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Its been a long time since.. - Oct 23, 2012


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No excuses, by bad, mitt fel, mun vika.
Have no reason what so ever for this long an absence from this blog. Sorry!

Any way, made it with the national team, had some great games (like beating Belgium by 37 and beating Poland at Koszalin) and finished at the top of the group with 6-2 record.
So we will be in Slovenia to compete in the Eurobasket 2013 and compete , not participate , is the main word here.

The biggest joy for me was that we did something I did not believe we could do: We played good, momentarily great, basketball without injured Teemu Rannikko, who has been the brains and backbone of the team for so many years. If someone had told me two years ago we would beat these teams without Teemu

Well, other guys stepped up, Petteri Koponen took even one more step being, in my eyes, the MVP of our group, Shawn Huff was also sensational, Sasu Salin was himself, Mikko Koivisto was on fire, Tuukka Kotti and Gerald Lee took care of business inside the paint and the biggest surprise to me was Matti Nuutinen, who played like a seasoned veteran.

Our team play worked, we moved the ball, scored a lot (2nd most points in qualifications): We were really hot from behind the 3p line with 42,6 % (best team in competition) with Shawn huff (57,6%), Mikko Koivisto (56%) and Roope Ahonen (53,3%) being in top four in 3p% category.

The qualification campaign was a big time success also publicity-wise.
There were a lot of spectators in our home games and "susijengi / wolfpack" got a lot of positive publicity.
We can already see that more kids start basketball, Finnish media is still (after qualifications) interested in basketball, it is like a positive snowball (no, we do not have snow at the moment) rolling. Clubs are getting stronger and better, more money (hopefully) is invested into basketball.

Talking about a positive snowball: Have to use the opportunity to congratulate Joensuun Kataja here, the team is coached by my fellow assistant coach from the national team, Jukka Toijala. Kataja beat Aliaga in Eurochallenge qualifications. Great job everybody up there!

Tapiolan Honka, back to routines.

My club program Tapiolan Honka has already started, of course. It has been pure pleasure so far (except yesterdays loss). Professional organization, great players and a clear vision for the whole club.

We are playing in the second level and our goal is make it back to the league. We are 2-1 at the moment, and will face a real tough schedule, out of our next four games three will be road games against top level teams: Oulu, Syntsalo, Porvoo.
The level in this league is surprisingly good, one more sign of the level of our beautiful game is Finland. All the teams have at least two good Finns and when You add 2-3 Americans and good coaching..

We, as a team, do realize that it will not be an easy season, but we will be OK. We have enough experience to understand what we will have to do.

Gotta go now

Will keep U guys updated as the season progresses.
P
  



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Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Awards 2016- May.20, 2016  (by Eurobasket Center)


Finals MVP: D.J. Richardson (190-G-91) of Kouvot;
Player of the Year: Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) of Kataja Basket;
Guard of the Year: Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) of Kataja Basket;
Forward of the Year: Thomas Scrubb (198-F-91) of Kataja Basket;
Center of the Year: Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87) of BC Nokia;
Import Player of the Year: D.J. Richardson (190-G-91) of Kouvot;
Domestic Player of the Year: Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) of Kataja Basket;
Defensive Player of the Y
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Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Awards 2016- Apr.28, 2016  (by Eurobasket Center)


Finals MVP: Chandrea Jones (177-SF-87) of Catz;
Player of the Year: Elena Reshetko (184-F-86) of Catz;
Guard of the Year: Candice Warthen (165-G-92) of FoA;
Forward of the Year: Chandrea Jones (177-SF-87) of Catz;
Center of the Year: Chandra Harris (185-F/C-89) of Catz;
Import of the Year: Chandra Harris (185-F/C-89) of Catz;
Bosman Player of the Year: Elena Reshetko (184-F-86) of Catz;
Domestic Player of the Year: Heta Korpivaara (185-G/F-84) of Honka;
Defens
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Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division A Awards 2016- Apr.27, 2016  (by Eurobasket Center)


Finals MVP: Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86) of UU-Korihait;
Player of the Year: Marcus Van (201-F/C-87) of UU-Korihait;
Guard of the Year: Ramon Nelson (175-PG-90) of Bisons Loimaa;
Forward of the Year: Julian Boyd (201-F-90) of Porvoon Tarmo;
Center of the Year: Marcus Van (201-F/C-87) of UU-Korihait;
Import Player of the Year: Marcus Van (201-F/C-87) of UU-Korihait;
Domestic Player of the Year: Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) of UU-Korihait;
Defensive Player of the Year
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Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Division B Awards 2016 Apr.27, 2016
Tiina Sten selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Apr.6, 2016
Helmi Basket wins 1st Division Apr.5, 2016
Tiina Sten selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Mar.30, 2016
Krista Gross selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Mar.23, 2016
Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Mar.16, 2016
Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Mar.9, 2016
Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Mar.2, 2016
Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Feb.17, 2016
Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Feb.10, 2016
Tiina Sten selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Jan.27, 2016
Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Jan.20, 2016
Tiina Sten selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Jan.13, 2016
Krista Gross' double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Finns playing currently abroad: Dec.23, 2015
Krista Gross selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Dec.16, 2015
New team, new goals... and back home! Sep.3, 2015
Playoffs are back in Helsinki Apr.17, 2015
Third (and last) part of the season Feb.16, 2015
Xmas break Dec.21, 2014
Late start, but we are better, now Nov.2, 2014
New country, new challenges Oct.5, 2014
Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Awards 2014 Apr.27, 2014
The Journey Apr.17, 2014
Enjoy The Break Dec.21, 2013
HERE WE GO Oct.4, 2013
IM BACK Sep.8, 2013
Last week of preparations Aug.27, 2013
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