Day 3 - Thursday, February 16, 2012: Game #5 - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79) Game #6 - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86)
Game #5 Summary - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79) This game would determine who was in the semi-final as the #1 and #2 seed from Groupe B and who was out. JDA Dijon could control their own destiny with a win and secure the #1 seed with CRA Hoceima in at #2. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro would need to win by 4 or more points to be in 1st place which would knock out JDA Dijon and put CRA Hoceima in the #2 seed. If the Italian squad wins by 3 points they would be the #2 seed to JDA Dijon with CRA Hoceima knocked out and a win of 2 or 1 points would have the Fabi Shoes team out of the semi-final with CRA Hoceima as the #2 seed and JDA Dijon as #1. A loss by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro would sead them at the bottom of Groupe B and out of the Semi-Final.
This game started in a tight battle with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up 7-6 at the 6:37 mark of the 1st quarter. The flow of the game changed quickly at that point with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro scoring 9 straight points spearheaded by team captain Fabio DiBellas aggressive play to jump out to a 16-6 lead with 4:21 left in the quarter. Di Bella scored 12 points in the 1st quarter including a 3 pointer and his strong play to the basket drew 3 fouls. He went 5/6 from the line on the resulting free throw attempts. Andre Harris spearheaded the JDA Dijon offense with 8 of the teams 14 points in the quarter which ended with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up by 8 at 22-14.
The Fabi Shoes Montegranaro team started strong in the 2nd and Ivan Zaroskis 3 pointer with 5:51 left in the half staked them to a strong 32-15 lead. Jerel McNeal sank his own 3 point attempt at 4:44 which stretched out the lead to 20 points at 37-17. This seemed to put some urgency into the JDA Dijon attack and they went on a quick scoring binge outscoring their opponents 20-7 over the next 4 and a half minutes to end the half with JDA Dijon cutting the lead to only 7 points with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up 44-37 at the end of the 2nd quarter. JDA Dijons comeback was led by Jeremy Leloups 12 points in the 2nd quarter.
The Italian team stretched out their lead to 13 points with 7:15 left in the 3rd at 52-39 and both teams answered the scoring of the other throughout the 3rd as it finished with Fabi Shoes Montegranaros Deyan Ivanov hitting a 3 pointer only to be answered by JDA Dijons Bobby Dixons successful 3 point attempt to finish the 3rd with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro leading 69-60.
JDA Dijon made it clear in the 4th that they were not going to go down without a fight. With 6:58 left they closed the gap to 69-66. R Dixon then hit another 3 pointer to even the score at 69 with 6:32 left to play in the game. Dejan Ivanov hit another 3 pointer with 4:32 remaining that gave Fabi Shoes Montegranaro a 5 point lead at 75-70. JDA Dijon brought it within 1 point again with 3:36 left to play but Jerel McNeals 3 pointer at the 2:46 mark extended the Italian teams lead to 80-74. JDA Dijon kept fighting for points and drew within 4 points again with 1:08 to play on Andre Harris 3 pointer at 83-79. Bobby Dixons missed 3 point attempt with 24 seconds left to play forced JDA Dijon to foul and as the final buzzer sounded Fabi Shoes Montegranaro won the game with an 87-79 final margin.
Fabio DiBella led Fabi Shoes Montegranaro with 21 points and 6 drawn fouls. Deyan Ivanov scored 19 points and had 5 drawn fouls. Jerel McNeal contributed a solid 18 points and also had 6 drawn fouls for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Valerio Mazzola had a strong day on the boards for the Italian squad pulling down a game high 9 rebounds.
JDA Dijon was led by Andre Harris game high 23 points on 10/15 shooting from the floor to go with his 8 rebounds. Bobby Dixon contributed 18 for JDA Dijon and Jeremy Leloup had 16.
Game #6 Summary - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86) The final game of the round robin would determine the 2nd place of Groupe A. The winner would move to the semi-finals to face the #1 team from Groupe B, Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and the losing team would play in the 5th place game vs. JDA Dijon.
The game started out with a close back and forth battle and by the 5:32 mark of the 1st quarter the teams were tied 10-10. GS Petroliers Alger then stated taking control and by the end of the 1st were leading 25-17 led by M. Saidis 7 points in the 1st.
In the 2nd GS Petroliers Alger continued to extend their lead and were up by 14 at 38-24 with 6:02 left in the half. By the time the teams went to the locker room for halftime GS Petroliers Alger were up 47-36. M Harrat had the best 1st half with 18 points as he began to control the pace of the offense. Brandon Griffin had 10 in the 1st half for VFL Kirchheim.
The 3rd quarter was pretty even with GS Petroliers Alger playing comfortably with the lead and ending the 3rd up by 17 at 74-57.
In the 4th quarter VFL Kirchheim seemed to spark back to life and pressed hard on offense closing the gap to 10 at 85-75 with 2:15 to play. They closed the game strong and a 3 pointer by Nils Menck with 20 seconds to play made it 91-83 but in the closing seconds there just was not enough time for VFL Kirchheim to close the gap and the game ended with GS Petroliers Alger winning 93-86 and securing the #2 seed in Groupe A and their semi-final berth against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro on Friday night.
M. Harrat had a big night for GS Petroliers Alger with game high 26 points, 5 rebpounds and 4 assists. H. Gahou added 14 points for the winners.
VFL Kirchheim were led by Cedric Brooks with 16 points. Brandon Griffin added 12 for the German team.
Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A) signed 29-year old American shooting guard Dominique Johnson (192-88kg-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He already started the season at ALBA Berlin in German BBL league. In 11 games he had 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1 [read more]
Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A) signed 29-year old American shooting guard Dominique Johnson (192-88kg-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He already started the season at ALBA Berlin in German BBL league. In 11 games he had 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.9apg this season. Johnson also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg. The last season he played at Banvit in Turkish BSL. In 32 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Johnson helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. He also played 18 games in Eurocup where he got 14.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. In 2010 Johnson was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in third round (16th overall). The former Azusa Pacific University (NCAA Div.II) standout is in his seventh season in pro basketball. Johnson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. He was voted All-NAIA D1 1st Team back in 2010 at his college time. Johnson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Poland (Slask and Stabill), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce, Salt Lake City Stars, Texas Legends and Canton Charge) and NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves). Johnson could be described:
Dominique is an athletic 6'5" combo guard with a strong body and great ability to score and defend. He is an outstanding teammate and personality, a smart player who is better suited in Europe as a scorer and a top defender. Dominique could easily become one of the top players in Europe even at the Euroleague level.
Ramenghi's double-double lands him Serie B Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
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24-year old power forward Francesco Ramenghi (209-F/C-92) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Roma Luiss and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Cassino (#5, 6-3) 87-83. Roma Luiss is placed at 2nd position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Roma Luiss will n... [read more]
24-year old power forward Francesco Ramenghi (209-F/C-92) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Roma Luiss and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 9. He had a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Cassino (#5, 6-3) 87-83. Roma Luiss is placed at 2nd position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Roma Luiss will need more victories to improve their 7-2 record. In the team's last game Ramenghi had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Roma Luiss, through which he has constantly improved. Francesco Ramenghi averages this season 14.2ppg and 8.3rpg.
Second best performed player last round was Olivier Giacomelli (198-SF-95, agency: Players Group) of San Miniato. He is naturalized Swiss in his first season at San Miniato. In the last game Giacomelli recorded impressive 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led San Miniato to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Cecina (#1, 6-2) 86-61. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Group A. San Miniato consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 6-3 record is not bad at all. Giacomelli is a newcomer at San Miniato and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-F-89) of Palestrina (#6). Pederzini scored 27 points. He was a key player of Palestrina, leading his team to a 94-88 win against the lower-ranked Catanzaro (#9, 4-4). Palestrina needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group C. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 3 lost games. Pederzini has a very solid season. In 8 games in Italy he scored 17.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Luca Ianes (203-F/C-80) of Vicenza - 16 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Jacopo Balanzoni (203-C/F-93) of Lecco - 23 points and 5 rebounds 6. Simone Bonfiglio (181-PG-88) of Piombino - 32 points and 3 rebounds 7. Simone Gatti (202-F-82) of Campli - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Giovanni Gasparin (187-G-91) of Omegna - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Simone Centanni (185-PG-91) of Volpino AltoSeb. - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists 10. Luca Bedetti (193-G/F-89) of Cento - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen 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)
After "only" 6 months from the "fact", James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) was suspended for one game in the italian Serie A. The suspension came from this official statement by the FIP (Italian Basketball Federation). The fact in question is a tweet written by Nunnally after game 2 of the last Serie A season playoffs between Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and Scandone Avellino, in wich the ex Avellino player complained about the referees: "Five versus Eight". Nunnally is actually playi... [read more]
After "only" 6 months from the "fact", James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) was suspended for one game in the italian Serie A. The suspension came from this official statement by the FIP (Italian Basketball Federation).
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