Experienced American Chris Monroe (191-G-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Ural Ekaterinb. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 18. The 31-year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Ural Ekaterinb. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Avtodor (#10, 7-9) 77-66. Ural Ekaterinb. is placed at 2nd position in Russian Superleague. They are still close to the very top. Ural Ekaterinb. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-3 record. In the team's last game Monroe had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Ural Ekaterinb.'s top player in his first season with the team. The George Washington University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Monroe is league's best scorer averaging so far 17.5ppg. Monroe is in league's top in and averages solid 53.0% FGP and 43.3% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-F/C-84) of Ruskon-Mord.. Kuznetsov impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Ruskon-Mord. lost that game 88-93 to slightly lower-ranked TEMP-SUMZ (#7, 9-8). Ruskon-Mord. managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kuznetsov is one of the most experienced players at Ruskon-Mord. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#6). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was American David Loubeau (203-F-89) of Planeta-Univ. (#11). Loubeau scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Loubeau's great performance Planeta-Univ. lost 63-81 to the higher-ranked Rjazan (#6, 10-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Planeta-Univ. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Loubeau could try to bring Planeta-Univ.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Loubeau has individually a great season in Russia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.9ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 7.2rpg (9th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Artem Pisarchuk (205-C/F-92) of Severstal - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85) of Rjazan - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Denis Novikov (200-F-85) of Sojuz Zaretchny - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Dmitriy Kachanko (200-G-86) of TEMP-SUMZ - 21 points and 6 rebounds 8. Maksim Polyakov (206-C-84) of Rjazan - 19 points and 7 rebounds 9. Anton Ageev (192-G-84) of Univ.Surgut - 20 points and 4 assists 10. Dmitriy Ponosov (220-C-84) of AltajBasket - 12 points and 10 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)
Recap of Superleague 1 Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - 9 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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