low. Paderborn has to shoot better than their 36% from the field which they averaged in their pervious two games against Alba Berlin. The Paderborn Baskets will be very motivated especially Chris Ensminger as it could be his last appearance to the big BBL dance, or Stefano Garris who will want to show his ex team that he can still play or Marius Nolte who will be playing his first playoffs. It would be a beautiful fairy tale, if Paderborn could achieve the totally unexpected with an upset, but it would be more likely for pigs to fly out of the White House in Washington D.C than for an upset to happen.
|LEB Silver Standings|
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaiqueries de Margarita reached their 20th victory in the LPB 2009 regular season and the 700th in their history as a Venezuelan basketball franchise, by taking down La Guaira BBC as visitors.
Guaiqueries de Margarita 90 - La Guaira BBC 75
Jose Maria Vargas Arena - La Guaira, Vargas
Quarter by quarter
LG: 16-19-20-20= 75
GUAI: 25-13-18-34= 90
GUAI: Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) 16 points and 6 assists, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 16 points, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 11 points and 6 rebounds, Rogers Washington (198-F-77) 10 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 10 points
LG: Johnell Smith (186-G-80) 16 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 12 points and 6 rebounds, Andres Sandoval (193-G-83) 11 points
WBA 2008 Champs-Decatur Court Kings Announce 2009 Tryout Camp
ATLANTA, April 30, 2009- Decatur's champion professional basketball team, the Decatur Court Kings will hold its Tryout Camp on Sunday May 17th at City of Decatur Gym on 231 Sycamore St. in Decatur GA. This camp will give talented athletes an opportunity to be exposed to the Decatur Court Kings staff. The top players will be signed. The registration fee is $100.00 in advance and $125.00 at the door. The mission of the WBA Exposure League is to teach, develop, and expose basketball players to NBA, D-League, CBA, and International Scouts, while providing each community with an exciting brand of basketball and entertainment. The WBA serves as a training ground to develop players and coaches on and off the court. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, community involvement, and most importantly exposure. Over 400 WBA Players have gone on to play professionally overseas, in the CBA, D-League, and the NBA.
WBA teams are comprised of talented athletes with a maximum of five years professional experience. WBA exposure teams have produced and worked with top coaches, such as former Rome Gladiators coach Harold Ellis, who recently signed to the NBAs Detroit Pistons coaching staff and standout players who made it to the next level, including Kenyon Gamble, who played with the WBAs the former Magic City Court Kings and now plays with the Manchester Millrats of the PBL. Other star athletes include Josh Powell who signed to the L.A. Clippers; former Hawks Anthony Grundy, and Kyle Davis of the New Jersey Nets.
About The Decatur Court Kings Open Tryout Camp:
WHERE: City of Decatur Gym at 231 Sycamore St. in Decatur, GA 30031
WHEN: Saturday-May 17, 2009
SCHEDULE: 10:00am - 3:00 pm
Walk-up Registration: $125
Acceptable Forms of Payment: Cash, Money Orders, PayPal
For more information about the WBA Decatur Court Kings Tryout Camp and to register, visit our website at www.wbaball.net or call the WBA Office directly at 770.904.5081 or email WBA Commissioner Lionel Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Media Inquiries contact Trea Davenport, WBA Director of Media Relations at email@example.com.
|DENMARK - Women|
|Points Per Game|
|1 K.Jensen 79ers 19.7|
2 C.Luhta Vrlse 19.3
3 T.Matthews Horsens 19.3
4 N.Piggott 79ers 19.0
5 E.Ramberg Amager 17.8
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 T.Matthews Horsens 11.6|
2 J.Adamschik SISU 11.4
3 C.Porras Lemvig 10.8
4 S.Scott Amager 10.2
5 N.Piggott 79ers 9.3
|Assists Per Game|
|1 M.Vespa Falcon 4.4|
2 T.Freil Amager 4.0
3 A.Thorius 79ers 3.6
4 I.Kostic Virum 3.6
5 I.Udovalieva Lemvig 3.2
|Steals Per Game|
|1 M.Vespa Falcon 3.4|
2 E.Hesseldal byhj 3.1
3 T.Matthews Horsens 2.6
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 T.Huff Horsens 6.5|
2 C.Porras Lemvig 2.3
3 L.Olden Falcon 1.8
|1 N.Piggott 79ers 58.6%|
2 C.White Horsens 56.3%
3 L.Gronemann SISU 51.7%
|1 K.Jensen Hrsholm 79ers 66.0%|
2 T.Knudsen Vrlse 42.9%
3 E.Kiis Horsens 41.2%
|1 N.Piggott 79ers 90.6%|
2 A.Gadeberg Horsens 85.7%
3 M.Manzer SISU 85.5%
|FINLAND - Women|
|FRANCE - Women|
|GERMANY - Women|
|HOLLAND - Women|
|ISRAEL - Women|
|ROMANIA - Women|
|VENEZUELA - Women|
|WNBA - Women|