Eveson amazing in Europe, Ness and Norris shine

Eveson amazing in Europe, Ness and Norris shine

Australian Rollers gun Justin Eveson is well and truly on his way to becoming one of most successful basketballers Australia has ever produced after adding the European Champions Cup to his already bulging trophy cabinet with Turkish club side Galatasary

Australian Rollers gun Justin Eveson is well and truly on his way to becoming one of most successful basketballers Australia has ever produced after adding the European Champions Cup to his already bulging trophy cabinet with Turkish club side Galatasary over the weekend.

Click here to listen to our in-depth interview with Justin after his European success.

Such was his dominance of the most prestigious European tournament Eveson (pictured right) earned All-Star Five selection and was finals MVP, tallying 21 points and 17 rebounds in a 61-53 win over German powerhouse Lahn Dill in the final.

Eveson’s consecutive European Champions Cup will sit nicely alongside his 2004 Athens Paralympic Silver medal, 2006 World Championship Bronze, four Italian championships, three Australian domestic titles (NWBL) and the 2007 World Club Championship with the Perth Wheelcats.

Click here for all the Champions Cup results and here for more photos.

The 28-year-old was simply untouchable, tallying five consecutive double-doubles, including monster games of 35 points and 14 rebounds, 26 points and 20 rebounds and 19 points and 13 rebounds against CS Meaux (France), CD Fundose (Spain) and Hyeres Handi-Club (France) respectively.

Eveson went head-to-head with Rollers teammates Brad Ness and Shaun Norris who play for Italian side Taranto in their highly anticipated tournament opening clash on the Friday 2 May and it was Eveson who came out victorious, tallying 15 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in a 69-55 win.

The trio are also Perth Wheelcat teammates in the NWBL.

Eveson and Galatasary then blitzed CS Meaux (77-63), CD Fundose (66-50) and Hyeres Handi-Club (79-49) before beating the German’s in a physical final.

He finished with 116 points (23.2 per game), 77 rebounds (15.4 per game) and 18 assists (3.6 per game).

Ness, who is the Rollers captain, and Norris also dominated competition, finishing third.

Norris finished as the tournaments leading scorer, amassing 134 points at 28.6 per game which included netting 40 points against CS Meaux in the third place playoff while Ness maintained his standing as one of the leading wheelchair basketballers in the world, also tallying five straight double-doubles.

He posted 93 points and 73 rebounds to average an amazing 18.6 points and 14.6 rebounds per game.

Brett Stibners, a Rollers squad member, also participated in the tournament, playing a key role for home team CD Fundose from Madrid, averaging 10.4 points per game and hitting a match winning three-point basket to claim fifth position. 

The imposing form of the Rollers stars is sure to strike fear into their upcoming four-nation invitational tournament opponents – Germany, USA and Canada – in Osnarbruk Germany from 29 May to June 1.

The team then has a short turn around before heading to the North American Cup, in Birmingham Alabama where they will face Canada, Great Britain and USA.

The competition at both of these tournaments will be fierce, with the medal winners expected to come from these teams.

Rollers individual tournament statistics:

Justin Eveson (Galatasary)

Game 1 v Taranto (Italy) – 69-55 win:
15 points (6-of-10 shooting), 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 blocked shot

Game 2 v Hyeres Handi-Club (France) – 79-49 win:
19 points (8-of-17 shooting), 13 rebounds, 3 assists

Game 3 v CD Fondosa (Spain) – 66-50 win:
26 points (11-of-18 shooting), 20 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

Game 4 v CS Meaux (France) – 77-63 win:
35 points (10-of-15 shooting), 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals

Final v Lahn Dill (Germany) – 63-51 win: 
21 points (7-of-18 shooting), 17 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists

Total points: 116
Per game average: 23.2
Total rebounds: 77
Rebounds per game: 15.4
Total assists: 18
Assists per game: 3.6
Shooting percentage: 53.8% (42-from-78)

Brad Ness (Taranto)

Game 1 v Galatasary (Turkey) – 55-69 loss:
12 points (6-of-13 shooting), 11 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist

Game 2 v CD Fundosa (Spain) – 63-58 win:
20 points (7-of-15 shooting), 16 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal

Game 3 v Hyeres Handi-Club (France) – 84-63 win:
21 points (8-of-17 shooting), 17 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists

Game 4 v Lahn Dill (Germany) – 71-68 loss:
18 points (7-of-10 shooting), 14 rebounds, 3 assists

3rd place playoff v CS Meaux (France) – 83-73 win:
22 points (8-of-19 shooting), 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

Total points: 93
Per game average: 18.6
Total rebounds: 73
Rebounds per game: 14.6
Total assists: 20
Assists per game: 4.0
Shooting percentage: 48.6% (36-of-74)

Shaun Norris

Game 1 v Galatasary (Turkey) – 55-69 loss:
18 points (6-of-15 shooting), 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Game 2 v CD Fundosa (Spain) – 63-58 win:
22 points (8-of-14 shooting), 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals

Game 3 v Hyeres Handi-Club (France) – 84-63 win:
35 points (15-of-24 shooting), 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist

Game 4 v Lahn Dill (Germany) – 71-68 loss:
19 points (7-of-17 shooting), 4 rebounds, 2 steals

3rd place playoff v CS Meaux (France) – 83-73 win:
40 points (15-of-19 shooting), 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists

Total points: 134
Per game average: 28.6
Total rebounds: 27
Rebounds per game: 5.4
Shooting percentage: 57.3% (51-of-89)

Brett Stibners

Game 1 v Hyeres Handi-Club (France) – 70-65 win:
12 points (5-of-9 shooting), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

Game 2 v Taranto (Italy) – 63-58 loss:
13 points (5-of-19 shooting), 9 rebounds, 3 assists

Game 3 v Galatasary (Turkey) – 50-66 loss: 
7 points (3-of-11 shooting), 5 rebounds, 3 assists

Game 4 v Toulouse (France) – 48-66 win:
11 points (5-of-14 shooting), 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals

5th place playoff v Santa Lucia (Italy) – 44-42 win:
9 points (4-of-10 shooting), 6 rebounds, 5 assists

Total points: 52
Per game average: 10.4
Total rebounds: 33
Rebounds per game: 6.6
Shooting percentage: 34.9% (22-of-63)

Well done boys.