#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Paul Stoll (180-85, currently plays in Israel). He led Maccabi Haifa to a victory over the ninth-ranked Bnei Hasharon (2-5) 91-86 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game.
Stoll was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes on the court.
Maccabi Bazan Haifa (6-2) is placed second in the Winner League.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Stoll's first season with the team.
Stoll has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.6apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 81.8% in the eight games he played so far.
Stoll is a naturalized American.
He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team. Stoll used to play for Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon in Mexican league.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Earl Watson (185-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Utah Jazz (10-10) to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (15-4). Watson did not impress in that game on Friday.
He recorded only 2 points and added 8 assists.
The Utah Jazz was defeated 106-94 on the road by the Thunder.
It was Utah Jazz's third consecutive loss in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Watson's overall stats this year are: 1.9ppg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.9%.
He is a naturalized American.
Watson played for the Mexican national team in 2007.
Strangely he has never played in Mexico.
#3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in NBA). Ayon managed to help Orlando Magic in a victory against the Golden State Warriors (11-7) 102-94 in the NBA on Monday night.
He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes.
The Orlando Magic has 7-11 record this season.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
This year Ayon's overall stats are: 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 48.8% and FT: 42.9% in the 16 games.
He is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.
#4. Swingman Romel Beck (201-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV, currently plays in Israel) faced previously mentioned Paul Stoll in the Israeli Winner League last game.
Beck was not able to help Bnei Hasharon (2-5) in their game against Maccabi Haifa (6-2).
He scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
Bnei Hasharon was defeated 91-86 in Haifa by the second-ranked Maccabi.
It was Bnei Hasharon's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Beck is currently second on the league's list of top scorers.
This season he has very high stats. Beck averages: 18.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.9apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Beck is also Mexican national team player.
He used to play for Correcaminos Victoria in Mexican league.
#5. University international guard Raul Delgado (188-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the BYU in their game against the Iowa State University (0-0) in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Delgado scored only 2 points in 10 minutes.
The BYU was crushed 83-62 in Ames, IA by the Iowa State University.
This year Delgado averages just 1.3ppg in the 12 games.
He used to play for the Mexican university national team
The list of other players, who all have Mexican passport but never been selected to any of Mexican national teams:
#1.Diego Gonzalez (175-PG-84, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to Aguada's victory against the third-ranked Bigua (18-6) 101-96 in the Uruguayan LUB in Monday night's game.
Gonzalez scored 10 points and added 8 passes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Capital. Atletico Aguadais placed first.
Gonzalez's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.8apg and 1.3spg.
He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Uruguayan.
#2.Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St., currently plays in Austria) was the major contributor in an overtime Kapfenberg Bulls' victory against the closely-ranked Gussing Knights (5-4) 87-76 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday.
Sanchez recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 41 minutes.
ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (6-3) is placed second in the A Bundesliga.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Sanchez has relatively good stats this year: 14.9ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.3apg in the nine games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Sanchez used to play for Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango in Mexican league.
#3.Jaime Serna (205-F-89, college: UCSB, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked FCB Regal II (5-4) crushing them 94-74 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game.
Serna scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes.
CB Clavijo (5-4) is placed seventh in the LEB Gold.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
This year Serna's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 3.9rpg in the eight games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Mexican and Spanish.
#4.Juan Alvarez (200-F-92, currently plays in Uruguay) managed to help Atletico Bigua to win against the 11th-ranked Olimpia (10-13) 94-84 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Saturday.
Alvarez scored only 2 points.
Atletico Bigua (18-6) is placed third in Capital group.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season Alvarez averages just 1.3ppg.
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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