American forward Keith Ramsey (205-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 5. The 25-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Hapoel K/S (#13, 1-4) with 21-point margin 78-57. It allowed Ironi Ramat Gan to take over top position in the Israeli National League. Ironi Ramat Gan have a solid 4-1 record. Ramsey turned to be Ironi Ramat Gan's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Missouri star has very solid stats this year. Ramsey is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 13.4rpg) and averages impressive 2.2spg and 62.7% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86) of Ironi Nes-Ziona. Benn had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Ironi Nes-Ziona to edge the lower-ranked Kiryat Tivon (#11, 1-4) 83-81. This victory allowed Ironi Nes-Ziona to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Benn is well-known at Ironi Nes-Ziona and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. Former Niagara University star Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Gary Johnson (198-F-88) of Hapoel Kazrin (#7). Johnson scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Hapoel Kazrin, leading his team to a 98-74 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Elitzur Ramla (#9, 2-3). Hapoel Kazrin needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Johnson has a great season in Israel. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.2rpg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Ironi K-A - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Adam Constantine (206-F-88) of Hapoel K/S - 15 points and 11 rebounds 6. Offir Hover (198-F-90) of Hod Hasharon - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Taylor Darby (203-F) of Kiryat Tivon - 20 points and 15 rebounds 8. Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85) of Hapoel Kazrin - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Ironi Nahariya - 19 points and 13 rebounds 10. Inan Iram (194-G-88) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 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)
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.
National League Round 3 of Finals. Ironi K-A regain the lead - May 21, 2016
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Galil Gilboa - Ironi K-A 60-64 Ironi K-A overcame Galil Gilboa to regain the lead in the National League Finals. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 12-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata dominated on the defensive end, holding Galil Gilboa to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Ironi Kiryat Ata forced 25 Galil Gilboa turnovers. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Sto... [read more]
Ironi K-A overcame Galil Gilboa to regain the lead in the National League Finals. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 12-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata dominated on the defensive end, holding Galil Gilboa to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Ironi Kiryat Ata forced 25 Galil Gilboa turnovers. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: HMS) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) added 23 points in the effort for Galil Gilboa. Top scorers: Galil Gilboa: J.Siggers 23+4reb+2ast, D.Treadwell 19+17reb+1ast, O.Huber 7+5reb, G.Dotan 5+3reb+2ast, O.Lev 2+1reb+1ast, J.Shuchman 2+1reb+3ast Ironi K-A: D.Joyner 26+8reb, L.Segev 11+5ast, J.Mills 10+6reb+2ast, J.Lewis 7+1reb+1ast, S.Farine 5+5reb+6ast, T.Ginat 3+8reb+1ast
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