Shooting guard Nika Ramishvili (179-SG-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Batumi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. The 18-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, eight rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Samedicino (#10, 1-15) 81-73. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Batumi maintains the 9th position in Georgian Superleague. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 13 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Ramishvili had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Batumi, through which he has constantly improved. Nika Ramishvili averages this season 14.9ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Rustavi. Bowie had a very good evening with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Rustavi was edged by slightly lower-ranked Kutaisi (#6, 10-7) 85-84. Rustavi managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Bowie is a newcomer at Rustavi, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.1rpg and 5.1apg.
Third on the list of top players last round was another Rustavi's star - American forward Kyle Nelson (203-F-89, agency: N.E.T.). Nelson scored 21 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Nelson's great performance Rustavi lost 84-85 to slightly lower-ranked Kutaisi (#6, 10-7). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Rustavi 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 5 lost games. Nelson has a great season in Georgia. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.1rpg (6th best). He also has FGP: 57.9% and 3PT: 42.0%.
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)
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.
Olimpi - MIA Academy 86-65 (1-1)
Olimpi tied tthe Finals at 1-1. The game without a history. Olimpi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to MIA's 34. Forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds [read more]
Olimpi tied tthe Finals at 1-1. The game without a history. Olimpi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to MIA's 34. Forward Levan Fatsatsia (198-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Greek-Estonian point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) contributed with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: KMG Sports Management) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for MIA. 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: Olimpi: S.Sokk 17+1reb+3ast, L.Fatsatsia 17+10reb+3ast, D.Moore 15+3reb+2ast, A.Dvalishvili 9+7reb+2ast, M.Berishvili 9+6reb+3ast, S.Milosevic 7+10reb+2ast MIA Academy: B.Raymond 21+7reb+1ast, K.Archibeque 12+7reb, D.Vaughn 12+5ast, C.Prewitt 5+3reb+1ast, V.Kounas 5+5reb+4ast, R.Rogava 3
Bakradze comes back to Lapua, ex TSU Tbilisi - May 21, 2013
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Lapuan Korikobrat (Korisliiga) added to their roster 22-year old Georgian point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). It is actually his comeback to Lapuan Korikobrat as he played here before. Bakradze played last season at TSU Tbilisi in Georgian Superleague. In 22 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.4apg and 1.5spg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Georgian League All-Star Game [read more]
Lapuan Korikobrat (Korisliiga) added to their roster 22-year old Georgian point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). It is actually his comeback to Lapuan Korikobrat as he played here before. Bakradze played last season at TSU Tbilisi in Georgian Superleague. In 22 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.4apg and 1.5spg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Georgian League All-Star Game. Part of last season he spent at Dinamo Tbilisi (Superleague) in Georgia. In 10 games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.3apg and 1.4spg. Bakradze also spent pre-season at Samedicino-Academia (Superleague) in Georgia earlier that year. He won Georgian League championship title in 2011. Bakradze represented Georgia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 11.8%, FT: 75.0%. Bakradze has played also professionally in . The scouts decsribe him following way: Givi is a young playmaker with great ball-handling skills and tremendous potential. He has 3 years professional experience including playing in the Finnish Championship last year and playing for the Georgian U-20 National team. Givi is a good shooter and can score on his opponent in many ways. He makes his teammates around him better and Givi can run an uptempo or half court offense.
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