A day in the life! As I step off of the plane in Oulu Finland, I smelled more than just the cool brisk air that graced my face. I smelled the distinct aroma of hospitality and warmth. The warm smiles that greeted me when I arrived put my spirit at ease and made me eager to help bring positive to the team and the community at large. When I met my team I was drawn to Josh Nofflet, he has been a good tour guide, friend, teammate and roommate. He made my transition smooth upon my arrival. I miss my family a great deal therefore; as a result, my days are start early. I work out before and after practice to keep my mind off of my lovely wife, beautiful kids and outwork my competition in chase of my NBA dream. When I am not working out I spend time in the gym with YNNI boys A team or volunteering at elementary schools with Pekka Laasko. Interacting with the bright eyed warm hearted youth here in Oulu has become what I consider family time. I feel very fortunate to be a positive motivating force in their lives and as a leader on the YNNI basketball team, a big brother as well. I really appreciate the organization that I play for. I am familiar with the YMCA from the states from a little kid for providing more than sports opportunities but opportunities to grow as a person. The young mens aspect is and always will be a vital part of the fabric of every society. To enrich the youth and teach those qualities of leadership and sportsmanship empower a better future society. The young men aspect also fosters diversity in social relationships from my experience back home and here in Finland. The second portion of the YMCA the Christian Association has great meaning to meaning is another reason I take pride in playing for the team name. I grew up in a Christian household and my grandmother Tansey Moore who is now deceased instilled Christian values in my mother at a very early age and my mother did the same for me. The great thing about the YMCA is Christian religious tolerance if you are a member of Baptist, Catholic, Yahology we all play together for the same Christ and try to exemplify biblical principles through social interaction and sportsmanship. I consider it a part of my destiny for my basketball career to go by way of the YMCA to remind me of where I came from in route to where I pray to go. The cuisine that I have been influenced most by and enjoy the most is Rahula, although there is a big mix of many fine restaurants I keep finding myself there the most. The architectural skyline of the city is not quite Dallas Texas but it is romantic and enjoyable when I step out to get a bite to eat. The biggest adjustment for me has been weather as I write this article; it is currently 74 and sunny in Dallas Texas where they are still wearing short pants and short sleeved shirts. Before I go to bed at night I try to read myself to sleep currently I am reading the Bible and a couple of E-books Shape or Shake Your Faith Secrets of the Original Kingdom Come and The Purpose Driven Life. After I read myself to sleep of course my dreams are filled with shooting threes in the face of my opponent to win games, dunking on my sons playing in the living room and walking hand in hand with my beautiful wife into purple sunsets with basketball rain.
EuroLeague: Emporio Armani snatch win in Istanbul - 15 hours ago
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Darussafaka - Emporio Armani 80:81 Emporio Armani claimed the second straight victory in EuroLeague season. They upset Darussafaka in Istanbul to stay perfect. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) posted 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Emporio Armani eked out a 24:23 lead after the opening frame. The Italian side boosted the lead in the second term. Emporio Armani piled up a 46:41 halftime lead. Darussafaka stiffened defensively in the third term. The Turkish team pulled as close as 2 poi... [read more]
Darussafaka - Emporio Armani 80:81
Emporio Armani claimed the second straight victory in EuroLeague season. They upset Darussafaka in Istanbul to stay perfect. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) posted 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Emporio Armani eked out a 24:23 lead after the opening frame. The Italian side boosted the lead in the second term. Emporio Armani piled up a 46:41 halftime lead. Darussafaka stiffened defensively in the third term. The Turkish team pulled as close as 2 points at the final intermission 58:60. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth term. But late free throws from Krunoslav Simon sealed the win for the visitors. Jamel McLean (203-F-88, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) and Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Players Group) finished with 11 points each in the victory. Adrien Moerman (202-PF-88) answered with 20 points for Darussafaka. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) had 16 points in the loss.
I met Robert 'Bobby' Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) of UCC Assigeco Piacenza and talked with him about the moment of the team after the first three games of this Serie A2 season. After two defeats, you snatch a great win against a strong opponent like Verona. What has changed in the team? We played more aggressive on offense and on defense, we played togheter and with a lot of energy for the all game. The first two games we have foul trouble, we were too distracted by the referees... [read more]
I met Robert 'Bobby' Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) of UCC Assigeco Piacenza and talked with him about the moment of the team after the first three games of this Serie A2 season. After two defeats, you snatch a great win against a strong opponent like Verona. What has changed in the team? We played more aggressive on offense and on defense, we played togheter and with a lot of energy for the all game. The first two games we have foul trouble, we were too distracted by the referees but after loosing two games in a row we came out to play hard and just take care of ourselves and we got the win.
You play a good game too (17 points and 12 rebounds). A good step forward compared to the first two games of the season in which you struggled to find the rythm. In percentage, how much are you feeling in shape in this moment? In percentage I'm probably about 85-90%. In the first game, for sure, the rythm wasn't the best but it was the first game of the season so I was still understanding my teammates, their strenghts and their weaknesses as players and they try to learn me still. It was our first real game on the road, against a good team like Virtus Bologna and I can't found my rythm. In the second game I had a good first quarter but then I've got foul trouble and when I came back in the rythm was gone again and it was hard for me to get the rythm back but in the third game I came out more aggressive, I came to push the ball, I came to do many things to get my rythm starting faster and I was able to play a good game and my teammates we're able to play off with my energy also. How are your relationships with your teammates and with whom you have the best one? I think all my teammates so far so good. I knew I couple of guys already for playing against them. I like everybody in the team but the closest two are probably Luca Infante (204-F/C-82) and Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena). Kenny lives right under me so after the games sometimes I go down there with him and his wife and we play cards or watch tv, football games...and with Luca especially in team events he talk to me more because he is the oldest guy. So probably those two.
What are, in your opinion, the team strenghts and weaknesses? I think our strenght is that we have a lot of guys who can attack the rim, who can shoot. Weakness: so far we had a lot of injuries. we miss 2/3 players already. So for the chemistry to have so many injuries in the beginning of the season is hard for a team. Sometimes we don't play on defense so teams are able to score easy. Boxing out, the first two games we did a really bad job boxing out. We did a better job in the third game so I don't know if there is a weakness or not. We like to share the ball each other, maybe too much, wich can be a weakness. But I think we can share the ball, I think we trust each other on offense. It's just a matter of shooting the right shoot at the right time.
In the next game against Recanati you will play against your former coach at Virtus Roma, Marco Calvani (agency: SPORTlab Agency ), in one of your best season in Italy (Scudetto Finals 2012-2013). How was your relationship with him? My realtion with Marco was up and down. We had a really good season, obviously, we make the Finals. He's a player-coach: he listen, he give suggestions, is not the type of coach who is one way, he takes solutions from the players and he cooperate to the teams situation. A very nice guy, he likes to laugh, he tells jokes, he believes in difense which is one of my main strenght as a player so I like him for his defense principles. I don't see him in a couple of year so it will be good to see him.
You played several years in Serie A. What are the main differences that you found in this Serie A2? In A2 sometimes I have to force more shoots by myself, in A1 we had more americans where we use to share responsabilities. In the first game I was use to that mentality where I was expecting my teammates to help me to get easy shoots but I had to be more aggressive and make the shoots for myself. In Serie A2 we have only two americans so we have to be more aggressive for each other and for the team.
Watching you playing, it seems that you prefer playing with the face to the basket and behind the three points line than near the basket, in the low post. Do you agree with me? What do you think about that? Yes, playing post-up to the basket is more difficult because a lot of guys they foul and the referees don't always call the foul but if I turn around and face, there is more space and the reefs can see more. In the first two games I think, I'm focused too much trying to post up and he take energy from me, I get push, I get frustrated but the third game I make sure to be more attacking the rim facing so I can take good decisions, I can see the court and make my game better. So I have to find a good balance.
What was your impression about the fans and the atmosphere in the first game at PalaBanca? The first game was good, we had a good energy from the fans. I'm disappointed that we lost our first game there but we have many more games in this season and I feel like the fans are gonna be with us, we need them, we need their energy, especially in certain situations. It's a nice gym, it's a nice big gym. Where do you see Assigeco Piacenza at the end of the season? For sure, I think, we can make the playoffs. What number I don't know but for sure we can make it to the playoffs and from there we can make new goals and see what the matchup for the playoffs are.
Italian Serie B round 3 best performance: Giorgio Broglia - 1 day ago
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Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Montegrano, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 3. The 30-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Isernia (#12, 1-2) with 19-point margin 78-59. Montegrano is placed at 6th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game ear... [read more]
Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Montegrano, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 3. The 30-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Isernia (#12, 1-2) with 19-point margin 78-59. Montegrano is placed at 6th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Montegrano will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Broglia had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Montegrano and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Giorgio Broglia averages just after three games 12.7ppg and 7.3rpg.
The second best player in last round's games was young Saverio Mazzantini (194-G/F-95) of Cecina. Mazzantini had a very good evening with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Cecina to edge Moncalieri (2-1) 87-83. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Mazzantini is a newcomer at Cecina, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Filiberto Dri (190-G-89) of Oleggio (#15). Dri scored 25 points and passed four assists. Despite Dri's great performance Oleggio lost 68-98 to Sangiorgese (#7, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Oleggio can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group A. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Dri has individually a great season in Italy. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Simone Zanotti (208-C/F-92) of Monteroni - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Fabio Marcante (196-F/G-80) of Viterbo SA - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Thomas De Min (203-F/C-86) of Crema - 22 points and 10 rebounds 7. Leonardo Ciribeni (190-G-92) of San Severo - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Alessandro Cecchetti (200-C/F-91) of San Severo - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Dario Guadagnola (198-F-88) of Catanzaro - 24 points and 5 rebounds 10. Riccardo Pederzini (198-F-89) of Palestrina - 22 points, 5 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)
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