23-year old point guard Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for KFI and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12. He had the game-high 34 points adding eight rebounds and seven assists for KFI in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fjolnir (4-9) with 24-point margin 99-75. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. KFI is placed at 10th position in Icelandic league. KFI is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-9 record. In the team's last game Pitts had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be KFI's top player in his first season with the team. Marshall University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pitts is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.6ppg. Pitts is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 7.3apg). Worth to mention Pitts played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
Second best performed player last round was Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of top-ranked Grindavik. He is American forward in his first season at Grindavik. In the last game Broussard recorded impressive 36 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Grindavik lost that game 98-106 to the lower-ranked Keflavik (#6, 7-5). Grindavik managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 9-3 record. Broussard is a newcomer at Grindavik and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.6ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 7.7rpg and 3.6apg.
Third place about best performers goes to forward George Valentine (203-F) of Tindastoll (#12). Valentine showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, nineteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Valentine's great performance Tindastoll lost 72-85 to the higher-ranked Skallagrimur (#7, 5-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tindastoll can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-10 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Valentine he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Valentine has individually a great season in Iceland. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.8rpg (4th best). He also has 2.1spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 62.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Christopher Smith (204-PF-82) of Fjolnir - 24 points and 21 rebounds 5. Mirko Virijevic (201-F-81) of KFI - 26 points and 13 rebounds 6. Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) of Thor Thorl - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists 7. Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85) of Skallagrimur - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists 8. George Valentine (203-F) of Tindastoll - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85) of Skallagrimur - 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 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)
Dominos League Round 3 of Finals. Grindavik stay alive following road win - 1 day ago
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KR - Grindavik 86-91 Grindavik outgunned KR on the road to cut the deficit in the title series. KR trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 86-91 at the end of the game. Grindavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Th... [read more]
Grindavik outgunned KR on the road to cut the deficit in the title series. KR trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 86-91 at the end of the game. Grindavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. The former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) helped adding 25 points and 9 rebounds. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (188-88, college: Francis Marion) scored 17 points. Top scorers: KR: J.Stefansson 26+8reb+5ast, B.Bjornsson 17+3reb+3ast, P.Ermolinskij 11+8reb+3ast, P.Alawoya 9+12reb+1ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 8+5reb, K.Acox 8+5reb+2ast Grindavik: O.Olafsson 25+9reb+3ast, L.Clinch 21+8reb+11ast, D.Jonsson 14+3reb+5ast, T.Olafsson 13+6reb+2ast, T.Finnbogason 10+5reb, O.Saevarsson 8+12reb+3ast
Dominos League Round 2 of Finals. KR celebrate second victory - 4 days ago
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Grindavik - KR 88-89 KR clinched the second straight win in Dominos League Finals. They nipped Grindavik on the road to step closer to the title. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Brynjar Bjorn... [read more]
KR clinched the second straight win in Dominos League Finals. They nipped Grindavik on the road to step closer to the title. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (188-88, college: Francis Marion) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists and the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Top scorers: Grindavik: L.Clinch 33+4reb+7ast, O.Olafsson 21+12reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 15+5reb+2ast, T.Finnbogason 7+6reb+1ast, O.Saevarsson 4+14reb+2ast, T.Olafsson 4+2reb+1ast KR: J.Stefansson 24+5reb+3ast, B.Bjornsson 18+5reb+6ast, P.Alawoya 14+10reb+5ast, K.Acox 9+13reb+4ast, S.Thorvaldsson 8+2reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 7+5reb+2ast
Haukur Palsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days 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 international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92). He was the major contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond in the French ProB (second division) in Friday 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 international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond (10-18) 85-77 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game.
Palsson recorded 18 points and added 4 passes in 35 minutes on the court.
SPO Rouen Basket (13-14) is placed 11th in the ProB.
It's Palsson's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.1%, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 74.4% in 24 games he played so far.
Palsson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced international small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark). He could not help Svendborg (13-15) to beat Bakken (24-4).
Karason scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
But Svendborg was defeated 93-85 on the road by the leading Bakken.
It was Svendborg's third consecutive loss in a row.
This season Karason averages: 3.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 67.4%(29-43), 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 53.3%.
He is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.
#3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain). Nathanaelsson led Albacete to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (13-16) 81-63 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night.
He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Nathanaelsson also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes.
Arcos Albacete Basket (9-20) is placed 14th in the LEB Silver.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Nathanaelsson's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(31-54) and FT: 37.9% in 12 games.
He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.
#4. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) led Charleville-Mezieres to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Saint-Quentin (12-16) crushing them 98-64 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Hermannsson recorded 13 points and added 7 passes.
Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (16-12) is placed third in the ProB.
Hermannsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 5.6apg.
Hermannsson 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) managed to help San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in a victory against the 16th-ranked Magia Huesca (10-22) 86-78 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday.
He scored 5 points and added 6 passes in 18 minutes.
San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (22-10) is placed third in the LEB Gold.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This year Steinarsson's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.9apg in 32 games.
He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.
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