Umana Venezia (0-1) recorded its first loss on the court of Pall. Cantu. Visitors were rolled over by Pall. Cantu 81-61. The game without a history. Pall. Cantu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pall. Cantu outrebounded Umana Venezia 43-28 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Umana Venezia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Jerry Smith (188-87, college: Louisville) nailed 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Pall. Cantu players scored in double figures. Pall. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) came up with 19 points and American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) added 13 points respectively for Umana Venezia in the defeat. Pall. Cantu will play against Lottomatica Roma on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Umana Venezia will play against Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia. Top scorers: Pall. Cantu: J.Brooks 14+7reb, J.Smith 13+5reb+4ast, A.Tyus 12+8reb, P.Aradori 11+7reb+1ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 11+4reb+5ast, M.Cusin 10+4reb Umana VE: A.Young 19+4reb+2ast, K.Kee Clark 13+1reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 10+5reb, I.Zoroski 6+1reb+2ast, G.Rosselli 6+5reb+1ast, E.Williams 4+2reb
Very expected game in Reggio Emilia where Trenkwalder RE (0-1) was defeated by Montepaschi Siena (2-0) 61-56. It looked good early as Trenkwalder RE took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Montepaschi Siena had a 17-14 second period charge getting the lead and Trenkwalder RE was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-61. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 13 points. His fellow American import forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 7 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and American-Swiss Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Trenkwalder RE. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Montepaschi Siena will have a break next round. Trenkwalder RE will play on the road against Umana Venezia. Top scorers: Montepaschi SI: B.Brown 13+4reb+2ast, K.Kangur 10+3reb, T.Ress 9+4reb+1ast, B.Eze 7+3reb+1ast, D.Moss 7+7reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 4+6reb Trenkwalder RE: G.Brunner 13+6reb+1ast, D.Taylor 10+10reb+1ast, M.Jeremic 10+2reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 7+3reb+3ast, M.Antonutti 7+3reb, D.James 3+1reb+2ast
Enel Brindisi forced the game against Cimberio Varese into an overtime, but lost by eight points 110-118 on Sunday night. The game took place in Brindisi. But the guests from Varese were better at the end. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 25-17. Cimberio Varese shot 61.4 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Enel Brindisi turnovers. Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) fired 32 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. American point guard Jonathan Gibson (182-87, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Three Eye Sports) produced 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cimberio Varese will meet at home Air Avellino in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Enel Brindisi will have a break next round. Top scorers: Cimberio VA: E.Ere 32+6reb, A.Banks 27+4ast, B.Dunston 22+13reb, M.Green 15+5reb+6ast, A.Polonara 8+4reb+1ast, A.De Nicolao 7 Enel Brindisi: J.Gibson 34+5reb+3ast, A.Robinson 19+7reb+1ast, J.Viggiano 18+4reb, J.Grant 14+7reb, R.Fultz 9+1reb+2ast, C.Simmons 7+5reb
Scavolini Pesaro was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Roma 75-71. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 23-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Lottomatica Roma dominated on the defensive end, holding Scavolini Pesaro to just 7 points in second quarter. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-88, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. International forward Luigi Datome (203-87) contributed with 16 points and 4 steals (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. The former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized French center Sylvere Bryan (208-81, college: Tampa, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Scavolini Pesaro. Lottomatica Roma's next round opponent will be Pall. Cantu at home. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Angelico Biella and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Acea Virtus RM: L.D'Ercole 17+3reb, L.Datome 16+4reb, O.Czyz 9+6reb, G.Lawal 9+4reb, P.Goss 8+3reb+1ast, B.Jones 7+7reb Vuelle PS: A.Traini 13+3reb, V.Amoroso 12+6reb+1ast, S.Bryan 10+6reb, L.Mack 10+1ast, A.Barbour 9+4reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 8+6reb+1ast
Air Avellino was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Montegranaro 82-74. The guests were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-22 Air Avellino's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-74 at the end of the game. Sutor Montegranaro forced 20 Air Avellino turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) answered with 23 points and the former international point guard Valerio Spinelli (185-79) added 13 points in the effort for Air Avellino. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Air Avellino's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sutor Montegranaro's next round opponent will be Banco di Sard. in Sassari, which may be the game of the day. Air Avellino will play on the road against Cimberio Varese. Top scorers: Sutor MGR: C.Burns 17+6reb, D.Cinciarini 15+3reb+2ast, T.Slay 15+3reb+3ast, R.Freimanis 13+4reb, F.Di Bella 8+5reb+4ast, V.Mazzola 7+2reb+1ast Sidigas AV: J.Richardson 23+3reb+1ast, V.Spinelli 13+2reb+3ast, N.Dragovic 11+6reb, M.Shakur 10+3reb+3ast, L.Warren 7+4reb+1ast, N.Ebi 6+5reb
Vanoli Cremona lost to the opponent from Bologna 74-63. Vanoli Cremona was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 47-30 second half run of SAIE3 BO. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Vanoli Cremona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four SAIE3 BO players scored in double figures. Guard Lance Harris (195-84, college: Kansas St.) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) added 15 points in the effort for Vanoli Cremona. SAIE3 BO's next round opponent will be Armani Milano at home. Vanoli Cremona will play against Juvecaserta in Caserta and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: SAIE3 BO: R.Minard 19+2reb, K.Hasbrouck 18+6reb+1ast, S.Smith 15+7reb+1ast, G.Poeta 12+2reb+3ast, A.Gigli 5+6reb, M.Imbro 3+4reb Vanoli CR: L.Harris 15+5reb+3ast, J.Jackson 15+4reb+1ast, T.Kotti 10+8reb+1ast, L.Vitali 7+5reb+6ast, A.Johnson 6+2reb, F.Ruini 3+1ast
Armani Milano used a home court advantage and outplayed the opponent from Caserta 97-71. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Greek forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St.) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) added 16 points in the effort for Juvecaserta. Armani Milano's next round opponent will be SAIE3 BO in Bologna which should be theoretically another easy game. Juvecaserta will play at home against Vanoli Cremona. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: M.Hairston 17+3reb+4ast, A.Fotsis 14+5reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 11+6reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 11+4reb+1ast, N.Melli 10+3reb+2ast, G.Basile 9+1reb+1ast JuveCaserta: E.Chatfield 16+3reb+2ast, J.Akindele 14+6reb+3ast, N.Wise 10+2reb+1ast, S.Gentile 9, S.Jelovac 6+10reb+1ast, A.Michelori 5+2reb
The game in Sassari was also worth to mention about. Angelico Biella (0-1) played at the court of Banco di Sard. (1-0). Banco di Sard. defeated Angelico Biella 79-67. The game was mostly controlled by Banco di Sard.. Angelico Biella was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zimbabwean forward Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American-Guinean guard Russell Robinson (185-86) added 15 points in the effort for Angelico Biella. Banco di Sard.'s next round opponent will be Sutor Montegranaro on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Angelico Biella will play against Scavolini Pesaro. Top scorers: Banco di Sard.: D.Diener 18+10reb+3ast, T.Easley 15+8reb, M.Vanuzzo 13+2reb, M.Ignerski 10+7reb, M.Thornton 7+5reb+4ast, T.Diener 7+4reb+10ast Angelico BI: J.Mavunga 16+7reb+2ast, R.Robinson 15+2reb+3ast, G.Jurak 10+4reb, C.Brackins 10+2reb+1ast, R.Moore 7+6reb+3ast, N.Jaramaz 7+7reb+1ast
Montepaschi Siena smashed Enel Brindisi at home 92-65. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Enel Brindisi managed to win second period 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Enel Brindisi's 26. Montepaschi Siena forced 20 Enel Brindisi turnovers and outrebounded them 35-22 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized Nigerian power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 18 points. At the losing side American point guard Jonathan Gibson (182-87, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 17 points and the other American import point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Montepaschi SI: B.Brown 18+1reb+3ast, D.Moss 15+3reb+4ast, B.Eze 12+11reb, V.Sanikidze 9+3reb+2ast, K.Kangur 9+4reb+1ast, A.Rasic 9+1reb+1ast Enel Brindisi: J.Gibson 17+1reb+1ast, J.Viggiano 11+1reb, M.Formenti 10+1reb, S.Reynolds 8+5reb+3ast, C.Simmons 7+6reb, A.Robinson 4+4reb
Ramenghi's double-double lands him Serie B Player of the Week award - 1 day 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).
The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old British international guard Teddy Okereafor (193-88kg-92, college: Rider), with a one-month deal. He already started the season at Parnu Sadam in Estonian Alexela KML. In four games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg this season. Okereafor also played 3 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg. He just graduated from Rider University and it is his first season... [read more]
The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old British international guard Teddy Okereafor (193-88kg-92, college: Rider), with a one-month deal. He already started the season at Parnu Sadam in Estonian Alexela KML. In four games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg this season. Okereafor also played 3 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg. He just graduated from Rider University and it is his first season as a pro. He was also voted All-MAAC 3rd Team in 2016 at his college time. Okereafor's team was regular season runner-up in MAAC in 2015. Okereafor represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 90.9%.
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