Experienced Polish Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Umana VE and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. The 30-year old center had a double-double of 27 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Cimberio VA (#1, 13-2) 87-85. Umana VE is placed at 9th position in Italian SerieA. Umana VE is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-8 record. In the team's last game Szewczyk had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Umana VE and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Szymon Szewczyk averages this season 10.2ppg and 5.4rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) of Vanoli CR. Peric impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Vanoli CR to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Angelico BI (#15, 3-12) 92-59. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Vanoli CR keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Peric is a newcomer at Vanoli CR and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Mike Green (185-PG-85) of top-ranked Cimberio VA. Green showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Green's great performance Cimberio VA lost 85-87 to the lower-ranked Umana VE (#9, 7-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Cimberio VA had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Green's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Green has a great season in Italy. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.7apg (2nd best). He also has 2.2spg and and 3PT: 41.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA - 21 points and 9 rebounds 5. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84) of Umana VE - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88) of Acea Virtus RM - 13 points and 14 rebounds 7. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Pesaro - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85) of Cantu - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. - 12 points and 12 assists 10. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Enel Brindisi - 10 points, 10 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)
Torino achieve second win at the Nazionale Play-Offs - May 22, 2013
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Matera - Agrigento 58-60 (1-1)
The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Agrigento made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game [read more]
The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Agrigento made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) added 6 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Matera. Top scorers: Agrigento: F.Mian 17+5reb, A.Moruzzi 11+10reb+1ast, G.Anello 9+3reb+1ast, R.Chiacig 8+3reb, A.Chiarastella 6+7reb+1ast, D.Demartini 6+1reb Matera: A.Iannuzzi 15+6reb+2ast, C.Sebastian Vico 11+1reb, A.Vitale 9+3reb+2ast, C.Cantone 8+3reb+3ast, M.Rezzano 6+14reb, M.Samoggia 4+2reb
The game was mostly controlled by Torino. Casalpusterlengo was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Torino players scored in double figures. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Simone Fiorito (200-91) scored 18 points. Top scorers: Torino: J.Wojciechowski 18+4reb, M.Evangelisti 14+6reb+1ast, L.Gergati 11+4reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 10+6reb, F.Baldi Rossi 9+4reb, D.Parente 6+3reb+4ast Casalpusterlengo: S.Fiorito 18, T.Marino 12+2reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 11+7reb+2ast, M.Venuto 6+1reb, R.Prandin 6+3reb+1ast, G.Ricci 6+7reb
Chieti was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Mirandola dominated on the defensive end, holding Chieti to just 3 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 19 Chieti turnovers. Chieti was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) scored 24 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and naturalized San Marino Andrea Raschi (198-79) scored 13 points. Top scorers: Mirandola: J.Losi 24+4ast, M.Venturelli 16+3reb+1ast, L.Pignatti 16+4reb+2ast, A.Pilotti 6+3reb+1ast, G.Sgobba 4+4reb, M.Fantinelli 2+6reb+2ast Chieti: E.Rossi 24+10reb, A.Raschi 13+4reb+1ast, M.Diomede 7+3reb, M.Micevic 7+1reb, S.Rajola 7+3reb, F.Gialloreto 3+2reb+2ast
It looked good early as Mazzeo San Severo took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Naturhouse Ferrara had a 24-6 second period charge getting the lead and Mazzeo San Severo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-71. Naturhouse Ferrara dominated on the defensive end, holding Mazzeo San Severo to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Mazzeo San Severo 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Michele Ferri (191-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Top scorers: Ferrara: M.Ferri 16+2reb+2ast, M.Benfatto 15+12reb+1ast, G.Gazzotti 10+7reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 8+5reb, A.Campiello 8+2reb+1ast, S.Cortesi 8+8reb+1ast San Severo: G.Zampolli 14+3reb+4ast, A.Iannilli 12+5reb, I.Scarponi 10+3reb, O.Gueye 9+4reb+1ast, R.Maggio 7+4reb+1ast, L.De Paoli 6+8reb
The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 16-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Latina Basket was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) scored 18 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Tommaso Laquintana (187-95) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals during the contest. point guard Riccardo Tavernelli (188-91) responded with 23 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Matteo Canavesi (204-86) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Bari: T.Laquintana 20+4reb, L.Bisconti 18+3reb+2ast, A.Ruggiero 18+4reb+4ast, D.Bonessio 6+12reb+2ast, D.Barozzi 5+2reb, M.Cardillo 4+10reb Latina Basket: R.Tavernelli 23+4reb+2ast, M.Canavesi 12+7reb+2ast, M.Carrizo 9+2reb+4ast, T.Plateo 6+2reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 6+2reb, M.Arrigoni 5+2reb
Recanati made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Perugia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Marco Gnaccarini (185-81) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) chipped in 9 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Simone Bonamente (203-79) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Recanati: M.Gnaccarini 19+7reb+6ast, G.Tessitore 16+1reb, A.Pierini 12+4reb+2ast, M.Pierangeli 12+2reb, R.Castelli 9+13reb+6ast, M.Tagliabue 5+3reb Perugia: P.Chiarello 17+7reb+2ast, D.Poltroneri 15+3reb+1ast, C.Cutolo 14+6reb+3ast, S.Bonamente 12+11reb+1ast, N.Mei 6+2reb+4ast, G.Chiatti 3+6reb+2ast
SerieA Round 6 of Quarter-Finals. Montepaschi, Cantu and Trenkwalder force deciders - May 20, 2013
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Montepaschi - EA7 Armani 72-66
Montepasci fired past Emporio Armani in Siena to force the decider. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Armani Milano won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated on the defensive end, holding Armani Milano to just 7 points in second quarter [read more]
Montepasci fired past Emporio Armani in Siena to force the decider. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Armani Milano won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated on the defensive end, holding Armani Milano to just 7 points in second quarter. The former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) notched 18 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) supported him with 15 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by center Ioannis Bourousis (213-83, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Armani Milano. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Montepaschi: D.Hackett 18+2reb+5ast, B.Brown 15+3reb+3ast, M.Carraretto 13+3reb+1ast, D.Moss 9+3reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 4+1reb, K.Kangur 4+3reb+1ast EA7 Armani: A.Gentile 18+5reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 16+7reb+2ast, M.Hairston 11+4reb+2ast, M.Green 6+4reb+1ast, K.Langford 5+2reb, E.Bremer 4+1reb+2ast
Trenkwalder shot down Acea Virtus to force the series to return to Rome. Lottomatica Roma was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Trenkwalder RE, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.8 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) chipped in 22 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) with 23 points and American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 22+1reb, T.Bell 17+6reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 12+4reb+7ast, M.Antonutti 10+3reb, R.Cervi 8+5reb+1ast, G.Brunner 7+1reb+4ast Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 23+4reb+2ast, P.Goss 14+1reb+5ast, B.Jones 13+3reb+3ast, G.Lawal 13+4reb+2ast, B.Bailey 8+2reb+2ast, J.Taylor 6+2reb+1ast
Cantu snatched another narrow home win over Sassari and prolonged the series. Banco di Sard. was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 28-20 charge of Cantu, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.1 percent from the field. It was a good game for the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 assists. American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 19 points in the effort for Banco di Sard. Top scorers: Cantu: P.Aradori 26+2reb+5ast, A.Tyus 17+7reb, N.Mazzarino 11+2reb+3ast, S.Mancinelli 8+1reb+2ast, M.Leunen 7+7reb, J.Brooks 7 Banco di Sard.: D.Gordon 21+9reb, D.Diener 19+1reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 18+4reb, T.Diener 6+5reb+5ast, M.Thornton 6+2reb, M.Vanuzzo 6+5reb
Lega2 Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Casale and Pistoia advance into semifinals - May 19, 2013
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Tezenis VE - Novipiu Casale 67-76
Novipiu Casale snatched a road win over Tezenis Verona and secured the semifinal birth. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St [read more]
Novipiu Casale snatched a road win over Tezenis Verona and secured the semifinal birth. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Novipiu Casale players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: IBS) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Giorgio Boscagin (196-83) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Tezenis VE. Tezenis VE's coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Tezenis VE: G.Boscagin 16+7reb, M.Chessa 15+1reb+1ast, O.Lawal 12+14reb+1ast, R.McConnell 7+2reb+1ast, D.Lamma 5+3ast, M.Da Ros 4+2reb Novipiu Casale: R.Green 23+7reb+2ast, C.Ware 20+3reb+1ast, N.Martinoni 14+9reb, M.Malaventura 11+3reb, G.Ferrero 4+5reb+1ast, S.Pierich 2+1reb
Giorgio Tesi Pistoia upset Givova Scafati away from home and earned the place in the semis. Tuscany Pistoia made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Givova Scafati was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Antonio Graves (191-85, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Two Points) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. Tuscany Pistoia's coach Paolo Moretti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Top scorers: Givova Scafati: R.Slay 19+6reb+3ast, P.Baldassarre 12+9reb+1ast, J.Tavernari 12+2reb, G.Sorrentino 9+6reb+2ast, K.Mays 9+1reb+5ast, D.Rosignoli 4+3reb Giorgo Tesi PT: M.Hicks 16+7reb+1ast, A.Graves 15+6reb+2ast, G.Meini 11+3reb+2ast, R.Cortese 10+5reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 9+3reb+2ast, D.Fajardo 8+4reb
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