The WVUPros Hardwood Report for the first week of February features Joe Alexander and Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv picking up a huge win over Real Madrid, and Dan Jennings filling up box scores in Mexico.
Joe Alexander – In round-five of the Euroleague standing, Alexander and Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv stopped a seven game win streak for Real Madrid, and took over first-place in Group E with a 4-1 record. Alexander did not have a huge game statistic-wise, but he grabbed a crucial rebound late in the game and hit two big free-throws. Alexander finished with five points and three boards. Three nights later, on Sunday, Tel-Aviv squared off against Galil Gilboa, with Tel-Aviv picking up the victory 85-75. Alexander played 19 minutes and shot 6-for-11 from the field for a total of 12 points. The Mountaineer forward also contributed three rounds, one block and one assists in the win. Tel-Aviv will next play Thursday against Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul (Turkey).
Dan Jennings- In games played Thursday and Saturday night, Dan Jennings filled up the box score for Jefes (18-5 in Mexico) in one win and one loss. The first game against Barreteros, a 120-112 loss for Jefes, Jennings was 10-of-15 from the floor, including an and-one, finishing the game with 21 points in 25 minutes. The
Mountaineer and Jefes center also pulled down eight boards and dished out three assists. Two nights later, Jennings again had a big game, going 8-for-15 from the floor and 2-for-5 from the free throw line, for a total of 18 points in 28 minutes. Jennings also had six rebounds in the 87-79 win over Panteras. Jennings and Jefes have a tough week ahead of them, where they will meet the top two teams in LNBP standings. First they will take on Halcones Xalapa (25-8) on Thursday, before squaring off with Devin Ebanks and the first-place Red Hawks (27-6) on Saturday.
Alex Ruoff- In two victories this past week for Alex Ruoff and BG Goettingen (10-10) the Mountaineer two-guard had strong outings both times on the floor. Last Sunday, in a 88-69 win over EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Ruoff was 3-of-6 from the field, and made both his free throw attempts for 8 points to go along with five assists, three rebounds and two steals. In his next game on Sunday, February 1, Ruoff had a strong all-around effort, shooting 8-for-16 from the floor, with two free throws for 17 points. Ruoff also contributed six assists and six rebounds in the 74-62 win over Fraport SKY. Goettingen next plays this Saturday night against Phoenix Hagen.
Dalton Pepper- In Poland Saturday night, Dalton Pepper and MKS DG (6-12) lost a 80-71 game against Energa Czarni. In the defeat, Dalton Pepper shot 7-for-13 from the field, including three from behind the arc for a total of 19 points in 32 minutes. Pepper also hit two free throws and grabbed boards. MKS DG will next play on Saturday against last-place Stabill Jezioro.
Da’Sean Butler- Chalons-Reims picked up their eighth win of the season Friday night in a 88-79 victory over Le Mans. Butler shot 4-for-10 from the floor including going 3-for-5 from three-point range and adding two free throws, totaling 13 points. The WVU forward added one rebound, assist and steal in the win. Chalons-Reims will take the court Saturday against 13-6 Dijon.
D’or Fischer- The Mountaineer center had a solid outing Sunday in an 82-76 win for Unics (10-6, 3-1 Eurocup group G). Fischer was 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, for a total of 20 points. He also contributed 13 rebounds, five of which were on the offensive end, and also added three blocks and three assists in the win over the Nilon Bisons (Finland). Unics will next lace them up Tuesday against Strasbourg (France).
Fun Fact- The starting small forward for Fischer’s Russian team is James “Flight” White, who played under Bob Huggins at Cincinnati from 2003-06.
Devin Ebanks- The Mountaineer big man played 13 minutes and scored two points on 1-for-4 shooting, and added one rebound in a 56-70 loss to Regatas Corrientes (Argentina) Sunday. The first-place Red Hawks (27-6
LNBP, 2-1 Ligas Americas group C) will next play Friday against Fuerza Regia, and then Saturday against Dan Jennings and Jefes.
Remi Dibo- The Worcester Wolves (18-4) picked up a 71-70 victory over Surrey United in the UK Friday
night. Dibo played eight scoreless minutes and contributed three assists and a rebound without attempting a shot. The Wolves will play Surrey United again Friday.
This week will feature two games from Truck Bryant and Ales Chan for BK Kolin, who were inactive this week. Stay tuned for a WVUPros Ladies on the Hardwood Report tomorrow.