Perth Wildcats (NBL) landed 23-year old naturalized Greek guard Trian Iliadis (190-89). He just graduated from Old Dominion University (NCAA). In 29 games last season he averaged 8.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to CAA All-Academic 1st Team. Iliadis also played at Old Dominion University in Colonial Athletic Association Conference in the NCAA that season. In 29 games last season he had 8.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg. He can count that season as a very successful as he was selected to CAA All-Academic 1st Team. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Iliadis team won CAA Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He was a member of Australian University National Team last year. Iliadis has played previously for another Australian team: Stirling Senators.
UCLA Outlasts Brisbane Bullets in Australia, 94-91 - 4 hours ago
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Aaron Holiday (6'1''-G-96) totaled a team-high 17 points to help the UCLA men's basketball team earn a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets before a capacity crowd at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Monday night. Holiday, who made nine of 10 free throws, was one of four Bruins to score in double figures. Bryce Alford (6'3''-G-94) and Isaac Hamilton (6'5''-G-94) each had 16 points, while Ike Ike Anigbogu (6'10''-F/C) registered 13 points and 10 rebounds, including seven offensive bo... [read more]
Aaron Holiday (6'1''-G-96) totaled a team-high 17 points to help the UCLA men's basketball team earn a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets before a capacity crowd at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Monday night. Holiday, who made nine of 10 free throws, was one of four Bruins to score in double figures. Bryce Alford (6'3''-G-94) and Isaac Hamilton (6'5''-G-94) each had 16 points, while Ike Ike Anigbogu (6'10''-F/C) registered 13 points and 10 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Thomas Welsh finished two points shy of a double-double, logging eight points and a team-leading 11 rebounds. Brisbane's Daniel Kickert (6'10''-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) registered a team-high 17 points for the National Basketball League squad that was playing its first preseason game since resurrecting its organization. The Bullets left the NBL in 2008 and will rejoin the league this season. UCLA's win came after some an interesting final sequence. The Bruins led 94-91 after Holiday made a pair of free throws with five seconds to play. Brisbane inbounded the ball and raced down the court before guard Ryan Vines (5'10''-G-91, college: Co.Georgia) heaved a wild desperation three-point shot, but UCLA's Bryce Alford was whistled for the foul. That sent Vines to the free throw line with a chance to even the score. Vines missed each of his first two free throw attempts and appeared to intentionally miss the final shot before UCLA's Ike Anigbogu grabbed the rebound to seal the victory. With Monday night's win, UCLA closed its three-game trip to Australia with two wins and one loss. "This is what we really needed and wanted in a foreign trip," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "Our guys were tested. I'm really glad that we won this last game. Even had we lost, it would have been a really good trip for us. But obviously, I'm glad that our guys got some momentum with this win tonight." Earlier in their overseas trip, the Bruins earned a 123-76 win at Sydney University on Aug. 23 before dropping an 89-84 decision to the Melbourne United of the NBL on Aug. 27. UCLA's three games in Australia will help the team prepare for its preseason practices in October. "We're further ahead with what we want to do offensively and with the basis of what we'd like to do on defense," Coach Alford said. "We'll come home with three games of really good film, particularly with those last two games against Melbourne and Brisbane. Between those two games against pro teams, we will have 80 minutes of really good film to show our guys and break down with one month before our preseason gets started." Monday's victory didn't come easy for UCLA. The host Bullets led throughout much of the first half and entered halftime with a 51-49 cushion, only after Alford nailed a 3-pointer with one second left in the second quarter to trim the gap to two points. In fact, the Bruins trailed by as many as 11 points with 4:18 to pay in the second quarter. The first quarter featured three lead changes before Brisbane claimed a 19-17 lead with 4:46 remaining. The Bullets never trailed until early in the third quarter. Down by a 52-51 margin just 25 seconds into the third quarter, Brisbane used a 6-0 scoring run to lead 57-52 and pushed its cushion to as many as 10 points - 66-56 - with five minutes left in the frame. Ike Anigbogu converted an old-fashioned 3-point play at the 1:07 mark, making the score 71-66 in Brisbane's favor. A basket by Hamilton with one second left in the third followed by another score from Hamilton to open the fourth quarter reduced Brisbane's advantage to 75-73. But the most notable sequence to lift the Bruins came from Bryce Alford and Lonzo Ball. Alford pulled the trigger on a sensational step-back 3-pointer to tie the game, 79-79, with 7:26 remaining and Ball immediately followed with a deep ball of his own, giving UCLA an 82-79 lead. The Bruins never trailed from that point. Brisbane twice tied the contest - at 82-82 and 84-84 - before Ike Anigbogu scored with 4:26 remaining to push UCLA ahead, 86-84. "We didn't play too well in the beginning," Holiday said. "But we started to really dig in during that second half, started to play tougher on defense, and we got going. It's great that we got the win." Holiday's tenacity on both sides of the ball was critical for the Bruins. The sophomore guard stuffed the stat sheet for UCLA, totaling four rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists. "I thought that he was a pitbull," Coach Alford said. "He really competed. With Isaac in some foul trouble there in the second half, I thought that Aaron really fought through, having to play some extended minutes. He did some great things for us at both ends of the floor." Monday's win helped the Bruins cap the basketball portion of their 10-day trip abroad. As for Tuesday, the team's final full day in Australia, the surf and sand is on the team's itinerary. Staying at a hotel adjacent to the shores of the Gold Coast, members of the Bruins' travel party will have opportunities to partake in surfing lessons on Tuesday afternoon. As for the chance of a "surf-off" contest between any coaches or players? "Spending the day at Surfer's Paradise, some of us are trying to get a surf-off going between Alec Wulff and Coach Broussard," Coach Alford joked. "And I can't wait to see that." Courtesy of: uclabruins.com
AZS Koszalin (TBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American swingman Kenny Manigault (196-91, college: Pikeville). He played this summer at Goldfields Giants in Australian SBL. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 5.7apg and 3.2spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Australian SBL All-Star Game. Manigault graduated from Pikeville College in 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player. His college teammade it to the MSC Tourna... [read more]
AZS Koszalin (TBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American swingman Kenny Manigault (196-91, college: Pikeville). He played this summer at Goldfields Giants in Australian SBL. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 22.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 5.7apg and 3.2spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Australian SBL All-Star Game. Manigault graduated from Pikeville College in 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player. His college team made it to the MSC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted All-NAIA D1 Player of the Year and All-NAIA D1 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Melbourne United take late win over US powerhouse UCLA - 1 day ago
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Melbourne United lacked four stars and had completed just two weeks of training but they still found a way to beat US college UCLA on Saturday night. After the Bruins pulled to within reach of the lead in the final term, Melbourne United's veterans David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.), Majok Majok (206-F-92, college: Ball St.) and Nate Tomlinson (192-G-89, college: Colorado) made sure they got the win with an 89-84 result in front of a near capacity 2900 crowd at the State Basketba... [read more]
Melbourne United lacked four stars and had completed just two weeks of training but they still found a way to beat US college UCLA on Saturday night. After the Bruins pulled to within reach of the lead in the final term, Melbourne United's veterans David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.), Majok Majok (206-F-92, college: Ball St.) and Nate Tomlinson (192-G-89, college: Colorado) made sure they got the win with an 89-84 result in front of a near capacity 2900 crowd at the State Basketball Centre. David Barlow was making his first Melbourne United appearance in over a season after missing last campaign due to injury and the two-time Olympian was one of the best on court with an equal team high 16 points along with centre Majok Majok. All the talk leading into the game centred around NBA prospect Lonzo Ball and the Bruins freshman guard showed both athleticism and his inexperience with eight points and 13 rebounds but shot three of 13 field goals before fouling out late on. More established Bruins Isaac Hamilton (196-G-94) and Bryce Alford (190-G-94) took the reins offensively with 18 points each with Hamilton, brother of NBA star Jordan Hamilton, scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half while Alford, son of coach Steve Alford, stroked six threes in the second half. Melbourne coach Dean Demopoulos sat newly arrived imports Cedric Jackson and Ramona Moore along with Boomers Olympians Chris Goulding and Dave Andersen but in their place Majok, David Barlow, Todd Blanchfield (200-F/G-91) and Kyle Adnam all impressed especially Adnam's nine points and 10 assists. Import big man Devin Williams also did well in short minutes with 10 points in 12 minutes. Blanchfield said the college clash was a welcome addition with the NBL season still six weeks away. "We don't have a full squad yet so we are still working on our cohesion and our chemistry so to still start building that connection with each other so early is crucial," Blanchfield said. "We knew they were going to come in looking to win and are young athletic and looking to push the tempo and with their new freshman you know they have some great basketball players coming through. "They were able to peg us back in the last quarter so to start the preseason with a win so early on is excellent for us." Blanchfield added it was a boost to the whole roster to see David Barlow back. "Dave has played at the Olympics and all around the world so to have him back, get to guard him every day at practice and learn of him is something I'm enjoying," Blanchfield said. "I haven't played alongside him since our China tour before last season so it was a lot of fun to have him back tonight." Bruins coach Steve Alford said his side had needed a run against veteran professionals. "To play against guys who are 25-30 years old and have a lot of experience is what we need in August," Alford said. "We get to work on things we don't usually get to work on until October. "These games are new experiences for this team and we will look at it and continue to get better." Courtesy of: smh.com.au
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