American Kyle Weems (198-F-89) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Telekom Baskets and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Top 16). The 23-year old forward had the game-high 34 points adding three rebounds for Telekom Baskets in his team's victory, helping them to beat Aalstar (#4, 1-3) 85-72. Telekom Baskets is placed at 2nd position in EuroChallenge group L. Telekom Baskets is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 4 games. In the team's last game Weems had a remarkable 91.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Telekom Baskets' top player in his first season with the team. Kyle Weems averages this season 13.5ppg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American power forward Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) of league's best team Karsiyaka. Thomas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Karsiyaka lost that game 69-77 to slightly lower-ranked Gaz Metan (#3, 2-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group I. Karsiyaka still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 3-1 record. Thomas is a newcomer at Karsiyaka and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon (#4). Hassell got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Hassell's great performance Hapoel Holon lost 84-101 to #2 ranked Paris-Levallois. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Hapoel Holon can only dream about fighting for top spots in group J. They have awful Top 16 losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Hassell he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hassell has individually a great season in EuroChallenge. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.4rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 59.0%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87) of Tofas - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87) of Hapoel Holon - 18 points and 6 assists 6. Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 8. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Aalstar - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Omar Thomas (196-F-82) of Krasnie Krilya - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 24 points, 4 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)
Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Awards 2013 - May 10, 2013
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Finals MVP: Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya; Player of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois; Guard of the Year: Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Karsiyaka; Forward of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois; Center of the Year: Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok; European Player of the Year: Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) of Paris-Levallois; Import of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois; Defensive Player of the Year: Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja; Coach [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team 2013
Finals MVP: Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya Player of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois Guard of the Year: Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Karsiyaka Forward of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois Center of the Year: Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok European Player of the Year: Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) of Paris-Levallois Import of the Year: Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois Defensive Player of the Year: Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja Coach of the Year: Sergey Bazarevich of Krasnie Krilya
Krasnye Kylia steal the trophy from Izmir - Apr 28, 2013
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Karsiyaka - Krasnie Krilya 76-77
Krasnye Kylia steal the trophy from Izmir. The Russian side grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final. Pinar Karsiyaka took 20-17 lead after the first period and then pushed the tempo until the end of the first half. The hosts needed a 26-17 surge to enjoy 12-point deficit at the halftime. It was not however enough against the favorite of the tournament [read more]
Karsiyaka - Krasnie Krilya 76-77 Krasnye Kylia steal the trophy from Izmir. The Russian side grabbed a 77:76 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka in the EuroChallenge 2012/2013 Final. Pinar Karsiyaka took 20-17 lead after the first period and then pushed the tempo until the end of the first half. The hosts needed a 26-17 surge to enjoy 12-point deficit at the halftime. It was not however enough against the favorite of the tournament. Krasnye Kylia erupted with a 20-9 burst in the third quarter and reduced to 55:54 after DeJuan Collins closed the period with a three. He later nailed another three for 76:73 on the board, while Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) leveled the game with less than a minute to go. Wilson however scored one free throw to bring the guests 1-point lead. Diebler could bring the victory for his side, but missed a final shot. Chester Simmons (196-G-82, college: Washington) and DeJuan Collins paced all the winners with 18 points each. Andre Smith notched 14, while Omar Thomas (196-F-82, college: UTEP) added 9. Bobby Dixon replied with 23 points in the losing effort and Can Mutaf (190-G-91) scored 16. Alade Aminu nailed 12, whilst Thomas Williams brought 10.
Gravelines - EWE Baskets 76-84 EWE Baskets stepped onto the EuroChallenge pedestal. They outgunned Gravelines in the consolation final in Izmir tonight to clinch Bronze medals. Julius Jenkins fired 21 points to lead the German team. EWE Baskets opened the game on a 10:2 rally. However Gravelines answered with an 18:6 run to ensure a 20:16 lead late in the first frame. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) and Joyce capped the quarter with five straight points to give Oldenburg a 23:20 advantage. EWE Baskets maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the second term but Johnson and Camara teamed up late in the half to make it 38:36 for the French team after 20 minutes. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) stretched the lead to as many as 7 points midway through the third term 52:45. However EWE Baskets capped the period with 10 straight points to enter the final frame up by three points 57:54. Kramer and Smeulders made it 64:58 for Oldenburg early in the fourth term. Dwight Buycks dragged Gravelines within two 67:69 with just over five minutes to go. Julius Jenkins stepped up once again for EWE Baskets opening a double-digit lead for them and Oldenburg never looked back en route to the victory. Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 14 points, while Adam Chubb added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ludovic Vaty answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Gravelines. Dwight Buycks had 13 points in the loss.
Former Washington shooting guard Tre Simmons, 30, was announced Most Valuable Player of the EuroChallenge Final Four in Izmir, Turkey, following a stellar pair of showings for Russian Samara, averaging 17 points per game behind a noteworthy 50 percent shooting from distance [read more]
Former Washington shooting guard Tre Simmons, 30, was announced Most Valuable Player of the EuroChallenge Final Four in Izmir, Turkey, following a stellar pair of showings for Russian Samara, averaging 17 points per game behind a noteworthy 50 percent shooting from distance.
With his team trailing Turkish Karsiyaka by 17 points midway through the third quarter, Simmons, cousin of former eight-year NBA veteran small forward Donny Marshall, knocked down back-to-back triples, rallying back Russia's state-cup champions, in what was a thrilling come-from-behind 77-76 dogfight victory.
In his first-ever EuroChallenge finals appearance, Simmons netted 18 points, collected three boards, stole the ball twice and turned it over five times to keep Samara's magical EuroChallenge 17-game win-streak alive. In fact, the Russian side hadn't dropped a Euro-comp game since 2011, when losing to Triumph Liberty.
Once a Euroleague scorer for Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Seattle-born shooter, "the best guard the NBA has missed out on," according to the Los Angeles Clippers' shake-and-bake phenom Jamal Crawford, Simmons, Samara's No. 1 scorer with 15.6 points per game, who also leads his team in points in VTB competition with 17 per, has recaptured the eyes of top European organizations.
"The EuroChallenge competition is not an indication of (Simmons') talents," a prominent Euroleague scout told Eurobasket earlier today.
"Simmons is a dangerous one-on-one player, particularly in isolation plays, because he has the complete package. He is tall, athletic, he can shoot, he can drive, he can step back, and at times -- he looks like an NBA player out there," said Michael Koch, head coach of Trukese Telekom Baskets Bonn, on Simmons after playing Samara during the EuroChallenge playoff series.
Adding today's hardwood to his trophy collection, Simmons picks up his eighth European title after winning trophies in Israel (two championships, and one state-cup), Czech Republic (two championships, and one state-cup), and Russia (state-cup).
"Tre (Simmons) is one of
the greatest compliments to a European playmaker outside the NBA. His
defense may not sync with starting for a Euroleague team, but on
offense, he's one of a handful of guys that can come in for 15-20
minutes and easily produce 10-12 points," added the scout.
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