Zimbabwean Power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-F/C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Pau-Lacq-Orthez, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage). The 25-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass BK Pardubice (#3, 0-1) with 35-point margin 101-66. It allowed Pau-Lacq-Orthez to take over top position in the FIBA Europe Cup group O. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Pau-Lacq-Orthez won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Chikoko turned to be Pau-Lacq-Orthez's top player in his first season with the team.
The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Andre Jones (191-G-90) of Prievidza. Jones had a very good evening with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Prievidza to edge Gravelines (0-1) 98-95. His team has extremely good start of the Second Stage. They won their first game. However the Second Stage is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Jones is a newcomer at Prievidza, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Justin Cobbs (191-G-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Gravelines (#4). Cobbs scored 29 points and passed four assists. Despite Cobbs' great performance Gravelines lost 95-98 to Prievidza. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Cobbs has individually a great season in FIBA Europe Cup. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Axel Bouteille (201-G/F-95) of Chalon - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 5. John Roberson (180-PG-88) of Chalon - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists 6. Elie Okobo (191-PG-97) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists 7. Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) of Chalon - 22 points and 5 rebounds 8. Lance Jeter (191-PG-88) of Groningen - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists 9. Richard Solomon (208-F-92) of Gravelines - 17 points and 16 rebounds 10. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 25 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)
Chalon - Cibona 83:78 Chalon advanced into the semifinal stage. They overcame a 2-point deficit from the opening leg clash versus Cibona and sealed their semifinal appearance. Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91, college: Oklahoma) tallied 26 points and 8 boards in the win. Chalon surged ahead in the first term. They grabbed a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Cibona however quickly denied the deficit. The Croatian side jumped to a 39:36 halftime lead. Chalon increased the tempo in the second... [read more]
Chalon - Cibona 83:78
Chalon advanced into the semifinal stage. They overcame a 2-point deficit from the opening leg clash versus Cibona and sealed their semifinal appearance. Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91, college: Oklahoma) tallied 26 points and 8 boards in the win. Chalon surged ahead in the first term. They grabbed a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Cibona however quickly denied the deficit. The Croatian side jumped to a 39:36 halftime lead. Chalon increased the tempo in the second half. They chipped in 23 points in the third quarter to get within a single point 59:60. Chalon went on a 24:18 rally in the fourth period to secure much-needed result. John Roberson (180-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) tossed in 17 points, while Jeremy Nzeulie (188-SG-91) had 10 points in the victory. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) replied with 25 points and 7 boards for Cibona. Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) chipped in 15 points in the losing case.
After shining as a college basketball player with St. Bonaventure, Andell Cumberbatch(196-G-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) is showing his potential in the FIBA Europe Cup where was the only one player able to score more than 15 points per game, grab more than 5 rebounds and steal more than 2 balls. Definitely, Andell Cumberbatch is ready for the big leagues. Source: talkbasket.net - At what point did you become interested in basketball and when did it become appare... [read more]
After shining as a college basketball player with St. Bonaventure, Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) is showing his potential in the FIBA Europe Cup where was the only one player able to score more than 15 points per game, grab more than 5 rebounds and steal more than 2 balls. Definitely, Andell Cumberbatch is ready for the big leagues.
- At what point did you become interested in basketball and when did it become apparent you could possibly make a living out of it?
I became interested in basketball when I was about 9 years old. I never thought that I would make it this far playing this game.
- For those who have not had the chance to see you play yet, how do you describe your game?
My game is more of a slasher taking the ball to the basket putting pressure on the defense and crafty defensive player.
- How has your season gone so far this year?
Our season is going great so far, we're on the right track to have the longest winning streak in club history, as far as FIBA Europe Cup we played well but just could not make it into the next round. we made big strides within the club and learned a lot from playing in it.
- What aspects of your game are you currently working on most to improve?
I'm always working on my shooting, that is one part of my game that I love to work on and I believe is getting better every day.
- Is there anybody you model your game after?
I try to take things from everyone I see play including people older and younger than me but I usually just try to take things from everyone to add to my game.
- Who has been the most difficult opponent you have faced?
I never really faced someone where I knew I was in trouble for a game, but I'm definitely ready for anything.
- What can you tell us about your experience in Czech Republic?
My experience in Czech was good being there my first year out helped me being able to cope with a lot of things and living by myself.
- Where do you see yourself five years from now?
In 5 years I see myself being successful and reaching the goals that I am working for right now.
- So far, how has Austria been?
Austria has been great, I'm enjoying myself here and getting better. Only thing I don't like is the cold weather.
- What is your main goal in life?
My main goal is to help my mom have a better life by help providing for her and to help everyone else in my family.
Oostende, Telekom Baskets and Nanterre join semifinal stage - 9 days ago
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Oostende - Enisey 95-79 OT Oostende needed overtime to overcome the 12-point deficit from the opening leg and advance into semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Oostende. Enisey was better in third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Enisey used huge pressure winning it 18-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-... [read more]
Oostende needed overtime to overcome the 12-point deficit from the opening leg and advance into semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Oostende. Enisey was better in third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Enisey used huge pressure winning it 18-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-11. Oostende dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Enisey's 42. American guard Corey Walden (188-92, college: E.Kentucky) notched 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 16 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds by U.S. Virgin Islands-Guyanese center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) did not help to save the game for Enisey. American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) added 20 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Oostende: C.Walden 25+6reb+4ast, D.Djordjevic 16+4reb+5ast, J.Mwema 14+3reb+1ast, R.Katic 12+3reb+1ast, P.Gillet 7+1reb+1ast, K.Boukichou 6+4reb+1ast Enisey: A.Hilliard 20+2reb+3ast, F.Elegar 17+15reb+1ast, T.Taylor 11+3reb+3ast, A.Pavlov 10+3reb, V.Zavoruev 8+1ast, V.Trushkin 6+1reb+3ast
Telekom Baskets reached the next stage of the playoffs despite losing by 10 points in Israel tonight. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nahariya. Telekom Baskets managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ironi Nahariya won last quarter 26-17. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) scored 31 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Ironi Nahariya: S.Hopson 31+5reb+1ast, Y.Gates 25+6reb, D.Kitchen 12+6reb+6ast, N.Faust 9+4reb+3ast, J.Skjoldebrand 4+4reb+2ast, T.Nash 4+3reb+3ast Telekom Bsk: J.Gamble 22+14reb, K.Horton 15+2reb+1ast, J.Mayo 14+4reb+4ast, R.Thompson 11+2reb+7ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 9+1reb, F.Koch 5+1reb
Nanterre thumped visiting Usak to advance. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. Usak Sportlif was better in third quarter 30-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JSF Nanterre made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. JSF Nanterre outrebounded Usak Sportlif 39-24 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 54.3 percentage. JSF Nanterre looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 39 points (!!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Mathias Lessort (205-95) chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American D'Angelo Harrison (193, college: St.John's, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 14 points. Four Usak Sportlif players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Nanterre: S.Butterfield 39+2reb, M.Lessort 21+12reb, C.Warren 14+2reb+7ast, B.Conklin 9+5reb+1ast, J.Morency 7+6reb+1ast, H.Schaffartzik 6+3reb+10ast Usak: S.McKissic 16+2reb+1ast, Z.Auguste 14+10reb+1ast, D.Harrison 14+3reb+3ast, S.Vasiliauskas 11+3ast, B.Candan 10+1reb+1ast, E.Ibekwe 9+4reb
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