The Regular Season in Basketligan just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the first round.
Sundsvall - Uppsala 74-80 The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Uppsala Basket made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Sundsvall Dragons turnovers. The former international Johan Jeansson (198-85) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and Australian point guard Rhys Carter (190-84) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Four Uppsala Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Alex Wesby (198-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Top scorers: Sundsvall: A.Wesby 25+9reb+3ast, M.Cuffee 23+4reb, H.Baeringsson 14+8reb+6ast, W.Gutenius 6+4reb+1ast, E.Salon 4+2reb+4ast, A.Schreiber 2+5reb+1ast Uppsala: J.Jeansson 20+3reb, R.Carter 15+4reb+4ast, S.Grundberg 12+6reb, O.Lindell 11+4reb+1ast, R.Eriksson 8+5reb+2ast, M.Nakos 7+4reb+2ast
Eagles - Eco Orebro 96-65 The game was mostly controlled by White Eagles. Eco Orebro was better in second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. White Eagles dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Eco Orebro's 26. White Eagles forced 21 Eco Orebro turnovers and outrebounded them 31-18 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. White Eagles players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Eco Orebro's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Eco Orebro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist, agency: Three Eye Sports) fired 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Joseph Taylor (205-85, college: Wyoming) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. White Eagles' coach Ronnie Christensen felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spanish point guard Mario Diez (188-82) produced 13 points and 4 assists and guard Brandon Barton (192-88) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Eco Orebro: B.Barton 17+1reb+1ast, M.Diez 13+2reb+4ast, T.Withworth 10+1reb+1ast, D.Santee 10+5reb, F.Urli 8, C.Grace 4+6reb Eagles: O.Krayem 21+5reb+6ast, D.Kitanovic 17+3reb+1ast, A.Micovic 13+1reb+2ast, J.Taylor 12+9reb+2ast, S.Inan 12+3reb+1ast, N.Stefanovic 10+2reb+4ast
Jamtland - Nassjo 75-49 The game without a history. KFUM Jamtland led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KFUM Jamtland outrebounded Nassjo 49-37 including 36 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American guard Darryl Hudson (195-85, college: Howard, agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (204-80) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four KFUM Jamtland players scored in double figures. Polish center Szymon Lukasiak (208-87, college: Jacksonville) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American forward William Walker (200-87, college: Bethel, IN, agency: Warren Sports International) added 17 points in the effort for Nassjo. Top scorers: Nassjo: W.Walker 17+2reb+1ast, S.Lukasiak 13+9reb, T.Ruach 7+2reb+4ast, M.Liljeqvist 4+2reb, K.Palmqvist 3+1reb, K.Ternell 3+1reb Jamtland: D.Hudson 18+16reb+5ast, D.Klaric 16+8reb+1ast, J.Ronstrom 14+8reb, L.Marolt 12+3reb, S.Hellgren 6+1reb+2ast, M.Fernandes 6+5reb
Sodertalje - Norrkoping 70-67 The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) nailed 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland, agency: JEMsports) accounted for 11 points and 11 rebounds. Latvian point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86) came up with 17 points and 6 assists and Icelandic guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 18 points respectively for Norrkoping Dolphins in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Norrkoping: P.Ermolinskij 18+2reb+2ast, E.Jeromanovs 17+2reb+6ast, J.Hughes 8+4reb, M.Ringstrom 8+4reb+1ast, R.Hanke 4+5reb, A.Saks 4+6reb Sodertalje: T.Bizaca 30+8reb+3ast, K.Simms 11+11reb+1ast, D.Pita 5, A.Lindqvist 5+2reb, M.Joseph 4+2reb+3ast, T.Borg 4+1reb+1ast
Boras - 08 101-96 The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 62-46 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Boras Basket made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by 08 Stockholm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard James Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!) and 6 assists (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). The former international guard Henrik Carlsson (193-80) contributed with 24 points (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Turkish guard Erkan Inan (192-89) answered with 21 points and American forward Kodi Augustus (203-87, college: Mississippi St., agency: Two Points) added 19 points in the effort for 08 Stockholm. Top scorers: 08: E.Inan 21+4reb+3ast, K.Augustus 19+4reb+2ast, N.Hedstrom 16+5reb+1ast, W.Beck 13+4reb+5ast, I.Brown 12+3reb+1ast, J.Blom 11+7reb+3ast Boras: J.Miller 37+3reb+6ast, H.Carlsson 24+2reb+3ast, M.Palm 16+8reb+3ast, J.Thomas 12+10reb, C.McKnight 10+4reb+2ast, M.Goransson 2+2reb+1ast
LF Basket - Solna 79-82 The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 27-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for the former international point guard Mats Levin (189-77) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Greek center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, agency: FCM) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Henry Dugat (183-87, college: Baylor) answered with 14 points and 4 assists and American-German center Urule Igbavboa (203-87, college: Valparaiso) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for LF Basket. Top scorers: LF Basket: A.Person 17+1reb+2ast, M.Soskic 17+1reb+2ast, H.Dugat 14+4reb+4ast, U.Igbavboa 10+11reb, J.Akesson 9+2reb+1ast, E.Henderson 7+9reb Solna: M.Levin 24+3reb+5ast, D.Johnson 13+7reb, S.Toutziarakis 12+9reb+1ast, K.Lewis 12+1reb+2ast, S.Smith 8+3reb+1ast, J.Nystrom 7+6reb+1ast
Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Swedish ex-international shooting guard Kenny Grant (188-82, college: Davidson) from Chorale de Roanne Basket. In 34 ProB games in France he had 9.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg last season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Grant's team made it to the French Cup final in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Domestic Player of the Year back in 2010. Grant was... [read more]
Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Swedish ex-international shooting guard Kenny Grant (188-82, college: Davidson) from Chorale de Roanne Basket. In 34 ProB games in France he had 9.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg last season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Grant's team made it to the French Cup final in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Domestic Player of the Year back in 2010. Grant was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He played for Swedish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2001. Grant represented Sweden at the European Championships in Slovenia three years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 75.0%. Grant is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Poland (Stal Ostrow Wlkp.), Romania (Gaz Metan), Russia (CSKA Moscow), France (Nantes and Sluc Nancy) and Sweden (Norrkoping Dolphins). Grant attended Davidson College until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player. On Grant:
Can play either point guard or shooting guard position. Kenny is a true point guard in the classic sense. He's an excellent passer and floor general.
Basketball Champions League: Kataja cruise past Sodertalje - 4 days ago
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Kataja - Sodertalje 97:58 Kataja made the first confident step towards Basketball Champions League Group stage. They crushed Sodertalje in the Qualifying Round opener. Daniel Mullings (188-G-91, college: N.Mexico St.) nailed 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace the Finnish side. Kataja recorded a 19:11 lead after the opening frame. The hosts stretched the lead at 12-point mark at the interval 39:27. Kataja unloaded 33 points in the third term. They built a comfortable 24-point lead... [read more]
Kataja - Sodertalje 97:58
Kataja made the first confident step towards Basketball Champions League Group stage. They crushed Sodertalje in the Qualifying Round opener. Daniel Mullings (188-G-91, college: N.Mexico St.) nailed 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace the Finnish side. Kataja recorded a 19:11 lead after the opening frame. The hosts stretched the lead at 12-point mark at the interval 39:27. Kataja unloaded 33 points in the third term. They built a comfortable 24-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Kataja held the visitors to 10 points in the final frame and rallied to the win. Joey King (206-F-93, college: Minnesota) accounted for 20 points, while Byron Wesley (196-G-92, college: Gonzaga) added 16 points for Kataja. Tylor Ongwae (199-F-91, college: La-Monroe) replied with 18 points and 8 boards for the Joey Kings. Valter Lindstrom (180-PG-95) tossed in 10 points in the loss.
Minas (NBB) agreed terms with 24-year old American guard Darion Rackley (190-77kg-92, college: Jacksonville State). He played last season at Malbas in Swedish Basketligan. In 33 games he had 14.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg (in top 3).
Rackley graduated from Jacksonville State in 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
Minas roster for 2016-2017:
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Minas (NBB) agreed terms with 24-year old American guard Darion Rackley (190-77kg-92, college: Jacksonville State). He played last season at Malbas in Swedish Basketligan. In 33 games he had 14.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg (in top 3). Rackley graduated from Jacksonville State in 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
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