Arrieros starts the semifinals in the Federation Cup as favourite thanks to its better performance in the regular season, but the power of Arrieros and Bucaros are ready to challenge them .
ARRIER0S VS PIRATAS: Arrieros already have a stronger roster, at least 4 of its starters can be a scoring threat, the powerfull perimeter of Guillent, 0rtiz and Aragn are the perfect fit for the inside force of Alejandro Flores, Piratas is playing a hard defense, but still has limitations of the ofensive side, and will need another great perfomance of Ginaluca Bacci to help David Harrison and Patricio Briones in the scoring. The big question of Arrieros is the health of Heissler Guillent who is under therapy to heal some back spams, but with Guillent at his 100%, Arrieros is a hard team to stop, problably coach Hernn Giraldo did not use Guillent full time in the series , sending Santiago Jaramillo to the court more minutes, in defense Norbey Aragn will be the one to guard David Harrison, while Harrison will have a hard job also guarding Aragn, Bacci will have to guard Guilento and Romero will guard 0rtiz in two very interisting pairings, Forbes , Cassiano and Fuentes will share time guarding Flores, while Arrieros will put a combination of Marin, Perez and Mosquera to guard Briones, for Piratas the key will be keep strong on defense and also very agresive in the ofensive side forcing Guillent and 0rtiz to play defense, Arrieros key should be keep the ball under control and force David Harrison to run on defense, but also avoid Bacci's quicknes of fastbreak and penetrations.
BUCAR0S VS CUCUTA N0RTE: A very hard series, Bucaros with the new energy that Kevin Sowell brings is ready to challenge the defending Champions, in last year finals Bucaros was leading until Lavor Postell injury, now this year the Bucaros wants a revenge, but Cucuta Norte is solid, the addition of Chris Jackson gives to the team a real power inside, while the versatility of Herrera and Torres makes them a very hard team to guard. For Bucaros the key should be run in the fastbreak, and moving the ball in the ofensive side to find Sowell or Cortes in open spots, Cucuta will try to go hard inside with Jackson and Bayona or play a 4 guards rotation with Moreno, Renteria, Torres and Herrera in the court, Bucaros will need more accuracy of Miguel Marriaga tto help Guevara in the post ofensive. Cucuta will have to choose between fight in the Federation Cup of fight in the Southamercian Championship because ther will have to play 8 games in nine days.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea selected the top Colombian playing abroad in last week's games - 5 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Colombians who are currently playing abroad. Experienced Cesar Cortes (200-F/C-81). He could not help Fuerza Regia (32-4) to beat Garzas (22-14).
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Colombians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (206-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led E.Tenn.St. to an easy victory against the The Citadel (2-5) crushing them 90-69 in the NCAA last Thursday.
Mosquera-Perea scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks.
The East Tennessee State University has 4-1 conference record this season.
This year Mosquera-Perea averages: 8.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 62.4%(83-133) and FT: 53.2%.
He is currently a member of the Colombian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Braian Angola-Rodas (198, currently studies in the States). Angola-Rodas managed to help Florida State University in a victory against the North Carolina State University (1-0) crushing them 95-71 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
He recorded only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court.
The Florida State University has 4-1 conference record this season.
It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Angola-Rodas' first year with the team.
This season Angola-Rodas' overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 40.6% and FT: 69.6% in 25 games he played so far.
He is in the roster of the Colombian senior national team.
#3. The Colombian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Thomas Diaz (193-93, currently plays in NCAA2). He contributed to an easy victory against the Texas A&M University - Kingsville (5-2) 77-59 in a derby game in the NCAA2 last Saturday.
Diaz scored 7 points in 20 minutes.
The Texas A&M University - Kingsville has 4-4 record this season.
There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Diaz has been at the team for five years.
This season his total stats are: 2.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 63.3% in 17 games.
Diaz is also a member of the Colombian senior national team.
#4. Guard Hansel Atencia (180-97, currently plays in NAIA) led The Master's College, CA to an easy victory against the Arizona Christian University (2-9) 102-85 in the NAIA on Saturday night.
He scored 23 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 9 assists.
The The Master's College, CA has a solid 8-4 record this season.
There are only three games left until the end of the NAIA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Atencia's first year with the team.
Atencia has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg.
He has a dual citizenship: Spanish and Colombian.
Atencia is also Colombian national team player.
The list of other players, who all have Colombian passport but never been selected to any of Colombian national teams:
#1. Experienced Cesar Cortes (200-F/C-81, currently plays in Mexico). He could not help Fuerza Regia (32-4) to beat Garzas (22-14).
Cortes scored 5 points and added 3 assists in 25 minutes.
The league leader Fuerza Regia lost in an overtime 75-80 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) Garzas.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Cortes averages: 5.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg in 19 games he played so far.
#2.Oscar Ferro Ocampo (180-G-87, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Trelleborg in their game against Wetterbygden (5-2) in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). Ferro Ocampo's contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game.
He recorded only one point.
The fourth-placed Trelleborg (4-3) was defeated 78-63 on the road by the higher-ranked Wetterbygden (#3) in the Superettan group.
It was Trelleborg's first loss after five consecutive victories.
Ferro Ocampo's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg.
Tofas Bursa (BSL) agreed terms with 32-year old Colombian international power forward Juan Palacios (206-111kg-85). He is a dual citizen owning also Spanish passport. Palacios played most recently at Pinar Karsiyaka in the BSL, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 11 games he had 8.6ppg and 4.5rpg last season. Palacios also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg. He won Turkish League championship title. The list of the past achievements is quite long... [read more]
Tofas Bursa (BSL) agreed terms with 32-year old Colombian international power forward Juan Palacios (206-111kg-85). He is a dual citizen owning also Spanish passport. Palacios played most recently at Pinar Karsiyaka in the BSL, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 11 games he had 8.6ppg and 4.5rpg last season. Palacios also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg. He won Turkish League championship title. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Palacios was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year back in 2014. He has been regularly called to Colombian Senior National Team since 2016. Palacios is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Palacios tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (JSF Nanterre), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Spain (Gran Canaria, Vic and La Palma) and Colombia (Guerreros).
Academia de La Montana, the colombian flag in the Liga de las Americas fall in their first game against the host Leones de Ponce from Puerto Rico 61- 76. Beyond the first quarter when the Academia finished just 4 points behind the locals, the green team did not had real chances to battle against a more talented and more deep Leones, American Hakim Warrick (206-F/C-82, college: Syracuse) did not had opposition since the Academia's big guys were heavy or too slow to stop him. Coach Girald... [read more]
Academia de La Montana, the colombian flag in the Liga de las Americas fall in their first game against the host Leones de Ponce from Puerto Rico 61- 76.
Beyond the first quarter when the Academia finished just 4 points behind the locals, the green team did not had real chances to battle against a more talented and more deep Leones, American Hakim Warrick (206-F/C-82, college: Syracuse) did not had opposition since the Academia's big guys were heavy or too slow to stop him.
Coach Giraldo try putting a 2-1-2 zone but the Leones quickly made an accurate read and finish the ball rotation in the side of the slower Academias player finding open shots in the corner, on the offensive side Jonathan Rodriguez , who was supposed to be the Giraldos main weapon, was cold as ice, finishing just with 6 points shooting 2 of 12 from the field, John
Hernandez always a warrior finished as the best in the Colombian team posting a nice double double of 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Beyond the result, which is not a surprise due the difference in the rosters, the worries in Academia begins in the bad shooting night of the team that finished with 35% FG , 25% 3pt FG and 36% from the FT.
Leones de Ponce 76 - Hakim Warrick 26 pts, C. Arroyo 9 pts + 9 assits, V. Liz 9 pts, F. Rivera 8 pts, A. Vasallo 7 pts, D. Reese 6 pts, E. Dawson 4 pts, D. Morales 4 pts, A. Torres 2 pts, G. Colon 1 pt. Academia de la Montana 61 - John Hernandez (207-C-84) 16 pts + 15 rebs, K. Gransberry 13 pts, K. Pena 12 pts, M. Jackson 7 pts, J. Rodriguez 6 pts, S. Granados 3 pts, G. Diaz 2 pts, G. Bacci 2 pts.
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