Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) had a great game in the last round for S.Marciulionio, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 34. The 21-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Silute (#16, 10-24) with 29-point margin 99-70. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. S.Marciulionio maintains the 9th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. S.Marciulionio will need more victories to improve their 19-15 record. Staniulis turned to be S.Marciulionio's top player in his first season with the team. Giedrius Staniulis averages this season 12.6ppg and 6.8rpg.
The second best player in last round's games was young Antanas Udras (202-F-92) of Perlas-MRU. Udras had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Perlas-MRU was edged by slightly higher-ranked Radviliskis (#11, 15-18) 83-81. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Perlas-MRU dropped in the standings to 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-20 record. Udras is one of the most experienced players at Perlas-MRU and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third on the list of top players last round was another S.Marciulionio's star - guard Robertas Bitinas (182-PG-84). Bitinas got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was another key player of S.Marciulionio, helping his team with a 99-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Silute (#16, 10-24). S.Marciulionio needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 15 lost games. Bitinas has a very solid season. In 28 games in Lithuania he scored 11.2ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Marijus Uzupis (197-F-93) of Zanavykas - 15 points and 15 rebounds 5. Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet - 17 points and 17 rebounds 6. Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) of Mazeikiai - 18 points and 6 rebounds 7. Paulius Klemas (186-G-91) of Delikatesas - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Vitalis Pancerevas (185-G-87) of Radviliskis - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) of Suduva-Mantinga - 12 points and 12 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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