EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/2/2009Copyright © 1997-2009 Eurobasket
|ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|Arab Club Championships Standings|
Barcelona started the game with an early 14-4 after four successful 3-point shots (at 5 attempts) by Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) (2), Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and David Andersen (212-C-80). This lead extended to 17-6 but CSKA managed to diminish it at 7 (19-12) with the period ending at 21-12. CSKA had very bad percentages and that led to this difference.
However, at the beginning of the second period, a quick 6-0 serie by CSKA brought the score at 21-18 and everything seemed to start from the beginning. Barcelona had a different opinion, bringing the score at 27-20, with 5 minutes remaining. At that time Juan Carlos Navarro made his third foul, which at that time could be quite significant for the future of the game. Jaka Lakovic, though, was there and gave an instant first response with his third successful 3-point shot for the 30-22. It was though Russians' time then; three unresponded baskets (by Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79), Holden and Siskauskas) equalised the score at 30-30. The half ended at 36-32 after a buzzer by David Andersen.
In conclusion, Barca take a quick lead due to its good percentages at the first period but CSKA's good defense came up at the second period to bring the Russian team close. Jaka Lakovic and David Andersen distinguished from the spanish team (11 and 9 points respectively) while from CSKA Matjaz Smodis and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) were the best.
Barcelona: Basile 2, Barton 2, Jaka Lakovic 11, Juan Carlos Navarro 3, David Andersen 9, Vazquez 2, Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) 5, Grimau 2
CSKA: Matjaz Smodis 7, Siskauskas 4, Holden 5, Trajan Langdon 8, Kaun 4, Khryapa 4
25 year old Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Delaware St.) of Phoenix Hagen is a 206 power forward who grew up in College Basketball country North Carolina. He played at Delaware State from 2004-2007 and averaged in 34 games: 6.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 42.6%, 3Pts: 36.4%, FT: 54.8%. he then decided to turn pro and came to Germany and played for Osnabrueck in the German Regionaliga averaging 15,5ppg. This season he made the jump to PRO A with Phoenix Hagen who are playing to advance to the BBL next season. This season he averaged in 30 games 8,9ppg, 4,7rpg and 1,2 apg. Eurobasket was able to interview Aaron some weeks ago as he was involved in the crunch time of the PRO A season.
What was your childhood like in North Carolina?
I grew up as a southern kid, smelling good farm air and just playing basketball everyday after school until the sun went down. Homework was a major part of my life, in the States you have to make good grades to play for the school.
Who were your Basketball idols as you were growing up?
Most kids are a big fan of Michael Jordan, me too, I liked Scottie Pippen more. He didnt get the praise he should have got. An unsung Hero. I have a clip of him dunking hard on Patrick Ewing. Larry Johnson, John Starks, Penny Hardaway, Harold Miner. Just to name a few.
You are from North Carolina which you could call Basketball country. What was your favorite Basketball college in the state as you were growing up? You had quite a few to choose from and why was it your favorite?
Growing up I was an NC State WolfPack fan. I grew up in the city they played in 'Raleigh' and They seem to be the underdog in the ACC in North Carolina, so seeing them upset teams like UNC and Duke was great.
You played at Delaware State. What were your nicest memories from college life in the classroom, court, and elsewhere?
Not so much of a nice memory in the classroom. Once basketball started you would have so much work to make up and then followed by exams. You wanted to be eligible for next semester so it was hard. On the court, I would say winning the first MEAC championship in school history for Delaware State University. Playing Duke University in the first round of the March Madness tourney followed next. Just being blessed to travel around the states and play many Major D-1 schools. Places I probably would have never went to if I didnt play basketball.
Who were the best players that you played against in college that might be in the NBA or Europe now?
NBA: Deron Williams 'Utah Jazz', Karl Lowdry 'Houston Rockest' Aaron Gray 'Bulls' Jordan Farmer 'Lakers.
Europe: Brandon Bowman 'GTown Hoyas' Daniel Fitzgerald 'Marqutte'
If you ever have the chance, would you play in the states?
If given the opportunity. I am also happy where I am at today.
If you had one dream country to play in where would you like to play and why?
Germany has always been a dream country for me to play.. Really!!
How would you compare the PRO A and German Regionaliga? You jumped past the PRO B, so there must be quite a difference.
I would compare Pro A to some mid-major schools. The style of play is totally different though. Seeing some Pro B games this year, there really is not a difference regarding to the Regionaliga league. Both leagues are allowed 2 import players. In the Pro A there are more experienced players, there are at least 5 import players on a team. Pre-season conditioning is different. The pre-season condition in Hagen reminded me of the days in college. Running that I was used to.
What do you miss the most from the States?
I miss my family the most. Being here for over nine months and not seeing your family can be hard at times, especailly if you are in a basketball slump. I talk to my family just about every day, sometimes about nothing, just to hear their voice. Also my grandmother baked pasta.
What does it mean that North Carolina won the 2009 NCAA tournament?
That means a lot. This year Phoenix Hagen did a bracket challenge for some Euro$$$$. I won the big pot. Almost perfect bracket.lol.. hopefully I dont get Ching Ching!!!
What would you like to do after your Basketball career?
I would like to coach a High School basketball team and send them to the State finals. Also be a mentor to kids. I had a great Mentor coming up. 'Marlon Lee' He coaches now and mentors kids.
What was the craziest shot that you ever took in a game or practice.
Not a shot, but my first Pro A regular season home game, I dunked on this guy so hard..Really!!! I honestly thought I was going to clear him like Vince Carter did in the summer Olympics game. A couple plays later I dunked on another player. That was crazy.
What do you like most about Germany?
The most I like about Germany are the Castles. There are so many famous Castles here. No two castles are a like. Some of these castles date back to 1067 AD and took at least 5 years to build. Thats awesome!! and seeing them is Priceless.
What are your hobbies?
I like swimming, fishing, shooting pool, surfing the internet, throwing darts and playing playstaion.
What was the last DVD that you saw?
The last DVD I saw was: Strange Wilderness.. Funny movie, you should watch it....lol...
The third period was characterised by the continuous series:
Olympiacos 5-0 (46-43)
Panathinaikos 7-0 (46-50)
Olympiacos 8-0 (54-50)
Panathinaikos 4-0 (54-54)
Panathinaikos 10-1 (60-66)
This last one gave the Greens a significant lead of these 6 points which was reduced by the end at three (63-66) after a Bourousis' 3p shot. Vujcic (9), Batiste (8) and Jasievicius distinguished at that time.
At the last period Panathinaikos leaded 65-73, after a successful 3p shot by Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland), taking advantage of Vujcic' two successive turnovers, while the Reds also faced a problems with fouls (Bourousis and Childress 4, Vujcic 3 with 8 minutes remaining).However the Reds made a 6-0 serie to bring the difference to 2 (71-73). Panathinaikos then seemed more concentrated leading again by 7 (74-81) with 2:31 remaining. However, a quick 6-0 serie in 53 seconds brought the Reds again at 1 (80-81). Pekovic scored a free throw for the 80-82 and Bourousis 2 respectively for the draw (82-82). Pekovic's successful shot for the 82-84 was the crucial one since Bourousis lost the last shot. Final 84-82 for the Greens.
Olympiacos: Papaloukas 9, Childress 11, Vujcic 14, Bourousis 10, Halperin 4, Greer 18, Vougioukas, Printezis 9, Erceg 4, Teodosic 3, Pargo
Panathinaikos: Kecman, Spanoulis 18, Perperoglou 4, Batiste 19, Fotsis 5, Nicholas, Tsartsaris, Diamantidis, Pekovic 20, Jasikevicius 18
|Liga Metropolitana Standings|
With two thirds of the Torneo de Apertura already past, and just ten more rounds to play, Liga Metro is preparing to welcome the most fierce competition amongst the best teams at the top of the table: Lanco Elite Sport, Sat Cybertech, Lemans and D-Team (former Corpoevisa). As per schedule officialy released, these confrontations will be held on the following dates:
April 21st, 2009 - Sat Cybertech vs. Lemans
April 26th, 2009 - Lanco Elite Sport vs. Lemans
April 28th, 2009 - Lanco Elite Sport vs. D-Team
April 30th, 2009 - Lemans vs. D-Team
May 3rd, 2009 - Sat Cybertech vs. Lanco Elite Sport
All going well, May 10th will start the Final Four between the leaders of Torneo de Apertura, which currently look just as strong as they did last year, when the same teams shown above also reached the final stages of the competition.
Finally, I deem it necessary that a coach with such a diverse background and experience, and a person who has achieved major successes in several places and countries be valued appropriately and officially to show the deep respect we owe him! If voting was not to his favor, he remains the best in our eyes, and to us he will always be the one who truly deserved it. Thank You Best Coach of the Year Coach Toni Vujanic .
|LEB Gold Standings|
|LEB Silver Standings|
|U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS|
Seattle, Washington-- The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament directors released the 2009 mens basketball tournament field and bracket today. The eight NCAA division I mens basketball teams participating in the 10th annual event include Boston College, DePaul, East Carolina, Northern Iowa, Purdue, Saint Josephs, South Dakota State, and Tennessee. The tournament is held annually in November at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.
Four of this years tournament entrants, Purdue, Tennessee, Boston College and Northern Iowa, earned berths to the NCAA tournament in March. Purdue advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to Connecticut, which won the 2008 Paradise Jam championship and advanced to the NCAA tournaments Final Four. Tennessee, Boston College and Northern Iowa all lost in the first round. Additionally, former Paradise Jam tournament champion Boston College will be returning to islands to defend their 2003 tournament title. Although these four NCAA tournament-hardened squads bring high expectations to the islands this November, they will be hard-pressed by the other four teams also seeking early season success, making the Paradise Jam one of the most competitive, neutral-court, early-season tournaments in America.
The 2009 Paradise Jam will tip off November 20 with Northern Iowa playing DePaul at 2:00 pm, followed by Tennessee vs East Carolina at 4:30 pm, Boston College vs. Saint Josephs at 7:00 PM and South Dakota State battling Purdue at 9:30 PM. All game times are Atlantic Standard Time (one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time). Two games will be played daily on November 21 (losing teams from Nov. 20th) and November 22 (winning teams from Nov. 20th) at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. The final day of competition on November 23 will be structured similar to the first day, with game times set for 2:00 pm (7th & 8th place), 4:30 pm (4th & 6th place), and 7:00 pm (3rd & 5th place) with the championship game at 9:30 pm. All games will be played at the state-of-the-art University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
In 2008 Paradise Jam action, Connecticut defeated Wisconsin for the Paradise Jam championship. Miami (FL) beat San Diego to take third place, Southern Mississippi edged out Iona in the final seconds to capture fourth place, and La Salle edged Valparaiso for 7th place. At least four of the games will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports.
2009 MEN'S BRACKET
The UBL is moving at a fast pace and the league is just looking great. This weekend the Tulsa Tornadoes will play the Arkansas Warriors in Little Rock Arkansas. Also The Springfield Thrill will be playing the Oklahoma Impact in Springfield Missouri. The Texas Wranglers will play the Oklahoma Impact next weekend in Oklahoma. The level of play is just outstanding in the UBL. Please visit our site at
(The UBL Come Get Some!!!)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
|AUSTRIA - Women|
|BARBADOS - Women|
|CUBA - Women|
|GERMANY - Women|
|LUXEMBOURG - Women|
|PALESTINE - Women|
|SPAIN - Women|
|U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women|
Seattle, Washington The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament directors released the 2009 womens basketball tournament field and brackets today. The eight NCAA division I womens basketball teams participating in the 10th annual event include Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Rutgers, San Diego State, South Carolina, Southern California and Texas. The tournament is held annually in November at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.
Six of the tournaments eight participants earned berths in the NCAA Tournament in March. Oklahoma, Rutgers, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, San Diego State and Texas each competed in the tournament, with Oklahoma advancing all the way to the Final Four before falling to Louisville. Rutgers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before succumbing to Purdue. Mississippi State and San Diego State both advanced to the second round before falling to Ohio State and Stanford, respectively. Notre Dame and Texas both lost in the first round of the tournament. Tournament-hardened teams such as these help to make the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam one of the most competitive, neutral-court, early-season tournaments in America.
Five teams of this years teams will make return visits to the islands, three of whom earned Paradise Jam championships. Rutgers will defend its 2004 crown; South Carolina claimed a 2002 championship and Texas won in 2001 with a narrow victory over fellow 2009 participant, Southern California. Mississippi State finished second in 2003. Rutgers will be the first womens team to appear in three Paradise Jam tournaments, having also competed in the 2006 event.
The Paradise Jam consists of two separate tournament divisions. Each is a four-team, three-game round-robin event. One is called the 'Island Division tournament and the other is called the Reef Division tournament. Both are Multiple Team Event (MTE) tournaments. An MTE tournament counts as only two games against a teams annual maximum of 29 games, despite playing three games at the tournament.
The Paradise Jam Island Division tournament includes Oklahoma, San Diego State and Notre Dame and South Carolina. Competition begins on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, at 2:00 PM with a matchup between South Carolina and Oklahoma, followed by the 4:30 PM game between San Diego State and Notre Dame. Games continue on November 27th with Notre Dame vs. South Carolina at 2:00 PM and Oklahoma vs. San Diego State at 4:30 PM. Competition concludes on November 28th at 2:00 PM with San Diego State vs. South Carolina followed at 4:30 PM by Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame.
The Paradise Jam Reef Division tournament participants are Rutgers, Mississippi State and Texas, and Southern California. Competition begins November 26th at 7:00 PM with Southern California playing Rutgers, followed by the 9:30 PM game with Mississippi State vs. Texas, a rematch of last years NCAA Tournament first round in which Mississippi State defeated Texas. Games continue on November 27th with Rutgers vs. Mississippi State at 7:00 PM and Texas vs. Southern California at 9:30 PM. The remaining match ups will conclude on November 28th at 7:00 PM with Southern California vs. Mississippi State and 9:30 PM with Texas vs. Rutgers.
All game times are listed as Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Games will be played at the U.V.I. Sports and Fitness Center, the Caribbeans premier basketball facility located in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
In 2008 Paradise Jam action, Wisconsin came from behind to take the lead with seven seconds to play, upsetting sixth-ranked Baylor to claim the Island Division championship. Villanova finished ahead of Central Florida to earn third place in the division. In the Reef Division, second-ranked California cruised past Texas Tech, South Florida and Iowa to claim that divisions championship. South Florida defeated Iowa in overtime to earn 2nd place.
2009 REEF DIVISION BRACKET
2009 ISLAND DIVISION BRACKET
|UKRAINE - Women|
|Higher League Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Egenti, Kozachka 19.4|
2 Biryuk, Kozachka 18.5
3 K.Dorogo, Tim-Scuf 16.8
4 Maznich., Tim-Scuf 16
5 Rymaren., Kozachka 15.9
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Egenti, Kozachka 12.2|
2 Mazniche., Tim-Scuf 7.2
3 Kulaga, Chaika 6.9
4 K.Dorogo, Tim-Scuf 6.5
5 Shnipor, NAEK 5.8
|Assists Per Game|
|1 Biryuk, Kozachka 5.4|
2 Kurbatove, NAEK 3.7
3 Krasnikova, Tim-Scuf 4.3
4 Sharovka, Tim-Scuf 3.2
5 Dubas, Tim-Scuf 3.1
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Biryuk, Kozachka 2.8|
2 Krasnikova, Tim-Scuf 3.1
3 Nikolenko, NAEK 2.4
|1 Rymarenko, Kozachka 63.0%|
2 Maznichenko, Tim-Scuf 58.0%
3 Egenti, Kozachka 57.0%
|1 Silyanova, Kozachka 56.0%|
2 Egenti, Kozachka 45.0%
3 Zhyrakova, NAEK 45.0%
|1 Biryuk, Kozachka 90.0%|
2 Sharovka, Tim-Scuf 88.0%
2 Malynovska, NAEK 88.0%