American forward Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) had a great game in the last round for Maccabi Ashdod, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14. The 25-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Bnei Hasharon (#7, 6-8) 86-76. Maccabi Ashdod maintains the 12th position in Israeli Winner League. Maccabi Ashdod is bottom ranked team in the standings. They need more victories to leave last spot and improve bad 5-9 record. Simpson turned to be Maccabi Ashdod's top player in his first season with the team. Former Saint Mary's College of California star has very solid stats this year. Simpson is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.0ppg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 56.4% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Deron Washington (201-G/F-85) of Netanya. Washington had a very good evening with a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Netanya lost that game 70-79 to slightly higher-ranked Hapoel J-M (#4, 8-6). This loss caused Netanya to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Washington is a newcomer at Netanya, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Scotty Hopson (200-G-89) of league's second-best Hapoel Eilat. Hopson showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Hopson's great performance Hapoel Eilat lost 87-96 to #3 ranked Maccabi Haifa. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Hapoel Eilat needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Hopson has a great season in Israel. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Shawn James (207-C-83) of Maccabi T-A - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Donta Smith (201-SF-83) of Maccabi Haifa - 25 points and 4 rebounds 6. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87) of Hapoel Holon - 26 points and 3 assists 7. Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Maccabi Ashdod - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Jumaine Jones (203-F-79) of Bnei Hasharon - 9 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Marcus Dove (206-F-85) of Elizur Ashkelon - 8 points and 15 rebounds 10. Rakim Sanders (193-G-89) of Galil Gilboa - 24 points and 3 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)
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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