#1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Evanthia Maltsi (180-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Eurocup). She led her Turkish team Kayseri to a victory over the closely-ranked Mersin (5-1) 91-87 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game.
Maltsi was MVP of the game. She recorded 21 points and added 3 assists in 35 minutes on the court.
It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group E. Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (3-1) is placed first.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Maltsi is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place).
She has individually a very good year with high stats. Maltsi averages: 23.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 49.0% in the five games she played so far.
She is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former international power forward Stefanie Murphy (192-89, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Eurocup). Murphy contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Young Cats (1-5) crushing them 100-79 in the Eurocup last Wednesday.
She scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Murphy's second season in pro basketball. Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (5-1) is placed first in group B.
There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Murphy's first year with the team.
She has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(35-63) and FT: 61.5%.
Murphy is a naturalized American.
She played for the Greek national team in 2010.
Strangely Murphy has never played in Greece.
#3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Styliani Kaltsidou (188-83, also represented by Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Euroleague). She contributed to Bourges' victory against the fifth-ranked UNI Gyor (3-3) 57-47 in the Euroleague on Wednesday night.
Kaltsidou scored 7 points in 18 minutes.
Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (5-1) is placed second in group A.
It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Kaltsidou has been at the team for four years.
This season her overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 28.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% in the two games.
Kaltsidou played for the Greek national team one years ago.
#4. Forward Zoi Dimitrakou (188-87, another player represented by Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Evanthia Maltsi and both played together in the last Eurocup game.
Dimitrakou contributed to Kayseri's victory against the closely-ranked Mersin (5-1) 91-87.
She recorded 9 points.
Dimitrakou's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg.
She used to play for the Greek national team
back in 2009.
#5. International power forward Peli Papamichail (189-86, another player represented by Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Ragusa's victory against the fifth-ranked Min.Battipaglia (6-3) 58-47 in the Italian A2 (12th division) last Sunday.
Papamichail had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 33 minutes.
Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (10-0) is placed first in South group.
So far her team won all ten games in the Regular Season.
It's Papamichail's first season with the team.
This year she has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.3spg in the 10 games.
Papamichail plays currently for the Greek national team.
#6. Swingman Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-81, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LFB could not help Caja Rural (4-4) to beat Conquero (2-5).
She scored 8 points and added 4 passes.
Caja Rural was defeated 81-69 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Conquero (#10).
They ended the series of three consecutive victories.
Chatzinikolaou's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg.
She is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.
#7. International forward Katerina Sotiriou (186-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Navarra Pamplona (3-4) in their game against Argon Uni Girona (5-2) in the Spanish LFB.
Sotiriou was the second best scorer with 9 points. She also added 4 rebounds in 28 minutes.
But Navarra Pamplona was crushed 78-47 in Girona by the higher-ranked (#3) Argon Uni.
It was Navarra Pamplona's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
This year Sotiriou's total stats are: 6.7ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg in the seven games.
She is also Greek national team player.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Greek passport:
#1.Vicky Volonaki (179-F-80, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked 08 Stockholm (8-6) crushing them 82-39 in the Swedish Damligan last Thursday.
Volonaki scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Solna Vikings (7-4) is placed fourth in the Damligan.
Volonaki has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg.
A1 Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Olympiacos and Athinaikos to clash for title - 5 days ago
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Olympiacos - Dafni Agioy 102-50 Olympiacos prevailed against Dafni Agioy to sweep the semifinal series. Olympiacos made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Dafni Agioy turnovers and outrebounded them 41-21 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Olympiacos players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Dafni Agioy's players. The former international forward Evanthia Maltsi (180-78, agency: ProDep M... [read more]
Olympiacos prevailed against Dafni Agioy to sweep the semifinal series. Olympiacos made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Dafni Agioy turnovers and outrebounded them 41-21 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Olympiacos players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Dafni Agioy's players. The former international forward Evanthia Maltsi (180-78, agency: ProDep Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 assists and 4 steals for the winners and the former international forward Styliani Kaltsidou (188-83, agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Marianna Axiopoulou (180-84) responded with 10 points and center Maria Tetene (192-90) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. 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: Olympiacos: E.Maltsi 22+4reb+10ast, L.Kizer 20+5reb, S.Kaltsidou 20+4reb+5ast, L.Johnson 16+9reb+1ast, E.Stamati 8+2reb+4ast, N.Gotzi 5+1reb+9ast Dafni Agioy: M.Axiopoulou 10+2reb+2ast, S.Cheslek 9+5reb, M.Tetene 8+5reb+1ast, M.Manoli 7+1ast, E.Vlani 6+1ast, C.Brown 4+4reb+3ast
Athinaikos held off Panathinaikos and advanced into Finals. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Vassiliki Daskalopoulou (178-84) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Anthoula Balta (174-87) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Athinaikos players scored in double figures. American center Shamela Hampton (191-87, college: UNLV) answered with 28 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Corin Adams (174-88, college: Morgan St., agency: Two Points) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Panathinaikos. Top scorers: Athinaikos: A.Balta 15+3reb+4ast, V.Daskalopoulou 15+8reb+1ast, K.Albanez 12+7reb+1ast, K.Williams 10+11reb+1ast, T.Panteli 4+8reb, A.Kalogirou 4+1reb Panathinaikos: S.Hampton 28+9reb+2ast, C.Adams 11+4reb+4ast, R.Mouli 8+5reb+4ast, A.Slouka 2+6reb+2ast, N.Avery 2+4reb+2ast, C.Ezedja 0
Chinasa-Cynthia Ezedja claims Greek A1 weekly honour - 11 days ago
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Experienced Chinasa-Cynthia Ezedja (188-F/C) put on an amazing game in the last round for Panathinaikos and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22. The power forward had a double-double of 26 points and seventeen rebounds, while her team outclassed Terpsithea (#12, 1-21) with 76-point margin 106-30. Panathinaikos maintains the 3rd position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Panathinaikos... [read more]
Experienced Chinasa-Cynthia Ezedja (188-F/C) put on an amazing game in the last round for Panathinaikos and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22. The power forward had a double-double of 26 points and seventeen rebounds, while her team outclassed Terpsithea (#12, 1-21) with 76-point margin 106-30. Panathinaikos maintains the 3rd position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Panathinaikos will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Ezedja as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Chinasa-Cynthia Ezedja averages this season 3.8ppg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American power forward Khadijah Shumpert (188-F/C-93) of Panathlitikos. Shumpert impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 18 rebounds. Of course she led Panathlitikos to another comfortable win 72-59 over the lower-ranked Kronos AD (#11, 3-19) being unquestionably team leader. Panathlitikos' 7th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Shumpert is a newcomer at Panathlitikos and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.2ppg (#1). She also registered 9.7 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was American Korinne Campbell (184-F-88) of PAOK (#8). Campbell scored 22 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of PAOK, leading her team to a 59-55 win against slightly lower-ranked Panionios (#9, 7-15). PAOK needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 10 lost games. Campbell has a great season in Greece. After 22 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 11.7rpg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Stephany Skrba (188-F-87) of Proteas - 22 points and 14 rebounds 5. Sheila Boykin (188-F) of Panathlitikos - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists 6. Michaela Stara (175-G-90) of Niki Lefkadas - 24 points and 2 rebounds 7. Roula Mouli (178-G-85) of Panathinaikos - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) of Olympiacos - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-F/G-81) of Olympiacos - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Aikaterini Spatharou (172-G-83) of Kronos AD - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 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)
Olympiakos Volou celebrate A2 North title - 12 days ago
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Olympiakos Volou celebrate North A2 title with a 21-1 record. In the last game they posted a 59-45 win against Anagenisi. After being tied at 17-17, Olympiakos Volou needed a strong push that allowed them to take a 33-26 lead at the halftime and then won the game. Rafaela Soultani(171-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Tantourofska added 18. Iraklis finished second with a 20-2 record. [read more]
Olympiakos Volou celebrate North A2 title with a 21-1 record. In the last game they posted a 59-45 win against Anagenisi. After being tied at 17-17, Olympiakos Volou needed a strong push that allowed them to take a 33-26 lead at the halftime and then won the game. Rafaela Soultani (171-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Tantourofska added 18. Iraklis finished second with a 20-2 record.
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