Former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Olympus, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 25-year old player recorded a triple-double of 27 points and added10 rebounds and 14 assists, while his team outclassed Dinamo Tbilisi (#7, 3-5) with 33-point margin 99-66. Olympus maintains the 2nd position in Superleague. They are still close to the very top. Olympus would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 7-1 record. In the team's last game Gamqrelidze had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Olympus' top player in his first season with the team. Giorgi Gamqrelidze has solid league stats. He is league's best passer with 8.7apg. Gamqrelidze
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Larry Blair (183-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) of MIA Tbilisi. Blair had a very good evening with 33 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead MIA Tbilisi to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Samedicino (#9, 3-6) 105-80. This victory allowed MIA Tbilisi to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Blair is a newcomer at MIA Tbilisi, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.0ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 5.3rpg and 5.7apg.
Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-F-91) of Kutaisi (#3). Barbakadze got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Kutaisi, leading his team to a 107-78 easy win against the lower-ranked STU Tbilisi (#8, 3-5). Kutaisi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 2 lost games. Barbakadze has a great season in Georgia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (8th best). He also has FGP: 71.1% and 3PT: 54.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) of Kutaisi - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists 5. Beka Bekauri (207-C-91) of Samedicino - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Soso Shermadini (208-F-85) of TSU Tbilisi - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Revaz Chachanidze (183-G-90) of Rustavi - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Ben Woodside (180-PG-85) of Armia - 19 points and 6 assists 9. Mikheil Chitashvili (193-G-84) of TSU Tbilisi - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists 10. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82) of Olympus - 12 points and 10 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)
Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Awards 2013 - May 15, 2013
Player of the Year: Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Rustavi; Guard of the Year: Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Rustavi; Forward of the Year: Levan Fatsatsia (198-F-88) of Olimpi; Center of the Year: Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) of Olimpi; Most Improved Player of the Year: Irakli Chlaidze (199-F-89) of Sokhumi; Bosman Player of the Year: Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) of Olimpi; Import Player of the Year: Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Rustavi; Domestic Player of the Year: Richard Matiashvili (207-C-89) of Kutaisi; New [read more]
Giorgi Shermadini became a EuroLeague champion - May 13, 2013
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Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) became a EuroLeague champion as his Olympiacos celebrated the second straight EuroLeague title. They outgunned Real Madrid in an exciting clash at O2 Arena in London. Vassilis Spanoulis came up with 22 points to pace the Hellenes to the historic success. The Reds entered the EuroLeague Final Four as underdogs but proved a tough nut to crack edging big time favourites CSKA in the semis and then Real Madrid in the Final [read more]
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) became a EuroLeague champion as his Olympiacos celebrated the second straight EuroLeague title. They outgunned Real Madrid in an exciting clash at O2 Arena in London. Vassilis Spanoulis came up with 22 points to pace the Hellenes to the historic success. The Reds entered the EuroLeague Final Four as underdogs but proved a tough nut to crack edging big time favourites CSKA in the semis and then Real Madrid in the Final. Real Madrid looked dominant at every end of the floor in the opening quarter. The Spanish team got to a flying start building a 27:10 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiacos once again showed their character. They opened the second frame on a 12:2 rally. Sloukas capped the first half with three points to put Olympiacos within 4 points 37:41. Vassilis Spanoulis drained back-to-back three-pointers early in the third term to give the Reds a 45:43 lead. Kyle Hines and Acie Law made it 52:46 for Olympiacos midway through the third term. Real however did not allow the Reds to pull away entering the fourth frame all tied at 61. The Greek team opened the fourth frame on a 9:1 run to ensure a 70:62 advantage. Marcus Slaughter received a technical foul midway through the period and Olympiacos punished Real with a 6:0 run to extend the lead to 14 points 84:70. Sergio Rodriguez dragged the Madrid outfit within 8 points 79:87 but Vassilis Spanoulis reacted with a timely three-pointer and Olympiacos cruised to the victory from there on. Acie Law provided 20 points, while Kyle Hines netted 12 points for the winners. Giorgi Shermadini delivered 3 points, made 1 rebound and 2 assists. Rudy Fernandez responded with 21 points for Real Madrid. Sergio Rodriguez added 17 points in the loss.
Kutaisi - MIA Academy 73-89 (1-2)
MIA shot 62.3 percent from the field. MIA outrebounded Kutaisi 29-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for MIA especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a great evening for American point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds [read more]
MIA shot 62.3 percent from the field. MIA outrebounded Kutaisi 29-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for MIA especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a great evening for American point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) helped adding 16 points and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four MIA players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) with 19 points and 5 steals and guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) scored 7 points and 11 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 19+3reb, Z.Pashayev 14+1reb+2ast, R.Matiashvili 12+8reb, T.Babunashvili 8+1ast, B.Kvimsadze 7+2reb+11ast, D.Barbakadze 6+1ast MIA Academy: D.Vaughn 20+6reb+3ast, B.Raymond 16+4reb+6ast, K.Archibeque 13+5reb+5ast, C.Prewitt 12+6reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 8+3reb+2ast, M.Chitashvili 5+2reb+1ast
Olimpi made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Olimpi outrebounded Armia 48-35 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Darren Moore (190-89, college: Cal-Irvine) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International Besik Lezhava (192-86) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: FCM) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Armia. Four Armia players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Armia: B.Lezhava 19+7reb+2ast, A.Boisa 13+6reb, L.Parghalava 11+2reb+2ast, G.Jgerenaia 11+11reb+1ast, G.Gamqrelidze 9+6reb+8ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 6+2reb+6ast Olimpi: D.Moore 19+10reb+2ast, A.Dvalishvili 16+8reb+1ast, L.Fatsatsia 16+9reb+4ast, K.Tomaradze 7+2reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 6+2reb, S.Milosevic 5+6reb
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