View Full Version : EuroZag wrap

05-23-2007, 07:41 AM
JP: Season ended yesterday when L.Rytas was defeated 4 games to 2 by rival Zalgiris in the Lith finals. Didn't go without a fight. With Rytas down 72-64 & 6 minutes left, JP - by himself - outscored Zalgiris 8-1 before fouling out at 1:40. Rytas later took a 1-point lead, but a Zalgiris 3-ball did 'em in. (ironically, the 3 was made by Marcelo Machado, who will be one of JP's teammates with Brazil (http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/lateNews/byNF/p/newsid/19252/arti.html) this summer).

Cory (Reggio Emilia, Italy): 7.5 pts & 7.1 rbs in 22 min per. His team was 6-19 at one point, then won 6 in a row before losing the last three. Here's a clip ( of Chisel showing good hands and some Boise hops.

Matt & Richie (Treviso, Italy): They played only a few games apiece. Matt left the team back in November. Richie missed most of the season due to foot injuries.

Casey (Los Barrios, Spain): 5.6 pts & 3.9 rbs in 19 min per. Los Barrios finished the regular season in 4th place (20-14). Didn't see any '07 video, so here's some '06 dunkage (http://acb.com/video/200506_J27_top10.avi) (ffwd to 1:55).

Zach (Le Portel, France): This year Le Portel played in France's NM1 league, which wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligue_Nationale_de_Basketball) refers to as 'amateur'. NM1 teams can advance to a higher league (Pro B) by finishing the season in the top 2. Last Saturday, Le Portel played its final regular season game, needing a road win to finish 2nd. Zach scored a game-high 23, leading his team to a 91-85 (http://www.basketfrance.com/nm1/stats/pdf/297.pdf) W. Congrats to Zach & Le Portel for earning the jump to Pro B! Here (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l310/BBskorer/9.jpg) are some (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l310/BBskorer/7.jpg) shots (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l310/BBskorer/16.jpg) of Zach (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l310/BBskorer/45.jpg) in action (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l310/BBskorer/gourde.jpg). Their fans upload a lot of video too. I surfed thru a chunk of it...partly hoops, mostly other stuff (crowd shots, pregame festivities, etc.). The best segment of court time I found was the 1st 4 minutes of this (http://www.dailymotion.com/poulet62480/video/2853487) (7 pts for ZG). That's probably enough to get a flavor of hoops in Zach's world......it's your responsibility if you watch more.;)

05-23-2007, 09:12 AM
BBskorer, I really appreciate your keeping tabs for us. I try, but it can be a considerable challenge overcoming the language differences. Thanks again for the good eye.

05-23-2007, 10:02 AM
English is usualy the language spoken on many of the teams. With players coming from all over europe and the us...it is often the common language.

Thanks for the updates

Zag 77
05-23-2007, 12:29 PM
Matt, his wife (expecting #2) and child are living in Spokane now. They are moving into a house in my neighborhood on the South Hill. He is just a regular working stiff now.

05-23-2007, 05:10 PM
Too cool thanks for the Zach links especially (since I'm such a Zach fan).

The French court seems shorter.
love the fact that it is non stop noise (even during free throws).

Looking at the gym, oh my word, high school is bigger here. How great is it that the fans are there to support their team in such a small venue...sort of makes me dislike the NBA more.

05-24-2007, 04:39 PM
BBskorer, thanks for taking the time to do this update. Really good stuff.

05-24-2007, 07:40 PM
Do the "Euro Zags" ever do benefits or exhibitions against their Alma Mater? You would think a decent crowd would show up to watch Calvary and co. "school" the young kids.