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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.

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Henna Salomaa selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games- Oct.29, 2014  (by Eurobasket Center)

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Finnish players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is former international guard Henna Salomaa (176-89). She contributed to an easy Herner TC's victory against the ninth-ranked BC Pharmaserv Marburg in the German DBBL in Sunday night's game. [read more] All-Finnish League Awards 2014- Apr.27, 2014  (by Eurobasket Center)

Player of the Year: Alexandria Anderson (186-G/F-86) of Catz Guard of the Year: Andrea Barbour (178-G-89) of PeKa Forward of the Year: Alexandria Anderson (186-G/F-86) of Catz Center of the Year: Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of ToPo Import of the Year: Alexandria Anderson (186-G/F-86) of Catz Domestic Player of the Year: Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of ToPo Defensive Player of the Year: Minna Sten (190-F-87) of HoNsU Coach of the Year: Mika Haakana of Catz 1st Team G: Jordan Murph... [read more]
Tiina Sten selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games- Apr.9, 2014  (by Eurobasket Center)

We bring you last week's top performances from Finns who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international forward Tiina Sten (188-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports). She contributed to an easy TSV 1880 Wasserburg's victory against the league leader TV Saarlouis Royals in the German DBBL in Saturday night's game. [read more]
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Tiina Sten selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games Feb.19, 2014
Last week of preparations Aug.27, 2013
Camp time Aug.11, 2013
In Pau Jul.30, 2013
Disappointment-a look behind the results Jul.22, 2013
Tough times Jul.13, 2013
A short one from Romania Jul.11, 2013
One more before the real thing Jul.1, 2013
Time to play Jun.17, 2013
First camp Jun.6, 2013
Bisons, back2back May.18, 2013
At the buzzer! May.3, 2013
This should be fun Apr.19, 2013
3-1 we are in the Finals! Apr.10, 2013
The semifinals have started Apr.4, 2013
Thursday will be the day! Mar.25, 2013
Hotel room at Joensuu.. Mar.16, 2013
Made the play-offs! Mar.5, 2013
New it already late February? Feb.23, 2013
Forssan Alku tabs rookie Breanna Arbuckle Feb.22, 2013
Preserverance Feb.14, 2013
HYVAA JOULUA Dec.26, 2012
Its been a long time since.. Oct.23, 2012
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