BSL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Fenerbahce and Anadolu Efes earn victories - May 26, 2016
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Fener.Ulker - Galatasaray 93-79 Fenerbahce toppled Galatasaray to secure 1-0 lead in the series. Fenerbahce Ulker outrebounded Galatasaray 30-18 including 20 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Czech power forward Jan Vesely (213-90) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. International point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Go... [read more]
Fenerbahce toppled Galatasaray to secure 1-0 lead in the series. Fenerbahce Ulker outrebounded Galatasaray 30-18 including 20 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Czech power forward Jan Vesely (213-90) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. International point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) answered with 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) added 17 points in the effort for Galatasaray. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Fener.Ulker: J.Vesely 24+4reb+1ast, B.Dixon 16+4reb+1ast, M.Mahmutoglu 12+1ast, P.Antic 11+3reb, L.Datome 9+7reb, E.Udoh 8+8reb+4ast Galatasaray: E.McCollum 22+3ast, C.Davis 17+4reb+2ast, S.Lasme 12+6reb, V.Micov 10+1reb+2ast, S.Guler 7+2reb+4ast, B.Schilb 6+4reb+1ast
Anadolu Efes ensured the winning start to their semifinal campaign as they beat Darussafaka. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 33-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Anadolu Efes made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Darussafaka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. French point guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) fired 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Croatian Dario Saric (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 17 points. American guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida) produced 17 points and 5 assists and the former international power forward Semih Erden (211-86) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Anadolu Efes: D.Saric 17+1reb, T.Heurtel 16+4reb+6ast, C.Osman 11+7reb, B.Dunston 9+5reb+1ast, J.Granger 7+1reb+4ast, D.Brown 6+6reb+1ast Darussafaka: S.Wilbekin 17+2reb+5ast, S.Erden 11+7reb+2ast, R.Redding 9+3reb+2ast, M.Yagmur 9+1reb, L.Harangody 9+4reb, M.Markoishvili 7+1reb+1ast
Recap of TBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals - May 26, 2016
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Tofas - Sakarya BSB 81-70 Tofas rallied past Sakarya BSB to take 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. Tofas players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Dominican-American guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) scored 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Baris Ermis (194-85) chipped in 11 points and 11 assists during the contest. Tofas' coach Orhun Ene allowed to play t... [read more]
Tofas rallied past Sakarya BSB to take 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. Tofas players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Dominican-American guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) scored 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Baris Ermis (194-85) chipped in 11 points and 11 assists during the contest. Tofas' coach Orhun Ene allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and forward Caner Ercan (205-86) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Sakarya BSB players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Tofas: S.Mejia 35+5reb+2ast, K.Ivanov 11+7reb+2ast, B.Ermis 11+2reb+11ast, C.Topaloglu 9+4reb+2ast, H.Ozdemir 6+4reb+2ast, T.Gedikli 5+3reb Sakarya BSB: S.Evans 19+10reb+2ast, C.Ercan 13+7reb+3ast, D.Washington 10+3reb+2ast, G.Gen 10+1reb+3ast, M.Yildiz 10+2reb+4ast, K.Ozkan 5+6reb+4ast
Acibadem bounced back from the opening loss and nipped Balikesir to even things up at 1-1. Acibadem forced 20 Balikesir turnovers. American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international Ilkan Karaman (205-90) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Acibadem players scored in double figures. American point guard Alfrie Kelley (183-85, college: S.Carolina) replied with 20 points and 7 assists and guard Ahmet Tuncer (193-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 19 points in the effort for Balikesir. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Acibadem: S.Ford 23+10reb+2ast, I.Karaman 15+4reb, K.Tunceri 11+2reb+4ast, R.Dogrusoz 11+2reb+3ast, P.Kaya 6+1reb+2ast, D.Ozdemiroglu 6+1reb+2ast Balikesir: A.Kelley 20+3reb+7ast, A.Tuncer 19+2reb+3ast, A.Isik 13+3reb+1ast, M.Davis 8+7reb+1ast, O.Sevinc 8+8reb+1ast, T.Onen 7+3reb+1ast
Former players of Israel champions Hapoel Jerusalem Derwin Kitchen (194-PG-86, college: Florida St.) and Bracey Wright (191-G-84, college: Indiana) who play in Turkey with Trabzonspor Medical Park Basketbol and Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir, alongside Maccabi Hunter Haifa shooting guard Chanan Colman (191-G-84, college: Chipola JC) are moving forward with lawsuits against the club. Oddly enough, during a 15 year span before a group of investors led by Ori Alon and Arn Tellem taking over the fr... [read more]
Oddly enough, during a 15 year span before a group of investors led by Ori Alon and Arn Tellem taking over the franchise, Jerusalem faced one single court suit. However since the last two years it is being sued by THREE different players. In all it's cases Hapoel asked for mediation to avoid court order.
Colman refused and met Jerusalem CEO Guy Harel in court on 5.15.2016, suing for 355,049 NIS which is $93,000. Wright agreed to mediation as Jerusalem offered $160,000. Also Hapeol suggested that Maccabi iconic chairman SHIMON MIZRAHI and FIBA member Efraim Barak as the main arbitrators. Kitchen's suit will soon be determined in FIBA.
Harel claims the guard failed medical test in Israel but Kitchen demands his full salary plus damages for his reputation and market value that was hurt. Since cut by Jerusalem, Kitchen passed successfully THREE medical tests in the U.S. France and Turkey playing two games per week including EuroCup. Before all this Harel tried to negotiate a contract termination with Kitchen all summer but failed. At the time Kitchen said: "Jerusalem already sign six foreigners. It was very clear Hapoel don't want me to stay with the team. Guy Harel didn't want to honor the contract he sign with me just one year before."
Not only Kitchen, ALL three players point fingers to CEO Guy Harel. Bracey Wright: "JERUSALEM will always be in my heart. I love JERUSALEM fans, we made history together. WE bring a historical championship to JERUSALEM. I have one bad memory from JERUSALEM and that is CEO GUY HAREL. He is the most forceful and dirty CEO I ever work with. Every thing starts and ends with Mr Guy Harel, he did not want me at the team at this is the only reason that I am not with Jerusalem after we won the championship and I was chosen as MVP of the finals. Guy asked not to extend the option of my contract, cause he was looking after other candidates. At the end he actually used the option and he didn't talk with me about a rise of salary. I wrote to Guy Harel that Dor Fisher will earn double amount of money that I earn, it's not real that this could happen. I have no doubts that Mr Guy Harel didn't rise my salary because of my professional performance. Guy didn't like me personally. In my opinion Guy is looking after players who are nice to him. I came to work and play and not flattery to him to make him feel good. Guy is not a basketball person, he simple doesn't understand the game. My duties were to appear at the games and I did it from all my heart, but I felt unwanted as a player. Jerusalem didn't pay my salary from the last year till now! I am the only player at the team to whom the management owes money. During last summer and after I came to Israel with one target to continue to play, but Guy was looking for teams to where I can be transferred. He was asking my agents to find other teams, I have enough to show that this is true and this will be shown in court. Only Mr Ori Alon knew how to treat players, but he was in the U.S. and could not to follow the situation day by day. Guy Harel treat players like slaves. He was trying to get rid of players the same way as he behave to me. The players were Derwin Kitchen (194-PG-86, college: Florida St.), Chanan Colman (191-G-84, college: Chipola JC) and Josef Jones. Yancy Gates (206-C/F-89, college: Cincinnati) for example got a contract to pleased his agent Mr Arn Tellem! Mr Tellem is a partial team owner. Guy was not interested in Gates and was looking for other teams for him. He also told the player that after China he will get a contract at Jerusalem, but he went to Bonn in Germany despite Hapoel needing a big man and they sign Elijah Holman (208-F/C-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Pensack Sports). It is very obvious that Guy has the same pattern of behavior and it was easy for him to introduce me as the bad person but the history and reality has to be clear to everybody, my reputation is well known in Europe. I am single parent and I have a child with special needs and special care and both of them live with me. It's not easy to have them at a foreign country, this is even harder. Beside charging me at total of $6000 for damage that was done by kids at my rented apartment in Jerusalem, Guy didn't help me at all. Regarding my child with special needs he didn't, but at the other side he was asking me to participate at ceremonies and activity for communities which special needs. It hurts when things like these happened at your home and you don't have any help at all.! Those kind of behavior it the definition for hypocrite behavior."
Chanan Colman (191-G-84, college: Chipola JC): "JERUSALEM CEO Guy Harel is big time crook!. Guy threaten me: "If you will not find solution with me money wise, I will send you to practice with youth team 2\3 times a day until you will brake mentally and physically. Guy was saying that Jerusalem is not Maccabi and this is family but Guy was the powerful and dirty General Manager and very far from the family management during my stay with the team. Guy was after my head from the very beginning and was looking for different ways to get rid of me. He was maneuvering and lying to the coach and the management to fire me. He can't deal with me as OBJECT and transfer me to other teams against my will. We arent in the NBA he can't trade me. Let's start from the end, it is quite two years that Guy Harel and his players at Hapoel Jerusalem postponed my claim. The climax was that after we didn't reach agreement and they didn't agree to pay, we submit the claim to Labor Court. Hapoel Jerusalem ignore this claim for ! half a year, and only a day before the verdict in my favor they said that they didn't received the claim and submit request for statement of defense. I know JERUSALEM OWNER ORI ALON well, he is a great guy. I am sure he didn't know or support at all GUY's activity in my case."
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