#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.
Glover's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 4 hours ago
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29-year old forward Michael Glover (203-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Obregon and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Los Mochis (#9, 0-2) with 27-point margin 84-57. Obregon maintains the 2nd position in Mexican league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Obregon won both games without losing any. It... [read more]
29-year old forward Michael Glover (203-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Obregon and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. He had a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Los Mochis (#9, 0-2) with 27-point margin 84-57. Obregon maintains the 2nd position in Mexican league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Obregon won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Glover just recently signed at Obregon and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Iona College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Glover is in league's top in points (7th best: 21.0ppg) and averages solid 56.5% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato. He is American swingman in his first season at Navolato. In the last game Mitchell recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Navolato lost that game 81-90 to Guasave (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Mitchell is one of the most experienced players at Navolato and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.5ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.5rpg and 6.5apg.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Myck Kabongo (191-G-92) of Hermosillo (#8). Kabongo scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Kabongo's great performance Hermosillo lost 69-84 to Guaymas (1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hermosillo needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Kabongo has a very solid season. In 2 games in Mexico he scored 19.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Benjamin Puckett (205-C-83) of Culiacan - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) of Obregon - 26 points and 7 rebounds 6. Taj Gray (204-F/C-84) of Mazatlan - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Navolato - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Guaymas - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Grandy Glaze (204-F) of Culiacan - 25 points and 5 rebounds 10. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 9 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)
LNBP Round 2 of Finals. Fuerza Regia clinch first win - 1 day ago
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Fuerza Regia - Soles 66-49 Fuerza Regia bounced back from the starting loss in the title series and rallied past Soles de Mexicali to even the series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Regia. Soles managed to win fourth quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Regia dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Soles' 18. They outrebounded Soles 41-27 including a 36-25 advantage in defe... [read more]
Fuerza Regia bounced back from the starting loss in the title series and rallied past Soles de Mexicali to even the series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Regia. Soles managed to win fourth quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Regia dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Soles' 18. They outrebounded Soles 41-27 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fuerza Regia looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Andy Panko (203-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 4 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Puerto Rican point guard Filiberto Rivera (189-82, college: UTEP) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) produced 13 points and naturalized American center Santiago Ibarra-Aguirre (203-85, college: Westmont, agency: Pro Sports) added 2 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Fuerza Regia: F.Rivera 12+1reb+7ast, A.Parada 11+3reb+1ast, H.Hernandez 11+8reb, J.Anderson 11+3reb+2ast, P.John Hernandez 6+2reb, J.Akindele 4+7reb+2ast Soles: J.Keenan 13+3reb+1ast, L.Martinez 9+1reb+1ast, A.Perez Kaufmann 8+2reb+1ast, J.David Estrada 5+3reb+2ast, O.Richards 4+1reb+2ast, J.Carter 3+3reb+1ast
LNBP Round 1 of Finals. Soles clinch opening victory - 2 days ago
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Fuerza Regia - Soles 75-78 Soles upset Fuerza Regia on the road to gain 1-0 lead in the championship series. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 18-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Soles dominated on the defensive end, holding Fuerza Regia to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Fuerza Regia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American p... [read more]
Soles upset Fuerza Regia on the road to gain 1-0 lead in the championship series. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 18-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Soles dominated on the defensive end, holding Fuerza Regia to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Fuerza Regia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) fired 34 points (!!!) for the winners. Naturalized American guard Luke Martinez (193-90, college: Wyoming, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Andy Panko (203-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket) produced 23 points and 6 assists and international forward Juan Anderson (198-93, college: Marquette) added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Fuerza Regia: A.Panko 23+4reb+6ast, J.Anderson 21+5reb+6ast, F.Rivera 8+2reb+3ast, C.Cortes 8+1reb+1ast, J.Akindele 7+6reb, H.Hernandez 6+4reb+4ast Soles: J.Keenan 34+3reb+1ast, L.Martinez 17+5reb+3ast, A.Perez Kaufmann 10+4reb+9ast, J.Robinson 5+7reb, C.Perez 4+3reb+2ast, S.Ibarra Aguirre 2+5reb+6ast
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