27-year old power forward Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) had a great game in the last round for Njardvik and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. He had a double-double of 25 points and 21 rebounds, while his team crushed Fjolnir (#12, 4-15) with 25-point margin 100-75. Njardvik maintains the 7th position in Icelandic league. Njardvik is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-9 record. In the team's last game Van had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Njardvik's top player in his first season with the team. Central Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Van leads league in rebounds with 14.6rpg. Van is in league's top in and averages solid 1.3bpg and 54.7% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Christopher Smith (204-PF-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Fjolnir. He is American forward in his first season at Fjolnir. In the last game Smith recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Fjolnir lost that game 75-100 to the higher-ranked Njardvik (#7, 10-9). Fjolnir are still at the very bottom. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Fjolnir managed to get this year. Smith is a newcomer at Fjolnir and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#3). He also registered 11.8 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to center Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) of league's leader Grindavik. Thorsteinsson showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Grindavik, leading his team to a 100-87 easy win against the lower-ranked KR (#6, 10-9). Grindavik confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 4 lost games. Thorsteinsson has a very solid season. In 19 games in Iceland he scored 13.8ppg. He also has 7.4rpg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 59.9%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85) of Snaefell - 25 points and 9 rebounds 5. Sammy Zeglinski (182-PG-88) of Grindavik - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists 6. Drew Gibson (188-G-85) of Tindastoll - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists 7. Billy Baptist (196-F-87) of Keflavik - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Eric Palm (188-G-87) of IR - 42 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Carlos Medlock (183-G-87) of Skallagrimur - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists 10. David Jackson (201-F-88) of Thor Thorl - 30 points and 5 rebounds
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)
D1 Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Breidablik and Fjolnir force deciders - 1 hour 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 - 22 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 - 1 day 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
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