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SYLVESTER MORGAN'S BLOG
209cm / 6'10'' - Center - 1983
Sylvester Morgan Basketball Career
Born: Feb.22, 1983 in Atlanta, Ga. |
One of four sons of Antionette Morgan and has an older brother (Emmitt Thomas) and two younger brothers (Michael and Joseph Massarrachia).
Sylvester is an experienced professional that never quits. A legit 6’10 left-hander with a wingspan of (7’5in/226cm). Ultimately known for his NCAA leading shot blocking records, he scores in a variety of ways. Will knock down the mid-range shot if left open and operates effectively in the low post. Rebounds and defends exceptionally well. Naturall position is power forward(Amare Stoudamire, Andre Kirelenko, Kevin Garnett). Runs the floor extremely well, as noted in college running a 5:18 mile, first on his team. Relentless, tireless, aggressive and passionate as noted by nba scouts. Very coachable. consummate team player that possesses a tremendous amount of mental toughness and potential that has not even been reached yet
2002-2003: Atlanta Metro JC: 14.6ppg, 10.4rpg, 5.0bpg
2004-2005: Georgia St. (NCAA): 29 games: 6.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 12ast, 2.8bpg, FGP: 56.1%
2005: Rome Gladiators (WBA): left in May
2005-2006: In Jan.'06 joined TS Goppingen (Germany-Oberliga): 6 games: 18.8ppg, next month moved to Birmingham Magicians (ABA): 5 games: 14.0ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.0apg
2005: June: NBA Hawks Workout
2006: Marietta Storm (WBA), then joined Reales de La Vega (Dominican Republic-LIDOBA): 5 games: 9.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.0bpg
2006 July: Southern California Summer Pro League (Play 2 Win Delta Jammers team)
2006: Marietta Storm (SEBL): 21.9ppg, 11.0apg, 6.3rpg
2006-2007: Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-A1), left before the season started, then joined Birmingham Magicians (ABA), then moved to ESC Trappes Saint Quentins en Yvelines (France-N1, starting five): 14 games: 19.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 41.0%, 3FGP: 17.0%, FT: 44.0%, left in Jan.'07, then signed at Georgia Gwizzlies (ANBL)
2007 July: Summer Pro-Am League in Long Beach (Play2Win Delta Jammers)
2007-2008: $25K/month Drafted #12 by Mobis Phoebus (South Korea-KBL): 3 games: 20.1ppg. 9.8rpg, 5.0bpg, Nov.'07 signed at Caballeros de Sinaloa (Mexico-LNBP, starting five)
2008: Caballeros de Culiacan (Mexico-CIBACOPA, starting five): 24 games: 12.9ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 68.8%, in March moved to Gatos de Monagas Cats (Venezuela-LPB, starting five), Venezuelan League: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg; injured later that month, was released in June
2009 July: Korean KBL Pre-Draft Camp in Las Vegas, NV
2009-2010: In Feb.'10 signed at Fukuoka Rizing (Japan-BJ League): 26 games: 5.7ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 42.0%, FT: 61.5%
2010-2011: Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine-Superleague): 7 games: 3.0ppg, 2.4rpg; in Jan.'11 moved to GIE Morrow Disciples (UBA, starting five): 7 games: 14.9ppg, 13.1rpg, 2.1apg, 5.0bpg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 50%, FT: 63%
2011: In March signed at Caballeros de Culiacan (Mexico-CIBACOPA): 29 games: 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 74.6%
2011-2012: in Oct.'11 joined Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (Lithuania-LKL): Baltic League: 17 games: 8.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 50.8%, FT: 70.6%; Lithuanian League: 21 games: 8.7ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 55.5%, FT: 74.1%
2012-2013: TGI D-Rise Tochigi (Japan-JBL2, starting five), in Dec.'12 signed at Link Tochigi Brex (Japan-JBL): 6 games: 8.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 44.2%, FT: 76.9%
2013: In March signed at Global Port Batang Pier (Philippines-PBA, starting five): Commissioner's Cup: 5 games: 17.6ppg, 15.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 48.0%
2013-2014: In Dec.'13 signed at Gunma Crane Thunders (Japan-BJ League): 15 games: 10.7ppg, 7.9rpg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 65.2%, left in Feb.'14
13th Leading Shot Blocker in the Nation (NCAA) -05
Dominican Rep. LIDOBA All-Star Game -06 (Slam Dunk Contest Winner)
Southern California Summer Pro League Champion -06
UBA All-Star Selection -11
Mexican CIBACOPA Regular Season Runner-Up -11
Mexican CIBACOPA Semifinals -11
Lithuanian Cup Finalist -12
| Division II Round Twelve- Nov.25, 2014 (by Bert)|
Cuva Houthalen vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 93-79
Cuva is definitely too strong when playing at the Sportpark Lakerveld. Chiel Koonings (180-PG-90), Dieter Souveryns (193-F-83), Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, college: Centenary, LA) and their Cuva mates know how to control a game by being stronger in their offensive plays. Thanks to their win over Sint-Niklase Condors of Coach Tom Poppe, the Limburgers are now ranked third with a current record of 8 wins and 3 losses. The Condors have 3 wins... [read more]
Cuva Houthalen vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 93-79
Cuva is definitely too strong when playing at the Sportpark Lakerveld. Chiel Koonings (180-PG-90), Dieter Souveryns (193-F-83), Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, college: Centenary, LA) and their Cuva mates know how to control a game by being stronger in their offensive plays. Thanks to their win over Sint-Niklase Condors of Coach Tom Poppe, the Limburgers are now ranked third with a current record of 8 wins and 3 losses. The Condors have 3 wins but also record 7 losses so far in the Division II competition.
Melco Ieper vs. Basics Melsele: 72-57
Thanks to a strong defense in the last quarter, the Melco team managed to build its success over Basics Melsele of Coach Ronny Bayer. Robin Mestdagh (195-G-88, college: E.Kentucky) had some decisive plays for the home squad in the last ten minutes of the game. Basics was only 4 points behind at the end of the third quarter but could not avoid Melco's great finish. Melco Ieper is not far from Division II co-leaders Gembo BBC (which had a bye last weekend) and Gent Hawks now.
Score evolution: 17-18, 29-31, 47-43 and 72-57.
Melco: C. Benoot 3, R. Mestdagh 26, T. De Backer 2, K. Devacht 7, R. Luyten 11, R. Naudts 10, B. Deceuninck 2, B. Heinle 5, A. Schepens 6.
BAVI Vilvoorde vs. NBC Alsavin Belgrade: 81-65
For both teams, this was a game not to be lost. It ended with a second win for BAVI Vilvoorde in the ongoing season. NBC Alsavin Belgrade is confirmed at the bottom of the Division II class and has not won a single game thus far in the 2014-15 season. Nevertheless, here are special mentions to Thomas Depouhon (195-F-90) and Armand Kabeya (197-F-88, agency: Promotex) who had 16 points each for the losing side last weekend. Ivan Perez (186-PG-90) with 18 points finished (again!) as best scorer for the Orangemen of BAVI Vilvoorde.
Score evolution: 22-12, 45-27, 61-44 and 81-65.
BAVI: F. Marbaix 14, I. Perez 18, K. Tall 6, S. Van Caeneghem 4, T. Van Roy 1, J. Brancart 16, T. Vervoort 6, I. Bako 16.
NBC Alsavin: S. Beca 8, J.-B. Thiry 5, R. Recko 3, M. Andre 10, T. Depouhon 16, V. Mommer 4, F. Prinsen 2, G. Meirlaen 1, A. Kabeya Mukenyl 16.
Gent Hawks vs. Kon. BC Gistel Oostende: 85-82
The Hawks could have won it by a larger margin but the fighting spirit displayed by the visitors after 69-49 showing on the scoreboard looked quite impressive. The home team of Coach Wim Meiresonne struggled hard to keep the lead after 73-62 early in the last quarter. The KBGO Duva boys were able to get back on the right track and, after a 1-11 run, were even able to challenge the Gentenaars again. The visitors of Coach Sam Rotsaert even tied the game at 78-78 with less than two minutes to play in the contest. In a thrilling end of the game, experienced Belgian players Gilles Mestdag (199-F/C-80, college: Siskiyous JC) and Wim Dobbelaere (198-F/C-85) made the difference for the Hawks and the last attempt was missed by KBGO. The home team recorded its 9th win in the regular Division II competition while the visitors have now a 5-5 record so far this season. Gent Hawks will host Gembo BBC at the Tolhuis Sportarena next weekend.
Score evolution: 22-18, 44-32, 73-58 and 85-82.
Hawks: W. Dobbelaere 20, R. Spaens 3, M. Verspeeten 11, J.-P. De Decker 16, G. De Pooter 17, G. Mestdag 17, L. Lhote 15, S. Carron 5.
Oxaco Boechout vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 66-64
In this Middle-Brabant derby, Oxaco finished on top. The nice little crowd that reached the Capenberg-Oxaco Center in Boechout last weekend attended an interesting and thrilling basketball game. Teamgreen of Coach Raf Vervoort eventually won the game after an intense end of the game. The Giants' squad led almost through the whole game (3-12, 14-22, 32-39 and 49-51) with Andy Van Vliet (210-C-95) and Yannick Schoepen (202-C-92) controlling the air. The visitors were annoyed by the zone defense displayed by Oxaco afterwards. Oxaco's scorer Sam Van Hoey (190-SF-91) finally hit the winning shot with just a few seconds left. Also to be mentioned: great performance by Christopher Pegg (185-PG-82) who had 22 points for Oxaco. He is back after a back injury and has regained all his feelings about firing shots from long range.
Score evolution: 14-22, 32-39, 49-51 and 66-64.
Oxaco: S. Van Hoey 18, T. Van Hoey 8, C. Pegg 22, T. Dekkers 2, M. De Meyer 6, G. Nau 6, D. De Hoon 2, E. Derby 2.
Giants II: P. Peeters 10, A. Baptista 4, O. Kanda Kanyinda 7, A. Van Vliet 17, L. Anthonis 4. Ya. Schoepen 12, Yo. Schoepen 10.
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Soba Antwerpen: 81-91
Soba proved again that it is a great candidate to the play-offs. The team of Coach Glenn De Boeck remains in the top five by winning last weekend's game against the 2014 Belgian Division II champions of Bent Schoenen Waregem. Nevertheless, the home team showed some nice plays and remained close in the first half of this match-up. The hosts have added former Belfius Mons Hainaut shooting guard Alex Tuluka (193-G/F-89, agency: Promotex, college: Missouri Western) to their roster, which offers them an extra rotation. BS Waregem's injury list remains long but, step by step, the home team recovers. Thomas Foucart (194-F-84), for instance, is back in action and scored 15 points for the losing side in the game which took place at De Treffer in Waregem last weekend. Special mentions to excellent Soba scorers Jens Bouckaert and Dries Bogaerts (200-F-86) who had 26 and 24 points respectively. Jens Bouckaert played very well offensively and remained strong defensively through the whole contest. Glenn Mannaerts (86) showed all his skills, played the game admirably well at playmaking and scored 13 points for the visitors.
Score evolution: 24-25, 43-45, 63-73 and 81-91.
BS Waregem: T. Foucart 15, A. Tuluka 12, B. Samaey 13, B. Van Hulle 16, T. Haeck 7, M. Linskens 14, S. Dhondt 1, T. Bruyneel 3.
Soba: R. Haerbos 11, D. Van Heesch 15, G. Mannaerts 13, J. Bouckaert 26, D. Bogaerts 24, P. Smulders 1.
| Division II Round Eleven- Nov.18, 2014 (by Bert)|
Soba Antwerpen vs. Cuva Houthalen: 95-81 Soba Coach Glenn De Boeck can be very satisfied with this very convincing win over the Limburgers of Cuva Houthalen. De Boeck's players quickly set the tone and, even if Bowie Lenaerts was missing on the Soba side, outscored the visitors 31-13 in the first quarter. Dimitri Van Heesch and Dries Bogaerts (200-F-86) were impressive in offense and finished some Soba actions in a nice and spectacular manner. The Cuva squad of Coach Dirk D'Haese had a ha... [read more]
Soba Antwerpen vs. Cuva Houthalen: 95-81
Soba Coach Glenn De Boeck can be very satisfied with this very convincing win over the Limburgers of Cuva Houthalen. De Boeck's players quickly set the tone and, even if Bowie Lenaerts was missing on the Soba side, outscored the visitors 31-13 in the first quarter. Dimitri Van Heesch and Dries Bogaerts (200-F-86) were impressive in offense and finished some Soba actions in a nice and spectacular manner. The Cuva squad of Coach Dirk D'Haese had a hard time challenging their hosts and could not get closer before the last quarter, when the visitors were 10 points behind. Glenn Mannaerts (86) secured the win for the home team by hitting crucial three-point shots in the last minutes of the game. Dimitri Van Heesch and Jens Bouckaert finished as best scorers for Soba Antwerpen with 23 and 22 points respectively. Experienced shooter Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, college: Centenary, LA) had 15 points for his defeated team last weekend.
Free video highlights available on the ATV official website (in Dutch): http://atv.be/nieuws/2014-11-16/soba-blijft-meedraaien-in-de-top-5/#.VGkUzMstCM9.
Score evolution: 31-13, 50-32, 66-51 and 95-81.
Soba: R. Haerbos 5, D. Van Heesch 23, G. Mannaerts 17, J. Bouckaert 22, A. Ibens 8, D. Bogaerts 18, P. Smulders 2.
Cuva: R. McCollum 15.
Basics Melsele vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 79-70
Basics Melsele of Coach Ronny Bayer had to struggle to get rid of the visitors. Despite the announcement made by Sven De Clercq that he will quit coaching for a while at the end of the season, his players of BS Waregem showed some nice fighting spirit and stayed close after the first quarter. Now that some key players are back in action after injuries and long lasting recoveries, Bent Schoenen Waregem looks competitive again. Nevertheless, Basics was still well in front with a 12-point margin at the break. The home squad remained concentrated in the second half and deserved the win. Another scoop filtered from Melsele last week: former Sint-Jan Antwerp player Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville) will join Basics for the rest of the season. Eurobasket.com All-Belgian Division II Defensive Player of the Year 2013 Mario Brown should definitely be a plus in the Basics roster. With this US player and Hugo Sterk (193-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Monica CC) who should reach his best level after his comeback, the Waaslanders of Basics Melsele can quickly become true candidates for the Division II title.
Score evolution: 16-11, 42-30, 61-51 and 79-70.
BS Waregem: D. Denoulet 2, B. Samaey 8, B. Van Hulle 17, T. Foucart 23, S. Dhondt 9, T. Haeck 4, M. Linskens 7.
Kon. BC Gistel Oostende vs. BAVI Vilvoorde: 61-74
First win of the season for BAVI Vilvoorde. Special mention to Ivan Perez (186-PG-90) who scored 26 points for the visitors. Despite a nice reaction by the young Duva players of Coach Sam Rotsaert, BAVI remained on top and even digged a larger gap in the last quarter of the game played last Sunday afternoon. BAVI will host NBC Alsavin Belgrade next Saturday. KBGO Duva remains in the middle of the rankings with a record of 5 wins and 4 losses.
Score evolution: 15-20, 29-39, 51-52 and 61-74.
BAVI: F. Marbaix 14, I. Perez 26, K. Tall 2, S. Van Caeneghem 8, T. Van Roy 4, J. Brancart 12, I. Bako 8.
Sint-Niklase Condors vs. Gent Hawks: 70-84
The Condors could not avoid a 2-10 run by the Hawks early in the game. The hosts never seemed able to recover from this already large deficit afterwards. Nevertheless, Jeroen Gerlo (195-C-85) led his team and tried to challenge the Hawks all the way in this game. The Belgian player was well present at rebounding and scoring but the Condors kept trailing behind: 19-28, 23-33, 29-33 (after three shots from downtown by the players of Sint-Niklaas) and 35-42. The Condors of Coach Tom Poppe had a 7-0 run right after half-time. But it was not enough since the Gentenaars kept reacting well: 45-52 on the board just after 42-45! Sint-Niklase Condors was still well present later on in the third quarter and managed to reduce the gap: 57-59 after 30 minutes. Hawks' Coach Wim Meiresonne had to take a time-out early in the last quarter to put his players back on the right track. Under the lead of Wim Dobbelaere (198-F/C-85) and Robin Spaens (180-PG-92), the visitors were able to re-take the advantage: 59-64, 61-70 and 65-75. A foul called against Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) seemed to be decisive and the Condors were unable to come back in the game again. The scoreboard showed 70-84 for the Hawks on the final buzzer.
Score evolution: 19-28, 35-42, 57-59 and 70-84.
Hawks: W. Dobbelaere 25, R. Spaens 10, M. Verspeeten 14, J.-P. De Decker 9, G. De Pooter 8, G. Mestdag 4, L. Lhote 10, S. Carron 2, H. Vanlangenhove 2.
NBC Alsavin Belgrade vs. Gembo BBC: 57-91
NBC Alsavin Begrade played very well during three quarters. With a strong Thomas Depouhon and an efficient Selim Beca (189-G-85) in the first and second quarters, the local team was even able to challenge their guests. Gembo of Coach Stefan Sappenberghs was even behind by the closest margin at the end of the first period. The Gembo boys, in their beautiful yellow and green outfit, played much quicker in the second and third quarters. Moreover, the home team had too many turnovers in the last ten minutes of the game and it made the life of the Gembo players even easier in the end. Gembo BBC eventually won the game 57-91.
See the large video summary of the game freely available on YouTube (moekeontour): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOGbALd89Uw&list=UUoSEPiDqNhOjhQW7eAC-isQ.
Score evolution: 22-21, 31-43, 49-62 and 57-91.
NBC Alsavin: S. Beca 14, S. Deheneffe 5, J. Van Landschoot 1, J.-B. Thiry 6, R. Recko 7, M. Andre 5, T. Depouhon 11, T. Jeanquart 2, V. Mommer 4.
Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Melco Ieper: 86-96
Thanks to this nice win in Antwerp, Melco now reaches the Division II Top Four. The Melco team of Coach Peter Castelein keeps cruising in Division II. This competition remains well open and any team can still dream of reaching the play-offs at the end of the ongoing season. Melco Ieper is definitely a real candidate to the play-offs. The young Giants keep an interesting record of 5 wins and 3 losses so far in the regular 2014-15 Division II competition.
Score at the half: 36-41.
| Proximus Spirou cut Esben Reinholt - Nov.11, 2014 (by Bert)|
Danish international forward Esben Reinholt (195-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe) is not under contract with Proximus Spirou anymore. The club's staff was warned on Nov. 8th, 2014 that their former player would be suspended by FIBA from now to Jan. 15th, 2015. He has been tested positive after the Belgium vs. Denmark game of the EuroBasket 2015 qualifying campaign held on Aug. 17th, 2014. Esben Reinholt might not have followed the right procedure when treating asthma. The Spirou staff receiv... [read more]
Danish international forward Esben Reinholt (195-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe) is not under contract with Proximus Spirou anymore. The club's staff was warned on Nov. 8th, 2014 that their former player would be suspended by FIBA from now to Jan. 15th, 2015. He has been tested positive after the Belgium vs. Denmark game of the EuroBasket 2015 qualifying campaign held on Aug. 17th, 2014. Esben Reinholt might not have followed the right procedure when treating asthma. The Spirou staff received a copy of the official dossier last weekend and has had some explanations from the Danish player. Although the positive test did not occur with the Belgian club, Proximus Spirou decided to terminate the contract with Reinholt.
Esben Reinholt had averaged 2.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 0.9 apg so far in the 2014-15 Scooore! League. With Proximus Spirou, he also had an average of 6.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.3 apg in the 2014-15 Eurocup competition thus far.
See official release (in French) on the Proximus Spirou website: http://www.proximusspirou.be/esben-reinholt-quitte-club/.
| Division II Round Ten Nov.11, 2014 |
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| Sint-Niklase Condors (Division II) hire former Belgian Lion Marcus Faison Oct.23, 2014 |
| Division II Round Seven Oct.22, 2014 |
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