30-year old power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (206-F/C-82) had a great game in the last round for Palencia and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 19. He had the game-high 16 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Palencia in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Clavijo (#8, 8-11) 84-81. Palencia maintains the 4th position in Spanish LEB Gold. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Palencia will need more victories to improve their 12-7 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Mortellaro as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Cristopher Mortellaro averages this season 7.6ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79) of Planasa NV. He is Czech Republic center in his second season at Planasa NV. In the last game Starosta recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Planasa NV lost that game 70-76 to the higher-ranked FCB Regal II (#6, 9-10). This loss caused Planasa NV to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Starosta is well-known at Planasa NV and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#3). He also registered 9.9 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to Hector Manzano (207-C/F-80) of Melilla (#14). Manzano showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Manzano's great performance Melilla lost 76-79 to the higher-ranked Lobe Huesca (#10, 8-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Melilla can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-15 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Manzano he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Manzano has a very solid season. In 19 games in Spain he scored 10.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Andy Ogide (204-F-87) of Ourense - 18 points and 5 rebounds 5. Lluis Costa (186-PG-93) of Lobe Huesca - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Dmitry Flis (203-F/C-84) of Andorra - 13 points and 12 rebounds 7. Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca (212-C-83) of Coruna - 13 points and 8 rebounds 8. Carles Bravo (193-F/G-79) of Palencia - 24 points and 4 rebounds 9. Mareks Mejeris (208-F-91) of Clavijo - 14 points and 13 rebounds 10. Taylor Coppenrath (205-F-81) of Lucentum - 16 points and 7 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)
MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) strengthened their training camp roster with addition of 32-year old Croatian power forward Filip Toncinic (212-84, college: Texas A&M-CC). He played most recently at San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in the LEB Gold. In 39 games he recorded 11.0ppg and 6.0rpg last season. Toncinic helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. The previous (1... [read more]
MoraBanc Andorra (Liga Endesa) strengthened their training camp roster with addition of 32-year old Croatian power forward Filip Toncinic (212-84, college: Texas A&M-CC). He played most recently at San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in the LEB Gold. In 39 games he recorded 11.0ppg and 6.0rpg last season. Toncinic helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. The previous (14-15) season he played at Vrijednosnice OS in A1 where in 24 games he was the best scorer with impressive 20.8ppg and had 8.8rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.7apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention. Among other achievements Toncinic's team was regular season runner-up in Southland Conference West Division for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). He was a member of Croatian U20 National Team between 2002 and 2003. Toncinic is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Toncinic has played previously professionally in Japan (Sendai 89ers), Kosovo (Drita), Syria (Al Wahda) and Croatia (KK Zadar and Kvarner Resort Novi Rijeka). He attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi until 2010 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
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Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (LEB Silver) agreed terms with 20-year old Congolese center Gullit Mukendi (203-96). He has played for the last four seasons at Estudiantes Lugo Leyma Natura in the EBA. In 21 games he had 11.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6bpg last season. Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Pablo Esteban Henri Wade-Chatman Forwards: Javier Lobato David Ortega Centers: Sergio De La Fuente Boubacar Sidibe Gullit Mukendi By Eurobasket Data Center... [read more]
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