31-year old point guard Torey Thomas (178-PG-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked AEK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. He had the game-high 22 points adding seven rebounds and eight assists for AEK in his team's victory, helping them to beat Apollon (#5, 2-6) 60-55. AEK maintains the 2nd position in Cypriot league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. AEK will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. College of Holy Cross graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 5.5rpg), assists (2nd best: 5.6apg) and averages solid 55.2% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Christopher Ortiz (203-F-93) of Etha. He is Puerto Rican-American forward in his first season at Etha. In the last game Ortiz recorded impressive 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Etha cruised to a 92-83 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Enosis (#4, 3-5). Despite this victory they still are the lowest ranked team. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Etha managed to get this year. Ortiz is a newcomer at Etha and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to another Etha's star - forward Maxie Esho (206-F-91). Esho scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Etha, helping his team with a 92-83 win against slightly higher-ranked Enosis (#4, 3-5). Etha can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-6 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Esho he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Esho has individually a great season in Cyprus. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.5rpg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 57.0% and 3PT: 45.0%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Keravnos - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Gerry Blakes (193-G) of Enosis - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Kevin Thomas (203-F-92) of Enosis - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84) of Apoel - 13 points and 2 assists 10. Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Etha - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 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)
Division A Round 4 of Semi-Finals. AEK advance into Finals - 6 days ago
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Apoel - AEK 64-73 AEK outgunned Apoel on the road to seal Division A Finals appearance. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points,... [read more]
AEK outgunned Apoel on the road to seal Division A Finals appearance. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 9 points. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five AEK players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Vassilis Kounas (194-84) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Robert Brown (196-92, college: UAB) scored 16 points. Top scorers: Apoel: R.Brown 16+2reb, V.Kounas 13+5reb+1ast, T.Bussey 12+4reb+1ast, M.Best 8+5reb+1ast, G.Pantouris 8+1reb+3ast, B.Mobley 5+7reb AEK: P.Brezec 17+6reb, A.Sizopoulos 14+3reb+1ast, L.Anderson 14+4reb+4ast, T.Petrovic 11+4reb+2ast, T.Thomas 10+13reb+7ast, T.Biggs 5+1reb
Division A Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Keravnos advance into Finals - 12 days ago
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Keravnos - Enosis 107-47 Keravnos rallied past Enosis to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Keravnos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 28 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Keravnos forced 19 Enosis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds.... [read more]
Keravnos rallied past Enosis to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Keravnos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 28 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Keravnos forced 19 Enosis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Enosis' players. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Jake OBrien (206-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Keravnos players scored in double figures. Keravnos' coach Christoforos Livadiotis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jarvis Ray (198-90, college: TCU) scored 19 points. Top scorers: Keravnos: J.O'Brien 15+8reb+3ast, T.Parks 15+9reb+1ast, N.Stylianou 14+5reb+5ast, K.Barker 14+5reb+3ast, M.Abukar 13+6reb+3ast, G.Theocharides 10+4reb+1ast Enosis: J.Ray 19+3reb, M.Pearson 15+11reb+1ast, P.Stratis 5+3reb+1ast, Z.Panagiotis 5+1ast, Z.Hanoun 2+2reb, N.Thoma 1+1reb+3ast
AEK held off Apoel to secure 2-1 lead in the series. AEK players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (207-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) accounted for 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Brandon Mobley (206-91, college: Seton Hall, agency: HMS) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Apoel in the defeat. Four AEK and five Apoel players scored in double figures. Top scorers: AEK: P.Brezec 24+7reb+4ast, T.Thomas 19+5reb+4ast, V.Dasic 17+13reb+5ast, T.Petrovic 15+6reb+4ast, L.Anderson 7+3reb+2ast, I.Panteli 3+1ast Apoel: B.Mobley 19+7reb+2ast, V.Kounas 14+2reb+5ast, R.Brown 13+2reb+3ast, T.Bussey 13+6reb+3ast, M.Burnatowski 10+7reb+3ast, M.Best 8+5reb
Alexander Vezenkov selected the top Cypriot playing abroad in last week's games - 13 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Cypriots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95). He led FC Barcelona to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Cypriots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is former U16 international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a 3-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (8-19) 91-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Vezenkov was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes on the court.
FC Barcelona Lassa (18-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa.
This year Vezenkov averages: 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 69.2%(54-78), 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 80.5% in 26 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian.
Vezenkov played for the Cypriot U16 national team seven years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former U16 international small forward Andreas Christodoulou (197-95, currently plays in Greece). He could not help AGOR (12-13) to beat Panathinaikos (24-1).
Christodoulou recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes.
AGOR was crushed 101-74 at home by the second-ranked Panathinaikos.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Christodoulou's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 66.7% in 25 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Greek.
Christodoulou played for the Cypriot U16 national team in 2011.
#3. The Cypriot player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Christopher Razis (194-89, currently plays in Greece) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andreas Christodoulou and both played together in the last Greek A1 game.
Razis. He was not able to help AGOR in their game against Panathinaikos (24-1).
Razis recorded 5 points.
AGOR was crushed 101-74 on their home court in Rethymno by the second-ranked Panathinaikos.
This season Razis averages only 1.5ppg, 2FGP: 34.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0%.
He has both Cypriot and German nationalities.
Ex-Keravnos Strovolou player is also a member of the Cypriot senior national team.
#4. Power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Koeln Rh.Stars (15-15) in their game against Mitteldeutscher BC (27-3) in the German ProA (second division).
He recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
But Koeln Rh.Stars was badly defeated 84-66 on the road by the leading Mitteldeutscher BC.
King's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg.
He is a naturalized American.
King is also Cypriot national team player.
He used to play for InterCollege Etha Engomis in Cypriot league.
The list of other players, who all have Cypriot passport but never been selected to any of Cypriot national teams:
#1.Angel Natskin (184-G-93, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Cherno More to a victory over the league outsider Levski (4-19) 84-80 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday.
He was the best player in that game. Natskin recorded 20 points and added 4 assists.
Cherno More Ticha (6-16) is placed seventh in the NBL.
It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Natskin's fourth season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.2apg.
Natskin has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian.
Despite his Cypriot passport, Natskin previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cypriot team.
#2.Matthew Andronicos (208-C/F-91, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Sabres (1-2) 78-63 in the Australian State League (second division) last Friday.
Andronicos scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Bendigo Braves (1-1) are placed second in SEABL-South group.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Andronicos' first season with the team.
This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg and 10.0rpg in two games he played so far.
Andronicos is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and Australian.
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