American Travis Gabbidon (201-F) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Guerreros and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 13. The -year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Guerreros in his team's victory, helping them to beat Fuerza Regia (#11, 5-7) 107-101. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Guerreros maintains the 13th position in Mexican LNBP. Guerreros is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-9 record. Gabbidon turned to be Guerreros' top player in his first season with the team. The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gabbidon is in league's top in points (6th best: 22.6ppg) and averages solid 56.4% FGP. Worth to mention Gabbidon played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) of Panteras. Garcia impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead Panteras to another comfortable win 87-71 over Abejas (8-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Panteras to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Garcia is a newcomer at Panteras and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Fuerza Regia (#11). Efejuku got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. Despite Efejuku's great performance Fuerza Regia lost 101-107 to slightly lower-ranked Guerreros (#13, 4-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Fuerza Regia ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Efejuku could help Fuerza Regia to bring them higher in the standings. Efejuku has a very solid season. In 4 games in Mexico he scored 21.8ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jason Horton (188-G-86) of Barreteros - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists 5. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Halc.Xalapa - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists 6. McHugh Mattis (198-F-84) of Abejas - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Halc.Xalapa - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists 8. Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88) of Soles - 23 points and 8 rebounds 9. Mike Williams (201-F/C-85) of Pioneros - 25 points and 8 rebounds 10. Roman Martinez (201-F-88) of Soles - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is choosen 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)
Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA) signed experienced 36-year old Trinidad and Tobago ex-international point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Caballeros de Culiacan as he has played here before. Young just played at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 8 games he had 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg this season. The last summer Young played at Caballeros de Culiacan where in 34 CIBACOPA games he recorded very impressive... [read more]
Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA) signed experienced 36-year old Trinidad and Tobago ex-international point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Caballeros de Culiacan as he has played here before. Young just played at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 8 games he had 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg this season. The last summer Young played at Caballeros de Culiacan where in 34 CIBACOPA games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.1apg. In 2007 (two years after he left the college) Young was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in ninth round (126th overall). The former Auburn University staris in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Young's team made it to the Puerto Rican BSN Cup final in 2013. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships 2nd Team back in 2009. Young represented Trinidad and Tobago at the CBC Championships in Tortilla (BVI) eight years ago. He is quite experienced player. Young has played in fifteen different countries on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil (Macae), Dominican Rep., France, Germany, Iran, Italy (Imola and Cantini Lorano), Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela (Gaiteros), Puerto Rico (Brujos, Cangrejeros and Mets), Egypt (Al Ahly), Mexico (Lechugueros) and Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco). It's very possible he may end his playing career at Culiacan. Young could be described:
Very strong combination guard ... very good scorer ... can play the point guard position ... very good shooter ... good ball-handler ... good defender.
LNBP Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Toros claim semifinal appearance - 5 days ago
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Panteras - Toros 59-71 Toros upset Panteras in Game 4 of the quarterfinal series to seal their semifinal appearance. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-59. Toros outrebounded Panteras 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The former international center Lorenzo Mata (205-86, agency: Pro Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Ameri... [read more]
Toros upset Panteras in Game 4 of the quarterfinal series to seal their semifinal appearance. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-59. Toros outrebounded Panteras 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The former international center Lorenzo Mata (205-86, agency: Pro Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 16 points. Toros' coach Jose Martinez Boglio used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Fernando Benitez (204-89) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Karim Scott (-88) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Panteras: F.Benitez 14+10reb+3ast, J.Villalobos 12+3reb, K.Scott 12+2reb+4ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 6+2reb, R.Cotto 6+2reb+3ast, I.Gutierrez 5+4reb+1ast Toros: A.Henning 16+3reb, L.Mata 11+10reb, R.Nelson 10+3reb+2ast, W.Pagan 8+3reb+4ast, Q.Gonzalez 8+1reb+2ast, A.Franklin 6+8reb
LNBP Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Garzas, Soles and Fuerza Regia advance into semis - 6 days ago
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Barreteros - Garzas 75-98 Garzas fired past Barreteros to seal their semifinal appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Garzas. Barreteros managed to win second period 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Barreteros 37-26 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Garzas looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for Puerto Rican forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global... [read more]
Garzas fired past Barreteros to seal their semifinal appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Garzas. Barreteros managed to win second period 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Barreteros 37-26 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Garzas looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for Puerto Rican forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Stephen Soriano (200-85, college: Colorado Mesa) helped adding 23 points. Garzas' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Barreteros: B.Puckett 19+6reb+1ast, P.Marigney 17+4reb+2ast, B.Provost 16+7reb+4ast, M.Gwynne 12+3reb+3ast, C.Jones 9+5reb+6ast, S.Escobar 2 Garzas: S.Soriano 23+4reb+3ast, M.Samarco 22+2reb+2ast, W.Orozco 19+11reb+1ast, T.White 17+2reb+8ast, B.Manjarres 8+5reb+6ast, A.Oriakhi 5+1reb
Soles cruised past Indios on the road to sweep the series. The game was mostly controlled by Soles. Ciudad was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot 60.6 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Soles especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!). The former international point guard Pedro Meza (186-85, college: Arizona W. CC, agency: Pro Sports) accounted for 12 points and 6 assists for the winning side. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with 32 points and forward Jorge Camacho (203-89, college: E.Kentucky) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Ciudad in the defeat. 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: Indios: M.Morrison 32+3reb, A.Solares 11+3reb+3ast, J.Camacho 11+6reb+2ast, L.Gibson 8+3reb+1ast, T.Bennett 6+6reb+6ast, J.Avalos 6 Soles: J.Keenan 34+4reb+3ast, L.Martinez 14+6reb, P.Meza 12+4reb+6ast, J.Robinson 9+1reb+3ast, A.Perez 9+2reb+5ast, J.Carter 8+2reb
Panteras toppled Toros to force the fourth game in the quarterfinal series. Toros trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 29-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 70-79 at the end of the game. Panteras made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Panteras outrebounded Toros 41-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Toros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international center Isaac Gutierrez (204-84) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. The former international power forward Fernando Benitez (204-89) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Roberto Nelson (190-91, college: Oregon St.) who recorded 16 points and 8 assists and the other American import forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Pro Sports) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Toros' coach Jose Martinez Boglio rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Toros: R.Nelson 16+2reb+8ast, A.Henning 16+5reb+2ast, A.Franklin 10+5reb+1ast, Q.Gonzalez 5+4reb+2ast, L.Mata 5+4reb, J.Manuel Esteva 4+5reb+2ast Panteras: I.Gutierrez 21+12reb+3ast, F.Benitez 18+8reb+1ast, K.Scott 10+4reb+4ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 9+5reb+2ast, J.Villalobos 6+1reb, R.Cotto 6+1reb+3ast
Fuerza Regia claim the semifinal tickets as they beat Santos on the road. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Regia. Santos was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international Hector Hernandez (205-85, college: Fresno St., agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. International forward Juan Anderson (198-93, college: Marquette) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Greg Smith (198-91, college: Colorado St.) added 23 points in the effort for Santos. Five Fuerza Regia and four Santos players scored in double figures. Santos' coach Andres Contreras tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Top scorers: Santos: G.Smith 23+4reb+1ast, B.West 21+8reb+2ast, X.Roberson 11+1reb+1ast, I.Avalos 10+1reb+1ast, F.Rosales 5+1reb, L.Ramirez 5+2reb+3ast Fuerza Regia: H.Hernandez 17+4reb+2ast, A.Panko 14+3reb+3ast, J.Anderson 14+6reb+2ast, C.Cortes 14+2reb, C.Rivera 12+1reb+6ast, J.Akindele 10+7reb+2ast
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