American Justin Reynolds (204-F/C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Vichy and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 21. The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Cognac (#5, 12-6) 85-71. It allowed Vichy to consolidate first place in the French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vichy has a very solid 15-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Reynolds turned to be Vichy's top player in his first season with the team. Justin Reynolds averages this season 13.1ppg and 5.7rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old British forward Andrew Thomson (205-F-84) of La Rochelle. Thomson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead La Rochelle to another comfortable win 83-66 over the lower-ranked St Chamond (#13, 6-12) being unquestionably team leader. La Rochelle's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thomson is a newcomer at La Rochelle and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of St Chamond (#13). Pearson scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Pearson's great performance St Chamond lost 66-83 to the higher-ranked La Rochelle (#6, 12-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of St Chamond not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pearson could try to bring St Chamond's a little bit higher in the standings. Pearson has a very solid season. In 3 games in France he scored 21.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Benjamin Thomas (181-PG-82) of Vichy - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Alex Okafor (202-F-87) of Rennes - 23 points and 7 rebounds 6. Guillaume Merie (198-F-83) of Chartres - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Frederic Minet (188-G-81) of Souffel - 19 points and 6 assists 8. Cedric Mansare (195-F-85) of Sorgues - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Fabien Herard (198-F-79) of Challans - 16 points and 12 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)
Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) tabbed swingman Sekou Omar Doumbouya (200). He has played for the last two years at Centre Federal du Basket-Ball in the NM1. In 30 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg last season. Doumbouya is a member of French U18 National Team. Union Poitiers Basket 86 roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Arnaud Thinon Drake Reed Steve McWhorter Johann Garbin Forwards: Pierre-Yves Guillard Christophe Leonard Mike Joseph Sekou Omar Doumbouya Centers: Simon... [read more]
Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old Israeli international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81kg-81). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Nissim has played there for the last four seasons. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 9.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 4.0apg last season. Nissim helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Israeli League All-Star Game and to the... [read more]
Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old Israeli international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81kg-81). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Nissim has played there for the last four seasons. In 37 Winner League games he recorded 9.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 4.0apg last season. Nissim helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Israeli League All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Israeli Premier League in 2015. Nissim was also voted Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Domestic Players Team in 2014. He has been also a member of Israeli international program for some years. Nissim has regularly played for Israeli senior team since 2001 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2001. He represented Israel at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 two years ago. Nissim is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (CZG Veroli), Russia (Enisey), Slovenia (Krka), Ukraine (BC Kyiv), France (Strasbourg IG), Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Hasharon) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk). It's very possible he may end his playing career at Hapoel Eilat. On Nissim:
Great scorer. Can play both guards positions. Excellent outside shooter. Can shoot from anywhere. Good ballhandler. Good passer. Tends to do more than he can. Has good work ethic.
ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) tabbed 31-year old Cameroonian ex-international forward Gaston Moliva (202-109kg-85, college: Richmond, agency: Promotex). He played most recently at CRA Hoceima in Moroccan D1 league. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The previous (14-15) season Moliva played at SKP Banska Bystrica in SBL where in 28 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Slovakian Cup Semi... [read more]
ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) tabbed 31-year old Cameroonian ex-international forward Gaston Moliva (202-109kg-85, college: Richmond, agency: Promotex). He played most recently at CRA Hoceima in Moroccan D1 league. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The previous (14-15) season Moliva played at SKP Banska Bystrica in SBL where in 28 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals. Among other achievements Moliva received Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 Honorable Mention award back in 2013. He was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team back in 2011. Moliva has played previously professionally in Japan (Chiba Jets) and Qatar (Qatar Sports Club). He attended University of Richmond until 2008 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into Moliva's outlook:
By being one of the top shot blocker wherever he played since high school, Gaston Moliva has shown his infinite shot blocking skills and proven he is a great defender. Although he is an outstanding shot blocker, it is his overall strength and agility to control the pain both offensively and defensively that is so impressive. Gaston is one of the most professional and hardworking prospects on the market. As a professional, he consistently recorded doubles doubles and his performances have led his previous team to several finals for his career as a professional, he has shown to have all the work ethics and the leadership qualities you would want in a player.However, free throws remain an area that need some improvement.
Important stats as a professional:
Highest points scored: 42 points (2010), Qatar Sports Club against Wakrah Sports Club,
Highest rebounds: 18 (2013)
Highest blocks:9 (2009).
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