25-year old shooting guard Rion Brown (198-SG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Kataja Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 38. He had the game-high 27 points adding eight rebounds and six assists for Kataja Basket in his team's victory, helping them to outclass KTP Basket (#8, 13-22) with 31-point margin 97-66. Kataja Basket maintains the 2nd position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja Basket will need more victories to improve their 25-10 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Kataja Basket's top player in his first season with the team. University of Miami, Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.1ppg) and averages solid 40.4% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Austin Hollins (195-F/G-91) of Kauhajoki. He is American swingman in his first season at Kauhajoki. In the last game Hollins recorded impressive 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Kauhajoki cruised to a 89-78 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Kataja Basket (#2, 25-10). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kauhajoki consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 21-14 record is not bad at all. Hollins is a newcomer at Kauhajoki and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.9ppg (#6). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Jamal Jones (203-G-93) of Lapua (#5). Jones showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Lapua, leading his team to a 110-65 easy win against slightly lower-ranked BC Nokia (#7, 15-20). The chances of Lapua ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones could help Lapua to bring them higher in the standings. Jones has a great season in Finland. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.4ppg (best scorer).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Rakeem Buckles (203-F-90) of Kouvot - 20 points and 12 rebounds 5. Dom Morris (201-F-90) of Lapua - 25 points and 9 rebounds 6. Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) of Kataja Basket - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Desmond Williams (199-G-91) of Salon Vilpas - 20 points and 7 rebounds 8. Matias Ojala (199-PF-89) of Salon Vilpas - 15 points and 7 rebounds 9. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Lapua - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Marius Van Andringa (189-G-94) of Lapua - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 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)
Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - 3 hours 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 - 12 hours 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
Korisliiga Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Kataja Basket and Kauhaojoki post wins - 2 days ago
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Helsinki Seagulls - Kataja Basket 67-84 Kataja Basket rallied past Helsinki Seagulls to take 3-1 lead. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Joensuun Kataja's pressure prevailed and they won that period 32-16 extending their advantage to 17 points. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7... [read more]
Kataja Basket rallied past Helsinki Seagulls to take 3-1 lead. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Joensuun Kataja's pressure prevailed and they won that period 32-16 extending their advantage to 17 points. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Devonte Upson (206-93, college: SE Louisiana) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Helsinki Seagulls. Five Joensuun Kataja and four Helsinki Seagulls players scored in double figures. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Helsinki Seagulls: G.Lee 13+4reb, D.Upson 12+6reb, R.Cowels III 10+5reb+3ast, A.Nikkarinen 10+1reb+4ast, T.Heinonen 7+2reb+1ast, A.Vaenerberg 6+2reb Kataja Basket: J.Bradley 19+7reb, D.Bryant 14+2reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 14+3reb, R.Brown 14+6reb+3ast, T.Rannikko 13+1reb+5ast, D.Mullings 4+3reb+1ast
Kauhajoki overcame Salon Vilpas to even the series at 2-2. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Salon Vilpas won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kauhajoen Karhu shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) produced 6 points and 7 rebounds and forward Brandon Edwards (198-91, college: Texas Arlington) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Salon Vilpas: O.Jarvi 12, D.Williams 10+5reb, B.Edwards 9+7reb, M.Koivisto 9+4reb+2ast, J.Staten 9+1reb+3ast, M.Pounds 7+4reb+2ast Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 18+5reb+5ast, T.Unruh 18+3reb+2ast, D.Washington 16+9reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 11+7reb+3ast, K.Holsey 8+3reb, J.Lehtoranta 8+1reb+2ast
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