-year old guard Earlysia Marchbanks (180-G, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for Kerava and receives a Eurobasket.com 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)
SM-sarja Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Espoo United and PeKa earn wins - 1 day ago
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Kouvot - Espoo Utd 81-92 Espoo Utd upset Kouvot on the road to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Espoo Utd. Kouvottaret managed to win third quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Espoo Utd won last quarter 26-17. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith (183, college: Seton Hall) who had a double-d... [read more]
Espoo Utd upset Kouvot on the road to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Espoo Utd. Kouvottaret managed to win third quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Espoo Utd won last quarter 26-17. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith (183, college: Seton Hall) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Shenita Landry (188-87, college: Temple) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Ny Hammonds (165-92, college: Charlotte, agency: Two Points) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Jacqueline Luna-Castro (188-93, college: Charleston) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Kouvot: U.Nuolikoski 21+2ast, J.Luna-Castro 16+8reb+1ast, N.Hammonds 15+6reb+8ast, W.Frazier 14+4reb+3ast, I.Myllyoja 8+10reb+3ast, E.Tuominen 4+3reb+2ast Espoo Utd: T.Richardson-Smith 28+12reb, S.Landry 14+10reb+2ast, F.Randolph 13+7reb+2ast, D.Pounds 12+5reb+1ast, K.Vaalavirta 9, M.Mali 7+2ast
PeKa rallied past FoA to earn the second straight win in the series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Forssan Alku won fourth quarter 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Akilah Sims (178-94, college: IUPUI) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Forward Amanda Lassiter (186-79, college: Missouri) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Ashley Clark (180-93, college: Tulsa) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Robin Murphy (185-88, college: S.Mississippi, agency: ProDep Management) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Forssan Alku. Top scorers: FoA: R.Murphy 16+8reb, A.Clark 16+12reb+3ast, K.Johnson 13+5reb+4ast, T.Snow 8+2reb+4ast, H.Vapamaa 6+5reb+2ast, A.Leinonen 3+1reb PeKa: A.Sims 33+11reb+2ast, A.Lassiter 24+12reb+6ast, D.Simmons 8+7reb+2ast, S.Wahlgren 4+4reb+4ast, R.Lehtoranta 2+1reb+3ast, I.Ahvenainen 0
Vilma Kesanen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - 3 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Finns 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 Vilma Kesanen (173-88, agency: ProDep Management). She managed to help Universitario de Ferrol in a victory against the 12th-ranked Zamarat in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Finns 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 Vilma Kesanen (173-88, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in Spain). She managed to help Universitario de Ferrol in a victory against the 12th-ranked Zamarat (7-17) 61-51 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game.
Kesanen scored only 3 points in 14 minutes on the court.
Universitario de Ferrol (14-10) is placed fourth in the LFB.
It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Kesanen averages: 3.5ppg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 41.7% in 21 games she played so far.
Ex-Catz Lappeenranta player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Minna Sten (190-87, currently plays in France). She contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider CFBB (4-18) 64-48 in the French LF2 (second division) last Saturday.
Sten recorded only 4 points and blocked 4 shots.
Avenir Basket Chartres (19-3) is placed first in the LF2.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Sten's first season with the team.
Her overall stats this year are: 7.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 91.7%.
Sten is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.
#3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international guard Riikka Kujala (165-95, currently plays college basketball in the States). She contributed to an easy victory against the Seattle University (5-9) 68-52 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Thursday night.
Kujala scored only 2 points in 15 minutes.
The University of Wyoming has 8-10 conference record this season.
The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA.
This year Kujala averages just 0.5ppg, 2FGP: 36.4% in 22 games.
She played for the Finnish U18 national team four years ago.
#4. Forward Krista Gross (183-90, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Scrivia's victory against the 14th-ranked Alghero (1-21) 63-52 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Gross recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting the same number of rebounds.
Ecoprogram Castelnuovo Scrivia (13-9) is placed seventh in Group A.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Gross has relatively good stats this season: 10.9ppg, 9.6rpg and 2.8spg.
She is also Finnish national team player.
SM-sarja Round 1 of Quarter-Finals. Espoo and PeKa celebrate victories - 3 days ago
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Espoo Utd - Kouvot 80-65 Espoo rallied past Kouvot in the opener. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 51-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Espoo Utd dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvottaret's 26. American forward Shenita Landry (188-87, college: Temple) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. International forward Dionne Pounds (175-... [read more]
Espoo rallied past Kouvot in the opener. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 51-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Espoo Utd dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvottaret's 26. American forward Shenita Landry (188-87, college: Temple) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. International forward Dionne Pounds (175-84, college: Lamar) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Four Espoo Utd players scored in double figures. American forward Whitney Frazier (180-92, college: Louisiana Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import guard Ny Hammonds (165-92, college: Charlotte, agency: Two Points) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Espoo Utd: S.Landry 28+16reb+2ast, F.Randolph 14+4reb+2ast, D.Pounds 11+7reb+7ast, E.Nurmi 11+3reb+2ast, K.Vaalavirta 8+2reb+1ast, S.Sandell 4+4reb+1ast Kouvot: W.Frazier 20+17reb+1ast, N.Hammonds 15+7reb+8ast, U.Nuolikoski 11+3reb+1ast, J.Luna-Castro 9+4reb, K.Lind 6+1reb+1ast, I.Myllyoja 4+1reb+1ast
PeKa toppled FoA to gain 1-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. Peli-Karhut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Forssan Alku's 40. They outrebounded Forssan Alku 47-34 including 36 on the defensive glass. Peli-Karhut looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Forssan Alku's players. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Akilah Sims (178-94, college: IUPUI) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Forward Amanda Lassiter (186-79, college: Missouri) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Tyonna Snow (178-93, college: Missouri St.) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Kiana Johnson (168-93, college: Virginia Union) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. 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: PeKa: A.Sims 28+15reb+1ast, A.Lassiter 13+9reb+3ast, D.Simmons 13+5reb+7ast, S.Wahlgren 9+3reb+2ast, L.Lehtoranta 8+1reb+2ast, R.Lehtoranta 5+5reb+3ast FoA: R.Murphy 14+4reb, T.Snow 11+8reb+1ast, K.Johnson 10+7reb+2ast, A.Clark 7+5reb+1ast, H.Vapamaa 5+4reb+1ast, A.Leinonen 4+3reb
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