In the boys bracket WKK Wroclaw (Poland) lost to Helios Domzale 74-54.
Even though Wroclaw lost they had many good players, the best was Michal Jedrzejewski – PG. He actually is not an athlete, but dribbles the ball perfectly at any speed and caught everybody’s eye by making outstanding passes. His is pass oriented with quickness as he got past defenders without any deceptive movements. His speed is bound to give him confidence on the court. He follows his coaching and trusts his teammates (at times maybe too much). During the first Cup day, he had to change his basketball philosophy and score 10 points, because his teammates did not play well. In this game he had seven assists in the first 20 minutes.
On the Slovenian squad the best player was Aljaz Bratec PG/SG. Нe executed everything in a relaxed manner and was very valuable. He constantly organized fast transitions, and was the finisher of numerous fast breaks. To all other advantages he is very coordinated, especially in the last stage of attack, can hide the ball flying by defenders and release with either hand. He possesses a wide range shot and attacked the basket at any chance. He has developed a habit to fight on both boards, during the second day he grabbed seven boards in 26 minutes vs. WKK Wroclaw. That day he was recognized MVP of the game with 17 points, 6-of- 11 from the field, 3-of-3 free throws, five assists and three steals.
Several players in Asvel Basket’s 82-68 win over Crvena Zvezda were quite noticeable. Louis Weber PG for Asvel Basket showed a willingness to take over the offense with solid technique.
The Crvena Zvezda leader Alexander Aranitovich was the star of the contest with 39 points. He has a high jump, an instant turn around and spin move and high average speed. He shot 16-of-27, 6-of-12 free throws with four assists and four steals plus grabbed 11 rebounds. Aranitovich ran down the floor tirelessly, fought nonstop on both boards, and to beat one on one any opponent coming up and before him.
On the girls side Vasas Basket (Hungary) topped SBK Samorin (Slovakia) 84-61. The second half cleared the situation as the three leaders of Vasas Basket played their best to run away from the opponents and get an easy victory.
The girls from BC Spartak Vidnoe crushed two teams in two days, beating BC IMOS (Czech Republic) 80-50 and Madrid (Spain) 127-44. Then they destroyed Vasas Basket in the semi-final 96-55. The top scorers were Maria Vadeeva and Raisa Musina, each scoring over 20 points in almost every game. The two PG/SG’s Lera Prokopenko and Sevara Nuritdinova were also impressive.
The Spartak style game is fully polished. There is not a single greedy player on this team who demands the ball.
The CSKA boys met the Estonians of BC Erkmaa and pulled away in the second half to a 87-64 victory. Tom Kaldre was impressive for the Estonians as he hammered home 21 points, shooting 7-of-9, grabbed nine rebounds with eight assists and two steals.
Meanwhile the Lithuanians form the Marciulionis basketball academy topped DSN Riga (Latvia) 73-61. Lithuanian Vilius Zukas had a great game with 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. They subsequently won the championship.
Alex Spirin covers and scouts Russia for NetScouts Basketball.