|Trotter, Gipson, Smeulders, Strasser, Wilson, Greene, and Young play well..
.. in EuroChallenge opener. Last night the EuroChallenge 2011-'12 got started with several Court Side players playing well. Not all of them won their games, which is of course impossible when playing against eachother. An example of that was the clash between guards Obie Trotter and Teddy Gipson where Gipson may have won the battle but Trotter won the war (see article below). In the game Atomeromu vs BC NN Donald Wilson had a big part in the home win (83-72) by scoring 13 big points while adding 4 rebounds and 3 steals. A little less fotunate was Brian Greene as his team Goverla lost in the last seconds to Prostejov (75-77) but it wasn't because of lack of effort on his part. In 30 minutes Greene scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists. Big man Chris Young played yet even further East and lost with his Okapi Aalstar to Russian side Triumph Lybertsy (83-78). Young wound up with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist, and 1 block. Both Germans Robin Smeulders and JJ Strasser came away with road wins in week one of the EuroChallenge. Smeulders, who is enjoying a great year so far with Oldenburg, played 18 minutes against Slovakian side Nitra and scored 9 points and added 3 rebounds and one block in the win (72-77). Strasser and his Artland Dragons traveled all the way South to Cyprus and knocked off Keravnos in a relatively easy road win (81-93). Strasser is an important piece to coach Stefan Koch's puzzle playing 22 minutes, scoring 7 points.