Center Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) had a very impressive game in the last round for Castelletto, receiving a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 20. The 33-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Recanati (#15, 6-12) 94-87. Castelletto is placed at 3rd position in Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Castelletto will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Pazzi had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Castelletto's top player in his first season with the team. Marco Pazzi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.8rpg).
The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Michele Venturelli (188-G-82) of Mirandola. Venturelli had a very good evening with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Mirandola to edge slightly higher-ranked Ferrara (7-11) 80-74. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Mirandola keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Venturelli is well-known at Mirandola and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr. (#12). Piazza showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, ten rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Reggio Calabr., leading his team to a 66-65 win against the higher-ranked Agrigento (#4, 11-7). The chances of Reggio Calabr. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Piazza could help Reggio Calabr. to bring them higher in the standings. Piazza has a great season in Italy. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.1apg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Federico Bolzonella (184-PG-84) of Castelletto - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Andrea Campiello (200-F-87) of Ferrara - 23 points and 6 rebounds 7. Antonio Iannuzzi (207-F/C-91) of Matera - 16 points and 8 rebounds 8. Davide Reati (193-G-88) of Treviglio - 27 points and 4 rebounds 9. Gianni Cantagalli (196-G-88) of Recanati - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Marco Tagliabue (206-PF-86) of Recanati - 25 points and 7 rebounds
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)
The Magic adds Galloway to their roster, ex Omegna - 17 hours ago
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Orlando Magic added to their roster 25-year old shooting guard Ramon Galloway (190-82kg-91, college: La Salle). He played last season at Fulgor Omegna in Italian Serie A2. In 10 games he had 14.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. Galloway also played that season for Openjobmetis VA (Serie A) in Italy where in 10 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.8apg. Galloway has never been drafted by the NB... [read more]
Orlando Magic added to their roster 25-year old shooting guard Ramon Galloway (190-82kg-91, college: La Salle). He played last season at Fulgor Omegna in Italian Serie A2. In 10 games he had 14.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. Galloway also played that season for Openjobmetis VA (Serie A) in Italy where in 10 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.8apg. Galloway has never been drafted by the NBA. He was voted NABC Division I All-District 4 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time. Galloway is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) and NBA (Chicago Bulls). Galloway attended La Salle University until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player. On Galloway:
Ramon gives us talent, athleticism and emotional effort that elevates our team. He is outstanding as a defender and scorer. His area of improvement should come in decision-making and a better assist to turnover ratio.
EuroLeague: Emporio Armani snatch win in Istanbul - 1 day 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.
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