American forward Marshall Moses (198-F-89) had a great game in the last round for Final Genclik, receiving a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 24. The 23-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Izmir BSB (#18, 2-22) with 32-point margin 91-59. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Final Genclik is placed at 13th position in Turkish TB2L. Final Genclik is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-14 record. Moses turned to be Final Genclik's top player in his first season with the team. Former Oklahoma State University star has very solid stats this year. Moses is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 10.1rpg) and averages impressive 53.8% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old American KZell Wesson (201-F-77) of Baskent Genclik. Wesson had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Baskent Genclik was edged by the higher-ranked Bandirma Kir. (#10, 12-12) 80-79. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Baskent Genclik dropped in the standings to 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Wesson is a newcomer at Baskent Genclik, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Michael Porrini (187-G-89) of Gelisim (#11). Porrini showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Porrini's great performance Gelisim lost 73-79 to the higher-ranked Akhisar Bld (#6, 15-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Gelisim needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Porrini has a great season in Turkey. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (4th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Junior Hairston (203-F-84) of Final Genclik - 16 points and 14 rebounds 5. Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86) of Bandirma Kir. - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Hakan Uskuplu (200-F-83) of Baskent Genclik - 20 points and 10 rebounds 7. Eric Buckner (208-F-90) of Usak - 13 points and 6 rebounds 8. Cenk Sekeroglu (203-F-91) of Bandirma Kir. - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Vincent Grier (195-G/F-83) of Pi Koleji - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists 10. Aubrey Reese (183-G-78) of Baskent Genclik - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
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)
Engin Atsur selected the top Turk playing abroad in last week's games - 1 day ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Turks who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Engin Atsur (190-84, agency: BeoBasket). He was the major contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg in the German BBL in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Turks who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Engin Atsur (190-84, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-12) 84-70 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game.
Atsur scored 15 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes on the court.
ALBA Berlin (15-8) is placed fifth in the BBL.
It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses.
This year Atsur averages: 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 36.0% and FT: 84.1% in 23 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Turkish and German.
Atsur played for the Turkish senior national team eight years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Ersan Ilyasova (208-87, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Atlanta Hawks (32-26) to beat the Orlando Magic (22-38).
Ilyasova scored 5 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Atlanta Hawks (32-26) were badly defeated 105-86 on the road by the Magic.
It was Hawks' third consecutive loss in a row.
Ilyasova's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 38.5%.
Former Yesilyurt Istanbul starter played for the Turkish national team in 2015.
#3. The Turkish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Enes Kanter (211-92, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA). He managed to help Oklahoma City Thunder in a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (19-40) 110-93 in the NBA on Friday night.
Kanter recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has 33-25 record this season.
Kanter has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.1%(262-451), 3FGP: 15.6% and FT: 78.9% in 48 games.
Kanter played for the Turkish national team three years ago.
#4. Forward Kerem Kanter (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Green Bay (9-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the Green Bay was defeated 85-72 in Rochester by the Oakland University.
Kanter recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Kanter has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg and 5.6rpg.
He used to play for the Turkish U20 national team
back in 2014.
#5. Former U16 international guard Burak Eslik (193, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the SIU Edwardsville (0-13) in their game against the Austin Peay State University (7-8) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Saturday.
Eslik scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 36 minutes.
But the SIU Edwardsville (#4) lost 84-92 at home to the Austin Peay State University.
So far SIU Edwardsville lost all thirteen games in the conference The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA.
This year Eslik has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in 29 games.
He used to play for the Turkish U16 national team
seven years ago.
#6. Guard Cavit Ege Havsa (191-97, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Duquesne (7-6) 70-52 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
Havsa scored 10 points and added 3 passes.
The Fordham University has rather weak 4-8 conference record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Havsa's first year with the team.
His overall stats this season are: 1.6ppg and 1.1apg.
Havsa is a former U18 international player as he played for the Turkish team two years ago.
#7. U20 international center Omer Yurtseven (213-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the N.Carolina St. (3-10) in their game against the University of Notre Dame (9-5) in the NCAA.
He scored 8 points.
The N.Carolina St. was defeated 81-72 in Notre Dame by the University of.
Yurtseven's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
It's Yurtseven's first season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 6.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg.
Yurtseven is also Turkish U20 national team player.
#8. Forward Yalim Olcay (203, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the W.Carolina (2-11) in their game against the Wofford College (2-8) in the NCAA.
He scored 6 points in only 9 minutes.
The W.Carolina was crushed 84-56 on their home court in Cullowhee by the Wofford College.
Olcay's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important.
This year Olcay's overall stats are: 2.1ppg and 2.0rpg in 25 games.
He used to play for the Turkish U16 national team
back in 2015.
The list of other players, who all have Turkish passport but never been selected to any of Turkish national teams:
#1.Kaan Korkmaz (185-PG, currently plays in NCAA2) led Colorado School of Mines to an easy victory against the Metropolitan State College of Denver crushing them 89-57 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game.
He scored 11 points and added 3 passes in a mere 17 minutes.
The Colorado School of Mines have a very good 15-3 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2.
Korkmaz has been at the team for five years.
This season Korkmaz's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg in 20 games he played so far.
#2.Deniz Celen (203-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Fairfield University to win against the Canisius College (7-9) 58-55 in the NCAA in Friday night's game.
Celen scored only 2 points.
The Fairfield University has 8-7 conference record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season.
Celen's total stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 2.2rpg.
#3.Samir Zekiqi (202-F-95, currently plays in Kosovo). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Trepca (1-0) to beat Bashkimi (14-3). Zekiqi cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points in 20 minutes.
Trepca lost 70-79 on the road to the second-ranked Bashkimi.
Zekiqi has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg in 14 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Turkish and Kosovan.
#4.Genc Sefaja (196-G/F-92, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Kaiserslautern's victory against the fifth-ranked Limburg (14-7) 76-67 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night.
Sefaja scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
1. FC Kaiserslautern (8-12) is placed eighth in South-West group.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Sefaja has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Turkish and German.
Afyonkarahisar Belediye (TBL) inked 29-year old American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played recently at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A, but left the team last month. In 11 games he averaged 10.5ppg and 7.2rpg this season. The last season Jefferson played at Konyaspor (BSL) where in 26 games he had 10.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg. Among other achievements his team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals in 2012. [read more]
Afyonkarahisar Belediye (TBL) inked 29-year old American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played recently at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A, but left the team last month. In 11 games he averaged 10.5ppg and 7.2rpg this season. The last season Jefferson played at Konyaspor (BSL) where in 26 games he had 10.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg. Among other achievements his team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals in 2012. Jefferson received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Player of the Year award back in 2014. He is a very experienced player. Jefferson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Slovakia (Iskra Svit), APBL (Beltway Bombers) and IBL (Salem S.). He attended University of South Carolina until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball. Jefferson's game is described as:
An athletic center who runs the court very well and has great timing to grab rebounds and bock the opponent' shots inside.
EuroLeague: Fenerbahce spark late, silence Olympiacos - 4 days ago
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Fenerbahce - Olympiacos 67:64 Fenerbahce went on a furious fourth-quarter run and beat Olympiacos for the 15th victory in regular season. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) nailed 27 points to pace the Turkish team. Fenerbahce and Olympiacos went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. Fenerbahce pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts jumped to a 40:34 halftime advantage. Olympiacos however turned things around in the third term. The Gr... [read more]
Fenerbahce - Olympiacos 67:64
Fenerbahce went on a furious fourth-quarter run and beat Olympiacos for the 15th victory in regular season. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) nailed 27 points to pace the Turkish team. Fenerbahce and Olympiacos went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. Fenerbahce pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts jumped to a 40:34 halftime advantage. Olympiacos however turned things around in the third term. The Greek team ignited a 22:7 rally to secure a 56:47 advantage at the final break. But Fenerbahce responded with a massive 20:8 run in the fourth quarter to tame the visitors. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) provided 17 points, while Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) had 8 points for the home side. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 17 points for Olympiacos. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) tossed in 13 points in the loss.
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