Former international guard Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) had a great game in the last round for Suduva, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. The 36-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to her team's victory, helping them to edge out Aistes-LSU (#5, 8-11) 70-67. Suduva is placed at 3rd position in Lithuanian LMKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Suduva will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. In the team's last game Kinkeviciene had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's her second year at Suduva and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Ligita Kinkeviciene averages this season 13.6ppg and 5.5rpg.
The second best player in last round's games was young Dalia Belickaite (175-F-96) of Jaunieji Talentai. Belickaite had a very good evening with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Jaunieji Talentai lost that game 52-63 to slightly higher-ranked Ruta Siauliai (#6, 7-12). Jaunieji Talentai are still at the very bottom. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Jaunieji Talentai managed to get this year. Belickaite is a newcomer at Jaunieji Talentai, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) of Aistes-LSU (#5). Svaryte scored 17 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Svaryte's great performance Aistes-LSU lost 67-70 to slightly higher-ranked Suduva (#3, 13-6). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Aistes-LSU ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Svaryte could help Aistes-LSU to bring them higher in the standings. Svaryte has a great season in Lithuania. After 19 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 11.7rpg (#1 in league).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82) of Sirenos - 15 points and 9 rebounds 5. Greta Sniokaite (180-G-91) of Kibirkstis-Tiche - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Ana Radovic (190-C-90) of Utena - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) of Kibirkstis-Tiche - 6 points and 12 rebounds 8. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) of Suduva - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) of Fortuna - 6 points and 14 rebounds 10. Lina Aglinskaite (182-G/F-87) of Fortuna - 22 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)
Alytaus RK - Vilniaus Svaja 61-53 Alytaus RK overcame Vilniaus Svaja 61-53 in the Final game of AMKL to clinch 2016/17 title. Trailing 8-22 at the end of the first period, Vilniaus Svaja managed not to give up and replied with a 20-10 surge in the second period. Alytaus RK dominated the third period and erupted with a 26-11 burst. Karolina Kazociunaite (180-SF-99) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Ana Belen Molina Barbe netted 10. Rita Zilinskaite (175-G-92) followed them wit... [read more]
Alytaus RK - Vilniaus Svaja 61-53
Alytaus RK overcame Vilniaus Svaja 61-53 in the Final game of AMKL to clinch 2016/17 title. Trailing 8-22 at the end of the first period, Vilniaus Svaja managed not to give up and replied with a 20-10 surge in the second period. Alytaus RK dominated the third period and erupted with a 26-11 burst. Karolina Kazociunaite (180-SF-99) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Ana Belen Molina Barbe netted 10. Rita Zilinskaite (175-G-92) followed them with 9 points in a win. Irina Michailova (191-F-81) scored 18 in defeat and Reda Kontvainyte (182-F-90) posted 14.
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