Former international shooting guard Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) had a great game in the last round for Cantu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14. The 24-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat EA7 Armani (#7, 7-7) 84-76. Cantu maintains the 4th position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cantu will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game Aradori had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Pietro Aradori averages this season 11.8ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Sutor MGR. Burns had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Sutor MGR lost that game 79-93 to the higher-ranked Montepaschi (#3, 11-3). This loss caused Sutor MGR to drop to 13th position in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Sutor MGR managed to get this year. Burns is a newcomer at Sutor MGR, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Donnel Taylor (198-G-82) of Trenkwalder RE (#8). Taylor got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . He was a key player of Trenkwalder RE, leading his team to a 87-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Vanoli CR (#12, 4-10). Trenkwalder RE needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Taylor has a great season in Italy. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) of Cimberio VA - 20 points and 10 rebounds 6. Viktor Sanikidze (203-SF-86) of Montepaschi - 13 points and 12 rebounds 7. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA - 18 points and 9 rebounds 8. Alvin Young (188-PG-75) of Umana VE - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) of Sidigas AV - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 10. David Moss (196-F-83) of Montepaschi - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 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)
I had the opportunity to have a little chat with the new UCC Assigeco Piacenza signing, Gilvydas Biruta (203-PF-91, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Aries Trikalla BC in Greek A1 league. In 21 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg this season. Biruta ended the last season at GS Lavrio (also in A1) where in 5 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Neptunas Klaipeda in Lithuanian LKL. In 21 games he had 3.5ppg and 2.4rpg. Biruta hel... [read more]