A new qualification scheme for EuroBasket comes into place as teams look to earn spots in the summer of 2017. As before, hosts qualify automatically, so the Czech Republic knows that it will be one of sixteen teams there. Unlike previous editions, all of the other countries who wish to join must go through the qualifying process. This is possible because qualification is held during the club season instead of the summer. Teams that were involved in global tournaments used to be given a break from qualifying to represent the continent on a wider scale. The teams have been divided into nine groups with three groups containing three teams and six groups containing four teams. Each winner of the group’s double round robin advances. The second place teams are then ranked with six of the nine taking the final places in the tournament. In order to ensure a fair comparison between groups of different sizes, results against fourth place teams are removed before comparing teams. The first two rounds of games will take place this Saturday and Wednesday. There will also be two rounds of games in February with the qualification process wrapping up with two more rounds in November. [Read more…]
After divisional play, the third and fourth place team in each division played a two game series against a team from each division. The two winners joined group A in the next round and the two losers fell to group B.
Both Game 1s took place on Saturday. The fourth place team in the North Division beat the third place team in the South Division as Sylvia Fowles led Beijing past Jiangsu 78-62. The other game also went to the North Division team as Penny Taylor could not be stopped in Shanxi’s 71-66 win at Bayi. Hosting flipped for the second game of each series.
The second games were both on Tuesday. Shanxi also beat Bayi in the second game 78-72 to win the series outright. The other series was much more dramatic as Jiangsu used home court advantage, shrinking the deficit but coming up just short with only a 67-54 win. Beijing advances 132-129 to complete the groupings for the next round, which starts on Saturday.
November 14, 2015
Beijing vs. Jiangsu 78-62 BEI Fowles 21/14r Gao 18 JIA Chen 21 Jin 14 Breland 4
Bayi vs. Shanxi 66-71 BAY Sun 18/11r Zhang 14 SHA Taylor 30/11r/6s Huang 10/13r
November 17, 2015
Jiangsu vs. Beijing 67-54 JIA Breland 20/13r Chen 14 BEI Fowles 15/14r Zhang 15/6r
Shanxi vs. Bayi 78-72 SHA Taylor 25/11r Wei 19 BAY Zuo 18/8a Sun 11
The round started on Friday with Perth and SEQ picking up wins again. Perth won 83-66 over Dandenong and SEQ beat Melbourne 78-62. Sydney held off Adelaide 84-79 to keep up with the other two teams at the top. On Saturday, Adelaide had a quick turnaround and kept Canberra winless 78-71. On Sunday, Townsville eased past Melbourne 85-57. Perth won 86-73 at Bendigo to create a three way tie at the top of the standings.
November 13, 2015
Perth Lynx vs. Dandenong Rangers 83-66 PER Mijovic 21 Whitcomb 16/6r Laney 16 Tomlinson 11/9r Burton 6 Chilcott 6 Wischer 0 DAN Kennedy 12 Blicavs 11/11r Pickrel 11 Cunningham 0
Sydney University Flames vs. Adelaide Lightning 84-79 SYD Tupaea 24 Ebzery 19/7r Boag 10/7r Swords 8 Tinkle 6 ADL Ruef 18/9r Mitchell 17/6r/7a Dombkins 15 Robinson 11/7r Standish 10 Bowen 5 Bygate 0
SEQ Stars vs. Melbourne Boomers 78-62 SEQ Ibekwe 20/13r Jarry 14/7r Stallworth 14 Mansfield 10/6r Lewis 8 Allen 5/6r Farley 0 MEL Madgen 18 Garrick 17 Penaluna 12 Oliver 6 Smart 2
November 14, 2015
University of Canberra Capitals vs. Adelaide Lightning 71-78 UCC Bibby 20 Bishop 19/11r Montgomery 14 Talbot 6/8r Coddington 0 Haynes 0 ADL Standish 20/10r Bowen 14/9r Mitchell 12 Ruef 8/13r Bygate 0
November 15, 2015
Townsville Fire vs. Melbourne Boomers 85-57 TSV Batkovic 17/9r Cocks 15 George 11/13r Tatham 9 Novosel 6 Gaze 3 Paalvast 2 MEL Madgen 21/6a Penaluna 18/6r Smart 5 Oliver 4
Bendigo Spirit vs. Perth Lynx 73-86 BEN Snell 16 Griffin 15 Harrington 13 Richards 11/13r Oliver 7 Burke 1 Spencer 0 PER Whitcomb 17 Tomlinson 17 Mijovic 16 Lavey 11/7r Chilcott 9 Laney 8/6r Burton 6 Wischer 2
This stage of the season is now complete in China. In the South Division, the two division leaders won easily as Shanghai beat Henan 70-54 and Guangdong beat Shandong 79-63. Jiangsu beat Bayi 66-57 in an important game for placement in the cross-divisional playoff. In the North Division, Shenyang beat Beijing 76-67 to move into the key second spot. Xinjiang had a surprisingly tough time with Liaoning, but Tina Charles carried the team along for a 72-65 win. Penny Taylor needed to be at her best as well in order to lead Shanxi to a 74-71 win over Heilongjiang so that her team could take the third spot. Heilongjiang and Shandong finish this stage winless.
Shanghai vs. Henan 70-54 Shanghai Cambage 25/13r Shi 14 Henan Sun 19 Parker 12/11r
Guangdong vs. Shandong 79-63 Guangdong Leuchanka 24/17r Huang 11/11r Shandong Wang 17 Paris 9/11r
Jiangsu vs. Bayi 66-57 Jiangsu Breland 18/12r Chen 18 Bayi Sun 17 Zhang 13/6r
Shenyang vs. Beijing 76-67 Shenyang Li 27/7r Jin 22 Beijing Fowles 27/7r Sun 13
Liaoning vs. Xinjiang 65-72 Liaoning Cheng 29/7r Wang 12/6r Xinjiang Charles 42/10r Hua 10/11r
Heilongjiang vs. Shanxi 71-74 Heilongjiang Ji 24 McIntyre 15/6r Shangxi Taylor 38 Ma 11
The round started on Friday as Sydney looked to move to the top of the standings. They kept Canberra winless by taking the game between the university-sponsored teams 68-45. On Saturday, Dandenong kept pace by beating Melbourne 75-69. Gabrielle Richards had the weekend’s most impressive performance as Bendigo beat SEQ 84-79. On Sunday, Sydney won again, this time 73-70 at Townsville. SEQ kept pace with them after winning in Melbourne 78-63. Perth kept pace and heaped further misery on Adelaide with a 65-52 win, making it a road team sweep in the final three games after home teams won all the earlier games.
November 6th, 2015
Sydney Uni Flames vs. University of Canberra Capitals 68-45 SYD Swords 17/10r Ebzery 15 Tinkle 12/6r Boag 3/10r Seebohm 0 UCC Talbot 19/11r Montgomery 6 Bibby 4 Haynes 2 Bishop 2 Coddington 0
November 7th, 2015
Dandenong Rangers vs. Melbourne Boomers 75-69 DAN Blicavs 16/9r Cumming 15 Pickrel 11/8r Todhunter 11 MEL Madgen 21 Smart 18 Penaluna 10/10r Oliver 6/7r Veal 2
Bendigo Spirit vs. SEQ Stars 84-79 BEN Richards 33/10r Snell 15/6r Wilson 11/7r/8a Griffin 10/10r Burke 4 Oliver 1 SEQ Mansfield 22 Jarry 19 Stallworth 11/6r Ibekwe 9/13r Lewis 5 Farley 2
November 8th, 2015
Townsville Fire vs. Sydney Uni Flames 70-73 TSV Batkovic 25/7r George 13/14r Novosel 10 Tatham 6 Cocks 5 Gaze 0 Paalvast 0 SYD Ebzery 24 Swords 14/11r Tupaea 14 Boag 6/9r Tinkle 6
Melbourne Boomers vs. SEQ Stars 63-78 MEL Kunek 17 Garrick 15 Madgen 12 Oliver 6 Smart 0 Veal 0 SEQ Ibekwe 20 Mansfield 17/8a Jarry 14 Payne 10/6r Stallworth 6/7r Lewis 6 Allen 5/8r Farley 0
Adelaide Lightning vs. Perth Lynx 52-65 ADL Ruef 14/12r Mitchell 6 Bowen 4/6r Bygate 4 McKendrick 0 PER Lavey 16 Laney 12/11/6a Whitcomb 12 Tomlinson 10/6r Mijovic 6 Wischer 2 Barr 1 Chilcott 0
There was an extra game on Wednesday to finish Round 6 as Strakonice stayed winless after losing to Kara Trutnov. Round 10 is one in which USK Praha is not participating. They remain undefeated alongside Nymburk, which had a tricky game at Brno, but won. Hradec Kralove beat Slavia Prague. On Sunday, Julia Reisingerova had the strongest individual performance of the week in a Karlovy Vary win over VS Praha. Kara Trutnov won at Ostrava and Valosun Brno won at Slovanka.
November 4th, 2015
Strakonice vs. Kara Trutnov 65-92 STR Gaislerova 20/6r Krejcova 18 Musilova 10 KAT Pazderova 22/8r Uhrova 21 Nagyova 12 Vondrackova 11 Fall 9/12r Cady 6
November 7th, 2015
Sokol Hradec Kralove vs. BLK Slavia Praha 77-67 HRA Zavazalova 16 Krizova 14 Stara 12/7r Kuthanova 12 SLA Vaughn 19/12r Johnson 19/11r Beronja 15
Zabiny Brno vs. Nymburk 65-70 BRN Vucurovic 17/9r Kasparkova 11 NYM Kuster 19/12r Bortelova 15 Taylor 6
November 8th, 2015
Karlovy Vary vs. VS Praha 71-60 KAV Reisingerova 28/10r Kuslitova 16 VSP Pudlakova 15 Mircova 11 Bakajsova 10/6r Novakova 10
SBS Ostrava vs. Kara Trutnov 49-60 OST Dusanic 13 Vojtikova 9/10r KAT Uhrova 20 Fall 8/8r Cady 6/12r
Slovanka MB vs. Valosun Brno 57-67 SLO Vorlova 24/7r Gobeljic 14 Warner 6 VAL Svrdlikova 19 Sedlakova 13/10r Sanford 8
With one game left in this phase of the season, the picture is much more clear for the next round. In the North Division, Beijing handed Xinjiang their first loss despite Tina Charles leading the round in scoring. The other two teams looking to move on also won as Shenyang beat Heilongjiang and Shanxi beat Liaoning. In the South Division, Jiangsu beat Shanghai to shake up the picture at the top. Guangdong took advantage by beating Bayi to pull into a tie for first place. Henan kept Shandong winless to round out the day.
Henan vs. Shandong 79-58 Henan Huang 16/9r Sun 15 Parker 9/19r/6s Shandong Ji 16 Yu 14 Paris 4
Jiangsu vs. Shanghai 91-71 Jiangsu Breland 25 Chen 15/6a Shanghai Huang 24 Cambage 21/12r
Guangdong vs. Bayi 85-68 Guangdong Leuchanka 21/13r/8a Shen 15 Bayi Sun 19/7r Liu 14
Beijing vs. Xinjiang 87-65 Beijing Fowles 20/8r Shao 16/8a Xinjiang Charles 30/6r Hua 13/6r
Heilongjiang vs. Shenyang 73-83 Heilongjiang Ji 20 McIntyre 17/13r Shenyang Jin 18 Zhao 14
Liaoning vs. Shanxi 66-90 Liaoning Braxton 23/7r Wang 16 Shanxi Taylor 26 Huang 14/8r
It is near the end of the first stage of league play and there were several key games in the race for divisional positioning. All teams except the two military-affiliated teams now have a foreign player after Ashley Paris joined Shandong. The big battle in the South Division was won by Shanghai 70-64 as Elizabeth Cambage and Yelena Leuchanka battled to a draw individually. Bayi beat winless Shandong 93-88 to stay in third place. In a battle of Chicago Sky teammates, Jessica Breland and Jiangsu beat Cheyenne Parker and Henan 94-83. The big game in the North Division saw Xinjiang remain undefeated by beating Shanxi 76-62. Tina Charles put in the strongest individual performance [Read more…]
One team remains undefeated as Xinjiang took care of business at Shenyang with Wang Lili using a great shooting performance to be the leading non-foreign scorer in the round. Penny Taylor took overall scoring honors for the day as Shanxi won a statement game against Beijing. Also in the North Division, Liaoning kept Heilongjiang winless. The two teams leading the South Division managed close wins as Guangdong beat Jiangsu and Shanghai had a tougher than expected time with winless Shandong. Bayi beat Henan to stay in the top half of the division. [Read more…]
The weekend of games started in exciting fashion as SEQ beat Sydney 97-89 in overtime to ensure that they would end the weekend atop the standings. Also on Friday, Bendigo won in Perth 73-67. On Saturday, Townsville won at Dandenong 83-75 and Melbourne won 91-63 in Canberra to continue the trend of strong showings for the road teams. On Sunday, Adelaide surprised Bendigo 76-68 to record their first win. The round of games finished Monday as Melbourne beat Townsville 84-75 despite the second impressive performance of the week by Suzy Batkovic. [Read more…]