#1. This week's number one is an international center Ermal Kuqo (208-80, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Anadolu Efes (7-2) to beat TED Kolejliler (5-5).
Kuqo scored only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court.
Anadolu Efes was edged 86-85 on the road by the lower-ranked (#7) TED Kolejliler.
It was Anadolu Efes' first loss after five consecutive victories.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
This year Kuqo averages: 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.2% and FT: 77.8% in the eight games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Turkish.
Kuqo played for the Albanian senior national team one years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Ersid Luca (212-81, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A. He was not able to help Hoops Club (2-5) in their last game. Despite Luca's good performance Hoops Club was crushed 123-85 in a derby game by the second-ranked Al Riyadi.
He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. Luca also added 3 assists in 34 minutes.
It was Hoops Club's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Luca's first season with the team.
Luca is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders with 11.0rpg.
This year his other stats are: 15.3ppg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 49.4% and FT: 43.5% in the six games.
Luca is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Albanian.
Ex-Sport Klub Tirana player is in the roster of the Albanian senior national team.
#3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Klaudio Ndoja (198-85, currently plays in Italy). He managed to help Enel Brindisi to win against the closely-ranked Juvecaserta (5-6) 82-74 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game.
Ndoja scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Enel Brindisi (6-5) is placed seventh in the SerieA.
Ndoja's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 68.4%.
He has both Albanian and Italian nationalities.
Ndoja is also a member of the Albanian senior national team.
#4. Shooting guard Franko Bushati (190-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point Givova Scafati's victory against the eighth-ranked Tezenis VE (6-5) 65-63 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday.
He scored only 4 points in 22 minutes.
Givova Scafati Basket (8-3) is placed second in the Lega2.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Bushati's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.4spg in the 11 games.
He also holds two passports: Albanian and Italian.
Bushati is also Albanian national team player.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Albanian passport:
#1.Nderim Pelaj (179-G-88, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help Dorsten (6-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Dorsten was defeated 103-88 on the road by the lower-ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (#7) in the Group North.
Pelaj was the second best scorer with 23 points.
It's Pelaj's ninth season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.0apg.
Pelaj has a dual citizenship: Albanian and German.
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 - 1 month 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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