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A great first ESL Las Vegas ends and the second ESL Las Vegas begins! - Jul 19, 2013

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A plethora of coaches, gms, presidents of clubs, agents and scouts showed up for the first Las Vegas ESL and the players did not disappoint them. Every player here in Vegas played with heart and determination as they were all trying to win for their respective teams. We expect quite a few of the players from this Eurobasket Summer League to sign contracts with European or minor league clubs, including the NBDL. Eurobasket would like to thank all the players, fans and team personnel who attended Las Vegas and we look forward to another strong Las Vegas ESL which runs from July 18-20.

Day 3

Game 9: Brussels 60 - Geneva 42

Brussels did not start out the ESL in grand fashion, however they were able to get things going and get this game 60-42 over Geneva. It was close for a moment, but Brussels was able to pull out the victory with a solid game plan led by Carl Blair (188-PG) with 17 points and 3 rebounds. Chad July supported Blair with 12 points of his own and 6 rebounds. Geneva was led by Thaddeus Varmall (191-G-91) with 12 points and 4 rebounds.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPUTeDOuFe8

Game 10: Kiev 81 - Istanbul 55

Kiev came into the day 0-3, but coach Chris Fellos must have had quite a pep talk with his team as they demolished Istanbul 81-55. Kiev was led by Michael Peeples who had 16 points and 6 rebounds. He had support from fellow teammates Mark Waite and Kristopher Patrick who each had 12. Istanbul was led by Randy Graham who had 11 points and 2 rebounds.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qyj15O79Wlg

Game 11: Helsinki 85 - Geneva 75

Helsinki just got back on track this morning with a big win against Geneva 85-75 after a close loss to Dublin last night. Helsinki was led by Dermaine Crockrell (185-G-89)'s 13 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Rece Kendrid helped with 12 points in the winning effort. Geneva was led by Alex Jackson with 11 points and 5 rebounds.
To view flim of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Caeb1L00H9w

Game 12: Brussels 74 - Istanbul 57

Brussels is definitely back on track and trying to get into the playoffs as they beat up on Istanbul 74-57. Brussels was led by Carl Blair with 21 points and 6 rebounds. He was supported by Kenny Thomas with 18 points. Istanbul was led by Michael Chavis with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0m2DyTY89k

Game 13: Geneva 61 - Kiev 59

A hotly contested game, Team Kiev and Team Geneva went back and forth throughout fighting for the fourth seed, and the final spot in the playoffs. Tied at 55 with less than 3 minutes remaining, Team Geneva asserted its will on the game and came out victorious 61-59 here in Las Vegas. Team Geneva was led by Amadou Mbodji, who had a dominant game, finishing with 21 points, while Team Kiev struggled to find a way to guard him. Khaliq Gross also chipped in 10 points, along with Jenard Fleming who also had 10 points. Alex Jackson had 8 rebounds and was a defensive presence. Josh Gross and Marquis Lee , who both finished with 14 points, respectively, led team Kiev. Osman Olol had 7 rebounds and Michael Peeples had 9 points. Team Kievs camp is now complete, while Team Geneva will play the number one-seeded Team Dublin.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWqwijYUBs0

Game 14: Dublin 61 - Geneva 58

In the first game of the playoffs, Team Dublin, the top seed, and Team Geneva, the fourth seed, met. In a closer than anticipated game, scrappy Team Geneva was able to scare and nearly knock off Team Dublin. However, Team Dublin, led by 12 points and four rebounds from Brandon Beasley and 10 points from Donald Vaughan, were able to pull out the victory 61-58. Thaddeus Varmall, who had 12 points, led Team Geneva. It was great game from start to finish, and a gutsy effort from Team Geneva, who had played several games earlier in the day. With five minutes left, Team Dublin trailed 55-52, but the deficit would not hold, as Brandon Beasley and company would not be denied. It was an all-around team effort. Only one player failed to score. Team Geneva finished the camp with their heads held high, while Team Dublin advanced to the championship game.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agB10lJPdR0

Game 15: Helsinki 72 - Brussels 55

In the second game of the playoffs Team Helsinki dominated Team Brussels from start to finish, ending a disappointing run for Team Brussels, who had championship aspirations. Simply put, Team Helsinki took it to another level, led by four players in double figured. Dermaine Crockrell has 13, Marcus Ford had 12, Courtney Tyler had 11, including going 3/3 from behind the arc, and Dana Kendrid (193-F-88) had 10, including a monstrous dunk. The leader of the team, Stefan Welsh, continued to push his teammates as he continuously set them up for easy buckets, displaying natural point guard instincts. Carl Blair, who had 12 points led Team Brussels while teammates Malik Jenkins and Chad July contributed as well, finishing with 11 points, respectively. Team Helsinki now plays Team Dublin in the championship.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMrUcKzrdTU

Championship game: Helsinki 58 - Dublin 57

The championship game was as exciting a game as you could ever hope to watch, featuring Team Dublin and Team Helsinki. Coming down to the last possession, Team Dublin, still undefeated, trailed by one point, and Coach John Spezia decided not to call a timeout with 10 seconds left. Brandon Beasley drove to the rim, missed and a slew of tips rimmed in and out to give Team Helsinki the upset championship victory, 58-57. It was back and forth throughout, with multiple lead changes and, ultimately, Team Dublin was doomed because of a poor 6-29 shooting from three. Team Helsinki showed a lot of heart and toughness, gritting out a physical victory. They were led by Dana Kendrid, who had a dominant 14 points and seven rebounds. Lorenzo McClelland (190-G-87, college: Rochester, MI) chipped in 12 points and five rebounds and J.C. Mathis (204-F-82, college: Michigan) (204-F-82, college: Michigan) controlled the boards with 11. Team Dublin was able to be competitive, despite their lack of shooting, because of 12 first-half points for Taylor Stoutner (190-G-90), who failed to score in the second half. James Devlin (183-PG-88) had 12 points.
To view film of this game click on link below:


Day 2
Game 1: Dublin 64 - Brussels 53

In the first game of Day 2 Dublin and Brussels competed in a competitive opening contest. The first 3 quarters of the contest were very competitive with Brussels clinging to a 43-40 lead. The tide of the game changed when Dublin went on a 10 to 0 run to close the game giving them a 64 to 53 victory. Brandon Beasley (196-F-88, college: William Penn) and Donald Vaughn (195-F-90, college: Va.Wesleyan) scored 16 each to give Dublin the critical opening day victory. In a losing effort Sam Dotson (186-SG-90) scored 10 points while Chad July (206-C-90) scored 16.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm5a41ExWec

Game 2: Helsinki 52 - Geneva 50

The 10 am contest between Geneva and Helsinki presented a close and intense battle that took two overtimes to decide a winner. Helsinki overcame an 18 point deficit to force the game into overtime. Helsinki completed the rally with a sudden death point to give them the 2 point victory. JC Mathis led all scorers with 14 points for Helsinki. Shamarr Bolden contributed 13 points in a losing effort for Geneva.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htDw3ucXEao

Game 3: Istanbul 76 - Kiev 72

In a gritty contest Istanbul faced Kiev in their first contest in the ESL. The contest remained close throughout contest. Istanbul held a small lead throughout despite Kievs strong efforts to take the lead. Josh Gross (201-G/F-83, college: NC-Greensboro) and Osman Olol (205-F-88) both scored 10 to lead Kiev. For Istanbul 3 players scored in double figures. Cody Thurmond (182-PG-90) led all scorers with 13 points while Randy Graham (191-G-88, college: Ft.Valley St.) and Stephen Yamoah (198-G/F-84, college: Shaw) scored 11 apiece.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLn4jm6BpR8

Game 4: Helsinki 61 - Brussels 50

The 12pm game between Brussels and Geneva was a highly physical contest. Brussels fell behind early at the half 30-16. Throughout the game the lead remained in double figures as the outcome ended 61 to 50 in Helsinkis favor. Helsinki was led by Marcus Ford (187-G) whom was the leading scorer with 13 points while Courtney Tyler (189-G-87) added 12 points. J.C. Mathis nearly recorded a double double with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Xavier Mayfield scored 11 points respectively for Brussels.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xwR4zW8woI

Game 5: Dublin 76 - Kiev 51

Right from the beginning Dublin raced to a dominating half with a 39-25 lead. Dublin had 3 players who lead in double figures with Donald Vaughn scoring 10 points, Casey Coons scoring 11, and John Calarco with 11. Josh Gross paced the Kiev attack with 10 points in a losing effort. Dublin extended their record to 2-0.
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Game 6: Geneva 54 - Istanbul 51

In the first game of the night cap of the ESL Geneva and Istanbul played in a highly competitive defensive matchup. Istanbul fell behind early in the game 30-19. In the second half Istanbul was able to cut the lead 43-40 with their high defensive pressure. The game concluded with Istanbul having a chance to tie the game with a 3 pointer that lead to no avail. David Perez Led all scorers with 15 points in a losing effort for Istanbul. Geneva had a very balanced attack with Khaliq Gross (187-G-90) scoring 9 points and Shamarr Bowden also scoring 9. Both teams are 1-1 going in to their 3rd game of the ESL.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GanVSRuO1ek

Game 7: Brussels 71 - Kiev 61

A game of huge runs defined the 7th game of day 2. Kiev unfortunately got off to another slow start falling behind 36 to 18. Michael Peeples (199-F/G-85, college: Fair Dickinson), Josh Gross, Marquis Lee (191-G-87) sparked a rally cutting their lead to 4. Back to Back three pointers late helped Brussels stop the Kiev rally enabling for them to hold on to a 71-61 lead. Chad July Lead all scorers pouring in 29 for Brussels. Kiev was led by Marquis Lee with 25 points and Michaels Peeples with 25 in a losing effort.
To view film of this game click on link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkjlLV1tVC4

Game 8: Dublin 64 - Helsinki 62

In the final contest of day 2 Dublin and Helsinki had a physical slugfest. Dublin raced to a 10 to 0 lead to start the game. Helsinki wasted no time getting back in the game cutting into the lead ending the first quarter 23-17. The game stayed within single digits for most of the contest with no team being able to pull away from the other. Late in the game Dublin was able to hold on to a close 64-62 victory with a key defensive stop to end
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