There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in ACB.
CB Canarias - CAI Zaragoza 65-85 The game without a history. CAI Zaragoza led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Belgian point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86) notched 21 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and power forward Pablo Aguilar (203-89) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by Montenegrin center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for CB Canarias. American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) added 8 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Top scorers: CB Canarias: B.Sekulic 13+7reb+1ast, F.Lampropoulos 12+1reb+1ast, S.Blanco 11, R.Guillen 10+1reb, R.Uriz 9+3reb+4ast, J.Donaldson 8+9reb CAI Zaragoza: S.Van Rossom 21+4reb+1ast, P.Aguilar 12+7reb+2ast, H.Norel 10+3reb+1ast, J.Stefansson 9+1reb+1ast, M.Roll 8+4reb+2ast, J.Jones 8+7reb+1ast
Mad-Croc - Blusens M. 71-79 The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-16. But Baloncesto Fuenlabrada won second period 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Blusens Monbus players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Alberto Corbacho (201-84) notched 24 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and Tunisian center Salah Mejri (217-86) supported him with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Even 18 points by Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) did not help to save the game for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. point guard Joaquim Colom (188-88, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Top scorers: Mad-Croc: J.Feldeine 18+2reb+1ast, A.Laso 10+4reb, J.Colom 8+3reb+4ast, C.Garcia 6+5reb, S.Gladyr 6+1reb+3ast, M.Sene 6+6reb Blusens M.: A.Corbacho 24+3reb+1ast, S.Mejri 20+8reb, B.Dewar 13, L.Kendall 9+8reb+3ast, W.Buford 5+4reb+2ast, P.Pumprla 4+3reb+2ast
UCAM Murcia - Valencia 77-78 The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Valencia Basket made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 UCAM Murcia turnovers and outrebounded them 42-29 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by UCAM Murcia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (211-88) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. point guard Pau Ribas (193-87) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Valencia Basket's coach Velimir Perasovic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Marcus Lewis (203-86, college: ORU) produced 25 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Matt Gatens (195-89, college: Iowa) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Top scorers: UCAM Murcia: M.Lewis 25+4reb, M.Gatens 17+3reb+2ast, B.Rodriguez 14+2reb, A.Miso 8+2reb+3ast, J.Franch 6+2reb+4ast, J.Angel Antelo 4+5reb Valencia: V.Faverani 14+13reb, S.Lishchuk 13+2reb, P.Ribas 12+4reb+4ast, R.San Miguel 10+4reb, J.Doellman 9+4reb+3ast, B.Dubljevic 9+7reb
Caja Laboral - Cajasol 90-70 The game was mostly controlled by Caja Laboral. Cajasol was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caja Laboral shot 60.8 percent from the field and made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Caja Laboral especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. International swingman Fernando San Emeterio (198-84) notched 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and naturalized American guard Brad Oleson (191-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) supported him with 16 points. Five Caja Laboral players scored in double figures. Even 12 points by Czech point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91) did not help to save the game for Cajasol. American forward Bradley Buckman (203-84, college: Texas) added 7 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Top scorers: Cajasol: T.Satoransky 12+1reb+3ast, L.Bogdanovic 11+1reb, B.Asbury 9+2reb+1ast, J.Holland 8+2reb+1ast, B.Buckman 7+7reb+2ast, B.Burjanadze 7+4reb Caja Laboral: B.Oleson 16+1reb+3ast, M.Lampe 14+3reb+1ast, A.Nocioni 14+5reb+1ast, F.San Emeterio 12+5reb+5ast, F.Causeur 12+3reb, N.Bjelica 11+6reb
Gescrap BB - FCB Regal 78-77 The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gescrap BB made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Strangely Regal FC Barcelona outrebounded Gescrap BB 42-29 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) chipped in 16 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Five Gescrap BB players scored in double figures. Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.) scored 13 points. Top scorers: FCB Regal: A.Tomic 16+7reb+1ast, E.Lorbek 13+4reb+1ast, A.Abrines 10+4reb+1ast, M.Huertas 8+3reb+4ast, M.Todorovic 6+6reb, S.Jasikevicius 6+2reb+1ast Gescrap BB: N.Zisis 16+3reb+2ast, A.Mumbru 15+5reb+2ast, A.Moerman 13+5reb, M.Rakovic 10+1reb, K.Vasiliadis 10+5reb+3ast, A.Hervelle 4+3reb+1ast
Assignia M. - G.Canaria 2014 64-80 Assignia Manresa was ahead by 16 points at the halftime before a 48-16 second half run of G.Canaria 2014. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Assignia Manresa to just 6 points in fourth quarter. American-Azerbaijani power forward Spencer Nelson (202-80, college: Utah St.) notched 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Australian swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 15 points. Five G.Canaria 2014 players scored in double figures. Even 14 points by American-Madagascar power forward Charles Ramsdell (208-85, college: Tulsa, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Assignia Manresa. American-Dominican power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, agency: Duran International) added 10 points for the hosts. Top scorers: Assignia M.: C.Ramsdell 14+1reb, T.DeVries 11+1reb+1ast, J.Asselin 10+3reb+1ast, A.Georgiev 8+5reb+1ast, J.Salvador Arco 8+2reb+2ast, O.Arteaga 6+4reb+1ast G.Canaria 2014: S.Nelson 23+6reb+2ast, B.Newley 15+3reb+2ast, R.Toolson 14+3reb+1ast, J.Scheyer 12+1reb+1ast, P.Prestes 10+9reb, S.Dominguez 2+7reb
Unicaja - FIATC Joventut 73-71 The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But FIATC Joventut won third quarter 25-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Unicaja Malaga won last quarter 20-19. Unicaja Malaga outrebounded FIATC Joventut 39-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by FIATC Joventut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Txemi Urtasun (193-84, agency: Interperformances) notched 12 points to lead the effort and the former international center Fran Vazquez (209-83) supported him with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Even 21 points by guard Albert Oliver (187-78) did not help to save the game for FIATC Joventut. American forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Top scorers: FIATC Joventut: A.Oliver 21+2reb+3ast, T.Gaffney 14+10reb+1ast, C.Fisher 12+2reb+2ast, S.Savane 7+2reb, E.Quezada 5+1reb+4ast, A.Barrera 5+2reb Unicaja: T.Urtasun 12+4reb+1ast, L.Zoric 10+4reb, A.Cesar Lima 10+3reb+2ast, F.Vazquez 9+7reb, J.Gist 9+6reb, M.Williams 7+3reb+5ast
Lagun Aro GBC - Asefa Estudian. 71-83 The game was mostly controlled by Asefa Estudiantes. Lagun Aro GBC was better in third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asefa Estudiantes forced 22 Lagun Aro GBC turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Lagun Aro GBC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-French forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona) notched 28 points and 4 steals (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and center German Gabriel (207-80) supported him with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 13 points and 5 assists by point guard Javier Salgado (180-80) did not help to save the game for Lagun Aro GBC. American swingman Qyntel Woods (203-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lagun Aro GBC's coach Alfonso Alonso rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Lagun Aro GBC: J.Salgado 13+3reb+5ast, Q.Woods 12+7reb, D.Doblas 10+2reb+1ast, R.Neto 10+2reb+4ast, Y.Korolev 9+3reb+2ast, E.Ibekwe 7+2reb Asefa Estudian.: T.Kirksay 28+4reb+1ast, G.Gabriel 14+7reb+5ast, J.Granger 14+3reb+7ast, C.English 10+2reb+2ast, K.Kuric 7+2reb, L.Barnes 5+4reb+2ast
Blancos de R. - Real Madrid 75-100 It looked good early as Blancos de Rueda took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Real Madrid had a 28-20 second period charge getting the lead and Blancos de Rueda was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-100. Real Madrid forced 20 Blancos de Rueda turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. Real Madrid brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Naturalized Montenegrin power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Sergio Rodriguez (191-86) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Ian O'Leary (201-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Blancos de Rueda. Top scorers: Blancos de R.: N.Martin 15+5reb, I.O'Leary 14+6reb+2ast, N.Sinanovic 12+8reb+1ast, U.Tripkovic 10+2reb, A.Renfroe 9+1reb+4ast, D.Navarro 8+1reb+1ast Real Madrid: N.Mirotic 26+10reb+1ast, S.Llull 15+1reb+2ast, S.Rodriguez 12+2reb+4ast, J.Carroll 10+1ast, M.Begic 8+3reb, F.Reyes 8+4reb
EuroLeague: Baskonia upset Real in Madrid - 17 hours ago
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Real Madrid - Baskonia 87:91 Baskonia celebrated the second win in EuroLeague regular season. They upset Real Madrid in the Spanish capital. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) tossed in 21 points including a late three-pointer to lead the Basque team. Baskonia unleashed 32 points in the opening quarter to take a 13-point lead. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second term. Baskonia ensured a 54:43 halftime lead. Real pulled closer in the third quarter. They got within 3 points at the... [read more]
Real Madrid - Baskonia 87:91
Baskonia celebrated the second win in EuroLeague regular season. They upset Real Madrid in the Spanish capital. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) tossed in 21 points including a late three-pointer to lead the Basque team. Baskonia unleashed 32 points in the opening quarter to take a 13-point lead. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second term. Baskonia ensured a 54:43 halftime lead. Real pulled closer in the third quarter. They got within 3 points at the final intermission 66:69. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Sergio Llull committed a crucial turnover and then Jaka Blazic punished the hosts with a three-pointer as Baskonia got away with a valuable road win. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) produced 18 points, while Tornike Shengelia (205-F-91) added 14 points in the victory. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) answered with 16 points for Real Madrid. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) tossed in 15 points in the defeat.
Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) parted ways with experienced 36-year old former international point guard Carlos Cabezas (186-80). In 5 Liga Endesa games he averaged 10.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg this season. He played 2 games in Eurocup where he had 3.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. The last season Cabezas played at UCAM Murcia. In 37 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.5apg. Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Russian A Superleague in 2010.... [read more]
Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) parted ways with experienced 36-year old former international point guard Carlos Cabezas (186-80). In 5 Liga Endesa games he averaged 10.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg this season. He played 2 games in Eurocup where he had 3.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. The last season Cabezas played at UCAM Murcia. In 37 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.5apg. Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Russian A Superleague in 2010. Cabezas received also Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team award back in 2007. He was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Cabezas played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2003 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001. He represented Spain at the European Championships in Poland seven years ago. Cabezas' team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.4ppg, 1.4apg. Cabezas has played previously professionally in Spain (Baskonia, Unicaja Malaga and CAI Zaragoza) and Russia (Khimky). He is described as:
Tough player. Can play within a team concept. Terrific shooter. Great 3 point shooter. Agressive defensive player.
Spanish LEB Gold round 5 best performance: Jason Cain - 1 day ago
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American Forward Jason Cain (208-F-85, agency: Stealth Sport) had a very impressive game in the last round for Marin, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 5. The 31-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, seven rebounds) to as his team Marin moved-up to the 13th position in Spanish LEB Gold. Marin is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 5 games. In the team's last game Cai... [read more]
American Forward Jason Cain (208-F-85, agency: Stealth Sport) had a very impressive game in the last round for Marin, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 5. The 31-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, seven rebounds) to as his team Marin moved-up to the 13th position in Spanish LEB Gold. Marin is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 5 games. In the team's last game Cain had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Marin's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Virginia star has very solid stats this year. Cain is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.3ppg) and averages impressive 76.5% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Serbian Nikola Cvetinovic (203-PF-88, agency: 011 Sports) of Araberri. Cvetinovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Araberri cruised to an 82-71 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Marin (#13, 2-3). This victory allowed Araberri to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cvetinovic is a newcomer at Araberri, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Mikel Uriz (182-PG-89) of Palma (#11). Uriz showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Uriz's great performance Palma lost 67-82 to the lower-ranked Huesca (#16, 1-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Palma ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Uriz could help Palma to bring them higher in the standings. Uriz has a very solid season. In 5 games in Spain he scored 7.4ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Urko Otegui (203-F/C-81) of Palencia - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Joan Creus (185-PG-92) of Coruna - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Papa Mbaye (209-C-90) of Forca Lleida - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Xavier Forcada (194-G-88) of Prat - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Mike Carlson (206-F/C-91) of Gipuzkoa GBC - 20 points and 5 rebounds 9. Oscar Alvarado (184-PG-91) of Araberri - 9 points and 10 assists 10. Ivan Cruz Uceda (208-C/F-91) of Breogan - 15 points and 11 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen 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)
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