Bad news for Galatasaray Medical Park. Henry Domercant (194-G-80, college: E.Illinois) has an ACL injury from his right knee, and he's out for six months.
32 year old swingman had a right knee injury during a preseason game in Bandirma. After his recovery, he had a left hamstring injury in Poland against Trefl Sopot. He was fully fit before Galatasaray-Kuban game, but he stayed on the court just for four minutes. The star guard re-injured his right knee. Turkish TV channel NTV SPOR announced that Domercant will undergo an arthroscopic ACL reconstruction surgery, and he will be out for at least six months.
Galatasaray has Jaka Lakovic on their roster, however the club already accepted an offer from Siena. If Lakovic signs with Siena, Galatasaray is going to sign a replacement for Domercant. Point guard Carlos Arroyo is the first option. However, Galatasaray has to pay a fee to Besiktas for Puerto Rican guard.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Akhisar Bld won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Usak dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Akhisar Bld's 40. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Akhisar Bld was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Eric Buckner (208-90, college: Georgia St., agency: David Lee services) accounted for 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Usak's coach Ozan Bulkaz allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Emre Ozpulat (200-82) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Akhisar Bld in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Usak: J.Carter 23+8reb+2ast, E.Buckner 21+10reb+1ast, O.Surucu 12+6reb+3ast, S.Kavut 11+2reb+2ast, E.Yetim 7+6reb+3ast, S.Akyol 5+1ast Akhisar Bld: C.Terzioglu 17+1ast, E.Ozpulat 16+6reb+3ast, T.Nelson 16+11reb+3ast, S.Yavuz 13+4reb+3ast, G.Esmer 8+4reb, D.Morrow 5+7reb
25 personal fouls committed by Trabzonspor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Alex Gordon (184-85, college: Vanderbilt) stepped up and scored 41 points (!!!) and 6 assists for the winners and forward Ismail Cevik (206-81) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Adnan Onder Kulcebas (207-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Trabzonspor's coach Hasan Ozmeric tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Yesilgiresun: A.Gordon 41+3reb+6ast, I.Cevik 11+9reb, J.Ofoegbu 7+4reb, M.Sevda 7+3reb+1ast, U.Turkoglu 5+4reb, G.Gen 3+1reb+1ast Trabzonspor: K.Pinkney 26+9reb, A.Onder Kulcebas 15+7reb+1ast, K.El-Amin 10+2reb+5ast, G.Orcun Tunca 7+9reb+2ast, E.Turetken 4+1reb, Y.Akcay 4+1reb+5ast
TBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals full of surprises - May 18, 2013
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Fener.Ulker - Karsiyaka 68-74
The guests trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 45-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists for the winners and the former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds [read more]
The guests trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 45-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists for the winners and the former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Kaya Peker (207-80, agency: Court Side) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Five Karsiyaka and four Fenerbahce Ulker players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Karsiyaka: U.Sonkol 16+8reb, B.Dixon 13+3reb+10ast, E.Buker 12+3reb+3ast, A.Aminu 10+5reb, W.Thomas 10+4reb+1ast, J.Diebler 6+2reb+2ast Fener.Ulker: K.Peker 13+6reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 12+3reb+4ast, B.Bogdanovic 10+2reb+2ast, B.Ermis 10+4reb+2ast, U.Tripkovic 8+1reb+1ast, O.Savas 7+5reb+1ast
Galatasaray made 29-of-37 charity shots (78.4 percent) during the game, while Tofas only scored thirteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Tofas 38-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Tofas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) nailed 21 points and 6 assists for the winning side and naturalized American power forward Ersin Dagli (203-81, college: Alabama, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American Austin Nichols (200-82, college: Humboldt St.) added 12 points respectively for Tofas in the defeat. 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: Galatasaray: C.Arroyo 21+3reb+6ast, E.Dagli 16+8reb+2ast, J.Gordon 14+4reb+3ast, C.Akyol 10, M.Markoishvili 9+1reb+1ast, E.Arslan 6+2reb+1ast Tofas: A.Nichols 12+2reb, C.Elonu 12+6reb+1ast, I.Yildirim 9+1reb+1ast, K.Sipahi 7+3reb+2ast, I.Koc 6+3reb+2ast, C.Altintig 6+2reb+3ast
The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Banvit BK dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Besiktas' 18. Dominican-American guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) fired 12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American guard Keith Simmons (196-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points. Croatian-Swedish forward Damir Markota (209-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Tutku Acik (194-80) added 11 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Banvit BK: K.Simmons 12+3reb+1ast, S.Mejia 12+9reb+4ast, K.Lucas 8+1reb+1ast, S.Erdogan 7+2reb+1ast, V.Stimac 7+7reb, E.Veyseloglu 7+2reb Besiktas: D.Markota 18+9reb, S.Cetin 13+6reb, T.Acik 11+4reb+7ast, C.Ozer 8+3reb, R.Falker 4+4reb+1ast, M.Guler 3+5reb+1ast
TED Kolejliler made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of New Zealand guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International Kerem Gonlum (208-77) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Anadolu Efes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Anadolu Efes' coach Oktay Mahmudi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: TED Kolejliler: K.Penney 27+8reb+1ast, J.Stanojevic 25+8reb+3ast, B.Woodside 12+2reb+5ast, V.Plisnic 11+1reb+1ast, N.Yucel 4+10reb, C.Erdogan 0 Anadolu Efes: K.Gonlum 16+9reb, D.Savanovic 15+5reb+5ast, S.Erden 10+6reb+1ast, J.Shipp 10+3reb+3ast, K.Tunceri 8+1reb+2ast, J.Lukas Gordon 7+1reb+4ast
Yucel number one in Turkey for round 30 - May 17, 2013
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Forward Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) had a very impressive game in the last round for TED Kolejliler, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30. The 33-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 21 rebounds, while his team outclassed Antalya (#16, 6-25) with 30-point margin 103-73. [read more]
Forward Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) had a very impressive game in the last round for TED Kolejliler, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30. The 33-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 21 rebounds, while his team outclassed Antalya (#16, 6-25) with 30-point margin 103-73. TED Kolejliler maintains the 7th position in Turkish TBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TED Kolejliler will need more victories to improve their 18-13 record. Yucel turned to be TED Kolejliler's top player in his first season with the team. Nedim Yucel has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 11.1rpg) and averages impressive 56.6% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Nigerian Alade Aminu (210-C-87) of Karsiyaka. Aminu had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Karsiyaka to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Olin Edirne (#14, 8-22) 81-60. Karsiyaka's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 23-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Aminu is a newcomer at Karsiyaka, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Joshua Heytvelt (210-F/C-86) of Tofas (#8). Heytvelt scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Tofas, leading his team to a 79-70 win against slightly lower-ranked Erdemir (#10, 11-19). The chances of Tofas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Heytvelt could help Tofas to bring them higher in the standings. Heytvelt has a very solid season. In 30 games in Turkey he scored 11.6ppg. He also has 6.1rpg and FGP: 62.1%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Anthony Grundy (189-PG-79) of Hacettepe - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists 5. David Holston (170-PG-86) of Mersin - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists 6. Damir Markota (209-F-85) of Besiktas - 23 points and 9 rebounds 7. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80) of Mersin - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Eren Beyaz (208-C-85) of Antalya - 18 points and 14 rebounds 9. J.P. Prince (201-G-87) of Mersin - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
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)
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