26-year old center Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rapla and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12. He had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat TTU (#4, 6-4) 101-91. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Thanks to this victory Rapla moved-up to the 3rd position in Estonian league. They are still close to the very top. Rapla would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. van der Mars turned to be Rapla's top player in his first season with the team. University of Portland graduate has very impressive stats this year. van der Mars is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.1ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 66.4% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Justin Baker (203-F/C-89) of Tarvas. He is American forward in his first season at Tarvas. In the last game Baker recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Tarvas lost that game 70-80 to slightly lower-ranked TLU/Kalev (#8, 2-9). Tarvas is still second from the bottom in the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Tarvas managed to get this year. Baker is a newcomer at Tarvas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#2). He also registered 9.3 boards per game. Former Utah Valley University star Baker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.
Third place about best performers goes to swingman Saimon Sutt (200-F/G-95) of Parnu (#5). Sutt scored 24 points. Despite Sutt's great performance Parnu lost 86-93 to slightly lower-ranked Valga (#6, 5-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Parnu needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Sutt has a very solid season. In 12 games in Estonia he scored 9.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93) of TU/Rock - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-SF-95) of Valga - 14 points and 7 rebounds 7. Kristo Saage (186-PG-85) of TLU/Kalev - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Sandis Silavs (194-G-88) of Valga - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Demonte Harper (193-G-89) of Kalev/Cramo - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) of Rapla - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 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)
Alexela KML Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Kalev/Cramo and Rapla - 1 day ago
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Kalev/Cramo - Parnu 73-71 Kalev/Cramo held off Parnu in the opener. Parnu was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The former international point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (184-89) nailed 5 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Croatian cen... [read more]
Kalev/Cramo held off Parnu in the opener. Parnu was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The former international point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (184-89) nailed 5 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the former international power forward Reinar Hallik (208-84) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Parnu in the defeat. Four Parnu players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Kalev/Cramo: E.Keedus 14+5reb, M.Tollefsen 13+5reb, B.Mirkovic 12+2reb+3ast, M.Dorbek 11+2reb+3ast, V.Liutych 8+2reb+3ast, C.Simmons 7+9reb+2ast Parnu: R.Hallik 16+6reb, D.Bubalo 15+10reb+2ast, S.Sutt 15+4reb+2ast, M.Kirves 13+4reb+1ast, R.Raap 8+7reb+4ast, K.Kask 3+2reb+1ast
Rapla shocked Tartu Ulikool on the road to gain 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. Tartu Ulikool managed to win third quarter 25-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slovenian point guard Domen Bratoz (189-93) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) chipped in 13 points and 15 rebounds. Four Rapla players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international Janar Talts (206-83) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Tanel Sokk (187-85) scored 6 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Top scorers: Rapla: D.Bratoz 25+4reb+2ast, M.Paasoja 13+2reb+2ast, T.van der Mars 13+15reb+1ast, R.Suarez 10+5reb+2ast, J.Kok 4+5reb, S.Kaldre 3+3reb+4ast Tartu Ulikool: J.Talts 15+8reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 12+3reb, M.Adam Konate 9+7reb+2ast, D.Milka 8+6reb+1ast, T.Sokk 6+6reb+8ast, M.Thomas 6+4reb+2ast
Avis Utilitas Rapla shocked Tartu in game 1 of the semifinals of Alexela KML by beating Tartu on the road 70:60. Domen Bratoz(189-PG-93) had an outstanding performance, scoring 25 points and making 6/8 from behind the arc. Thomas van der Mars added 13+15 rbs and Martin Paasoja another 13 points. For the hosts, who made only 35% FG, Janar Talts had 15+8 rbs and Gert Dorbek 12 points. Rapla won the first quarter 22:11 and kept the lead for the entire game. They made 10/26 from the three-poi... [read more]
Avis Utilitas Rapla shocked Tartu in game 1 of the semifinals of Alexela KML by beating Tartu on the road 70:60. Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) had an outstanding performance, scoring 25 points and making 6/8 from behind the arc. Thomas van der Mars added 13+15 rbs and Martin Paasoja another 13 points. For the hosts, who made only 35% FG, Janar Talts had 15+8 rbs and Gert Dorbek 12 points. Rapla won the first quarter 22:11 and kept the lead for the entire game. They made 10/26 from the three-point line and are heading back home for the game 2.
Tanel Kurbas selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Estonians 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 an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88). He led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins in the Swedish Basketligan in Sunday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Estonians 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 an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden). He led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) crushing them 88-68 in the Swedish Basketligan in Sunday night's game.
Kurbas was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points in 22 minutes on the court.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (23-9) is placed third in the Basketligan.
It's Kurbas' first season with the team.
This year Kurbas averages: 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(107-194), 3FGP: 33.1% and FT: 79.0% in 41 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). Kangur could not help Openjobmetis VA (12-16) to beat Umana Venezia (19-9).
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Openjobmetis VA was defeated 87-81 on the road by the second-ranked Umana Venezia.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Kangur's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 86.2%.
He played for the Estonian national team in 2015.
#3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Rain Veideman (192-91, currently plays in Italy). Veideman was the major contributor in a Udine APU's victory against the fifth-ranked F.Kontatto BO (18-12) 82-68 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night.
He scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes.
GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (16-14) is placed ninth in East group.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
The Regular Season already ended.
Veideman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 39.7%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 95.1%(39-41) in seven games.
Ex-Tartu Ulikool/Rock player is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.
#4. Point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams GS Larissas (5-23) 88-71 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Laane recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Ethnikos Piraeus (15-13) is placed sixth in the A2.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Laane has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg.
He is also Estonian national team player.
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