#1. This week's number one is an international forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81). He was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the seventh-ranked Umana Venezia (17-15) 89-83 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game.
Fotsis had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (22-10) is placed second in the SerieA.
It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Fotsis' first season with the team.
This year he averages: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 64.8%(68-105), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 77.3% in the 35 games he played so far.
Fotsis is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antonis Fotsis and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game.
Bourousis led Armani Milano to a victory over the seventh-ranked Umana Venezia (17-15) 89-83.
He was MVP of the game. Bourousis scored 20 points.
Bourousis has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.5%(123-200), 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 73.8%.
He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.
#3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, also represented by FCM), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Vasiliadis could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Gescrap BB lost 73-77 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral.
Vasiliadis recorded 15 points (made all of his seven free throws) in 28 minutes.
This year Vasiliadis has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 60.6%(60-99), 3FGP: 29.9% and FT: 90.7%(136-150) in the 35 games.
He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.
#4. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Cimberio Varese (17-15) 91-75 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game.
Zisis recorded 6 points and added 6 passes.
Montepaschi Siena (24-8) is placed first in the SerieA.
Zisis' overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.8apg.
He is also Greek national team player.
#5. International guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89), who plays in the Estonian KML was not able to help Tartu Ulikool (25-3) in their last game. Despite Sokk's good performance the league leader Tartu Ulikool lost in an overtime 76-87 in Tallinn to the second-ranked Kalev/Cramo.
He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 21 minutes.
Sokk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Tartu Ulikool's roster.
Sokk is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.1apg.
This year he also averages: 9.5ppg and 2.2rpg in the 24 games.
Sokk has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian.
Despite he played previously for the Estonian national team, Sokk is currently in the Greek national team roster.
#6. Center Alexey Savrasenko (215-79) managed to help Unics Kazan to win against the closely-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (9-9) 81-75 in the Russian PBL on Thursday night.
He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Unics Kazan (8-10) is placed sixth in the PBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Savrasenko's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 4.1rpg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.
#7. International center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, another player represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention.
Mavroeidis was not able to secure a victory for Gescrap BB (19-15) in their game against Caja Laboral (23-11).
He scored 5 points in 7 minutes.
Gescrap BB was edged in an overtime 90-88 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral.
This year Mavroeidis' overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 3.4rpg in the 31 games.
He is also Greek national team player.
#8. Guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80) contributed to an overtime Lagun Aro GBC's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (20-14) 86-82 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday.
Papamakarios scored 6 points and had 3 steals.
Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (19-15) is placed fifth in the ACB.
Papamakarios' total stats this season are: 3.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Papamakarios is currently in the Greek national team roster.
#9. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a 1-point ASVEL's victory against the seventh-ranked Chorale de Roanne (16-14) 69-68 in the French ProA on Wednesday night.
He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes.
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-17) is placed 12th in the ProA.
The Regular Season already ended.
This year Haritopoulos' total stats are: 7.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in the 14 games.
He used to play for the Greek national team
seven years ago.
Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster American (has also Greek passport) forward Zach Auguste (208-110kg, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports). He was about to sign at LA Lakers in the NBA. He was voted All-ACC 3rd Team in 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Auguste played at another team Fighting Irish in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 25 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.7rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Auguste just graduat... [read more]
Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) added to their roster American (has also Greek passport) forward Zach Auguste (208-110kg, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports). He was about to sign at LA Lakers in the NBA. He was voted All-ACC 3rd Team in 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Auguste played at another team Fighting Irish in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 25 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.7rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Auguste just graduated from University of Notre Dame and it is his first season as a pro. On Auguste: by Chris Mammides (August 2014)
The Greek-American a talented and skilled individual, an all around frontcourt player is improving day by day focusing mainly in his talent and hard work joining an amazing good basketball program in Notre Dame coming as one of the top men in the New Hampton (N.H.) School , Zachary is expected to lead his college in both points and rebounds in his junior season and of course to keep on the same paste on his sophomore, at the same time due to his above average Basketball IQ he is very useful in many edges in the court. He is great in his extra curricula and also he is quite active in the various community services (awarded in the bronze level), and he is active as a member of the St. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church. He is working very hard every summer and that is the reason why his numbers are totally amazing season by season. A versatile player who is at his best playing above the rim with great defensive skills and timing in the air. Solid physical player with natural power can defend against much bigger guys with great results. During his last evolvements he focused on slowing down the pace of his game and working on his consistency of play at both ends of the floor and has great results so far. Gets up and down floor well ... can step away from the basket and shoot a jump shot away from the basket ... good ball handler ... has scored in double figures 10 times during his career. In his first two years with the the Notre Dam, Auguste often was in a hurry with about every aspect of the game. He played fast on the court; he talked quickly off it. He so wanted to play a key role that it left him all wound up and running in circles, not sure where he fit. As a freshman, preseason sprains twice to the same ankle derailed any idea that Auguste could crack a veteran rotation. Then-senior Jack Cooley had locked down all the low-post minutes. Generally, Auguste is of great material, he will pursue a professional career as he has all the elements to become a great player either in NBA or in the European courts. He will eventually be among the top men of the Greek NT.
Lithuania Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-PF-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Iraklis and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 3. The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 13 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat GS Larissas (#10, 1-2) 80-72. Iraklis maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Irakli... [read more]
Lithuania Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-PF-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Iraklis and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 3. The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 13 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat GS Larissas (#10, 1-2) 80-72. Iraklis maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Iraklis already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Rutkauskas turned to be Iraklis' top player in his first season with the team. Rutkauskas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 65.0% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old power forward Anastasios Antonakis (205-F/C-92) of Ethnikos. Antonakis impressed basketball fans with 21 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Ethnikos to edge Pagrati (1-2) by 1 point 81-80. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Antonakis is a newcomer at Ethnikos 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 Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86) of Arkadikos (#13). Tsougarakis scored 18 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Tsougarakis' great performance Arkadikos lost 56-90 to AE Larissas (#1, 3-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Arkadikos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Tsougarakis has individually a great season in Greece. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (6th best).
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)
EuroLeague: Olympiacos beat Emporio Armani - 1 day ago
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Olympiacos - Emporio Armani 91:81 Olympiacos clinched the second victory in EuroLeague regular season. They overcame Emporio Armani for 2-1 record. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 16 points each to pace the hosts. Olympiacos posted a 25:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Emporio Armani cut the deficit in the second term. The Italian side pulled within 5 points at halftime 41:46. Olympiacos however remained in c... [read more]
Olympiacos - Emporio Armani 91:81
Olympiacos clinched the second victory in EuroLeague regular season. They overcame Emporio Armani for 2-1 record. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 16 points each to pace the hosts. Olympiacos posted a 25:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Emporio Armani cut the deficit in the second term. The Italian side pulled within 5 points at halftime 41:46. Olympiacos however remained in charge in the third quarter. The Piraeus side arrived at the final intermission up by 9 points 70:61. The hosts sank 21 points in the fourth term and cruised to the win. Khem Birch (208-C-92, college: UNLV) delivered 12 points and 6 boards in the victory. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) responded with 16 points for Emporio Armani. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) had 14 points and 8 caroms in the loss.
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