Georgia overcame Estonia in day 3 of the U16 European Championship in Division B. The Georgian side grabbed 2-0 record on top of Group C after a 59:52 win. Estonia meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1. Estonia won the first period 17:16 and Jaagup Russak (179-G-96) opened the second frame for 20:16. Georgia played better at the end of the half and due to 15-13 in the frame grabbed 31:30 at the halftime. Estonia started the third quarter better and Jaagup Russak brought 39:33. Georgia meanwhile replied with a 13-0 run to take 46:39 lead after three quarter when Luka Zakradze (187-PG-96) nailed from the perimeter. Both teams nailed 13 points in the last stanza for the final result. Luka Zakradze stepped up with 20 points and Davit Lomidze (187-SG-97) followed him with 10. Giorgi Gugeshashvili (197-F-96) nailed 7, while Dimitri Bobilev (197-F-96) collected 6 points and 11 rebounds. Andre Reinart (200-C-96) and Jaagup Russak delivered 10 points each in defeat. Norman Kabin (170-PG-97) and Marko Meimer (199-F-96, agency: FCM) followed them with 8 points in a loss.
MIA Academy takes 2-1 Superleague Final - May 23, 2013
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MIA Academy - Olimpi 74-67 (2-1)
MIA Academy takes 2-1 Superleague Final. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. MIA made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds [read more]
MIA Academy takes 2-1 Superleague Final. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. MIA made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Olimpi. Top scorers: MIA Academy: K.Archibeque 22+12reb+2ast, B.Raymond 15+4reb+3ast, D.Vaughn 12+3reb+9ast, C.Prewitt 8+7reb+2ast, A.Lomouri 6+3reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 5+4reb Olimpi: M.Berishvili 19+5reb+2ast, S.Sokk 13+4reb+5ast, L.Fatsatsia 9+8reb+4ast, S.Milosevic 9+10reb+5ast, D.Moore 9, A.Dvalishvili 4
Viktor Sanikidze selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - May 22, 2013
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Georgians who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86). Heto a victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Georgians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Italy). He led Montepaschi Siena to a victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (19-11) 90-80 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game.
Sanikidze recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court.
Montepaschi Siena (18-12) is placed fifth in the SerieA.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Sanikidze averages: 6.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 58.9%(63-107), 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 66.7% in the 36 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain). He led FIATC Joventut to a victory over the closely-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (15-19) crushing them 112-75 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night.
Fisher was MVP of the game. He recorded 26 points (!!!) and added 9 passes in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fisher's second season in pro basketball. FIATC Joventut Badalona (16-18) is placed 11th in the ACB.
The Regular Season already ended.
It's Fisher's first year with the team.
Fisher is currently ninth on the list of top scorers with 13.8ppg.
This year his other stats are: 2.1rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 36.3% and FT: 83.3% in the 32 games.
Fisher is a naturalized American.
Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Fisher is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.
#3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. Tsintsadze could not help Budivelnyk (28-11) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the league leader Budivelnyk was defeated 86-74 on the road by the lower-ranked Azovmash (#3).
Tsintsadze was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 assists.
Tsintsadze's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 77.2%.
He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.
#4. Small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Tofas (12-18) crushing them 82-49 in the Turkish TBL on Tuesday night.
He scored 9 points and had 5 steals.
Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (27-3) is placed first in the TBL.
It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row.
Markoishvili is ranked second on the list of the most steals in the league.
His overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg.
Markoishvili is also Georgian national team player.
The list of other players, who all have Georgian passport but never been selected to any of Georgian national teams:
#1.Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in a Stelmet ZG's victory against the leader AZS Koszalin (18-14) 89-83 in the Polish TBL last Tuesday.
Hosley scored 16 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (20-12) is placed third.
It's Hosley's first season with the team.
Hosley is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg and 2.4spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.
#2.Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Karsiyaka's victory against the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) 74-68 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday.
Thomas recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes.
Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (23-7) is placed fifth in the TBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Thomas has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.3apg in the 27 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.
#3.Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Capitanes to a victory against the closely-ranked Brujos (10-12) 92-86 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Friday night's game.
He scored 16 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 29 minutes.
Capitanes de Arecibo (11-11) is placed fifth in the BSN.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Diaz's first season with the team.
Diaz has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg in the six games.
Olimpi - MIA Academy 86-65 (1-1)
Olimpi tied the Finals at 1-1. The game without a history. Olimpi 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 MIA's 34. Forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds [read more]
Olimpi tied the Finals at 1-1. The game without a history. Olimpi 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 MIA's 34. Forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Greek-Estonian point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) contributed with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for MIA. 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: Olimpi: S.Sokk 17+1reb+3ast, L.Fatsatsia 17+10reb+3ast, D.Moore 15+3reb+2ast, A.Dvalishvili 9+7reb+2ast, M.Berishvili 9+6reb+3ast, S.Milosevic 7+10reb+2ast MIA Academy: B.Raymond 21+7reb+1ast, K.Archibeque 12+7reb, D.Vaughn 12+5ast, C.Prewitt 5+3reb+1ast, V.Kounas 5+5reb+4ast, R.Rogava 3
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