Division 1 A, round 22: As we know there is not a single Basketball team from Helsinki area playing in Top League (Korisliiga) this season. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) and Honka (Tapiola) are play-off teams in Division 1, though, and meeting eachother tonight third time during the regular season. The wins were 1-1 before tonight's thriller. Teams needed this time an OT before it was clear ToPo had won 97-90 (79) (33-44). There were 64 fouls called (ToPo 29 - Honka 35), there were 70 FTs shot (ToPo 35/45, Honka 17/25) and there were 1000 people who saw this fight live! Hanno Mottola (209-PF-76, college: Utah) saved this game first into OT by scoring 79-79 bucket at time 39:34. Then during the OT Mottola scored 12 out of ToPo's 18 points. Mottola had 18 FTs in the game, made 15 of them. Mottola scored 27 points in 30 minutes. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) (19pts/11rbs) and Marcus Capers (193-G-89, college: Washington St.) (17pts/10rbs) were the other two key players on ToPo (17-5) roster. Malik Moore (192-G-77, college: Amer.Internat.) led Honka (14-9) with 28 pts. Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) added 22pts/15rbs. At Nokia BC Nokia (11-10) was close to upset Tarmo (Porvoo), but visitors won the last quarter 7-23 and by the same the contest 68-76 (43-35). Ville Tuominen (180-PG-89) led BC Nokia with 18 pts. Kraidon Woods (205-C/F-88, college: Drake) added 16 pts. Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) (Tarmo) had a double-double 24pts/10rbs. Isaiah Tate (192-G-89, college: George Mason) netted 15 and Jarno Nissinen (195-F-77) 14 pts. Tarmo (18-4) and ToPo will meet coming Friday, March 15 in Porvoo and the winner of that fight will probably win the regular season. YMCA Oulu defeated Ura Basket (Kaarina 102-89 (52-45) and Riento (Saynatsalo) beat Huima (Aanekoski) 93-76 (57-31). An important victory for Riento! ToPo - Honka 97-90 (79) (33-44). (Hanno Mottola 27, HLColeman 19/11, Marcus Capers 17/10 - Malik Moore 28, Ronnie Clark 22/15, Jouko Jarvinen 14. A: 1000). BC Nokia - Tarmo 68-76 (43-35). (Ville Tuominen 18, Kraidon Woods 16, Brian Moultrie 13/8 - Vernon Taylor 24/10, Isaiah Tate 15, Jarno Nissinen 14). YMCA Oulu - Ura Basket 102-89 (52-45). (Josh Nofflet 31/10, Dwight Coleman 25/18, Russell Frederick 24/10 - Paul Harrison 25, Nolan Richardson 22, Bobby Nash 14/11). SayRi - Huima 93-76 (57-31). (Shaquille Johnson 26, Rolando Little 21, Eryk Thomas 17/5a - DeAndre Mays 25, Cory Abercrombie 24/15, Andre Stephens 16/9).
Korisliiga Round 6 of Semi-Finals. Kauhajoki force decider versus Salon Vilpas - 1 day ago
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Kauhajoki - Salon Vilpas 88-77 Kauhajoki held off Salon Vilpas to force the decisive seventh game in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. Salon Vilpas managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kauhajoen Karhu won last quarter 30-20. They made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Salon Vilpas only scored six points from the s... [read more]
Kauhajoki held off Salon Vilpas to force the decisive seventh game in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. Salon Vilpas managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kauhajoen Karhu won last quarter 30-20. They made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Salon Vilpas only scored six points from the stripe. Kauhajoen Karhu looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Salon Vilpas' players. 26 personal fouls committed by Salon Vilpas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) who recorded 18 points and 4 assists and international Juho Nenonen (202-87, agency: Blacktop Management) added 15 points respectively. Top scorers: Kauhajoki: D.Giles 23+9reb, D.Washington 15+10reb+7ast, B.Sarcevic 13+6reb+3ast, S.Vanttaja 12+2reb+1ast, T.Unruh 11+9reb+3ast, A.Hollins 8+6reb+3ast Salon Vilpas: J.Staten 18+2reb+4ast, J.Nenonen 15+4reb, O.Jarvi 11+1reb, A.Coleman 8+8reb, M.Koivisto 8+4reb+1ast, M.Ojala 7+3reb+1ast
Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Finns who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88). Heto an easy victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Finns who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (17-10) 89-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Koponen scored 11 points in 24 minutes on the court.
FC Barcelona Lassa (19-9) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Koponen's first season with the team.
This year he averages: 9.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 90.9%(40-44) in 24 games he played so far.
Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain). Salin contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Movil Estudiantes (3-0) 104-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
He scored 7 points.
Herbalife Gran Canaria (19-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Salin's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 78.4%.
He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.
#3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany). Huff could not help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (13-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost 84-91 on the road to the leading ratiopharm Ulm.
Huff scored 11 points in 27 minutes.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
Huff has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(24-42), 3FGP: 41.1% and FT: 73.9% in 12 games.
He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.
#4. Power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to help USK Praha in their game against BK Opava (16-16) in the Czech Republic NBL. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game Madsen was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds.
This season Madsen has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg.
He is also Finnish national team player.
#5. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Kolossos HH (13-13) in their game against AGOR (13-13) in the Greek A1, despite his good performance last Wednesday.
Ahonen scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes.
But Kolossos HH lost 55-69 in Rethymno to the higher-ranked (#6) AGOR.
It was Kolossos HH's third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Ahonen's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.1apg in 29 games.
He plays currently for the Finnish national team.
#6. Power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France) managed to help Strasbourg IG to win against the 14th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-19) 78-68 in the French ProA on Tuesday night.
Murphy scored only 4 points.
Strasbourg IG (20-9) is placed third in the ProA.
It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row.
Murphy's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Murphy is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.
Strangely he has never played in Finland.
#7. International forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) led Chorale de Roanne to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-18) 79-76 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game.
Nuutinen scored 11 points in 26 minutes.
Chorale de Roanne Basket (13-16) is placed 13th in the ProB.
This year Nuutinen's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 2.7rpg in 27 games.
He is also Finnish national team player.
#8. Shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matti Nuutinen. But that was another game of his team in French ProB which we would like to mention.
Kanervo couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Chorale de Roanne (13-16) in their game against SPO Rouen (14-15). Despite his good performance last Friday He scored 11 points.
Kanervo has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg.
He plays currently for the Finnish national team.
#9. International point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Sasu Salin in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game.
Wilson couldn't help Movil Estudiantes (3-0) in their game against Gran Canaria (19-10). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
Wilson scored only 2 points in 15 minutes.
The league leader Movil Estudiantes was badly defeated 104-86 in Las Palmas by the lower-ranked (#6) Gran Canaria.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Wilson has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.5apg in 27 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Wilson is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.
He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.
Korisliiga Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Kataja reach Finals - 2 days ago
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Kataja Basket - Helsinki Seagulls 91-71 Kataja Basket fired past Helsinki Seagulls to secure Korisliiga Finals birth. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Helsinki Seagulls managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sp... [read more]
Kataja Basket fired past Helsinki Seagulls to secure Korisliiga Finals birth. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Helsinki Seagulls managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. The former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) produced 10 points and 7 assists and American swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Five Joensuun Kataja and four Helsinki Seagulls players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Kataja Basket: J.Bradley 26+8reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 18+3reb+10ast, R.Brown 13+8reb+3ast, D.Mullings 10+4reb+3ast, I.Seppala 10+1reb+1ast, T.Huolila 6+3reb+1ast Helsinki Seagulls: R.Cowels III 16+3reb+2ast, G.Lee 13+7reb, J.Conley 11+5reb+3ast, A.Nikkarinen 10+4reb+7ast, C.Lindbom 8+4reb+1ast, D.Upson 4+4reb
Salon Vilpas outgunned Kauhajoki to take 3-2 lead in the series. The game without a history. Salon Vilpas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Kauhajoen Karhu's 32. They outrebounded Kauhajoen Karhu 52-32 including a 38-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kauhajoen Karhu was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Samuli Vanttaja (210-91) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. 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: Salon Vilpas: A.Coleman 18+15reb, D.Williams 17+8reb+2ast, B.Edwards 12+10reb+2ast, J.Staten 12+3reb+6ast, M.Pounds 11+4reb+3ast, M.Ojala 8+4reb Kauhajoki: S.Vanttaja 12+5reb, A.Hollins 10+5reb+1ast, T.Unruh 8+5reb+2ast, D.Washington 8+3reb, B.Sarcevic 8+1reb+4ast, J.Lehtoranta 6+3reb+2ast
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