American center Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked MIA Academy, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. The 28-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 23 rebounds, while his team edged out Rustavi (#4, 11-3) 96-92. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed MIA Academy to consolidate first place in the Georgian Superleague. MIA Academy have a solid 12-2 record. Archibeque turned to be MIA Academy's top player in his first season with the team. Former Fort Lewis University star has very solid stats this year. Archibeque. Archibeque is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.5ppg) and averages impressive 58.1% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old international center Richard Matiashvili (207-C-89) of Kutaisi. Matiashvili had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Kutaisi was edged by slightly higher-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (#5, 9-5) 87-85. This loss caused Kutaisi to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Matiashvili is well-known at Kutaisi and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#2). He also registered 12.2 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was center Sergo Atvashovili (223-C-85) of Sokhumi (#8). Atvashovili scored 17 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Sokhumi, leading his team to a 81-77 win against slightly lower-ranked Batumi (#9, 3-11). The chances of Sokhumi not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Atvashovili could try to bring Sokhumi's a little bit higher in the standings. Atvashovili has a very solid season. In 3 games in Georgia he scored 17.7ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Serzhi Aselaini (198-F-91) of TSU Tbilisi - 16 points and 13 rebounds 5. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86) of Armia - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists 6. Deonta Vaughn (185-PG-86) of MIA Academy - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists 7. Besik Lezhava (192-SG-86) of Armia - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-G-89) of Armia - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists 9. Kyle Nelson (203-F-89) of Rustavi - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 10. George Jgerenaia (206-F-90) of Armia - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 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)
MIA Academy - Olimpi 75-82 (2-2)
Olimpi remains alive in the Finals and ties the series at 2-2. MIA trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 22-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-82 at the end of the game. 30 personal fouls committed by MIA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds [read more]
Olimpi remains alive in the Finals and ties the series at 2-2. MIA trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 22-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-82 at the end of the game. 30 personal fouls committed by MIA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Darren Moore (190-89, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) replied with 25 points and his fellow American import power forward Chad Prewitt (206-80, college: Arizona St., agency: Priority Sports) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for MIA. Top scorers: MIA Academy: D.Vaughn 25+4reb+3ast, C.Prewitt 16+7reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 13+10reb, V.Kounas 7+5reb+2ast, B.Raymond 5+3reb+3ast, M.Bokolishvili 4+1ast Olimpi: D.Moore 22+2reb+3ast, L.Fatsatsia 18+7reb+3ast, I.Mikeladze 12+1reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 8+9reb+3ast, M.Berishvili 8+7reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 6+3reb+1ast
MIA Academy takes 2-1 Superleague Final - May 23, 2013
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MIA Academy - Olimpi 74-67 (2-1)
MIA Academy takes 2-1 Superleague Final. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. MIA made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds [read more]
MIA Academy takes 2-1 Superleague Final. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. MIA made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Olimpi. Top scorers: MIA Academy: K.Archibeque 22+12reb+2ast, B.Raymond 15+4reb+3ast, D.Vaughn 12+3reb+9ast, C.Prewitt 8+7reb+2ast, A.Lomouri 6+3reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 5+4reb Olimpi: M.Berishvili 19+5reb+2ast, S.Sokk 13+4reb+5ast, L.Fatsatsia 9+8reb+4ast, S.Milosevic 9+10reb+5ast, D.Moore 9, A.Dvalishvili 4
Viktor Sanikidze selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - May 22, 2013
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Georgians who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86). Heto a victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Georgians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Italy). He led Montepaschi Siena to a victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (19-11) 90-80 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game.
Sanikidze recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court.
Montepaschi Siena (18-12) is placed fifth in the SerieA.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Sanikidze averages: 6.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 58.9%(63-107), 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 66.7% in the 36 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain). He led FIATC Joventut to a victory over the closely-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (15-19) crushing them 112-75 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night.
Fisher was MVP of the game. He recorded 26 points (!!!) and added 9 passes in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fisher's second season in pro basketball. FIATC Joventut Badalona (16-18) is placed 11th in the ACB.
The Regular Season already ended.
It's Fisher's first year with the team.
Fisher is currently ninth on the list of top scorers with 13.8ppg.
This year his other stats are: 2.1rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 36.3% and FT: 83.3% in the 32 games.
Fisher is a naturalized American.
Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Fisher is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.
#3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. Tsintsadze could not help Budivelnyk (28-11) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the league leader Budivelnyk was defeated 86-74 on the road by the lower-ranked Azovmash (#3).
Tsintsadze was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 assists.
Tsintsadze's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 77.2%.
He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.
#4. Small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Tofas (12-18) crushing them 82-49 in the Turkish TBL on Tuesday night.
He scored 9 points and had 5 steals.
Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (27-3) is placed first in the TBL.
It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row.
Markoishvili is ranked second on the list of the most steals in the league.
His overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg.
Markoishvili is also Georgian national team player.
The list of other players, who all have Georgian passport but never been selected to any of Georgian national teams:
#1.Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in a Stelmet ZG's victory against the leader AZS Koszalin (18-14) 89-83 in the Polish TBL last Tuesday.
Hosley scored 16 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Stelmet Zielona Gora (20-12) is placed third.
It's Hosley's first season with the team.
Hosley is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg and 2.4spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.
#2.Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Karsiyaka's victory against the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (24-6) 74-68 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday.
Thomas recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes.
Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (23-7) is placed fifth in the TBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Thomas has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.3apg in the 27 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.
#3.Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Capitanes to a victory against the closely-ranked Brujos (10-12) 92-86 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Friday night's game.
He scored 16 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 29 minutes.
Capitanes de Arecibo (11-11) is placed fifth in the BSN.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Diaz's first season with the team.
Diaz has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg in the six games.
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