Cypriot Division A round 5 best performance: Brandon Brown - Nov 28, 2012
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American forward Brandon Brown (201-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Apollon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5. The 27-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while his team Apollon moved-up to the 7th position in the Cypriot Division A. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Apollon's top player in his first season with the team. Former Cal State - San Bernardino star has very solid stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.2ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg,2.4spg and 51.0% FGP. Worth to mention Brown played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Julian Vaughn (205-C/F-88) of league's leader Keravnos. Vaughn had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Keravnos to edge the lower-ranked AEL (#6, 1-4) 66-62. Of course Keravnos still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Vaughn is a newcomer at Keravnos, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) of AEL (#6). Aleksic scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Aleksic's great performance AEL lost 62-66 to the league's current leader Keravnos (#1, 5-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. AEL can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Aleksic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Aleksic has individually a great season in Cyprus. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (4th best) and assists with 4.8apg (4th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73) of ENAD - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 5. JoJo Garcia (206-C-75) of AEK - 18 points and 7 rebounds 6. Melvin Baker (200-F-89) of Omonia - 17 points and 8 rebounds 7. Anthony Lee-Ingram (195-F-88) of Omonia - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84) of ENAD - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Taron Downey (186-G-82) of Etha - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) of AEL - 11 points and 8 rebounds
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)
Apoel has landed a huge victory for the Europe Cup against BC Siauliai 84-75. Apoel was a head of the score most of the time with the quarters being 16-22, 38-38, 51-61, 75-84. We need to highlight that this is only the 6th week of training for Apoel which has a long way to go to reach the normal levels of physical condition and readiness, especially compared to its main competitors. BC Siauliai (Vaidas Pauliuknas) Patterson 7, West Jr 5, Lekunas 3 (1), Gvezdauskas 8, Sabeckis 10 (1), A... [read more]
Apoel has landed a huge victory for the Europe Cup against BC Siauliai 84-75. Apoel was a head of the score most of the time with the quarters being 16-22, 38-38, 51-61, 75-84. We need to highlight that this is only the 6th week of training for Apoel which has a long way to go to reach the normal levels of physical condition and readiness, especially compared to its main competitors.
BC Siauliai (Vaidas Pauliuknas) Patterson 7, West Jr 5, Lekunas 3 (1), Gvezdauskas 8, Sabeckis 10 (1), Ampim 7, Pipiras 7, Echodas 25, Bowman 3 (1).
Regarding the Super Cup against Aek, it was mentioned in another post that the game was easy for Aek. This is completely false. As a matter of fact during the second quarter the score went to 40-32 for Apoel with the half closing 43-40 again for Apoel. At 32' the score was 67-63 for Apoel and from there on Apoel ran out of strength against a very high budgeted team and a team that is well ahead in terms of physical condition.
The first official game of the season found the champions to add another trophy in their series, as the team of Coach Linos Gavriel beat quite easy APOEL of the Greek Coach Jimmy Koustenis with 92-75 proving from the early beginning that things may stay the same for another one season. AEK Larnakas with the most expensive roster of the league having in its roster an amazing duet, Torey Thomas and Alex Harris (196-G-86) show no mercy and especially after the 21st minute they took the lead... [read more]
The first official game of the season found the champions to add another trophy in their series, as the team of Coach Linos Gavriel beat quite easy APOEL of the Greek Coach Jimmy Koustenis with 92-75 proving from the early beginning that things may stay the same for another one season. AEK Larnakas with the most expensive roster of the league having in its roster an amazing duet, Torey Thomas and Alex Harris (196-G-86) show no mercy and especially after the 21st minute they took the lead and never watch back. The score in the second time was 52-30!! APOEL begun the game very well but somewhere in the middle of the game the strength and passion from Koustenis players was not enough to compete the furious champions who had three players in double digits and another three very close to the double digits, while Coach Gavriel use his 11 out of 12 players (only the veteran Garcia remain at bench) splitting the time quite balanced while he saw Alex Harris (the MVP of the game) being in an amazing shape scoring 20 points with nearly perfect stats, dashing down 4 rebounds, sharing 2 assists and gaining three fouls remaining in the court the longest than all his team-mates, followed by Torey Thomas, with the amazing American point guard scoring another 20 points in 26 minutes, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block shot!! while the Cyprus Captain of the team, Iacovos Panteli added 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists..
On behalf of APOEL now, Coach Koustenis use 9 players out of his 12, with Bussey remaining 34 minutes in the court, followed by Brown who played for 32 minutes and Mobley who played for 31 minutes while close to the 30 minutes was also Wright (he played eventually 28 minutes) something which shows initially that the roster of AEK is much more solid, while Coach Koustenis tried to do his bet with the players he had. Top scorer for APOEL was Robert Brown (196-G-92, college: UAB) who scores 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal with 1 Block shot followed by Brandon Mobley (206-F-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: HMS) who scored 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Tre Bussey who added 11 points.
The periods were 19-21, 21-22, 27-16, and 25-16 while AEK had the amazing 55.2% in the three pointers with 16 out of 29!! with Thomas, Panteli and Harris scoring 13 three pointers with an average of 64%!!!!
AEK was much more ready team than APOEL since Gavriel's players allready played 3 official European games and they came together at least a month before APOEL'w players, at the same time though the depth of the roster of the two teams has nothing to compare as AEK with the addition of Sizopoulos has 5 active international players (Panteli, Sizopoulos, Palalas, Koumis and Trisokkas), 7 Americans (Thomas, Thompson, Goodwin, Harris, Biggs and Garcia with the two of them having a Cyprus passport) and the Slovenian seven footer Primoz Berec, so this roster is amazing and it seems to be "untouchable" at this stage. Of course the season just begun and the "race" will be long, so let the league begin!!
Correcaminos ink Ryan McCoy, ex Apollon - 7 days ago
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Correcaminos UAT Victoria (LNBP) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-79kg-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports). He played last season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In three games he had 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4 [read more]
Correcaminos UAT Victoria (LNBP) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-79kg-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports). He played last season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A. In three games he had 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg. The previous (2015) summer McCoy was tested by Gaiteros in Venezuela LPB where in 5 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 3.8apg in 2015 season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Dominican Rep. LNB Semifinals in 2014. McCoy was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 1st Team in 2014. He is quite experienced player. McCoy has played also professionally in Uruguay (Olimpia), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo), NEBA (Houston Xperience), Mexico (Gansos) and ABA (Sugar Land L.). He attended University Louisiana at Lafayette until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player. On McCoy:
True point guard with great upside. Excellent ball handler with great court vision. Looks to pass first, but can knock down the deep ball. Plays solid perimeter defense. Excellent speed. Doesn't shy away from crashing the boards. Strong work ethic.
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