There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in LFB.
UNB Obenasa - Gran Canaria 63-55 The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-55. Navarra Pamplona made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Gran Canaria turnovers. Latvian power forward Aija Putnina (191-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Patricia Arguello (178-87) contributed with 19 points for the winners. International power forward Vanessa Ble (190-91) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Leticia Romero (176-95) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gran Canaria. Top scorers: UNB Obenasa: P.Arguello 19+2reb+2ast, A.Putnina 16+12reb+1ast, L.Herrera 15+4reb, S.Gomez 5+4reb, K.Sotiriou 4+3reb+1ast, M.Revuelto 4+1reb Gran Canaria: V.Ble 18+7reb+2ast, L.Romero 13+5reb+3ast, Y.Diaz 10+2reb+1ast, A.Ndour 9+5reb, E.Dillone 3+3reb+2ast, Z.Perez 2
Cadi ICG S. - Bembibre 75-46 It looked good early as Socinsa Bembibre took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cadi ICG S. had a 14-5 second period charge getting the lead and Socinsa Bembibre was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 46-75. Cadi ICG S. dominated on the defensive end, holding Socinsa Bembibre to just 5 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Socinsa Bembibre's 22. Cadi ICG S. forced 22 Socinsa Bembibre turnovers. The best player for the winners was Senegalese power forward Astou Traore (182-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Czech point guard Katerina Bartonova (174-90) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Cadi ICG S.'s coach Andreu Bou felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Roso Buch (179-92) produced 14 points and power forward Rita Montenegro (188-82) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Top scorers: Cadi ICG S.: A.Traore 15+5reb, S.Niedola 10+4reb, A.Parham 8+4reb+3ast, A.Oravcova 8+3reb+1ast, K.Bartonova 8+8reb+3ast, G.Bahi 6+1reb Bembibre: R.Buch 14+4reb, R.Montenegro 9+7reb+1ast, L.Brown 8+5reb, V.Alonso 7+3reb+1ast, E.Vivas 3+1reb, M.Tudanca 3+6reb
Perfumerias - Rivas Ecopolis 72-74 The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Perfumerias Avenida won fourth quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International point guard Anna Cruz (173-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Queralt Casas (178-92) chipped in 11 points and 4 steals during the contest. American guard Roneeka Hodges (180-82, college: Florida St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Nicole Powell (188-82, college: Stanford, agency: LBM Management) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Rivas Ecopolis: A.Cruz 22+2reb+3ast, Q.Casas 11+4reb+3ast, A.Henry 9+8reb, K.Honti 9+3reb+6ast, O.Kurasova 7+2reb+2ast, V.Gimeno 6 Perfumerias: R.Hodges 17+7reb+2ast, E.Sulciute 15+7reb, N.Powell 14+7reb+3ast, L.Pascua 8+5reb, M.Pina 8+1reb, M.Fernandez 5+1reb+3ast
Caja Rural - Hondar.-Irun 96-86 The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 34-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Caja Rural made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Caja Rural outrebounded Hondarribia-Irun 40-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Caja Rural especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American forward Amy Denson (186-84, college: Arizona St., agency: Regeneracom Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Finnish center Taru Tuukkanen (190-77, college: Xavier, agency: Regeneracom Sports) supported her with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Five Caja Rural players scored in double figures. Caja Rural's coach Juan De Mena used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 23 points and 7 assists by point guard Sandra Ygueravide (172-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) did not help to save the game for Hondarribia-Irun. American center Mandisa Stevenson (191-82, college: Auburn) added 20 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Top scorers: Caja Rural: K.Mestdagh 22+4reb, T.Tuukkanen 19+6reb+1ast, A.Denson 19+10reb+3ast, O.Chatzinikolaou 17+6reb+2ast, M.Ortiz 13+6reb+6ast, D.Pounds 4+4reb+1ast Hondar.-Irun: S.Ygueravide 23+2reb+7ast, M.Stevenson 20+6reb+2ast, A.Suarez 16+2reb+3ast, T.Gomez 10+2reb, L.Karcic 8+7reb+2ast, L.Harris 6+5reb+2ast
Burgos - Conquero 80-61 The game without a history. Jopisa Burgos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jopisa Burgos forced 25 Conquero turnovers. The best player for the winners was center Laura Gil (190-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Berta Chumillas (173-90) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Jopisa Burgos players scored in double figures. Polish power forward Joanna Walich (183-81) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Greek forward Vicky Volonaki (179-80) added 8 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Jopisa Burgos (1-1) left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Top scorers: Burgos: L.Gil 17+8reb+3ast, R.Allison 16+3reb+1ast, B.Chumillas 15+6reb+4ast, R.Gomez 13+1reb+2ast, B.Marcos 8, I.Llobet 6+3reb+1ast Conquero: J.Walich 23+5reb, L.Mirchandani 13+1reb+1ast, A.Alonso 9+5reb+1ast, V.Volonaki 8+2reb+6ast, A.Njonkou 4+6reb+1ast, I.German 2+7reb+2ast
EuroLeague: Perfumerias Avenida fire past UMMC - 10 hours ago
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Perfumerias Avenida - UMMC 83:72 The Spanish powerhouse got to a memorable start to their EuroLeague campaign. They upset the start of the season for the defending champions UMMC. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) scored 26 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Avenida to the victory. Avenida dropped 23 points in the opening stanza to gain an 8-point lead. The hosts kept UMMC at bay throughout the second term. Avenida piled up a 43:29 halftime lead. UMMC picked up the tempo in the third qu... [read more]
Perfumerias Avenida - UMMC 83:72
The Spanish powerhouse got to a memorable start to their EuroLeague campaign. They upset the start of the season for the defending champions UMMC. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) scored 26 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Avenida to the victory. Avenida dropped 23 points in the opening stanza to gain an 8-point lead. The hosts kept UMMC at bay throughout the second term. Avenida piled up a 43:29 halftime lead. UMMC picked up the tempo in the third quarter. The Russian side dropped 23 points to get within 11 points at the final break. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the fourth term as Avenida rallied to the victory. Adaora Elonu (185-F-90, college: Texas A&M, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 18 points, while Silvia Dominguez (166-PG-87) added 15 points for the hosts. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) responded with 18 points for UMMC. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) had 16 points in the losing effort.
Marta Xargay Casademont selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - 10 hours ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Spanish players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international point guard Marta Xargay Casademont (181-90). She was the major contributor in a USK Praha's victory against the tenth-ranked Basket Slovanka MB in the Czech Republic ZBL in Wednesday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Spanish players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Marta Xargay Casademont (181-90, currently plays in Czech Republic). She was the major contributor in a USK Praha's victory against the tenth-ranked Basket Slovanka MB (1-6) crushing them 126-55 in the Czech Republic ZBL in Wednesday night's game.
Xargay Casademont recorded 17 points and added 3 assists in a mere 19 minutes on the court.
ZVVZ USK Praha (7-0) is placed first in the ZBL.
So far her team won all seven games in the Regular Season.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Xargay Casademont has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 62.5% and FT: 92.9% in two games she played so far.
She is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nuria Martinez (175-84, currently plays in Italy). Martinez contributed to a Familia Schio's victory against the league outsider Vigarano (0-4) 68-56 in the Italian Serie A1 last Sunday.
She recorded 8 points.
Famila Wuber Schio (4-0) is placed first in the Serie A1.
So far her team won all four games in the Regular Season.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
It's Martinez's first year with the team.
This season Martinez averages: 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 85.7%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 66.7%.
She played for the Spanish national team in 2015.
#3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international point guard Mariona Ortiz (183-92, currently plays in Poland). She managed to help CCC Polkowice to win against the closely-ranked Artego Bydgoszcz (3-2) 73-66 in the Polish TBLK in Saturday night's game.
Ortiz scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
CCC Polkowice (4-1) is placed fourth in the TBLK.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Ortiz is currently sixth on the list of best passers.
Her overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 41.2%.
Ortiz played for the Spanish U20 national team four years ago.
#4. An experienced guard Laia Palau (177-79, currently plays in Czech Republic) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marta Xargay Casademont and both played together in the last Czech Republic ZBL game.
Palau helped USK Praha win their game against the tenth-ranked Basket Slovanka MB (1-6) crushing them 126-55.
She recorded only 2 points and added 5 assists in 15 minutes.
Palau has been at the team for four years.
Palau is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league with 7.4apg.
This year she also averages: 3.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.9spg in seven games.
Palau is also Spanish national team player.
#5. International center Laura Nicholls (189-89, currently plays in Italy). She could not help one of league's weakest teams Ragusa (2-2) to beat Lucca (3-2). Nicholls did not beat the league record on Sunday evening.
She recorded only 3 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
Ragusa was badly defeated 62-46 at home by the higher-ranked Lucca (#5).
It's Nicholls' first season with the team.
Nicholls is currently third on the league's list of best blockers.
Her overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg.
Nicholls plays currently for the Spanish national team.
#6. Center Astou Ndour (198-94, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laura Nicholls and both played together in the last Italian Serie A1 game.
Ndour was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Ragusa in their game against Lucca (3-2). She cannot count it as her best performance.
Ndour recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Ragusa was badly defeated 62-46 on their home court in Ragusa by the higher-ranked (#5) Lucca.
This year Ndour has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg and 7.3rpg in four games.
She is an international player who is currently on the senior Spanish National Team roster.
#7. Former U20 international shooting guard Arantxa Mallou (181-91, currently plays in Portugal) helped Lousada edge the closely-ranked AD Vagos (1-2) 70-68 in the Portuguese Liga Feminina last Saturday.
Mallou scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Lousada AC (2-1) is placed fifth in the Liga Feminina.
Mallou's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0apg.
She used to play for the Spanish U20 national team
five years ago.
#8. Power forward Claudia Baraut (185-94, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Team Northumbria win their game against the league outsider Wolves (0-3) crushing them 85-62 in the British WBBL last Sunday.
She scored only 2 points in 11 minutes.
Team Northumbria (3-1) is placed fourth in the WBBL.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Baraut's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.7rpg in three games.
She used to play for the Spanish U19 national team
back in 2013.
The list of other players, who all have Spanish passport but never been selected to any of Spanish national teams:
#1.Sandra Ygueravide (172-PG-84, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Wisla Can-Pack's victory against the ninth-ranked TS Ostrovia (1-4) 79-69 in the Polish TBLK on Saturday night.
Ygueravide scored 9 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes.
TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (4-1) is placed second in the TBLK.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
This year Ygueravide's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.4apg in five games she played so far.
#2.Isabel Bueriberi (182-PF-95, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Mystics win their game against one of league's weakest teams Archers (0-3) crushing them 87-37 in the British WBBL on Saturday night.
Bueriberi scored 7 points, had 14 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 23 minutes.
Manchester Mystics (3-0) is placed third in the WBBL.
So far her team won all three games in the Regular Season.
This year Bueriberi's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3spg in three games.
#3.Noelia Quintas (185-G-87, college: ORU, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Team Northumbria win their game against the league outsider Wolves (0-3) crushing them 85-62 in the British WBBL in Sunday night's game.
She scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Team Northumbria (3-1) is placed fourth in the WBBL.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Quintas' overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 4.0rpg.
#4.Maria Garcia (161-G-90, currently plays in Switzerland). Garcia could not help BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents (1-4) to beat Helios (4-1). She cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
Garcia scored only 2 points and added 5 assists.
The bottom-ranked BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents were crushed 71-28 on the road by the second-ranked Helios.
Garcia plays 12th season for the team.
Her total stats this year are: 3.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg.
Garcia has a dual citizenship: Swiss and Spanish.
Spanish LF2 round 4 best performance: Aulani Sinclair - 19 hours ago
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American Power forward Aulani Sinclair (186-F/C-90) had a great game in the last round for C.Adelantados, receiving a Eurobasket.com LF2 Player of the Week award for round 4. The 26-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, nine rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Valencia (#14, 0-4) with 16-point margin 73-57. C.Adelantados is placed at 7th position in their group in Spanish LF2. They would have been even better if they hadn'... [read more]
American Power forward Aulani Sinclair (186-F/C-90) had a great game in the last round for C.Adelantados, receiving a Eurobasket.com LF2 Player of the Week award for round 4. The 26-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, nine rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Valencia (#14, 0-4) with 16-point margin 73-57. C.Adelantados is placed at 7th position in their group in Spanish LF2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. C.Adelantados will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Sinclair had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. She turned to be C.Adelantados' top player in her first season with the team. Former Indiana University star has very solid stats this year. Sinclair is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.7ppg. Sinclair is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.3spg,68.8% FGP and 41.7% from behind 3-point line.
The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Ty'Desheaia Pool (185-F) of Adareva. Pool had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Adareva lost that game 75-89 to the higher-ranked Leganes (#4, 3-1). This loss caused Adareva to drop to 10th position in group B. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pool is a newcomer at Adareva, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was Deborah Ayela of Promete (#9). Ayela scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Ayela's great performance Promete lost 67-75 to the higher-ranked IF Air Europa (#3, 3-1). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Promete needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group B. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Ayela has a very solid season. In 4 games in Spain she scored 11.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Yohanna Morton (172-G-87) of Distrito Olimpico - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Patricia Soler (186-C/F-94) of IF Air Europa - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Achiri Ade (185-F) of GDKO Bizkaia - 20 points and 6 rebounds 7. Daira Varas (193-C-89) of Distrito Olimpico - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Marta Rabassa) of Picken Claret - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Alyesha Lovett (183-G-93) of Valladolid - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Bineta Ndoye (196-C-93) of C.Adelantados - 7 points and 15 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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