28-year old point guard Robertas Bitinas (182-PG-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for S.Marciulionio and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 17. He had the game-high 46 points adding two rebounds and six assists for S.Marciulionio as his team was edged out by Olimpas (#4, 12-5) 111-109. S.Marciulionio maintains the 10th position in Lithuanian NKL. S.Marciulionio is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 8th lost game this season out of 17 games. In the team's last game Bitinas had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 15 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Robertas Bitinas averages this season 11.3ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Dustin Heiman (180-PG-86) of Silute. He is American guard in his first season at Silute. In the last game Heiman recorded impressive 33 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Silute was edged by the higher-ranked Suduva-Mantinga (#6, 11-6) 90-87. Silute is still in a red zone at 17th spot in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Silute managed to get this year. Heiman is a newcomer at Silute and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Audrius Maneikis (203-F-84) of Olimpas (#4). Maneikis showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Olimpas, leading his team to a 111-109 win against the lower-ranked S.Marciulionio (#10, 9-8). Olimpas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Maneikis has a great season in Lithuania. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) of Zanavykas - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) of Suduva-Mantinga - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 6. Deividas Keburys (202-C-90) of Meresta - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-G-82) of Meresta - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Ignas Razutis (185-G-87) of Olimpas - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Raimundas Ambrulaitis (199-F-82) of Ezerunas-Karys - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Dominikas Matutis (180-PG-91) of Gargzdai - 23 points and 6 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)
Zalgiris land Leo Westermann, ex Limoges - May 30, 2016
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B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) tabbed 24-year old French ex-international guard Leo Westermann (196-92, agency: BeoBasket). He moved there from Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA where he played this season. In 33 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg. Westermann also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 10.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. The last season he played also at Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) in France. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, an... [read more]
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) tabbed 24-year old French ex-international guard Leo Westermann (196-92, agency: BeoBasket). He moved there from Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA where he played this season. In 33 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg. Westermann also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 10.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. The last season he played also at Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) in France. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Westermann had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 43 ProA games he had 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the cup final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to French ProA All-Star Game. Westermann also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 7.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.5apg. The previous (13-14) season Westermann played at Partizan in Serbian league. In 5 Euroleague games he had 7.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.2apg in 2013-14 season. He also played 7 games in Adriatic League where he had 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg in 2013-14 season. Among other achievements Westermann received Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 1st Team award back in 2013. He was also a member of French international program for some years. Westermann played for French Senior National Team between 2013 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012. He also represented France at the European Championships last year. Westermann's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 1.0apg. Westermann has played previously professionally in Spain (FC Barcelona). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
Excellent basketball IQ and maturity as a floor general make him a very promising, tall bodied PG. Sees the court very well, has great patience offensively and goos shot selection, trying to keep any teammate involved. Great upside, even at NBA level.
LKL Round 2 of Finals. Neptunas bounce back, even title series - May 29, 2016
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FINAL Neptunas - Zalgiris 76-54 Neptunas cruised past Zalgiris in Klaipeda to even the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Zalgiris managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Stealth Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 4 assists. International guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) contributed with 9 points and 5 assists for t... [read more]
Neptunas cruised past Zalgiris in Klaipeda to even the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Zalgiris managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Stealth Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 4 assists. International guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) contributed with 9 points and 5 assists for the winners. International Martynas Pocius (196-86, college: Duke) replied with 9 points and the former international Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) added 7 points in the effort for Zalgiris. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Neptunas: D.Ewing 15+3reb+4ast, M.Mazeika 13+5reb, T.Plaisted 10+4reb, M.Girdziunas 9+4reb+5ast, V.Sarakauskas 9+7reb+1ast, T.Bader 9 Zalgiris: J.Randle 12, M.Pocius 9+3reb+1ast, R.Seibutis 7+4reb+1ast, I.Vougioukas 6+3reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 5+2ast, K.Vecvagars 4+1reb
Lietuvos Rytas held off Juventus to take the lead in the consolation finals series. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. International Adas Juskevicius (194-89) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international power forwardArturas Gudaitis (211-93) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Lietuvos rytas' coach used entire bench in such tough game. American swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) responded with 18 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Top scorers: Lietuvos rytas: A.Juskevicius 23+5reb+4ast, A.Gudaitis 18+7reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 16+2reb+2ast, D.Gailius 9+6reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 5+5reb+6ast, D.Lukashov 5+3reb+2ast Juventus: C.Lewis 18+2reb+7ast, E.Dimsa 14+3reb+2ast, S.Butterfield 12+8reb+2ast, E.Zelionis 9+3reb, M.Linkevicius 9+4reb, L.Samenas 9+2reb+3ast
Lithuanian U17 National Team 2016 Bakutis Balciunas Bitvinskas Daugela Juozaitis Aidas Bakutis 183-PG-99 KM-Aisciai 98 Tomas Balciunas 200-C-00 FC Barcelona Mykolas Bitvinskas 203-F/C-99 KM-Aisciai 98 Julius Daugela 190-SG-99 Sabonio &n... [read more]
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