25-year old point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Reggio Calabr. and receives a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 13. He got a double-double of 28 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Casalpusterlengo (#10, 5-7) 77-65. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Reggio Calabr. is placed at 17th position in Italian Nazionale A. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 9 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Piazza had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Reggio Calabr.'s top player in his first season with the team. Piazza has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 10.0apg) and averages solid 5.0spg,58.3% FGP and 66.7% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Marko Micevic (198-F-89) of Latina Basket. He is naturalized Serbian forward in his 2nd season at Latina Basket. In the last game Micevic recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Latina Basket to another comfortable win 83-66 over the lower-ranked Ferrara (4-8) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Latina Basket managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Micevic is well-known at Latina Basket and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Federico Bolzonella (184-PG-84) of Castelletto (#3). Bolzonella scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Castelletto, leading his team to a 71-65 win against the lower-ranked Lucca (#6, 7-4). Castelletto needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Bolzonella has a very solid season. In 12 games in Italy he scored 15.9ppg. He also has 4.3rpg, FGP: 52.9% and 3PT: 44.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) of Ferrara - 21 points and 11 rebounds 5. Simone Ferrarese (182-PG-87) of Treviglio - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Daniele Bonessio (200-F/G-88) of Bari - 19 points and 10 rebounds 7. Christian Villani (200-F/G-82) of Omegna - 20 points and 4 rebounds 8. Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) of Firenze - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Mattia Caroldi (185-PG-82) of Firenze - 21 points 10. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) of Casalpusterlengo - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is choosen 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)
Acea Virtus Roma - Montepaschi Siena 63:79
Montepaschi made it seven in a row! They overcame Acea Virtus Roma on the road tonight to win the SeriaA Finals 4-1. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) was pivotal with 18 points in the victory.
Virtus Roma had their backs against the wall heading into this one. But Siena used all of their experience to control this one. The visitors held Roma to 13 points in the first ten minutes and posted a 2-point lead at the break [read more]
Acea Virtus Roma - Montepaschi Siena 63:79
Montepaschi made it seven in a row! They overcame Acea Virtus Roma on the road tonight to win the SeriaA Finals 4-1. Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) was pivotal with 18 points in the victory. Virtus Roma had their backs against the wall heading into this one. But Siena used all of their experience to control this one. The visitors held Roma to 13 points in the first ten minutes and posted a 2-point lead at the break. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Siena and Virtus Roma arrived at halftime tied at 33-all. But Siena made a decisive push in the third term. The visitors exploded with 27 points in the third period to gain a comfortable 13-point lead at the final break. Roma got within 8 early in the fourth frame but Siena stayed calm. They kept the hosts at safe distance throughout the reminder of the contest and triumphed in SeriaA once again. David Moss (196-SF-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) netted 11 points, while Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) added 10 points for the winners. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 20 points and 9 boards for Virtus Roma. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) had 15 points in the loss.
2013 Mediterranean Games: Tunisia roll over Italy - Jun 19, 2013
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Tunisia roll over Italy in Day 2 of the 2013 Mediterranean Games. The African side posted a comfortable 68:43 win in their start of the campaign.
Tunisia started the game with 12-5 run and dominated in the defensive first period. They added 14-13 rally in the second period and led 26-18 at the halftime. Tunisia erupted with a 24-11 surge in the third period and had 21 points advantage after three quarters [read more]
Tunisia roll over Italy in Day 2 of the 2013 Mediterranean Games. The African side posted a comfortable 68:43 win in their start of the campaign. Tunisia started the game with 12-5 run and dominated in the defensive first period. They added 14-13 rally in the second period and led 26-18 at the halftime. Tunisia erupted with a 24-11 surge in the third period and had 21 points advantage after three quarters. Moreover they finished the game with 18-14 rally and sealed a comfortable win for 1-0 record. Mokhtar Ghayaza (204-C-86) and Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) top-scored for the winners with 10 points each. Marouana Kechrid (180-PG-81) and Nizar Knioua (189-SF-83) brought 9 points apiece in a win. Michele Vitali (196-G-91) answered with 10 points for the European team and Riccardo Moraschini (193-SG-91) netted 9. Riccardo Cervi (214-C-91) scored 8, whilst David Cournooh (188-G-90) added 7.
Andrea Bargnani209-F/C-85Toronto R.
Marco Belinelli196-G-86Chicago B.
Andrea Cinciarini190-PG-86Trenkwalder RE
Luigi Datome203-F-87Acea Virtus RM
Alessandro Gentile198-G/F-92EA7 Armani
Angelo Gigli209-PF-83Oknoplast BO
Daniel Hackett200-PG-87Montepasch [read more]
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