In the first match of the day, the third quarterfinal, face off between two big surprises of this first part of season, Sassari and Brindisi. In a really fought game (without the two captains Vanuzzo and Ndoja) at the end is the second force of the league to win thanks an amazing Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul), MVP, that closes with 36 points and 8/14 by 3. The Dinamo reaches the semifinal waiting for his opponent. However great game also for the team of Piero Bucchi, that can't will try to win his third Italian F8 (after that with Treviso and Napoli). The match it's been very balanced and is ended only after an overtime.
Robinson open the game with 2 points (8 in total in the first quarter, like his teammate Gibson) and, despite a great Drake Diener that starts with 11 points (2 consecutive triples in the first seconds and 3/5 total), there is great balance. After only 3 minutes Reynolds commits already his second foul but coach Bucchi decides to leave him on the court for some other minute. The Dinamo, excluding Drake Diener, has a bad percentage by 3 (0/6) but remains in contact thanks the points under the board of Easley (6 with 4 rebounds). False start for the best playmaker of the league: Travis Diener after 10 minutes has just one point (0/3 at shoot even if already 4 assist) and 2 fouls committed in the 24-22 final for Brindisi. The second quarter starts with the alley-oop Viggiano-Grant (next the dunk a tecnical foul for the American center) and a Drake Diener always on fire. The game remains very balanced also because the not exciting percentage. With little more than 3 minutes remaining shots begin to enter and the Enel reaches the +5 thanks a partial of 6-0 with 2 triples of the couple Formenti-Fultz. Brindisi maintains the advantage (up to a maximum of 6 points) thanks to other 2 triples (always Formenti-Fultz) despite a rumbustious Drake Diener. In the last action of the first half the buzzerbeater of Sacchetti set the result on 45-44 for the team of Brindisi. For the leaders only Robinson in double digit with 10 points, 9 for Gibson while Drake Diener leads the Dinamo with 19 points in 18 minutes and an amazing 6/8 total (5/7 by 3). The game restarts with a bad news for Bucchi: the third foul of Gibson after just 2 minutes. Thornton and Viggiano score by 3 and, after a tecnical foul for the bench of Sassari and a great dunk of Simmons (also 4 blocks in the quarter for the center with Bulgarian passport), Brindisi moves 7 points ahead. Finally Travis Diener finds his first triple but across the axis Reynolds-Viggiano don't miss a beat (7 assist for the playmaker and 15 points for the forward). Drake Diener (with 5 consecutive points) and Thornton try to mend the breach but thanks also to the help of Gibson Brindisi is again on +7 at 27'. In the last minutes starts the personal challenge between Gibson and Thornton and, thanks 3 amazing consecutive triples of the ex Siena (17 points in the quarter), Sassari took strongly the lead before the 2 free throws of Viggiano (caused by the fourth foul of the same Thornton) for the 73-72. In the last quarter seems to have finally arrived the time of Travis Diener that starts with 2 points and an assist for Sacchetti (+4 Dinamo). Shortly after arrives the fourth foul of the son of the coach but this don't stop Sassari that with 5 consecutive points of the usual Drake Diener leads despite 2 dunks of Simmons. With another dunk of his center Brindisi impacts on 82-82 and, after a pair of errors of Ignerski, the Enel back forward thanks the triple of Zerini and another dunk of the usual Simmons. Thanks 4 points of the cousins Diener Sassari back in contact and Easley draw with a free throw (87-87 at 39'). In the last minute 4 consecutive errors (Thornton, Reynolds, Sacchetti and Reynolds again) send the game to the overtime! In the first OT the first basket is for Gibson, Thornton and Drake Diener takes Sassari on +3 but after few seconds with the triple Gibson draw again. Sassari don't exploit 3 consecutive offensive rebounds and, after the timeout, Simmons signs the 94-93 for Brindisi. In the last 2 minutes Easley is decisive with 2 points and a perfect defense that provides the breakthrough of Viggiano and his fifth foul. With another 3 points shoot Drake Diener writes a partial of 5-0 and the +4 for the Dinamo. After some errors and free throws (fifth foul of Thornton) Gibson has the chance to draw again with the last shoot but, despite 5 seconds remaining, his conclusion is short and Sassari wins an exciting game for 98-96! The top scorer of the game is Drake Diener with 36 points, 25 for Thornton (17 only in the third quarter) and usual double-double for Easley (15 + 10 rebounds) and Travis Diener (13 + 12 assist). For the defeated 26 points of Gibson, 18 of Simmons (with 10 rebounds) and 15 for Viggiano.
Ramenghi's double-double lands him Serie B Player of the Week award - 17 hours ago
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24-year old power forward Francesco Ramenghi (209-F/C-92) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Roma Luiss and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Cassino (#5, 6-3) 87-83. Roma Luiss is placed at 2nd position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Roma Luiss will n... [read more]
24-year old power forward Francesco Ramenghi (209-F/C-92) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Roma Luiss and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 9. He had a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Cassino (#5, 6-3) 87-83. Roma Luiss is placed at 2nd position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Roma Luiss will need more victories to improve their 7-2 record. In the team's last game Ramenghi had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Roma Luiss, through which he has constantly improved. Francesco Ramenghi averages this season 14.2ppg and 8.3rpg.
Second best performed player last round was Olivier Giacomelli (198-SF-95, agency: Players Group) of San Miniato. He is naturalized Swiss in his first season at San Miniato. In the last game Giacomelli recorded impressive 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led San Miniato to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Cecina (#1, 6-2) 86-61. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Group A. San Miniato consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 6-3 record is not bad at all. Giacomelli is a newcomer at San Miniato and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-F-89) of Palestrina (#6). Pederzini scored 27 points. He was a key player of Palestrina, leading his team to a 94-88 win against the lower-ranked Catanzaro (#9, 4-4). Palestrina needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group C. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 3 lost games. Pederzini has a very solid season. In 8 games in Italy he scored 17.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Luca Ianes (203-F/C-80) of Vicenza - 16 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Jacopo Balanzoni (203-C/F-93) of Lecco - 23 points and 5 rebounds 6. Simone Bonfiglio (181-PG-88) of Piombino - 32 points and 3 rebounds 7. Simone Gatti (202-F-82) of Campli - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Giovanni Gasparin (187-G-91) of Omegna - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Simone Centanni (185-PG-91) of Volpino AltoSeb. - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists 10. Luca Bedetti (193-G/F-89) of Cento - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 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)
After "only" 6 months from the "fact", James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) was suspended for one game in the italian Serie A. The suspension came from this official statement by the FIP (Italian Basketball Federation). The fact in question is a tweet written by Nunnally after game 2 of the last Serie A season playoffs between Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and Scandone Avellino, in wich the ex Avellino player complained about the referees: "Five versus Eight". Nunnally is actually playi... [read more]
After "only" 6 months from the "fact", James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) was suspended for one game in the italian Serie A. The suspension came from this official statement by the FIP (Italian Basketball Federation).
The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old British international guard Teddy Okereafor (193-88kg-92, college: Rider), with a one-month deal. He already started the season at Parnu Sadam in Estonian Alexela KML. In four games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg this season. Okereafor also played 3 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg. He just graduated from Rider University and it is his first season... [read more]
The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old British international guard Teddy Okereafor (193-88kg-92, college: Rider), with a one-month deal. He already started the season at Parnu Sadam in Estonian Alexela KML. In four games he recorded 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg this season. Okereafor also played 3 games in Baltic League where he averaged 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg. He just graduated from Rider University and it is his first season as a pro. He was also voted All-MAAC 3rd Team in 2016 at his college time. Okereafor's team was regular season runner-up in MAAC in 2015. Okereafor represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 90.9%.
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