#1. The best performed Albanian player this week who plays abroad is an international guard Franko Bushati (188-85), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Bushati could not help Centrale Latte (11-10) to beat Biancoblu BO. It was not his best game last Sunday.
Bushati recorded only 2 points in 15 minutes.
Centrale del Latte Brescia (#6) was defeated 72-76 on the road by the lower-ranked (#12) Biancoblu BO.
It was Centrale Latte''s third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Bushati averages: 7.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 75.4% in the 21 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian.
Bushati is currently a member of the senior Albanian National Team.
There are also other players who performed very well, but have never been selected to any national team and who carry Albanian passport:
#1.Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) contributed to a KK Podgorica''s victory against the tenth-ranked Jedinstvo 88-79 in the Montenegrin 1A last Sunday.
He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 17 rebounds. Nicaj also added 17 rebounds and 6 blocks in 36 minutes.
KK Podgorica (7-11) is placed seventh in the 1A.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
It''s Nicaj''s first season with the team.
Nicaj is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
He has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.4bpg in the 15 games he played so far.
Nicaj has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Montenegrin.
#2.Nderim Pelaj (179-G-88), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help Dorsten (14-10) to beat USC Leipzig despite his very good performance on Saturday.
He recorded 14 points.
But the sixth-placed BG Dorsten (14-10) was edged 82-85 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) USC Leipzig in the Group North.
It was Dorsten''s first loss after three consecutive victories.
It''s Pelaj''s eighth season with the team.
Pelaj has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and German.
#3.Grigoris Pappas (205-C/F-91) was not able to help Panerythraikos (9-12) in their game against AEK in the Greek A2 (second division). His contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday''s game.
Pappas scored only 2 points.
Panerythraikos AS (#12) was badly defeated 71-88 in Athens by the much higher-ranked (#3) AEK.
This season Pappas averages just 1.0ppg.
He has both Albanian and Greek nationalities.
Pappas previously played for the Greek National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Albanian team.
Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) agreed terms with 33-year old American power forward Manuel Johnson (203-109kg-83, college: Texas A&M - Commerce). He played last season at Teodo Tivat in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 24 games he had 10.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1 [read more]
Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) agreed terms with 33-year old American power forward Manuel Johnson (203-109kg-83, college: Texas A&M - Commerce). He played last season at Teodo Tivat in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 24 games he had 10.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg. Johnson helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Montenegrin League All-Imports Team. Johnson also played 14 games in Balkan League where he recorded 12.3ppg, 7.5rpg (#5 in the league), 1.3apg and 1.3spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Johnson played in the final of LSC Tournament in 2008. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Import Player of the Year in 2014. Johnson has played also professionally in Portugal (Academica and Sampaense). He attended Texas A&M - Commerce until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
SK Tirana is the newest member of SIGAL-UNIQA Balkan League - 26 days ago
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2014/2015 KS Vllaznia made its debut but unfortunately for them didnt get a single win. Of course the team from the capital of the country will try to do better and bring joy to the local fans. Sport Klub Tira... [read more]
Sport Klub Tirana is the newest member of SIGAL-UNIQA Balkan League. The Albanian club sent today the necessary documents for registration and will take part of the competition in the upcoming season. Sport Klub Tirana will be second team from Albania to play in BIBL. Back in season 2014/2015 KS Vllaznia made its debut but unfortunately for them didnt get a single win. Of course the team from the capital of the country will try to do better and bring joy to the local fans. Sport Klub Tirana is one of the most popular and successful clubs in Albania. Tirana is 12 times champion and 12 times winner of the Cup. The last title dates back to 2015 while last season the team lost in the semifinals. Sport Klub Tirana plays its home games in "Asllan Rusi" Hall which is for around 3 000 spectators. Courtesy of: balkanleague.net
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