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SM-sarja Standings
 1. HyPo 4-1 
 2. Espoo Utd 4-1 
 3. FoA 4-1 
 4. Catz 3-2 
 5. Kouvot 3-2 
 6. Espoo Team 2-3 
 7. ViVe 2-4 
 8. Huima 1-3 
 9. PeKa 1-3 
 10. Helmi Basket 0-4 
Full Standings
1st Division Standings
 1. Helmi Capitals 2-0 
 2. Honka 2-0 
 3. ToPo 2-0 
 4. HNMKY MaHa 1-1 
 5. Kataja 1-1 
 6. Kori-80 1-1 
 7. TuRi 1-1 
 8. BC Nokia 0-2 
 9. PuHu 0-2 
 10. Pyrinto 0-2 
Points Per Game
 Khadijah SESSIONS
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Sessions, Kouvot26.8 
 2. Johnson, FoA21.4 
 3. Goss, HyPo20.6 
 4. Korpivaara, Espoo19.5 
 5. Tuukkanen, HyPo18.6 
 6. Clark, FoA18.2 
 7. Snow, FoA17.8 
 8. Hardy, ViVe16.2 
 9. Landry, Espoo Utd16.0 
 10. Massengale, Catz16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashley LUKE
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Luke, ViVe14.2 
 2. Luna-Castro, Kouv.13.8 
 3. Landry, Espoo Utd11.2 
 4. Walker, Catz11.0 
 5. Lassiter, PeKa11.0 
 6. Tuukkanen, HyPo10.8 
 7. Bailey, Espoo Team10.4 
 8. Vapamaa, FoA9.8 
 9. Hardy, ViVe9.8 
 10. Korpivaara, Espoo9.3 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Johnson, FoA8.6 
 2. Jones, PeKa6.3 
 3. Hardy, ViVe5.2 
 4. Augustin, Helmi B.5.0 
 5. Goss, HyPo4.0 
 6. Wahlgren, PeKa4.0 
 7. Massengale, Catz3.8 
 8. Aaltonen, Espoo T.3.6 
 9. Sessions, Kouvot3.4 
 10. Karkkainen, Huima3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tyonna SNOW
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Snow, FoA4.4 
 2. Hardy, ViVe3.3 
 3. Lahtinen, Helmi B.3.0 
 4. Vapamaa, FoA2.6 
 5. Sessions, Kouvot2.4 
 6. Rytkonen, Huima2.3 
 7. Lassiter, PeKa2.3 
 8. Goss, HyPo2.2 
 9. Landry, Espoo Utd2.2 
 10. Faulk, HyPo2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacqueline LUNA-CASTRO
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Luna-Castro, Kouv.2.6 
 2. Tulonen, Helmi Bas.2.0 
 3. Korpivaara, Espoo2.0 
 4. Tuukkanen, HyPo1.8 
 5. Vapamaa, FoA1.8 
 6. Pierre, Huima1.5 
 7. Lassiter, PeKa1.5 
 8. Bailey, Espoo Team1.0 
 9. Arike, Helmi Basket0.8 
 10. Koskinen, FoA0.8 

Next Round Schedule

Round 6 (Regular Season)

Espoo Team Oct.26 HyPo 74%
FoA 85% Oct.26 Huima
Kouvot 56% Oct.26 Catz
PeKa 75% Oct.26 Helmi Bsk
Marchbanks' double-double lands her Player of the Week award - Feb 18, 2013

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-year old guard Earlysia Marchbanks (180-G, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for Kerava and receives a Player of the Week award for round 29.
She had a double-double of 32 points and 20 rebounds, while her team lost the game against Honka (#3, 15-9) 77-86. Kerava moved-up to the 9th position in the Finnish SM-sarja. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just six victories. Marchbanks turned to be Kerava's top player in her first season with the team. Oregon State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Marchbanks is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.8ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 13.4rpg) and averages solid 2.7spg.

Second best performed player last round was Melissa Jeltema (175-G-88) of Honka. She is American guard in her first season at Honka. In the last game Jeltema recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Honka cruised to a 86-77 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Kerava (#9, 6-17). This victory allowed Honka to move up to 3rd position in the standings. Her team's 15-9 record is not bad at all. Jeltema is a newcomer at Honka and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.5ppg (#1). She also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Phebe Smith (183-F, agency: Gamble Sports Management) of HyPo (#11). Smith scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Smith's great performance HyPo lost 63-79 to the higher-ranked Catz (#1, 22-2). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. HyPo can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-21 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Smith she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Smith has individually a great season in Finland. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 15.7rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Minna Sten (189-F-87) of HoNsU - 19 points and 11 rebounds
5. Sarah Miles (170-PG-89) of FoA - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Korinne Campbell (182-G/F-88) of PeKa - 20 points and 19 rebounds
7. Alexandria Anderson (185-G/F-86) of Catz - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jordan Murphree (183-G-87) of Honka - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Brittany Hedderson (175-G-90) of TuRi - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kenya McBee (192-C-83) of ToPo - 21 points and 20 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen 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)

Chandrea Jones claims Finnish SM-sarja weekly honour - 4 hours ago

American Chandrea Jones (177-SF-87, agency: LBM Management) had a very impressive game in the last round for Catz and that's her to receive a Player of the Week award for round 5. The 29-year old had the game-high 30 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Catz in her team's victory, helping them to beat Espoo Team (#6, 2-3) 86-80. Catz is placed at 4th position in Finnish SM-sarja. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season....   [read more]

Bria Goss
SM-sarja Round 5: Forssan Alku loses #1 position - 1 day ago

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in SM-sarja, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. The biggest surprise took place in Hyvinkaa where host HyPo (4-1) crushed league's leader Forssan Alku (4-1) 86-66 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Forssan Alku. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by HyPo. Forssan Alku managed to win third quarter 2...   [read more]

Bria Goss
Vilma Kesanen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Finnish players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international guard Vilma Kesanen (173-88). Sheto a victory against one of league's weakest teams Gipuzkoa UPV in the Spanish LFB in Sunday night's game.    [read more]

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