#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia. He could not help Triumph Lyubertsy (1-3) in their last game. Despite Naimy's very good performance the fourth-placed Triumph Lyubertsy lost 79-86 on the road to the second-ranked Banvit BK in the group I of Eurocup.
He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Naimy also added 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court.
It was Triumph Lyubertsy's third consecutive loss in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical.
Naimy has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3FGP: 49.0%(25-51) in the 10 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy). Tyus was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Cantu (11-6) in their game against Lottomatica Roma (12-5) in the Italian SerieA.
He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks.
Cantu was defeated 65-60 at home by the higher-ranked Lottomatica Roma (#4).
This season Tyus averages: 9.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 72.4%(71-98) and FT: 61.0%.
He is a naturalized American.
Tyus is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.
#3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany). Halperin contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the 16th-ranked New Yorker Phantoms (6-13) 75-70 in the German BBL on Wednesday night.
He scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes.
FC Bayern Muenchen (13-7) is placed third in the BBL.
It's Halperin's first season with the team.
This year Halperin's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 69.7%(23-33) and FT: 82.6% in the 20 games.
He is also a member of the Israeli senior national team.
#4. Center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Start Gdynia (5-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Rothbart's good performance Start Gdynia was defeated 78-64 on their home court in Gdynia by the leading PGE Turow.
He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Rothbart also added 4 rebounds.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This season Rothbart has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg and 7.1rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.
Rothbart is also Israeli national team player.
#5. Former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (186-88, agency: N.E.T., currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Energa Czarni (9-9) in their game against Asseco Prokom Gdynia (12-6) in the Polish TBL.
He scored only 4 points and added 3 passes.
Energa Czarni was crushed 85-60 in Gdynia by the higher-ranked Asseco Prokom (#4).
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Brandwein's total stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 3.3apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Polish.
Brandwein used to play for the Israeli U20 national team
five years ago.
#6. Center Jeremiah Kreisberg (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Yale University in a victory in overtime against the Brown University (1-1) 76-64 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
He scored 5 points in 15 minutes.
The Yale University has 1-1 conference record this season.
This year Kreisberg's total stats are: 8.1ppg and 3.3apg in the 15 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Kreisberg is a former U20 international player as he played for the Israeli team two years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Israel.
#7. Former U18 international point guard Tom Maayan (185-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Seton Hall (2-6) in their game against the Georgetown University (5-3) in the NCAA. Maayan cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points.
The Seton Hall was crushed 74-52 in Washington, DC by the Georgetown University.
Maayan has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 3.3apg.
He used to play for the Israeli U18 national team
two years ago.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Israeli passport:
#1.Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help Boras Basket (17-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance Boras Basket lost 92-99 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Norrkoping Dolphins.
Thomas scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Thomas has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.1apg in the 25 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.
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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