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Cory Johnson joins WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom (DBL)

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Power Forward Cory Johnson has signed a one year deal with WCAA Giants in the Dutch Basketball League. Cory comes from Valparaiso University where averaged 14.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg. With adding Cory Johnson to their roster the Giants bring in real scoring ability. His mobility and strength will cause distinct matchup problems to the opposing teams. His athletic ability and agresiveness make him a very good defender. Technical Manager Marcel Lohr states ” His strength combined with his athletic ability give us some real fysical strenght in the paint”

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Written by giantinthepaint

July 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

DBL: Eiffel Towers edge WCAA Giants 54 -73

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The Eiffel Towers from Den Bosch have won their second game in four days. With the win on thursday against Gasterra Flames they played theirselves out of the bad serie of games they had and with this game they consolidated their good form. Eiffel Towers started the game with confidence and was lead in the first half by dutch national teamplayer Kees Akkerboom. At halftime the team of coach Raoul Korner was leading already 22 -39. In the second half  the controlled and organized defense of Eiffel Towers never let WCAA Giants come close. This was illustrated by the fact that the defense of Eiffel held the Giantsto 16 points or less every single quarter of the game. Scorers1st client John Smith is getting into a better rhythm after his injury delivering 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots

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December 5, 2010 at 11:42 pm

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.

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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.

Week 1 in the Dutch Basketball League

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This weekend the dutch basketball league started. This year 10 teams will compete in the dutch basketball league. The Gasterra Flames are the reigning champions and are looking for repeating their championship the upcoming season. However they didnt play this weekend since they were playing in Russia on friday in the qualification round of the Euroleague. This year there 8 of the 10 teams in the Dutch Basketball League will have one or more Scorers1st  clients aboard.

Zorgen en Zekerheid Leiden – Magixx playing for Kids Rights 87 -76 OT

The  most supsense game was the game of  Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden against Matrixx playing for Kids Rights. In this game we saw Scorers1st clients Ross Bekkering and Elias Bish battle each other in an overtime game. Last year this teams ended up at the 4th and 5th spot of the regular season and eventhough both teams changed their teams drastically, everybody expected a close game. In a nervous first half both team had trouble finding the basket in a consistent way which led to a half time score of 28 -27. In the fourth quarter it seemed that Zorg En Zekerheid Leiden would close the game when they took a 11 point lead. However Magixx fought back and in a tactical last 30 seconds they pulled out the overtime. In the overtime Scorers1s client Ross Bekkering dominated the paint and after a fast break power dunk smashed the hopes of the team from Nijmegen. Ross Bekkering contributed18 points and 13 rebounds and 2 blocks in this game.

De Friesland Aris – World Class Aviation Academy Giants 87 -76

This game was the game between de Friesland Aris, which was the biggest upset in the past season, when they reached the semi finals of the play-offs and the finalist of last year WCAA Giants. WCAA Giants couldnt use Tyler Tiedeman in this game because of an injury. De Friesland Aris had some injuries during the week, but the medical staff made sure during this week that everybody was ready to play. Scorers1st client Todd Brown had a good game posting 23 points, 2 steals and 3 assists. Gerad Punch made an important threepointer at the end of the game contributing 7 points to the first win of the season of de Friesland Aris.

Amsterdam – Eiffel Towers 45 -68

The young Amsterdam team had a rough start in week 1 of the Dutch Basketball League. The Amsterdam team consists of young talented players, where the Eiffel Towers team has a couple of  dutch national teamplayers aboard who have wide international experience. In the first couple of minutes Scorers1st client John Smith got injured and he will be out for several weeks. On the other side Jessy Voorn and Scorers1st client Sergio de Randamie tried to help their team to leave everything out on the floor in this difficult game. Jessey Voorn finished with 17 points and Sergio de Randamie with a double double 10 points/10 rebounds. On the Eiffel Tower side it was Rogier Jansen netted 16 points.

Landstede Zwolle – BSW Weert 82 -64

Landstede Zwolle opened their season in their new gym with more spectators than ever have attended a basketballgame in Zwolle. The new gym is a beautiful and should help Landstede Zwolle to get better exposure and more spectators than in the past. On this openingday Scorers1st client Arno Bunnig had to stay sidelined because of a injury. However thhe Zwolle team was so motivated that they blew BSW Weert away. The team of Herman van den Belt played composed and organised which let to a celebration on court after the game was over. Harry Marshall  netted 26 for Zwolle and Junior Hairston 16 for BSW Weert.

Gasterra Flames lifts series to a 3-0 lead in the dutch championship finals

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In the third game of the final play off series in the Netherlands, Gasterra Flames de topteam of the dutch league extended their lead to 3-0.  The team of coach Marco van den Berg is ready to close the serie on saturday when they head to Bergen op Zoom for the fourth game of the series.

The 84 -79 win however didnt come easy for the Flames. The Flames got off to a really good start in the first quarter. They got of 19 shots in the first quarter where the Giants only got of 7 field goal attempt! Especially Matt Bauscher had an exceptionally good quarter finishing, scoring 11 of the 24 first quarter points. In the second quarter Groningen kept pressuring the defense of Bergen op Zoom by running the foor well and getting to the basket with confidence. They extended their lead to 15 points halfway the second quarter. But then coach Braal of the Giants found a way to get his team back into the game. With a 0 -10 run they got back into the game cutting the lead of the Flames to 10 at half time.

When both teams came out of the lockerroom Bergen op Zoom was ready to show the fans of Groningen that the game wasnt over yet. They continued what they had started in the second quarter and made a 6 -17 run in the beginning of the second half taking the lead in the game. In this part of the game the defense of the hometeam had difficulty stopping Brandon Griffin inside as he scored basket after basket in the run of the Giants. Gradually WCAA Giants extended their lead, until Daniel Faris got his second unsportsmanlike foul with 1.38 at the clock and a 4 point lead in the third quarter and was sent off by the referees. The last quarter became very intense as the crowd in Groningen was really getting into the the game.  Resulting in a tied game at 73 -73 with 3.30 minutes on the clock.  At the end of the game it was Tim Blue that lead the hometeam to the victory with two major threepointers against his former teammates. Coming Saturday is the fourth game that could lead the team from Groningen to their third championship in the history of the club.

Scores: Gasterra Flames Robby Bostain 19, Matt Bauscher 18, Tim Blue 15, Jason Ellis 10

                WCAA Giants Tyrone Sally 21, Brandon Griffin 16, Jordan Collins 12, Daniel Faris 11

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May 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Gasterra Flames beats WCAA Giants in first game of the finals

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In first game of the finals series of the Dutch Championship, the nr. 1 seed Gasterra Flames made it clear to everybody that they are ready to take the title. In a game where World Class Aviation Academy Giants never had a real shot at the victory the team from Groningen was superior. In the first quarter the Giants already had 12 turnovers due to good pressure defense by Groningen. In the second quarter Groningen continued to keep up the pressure offensively as well as defensively which resulted in a foul trouble for Bergen op Zoom. The half time score ended up being 41 -23. In the second half the Flames continued to keep the pressure on the Giants extending their lead gradually. Especially Tim Blue showed his former team what his skills are and ended up as the man of the match scoring 23 points for the Flames. The scoreboard showed a 89 – 65, which was an easy win for Groningen. Tuesday the 18th may the team suit up for the 2nd game in the series. WCAA Giants needs to shift to another level of play to have a chance against a very strong and disciplined Gasterra Flames. In the end its very hard to win games when you turn over the ball 27 times, shoot 39% from the field and 25% from 3point range.

Scores: Gasterra Flames Tim Blue 23, Steve Ross 17, Jason Dourisseau 16, Matt Bauscher 14
World Class Aviation Academy Giants Bryan Defares 13, Daniel Faris 10, Tyrone Sally 10

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May 16, 2010 at 9:58 am