Max Turrini Fotografia
The United Nations is investigating an alleged air assault on Georgia after this video surfaced online. Clearly 7’1 center Giorgi Shermadini doesn’t read mattwemet.com.
A flashback to Dyson’s January exchange with Italian center Tomas Ress:
Good thing Dyson can ball because foreign affairs is clearly not his forte…
Did a few names on that countdown make you miss the former Big East? The Italian Serie A League has become a popular destination for members of the former Big East, with 14 players currently participating in Italy’s top level of competition reviving classic rivalries. A full list of players by school can be found below:
- UCONN: Jerome Dyson
- Georgetown: Austin Freeman, Chris Wright
- Louisville: Edgar Sosa, Samardo Samuels
- Marquette: Darius Johnson-Odom
- Pittsburgh: Gilbert Brown
- Providence: MarShon Brooks
- Seton Hall: Jeremy Hazell
- Syracuse: Andy Rautins, Brandon Triche
- Villanova: Allan Ray, Isaiah Armwood, James Bell
Round 24 was a reunion for former Fairfield basketball players Derek Needham and Ryan Olander, 4,000 miles from the state of Connecticut. In a back and forth game featuring six lead changes and eight ties, Olander came away with the last laugh as #10 Lietkabelis pulled off the overtime upset at home over #5 Siauliai, 83-77. Siauliai watched its 9 point half time lead quickly evaporate behind a 24-14 third quarter run by Lietkabelis. Olander was key in the closing possessions of the quarter scoring 6 points to counter each Siauliai attack. After squandering a 5 point lead with 1 minute to go in regulation the game went to OT where Olander once again made his presence felt. Down 2 with 2:33 remaining, Olander snuck behind the defense for an AND-1 to put Lietkabelis up 1 and they would not look back from there holding on for the 6 point victory. Olander finished the game with 16 points/5 rebounds, leading the team with a 20 efficiency rating. American Travis Leslie (Georgia) put on a show for the losers scoring 28 points and grabbing 15 rebounds while throwing down two highlight reel dunks. Derek Needham had 5 points/6 assists for Siauliai.
Game can be watched here: http://lkl.lt/lt/top/rungtynes/?game_id=2788033&season_id=87901
#10 Lietkabelis could not overcome a hot start from #7 Juventus as they fell on the road 101-74. Juventus, behind 24 points from former Seton Hall sharpshooter Jeremy Hazell, shot over 53% from 3 (16-30) and 56% (23-41) from inside the arc to sink Lietkabelis. Ryan Olander provided 9 points/4 rebounds in the losing effort. Lietkabelis has a week off to rest before hosting three straight home games in a final push for a playoff berth beginning with #9 Nevezis Tuesday, March 18th.