League brings in changes to make it more attractive - Jul 10, 2012
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The EUROHOLD Balkan League will bring in changes to the competition format for the upcoming 2012/2013 season that is meant to make the League even more attractive and interesting.
The first change is that for the 2012/2013 basketball season the EUROHLD Balkan League will have a total of 10 (ten) teams. Those teams will be divided into 3 (three) groups (two groups with 3 teams and one group with 4 teams), as the teams in each group will play home and away games.
In the second stage of the competition the teams placed in the first two places in each group will form a league of 6 teams, and they will play home and away games, the results between 2 teams that played in the first group stage will count. In the same time the rest, which will be 4 teams will play each other in home and away games in order to determine the classification between 7th and 10th place and for the money prizes.
The quarterfinal stage of the competition will be the best of three series or just home and away games, as this depends on the schedule of the local championships, as not all of them are ready.
At the Final 4 there will be a game for third place, due to the money prize.
The money prizes have been updated and now they are the following:
- Champion 10.000 EUR - Runner-up 7.000 EUR - 3rd place 5.000 EUR - 4th place 4.000 EUR - 5th and 6th place 3500 EUR each - 7th place 3000 EUR - 8th place 2500 EUR - 9th place 2000 EUR - 10th place 1500 EUR
Each team will be allowed to include in the team list a maximum of 4 (four) non-European players (until now was 3).
The groups will be created after a draw takes place. The teams will be divided into three cups, as it follows: - First cup: the champion from last season and the two best ranked clubs, the second one: according to the ranking, and the third one with the rest of the clubs. - The teams from the same country will be in different groups - The team from Israel will be in the group with three teams
The draw will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, as the date is yet to be decided.
The minimum games for team are 8. The teams who qualify for the F4 will have 12 to 14 games, which will give more opportunities to the sponsors. Also the total number of the games in 2012/2013 will be between 66 and 69.
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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