Kamza Basket wins first trophy in history - Jan 4, 2013
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Vllaznia - Kanza Basket 67-82
Kamza Basket Albania Cup winner in men's basketball. Yesterday, in the final match held at the sports palace "Aslan Rusi", the team could Muhametaj other finalist Vllaznia Shkoder, deep score 67-82. Kamza team wins the first trophy in 50 years of its competition in such a competition. It was 26 October 1962, when KS Dajti competed for the first time in the first Albanian basketball. Since that year, never kamza had not won a trophy so. Kamza Basket was much better team than Vllaznia and end with the full credit he rejoiced her first title in this important competition Albanian basketball . Match has started very strong and rivalry, but soon kamza have come up in their game, which is worth mentioning the beautiful game of Captain Afrim Bilali (195-G-79), who marks two consecutive two three point who make their secession. They have completed the first period in favor 16-27. In the second are those that benefit from those who come to their game. In this period shines Berdica marked 2three point. Thus, the Vllaznia s has won second period 23-18 and the first part is closed 39-45, with a narrow margin of 6 points. This second part starting with a total Vllaznia team, which rapidly narrows the difference in point 3. But kamza with wonderful Bilal recover creating and secession. Hysenagolli, Karaj and Gjonaj not forgive the wrong row without marking. While Shkodra, in turn, make mistakes in the finalization of the shares so Kamza Basket has won the third period 11-20. Last period is a good start for those that benefit from that mark 2 consecutive by Taraboshi. It should be noted that with the introduction of it has changed a lot and their game. While kamzalinjt not think so for the attack, rather than to protect and maintain the difference of points. In the last 5 minutes of that benefit from signs of fatigue. However Kamza Basket, although it has lost this period, has enjoyed superiority established in three other periods.
Kevin Dillard selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - 1 hour ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Albanian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89). He led New Zealand Breakers to a victory over the league outsider Bullets in the Australian NBL in Sunday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Albanian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton, currently plays in Australia). He led New Zealand Breakers to a 2-point victory over the league outsider Bullets (10-14) 84-82 in the Australian NBL in Sunday night's game.
Dillard was MVP of the game. He scored 28 points (!!!), had 4 boards, passed 5 assists and added 4 steals in 34 minutes on the court.
New Zealand Breakers (12-12) are placed third in the NBL.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Dillard has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.3apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 60.5%(23-38), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 81.8% in four games he played so far.
Dillard is a naturalized American.
He is currently a member of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely Dillard has never played in Albania.
#2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati managed to help Germani Basket Brescia in a victory against the 14th-ranked VL Pesaro (5-11) crushing them 99-68 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night.
He recorded 5 points in 11 minutes.
Germani Basket Brescia (8-8) is placed eighth in the Serie A.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Bushati averages only 2.0ppg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 53.8% in 15 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian.
Bushati played for the Albanian national team in 2012.
#3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). He could not help SC Rasta Vechta (1-17) to beat Giessen 46ers (9-9).
Broadus recorded 6 points. It was his first game for SC Rasta Vechta this season.
SC Rasta Vechta was defeated 82-74 on the road by the much higher-ranked Giessen 46ers (#9).
It was SC Rasta Vechta's 12th consecutive loss in a row.
Broadus is a naturalized American.
He is also a member of the Albanian senior national team. Apparently Broadus has never played in Albania.
#4. Forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Tuebingen II's victory against the 12th-ranked Stuttgart (5-11) 78-68 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Sunday.
He scored 16 points and had 3 steals in 38 minutes.
SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team (6-10) is placed tenth in South-West group.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Mitku's sixth season with the team.
Mitku has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg in 14 games.
He used to play for the Albanian national team
back in 2011.
#5. U18 international center Frenki Lilaj (201-98, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to help GBA Sparta in their game against CEZ Basketball Nymburk B (10-4) in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division). Lilaj did not beat the league record on Friday evening.
He scored only 2 points.
The eighth-placed GBA Sparta (5-9) was edged 89-86 at home by the higher-ranked CEZ Basketball Nymburk B (#3) in the Group A.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Lilaj's overall stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 2.3rpg.
He plays currently for the Albanian U18 national team.
The list of other players, who all have Albanian passport but never been selected to any of Albanian national teams:
#1.Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in ABA League). He could not help Krka (6-13) to beat Crvena Zvezda (19-0).
Kastrati was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 6 rebounds.
But Krka was badly defeated 79-62 on the road by the leading Crvena Zvezda.
It was Krka's tenth consecutive loss in a row.
It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team.
Kastrati's overall stats this year are: 3.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.
#2.Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Isernia in their game against Bisceglie (13-4) in the Italian Serie B (third division).
Patani scored 5 points in 14 minutes.
Isernia (#13) was crushed 96-53 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Bisceglie in the Group D.
It was Isernia's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
This year Patani's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.1spg in 15 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian.
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) signed 28-year old Albanian international point guard Kevin Dillard (183-83kg-89, college: Dayton). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Dillard started the season at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL league. In 9 games he had 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.0spg this season. Dillard also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 7.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg. The last season he played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Bel... [read more]
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) signed 28-year old Albanian international point guard Kevin Dillard (183-83kg-89, college: Dayton). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Dillard started the season at Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL league. In 9 games he had 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.0spg this season. Dillard also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 7.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg. The last season he played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 6 games he averaged impressive 16.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg. The other team Dillard played that season for was Apollon Patras in Greek A1. In 11 games he got remarkable 18.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 4.0apg. Another team he played shortly was Cholet Basket in French ProA. In two games he got 9.0ppg and 2.5apg. Dillard also spent pre-season at EnBW Ludwigsburg (BBL) in German league earlier that year. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dillard was voted NABC Division I All-District 4 2nd Team back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time. Dillard has been regularly called to Albanian Senior National Team since 2016. He has played also professionally in Italy (Novipiu Casale), Latvia (VEF Riga) and France (Pau-Lacq-Orthez). Dillard attended University of Dayton until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
Seth Jackson (ex Balkan) signs at Vllaznia - 21 days ago
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Defending champion Vllaznia Shkodra (Superliga) landed 24-year old American guard Seth Jackson (195-100kg-93, college: Truman State). He played most recently at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 7 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season. Jackson's team was regular season runner-up in GLVC West Division. He received All-GLVC 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time. Jackson graduated from Truman State in 2015 and it is his second season in pro baske... [read more]
Defending champion Vllaznia Shkodra (Superliga) landed 24-year old American guard Seth Jackson (195-100kg-93, college: Truman State). He played most recently at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 7 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season. Jackson's team was regular season runner-up in GLVC West Division. He received All-GLVC 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time. Jackson graduated from Truman State in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
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