23-year old guard Thomas Ble (185-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Centrum and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21. He had a double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Froya Basket (#4, 9-10) 83-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Centrum maintains the 2nd position in Norwegian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Centrum will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. In the team's last game Ble had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Centrum's top player in his first season with the team. Ble has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 18.4ppg), rebounds (8th best: 6.3rpg) and averages solid 52.4% FGP. Worth to mention Ble played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
Second best performed player last round was Ronald Timus (197-G/F-84) of Ammerud Bskt. He is American swingman in his first season at Ammerud Bskt. In the last game Timus recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Ammerud Bskt lost that game 79-102 to the higher-ranked Froya Basket (#4, 9-10). Ammerud Bskt are still at the very bottom. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Ammerud Bskt managed to get this year. Timus is a newcomer at Ammerud Bskt and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 7.2rpg and 3.2apg.
Third place about best performers goes to another Centrum's star - forward Marko Lepovic (194-F-94). Lepovic showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Centrum, helping his team with a 83-72 win against #4 ranked Froya Basket in a game of the week. Centrum needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 6 lost games. Lepovic has a great season in Norway. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.8rpg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Reno Silavs (180-PG-91) of Froya Basket - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Miilah Kombat (198-F-88) of Froya Basket - 23 points and 6 rebounds 6. Peter Bullock (198-F/C-82) of Froya Basket - 17 points and 18 rebounds 7. Reno Silavs (180-PG-91) of Froya Basket - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Ryan Ferranti (195-F/G-86) of Baerum Basket - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Elias Westerlund (197-F-88) of Asker Aliens - 19 points and 8 rebounds 10. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) of Baerum Basket - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 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)
Coach Lars Gunnar Sonsteby leaves Baerum Basket - May 22, 2016
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46-year old coach Lars Gunnar Sonsteby left Baerum Basket Bekkestua (BLNO). He helped them to make it to the final. The previous (13-14) season Sonsteby coached at Ullern (Kvinneligaen). He contributed to his team winning the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian Kvinneligaen Coach of the Year. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Norway [read more]
46-year old coach Lars Gunnar Sonsteby left Baerum Basket Bekkestua (BLNO). He helped them to make it to the final. The previous (13-14) season Sonsteby coached at Ullern (Kvinneligaen). He contributed to his team winning the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian Kvinneligaen Coach of the Year.
Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Awards 2016 - Mar 17, 2016
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Final Four MVP: Roy Nwachukwu (196-F-90) of Centrum; Player of the Year: Aareon Smith (193-G-93) of Kongsberg; Guard of the Year: Aareon Smith (193-G-93) of Kongsberg; Forward of the Year: Ronald Timus (196-F-84) of Ammerud Bskt; Center of the Year: Casiem Drummond (208-C-88) of Tromso; Domestic Player of the Year: Harald Frey (182-PG-97) of Centrum; Bosman Player of the Year: Kiril Raykov (192-G-87) of Tromso; Import Player of the Year: Aareon Smith (193-G-93) of [read more]
FINAL Tromso - Centrum 71-85 Centrum earned the BLNO Gold. They toppled Tromso in the Final on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Centrum. Tromso managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tromso 39-22 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Roy Nwachukwu (196-90, college: Seminole St.) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Harald Fr... [read more]
Centrum earned the BLNO Gold. They toppled Tromso in the Final on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Centrum. Tromso managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tromso 39-22 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Roy Nwachukwu (196-90, college: Seminole St.) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Harald Frey (182-97) chipped in 19 points. Four Centrum players scored in double figures. American point guard Charlie Lee (175-92, college: Cleveland St.) produced 25 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Keon Lawrence (187-87, college: Seton Hall) added 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Tromso: C.Lee 25+4reb+4ast, K.Lawrence 23+5reb+4ast, J.Baiden 14+4reb, H.Issalhi 6+7reb+4ast, A.Smalas 3+1reb, H.Lange 0 Centrum: R.Nwachukwu 20+16reb+1ast, H.Frey 19+4reb+3ast, T.Sommerfeldt 10+5reb+1ast, F.Nyborg 10+5reb, S.Aslesen 10+1reb, A.Stien 9+8reb+6ast
Ammerud celebrated the Bronze medals as they knocked down Gimle in the consolation final. Gimle BBK trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 28-22 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 80-89 at the end of the game. Ammerud Bskt looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Mookie Rivelino (194-84, college: Quincy) fired 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Somalian point guard Zaki Ise Mohamed (183-87, college: New Hampshire) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. Rivelino is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Magne Fivelstad (198-89, college: Barry) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds and American forward Bryan Coleman (198-92, college: Wayne St., MI) added 23 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gimle BBK's coach Audun Eskeland rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Gimle BBK: B.Coleman 23+4reb, M.Fivelstad 21+17reb, E.Lamo 11+7reb+3ast, D.Berg 11+4ast, M.Kolstad 6+1reb+8ast, L.Espe 4+4reb+2ast Ammerud Bskt: M.Rivelino 32+8reb+4ast, A.Xepapadakis 19+3reb+2ast, Z.Ise Mohamed 17+4reb+10ast, M.Sanders 11+8reb+2ast, R.Timus 5+4reb+3ast, M.Bryn 4+2reb+1ast
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