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Belgian Playoff Fever! (Pro Update 5-30)

Posted by Josh on May 30, 2007

It’s that time of year in Belgium. The waffle crop is ripening on the vine, chocolate is falling from the sky nightly, and a young man’s thoughts turn to… Elvir Ovcina, #15 in your program:

That’s right, it’s playoff time in Oostende and the team is on a roll. The first round of playoffs was a best-of-three series, and Elvir & Co. swept two games from the #3 seeded Sanex Antwerp. The first game was a laugher. Telindus won by 23 points. Elvir had 5 points and 7 boards. The second game was cloer, a 7-point win. Elvir had 8 points and 6 boards in only 18 minutes of action, and did not start in this game. (Yes, he is frequently a starter.) But, if you know Elvir at all, you know that he only steps up when it really counts. In the first game of the finals, against the #4 seeded Euphony Bree (who upset the top seed), Elvir threw down 22 points and hauled in 10 rebounds in a convincing 20-point win. And “threw down” is no empty phrase:

Man, check out those guns. A veritable kodiak bear, he is.

The finals are a best-of-five series; game 2 is Saturday.


Carmelo Anthony made the All-NBA Third Team this year, for the second straight year. He had a legit argument to be on the 2nd team, seeing as how he was second in the league in scoring, but there are so many good forwards out there that it’s no snub. Carmelo is making more lists, though, better lists. He is on the Giving Back 30 list for 2006, a rundown of the most publicly generous celebrities of the past year. He comes in at #8, having donated over $4 million to various organizations. Of course, much of that includes the $3 million donation to SU Athletics, but even if you take that away he would still be in the top 20 of the list, ahead of the likes of Andre Agassi, George Steinbrenner, and Denzel Washington. Not bad for a kid with an “ego problem”.

In Orlando, Demetris Nichols and Darryl Watkins are at the NBA’s pre-draft camp. The camp opened on Tuesday, and today was the first set of games. Nichols and Watkins are assigned to the same team in the camp (team 6) and their first game was early enough today to get into the morning roundup for day two. By their account, Nichols was “one of the top performers on day one”. He scored 18 points on 7-9 shooting (4-5 from deep), including 10 points in the first five minutes. He also gets some love in this piece about today’s effort, which they contrast with Aaron Gray’s subpar game. A nice way to start the week I’d say. No mention of Mookie in either of these sources but I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

New Zealand

The Kiwi hoops season is flying by. Since we last looked in, Josh Pace and the Nelson Giants have played a pair of games. They fell to the league-leading Harbour Heat back on May 19. Josh Pace had 19 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds. They bounced back last weekend with a squeaker over the Wellington Saints on Friday. Josh had a subpar game of 15 points and 7 rebounds, but did drive the lane for the winning hoop in the final seconds. (Scroll down that page about 20% of the way for the story.) He also found time to pose for the cameras:

Josh and the Giants are 10-5, in fourth place with three games remaining — although they are just a half-game out of 2nd place, with two teams tied for 2nd at 10-4. The top four teams make the playoffs.



4 Responses to “Belgian Playoff Fever! (Pro Update 5-30)”

  1. […] Comments (RSS) « Belgian Playoff Fever! (Pro Update 5-30) […]

  2. syracusan said

    Yo, that list Carmelo is on is no joke. That’s impressive company. It’s not just sports, it’s ALL celebs in the entertainment world. He lost out to bigwigs like Oprah, Streisand, and Tiger, but it’s pretty impressive that he comes out just ahead of famous do-gooders and philanthropists like the Pitt-Jolie duo, Katzenberg and Geffen. He needs to get his PR people pushing this. There’s only 4 active athletes on the whole list: Tiger, Ronde Barber, Tony Stewart, and Melo.

  3. Daz said

    Is it just me, or does Ovcina have an erection in that photograph?

  4. […] Oostende has won the Belgian League Championship. When we last checked in, they’d taken the first game of a best-of-five series. The series went the full five games. […]

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