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.
Prince Obasi (ex Bucaros) is a newcomer at Kirchheim - 27 days ago
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VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Prince Obasi (193-93kg-91, college: Seattle). He played this summer at Bucaros in Colombian Liga DirecTV. In 35 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg. Obasi helped them to make it to the final. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NJCAA D1 championship title in 2010. Obasi was also voted All-WAC 2nd Team back in 2013 at his college time. Obasi... [read more]
VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Prince Obasi (193-93kg-91, college: Seattle). He played this summer at Bucaros in Colombian Liga DirecTV. In 35 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg. Obasi helped them to make it to the final. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NJCAA D1 championship title in 2010. Obasi was also voted All-WAC 2nd Team back in 2013 at his college time. Obasi has played also professionally in Colombia for Patriotas. He attended Seattle University until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Player of the Year: Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87) of Academia Guard of the Year: Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87) of Academia Forward of the Year: Titus Mims (201-F) of Aguilas Center of the Year: John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Sabios Domestic Player of the Year: Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Condores Import Player of the Year: Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87) of Academia Coach of the Year: Hernan Dario Giraldo of Academia 1st Team F: Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87) of Academia G: Stalin Orti... [read more]
Each year and after each competition latinbasket.com name its awards,here we go with the Liga Directv 2016-1 awards
Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-1 1st Team 2016
Academia that won the games 1 and 2 at home and then fall in Bucaramanga in the games 3 and 4, achieved the most important victory of his history defeating Bucaros 103-82 to claim a deserved championship of the 2016 Liga Directv , it was the third final for the Academia. The story of the game 5 did not had a good start for Bukaros since his expected savior Carl Elliot, who reach a verbal agreement with the team owner to play the definitive game with them, did not arrive after miss his fli... [read more]
Academia that won the games 1 and 2 at home and then fall in Bucaramanga in the games 3 and 4, achieved the most important victory of his history defeating Bucaros 103-82 to claim a deserved championship of the 2016 Liga Directv , it was the third final for the Academia. The story of the game 5 did not had a good start for Bukaros since his expected savior Carl Elliot, who reach a verbal agreement with the team owner to play the definitive game with them, did not arrive after miss his flight. And the start of the game itself was not good, a 0-8 partial forced Bernardo Gonzalez to call an early time out trying to motivate its players, and it worked but not for long, early in the second half Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87, college: Campbell, agency: DTMones) found his rhythm and began to score , Bukaros did not had the right mind set too many not forced turnover and bad shooting selection helped Academia to reach quickly a double digits gap, in the Academia side 5 players scored in double digits, Michael Hinestroza had another good game with 15 points and 10 rebounds. T.J. Sapp (190-G-92, college: Murray St., agency: Duran International) effort felt short his 26 pts in the night were not enough to change the story. Academia was the best team all the season, leading from the day 1 and well deserved championship for the Antioquias basketball organization.
ACADEMIA 103 - Rodriguez 32pts, Murray 16pts, Smith 15pts, Hinestroza 15pts + 10 rebs, Perez 14pts, Arboleda 7pts, Granados 2pts, Montano 2pts. BUCAROS 82 - Sapp 26pts, Almanza 10pts, Julio 8pts, Obasi 7pts, Jackson 7pts, Salazar 7pts, Bermudez 7pts, Restrepo 6pts, Parra 4pts.
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