Second game of the Balkan League Quarterfinals between Hapoel Tel Aviv and Rilski Sportist was played last night. The Israeli squad celebrated easy 84-63 home victory tying the score to 1-1 in the series. The format is best-of-three and teams will meet tomorrow again. It will be another home game for Hapoel and the winner will advance to Semifinals. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Rilski Sportist managed to win third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rilski Sportist to just 6 points in first quarter. Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski Sportist's 34. They outrebounded Rilski Sportist 47-23 including a 33-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Swingman Corry Carr (192-G/F-75, college: Texas Tech) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-PG-89, college: Clemson) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Swingman Hristo Zahariev (200-G/F-90) responded with 16 points and Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for third game. The winner will play against Levski in the Semis.
After resignation of Montenegrin coach, Petar Mijovic , few days ago, Sigal Prishtina has appointed new coach for this season. The Croatian Jeronimo Sarin (agency: XL Basketball Agency ) takes the team of Sigal Prishtina before the match with Rilski Sportist Samokov at FIBA Europe Cup round two match. 42 years old Jeronimo Sarin (agency: XL Basketball Agency ) has trained GKK Sibenik for 6 years, 2010-2016 and has experience from Croatian elite league. Sigal Prishtina didn't have a... [read more]
Balkan League round 2 best performance: Shane Gibson - 4 days ago
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American Guard Shane Gibson (188-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Beroe, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 26-year old player was the main contributor (33 points) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Kozuv (#3, 1-1) 86-80. It allowed Beroe to consolidate first place in the Balkan League. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Beroe won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the sta... [read more]
American Guard Shane Gibson (188-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Beroe, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 26-year old player was the main contributor (33 points) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Kozuv (#3, 1-1) 86-80. It allowed Beroe to consolidate first place in the Balkan League. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Beroe won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Gibson had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 13 attempts. He turned to be Beroe's top player in his first season with the team. Former Sacred Heart University star has very solid stats this year. Gibson is league's best scorer averaging so far 28.0ppg. Gibson is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.5spg,58.3% FGP and 57.1% from behind 3-point line.
The second best player in last round's games was another Beroe's star - young DR Congolese Omari Gudul (208-F-94, agency: Two Points). Gudul had a very good evening with 23 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Beroe to edge Kozuv (1-1) 86-80. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Gudul is a newcomer at Beroe, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-PG-91) of Kozuv (#3). McNeaill scored 28 points and passed five assists. Despite McNeaill's great performance Kozuv lost 80-86 to #1 ranked Beroe. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Kozuv needs is to lose another game like this one. McNeaill has a great season in Balkan League. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Montrael Scott (190-G-89) of Trepca - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Aleksandar Kostovski (186-PG-88) of Kumanovo - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 6. Gazmend Sinani (206-C-91) of Bashkimi - 15 points and 10 rebounds 7. Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85) of Bashkimi - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists 8. Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83) of Kumanovo - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Manuel Johnson (203-PF-83) of SK Tirana - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Uros Duvnjak (190-SG-86) of Karpos Sokoli - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
The Montenegrin coach, Petar Mijovic , has resigned from Sigal Prishtina yesterday. Sigal Prishtina was beaten hardly from Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket at FIBA Europe Cup first round match in Istanbul, which was the fourth defeat in a row for reigning champions of Kosova. Sigal Prishtina is still searching for the first victory in 2016-17 season, after losing from KB Bashkimi Prizren and KB Peja at Kosovan Super league. They have also started with defeat at Balkan League, after... [read more]
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