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Easter Weekend Review 2013

April 2nd, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Easter weekend is traditionally the first weekend in the year where a multitude of tournaments and international friendly games are played. Here we go for a review of the most important events of the last days.

The probably biggest event of the weekend has been played in the French basketball city Cholet where the traditional Cholet Mondial Basket tournament for U18 teams has been played. In the end, Elan Chalon won the trophy by dominating Krka Novo Mesto in the final behind 32 points and 7 rebounds of Axel Bouteille. However, the MVP trophy of the Final went to Mathias Lessort who finished with 18 points, 19 rebounds and 6 blocks. On the Slovenian side, they had to play without their top scorer Martin Krampelj. Domen Janc took over with 16 points and 5 assists but it was not enough to win the trophy.

The game for the third place has been won by SLUC Nancy where Lenny Charles-Catherine had 23pts and 6 rebounds. For Cholet, Leo Maginot had 18pts in the game for the Bronze Medal. Bayern Munich finished at the 5th spot of the Ranking. The MVP trophy of the tournament went to Mathias Lessort, the 2m00 tall inside player of Elan Chalon (see some highlights below). The 1995 born also won the trophy of best rebounder of the event. The top scoring award went to Axel Bouteille, also from Chalon while Theo Lefebvre from Chalon as well won the best passer trophy.

Paris-Levallois have won the title in the Cherbourg U18 tournament by beating Manchester Magic in the final 56-41. The third place went to the English U17 National Team that won against Tunisia in the Bronze Medal game. Bradley Jomard has been elected MVP and he was a member of the All-Tournament team together with Pharroh Gordon (Manchester), Randon Grueninger (Switzerland), William Olugbege (Paris) and Emryss Mormin (Paris)

In the Holland Nordic Basketball Tournament for U18 teams, it was the Sabonis Academy from Kaunas that took the trophy home by winning against the English U18 National Team in the Final. The third place was for BK Ventspils who beat the locals GasTerra Flames. The Dutch U18 National Team finished fifth by beating Israel. The MVP trophy was given to Tyrell Isaacs from England, the best offensive player was Edgars Stelmahers from Ventspils while Jan Kurpas from Slovakia was selected as best referee (!!).

In Tourcoing, Team USA won the event by beating Unics Kazan in the final in front of 3000 spectators 95-87. The Belgrade selection finished at the third place while the Canarias Basketball Academy was fourth in the end. See below for a 20 minutes video extract from the Final.


Crvena Zvezda won the traditional U16 Massagno tournament in Switzerland by beating a selection from Zagreb in the final 67-46. Crvena Zvezda’s Vojislav Stojanovic won the tournament MVP and was the leading scorer with 25.5ppg. Unelco Tenerife finished 3rd after beating Cantu. In the U14 event, Zagreb won the tournament after beating Casteggio in the Final.

Several Youth National Teams started their preparation for the summer during the Easter break. Serbia and Germany met in Belgrade to play two games with their respective U16 squads. Both teams went home with one victory. In the first game, Serbia was led to victory by 98 born Milos Glisic (21pts) and Stefan Peno (17pts) while Niklas Kiel scored 19 points for Germany. In the re-match, the Germans could beat Serbia in a more defensive game. Marvin Omuvwie had 13 points for the guests while the hosts saw Glisic come up with 19 points.

Germany also traveled to Spain with their U18 team but came home with several large defeats. Spain dominated both games easily and was driven by their inside forces Juan Alberto Hernangomez, Ilimane Diop and Jose Nogues while Agusti Sans had a 20 points outing in the first clash. For Germany, who played without several key players (Taylor, Akpinar,…), coach Blümel tested some new names like Konstantin Kovalev or Lars Schlüter.

Spain also played against the United Kingdom with their U16 teams. The players from Great Britain had no chance whatsoever despite the addition of German born Malik Eichler to the squad. Spain won 84-52 and 89-38.

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 carlo // Apr 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Extensive and quite interesting coverage, thanks.
    Just a small point, Hernangomez who played for U18 Spain in the dual won with Germny isn’t Guillermo “Willy” (1994) but his younger brother Juan Alberto “Juancho” (1995).ña-Alemania_final_30-3.pdf

  • 2 Christophe // Apr 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    thanks carlo for the correction.

  • 3 Neil W // Apr 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Have just came across this article and your last paragraph is incorrect as Great Britain don’t have a U16 or u18 team. At that level the country is divided up into England, Scotland & Wales. Don’t ask me why, as I also think it is a dumb idea

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