Experienced Panamanian Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) had a great game in the last round for Panteras and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 19. The 36-year old power forward had a double-double of 20 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out Abejas (#8, 10-9) 93-91. Panteras maintains the 5th position in Mexican LNBP. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Panteras will need more victories to improve their 12-7 record. Garcia turned to be Panteras' top player in his first season with the team. Kentucky Wesleyan College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Garcia leads league in rebounds with 11.0rpg. Garcia is in league's top in and averages solid 69.0% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Barreteros. Habel impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Barreteros lost that game 78-87 to the lower-ranked Lechugueros (#12, 6-13). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Barreteros dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Habel is a newcomer at Barreteros 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 American Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) of second-ranked Toros. Ofoegbu scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Toros, leading his team to a 106-78 easy win against the lower-ranked Gansos (#14, 3-17). Toros is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 17-2 record is not that bad... Ofoegbu has a very solid season. In 17 games in Mexico he scored 16.5ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 64.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Myron Allen (182-PG-79) of Corr.Victoria - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Donald Little (211-C-78) of Huracanes - 22 points and 3 rebounds 6. John Ruffus (207-F/C-81) of Gigantes - 31 points and 4 rebounds 7. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Gansos - 34 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Eugene Phelps (198-F) of Abejas - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Carl Elliott (193-G-83) of Soles - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Ricardo Melendez (179-PG-83) of Panteras - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 2 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)
Al'Lonzo Coleman (ex Agua Prieta) signs at Salon Vilpas - 1 day ago
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Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) landed 27-year old American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-104kg-89, college: Presbyterian). He played in the summer at Vaqueros de Agua Prieta in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 16 games he averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 8.9rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg. The last season Coleman played at Stjarnan (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 27 games he had very remarkable stats: 20.7ppg, 11.9rpg (#4 in the league), 4.4apg and 1.7spg. Coleman helped them to end the regular season as... [read more]
Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) landed 27-year old American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-104kg-89, college: Presbyterian). He played in the summer at Vaqueros de Agua Prieta in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 16 games he averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 8.9rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg. The last season Coleman played at Stjarnan (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 27 games he had very remarkable stats: 20.7ppg, 11.9rpg (#4 in the league), 4.4apg and 1.7spg. Coleman helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the Supercup final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Among other achievements Coleman played in the final of UBA in 2012. He received also NCAA Division 1 Independent Conference Player of the Year award back in 2009 at his college time. Coleman has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Coleman has played previously professionally in Argentina (MH Basket, Union de Sunchales and Banda Norte), Canada (London Lightning) and UBA (Atlanta Legends). He attended Presbyterian College until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Coleman's game is described as:
Can play both power forward and center position ... Plays great post defense ... Very Physical ... Can score on block with either hand ... Has tremendous potential with great size ... Great rebounder, both offensively and defensively ... Needs to improve intensity ... Has great work ethic.
Strengths: 'smart post player, great footwork'.
Nacional adds Puckett to their roster, ex Culiacan - 2 days ago
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Nacional De Futbol Montevideo (Ascenso) added to their roster 33-year old American power forward Benjamin Puckett (205-108kg-83, college: Clayton & State). He played this summer at Caballeros de Culiacan in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 43 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 2nd Team. The last season Puckett played at Bigua (LUB) where in 17 games he averaged rem... [read more]
Nacional De Futbol Montevideo (Ascenso) added to their roster 33-year old American power forward Benjamin Puckett (205-108kg-83, college: Clayton & State). He played this summer at Caballeros de Culiacan in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 43 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 2nd Team. The last season Puckett played at Bigua (LUB) where in 17 games he averaged remarkable 16.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.2apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Puckett's team was regular season runner-up in Chilean Liga Nacional in 2014. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Import Player of the Year back in 2011. Puckett is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in ten different countries. Puckett tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Union de Sunchales), Finland, Japan (Kagawa Five Arrows and Shimane Magic), Portugal, Uruguay (Aguada and Trouville), Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito), IBA (Gwinett Majic), Chile (Boston College), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and NEBA (Atlanta Live). Puckett attended Clayton & State until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player. On Puckett:
BJ is a complete basketball player who is able score both in the post and knock down the 3-point shot. He is a good passer, solid rebounder and a defender who uses his length to block shots. BJ is a player who wants the ball in his hands to make plays and is not afraid to take and make the clutch shot as he did many times for Clayton St.
Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Awards 2016 - 12 days ago
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Finals MVP: Marvell Waithe (205-F-87) of Mazatlan; Player of the Year: Michael Craig (196-G/F-91) of Hermosillo; Guard of the Year: Michael Craig (196-G/F-91) of Hermosillo; Forward of the Year: Marvell Waithe (205-F-87) of Mazatlan; Center of the Year: Paul Butorac (208-C/F-83) of Hermosillo; Domestic Player of the Year: Steve Monreal (180-PG-86) of Hermosillo; Import Player of the Year: Michael Craig (196-G/F-91) of Hermosillo; Defensive Player of the Year: Jeff [read more]
Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 1st Team 2016
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