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Rotterdam loses to WCAA Giants despite good performance of Sihota and Kusnyer

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The team from Rotterdam lost the midweek game against last years finalist WCAA Giants. Rotterdam suprised in the first minutes of the first quarter to take the initiatief and showed the Giants they had to work for their money. So after the first quarter the score was tied. In the second quarter Giants took back the initiative in the game and won the second quarter, mainly because of good defense, keeping Rotterdam to only 12 points in this quarter. The third quarter went to Rotterdam again even though they won this quarter with one point. In the last quarter the small rotation and the short preseason of Rotterdam took the toll on the young squad and Bergen op Zoom easily finished the game, winning 90 -73. Leading all scorers where two Scorers1st clients Robbie Sihota with 19 points and 14 rebounds and E.J. Kusnyer also with 19 points.


Written by giantinthepaint

October 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Week 2 in the Dutch Basketball League

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Every team played in the second round of the Dutch Basketball League. And so lots of Scorers1st clients were in action. Last years final of the play offs was scheduled in this round of the Dutch Basketball League.

WCAA Giants – Gasterra Flames 81 -88

Due to Euroleague commitments Gasterra Flames didnt play in the first weekend of the Dutch Basketball League. Last years losing finalist Bergen op Zoom was the opponent of the Gasterra Flames this weekend. The champions from Groningen just changed two spots on their roster. They added Scorers1st client Henry Bekkering and fromer Eisbaer John Turek to their winning squad. In the first quarter the Flames dominated the court ending the quarter 15 -24. In the second quarter the Giants rallied back closing the half 33 -37. In the third quarter the teams balanced the score, while in the fourth quarter Groningen put the gap on the board to finish the game with a 81 -88 final score. Leading the WCAA Giants was Jesse Kimbrough with 17 points and for Gasterra Flames Jason Ellis 16 points and Scorers1st client Henry Bekkering had a great defensive effort with 3 steals and also added 5 points in the first win of Gasterra Flames.

Matrixx playing for Kidsrights – De Friesland Aris 96 – 94 OT

After the Matrixx played an overtime game in the first round of the Dutch Basketball League and lost it, they got a second chance this weekend in the game against De Friesland Aris. In their homegym the Horstacker they pulled out a win with a shot in the buzzer. For the Aris team Todd Brown and Gerad Punch had a huge impact on the game. Todd because of  his dominance on the court posting 23 points, 6 steals and 4 rebounds. Scorers1st client Gerad Punch added 15 points and 11 rebounds. For the Matrixx side Brian Laing added 24 points and Scorers1st talent Elias Bish added 6 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.

BSW Weert – Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden 87 -75

After Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden had an overtime win in the first round of the Dutch Basketball League and BSW lost with a big difference last week, most people expected an easy win for Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden. How different would things end up after the last horn had blown. Leiden really had no chance against a really motivated BSW Weert with an exploded Glen Stokes who scored 28 points. Scorers1st client Ross Bekkering played only 22 minutes due to foul trouble but ended up with 14 points and 10 rebounds anyway.

Rotterdam – Amsteram 60 -66

These two teams are from the two biggest cities in Holland, but both teams have very young teams. Rotterdam won 3 of the four quarters, but couldnt recover from the desastreus second quarter when they only scored 4 points. Three Scorers1st clients where playing in this game. For Amsterdam Jessey Voorn added 18 and Sergio de Randamie ended the game with 6 points and 3 rebounds. On the Rotterdam side Patrick Hilliman scored 22 points, Robbie Sihota 8 points and 5 rebounds and EJ Kusnyer ended up with 7 points.

Eiffel Towers – Landstede Zwolle 75 -53

After an impressive win in the first game of the season much was expected from the Landstede Zwolle team. However the defensive pressure of the composed Eiffel Towers team was too much for the team from Zwolle. The 53 points that were on the scoreboard for Landstede at the end of the game showcased which an defensive pressure Zwolle had to deal with. Because of the injury of Scorers1st client John Smith, the young big man of Eiffel Towers had to step up and so they did. Dutch national team player Stefan Wessels dominated scoring wise adding 22 points.

In the Press: Former Mercer Basketball Standout Kusnyer Inks Dutch Pro Contract

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MACON, Ga. – During his two seasons playing men’s basketball for Mercer University, guard E.J. Kusnyer made a living shooting baskets from beyond the three-point arc. Now, the Pittsburgh, Pa. native will officially be making a living from “long distance” after signing a professional contract with the Rotterdam Challengers in Holland’s Eredivisie league.

Kusnyer made 107 three-point baskets (out of 274 attempts), ranking him second in the entire nation in 2009-10. Kusnyer’s total was also an MU single-season record and – despite the fact he only played two seasons with the Bears – Kusnyer ranks No. 2 in career treys made with 190.
As a senior, Kusnyer averaged 11.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, hitting 39 percent from three-point range, 38 percent from the field overall and 76 percent from the free throw line. He was the only Mercer player to start all 33 games played by the Bears, who came within a single game of making the NCAA tournament last season.
Kusnyer is the third MU player coached by Bob Hoffman to sign a European contract this summer.  Danny Emerson, who finished his career with Kusnyer in 2009-10, will be playing in Belgium, while Calvin Henry (2006-09) recently signed a professional contract in Germany. All three were teammates in 2008-09.
 “It’s always been my dream to play basketball at the professional level and I’m thankful to every coach, teammate, and person that has helped me to achieve that dream,” said Kusnyer after closing his first professional deal.  “I am especially grateful to the Mercer community and all the great people that supported me in the two years I was a Bear.
 “I am super excited to be so close to former teammates Danny Emerson (Belgium) and Calvin Henry (Germany).  We are already trying to figure out ways to meet up and see parts of Europe together.”
Hoffman believes Kusnyer will be very successful in Holland’s pro league.
“I believe (the Rotterdam fans) will love E.J.’s exciting style of play,” said Hoffman. “He can provide instant offense and an immediate spark for a team. Plus, he is very unselfish and looks to do whatever is best for the good of the team.
“His work ethic is unchallenged and he is one of the most coachable players I have ever had. Above being an outstanding basketball talent, E.J. has been a great representative for our program, on and off the court.”

E.J. Kusnyer and Robbie Sihota team up at Rotterdam Basketball

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Sharp shooting guard E.J. Kusnyer from Mercer University and high scoring power forward Robbie Sihota from the university of Calgary are teaming up at Rotterdam Basketball for the upcoming season. Both player signed a contract for the 2010/2011 with the team that is located in the 2nd biggest city of the Netherlands. The team from Rotterdam who played with only dutch players last year signed the two scorers1st clients because they were a perfect fit for the Rotterdam Basketball Organization. They not only took the basketballqualities of both players in consideration, but also weighed their characters. Both players are not only very skilled basketballplayers, but also good characters with great reputations both off and on the court.

Basketballwise there is no doubt that they will add some shooting power to the Rotterdam team. E.J. Kusnyer was the player in NCAA I competition that scored 107 threepointers last year, being second in most made threepointers in the 2009/2010 season nationwide. Robbie Sihota shot threepointers to an amazingly 46,6% percentage.

Kusnyer averaged 11,2 ppg on a very good Mercer team and Sihota posted 18,7 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Sihota is going to run into  his former teammates Ross and Henry Bekkering in the dutch league.

E.J. Kusnyer joins Scorers1st

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EJ Kusnyer of Mercer UniversitySmall Forward and 3 point-specialist E.J. Kusnyer has decided to join Scorers 1st. The US-American graduated from NCAA 1 Mercer University this summer and was one of the key players for Head-Coach Bob Hoffman.

“E.J. is a tremendous shooter and can provide any team with a lot of options and a can help in numerous ways. He has improved a lot over the the past years and puts in a lot of hard work each summer. He will be a real role model in many ways as a professional!” says Gerrit Kersten-Thiele of Scorers 1st.

Written by giantinthepaint

May 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

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