On the Bulgarian league the round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.
The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Lukoil Academik (7-1) in Botevgrad on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Balkan (5-4) 72-63. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Lukoil Academik. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Lukoil Academik won second period 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Balkan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage with a great performance of Brazilian center Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds and international Ivan Lilov (196-88) who added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Lukoil Academik's coach Marin Dokuzovski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Balkan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion Lukoil Academik still keeps top position with one game lost. Balkan are looking forward to face Spartak Pleven (#9) on the road in the next round.
Recap of NBB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - 8 hours ago
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Vitoria - Mogi 83-89 Magi das Cruzes rolled past Vitoria on the road to take 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) nailed 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Christopher Hayes (203-87, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 17 points (made all... [read more]
Magi das Cruzes rolled past Vitoria on the road to take 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) nailed 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Christopher Hayes (203-87, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 17 points (made all of his eight free throws) and the former international Arthur Silva (196-82) added 16 points respectively for Universo/Vitoria in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Top scorers: Vitoria: C.Hayes 17+4reb+1ast, A.Silva 16+4reb+1ast, K.Dawkins 12+3reb+1ast, R.Scholz 11+2reb+3ast, E.de Oliveira 9+9reb+1ast, K.Sheard 8+5reb+4ast Mogi: S.Stallworth 34+4reb+4ast, L.Taylor 22+8reb+3ast, T.Curnell 19+9reb+1ast, J.de Oliveira 7+7reb+4ast, C.Silveira 4+5reb, G.Santo 3+2reb
Paulistano cruised past Franca to gain 1-0 lead. Paulistano made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Power forward Renato Carbonari (206-87) stepped up and scored 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and point guard George Lucas (195-96) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international Andre Stefanelli (196-84) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Franca: A.Stefanelli 16+2reb, A.Borges 11+5reb+7ast, P.Lima 9+2reb+1ast, A.Ferreira 6+4reb, L.Cipolini 6+2reb, H.Coelho 5+1reb+3ast Paulistano: R.Carbonari 24+8reb+1ast, G.Lucas 19+7reb+6ast, L.Dias Silva 14+4reb, G.Hubner 8+4reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 5+4reb+3ast, E.Carvalho 5+5reb
Flamengo outgunned Pinheiros on the road to pull ahead in the series. Flamengo made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) fired 22 points for the winners. The former international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (203-83) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Germerson Barbosa (202-93) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Flamengo and four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Pinheiros: D.Holloway 18+5reb, C.Bennett 18+3reb+2ast, G.Barbosa 16+5reb+2ast, A.Neto 13+1reb+1ast, G.Teichmann 8+8reb+7ast, R.Lenz 6+3reb+3ast Flamengo: M.Vieira 22+4reb+3ast, R.de Souza 15+3reb+2ast, J.Paulo Lopez 14+2reb+2ast, O.Rodriguez 13+8reb+3ast, R.Ramon 13+2reb+4ast, R.Fischer 8+3reb+3ast
Brasilia nipped Bauru in the series opener. Brasilia made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). The former international point guard Fulvio de Assis (188-81) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Paschoalotto/Bauru. Five Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Bauru: A.Garcia 25+9reb+2ast, J.Andrade 15+8reb+2ast, L.Meindl 12+3reb+3ast, V.Silva 11+3reb+3ast, G.Santos 11+1ast, S.Santos 10+10reb Brasilia: G.Giovannoni 32+7reb+1ast, F.de Assis 22+7reb+6ast, L.Mariano 19+11reb+1ast, P.Alves 7+4reb+1ast, J.Campos 5+1reb+1ast, P.Da Costa 2
Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB) signed experienced 34-year old Brazilian ex-international power forward Murilo Becker (211-83). He started the season at CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro in Brazilian NBB league. In 33 games he had 10.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg this season. The last season Becker played at Paschoalotto/Bauru (also in NBB) where in 23 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 3.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. The list of the p... [read more]
The last season Becker played at Paschoalotto/Bauru (also in NBB) where in 23 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 3.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Becker was voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 2nd Team back in 2009 and 2014.
He also played at the South American Championships for Clubs nine years ago. Becker has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv) and Brazil (Vivo/Franca, Minas, COC Ribeirao and Sao Jose/Vinac).
Becker could be described:
Positives: Murilo has great size for a power forward. Plays Center in Brazil and is dominant, although he is not that big. Good rebounder, runs the floor well and is quick for his size. Deals very well with bigger guys. Nice touch on short distance shots and midrange shots. Not a terrible 3pt shooter, although he doesn't shoot that much from the outside.
Negatives: Not that athletic when compared to most NBA power forwards. Does not have good size to be an NBA center, and he isn't athletic enough to guard quicker power forwards. Commits too many fouls and can easily get into foul trouble. Does not have much of a post up game.
Vezaro's 34-point game gives him Liga Ouro Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
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20-year old guard Lucas Vezaro (188-G-96) had an amazing evening in the last round for Joinville and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga Ouro Player of the Week award for round 6. He had the game-high 34 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Joinville as his team lost the game against Botafogo F.R. (#1, 8-2) 68-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Joinville maintains the 3rd position in Brazilian Liga Ouro. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost... [read more]
20-year old guard Lucas Vezaro (188-G-96) had an amazing evening in the last round for Joinville and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga Ouro Player of the Week award for round 6. He had the game-high 34 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Joinville as his team lost the game against Botafogo F.R. (#1, 8-2) 68-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Joinville maintains the 3rd position in Brazilian Liga Ouro. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Joinville will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 7-4 record. In the team's last game Vezaro had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Joinville's top player in his first season with the team. Vezaro has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 17.5ppg. Vezaro is in league's top in and averages solid 50.8% FGP and 41.9% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Tarvin Gaines (198-SF-91) of Blumenau. He is American in his first season at Blumenau. In the last game Gaines recorded impressive 25 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he led Blumenau to another comfortable win outscoring Brusque (#6, 0-10) 102-73. Despite this victory Blumenau slide down in the standings to 5th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Gaines is one of the most experienced players at Blumenau and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#3). He also registered 6.1 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Abner Moreira (206-F/C-89) of league's leader Botafogo F.R.. Moreira scored 11 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Moreira's great performance Botafogo F.R. lost 62-66 to #3 ranked Joinville. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Botafogo F.R. had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Moreira's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Moreira has a great season in Brazil. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Rafa Oliveira (200-SF-93) of Contagem - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Willian da Silva (200-SF-81) of Brusque - 16 points and 4 rebounds 6. Maxwell Dias (198-SF-91) of Joinville - 16 points and 10 rebounds 7. Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) of Botafogo F.R. - 20 points and 3 rebounds 8. Diego Silva (206-C/F-90) of Blumenau - 12 points and 10 rebounds 9. Bruno Lazzaris (202-F-90) of Blumenau - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Wesley Russell (193-G-93) of Botafogo F.R. - 17 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)
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