Riccardo Cortese (195-G/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Giorgo Tesi PT and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 21. The 26-year old swingman had a double-double of 20 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Aget Service IM (#15, 6-14) 70-61. It allowed Giorgo Tesi PT to jump to the first place in the Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Giorgo Tesi PT has a very solid 15-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Cortese as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Riccardo Cortese averages this season 10.9ppg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old former international center Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi. Maggioli impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Fileni BPA Jesi to edge the higher-ranked LeGamberi FO (#7, 10-10) by 1 point 78-77. This victory allowed Fileni BPA Jesi to move up to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-12 record. Maggioli is one of the most experienced players at Fileni BPA Jesi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.9ppg (#3). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was American Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances) of LeGamberi FO (#7). Roderick scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Roderick's great performance LeGamberi FO lost 77-78 to the lower-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (#12, 8-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing LeGamberi FO needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Roderick has a great season in Italy. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.0apg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Taurean Green (184-PG-85) of Sigma Barcel. - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 5. Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) of Giorgo Tesi PT - 16 points and 12 rebounds 6. Erving Walker (172-PG-90) of Prima Veroli - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Davide Pascolo (201-F-90) of Pall.Trento - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Mareks Jurevicus (197-G/F-85) of Prima Veroli - 23 points and 8 rebounds 9. Patrick Baldassarre (200-F/C-86) of Givova Scafati - 21 points and 6 rebounds 10. William Mosley (202-C-89) of Biancoblu BO - 8 points and 18 rebounds
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)
Emporio Armani will not keep Sergio Scariolo - May 24, 2013
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Emporio Armani will part ways with Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) in the post-season. The Italian powerhouse opted not to use the option to prolong the contract of the specialist for the third season. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) failed to advance into SeriaA semifinals this season. Emporio Armani lost to Montepaschi Siena in seven-game quarterfinal marathon. Last (11/12) season Emporio Armani also surrendered to Siena in the Finals [read more]
Emporio Armani will part ways with Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) in the post-season. The Italian powerhouse opted not to use the option to prolong the contract of the specialist for the third season. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) failed to advance into SeriaA semifinals this season. Emporio Armani lost to Montepaschi Siena in seven-game quarterfinal marathon. Last (11/12) season Emporio Armani also surrendered to Siena in the Finals. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) joined the Milan powerhouse back in 2011. Previously he worked with Khimky, Unicaja, Virtus Bologna, Real Madrid, Taugres Vitoria, Bologna, Desio and Pesaro. The specialist was named All-Spanish ACB Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2006. He was also trumped All-VTB League Coach of the Year in 2011. Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) guided the Spanish National Team in 2009/12 seasons. He led the Spaniards to the EuroBasket title in Lithuanian in 2011.
SerieA Round 7 of Quarter-Finals. Cantu, Montepaschi and Virtus Roma reach semis - May 22, 2013
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EA7 Armani - Montepaschi 80-90
Montepaschi Siena surprised Emporio Armani on the road in the seventh game of the series and advanced into semifinals. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Armani Milano was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armani Milano was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch [read more]
Montepaschi Siena surprised Emporio Armani on the road in the seventh game of the series and advanced into semifinals. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Armani Milano was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armani Milano was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 assists. Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach Luca Banchi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 17 points and American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) scored 18 points. Top scorers: Montepaschi: D.Hackett 25+3reb+6ast, B.Brown 17+1reb+2ast, V.Sanikidze 17+6reb+1ast, D.Moss 14+5reb+2ast, T.Ress 5+5reb+2ast, K.Kangur 5+2reb EA7 Armani: K.Langford 18+1ast, E.Bremer 17+1reb+1ast, M.Hairston 10+4reb+2ast, A.Gentile 9+1reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 9+6reb, N.Melli 6+4reb
Acea Virtus Roma held off Trenkwalder to punch their semifinal ticket. The game was mostly controlled by Lottomatica Roma. Trenkwalder RE was better in fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lottomatica Roma forced 19 Trenkwalder RE turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Trenkwalder RE was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds. American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. At the losing side international point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) responded with 23 points and American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Acea Virtus RM: G.Lawal 16+7reb, L.Datome 15+6reb+1ast, P.Goss 14+6reb+3ast, J.Taylor 11+3reb+4ast, B.Jones 9+10reb, B.Bailey 6+3reb+3ast Trenkwalder RE: A.Cinciarini 23+4reb+2ast, D.Taylor 12+5reb+2ast, G.Brunner 10+6reb, R.Cervi 7+2reb, T.Bell 5+2reb, D.Filloy 2
Cantu shocked Sassari in the decider and paved their way through into the next stage. Banco di Sard. trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 95-97 at the end of the game. Cantu shot 61.3 percent from the field. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists. Forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) answered with 18 points and 5 assists and guard Marvis Thornton (194-77, college: St.John's) added 18 points in the effort for Banco di Sard.Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Cantu: J.Ragland 20+6ast, J.Brooks 13+2reb+2ast, P.Aradori 12+2reb+1ast, A.Tyus 12+6reb, N.Mazzarino 12+2ast, M.Leunen 11+3reb+5ast Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 18+4reb+5ast, M.Thornton 18+2reb+2ast, D.Diener 11+2reb+6ast, B.Sacchetti 11+7reb, T.Easley 11+5reb, D.Gordon 10+6reb
Torino achieve second win at the Nazionale Play-Offs - May 22, 2013
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Matera - Agrigento 58-60 (1-1)
The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Agrigento made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game [read more]
The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Agrigento made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) added 6 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Matera. Top scorers: Agrigento: F.Mian 17+5reb, A.Moruzzi 11+10reb+1ast, G.Anello 9+3reb+1ast, R.Chiacig 8+3reb, A.Chiarastella 6+7reb+1ast, D.Demartini 6+1reb Matera: A.Iannuzzi 15+6reb+2ast, C.Sebastian Vico 11+1reb, A.Vitale 9+3reb+2ast, C.Cantone 8+3reb+3ast, M.Rezzano 6+14reb, M.Samoggia 4+2reb
The game was mostly controlled by Torino. Casalpusterlengo was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Torino players scored in double figures. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Simone Fiorito (200-91) scored 18 points. Top scorers: Torino: J.Wojciechowski 18+4reb, M.Evangelisti 14+6reb+1ast, L.Gergati 11+4reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 10+6reb, F.Baldi Rossi 9+4reb, D.Parente 6+3reb+4ast Casalpusterlengo: S.Fiorito 18, T.Marino 12+2reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 11+7reb+2ast, M.Venuto 6+1reb, R.Prandin 6+3reb+1ast, G.Ricci 6+7reb
Chieti was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Mirandola dominated on the defensive end, holding Chieti to just 3 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 19 Chieti turnovers. Chieti was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) scored 24 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and naturalized San Marino Andrea Raschi (198-79) scored 13 points. Top scorers: Mirandola: J.Losi 24+4ast, M.Venturelli 16+3reb+1ast, L.Pignatti 16+4reb+2ast, A.Pilotti 6+3reb+1ast, G.Sgobba 4+4reb, M.Fantinelli 2+6reb+2ast Chieti: E.Rossi 24+10reb, A.Raschi 13+4reb+1ast, M.Diomede 7+3reb, M.Micevic 7+1reb, S.Rajola 7+3reb, F.Gialloreto 3+2reb+2ast
It looked good early as Mazzeo San Severo took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Naturhouse Ferrara had a 24-6 second period charge getting the lead and Mazzeo San Severo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-71. Naturhouse Ferrara dominated on the defensive end, holding Mazzeo San Severo to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Mazzeo San Severo 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Michele Ferri (191-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Top scorers: Ferrara: M.Ferri 16+2reb+2ast, M.Benfatto 15+12reb+1ast, G.Gazzotti 10+7reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 8+5reb, A.Campiello 8+2reb+1ast, S.Cortesi 8+8reb+1ast San Severo: G.Zampolli 14+3reb+4ast, A.Iannilli 12+5reb, I.Scarponi 10+3reb, O.Gueye 9+4reb+1ast, R.Maggio 7+4reb+1ast, L.De Paoli 6+8reb
The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 16-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Latina Basket was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) scored 18 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Tommaso Laquintana (187-95) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals during the contest. point guard Riccardo Tavernelli (188-91) responded with 23 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Matteo Canavesi (204-86) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Bari: T.Laquintana 20+4reb, L.Bisconti 18+3reb+2ast, A.Ruggiero 18+4reb+4ast, D.Bonessio 6+12reb+2ast, D.Barozzi 5+2reb, M.Cardillo 4+10reb Latina Basket: R.Tavernelli 23+4reb+2ast, M.Canavesi 12+7reb+2ast, M.Carrizo 9+2reb+4ast, T.Plateo 6+2reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 6+2reb, M.Arrigoni 5+2reb
Recanati made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Perugia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Marco Gnaccarini (185-81) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) chipped in 9 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Simone Bonamente (203-79) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Recanati: M.Gnaccarini 19+7reb+6ast, G.Tessitore 16+1reb, A.Pierini 12+4reb+2ast, M.Pierangeli 12+2reb, R.Castelli 9+13reb+6ast, M.Tagliabue 5+3reb Perugia: P.Chiarello 17+7reb+2ast, D.Poltroneri 15+3reb+1ast, C.Cutolo 14+6reb+3ast, S.Bonamente 12+11reb+1ast, N.Mei 6+2reb+4ast, G.Chiatti 3+6reb+2ast
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