Icelandic Express L. round 10 best performance: Sammy Zeglinski - Dec 15, 2012
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American point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-PG-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Grindavik, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 24-year old player got a double-double of 38 points and 11 assists, while his team outclassed Fjolnir (#8, 4-6) with 37-point margin 122-85. It allowed Grindavik to consolidate first place in the Icelandic Express L.. Grindavik have a solid 8-2 record. In the team's last game Zeglinski had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got eight three-pointers out of 14 attempts. He turned to be Grindavik's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Virginia star has very solid stats this year. Zeglinski is in league's top in points (4th best: 23.9ppg), assists (3rd best: 7.5apg) and averages impressive 51.3% FGP and 43.2% from behind 3-point line.
The second best player in last round's games was -year old American George Valentine (203-F) of Tindastoll. Valentine had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Tindastoll to edge slightly higher-ranked IR (#10, 3-7) 96-90. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Tindastoll left the very bottom place moving slightly to 11th position. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Tindastoll managed to get this year. Valentine is a newcomer at Tindastoll, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Asim McQueen (203-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) of Snaefell (#3). McQueen scored 22 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite McQueen's great performance Snaefell lost 92-97 to #2 ranked Thor Thorl. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Snaefell needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 3 lost games. McQueen has a great season in Iceland. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Brynjar Bjornsson (191-G-88) of KR - 35 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of Keflavik - 20 points and 14 rebounds 6. Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of Njardvik - 16 points and 15 rebounds 7. Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85) of Skallagrimur - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Eric Palm (188-G-87) of IR - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Njardvik - 23 points and 10 rebounds 10. Throstur Johannsson (198-F-89) of Tindastoll - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
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)
Jakob Sigurdarson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - 11 hours ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Icelandic players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82). He was the major contributor in a Boras Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Icelandic players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He was the major contributor in a Boras Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (18-14) 87-71 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game.
Sigurdarson scored 20 points in 28 minutes on the court.
Boras Basket (17-15) is placed fifth in the Basketligan.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Sigurdarson has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 36.3% and FT: 94.8%(91-96) in 31 games he played so far.
He played for the Icelandic senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). Acox led Furman to an easy victory against the Campbell University (13-5) 79-64 in the NCAA Quarter-Finals last Saturday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Acox also added 2 blocks and 3 steals.
The Furman University has a very good 14-4 conference record this season.
It's Acox's fourth year with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 62.8%(199-317) and FT: 55.9%.
Acox is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.
#3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He contributed to a SPO Rouen's victory against the 16th-ranked Aix-Maurienne (9-15) 74-63 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night.
Palsson scored 6 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 32 minutes.
SPO Rouen Basket (11-13) is placed 11th in the ProB.
It's Palsson's first season with the team.
He has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 75.0% in 21 games.
Palsson is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.
#4. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) could not help one of league's weakest teams Charleville-Mezieres (13-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Charleville-Mezieres was crushed 88-63 on the road by the higher-ranked STB Le Havre (#5).
Hermannsson was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 5 rebounds.
Hermannsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 5.6apg.
Hermannsson is also Icelandic national team player.
#5. International small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark) helped Svendborg win their game against the closely-ranked Naestved (13-15) 85-80 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday.
He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen.
This year Karason's overall stats are: 3.7ppg and 3.8rpg in 29 games.
He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.
#6. Point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) helped Burgos win their game against the 16th-ranked Barca II (9-20) 85-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night.
Steinarsson scored 9 points.
San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (20-9) is placed third in the LEB Gold.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Steinarsson's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.
#7. International center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Albacete in their game against Navarra (14-12) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division).
Nathanaelsson scored 6 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 18 minutes.
The bottom-ranked Albacete lost 67-74 at home to the much higher-ranked (#8) Navarra.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This year Nathanaelsson's total stats are: 5.3ppg and 6.2rpg in 10 games.
He is also Icelandic national team player.
Dominos League Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Grindavik complete semifinal picture - 3 days ago
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Grindavik - Thor Thorl 93-82 Grindavik shot down Thor Thorl to enter Dominos League semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Thor Thorl managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grindavik dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Thor Thorl's 36. They outrebounded Thor Thorl 52-30 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Grindavik looked well-organized... [read more]
Grindavik shot down Thor Thorl to enter Dominos League semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Thor Thorl managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grindavik dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Thor Thorl's 36. They outrebounded Thor Thorl 52-30 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Grindavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) chipped in 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) responded with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and forward Olafur Jonsson (192-92) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Grindavik: L.Clinch 30+9reb+10ast, O.Olafsson 13+13reb+5ast, T.Finnbogason 12+6reb+1ast, T.Olafsson 11+8reb+2ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 9+2reb, D.Jonsson 8+4ast Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 28+7reb+8ast, M.Baginski 18+4reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 15+7reb+3ast, E.Einarsson 9+5reb+2ast, R.Bragason 7+4reb+1ast, D.Arnar Agustsson 3
D1 Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Valur and Hamar reach Finals - 3 days ago
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Valur - Breidablik 87-86 Valur held off Breidablik to advance into D1 Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Breidablik won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valur forced 19 Breidablik turnovers and outrebounded them 60-42 including a 23-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Valur made 12 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by... [read more]
Valur held off Breidablik to advance into D1 Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Breidablik won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valur forced 19 Breidablik turnovers and outrebounded them 60-42 including a 23-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Valur made 12 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Breidablik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds. Guard Sigurdur Sturluson (186-94) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) answered with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Egill Vignisson (198-91) added 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Breidablik. Four Valur and five Breidablik players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Breidablik: T.Garland 29+6reb+5ast, S.Vignisson 15+9reb+1ast, E.Vignisson 13+11reb+5ast, L.Arnason 12+9reb, R.Ragnarsson 11+2reb+1ast, K.Kjartansson 3+3reb+1ast Valur: U.King 23+19reb+2ast, S.Sturluson 20+7reb+3ast, A.Bracey 14+5reb+3ast, B.Blondal 13+5reb+9ast, I.Audunsson 8+7reb, B.Petursson 5+13reb
Hamar upset Fjolnir on the road to seal their championship series birth. It looked good early as Fjolnir took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hamar had a 25-16 second period charge getting the lead and Fjolnir was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 91-101. Fjolnir was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds for the winners and guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Hamar players scored in double figures. American forward Collin Pryor (200-90, college: Northern St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 18 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Gardar Sveinbjornsson (192-87) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Top scorers: Fjolnir: C.Pryor 36+18reb+4ast, G.Sveinbjornsson 17+6reb+2ast, R.Sigurdsson 14+6reb+4ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 6+1reb+5ast, B.Rikhardsson 6+6reb+1ast, E.Egilsson 5+4reb+1ast Hamar: C.Woods 26+18reb+3ast, E.Stefansson 18+6reb+3ast, R.Erlingsson 15+2reb+7ast, O.Olafsson 13+3reb+4ast, H.Petursson 12+6reb+1ast, O.Sigurdarson 10+6reb+1ast
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