#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Planasa NV to a victory over the closely-ranked CB Clavijo (2-3) 71-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game.
Starosta was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Starosta also added 3 assists in 35 minutes on the court.
Planasa Navarra (3-2) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Starosta is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.6ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.2apg in the five games he played so far.
He played for the Czech Republic senior national team four years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Pumprla could not help Blusens Monbus (4-2) to beat CAI Zaragoza (3-3).
He scored 9 points.
But Blusens Monbus was badly defeated 76-58 on the road by the lower-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#12).
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
It's Pumprla's first year with the team.
Pumprla's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(10-18) and FT: 75.0%.
He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.
#3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Satoransky was not able to help Cajasol (1-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Cajasol lost 73-82 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket.
Satoransky was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 passes in 29 minutes.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Satoransky's first year with the team.
Satoransky has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 73.9% in the six games.
He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.
#4. Forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (0-2) in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2) in the NBA.
Vesely recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The Washington Wizards were defeated 94-84 in Cleveland by the Cavaliers.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Vesely's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg.
He used to play for the Czech Republic national team
back in 2010.
#5. International shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL couldn't help Olin Edirne (1-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jelinek's good performance Olin Edirne was badly defeated 81-62 in Istanbul by the much higher-ranked Galatasaray (#3).
He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Jelinek also added 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
It's Jelinek's first season with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg.
Jelinek plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.
#6. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Ourense (0-1) crushing them 84-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday.
Hampl scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line).
B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold.
So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season.
Hampl has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg and 6.2rpg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.
#7. International center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game.
Balvin couldn't help Cajasol (1-5) in their game against Valencia Basket (5-1).
He scored 8 points in 16 minutes.
Cajasol lost 73-82 on their home court in Sevilla to the much higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket.
This year Balvin's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the six games.
He is also Czech Republic national team player.
#8. Center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Apoel (0-1) in their game against Keravnos (2-0) in the Cypriot Division A.
He scored only 4 points.
Apoel was edged 68-66 in Strovolos by the leading Keravnos.
Chan's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Chan's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 1.5rpg.
He used to play for the Czech Republic national team
back in 2010.
#9. U18 international small forward Jan Svandrlik (196-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Clinicas Rincon (2-2) in their game against Oviedo CB (2-1) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Svandrlik recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Clinicas Rincon was defeated 74-59 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Oviedo_CB (#5).
Svandrlik's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 2.3rpg.
He is also in the roster of the Czech Republic U18 national team.
The list of other players, who all have Czech Republic passport but never been selected to any of Czech Republic national teams:
#1.David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A could not help Rovinari (3-3) in their last game. Despite Steffel's very good performance Rovinari lost 89-96 on the road to the lower-ranked (#13) Timba Timosoara.
He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Steffel also added 5 assists and 2 blocks in 40 minutes.
It was Rovinari's third consecutive loss in a row.
Steffel belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2 with 9.8rpg.
This year he also averages: 15.7ppg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the six games he played so far.
#2.Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland) managed to help AZS Koszalin in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Kotwica (1-5) 72-61 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game.
He scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 26 minutes.
AZS Koszalin (4-2) is placed fifth in the TBL.
Skibniewski is currently second on the list of best passers with 6.8apg.
He also averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3spg in the six games.
#3.Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help Etha (0-1) in their game against Krka (1-0) in the EuroChallenge.
Englicky recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Etha this season.
The third-placed Etha was crushed 100-73 in Novo Mesto by the second-ranked Krka in the group A of EuroChallenge.
#4.Ivo Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Batumi (0-3) crushing them 94-63 in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday.
Hoger scored only 4 points in 18 minutes.
Olimpi Tbilisi (2-0) is placed fourth in the Superleague.
This year Hoger's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg in the two games.
#5.Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Lan Mobel ISB's victory against the eighth-ranked Palma (2-2) 97-86 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night.
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Lan Mobel Iraurgi Saski Baloia (1-0) is placed in the LEB Silver.
Fohler's total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.7rpg.
#6.Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) helped Komarno win their game against the league outsider Svit 86-74 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game.
He scored 6 points in 17 minutes.
This year Kratochvil's total stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the five games.
#7.Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apoel in their game against Keravnos in the Cypriot Division A. Kremen cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points and added 3 passes in 14 minutes.
His team was edged 68-66.
This year Kremen's total stats are: 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg in the two games.
Edi Sinadinovic (193-88, agency: Aspire Sports), recorder in assists in two leagues (Estonia and Bosnia&Herzegovina) and one of the best point guards in Czech NBL leaves the team because of financial problems. He played very good season with very good percentage shooting from the field. In 16 games in Czech Republic he had 12.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.1apg this season. He was the best 3PT player of the team (and one of the top in the league) with 34 scored 3PT from 88 attempts (38.6%). He had al... [read more]
Edi Sinadinovic (193-88, agency: Aspire Sports), recorder in assists in two leagues (Estonia and Bosnia&Herzegovina) and one of the best point guards in Czech NBL leaves the team because of financial problems. He played very good season with very good percentage shooting from the field. In 16 games in Czech Republic he had 12.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.1apg this season. He was the best 3PT player of the team (and one of the top in the league) with 34 scored 3PT from 88 attempts (38.6%). He had almost 50% of shooting for 2PT. In 61 attempts he made it 30 to the bucket for 49.2%. About shooting from free throw line he is very stable also this year (86.7%). His best game of the season was against Prostejov, when he flushed 26 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists with 3/6 for 2PT and 4/7 from 3PT line. He stayed perfect for FT with 8/8 for total index of 29. The last season Sinadinovic played at Sloboda Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 14 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.0apg (top 4) and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention. He also played that season for Zdravlje in Serbian 2MLS. In three games he averaged remarkable 21.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.0apg. The other team Sinadinovic played was MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Sinadinovic also spent pre-season at Partizan (KLS) in Serbian league that year. His team won Macedonian Supercup in 2016. Sinadinovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (BC CSKA Interlogic Sophia), Croatia, Estonia (Valga), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK/Argous), Romania (Targu Mures and Pitesti), Serbia (Masinac) and Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).
Allen's 28 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - 4 days ago
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24-year old guard Bryon Allen (193-G-92) had a great game in the last round for league's best team CEZ Nymburk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. He had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and four assists for CEZ Nymburk in his team's victory, helping them to crush NH Ostrava (#12, 4-15) with 21-point margin 104-83. It allowed CEZ Nymburk to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic league. CEZ Nymburk has a very good season and are considere... [read more]
24-year old guard Bryon Allen (193-G-92) had a great game in the last round for league's best team CEZ Nymburk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. He had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and four assists for CEZ Nymburk in his team's victory, helping them to crush NH Ostrava (#12, 4-15) with 21-point margin 104-83. It allowed CEZ Nymburk to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic league. CEZ Nymburk has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-1. In the team's last game Allen had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be CEZ Nymburk's top player in his first season with the team. George Mason University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Allen is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.7ppg) and averages solid 57.6% FGP and 47.1% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Dusan Pandula (196-SF-84) of league's second-best BK Pardubice. He is Slovakian in his 3rd season at BK Pardubice. In the last game Pandula recorded impressive 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led BK Pardubice to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked J.Hradec (#9, 6-13) 112-73. BK Pardubice's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 16 matches. Pandula is one of the most experienced players at BK Pardubice and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to another BK Pardubice's star - forward Joseph Wall (199-F-89). Wall scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of BK Pardubice, helping his team with a 112-73 easy win against the lower-ranked J.Hradec (#9, 6-13). BK Pardubice is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-3 record is not that bad... Wall has a very solid season. In 19 games in Czech Republic he scored 13.9ppg. He also has 5.6rpg, FGP: 51.0% and 3PT: 40.4%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) of MMCITE Brno - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 6. Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of BK Kolin - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Lukas Palyza (202-F-89) of BK Decin - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Lamb Autrey (191-G-89) of BK Pardubice - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89) of Prostejov - 22 points and 6 rebounds 10. Tony Meier (204-F-90) of CEZ Nymburk - 21 points, 4 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)
Champions League: Nymburk defeat visiting Monaco - 5 days ago
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Nymburk - Monaco 76:66 Nymburk celebrated the 9th victory in Basketball Champions League Group A. They upended group's leaders Monaco to gain 9-4 record. Five players scored in double digits for the Czech champions. Nymburk rallied to an 18:13 lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Czech team piled up a 40:29 halftime lead. Monaco however pulled closer in the third term. The French powerhouse narrowed the gap at 2-point mark heading int... [read more]
Nymburk - Monaco 76:66
Nymburk celebrated the 9th victory in Basketball Champions League Group A. They upended group's leaders Monaco to gain 9-4 record. Five players scored in double digits for the Czech champions. Nymburk rallied to an 18:13 lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Czech team piled up a 40:29 halftime lead. Monaco however pulled closer in the third term. The French powerhouse narrowed the gap at 2-point mark heading into the fourth stanza. But Nymburk used a 24:16 run in the final term to ice the win. Bryon Allen (193-G-92, college: George Mason), Petr Benda (203-C-82) and Eugene Lawrence (184-PG-86, college: St.John's) chipped in 14 points each for the winners. Billy Ouattara (191-SG-92) responded with 19 points for Monaco. Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) banked in 16 points in the defeat.
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