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 parting ways with Slovenian Salih Nuhanovic (210-C-82, agency: 011 Sports), KB Peja has reached agreement with American Jamie Skeen (205-F-88, college: VCU). Jamie Skeen is 28 years old that has a good experience from different leagues. In 2014-15 he played for S.S. Sutor Montegranaro where in 24 games had an average of 11.1 points per game and 4.3 rebounds. The American has played on 2014/15 season for Belgian team of Belfius Mons-Hainaut where he averaged 9.4 points and 4 rebo... [read more]
Jamie Skeen is 28 years old that has a good experience from different leagues. In 2014-15 he played for S.S. Sutor Montegranaro where in 24 games had an average of 11.1 points per game and 4.3 rebounds.
The American has played on 2014/15 season for Belgian team of Belfius Mons-Hainaut where he averaged 9.4 points and 4 rebounds per game.
The power forward will be a important addition to the Peja squad in the fight for the titles in Super league, Kosovan Cup and Balkan League.
The Macedonian center was one of the best performers last night when Sigal Prishtina reached its first win at Balkan League, defeating KK Kumanovo 2009 79-67. Bojan Trajkovski (208-F/C-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored scored 14 points and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists at this victory. But since today, Bojan Trajkovski is the new player of Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje, that competes at Balkan League and Adriatic League too. Last season Bojan Trajkovski played for KK Kumanov... [read more]
The Macedonian center was one of the best performers last night when Sigal Prishtina reached its first win at Balkan League, defeating KK Kumanovo 2009 79-67.
Johnson's 29 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - 4 days ago
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31-year old guard Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85, agency: Inception Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Bashkimi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. He had the game-high 29 points adding seven rebounds and nine assists for Bashkimi in his team's victory, helping them to beat Sigal Prishtina (#6, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 85-74. Bashkimi is placed at 4th position in Balkan League. Bashkimi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in... [read more]
31-year old guard Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85, agency: Inception Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Bashkimi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. He had the game-high 29 points adding seven rebounds and nine assists for Bashkimi in his team's victory, helping them to beat Sigal Prishtina (#6, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 85-74. Bashkimi is placed at 4th position in Balkan League. Bashkimi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-4 record. Johnson turned to be Bashkimi's top player in his first season with the team. Long Beach State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.3ppg), rebounds (8th best: 5.8rpg) and assists (4th best: 4.5apg).
Second best performed player last round was Ermin Jazvin (209-C-80, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He is Bosnia and Herzegovina center in his first season at Bashkimi. In the last game Jazvin recorded impressive double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Bashkimi cruised to a 85-74 relatively comfortable win over Sigal Prishtina (#6, 0-2). This victory allowed Bashkimi to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Jazvin is a newcomer at Bashkimi and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
Third place about best performers goes to forward M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92) of Sigal Prishtina (#6). Rhett showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Rhett's great performance Sigal Prishtina lost 74-85 to slightly higher-ranked Bashkimi (#4, 2-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sigal Prishtina can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Rhett he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Rhett has a very solid season. In 2 games in Balkan League he scored 12.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Alban Veseli (202-F-90) of Peja - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Noah Dahlman (201-F-89) of Peja - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Cameron Rundles (188-PG-88) of Peja - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists 7. Lamarcus Reed (196-G/F-88) of Peja - 20 points and 5 rebounds 8. Andrew Lawrence (185-PG-90) of Sigal Prishtina - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Goran Vrbanc (193-SG-84) of Karpos Sokoli - 17 points and 6 rebounds 10. Dominik Mavra (195-G-94) of Karpos Sokoli - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 6 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)
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