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)
EuroLeague: CSKA outgun Emporio Armani in Milan - 6 hours ago
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Emporio Armani - CSKA 64:79 CSKA rallied to the 10th victory. They beat Emporio Armani in Milan to remain on top of the ladder. Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) and Dmitrii Kulagin (197-G/F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) recorded 14 points each for the winners. Emporio Armani sank 23 points in the first term to take a 2-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second stanza. The hosts arrived at halftime up by two points 38:36. However CSKA turned the tables in the... [read more]
Emporio Armani - CSKA 64:79
CSKA rallied to the 10th victory. They beat Emporio Armani in Milan to remain on top of the ladder. Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) and Dmitrii Kulagin (197-G/F-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) recorded 14 points each for the winners. Emporio Armani sank 23 points in the first term to take a 2-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second stanza. The hosts arrived at halftime up by two points 38:36. However CSKA turned the tables in the second half. The defending champions unleashed 30 points in the third term to take a 12-point lead at the final break 66:54. CSKA limited the Italian team to just 10 points in the fourth quarter and raced to a comfortable win at the end. Cory Higgins (195-G-89, college: Colorado) chipped in 11 points in the win. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) responded with 11 points for Emporio Armani. Jamel McLean (203-F-88, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) and Richard Hickman (189-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro) tossed in 10 points each in the loss.
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Ranking Angelico Biella 18, Europromotion Legnano 16, Mens Sana Basket 1871 Siena^ 14, Orsi Tortona^ 14, Unicusano Virtus Roma 12, FMC Ferentino 12, Lighthouse Trapani 12, Roma Gas & Power Eurobasket Roma 12, NPC Rieti 10, Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina 10, Remer Treviglio 10, Moncada Agrigento 10, Basket Agropoli 10, Viola Reggio Calabria 8, Novipiu Casale Monferrato 6, Givova Scafati 4 ^1 match more
Next round (12^ ) Roma Gas & Power E. Roma-Remer Treviglio Lighthouse Trapani-Mens Sana Basket 1871 Siena Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina-Viola Reggio Calabria Orsi Tortona-Novipiu Casale Monferrato FMC Ferentino-Moncada Agrigento 1NPC Rieti-Unicusano V. Roma Europromotion Legnano-Basket Agropoli Givova Scafati-Angelico Biella
Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena)
CB Clavijo inks Bryce Pressley, ex JuveCaserta - 1 day ago
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Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) agreed terms with American guard Bryce Pressley (193-95kg, college: Portland). He already started the season at JuveCaserta in Italian Serie A. He was also voted All-WCC 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Pressley played at another team Pilots in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 29 games he had 3.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg. He just graduated from University of Portland and it is his first season as a pro. Pressley's... [read more]
Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (LEB Gold) agreed terms with American guard Bryce Pressley (193-95kg, college: Portland). He already started the season at JuveCaserta in Italian Serie A. He was also voted All-WCC 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Pressley played at another team Pilots in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 29 games he had 3.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg. He just graduated from University of Portland and it is his first season as a pro. Pressley's team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
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