Guerreros from Bogot with one of the best records in the history of the Colombian Federation Cup, 30 victories and just 5 losses and Bukaros from Bucaramanga with a 24 11 record start on next Friday November 9 the final playoff of the Federation Cup. Both teams sweeped in the semifinal playoff and are arriving to the final with all their players available, the series are to 7 games starting in Bogot and will be 2-3-2, with the game 5 if necessary in Bucaramanga and games 6 a 7 if necessary in Bogot. Guerreros is the main favourite, the Bogotas team builded the most powerfull roster in the history of the Cup, leaded by the main Colombian stars: Stalin Ortiz and Juan Diego Tello, both are international level players, but also had a solid group of americans : Rashad Bell, Shawn Malloy and Courtney Nelson, Bell has been the second scorer of the team and Malloy the rebounding and shot blocking leader, Nelson comes from the bench in the second squad, Guerreros found this year in Gianlucca Bacci a solid point guard to be starter. The Guerreros first offensive wheapon is Stalin Ortiz, when hes hot is almost unstoppable, Ortiz arrives healthy and fresh to finals thanks to the deep roster of the team, Tello provides talent and versatility on the wing and is also a powerfull rebounder, Bacci and Aragon are the prime defensive players of the team, this team is very focused on the defense, this is the main belief of the Guerreros coach Yesid Rivero. Bukaros has an experienced roster, Cory Bradford, Miguel Marriaga, Cesar Silva and Richard Jetter are their main perfomers, but also with the arrival of Jeffrei Addai the team found a reliable and quick point guard. Bukaros main strength is the long range shooting in with Richard Jetter is the biggest gun, Jetter is having a solid season with Bukaros, Miguel Marriaga is playing also at his best level, the big guy is feeded by his teammates in the pick and roll offense, Marriaga is also the top rebounder of the team, Bradford is the spark of the team always tyring to find a open view to the Basket can be also the prime offensive option of Bukaros, Cesar Silva is always dangerous, the bear can hurt from downtown or going hard inside in the penetration. Teams Comparission: Guards: Guerreros starters are Bacci and Ortiz, with them the team can put pressure on the ball forcing turnovers and run the fastbreak, Ortiz is the best scorer of the team, but Bacci has proven than he can close games in the clutch. Bukaros Addai and Bradford are a good combo, very similar to the Guerreros pair, Bradford has been finalist in Colombia before. Forwards: Guerreros Tello and Bell are the most versatile duo of forwards in the league, both can create mismatches with his quickness or size and can guard smaller opponents, Tello is the second best rebounder of the team, Bell the second scorer. Bukaros has Jetter as usual starter and has been using John Velez in the last game, Jetter is a great shooter but can face some problems guarding bigger opponents, while Velez is a good defender and rebounder but limited in the offensive. Centers: Guerreros Shawn Malloy has been the best rebounder and shotblocker of the team and a key player in defense, in offensive Malloy is not getting to many touches but he can score in the paint. Bukaros Miguel Marriaga is a real wheapon in the offensive and a solid rebounder, Marriaga is one main piece of the Bukaros strategy. Bench: Guerreros bench is deep Pineda, Aragon, Barrios, Romero, Pea, Nelson and Perez all the should be starters in any other team, Aragon is a real deal in defense and offense , the team had the deepest bech in the league. Bukaros bech is not deep as the Guerreros, but has the best sixth man of the league Cesar Silva, a luxury bench player, also has experience and size with Hernandez, Cortes and Fernandez.
Prognosis, Guerreros is deeper and more talented in the forwards, has leaded the cup all the season, and is a wide favourite, Guerreros could win the cup in 5 games.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea selected the top Colombian playing abroad in last week's games - 7 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Colombians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. Experienced Cesar Cortes (200-F/C-81)to a victory against the eighth-ranked Santos in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Saturday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Colombians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (206-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). He contributed to a 2-point E.Tenn.St.'s victory against the Samford University (3-6) 79-77 in the NCAA last Wednesday.
Mosquera-Perea scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
The East Tennessee State University has a very good 10-3 conference record this season.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season Mosquera-Perea averages: 8.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 62.8%(86-137) and FT: 53.8%.
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 contributed to an easy victory against the Boston College (2-11) crushing them 104-72 in the NCAA on Monday night.
He recorded 9 points and added 4 passes in only 14 minutes.
The Florida State University has a solid 9-4 conference record this season.
It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
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 could not help the Texas A&M University - Kingsville (4-4) to beat the University of Texas - Permian Basin (1-0).
Diaz recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes.
The Texas A&M University - Kingsville lost 81-87 on the road to the University of Texas - Permian Basin.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Diaz has been at the team for five years.
This season his total stats are: 3.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 39.1% and FT: 61.0% in 19 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 a victory against the Menlo College 92-81 in the NAIA on Saturday night.
He recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
The The Master's College, CA has a solid 10-4 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the NAIA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
Atencia has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.0apg 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) led Fuerza Regia to a victory against the eighth-ranked Santos (14-22) 90-80 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Saturday night's game.
He scored 14 points in a mere 17 minutes.
Fuerza Regia Monterrey (32-4) is placed first in the LNBP.
This year Cortes averages: 6.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg in 22 games he played so far.
#2.Oscar Ferro Ocampo (180-G-87, currently plays in Sweden). Ferro Ocampo could not help Trelleborg (4-4) to beat Djurgarden (8-0). His contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game.
Ferro Ocampo scored only 2 points.
The fourth-placed Trelleborg (4-4) was defeated 94-86 at home by the leading Djurgarden in the Superettan group.
Ferro Ocampo's total stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 2.1rpg.
Gaiteros de Zulia (LPB) added to their roster 31-year old guard Douglas Chiquito (193-86) from Gigantes. The most of last season Chiquito spent at Guaiqueries where in 25 LPB games he recorded 5.7ppg and 1.8rpg. Chiquito also played earlier that season for Gigantes. In 15 LPB games he averaged 7.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Chiquito won Venezuelan LNB championship title in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com Al... [read more]
Gaiteros de Zulia (LPB) added to their roster 31-year old guard Douglas Chiquito (193-86) from Gigantes. The most of last season Chiquito spent at Guaiqueries where in 25 LPB games he recorded 5.7ppg and 1.8rpg. Chiquito also played earlier that season for Gigantes. In 15 LPB games he averaged 7.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Chiquito won Venezuelan LNB championship title in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 2014 1st Team back in 2014. Chiquito has played previously for four other teams: Guaros de Lara 2, Marinos, Bucaneros and Furreros between LPB and LNB. On Chiquito:
Developing player at the 1-2 positions who's starting to show a mature approach to the game when given the ball to guide his teammates and seems to be improving his long distance shots as accuracy and confidence are there with him.
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).
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