#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Triumph Lyubertsy to a victory over the tenth-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (0-5) crushing them 85-62 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game.
Naimy was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points in 22 minutes on the court.
Triumph Lyubertsy (2-2) is placed sixth in group B.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Naimy's first year with the team.
Naimy is currently third on the list of top scorers with 17.5ppg.
He also averaged so far 3.0rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 57.1%(16-28) and FT: 44.4% in the four games he played so far.
Naimy is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Robert Rothbart (217-86, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Start Gdynia (1-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Rothbart's very good performance the bottom-ranked Start Gdynia was defeated 78-71 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Kotwica (#11).
He was the top scorer with 21 points. Rothbart also added 7 rebounds and made 5 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line).
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Rothbart belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2.
He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5bpg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 87.1%.
Rothbart has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.
Ex-Hapoel Galil Elyon player is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.
#3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help Cantu (3-2) in their game against Cimberio Varese (5-0) in the Italian SerieA.
Tyus scored 7 points in 15 minutes.
Cantu lost 73-77 in Varese to the second-ranked Cimberio.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Tyus has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 88.9%(24-27) in the five games.
He is a naturalized American.
Tyus is also a member of the Israeli senior national team. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.
#4. Shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the closely-ranked BBC Bayreuth (4-2) 73-54 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game.
Halperin scored 11 points and added 3 passes.
FC Bayern Muenchen (4-2) is placed fifth in the BBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
It's Halperin's first season with the team.
This year he averages: 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg.
Halperin is also Israeli national team player.
The list of other players, who all have Israeli passport but never been selected to any of Israeli national teams:
#1.Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help Boras Basket (5-2) to beat KFUM Jamtland (3-4).
He recorded 7 points and added 5 assists in 27 minutes.
Boras Basket lost 110-115 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) KFUM Jamtland.
This year Thomas has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.6apg in the seven games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.
#2.Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Finke Baskets (3-3) in their game against ETB Wohnbau (2-4) in the German ProA (second division).
Aud scored 8 points and added 5 passes.
Finke Baskets was crushed 104-82 in Essen by the lower-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#13).
Aud is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league.
This season he has very good stats: 14.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 8.2apg and 2.0spg.
Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German.
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
#3.Haran Shifman (183-G-84, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider AZS PP (0-6) 92-76 in the Polish 1Liga (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Shifman scored 7 points and added 6 passes in 23 minutes.
MKS Budimpex Polonia Przemysl (3-3) is placed eighth in the 1Liga.
This year Shifman's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.5apg in the two games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Polish.
He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
National League Round 4 of Finals. Galil Gilbao even title series, force decider - May 25, 2016
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Ironi K-A - Galil Gilboa 66-78 Galil Gilboa stayed alive in the National League title hunt. They beat Ironi Kiryat-Ata on the road to even the championship series at 2-2 forcing the decisive fifth game. Galil Gilboa outrebounded Ironi Kiryat Ata 51-34 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. The other... [read more]
Galil Gilboa stayed alive in the National League title hunt. They beat Ironi Kiryat-Ata on the road to even the championship series at 2-2 forcing the decisive fifth game. Galil Gilboa outrebounded Ironi Kiryat Ata 51-34 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. The other American import Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) contributed with 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Canadian point guard Simon Farine (188-87) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Kiryat Ata. Four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Ironi K-A: S.Farine 22+7reb+2ast, D.Joyner 14+8reb+3ast, T.Ginat 11+4reb+1ast, G.Halamish 10+7reb+3ast, J.Mills 4+7reb+1ast, J.Lewis 3 Galil Gilboa: J.Siggers 29+5reb+1ast, D.Treadwell 23+15reb, J.Shuchman 12+13reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 6+13reb+2ast, G.Dotan 6+1reb+5ast, O.Huber 2+3reb
Recap of Winner League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - May 24, 2016
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Hapoel Eilat - Ironi Nahariya 80-77 Hapoel Eilat held off Ironi Nahariya to gain 2-0 lead in the series. Ironi Nahariya was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 17-12 charge of Hapoel Eilat, which allowed them to win the game. They made 29-of-34 charity shots (85.3 percent) during the game. Ironi Nahariya was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) notched a double-double by sco... [read more]
Hapoel Eilat held off Ironi Nahariya to gain 2-0 lead in the series. Ironi Nahariya was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 17-12 charge of Hapoel Eilat, which allowed them to win the game. They made 29-of-34 charity shots (85.3 percent) during the game. Ironi Nahariya was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American Khalif Wyatt (193-91, college: Temple, agency: Pensack Sports) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by American Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) did not help to save the game for Ironi Nahariya. His fellow American import forward Gilbert Brown (198-87, college: Pittsburgh) added 19 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Ironi Nahariya: R.Howell 20+7reb+3ast, G.Brown 19+5reb+3ast, K.Vaughn 10+3reb+1ast, M.Umeh 6+4reb+4ast, E.Asante Asare 6+1reb+2ast, N.Berkowitz 5+4reb+6ast Hapoel Eilat: A.Aminu 15+12reb+4ast, K.Wyatt 15+7reb+3ast, E.Kadir 13+2reb+2ast, A.Nissim 12+5reb+4ast, A.Simhon 12+5reb+1ast, D.Kane 12+6reb+3ast
Maccabi Rishon overcame Maccabi Haifa for the second straight victory. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Maccabi Rishon's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-15 extending their advantage to 18 points. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was international swingman Shawn Dawson (198-93) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Darryl Monroe (201-86, college: George Mason) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi, agency: CGL Sports) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Maccabi Haifa: R.Buckner 17+8reb+2ast, G.Vargas 16+3reb+6ast, O.Blayzer 14+6reb+1ast, C.Colman 8+3reb+4ast, R.Rougeau 8+2reb+1ast, J.DiBartolomeo 5+2reb+2ast Maccabi Rishon: S.Dawson 21+8reb+4ast, M.Lyons 19+5ast, C.Wright 16+1reb+4ast, D.Monroe 13+8reb+6ast, T.Younger 9+4reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 8+1reb+1ast
Maccabi Tel-Aviv stepped closer to the semifinal stage as they handed the second loss to Bnei Herzeliyya. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Bnei Hasharon was better in fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American-Nigerian power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. American-Nigerian Ike Ofoegbu (205-84, college: SMU) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Aviram Zelkovits (192-89) replied with 19 points and American guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Bnei Hasharon. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Top scorers: Bnei Hertzeliyya: A.Zelkovits 19+3reb+2ast, D.Crawford 11+10reb+2ast, J.Singleton 9+11reb+1ast, H.N'Diaye 7+5reb, S.Dennis 2+2reb+3ast, C.Rhodes 2+1reb Maccabi T-A: T.Mbakwe 13+9reb+3ast, D.Yavzuri 11+4reb+3ast, G.Mekel 10+4reb+5ast, T.Rochestie 8+2reb+4ast, I.Ofoegbu 8+9reb+3ast, S.Landesberg 7+4reb
Hapoel Tel-Aviv held off Hapoel Jerusalem to even the series. Hapoel Jerusalem trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-87 at the end of the game. The former international Raviv Limonad (191-84) scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach Sharon Avrahami used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Venezuelan Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals and American-Bulgarian point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 15 points and 8 assists. Four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: D.Smith 24+12reb+4ast, E.Rowland 15+1reb+8ast, L.Eliyahu 14+4reb+3ast, B.Timor 11+3reb+3ast, E.Holman 8+6reb, T.Gaffney 7+12reb+1ast Hapoel T-A: R.Limonad 27+5reb+6ast, C.Simmons 16+6reb+2ast, J.Allen 9+5reb+2ast, N.Robinson 9+2reb+3ast, T.Blatt 8+2reb+2ast, D.Aidan 8+7reb+1ast
Guaymas sign Paul Marigney, ex Hapoel B/S - May 21, 2016
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Ostioneros de Guaymas (CIBACOPA) signed 34-year old American guard Paul Marigney (192-92kg-82, college: St.Mary's, CA). He moved there from Hapoel Beer Sheva in Israeli Artzit where he started the season. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg this season. Great year as he was named to Israeli National League All-Star Game. The last season Marigney played at GreenTops Netanya (National League) in Israeli league. In 32 games he recorded also remarkable... [read more]
Ostioneros de Guaymas (CIBACOPA) signed 34-year old American guard Paul Marigney (192-92kg-82, college: St.Mary's, CA). He moved there from Hapoel Beer Sheva in Israeli Artzit where he started the season. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg this season. Great year as he was named to Israeli National League All-Star Game. The last season Marigney played at GreenTops Netanya (National League) in Israeli league. In 32 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 23.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.4apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Israeli National League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. The previous (2014) summer Marigney was tested by Sagesse (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league. He has played also professionally in France (JDA Dijon), Italy (VL Pesaro, Grissin Bon RE, Pavia, Bondi Ferrara and Andrea Costa Imola) and Venezuela (Cocodrilos). Marigney attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2005 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player. He could be described:
A very athletic player, with inside and outside dimensions, even if his long distance shooting sometimes disappears. Needs to improve his defensive skills, has yet upside.
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