Experienced former international power forward Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Sirenos and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20. The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 33 points and eighteen rebounds, while her team crushed Utena (#7, 4-16) with 25-point margin 90-65. Sirenos maintains the 2nd position in Lithuanian LMKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sirenos will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Salkauske had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. She turned to be Sirenos' top player in her first season with the team. University of Illinois graduate has very impressive stats this year. Salkauske is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.0ppg. Salkauske is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.7rpg) and averages solid 56.6% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Justina Kraujunaite (174-F-95) of Jaunieji Talentai. Kraujunaite impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Jaunieji Talentai was edged by the higher-ranked Fortuna (#3, 15-6) 89-86. Jaunieji Talentai are still at the very bottom. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Jaunieji Talentai managed to get this year. Kraujunaite is a newcomer at Jaunieji Talentai and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Keiva Council (172-G-90) of Fortuna (#3). Council showcased her all-around game by recording 22 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. She was a key player of Fortuna, leading her team to a 77-70 win against the lower-ranked Ruta Siauliai (#6, 7-13). Fortuna needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 6 lost games. Council has a great season in Lithuania. After 16 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (3rd best) and assists with 3.1apg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Lina Aglinskaite (182-G/F-87) of Fortuna - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) of Suduva - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Dovile Miliauskaite (187-F-89) of Sirenos - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) of Aistes-LSU - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Egle Sarapaite (172-G-88) of Sirenos - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Lidia Panasiuk (187-C-85) of Ruta Siauliai - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Egle Siksniute (198-F/C-91) of Fortuna - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
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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