Marquez Haynes(Gran Canaria): My Sweetest Memories Of Ilian Evtimov With Chalon Are When He Dunked Against Roanne.

Marquez Haynes is a 24 year old 191 cm guard from Irving texas that is playing his first season in the ACB for Gran Canara as is their current leading scorer. He played at Boston College from 2005-2007 before transfereing to Texas Arlington (NCAA) where he played from 2008-2010. In his senior year he was the third best scorer in the NCAA averaging (22.6ppg), 4.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 74.6%. Last season, he started his professional basketball career for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five): 33 games: 14.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 73.1%. Currently he is averaging 12,1ppg, 1,8rpg and 2,4apg. He played at the 2011 European championships for Georgia playing 8 games: 8.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 53.3%. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 with Boston College in 2006 and won the French Cup with Chalon in 2011. German Hoops spoke with the American before the Eurocup game against the Fraport Skyliners November 22nd.

A tough 69-65 loss in ACB action against Fuenlabrada. What were the main reasons for the close loss?

Tonights loss was a combination of many things. It is always hard to win on the road in the ACB. I think tonight we were just a step slow energy wise. Their activity and size inside gave us some problems as far as rebounding and scoring easy points. We shot a lot of 3’s tonight. in the future we have to do a better job attacking the paint and the rim. Along with taking better care of the ball. They forced us into many turnovers.

Kirk Penny led the opponent with 17 points. What was your impression of the ex NBA player from Australia?

He is one of those guys that you can´t leave open, because he can shoot out the lights. Kirk Penney is a hell of a player. I saw on film that he does not need much time to get his shot off and he is a very deadly shooter that does not need much space. I think we did a solid job making him take some tough shots. He is a guy that is going to take shots regardless, you just have to make his looks as tough as possible.

Gran Canara is in last place in the ACB with a record of 2-7. Why has the team started off so slow this season?

I think we have started slow this season because of a lot of things. We have had a very tough schedule early so that has been a part of it. Except for Fuenlabrada, all of the teams that have beat us are in the early playoff race. We are still searching for that consistency night in and night out. Learning to execute offensively and defensively. We also must be a little tougher physically and mentally. It is a work in progress.

The season just started, but what have you learned from Taurean Green on and off the court?

Taurean has showed me a lot of things. He is usually who I go to when I need something. He has helped me adjust to my new surroundings more than anyone thus far. On the court he has helped me with the new system. The way we play defense is new to me in my career so he has helped to explain things and make that transition smoother.

The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners who have had a similar start to the season resting in 16th place. Gran Canaria go in as the favorite. What will be key in getting the win?

The key to beating Skyliners for us is always the same. Defensive energy and effort. If we can use that to create some easy points I think we will be fine. That and taking care of the basketball of course.

What is your sweetest memory from Ilian Evtimov who was your teammate at Chalon last season?

My sweetest memories of Ilian Evtimov With Chaloin are when he dunked against Roanne. lol. He does not dunk very often. I think he said that was the first of his career. And his fight with Pervis Pasco from Strausburg. I think his brother even came out of the stands during that little tussle. haha.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD movie that I saw was “The Orphan”. I watched it on a plane. I had never saw it so it was something I wanted to check out. It was a creepy movie.

Thanks Marquez for the chat.

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