Guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sojuz Zaretchny, receiving a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 28. The 22-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat TEMP-SUMZ (#3, 14-9) 102-97. Sojuz Zaretchny maintains the 9th position in Russian Superleague. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 16 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Aleksandrov had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Sojuz Zaretchny and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pavel Aleksandrov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 11.9ppg) and assists (5th best: 3.7apg).
The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) of Rjazan. Vzdykhalkin had a very good evening with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Rjazan was edged by the higher-ranked Ural Ekaterinb. (#1, 21-4) 78-75. Rjazan managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Vzdykhalkin is a newcomer at Rjazan, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.9ppg (#7). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Anton Ageev (192-G-84) of Ruskon-Mord. (#7). Ageev scored 22 points. Despite Ageev's great performance Ruskon-Mord. lost 71-88 to the higher-ranked Univ.Surgut (#4, 13-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ruskon-Mord. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ageev he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ageev has individually a great season in Russia. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Linas Lekavicius (186-G-84) of Univ.Surgut - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Aleksey Kirjanov (206-F-81) of TEMP-SUMZ - 29 points and 6 rebounds 6. Semen Shashkov (205-F-89) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 21 points and 4 rebounds 7. Vladimir Dyachok (204-F-80) of Univ.Surgut - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Andrei Babitchev (210-F/C-85) of Spartak V. - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Alexei Kuznetsov (203-F/C-84) of Ruskon-Mord. - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Andrei Vokhmianine (184-PG-81) of TEMP-SUMZ - 16 points, 7 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)
Recap of Superleague 1 Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - 17 hours ago
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Samara-SGEU - Spartak-Prim. 78-68 Samara-SGEU held off Spartak-Primorie to draw things level in the series. Spartak-Prim. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-86, agency: Alti Sport) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Evgeny Fidiy (207-91) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Samara-SGEU's coach Sergei Zozulin used entire bench which allowed the start... [read more]
Samara-SGEU held off Spartak-Primorie to draw things level in the series. Spartak-Prim. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-86, agency: Alti Sport) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Evgeny Fidiy (207-91) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Samara-SGEU's coach Sergei Zozulin used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aleksandr Gankevich (201-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Andrey Chernysh (212-90) scored 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Top scorers: Samara-SGEU: A.Zhukanenko 23+6reb+1ast, E.Fidiy 12+7reb, S.Toropov 11+5reb, M.Chislov 10+2reb+2ast, A.Zozulin 9+1reb+5ast, A.Korchagin 9+2reb+6ast Spartak-Prim.: A.Chernysh 15+4reb, A.Mateyunas 11+2reb+3ast, A.Gankevich 11+11reb, J.Martin 8+9reb+1ast, M.Krivosheev 7+1reb, I.Savelyev 7+1reb+3ast
Sakhalin knocked down Irkut to level the series. Sakhalin dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Irkut Irkutsk's 20 and made 31-of-39 charity shots (79.5 percent) during the game, while Irkut Irkutsk only scored thirteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Irkut Irkutsk 43-24 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Irkut Irkutsk was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Aleksey Golyahov (190-84, agency: AproK Sports Group) scored 20 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Maxim Sheleketo (204-87) chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five Sakhalin players scored in double figures. Point guard Alexandr Varnakov (185-92) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and Aleksandr Zakharov (203-93) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. 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: Sakhalin: A.Golyahov 20+4reb+5ast, A.Nesterov 13+7reb+1ast, M.Sheleketo 13+11reb+1ast, D.Zibirov 12+2reb+2ast, V.Ionov 11+7reb+2ast, I.Smygin 11+1reb Irkut: A.Varnakov 19+2reb+4ast, K.Novikov 10+1reb+3ast, D.Ezhov 8+1reb, A.Zakharov 7+8reb+2ast, A.Sayapin 6+1reb+1ast, S.Shashkov 6+5reb
Temp-SUMZ snatched a road win over Univ.Surgut to open win count in the series. TEMP-SUMZ Revda made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Naturalized Uzbekistani center Sergey Karaulov (214-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Viktor Zaryazhko (195-92) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian Nikola Lepojevic (195-82) replied with 25 points and Lithuanian point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Universitet-Yugra. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: TEMP-SUMZ: S.Karaulov 24+11reb+1ast, K.Glazyrin 12+3reb+2ast, A.Brevnov 11+3reb, V.Zaryazhko 9+7reb+5ast, D.Kachanko 6+3reb, A.Fedyushin 4+2reb Univ.Surgut: N.Lepojevic 25+3reb+2ast, A.Savenkov 12+10reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 10+11reb+4ast, I.Syrovatko 7+1reb+5ast, A.Fedorchuk 4+5reb+2ast, A.Ivanov 3
Novosybirsk grabbed the second straight victory against Kupol-Rodniki. Novosybirsk made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Novosybirsk outrebounded Kupol-Rodniki 45-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. Center Alexey Kurtsevich (210-89) had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and guard Sergey Tokarev (189-85) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. Forward Andrey Petukhov (207-86) responded with 12 points and center Aleksey Karpeko (204-89) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Novosybirsk: S.Tokarev 17+4reb+5ast, A.Kurtsevich 15+12reb+2ast, D.Makeev 14+3reb+1ast, A.Lavnikov 8+8reb, K.Pisklov 7+4reb+3ast, G.Goldyrev 6+6reb+3ast Kupol-Rodniki: A.Petukhov 12+3reb+1ast, M.Kiryanov 10+3reb, I.Samsonov 8+4reb+2ast, V.Lidyaev 8+5reb, M.Zakharov 7+3reb+1ast, I.Podobedov 7+1reb+3ast
Recap of Superleague 2 Round 2 of Semi-Finals - 1 day ago
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Tambov - Dynamo-CBK 73-78 Dynamo-CBK rallied past Tambov to even the series at 1-1. Dynamo-CBK outrebounded Tambov 42-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Yuriy Kochnev (209-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Kazakhstan forward Nail Gafarov (198-88) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Dynamo-CBK players scored in... [read more]
Dynamo-CBK rallied past Tambov to even the series at 1-1. Dynamo-CBK outrebounded Tambov 42-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Yuriy Kochnev (209-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Kazakhstan forward Nail Gafarov (198-88) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Dynamo-CBK players scored in double figures. Guard Dmitriy Zagnoyko (196-85) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and center Andrey Voron (208-87) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Tambov. Top scorers: Tambov: D.Zagnoyko 18+5reb+6ast, A.Voron 15+10reb+3ast, O.Alferov 11+2reb, R.Tumanov 10+2reb+6ast, N.Gresev 9+9reb+1ast, Y.Pershin 7+3reb+6ast Dynamo-CBK: V.Smorkachev 19+4ast, I.Kaytukov 18+3reb+2ast, Y.Kochnev 14+10reb+1ast, N.Gafarov 11+8reb+6ast, A.Piterov 7+10reb+6ast, R.Karenin 6+2reb
Dynamo Chelyabinsk drew things level versus Cheboksary. Dyn-Magn.ChL shot 23 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Cheb.Yastreby only scored seven points from the stripe. Cheb.Yastreby was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Vladimir Chichaykin (187-91) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Aleksandr Vertelov (205-91) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Sergey Zhulkov (203-95) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Andrey Borisov (188-89) scored 12 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cheb.Yastreby's coach Sergei Hudaev rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Cheb.Yastreby: S.Zhulkov 16+8reb+1ast, A.Borisov 12+3reb+2ast, N.Tkachenko 12+3reb+1ast, N.Dolmatov 10+4reb, E.Bogdan 7+4reb+3ast, A.Bogdan 6+3reb+1ast Dyn-Magn.ChL: V.Chichaykin 25+7reb+2ast, Y.Tikanov 13+5reb+1ast, A.Vertelov 13+7reb+2ast, K.Epanov 12+7reb, A.Osokin 10+3ast, P.Moshkovskiy 7+5reb+4ast
Nikolajs Mazurs to join Unics' coaching staff - 1 day ago
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Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams. [read more]
Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams.
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