American forward Billy Baptist (196-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Keflavik, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16. The 25-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Fjolnir (#11, 4-12) 113-101. Keflavik maintains the 4th position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Keflavik will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Baptist had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Keflavik's top player in his first season with the team. Billy Baptist averages this season 22.8ppg and 11.2rpg.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of Njardvik. Van had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 23 rebounds. Of course Njardvik cruised to a 87-77 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Stjarnan (#6, 9-7). Njardvik's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Van is a newcomer at Njardvik, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Christopher Smith (204-PF-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Fjolnir (#11). Smith got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds and four assists. Despite Smith's great performance Fjolnir lost 101-113 to the higher-ranked Keflavik (#4, 11-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Fjolnir can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Smith he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Smith has individually a great season in Iceland. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.0ppg (2nd best) and assists with 2.8apg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Darrell Flake (193-F-80) of Thor Thorl - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) of Thor Thorl - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists 6. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-F-80) of Snaefell - 34 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Dandre Williams (177-G-90) of IR - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists 8. Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85) of Stjarnan - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik - 20 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 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)
Haukur Palsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - 20 hours 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.
Dominos League Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. KR and Stjarnan reach semifinal stage - 22 hours ago
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Tindastoll - Keflavik 107-80 Tindastoll avoided elimination as they cruised past Keflavik at home court. The game was mostly controlled by Tindastoll. Keflavik managed to win fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tindastoll looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Keflavik's players. The best player for the winners was point guard Bjorgvin Rikhardsson (175-93) who scored 22 points and... [read more]
Tindastoll avoided elimination as they cruised past Keflavik at home court. The game was mostly controlled by Tindastoll. Keflavik managed to win fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tindastoll looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Keflavik's players. The best player for the winners was point guard Bjorgvin Rikhardsson (175-93) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Hester is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Tindastoll players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American guard Reggie Dupree (183-87, college: Faulkner) who recorded 14 points and guard Magnus Traustason (190-96) added 18 points respectively. 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: Tindastoll: B.Rikhardsson 22+3reb+4ast, C.Caird 19+3reb+1ast, P.Birgisson 14+2reb+5ast, A.Hester 13+9reb+2ast, H.Margeirsson 12+2reb, F.Thor Stefansson 9+2reb+2ast Keflavik: M.Traustason 18+1reb, R.Dupree 14+4reb+2ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 10+1reb+3ast, G.Jonsson 9+1reb, A.Orrason 9+5reb, A.Stevens 6+11reb+1ast
Stjarnan held off IR and completed the sweep of the quarterfinal series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-72. Stjarnan made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Justin Shouse (181-81, college: Mercyhurst) helped adding 9 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was point guard Matthias Sigurdarson (180-94, college: Columbus St.) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. IR's coach Borche Ilievski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Stjarnan: H.Baeringsson 20+10reb+4ast, M.Valdimarsson 10+4reb+1ast, A.Odunsi 10+1reb+2ast, J.Shouse 9+4reb+7ast, E.Aevarsson 7+6reb+1ast, T.Hilmarsson 7+4reb IR: M.Sigurdarson 21+10reb+3ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 14+14reb+3ast, S.Claessen 10+2reb+2ast, H.Hjalmarsson 9+2reb+1ast, T.Eiriksson 5, D.Thomas 4+6reb+4ast
Grindavik outgunned Thor Thorl for 2-1 lead in the series. Thor Thorl trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 92-100 at the end of the game. Grindavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Dagur Jonsson (185-95, college: St.Francis, NY) who scored 29 points. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 20 points and 8 assists. Five Grindavik players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) who recorded 38 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and naturalized Polish Maciej Baginski (195-95) added 18 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Grindavik: D.Jonsson 29+3reb+3ast, L.Clinch 20+2reb+8ast, T.Olafsson 17+6reb+3ast, O.Saevarsson 13+8reb+3ast, O.Olafsson 12+13reb+4ast, T.Finnbogason 5+4reb+1ast Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 38+9reb+3ast, M.Baginski 18+4reb+2ast, R.Bragason 12+2reb, H.Hermannsson 9+5reb+2ast, O.Jonsson 8+4reb+4ast, E.Einarsson 3+4reb+3ast
KR prevailed against Thor AK at home court and reached the semifinal stage. Thor AK was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 31-18 charge of KR, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) who led the winners with a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) accounted for 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard George Beamon (193-91, college: Manhattan) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and international center Tryggvi Hlinason (215-97) added 16 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Thor AK in the defeat. Five KR and four Thor AK players scored in double figures. Top scorers: KR: P.Alawoya 22+7reb+2ast, J.Stefansson 17+5reb+4ast, B.Bjornsson 15+4reb+2ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 11+6reb+4ast, P.Ermolinskij 10+16reb+10ast, D.Hilmarsson 8+3reb+3ast Thor AK: G.Beamon 18+10reb+2ast, I.Rafn Ingvarsson 18+3reb+5ast, T.Hlinason 16+14reb, D.Lewis 14+6reb+7ast, R.Fridriksson 9+3reb+3ast, T.Johannsson 5+3reb
D1 Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Breidablik and Hamar - 3 days ago
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Valur - Breidablik 80-82 Breidablik upset Valur on the road to extend the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Forward Egill Vignisson (198-91) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Urald King (198-90, college:... [read more]
Breidablik upset Valur on the road to extend the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Forward Egill Vignisson (198-91) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) added 18 points and 6 assists in the effort for Valur. Four Breidablik and five Valur players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Valur: U.King 26+9reb+2ast, A.Bracey 18+2reb+6ast, B.Blondal 12+4reb+3ast, O.Petursson 11+6reb+1ast, S.Sturluson 10+5reb+2ast, B.Petursson 3+11reb+1ast Breidablik: T.Garland 34+4reb+4ast, E.Vignisson 14+6reb+1ast, S.Vignisson 13+4reb+2ast, B.Gunnarsson 11+7reb+2ast, R.Ragnarsson 6+1ast, B.Vidisson 3
Hamar rallied past Fjolnir to take 2-1 lead in the series. Fjolnir was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 53-41 second half run of Hamar. It was a great evening for American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) helped adding 20 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Collin Pryor (200-90, college: Northern St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Robert Sigurdsson (187-94) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Four Hamar and five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Fjolnir: C.Pryor 22+10reb+6ast, G.Sveinbjornsson 17+3reb+2ast, R.Sigurdsson 14+2reb+6ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 11+2reb+3ast, E.Egilsson 10+3reb+2ast, B.Rikhardsson 5+2reb+3ast Hamar: E.Stefansson 20+2reb+2ast, H.Petursson 19+4reb+1ast, C.Woods 16+13reb+3ast, O.Sigurdarson 15+6reb, R.Erlingsson 7+3reb+7ast, S.Hrafnsson 6+2ast
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