Naturalized American LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Kayseri and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16. The 26-year old power forward had a double-double of 13 points and thirteen rebounds, while her team edged out Galatasaray (13-3) 72-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kayseri is placed at 2nd position in American TKBL. They are still close to the very top. Kayseri would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 13-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Sanders as usually she does not deliver so high stats. LaToya Sanders averages this season 11.9ppg and 8.3rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Russian center Irina Osipova (196-C-81) of Istanbul Univ.. Osipova impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Of course she lead Istanbul Univ. to another comfortable win 83-68 over the lower-ranked Edremit (#14, 1-15) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Istanbul Univ. to move up to 6th position in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Osipova is a newcomer at Istanbul Univ. and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Chante Black (195-C-85) of Samsun (#12). Black scored 21 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Black's great performance Samsun lost 72-73 to Besiktas (3-13). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Samsun can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Black she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Black has individually a great season in Turkey. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.7rpg (4th best). She also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 51.9%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Courtney Paris (191-C-87) of Botas - 17 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Anna Vadja (191-F/C-84) of Samsun - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Erlana Larkins (185-F-86) of Mersin - 11 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) of Besiktas - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Shay Doron (175-SG-85) of Tarsus Bld - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Essence Carson (183-G-86) of Istanbul Univ. - 25 points and 6 rebounds 10. Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81) of Canik Bld - 24 points and 13 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)
Natasha Lacy reaches agreement with Belediyesi - May 24, 2013
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Natasha Lacy reaches agreement with Belediyesi. The American player will move to Turkey for 2013-2014 season.
Last year she finished the season with Good Angels. Natasha Lacy started the season in Israel with Elitzur Ramla. However she soon moved to Slovak Republic after the Israeli team experienced financial difficulties. Natasha Lacy notches 8.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per Euroleague game for Good Angels. Last season Natasha Lacy spent with Ceyhan Belediyespor in Turkey [read more]
Natasha Lacy reaches agreement with Belediyesi. The American player will move to Turkey for 2013-2014 season. Last year she finished the season with Good Angels. Natasha Lacy started the season in Israel with Elitzur Ramla. However she soon moved to Slovak Republic after the Israeli team experienced financial difficulties. Natasha Lacy notches 8.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per Euroleague game for Good Angels. Last season Natasha Lacy spent with Ceyhan Belediyespor in Turkey. She tallied 18.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.3 steals per game. She participated at TKBL All-Star Game. Natasha Lacy played for the Washington Mystics in the summer. The guard averaged 3.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in WNBA. In 2012-2013 for Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga) she averaged 7.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.2apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.6%. In Euroleague her stats read 16 games: 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 7.7%, FT: 67.9%; MEL: 3 games: 11.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg, 3.0spg.
Ceyhan Belediye pens deal with Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Guard of The Year - May 23, 2013
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Ceyhan Belediye pens deal with D'Andra Moss (178-SG-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: VCU) for the next season. The American Shooting Guard moves to Turkey for 2013/2014 season.
Last year D'Andra Moss played for Liomatic Umbertide. She became the top-scorer of the league with 17.4ppg, 6.6rpg, Steals-4 (2.9spg), FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 79.8%.
Earlier D'Andra Moss became a new member of Gran Canaria. D'Andra Moss headed to Granca from Finland, where she spent 2010/11 [read more]
Ceyhan Belediye pens deal with D'Andra Moss (178-SG-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: VCU) for the next season. The American Shooting Guard moves to Turkey for 2013/2014 season. Last year D'Andra Moss played for Liomatic Umbertide. She became the top-scorer of the league with 17.4ppg, 6.6rpg, Steals-4 (2.9spg), FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 79.8%. Earlier D'Andra Moss became a new member of Gran Canaria. D'Andra Moss headed to Granca from Finland, where she spent 2010/11. She exploded with 25.1 ppg, 12.3 rpg and 3 apg for 32 games with Torpan Poiat Helsinki. D'Andra Moss helped her team to reach the Playoff Semifinals and was named Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Player of the Year -11. She was the best scorer, third rebounder and fourth assistant of the competition. It was the first professional season for D'Andra Moss, who graduated last year at the Virginia Commonwealth University. She had 17.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg for her school as a senior. D'Andra Moss was a warded with All-CAA 1st Team -10. In 2011-2012 for Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias (Spain-LFB, starting five) she became also the top-scorer of the League with 20.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 77.1%. In EuroCup her stats read 18.6ppg), 6.7rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 26.3%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 76.6%.
The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-16 Edirne's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-74 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Orman especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Edirne was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Chasity Melvin (191-76, college: N.Carolina St.) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Ilayda Tokmak (170-93) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Orman players scored in double figures. American power forward Susan Lester (188-88, college: Butler) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and the former international guard Yasemin Ibek (-91) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Orman: I.Tokmak 19+2reb+4ast, C.Melvin 17+17reb+1ast, A.Ivegin 14+5reb+1ast, S.Atli 13+3reb, B.Pehlivan 8+5reb+5ast, A.Korkmaz 7+1reb Edirne: S.Lester 22+16reb+1ast, Y.Ibek 10+3reb+1ast, N.Ceylan Emre 9+1reb+2ast, K.Dicle 8+6reb, B.Yillar 6+2reb+2ast, D.Dogan 5
The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 38-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cankaya dominated on the defensive end, holding Botas to just 6 points in third quarter. Cankaya had a 39-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Tiffany Stansbury (191-83, college: N.Carolina St.) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 23 rebounds to lead the effort and center Gulcin Cantekin (187-84) supported her with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds by center Tilbe Senyurek (188-95) did not help to save the game for Botas. point guard Serife Onar (167-96) added 16 points for the guests. Top scorers: Cankaya: T.Stansbury 18+23reb+2ast, G.Cantekin 15+9reb+1ast, M.Ince 8+6reb+3ast, P.Kuccuk 6+1reb+3ast, D.Gezgin 6+1reb+5ast, B.Gokceri 5+1reb Botas: S.Onar 16+2reb+1ast, T.Senyurek 11+14reb, C.Yetis 9+3reb+4ast, B.Akbas 7+7reb+1ast, N.Zuyeva 5+5reb+1ast, G.Komur 3+3reb
The game without a history. Altay Konak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Orduspor to just 7 points in third quarter. Altay Konak held Orduspor to an opponent 21.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.9 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Orduspor 49-33 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward LaToya Thomas (188-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Ronsport) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Bengu Arseven (-81) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Aynur Metin (174-76) replied with 19 points and Canadian power forward Miranda Ayim (191-88, college: Pepperdine) added 5 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Orduspor. Orduspor's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Altay Konak: L.Thomas 23+18reb+4ast, B.Arseven 11+5reb+2ast, D.Boz 9+5reb+4ast, N.Bircan Gokdemir 7+8reb+1ast, B.Muezzinler 4+4reb, S.Guclu 3+4reb+1ast Orduspor: A.Metin 19+2reb, S.Karaman 7+4reb+2ast, H.Kayalar 6+1reb+1ast, M.Ayim 5+9reb, M.Talay 2+5reb+1ast, G.Sezer 2+4reb+1ast
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