Experienced naturalized American Justin Shouse (180-G-81) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Stjarnan and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5. The 31-year old guard got a double-double of 33 points and twelve assists, while his team beat Njardvik (#11, 1-4) in overtime 115-108. Stjarnan is placed at 2nd position in American Express L.. They are still close to the very top. Stjarnan would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Shouse had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Stjarnan, through which he has constantly improved. Mercyhurst College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Shouse is in league's top in points (3rd best: 24.6ppg), assists (2nd best: 9.2apg) and averages solid 62.7% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American power forward Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of Njardvik. Van impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 27 rebounds. Bad luck as Njardvik lost that overtime game 108-115 to the higher-ranked Stjarnan (#2, 4-1). Njardvik is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Njardvik managed to get this year. Van is a newcomer at Njardvik 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 Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) of top-ranked Snaefell. Jonsson scored 26 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Snaefell, leading his team to a 108-95 easy win against the lower-ranked KFI (#10, 2-3). Snaefell confirms their top position in the standings Jonsson has a great season in Iceland. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of Keflavik - 22 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Eric Palm (188-G-87) of IR - 35 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik - 25 points and 10 rebounds 7. Jay Threatt (180-G-89) of Snaefell - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 15 assists 8. Elvar Fridriksson (180-PG-94) of Njardvik - 36 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists 9. Momcilo Latinovic (198-G-89) of KFI - 28 points and 6 rebounds 10. Brian Mills (203-F-88) of Stjarnan - 24 points and 8 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)
Dominos League Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Keflavik reach semifinal stage - 1 day ago
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Keflavik - Tindastoll 83-73 Keflavik outgunned Tindastoll to advance into the semifinal stage. The game without a history. Keflavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tindastoll's 18. They outrebounded Tindastoll 48-32 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Amin Stevens (203... [read more]
Keflavik outgunned Tindastoll to advance into the semifinal stage. The game without a history. Keflavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tindastoll's 18. They outrebounded Tindastoll 48-32 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 23 rebounds and guard Magnus Traustason (190-96) who added 27 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and guard Petur Birgisson (185-96) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Keflavik: A.Stevens 29+23reb, M.Traustason 27+5reb, R.Dupree 14+8reb+3ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 6+7reb+9ast, G.Jonsson 4+3reb+3ast, A.Orrason 3+2reb Tindastoll: A.Hester 23+12reb+2ast, C.Caird 15+4reb+2ast, P.Birgisson 14+3reb+5ast, V.Agustsson 11+3reb, B.Rikhardsson 6+3reb+3ast, F.Thor Stefansson 4+4reb
Thor Thorl stayed alive in the quarterfinal series versus Grindavik following a vital victory in Game 4. Thor Thorl made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Grindavik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) who scored that evening 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Emil Einarsson (196-94) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Carberry is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds by the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) did not help to save the game for Grindavik. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 21 points for lost side. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 25+6reb+5ast, E.Einarsson 16+5reb+2ast, M.Baginski 13+6reb+1ast, D.Arnar Agustsson 9+2reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 9+11reb+2ast, R.Bragason 8+3reb+2ast Grindavik: L.Clinch 21+4reb+1ast, O.Olafsson 21+11reb+1ast, T.Olafsson 12+7reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 11+3reb+2ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 5+5reb+2ast, O.Saevarsson 2+5reb+1ast
D1 Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Breidablik and Fjolnir force deciders - 2 days ago
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Breidablik - Valur 75-72 Breidablik held off Valur to force the decisive fifth game in the series. It looked good early as Valur took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Breidablik had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Valur was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-75. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and guard... [read more]
Breidablik held off Valur to force the decisive fifth game in the series. It looked good early as Valur took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Breidablik had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Valur was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-75. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and guard Ragnar Ragnarsson (188-97) who added 13 points during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) responded with 21 points and guard Benedikt Blondal (188-93) scored 21 points. Top scorers: Breidablik: T.Garland 35+1reb+2ast, R.Ragnarsson 13+4reb+2ast, K.Kjartansson 9+2reb, E.Vignisson 8+4reb, S.Vignisson 6+2reb, B.Gunnarsson 2 Valur: A.Bracey 21+1reb+2ast, B.Blondal 21+1reb, U.King 10+4reb+1ast, I.Audunsson 8+1reb, S.Sturluson 8+1reb+2ast, S.Stefansson 2
Fjolnir upset Hamar on the road to stay alive in the series. Hamar trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 33-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 114-116 at the end of the game. Fjolnir made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fjolnir made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Robert Sigurdsson (187-94) who helped to win the game recording 43 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Collin Pryor (200-90, college: Northern St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Fjolnir's coach Hjalti Vilhjalmsson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) replied with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!), 26 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) added 32 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hamar. Top scorers: Fjolnir: R.Sigurdsson 43+5reb+8ast, C.Pryor 25+19reb+2ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 17+1reb+1ast, G.Sveinbjornsson 14+8reb+2ast, E.Egilsson 10+10reb+3ast, B.Rikhardsson 5+4reb+3ast Hamar: C.Woods 44+26reb+2ast, E.Stefansson 32+5reb+1ast, O.Sigurdarson 12+3reb+1ast, H.Petursson 8+1reb, S.Thorvaldsson 7+6reb+3ast, O.Olafsson 5+6reb+2ast
Haukur Palsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - 3 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Icelandic who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92). He could not help SPO Rouen (10-13) in their last game. Despite Palsson's very good performance SPO Rouen was badly defeated 94-78 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) ADA Blois.
We bring you last week's top performances from Icelandic who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He could not help SPO Rouen (10-13) in their last game. Despite Palsson's very good performance SPO Rouen was badly defeated 94-78 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) ADA Blois.
He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Palsson also added 3 assists in 37 minutes on the court.
Palsson has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 76.4% in 20 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). Sigurdarson was not able to help Boras Basket (15-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Boras Basket was defeated 67-61 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Nassjo (#7).
Sigurdarson was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season Sigurdarson has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 94.6%(88-93).
He played for the Icelandic national team in 2015.
#3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). Acox led Furman to an easy victory against the South Carolina Upstate (2-12) crushing them 79-57 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Thursday night.
He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. Acox also added 3 assists in 28 minutes.
The Furman University has a very good 14-4 conference record this season.
The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA.
It's Acox's fourth year with the team.
He has reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 61.6%(183-297) and FT: 55.7% in 33 games.
Acox is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.
#4. Center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Albacete (6-19) in their game against CB Tarragona 2017 (8-17) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds.
Nathanaelsson's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 5.7rpg.
He is also Icelandic national team player.
#5. International point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Araberri (13-15) 87-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday.
Steinarsson recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes.
San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (19-9) is placed second in the LEB Gold.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Steinarsson's first season with the team.
This year he averages: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.7apg in 28 games.
Steinarsson plays currently for the Icelandic national team.
#6. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (13-10) in their game against Saint Chamond (10-13) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his good performance on Friday night He scored 10 points and added 5 assists.
Hermannsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 5.8apg.
Hermannsson is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.
#7. International small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Svendborg Rabbits in a victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (13-15) 72-67 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game.
He recorded 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen.
This year Karason's overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 3.6rpg in 27 games.
He is also Icelandic national team player.
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