EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/19/2009Copyright © 1997-2009 Eurobasket
|ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|Premier L. Standings|
The Belgian league awards were handed out this past sunday. Antwerp forward Christophe Beghin received the coveted Belgian player of the year award edging Roel Moors the Optima Gent guard who came in second.
MVP of the Ethias League is Okapi Aalstar's Matt Lojeski who led the league in scoring. Liege's Christopher Hill came in a distant 2nd.
The closest call of the evening was for the coach of the year award where Antwerp Giants and Begian NT coach Eddy Casteels received 6 more points than runner-up Chris Finch.
Remarkable in the coaches voting was the 5th place for D2 Waregem coach Kris De Pauw.
Best young player award went to Verviers-Pepinster player Maxime De Zeeuw, with Randy Oveneke as second.
The Eurobasket awards will be released in early June
Christos Stylianides, Head Coach-APOEL Nicosia, Head Coach-Cyprus National Team
Born: 1968 - Nicosia
CHRISTOS STYLIANIDES HAS BEEN AWARDED BY eurobasket.com as THE MOST IMPROVED COACH OF THE YEAR!
Nicos Lambrias, Assistant Coach-APOEL Nicosia, Assistant Coach-Cyprus National Team
Born: 1981 - Nicosia
Linos Gabriel, Head Coach-AEL Women's Baseketball, Assistant Coach-Cyprus National Team
Born: 1975 - Nicosia
Christos Stylianides is among the best Cypriot players ever played the game. As a player he won many titles and has also been the Captain of the Cyprus National Team. Since his retirement, has coached ENAD and has also been the National Team's Head Coach. During the last year, as a head coach of APOEL Nicosia, has succeeded something extraordinary. He has won the Championship having a double disadvantage at the playoffs.
Nicos Lambrias has graduated from T.E.F.A.A Gymnastic Academy in Greece and has a postgraduate degree in Coaching. He has been an assistant professor to Anastasiades who is the Head of Basketball Department of University of Athens.
Nicos has been APOEL's assistant coach for the last two years. As Stylianides's associate during this past year has greatly helped his team to win the championship.
Linos Gabriel has graduated from Aristotele University in Thessaloniki with a specialization in Basketball.
Linos has been the Manager of APOEL Academy, as well as the as the Head Coach of APOEL Junior Team from 2001-2007. Specifically, his achievements include:
2002-2003 - Cup
2004-2005 - Championship, Cup and Special Cup
2005-2006 - Cup
2006-2007 - Championship
He has also served as an assistant coach to APOEL Men's Basketball from 2001-2007 with which he won a championship in 2002 and a Cup in 2003.
In 2005 he has served as the Head Coach of Military Men's National Team that represented Cyprus in the Military World Games.
The last two years has been the Head Coach of AEL Women's Basketball and has brought to the team many successes. He won twice the Championship and the Cup in the local championship and led AEL to the 32 of the FIBA EuroCyp in 2007-2008, and in the 16 in 2008-2009, finishing 9th on the board.
Eurobasket.com had a chat with all three of them.
Chris, you have managed to win the Championship with a double disadvantage. How difficult was that?
It was indeed difficult, considering the difficulties we had throughout the year.
Our mission was not easy at all. I was responsible for coaching and as you understand I had to work on the players' confidence, besides other things. In addition, I had to change a few players and add a couple more so things were not easy.
Nicos on the other hand, besides preparing the players physically, he spent many hours on scouting. So basically our job has been very difficult. You have to also consider the fact that we worked with specific budget constraints which sometimes is a factor towards success. Now, if you ask me whether we believed or not, after we beat Keravnos and went to the Cup final we realized we could do it.
Have you started working on a schedule for next year?
We have prepared a plan and we have talked to the management about it. I have recommended the players I would like to remain in the team for next year, but it is up to the management to decide.
Have you signed any players so far?
Not yet, but I hope we will soon.
When talking to Jo Jo and Lonnie, they said that the most difficult team they faced was AEK. How do you comment?
It might be true from their side. Personally, I think Apollon has been a great contender and to be honest we wanted to avoid it.
It is true. They had Lewis Sims who is a very good player.
Nicos, as an assistant coach, what are the challenges and how difficult was your job this past year?
As an assistant coach I had to train and physically prepare the team. We knew that the playoffs is what matters the most, so we had to prepare the team and keep it fresh for those games. This has been very difficult for me. Besides, I had to stay up for many nights to scout opponents. If you do this right, obviously it reflects on you and you feel you have participated, especially when your team wins the championship.
Lets talk a little bit about the National team. What are your targets in this year's tournament?
We are preparing and our target is to give 100%. If we do this i am confident it will take us somewhere.
Let me say that the team will fly on the 20th of May to Yugoslavia to give some games. The team will participate in the Small Nation Games Tournament that will take place from the 1st-6th of June in Eleftheria and everybody is welcome to watch the National Team.
From my side, I don't see too many Cypriot players playing in the local championship and I am worried. How do we expect the National Team to compete without any talents?
It is true. There aren't many players left. First of all when Jo Jo retires we will definitely have a serious problem in the Center position. And besides a few new talents we don't see many players ready to play. This is something we are aware of and that we are planning to work on.
There are some players abroad on which we count for the future and we hope to incorporate them. For example, we have been following Kounnas who has been playing well in Greece for the last few years. At the moment, he does not have a passport and he is not allowed to play, but we are working on it.
Guys, good luck in the future.
Before closing, I would like to ask Cypriots one more time to be present at the Small Nation Games and support our team.
Lets hope they do
|Liga Superior Standings|
|Pro A Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Austin Nichols 21.4|
2 Brion Rush 21.2
3 TJ Thompson 18.2
4 Dylan Page 17.7
5 Eric Chatfield 16.7
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Marcus Slaughter 9.5|
2. Bingo Merriex 8.6
3 Vincent Masingue 8.6
4 Dounia Issa 8.5
5 Aeerick Sanders 7.7
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Kareem Reid 7.7|
2 Zack Wright 6.4
3 Thomas Heurtel 6.2
4 TJ Thompson 5.8
5 Laurent Sciarra 5.3
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Zack Wright 2.6|
2 Anthony Dobbins 2.5
3 Brion Rush 2.4
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 Akin Akingbala 1.9|
2 Marcus Slauthger 1.7
3 Dounia Issa 1.6
|1 Aeerick Sanders 68%|
2 Cyril Julian 65%
3 Max Zianveni 63%
|1 Philippe Braud 47%|
2 Derrick Obasohan 46%
3 David Bluthenthal 42%
|1 Derrick Obasohan 91%|
2 Justin Doellman 89%
3 Nando De Colo 88%
|1 Marcus Slaughter 21.5|
2 Brion Rush 18.3
3 Ricardo Greer 18.2
WABA champions Mahram proved too mighty for Young Cagers of India racing away to a 97-73 win to become the first team to enter the semifinals of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Sunday.
Im happy that my boys gave their 100% against a very strong team, said Young Cagers coach Aleksandar Bucan said.
The Indian outfit virtually the National Team, playing in the Champions Cup as a part of the preparations for the 25th FIBA Asia Championship to be held in China later this year were outsized 188.5 cms to 195.42 cms in average height. That difference in size reflected on the proceedings on the court as well as the score-line.
Jackson Vroman, going into the game with a 27.25 PPG average, scored his first field goal only midway through the second quarter a sizzling 3-pointer that took Mahram 44-20 ahead.
But the former New Orleans Hornets player had caused enough damage to the rivals morale before that, earning fouls repeatedly and converting the ensuing free throws.
Vroman converted one of the two free throws when Vineet Mathew fouled him in the first ten seconds of the game and Olympian Samad Nikkah followed it with a customary drive-in the lane. And Mahram only grew in strength from there.
Vroman played the first and the fourth quarter on court only for 1:55 early in the second yet led the scoring for the team with 22 points.
Priest Lauderdale (stomach upset) and Hamed Sohrabnejad (ankle) were the only two Mahram players who didnt take the court as the Iranian league champions completed their 5-0 run in the tournament.
Mahram have now averaged 27 points difference in their margin of victory.
Its another step towards achieving the target of what we came for here, Mahram assistant coach Ali Arezoomandi said.
They (Young Cagers) fought well throughout the game. Thats really respectable, he added.
Young Cagers Jagdeep Singh led the scoring for the game with 24 points, with 61.5% (8/13) rate on the field.
Jagdeep is one of the examples of our players improving with every game, said Bucan.
We knew we had very little chance against their size. But then not many people counted on us playing the quarterfinal itself. This game indeed was a bonus for my boys, the Serbian added.
We are definitely a better team than we where when we arrived here last Sunday.
Mahram 97 (Jackson Vroman 22, Samad Nikkah 16, Hamed Afagh 14) bt Young Cagers 73 (Jagdeep Singh 24, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 16, Trideep Rai 10). Quarterwise Scores: 31-13, 50-24, 78-50.
Courtsey - Fiba Asia
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Contern 84 - Musel Pikes 73
A.B. Contern won its 4th Championship in Luxembourg Basketball last night in Contern. The last time Contern could wave the blue and white flag was in 2004. Previously Contern had won the league title two other times. The first one in 1988 and the second in 2001. Musel Pikes came to Contern ready and played well in the first quarter leading 19-21. In the second, Contern caught fire scoring 29 points while holding Musel Pikes again to 21 for a 6 point lead at halftime. In the third period, Contern turned it up a notch on defense and went on a nice run taking a game high 11 point lead and held their ground during the fourth coasting for the DBBL title. Contern's Brandon Gary was the MVP of the series and the final game with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Ken Diederich scored 19 points followed by Eric Jeitz with 14.
Samy Picard(10 rebounds) held Musel Pikes in the game with his scoring finishing with a game high 30 points. Laurent Schwartz scored 16 and Claude Scmit 12. Picard had 22 in the first half and only 8 in the second. Chris Braier scored 10 points in the first half and was scorless in the second.
We had a few words with Contern's up and coming young leader wing guard Eric Jeitz. This is what he had to say: 'We won the DBBL Championship because we stuck together.' Jeitz continued... 'Brandon Gary is a great player. He is the best player in the DBBL and is the league MVP for 08-09. He is a great all-arounder.'
Eric went on to say: 'Our Contern crowd was great in the semis, and finals, we had fun playing, and all my family and friends were there, so it was really cool!'
Contern: 32 field goals, 5 three pointers, 15 or 16 free throws, 18 fouls
Becker 6, Fasbender 9, Jeitz 14, Diederich 19, Gary 25, also Bissener 8, Torres Dos Santos 0 and Braun 3
Musel Pikes: 25 field gopals, 6 three pointers, 17 for 22 free throws, 15 fouls
Schwartz 18, G. Schmit 12, Schmitz 0, Braier 10, Picard 30, also Kirch 3, R. Dentzer 0 and C. Schmit 2
Fouled out: 38' Becker(Con) and 40'' Braier(MPikes)
Score by quarters: 1st Q 19-21, Halftime 48-42, 3rd Q 66-55, Final 84-73
|LPB Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|J. Vargas, Tro 19.4|
R. Nembhard, Gai 18.8
C. Matthews, Gig 18.6
M. Campbell, LG 18.5
T. Braggs, Gua 17.3
|Rebounds Per Game|
|H. Passos, Mar 8.4|
T. Braggs, Gua 7.6
C. Matthews, Gig 7.5
L. Bethelmy, Coc 7.0
A. Sucre, Mar 6.9
|Assists Per Game|
|G. Barrera, Tro 5.7|
B. Latham, Pan 5.6
R. Nembhard, Gai 4.8
H. Guillent, Gua 4.2
D. Guevara, Mar 4.1
|Steals Per Game|
|H. Guillent, Gua 3.9|
B. Latham, Pan 3.8
K. Pena, Guai 3.3
M. Gale, Mar 3.2
G. Barrera, Tro 3.1
|Blocks Per Game|
|C. Matthews, Gig 1.3|
A. Barrios, Gai 1.2
E. Elisma, Coc 1.2
M. Marriaga, Tro 0.8
P. Machado, Gua 0.7
|J. Vargas, Tro 63.0%|
L. Bethelmy, Coc 62.0%
T. Braggs, Gua 59.0%
E. Torres, Pan 59.0%
P. Machado, Gua 56.0%
|O. Quintero, Gig 47.0%|
J. Centeno, Coc 47.0%
R. Pachano, Tor 44.0%
J. Herrera, Coc 43.0%
A. Sucre, Mar 42.0%
|O. Quintero, Gig 89.0%|
J. Ramos, Gig 84.0%
J. Herrera, Coc 84.0%
Washington, Guai 84.0%
J. Centeno, Coc 83.0%
|ALBANIA - Women|
|AUSTRALIA - Women|
|BOSNIA - Women|
|BULGARIA - Women|
|CHINA - Women|
|CUBA - Women|
|FINLAND - Women|
|KOSOVO - Women|
|LIBERIA - Women|
|NCAA1 - Women|
|NEW ZEALAND - Women|
|RUSSIA - Women|
|SPAIN - Women|
|WNBA - Women|