Lithuanian forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87, agency: Players Group) put on an amazing game in the last round for Novipiu Casale, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 17. The 25-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat FCM Ferentino (#13, 6-10) 85-76. Novipiu Casale maintains the 3rd position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Novipiu Casale will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Butkevicius as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Povilas Butkevicius has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.1rpg) and averages impressive 68.5% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) of LeGamberi FO. Todic had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as LeGamberi FO was edged by the higher-ranked Giorgo Tesi PT (#4, 11-5) 79-76. Despite lost game LeGamberi FO moved up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Todic is a newcomer at LeGamberi FO, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was forward Davide Pascolo (201-F-90) of Pall.Trento (#11). Pascolo scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Pall.Trento, leading his team to a 98-87 win against the higher-ranked Givova Scafati (#6, 9-7). The chances of Pall.Trento ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pascolo could help Pall.Trento to bring them higher in the standings. Pascolo has a very solid season. In 16 games in Italy he scored 8.0ppg. He also has 5.9rpg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 66.3%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Anthony Mason (201-F-87) of Upea CdO - 31 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Erving Walker (172-PG-90) of Prima Veroli - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists 6. Casper Ware (177-PG-90) of Novipiu Casale - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists 7. Talor Battle (183-PG-88) of Upea CdO - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 8. William Mosley (202-C-89) of Biancoblu BO - 11 points and 17 rebounds 9. Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88) of LeGamberi FO - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Donato Cutolo (198-F-87) of Biancoblu BO - 24 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)
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]
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 helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he got just 2.6ppg and 2.0rpg. Biruta has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was re