American Talor Battle (183-PG-88) had a great game in the last round for Upea CdO and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega 2 Player of the Week award for round 9. The 24-year old playmaker got a double-double of 20 points and eleven assists, while his team crushed C.de Latte BRE (#6, 5-3) with 25-point margin 97-72. Upea CdO is placed at 14th position in Italian Lega 2. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Upea CdO have already lost 7 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Battle had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Upea CdO's top player in his first season with the team. The Pennsylvania State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Battle is league's best passer with 5.2apg. Battle is in league's top in and averages solid 2.4spg and 57.6% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Upea CdO's star - 23-year old American swingman Alex Young (198-G/F-89). Young impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course together with Battle he helped Upea CdO with another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked C.de Latte BRE (#6, 5-3) 97-72. This victory allowed Upea CdO to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 14th position in the standings. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Upea CdO managed to get this year. Young is a newcomer at Upea CdO and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#8). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was American Laurence Ekperigin (201-F-88) of FCM Ferentino (#15). Ekperigin scored 16 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Ekperigin's great performance FCM Ferentino lost 87-88 to slightly higher-ranked Aget Service IM (#13, 2-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. FCM Ferentino can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-7 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ekperigin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ekperigin has individually a great season in Italy. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.1spg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 67.9%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi - 17 points and 17 rebounds 5. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Aget Service IM - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) of Tezenis VE - 9 points and 15 rebounds 7. J.R. Giddens (196-F/G-85) of C.de Latte BRE - 16 points and 8 rebounds 8. Casper Ware (177-PG-90) of Novipiu Casale - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) of Novipiu Casale - 11 points and 11 rebounds 10. Ronald Slay (203-F-81) of Givova Scafati - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 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)
The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) signed 19-year old shooting guard Brandon Solazzi (190-SG-97, agency: Octagon Europe) (190-97, agency: Octagon Europe) after he was tested there shortly from VL Pesaro. But in 7 Serie A games he had just 0.1ppg last season. Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Corey Hawkins (190-G-91, college: Cal-Davis) Michele Antonutti (202-G/F-86) David Cournooh (187-G-90, agency: Interperformances) Ronald Moore (183-PG-88, college: Siena) Brandon Solaz... [read more]
Tezenis Verona (Serie A2) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Italian ex-international power forward David Brkic (210-108kg-82, agency: Interperformances) from Bondi Ferrara. In 30 Serie A2 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.9apg last season. The previous (14-15) season he played at Napoli Basket (A2 Gold) where in 19 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1bpg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Brk... [read more]
Tezenis Verona (Serie A2) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Italian ex-international power forward David Brkic (210-108kg-82, agency: Interperformances) from Bondi Ferrara. In 30 Serie A2 games he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.9apg last season. The previous (14-15) season he played at Napoli Basket (A2 Gold) where in 19 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1bpg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Brkic played in the final of Italian Lega Due in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Domestic Players Team back in 2006, 2010 and 2013. He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Brkic was a member of Italian international program for some years. He was called to Italian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2004 and previously for U20 National Team between 2020 and 2002. Brkic has played also professionally in Austria and Spain (Cantabria) and Italy (Juvecaserta, Pavia, UBC, Imola and Brescia). On Brkic:
Very versatile player. Can play on 3-4-5 positions.Not a great speed, but very decent technique. Wide shoot range. Can hit 3-pointers.
Oleggio Magic Basket (Serie B) tabbed 21-year old point guard Jacopo Lepri (180-75kg-95). He played most recently at Gazzada in Italian Serie C Gold. Lepri also played that season for Openjobmetis VA. But in only one FIBA Europe Cup game he did not score anything and 1 steal. He helped his team to make it to the Serie C Gold Group Lombardia B Semifinals in 2016. Oleggio Magic Basket roster for 2016-2017: Filiberto Dri Edoardo Gallazzi Andrea Resca Lorenzo Petrosino Shaquille Hidalgo Fil... [read more]
Oleggio Magic Basket (Serie B) tabbed 21-year old point guard Jacopo Lepri (180-75kg-95). He played most recently at Gazzada in Italian Serie C Gold. Lepri also played that season for Openjobmetis VA. But in only one FIBA Europe Cup game he did not score anything and 1 steal. He helped his team to make it to the Serie C Gold Group Lombardia B Semifinals in 2016.
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