American Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Njardvik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21. The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 15 points and twenty two rebounds, while his team beat Keflavik (#5, 13-8) 100-94. Njardvik maintains the 6th position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Njardvik will need more victories to improve their 12-9 record. Van turned to be Njardvik's top player in his first season with the team. Central Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Van leads league in rebounds with 15.2rpg. Van is in league's top in and averages solid 1.3bpg and 56.4% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85) of Snaefell. Amoroso impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Snaefell was edged by slightly higher-ranked Thor Thorl (15-6) 95-92. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Snaefell still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 15-6 record is not bad at all. Amoroso is one of the most experienced players at Snaefell and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was American Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik (#5). Craion showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Craion's great performance Keflavik lost 94-100 to slightly lower-ranked Njardvik (#6, 12-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Keflavik needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Craion has a great season in Iceland. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.4ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 13.9rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.2bpg and FGP: 58.4%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Tyrone Bradshaw (202-PF-86) of KFI - 25 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Gudmundur Jonsson (191-G-84) of Thor Thorl - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of Keflavik - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Carlos Medlock (183-G-87) of Skallagrimur - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of Grindavik - 25 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85) of Stjarnan - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Kristofer Acox (195-G-93) of KR - 18 points, 12 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)
Dominos League Round 2 of Finals. KR celebrate second victory - 2 days ago
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Grindavik - KR 88-89 KR clinched the second straight win in Dominos League Finals. They nipped Grindavik on the road to step closer to the title. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Brynjar Bjorn... [read more]
KR clinched the second straight win in Dominos League Finals. They nipped Grindavik on the road to step closer to the title. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (188-88, college: Francis Marion) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists and the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Top scorers: Grindavik: L.Clinch 33+4reb+7ast, O.Olafsson 21+12reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 15+5reb+2ast, T.Finnbogason 7+6reb+1ast, O.Saevarsson 4+14reb+2ast, T.Olafsson 4+2reb+1ast KR: J.Stefansson 24+5reb+3ast, B.Bjornsson 18+5reb+6ast, P.Alawoya 14+10reb+5ast, K.Acox 9+13reb+4ast, S.Thorvaldsson 8+2reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 7+5reb+2ast
Haukur Palsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Icelandic players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92). He was the major contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Icelandic players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond (10-18) 85-77 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game.
Palsson recorded 18 points and added 4 passes in 35 minutes on the court.
SPO Rouen Basket (13-14) is placed 11th in the ProB.
It's Palsson's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.1%, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 74.4% in 24 games he played so far.
Palsson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced international small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark). He could not help Svendborg (13-15) to beat Bakken (24-4).
Karason scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
But Svendborg was defeated 93-85 on the road by the leading Bakken.
It was Svendborg's third consecutive loss in a row.
This season Karason averages: 3.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 67.4%(29-43), 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 53.3%.
He is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.
#3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain). Nathanaelsson led Albacete to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (13-16) 81-63 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night.
He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Nathanaelsson also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes.
Arcos Albacete Basket (9-20) is placed 14th in the LEB Silver.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Nathanaelsson's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(31-54) and FT: 37.9% in 12 games.
He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.
#4. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) led Charleville-Mezieres to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Saint-Quentin (12-16) crushing them 98-64 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Hermannsson recorded 13 points and added 7 passes.
Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (16-12) is placed third in the ProB.
Hermannsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 5.6apg.
Hermannsson is also Icelandic national team player.
#5. International point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) managed to help San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in a victory against the 16th-ranked Magia Huesca (10-22) 86-78 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday.
He scored 5 points and added 6 passes in 18 minutes.
San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (22-10) is placed third in the LEB Gold.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This year Steinarsson's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.9apg in 32 games.
He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.
Dominos League Round 1 of Finals. KR claim opening victory - 4 days ago
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KR - Grindavik 98-65 KR outgunned Grindavik in Finals opener. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-65. KR dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Grindavik's 30. They outrebounded Grindavik 54-38 including a 46-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 15 passes made... [read more]
KR outgunned Grindavik in Finals opener. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-65. KR dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Grindavik's 30. They outrebounded Grindavik 54-38 including a 46-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Grindavik's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KR made 8 blocks. The former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) stepped up and scored 8 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds and American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored 15 points and 7 assists. 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: KR: P.Alawoya 22+8reb+1ast, B.Bjornsson 16+5reb+4ast, K.Acox 15+7reb+2ast, D.Hilmarsson 12+5reb+2ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 9+2reb+1ast, J.Stefansson 9+7reb+9ast Grindavik: D.Jonsson 17+3reb, L.Clinch 15+7ast, T.Finnbogason 13+4reb, O.Olafsson 9+11reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 6+3reb+1ast, O.Saevarsson 5+10reb
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