29-year old swingman Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for N.Novgorod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. He had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out VEF Riga (10-7) 89-87. N.Novgorod maintains the 5th position in VTB United League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. N.Novgorod will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record. In the team's last game Thompson had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be N.Novgorod's top player in his first season with the team. Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thompson is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 6.4rpg) and averages solid 61.5% FGP and 41.7% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Lynn Greer (186-PG-79) of Azovmash. He is American guard in his first season at Azovmash. In the last game Greer recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 assists. Bad luck as Azovmash lost that game 77-91 to the higher-ranked Khimky (#1, 13-4). Azovmash managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Azovmash managed to get this year. Greer is a newcomer at Azovmash and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to center D'or Fischer (211-C-81) of BC Donetsk (#6). Fischer showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of BC Donetsk, leading his team to a 95-79 easy win against Lietuvos rytas (8-9). The chances of BC Donetsk ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Fischer could help BC Donetsk to bring them higher in the standings. Fischer has a very solid season. In 15 games in VTB United League he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 5.9rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 62.9%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists 5. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86) of Triumph - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Enisey - 13 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of VEF Riga - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) of Khimky - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) of Khimky - 12 points and 10 assists 10. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78) of Unics - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen 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)
Krasnie Krilya - CSKA 50-49 (1-2)
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-8. But CSKA Moscow won second period 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) who saved his team from a defeat with 14 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St [read more]
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-8. But CSKA Moscow won second period 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) who saved his team from a defeat with 14 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Andrey Vorontsevich (207-87) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Aaron Jackson (190-86, college: Duquesne) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for CSKA Moscow. CSKA Moscow's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: CSKA: A.Vorontsevich 15+7reb, A.Jackson 11+7reb+1ast, N.Krstic 9+1reb, V.Khryapa 4+11reb, V.Micov 3+2reb+1ast, A.Ponkrashov 2+2reb+4ast Krasnie Krilya: O.Thomas 14+7reb+1ast, A.Smith 10+8reb+1ast, E.Kolesnikov 10+3reb+2ast, A.Miles 8+4reb+6ast, A.Pushkov 6+5reb, L.Wilson 2+3reb
The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. VEF Riga was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by VEF Riga's players. It was an exceptional evening for American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois, agency: Priority Sports) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Khimky's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) came up with 6 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Will Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for VEF Riga in the defeat. Top scorers: VEF Riga: A.Pasecniks 14+2reb, W.Daniels 12+6reb, D.Bertans 11+3reb+4ast, D.Geks 7+2reb+3ast, D.Zavackas 6+1reb, L.Blaus 6+11reb+2ast Khimky: J.Augustine 16+7reb+1ast, K.Loncar 14+7reb+3ast, P.Koponen 11+3reb+3ast, P.Davis 9+1reb+3ast, V.Fridzon 8+1reb+1ast, K.Rivers 8+2reb+1ast
Lokomotiv trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 16-7 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-68 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for Greek power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Terrell Lyday (191-79, college: BYU) helped adding 15 points. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Lithuanian Simas Jasaitis (202-82) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Lokomotiv: N.Calathes 18+5reb+8ast, M.Grigoryev 11+2reb, M.Kalnietis 7+4reb+2ast, A.Zubkov 7+5reb+1ast, S.Jasaitis 7+6reb+1ast, M.Sheleketo 6+4reb Unics: T.Lyday 15+4reb+2ast, I.Vougioukas 14+6reb+3ast, C.Eidson 11+4reb+3ast, P.Sergeev 11+2reb, N.Shabalkin 9+1reb+2ast, K.Kaimakoglou 4+9reb+1ast
The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 9-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Nizhny Novgorod dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris to just 4 points in fourth quarter. BC Nizhny Novgorod forced 19 Zalgiris turnovers. The best player for the winners was Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 13 points. Guard Evgeni Baburin (190-87) chipped in 11 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, college: Houston) who recorded 17 points and 4 assists and forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Top scorers: Zalgiris: O.Lafayette 17+2reb+4ast, M.Kuzminskas 12+10reb, K.Lavrinovic 10+3reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 9+3reb, R.Kaukenas 4+2reb, M.Delas 4+3reb+1ast N.Novgorod: S.Antonov 13+3reb+1ast, E.Baburin 11+4reb, S.Shashkov 7+5reb+1ast, A.Yakovenko 7+1reb, D.Golovin 6+3ast, I.Savelyev 5+1reb+5ast
CSKA - Krasnie Krilya 87-78
CKSA registered the second striaght win over Krasnie Krilya at the start of the quarterfinal series. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-23 Krasnie Krilya's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-78 at the end of the game. CSKA Moscow players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward Viktor Khryapa (203-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists [read more]
CKSA registered the second striaght win over Krasnie Krilya at the start of the quarterfinal series. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-23 Krasnie Krilya's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-78 at the end of the game. CSKA Moscow players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward Viktor Khryapa (203-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. American guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) replied with 23 points and his fellow American import point guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Krasnie Krilya. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Krasnie Krilya: C.Simmons 23+4reb+3ast, A.Miles 13+2reb+4ast, O.Thomas 12+2reb+1ast, E.Kolesnikov 8+3reb+1ast, V.Zaryazhko 6+2reb, Y.Vasiliev 6+1reb+2ast CSKA: V.Khryapa 16+8reb+6ast, S.Weems 13+4reb+2ast, S.Kaun 12+5reb+1ast, A.Vorontsevich 11+3reb+1ast, E.Voronov 10+2reb+1ast, V.Micov 9+3reb+2ast
Khimky overcame VEF Riga to earn 2-0 lead in the series. Khimky shot 62.9 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by VEF Riga's players. The best player for the winners was Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (198-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 assists. American center Paul Davis (211-84, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Khimky players scored in double figures. American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. 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: VEF Riga: E.Rowland 20+5reb+3ast, D.Zavackas 19+6reb+1ast, W.Daniels 9+1reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 9+2reb+1ast, L.Blaus 9+3reb, D.Bertans 9+2reb Khimky: V.Fridzon 15+4reb+1ast, P.Davis 14+6reb+5ast, K.Rivers 14+2reb+3ast, P.Koponen 12+2reb+4ast, Z.Planinic 11+1reb+13ast, E.Vyaltsev 9+2reb+1ast
Zalgiris came from behind to knock down Nizhny Novgorod in Kaunas. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 24-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while BC Nizhny Novgorod only scored seven points from the stripe. Center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, college: Houston) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Forward Dmitry Golovin (192-88) responded with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. BC Nizhny Novgorod's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: N.Novgorod: D.Golovin 12+8reb+7ast, D.Thompson 9+6reb+4ast, A.Yakovenko 9, S.Antonov 8+4reb+5ast, S.Shashkov 8+2reb, P.Korobkov 6+4reb Zalgiris: D.Lavrinovic 19+3reb, R.Kaukenas 14+1reb+1ast, O.Lafayette 14+1reb+2ast, A.Juskevicius 5+4reb+3ast, M.Kuzminskas 5+5reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 4+5reb+1ast
Lokomotiv shocked Unics in Kazan for the second straight time stepping closer to the semifinal stage. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-65. American power forward Richard Hendrix (204-86, college: Alabama) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. American guard Terrell Lyday (191-79, college: BYU) responded with 14 points and Greek power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Top scorers: Unics: T.Lyday 14+2reb+3ast, I.Vougioukas 10+6reb+3ast, M.Chatman 9+2reb+1ast, C.Eidson 9+3reb+4ast, P.Sergeev 8+3reb, K.Kaimakoglou 8+3reb+3ast Lokomotiv: A.Zubkov 16+2reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 15+8reb, N.Calathes 11+4reb+3ast, M.Kalnietis 10+6reb+4ast, D.Brown 8+3reb, V.Likhodey 7+5reb+1ast
BC Astana farewell to Rawle Marshall, Andreas Glyniadakis and Nemanja Jaramaz - May 18, 2013
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BC Astana farewell to Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland), Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Jaramaz (201-SG-91, agency: Beo Basket) as well as to local Vsevolod Fadeikin (208-C-85) and Maxim Voyeykov (198-F-88). The five players will leave the team.
Maxim Voyeykov started the season 2012-2013 for BC Astana (D1), then moved to Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (Russia-Superleague, starting five), then signed at BC Astana (D1) [read more]
BC Astana farewell to Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland), Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Jaramaz (201-SG-91, agency: Beo Basket) as well as to local Vsevolod Fadeikin (208-C-85) and Maxim Voyeykov (198-F-88). The five players will leave the team. Maxim Voyeykov started the season 2012-2013 for BC Astana (D1), then moved to Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (Russia-Superleague, starting five), then signed at BC Astana (D1). In VTB league he averaged 2.1 points per game. Vsevolod Fadeikin spent almost his all career with the team. Last season he averaged 1.0 points per game in VTB league. Rawle Marshall was one of the key players and showed 11.1 points per game in VTB league. Last year he was mentioned and Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention -12. Andreas Glyniadakis showed 7.1 points per game in VTB league. He played for the team one season coming from Olympiacos. Nemanja Jaramaz is a Serbian player who spent half of the year with the team. His stats read 1.8 points per game in VTB league.
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