#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.
Gustavo Ayon(207-111kg-85, college:San Jose State)andReal Madrid(Liga Endesa)have reached an agreement on a deal that will keep the Mexican center in the team for the next three years.He has played there for the last two seasons. In 42 Liga Endesa games he recorded 10.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg last season. Ayon helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish Liga Endesa All-I... [read more]
Gustavo Ayon (207-111kg-85, college: San Jose State) and Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) have reached an agreement on a deal that will keep the Mexican center in the team for the next three years. He has played there for the last two seasons. In 42 Liga Endesa games he recorded 10.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg last season. Ayon helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish Liga Endesa All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Ayon also played 27 games in Euroleague where he averaged 11.6ppg, 7.9rpg (#4 in the league), 2.3apg, 1.8spg (in top 2) and 1.3bpg. Ayon contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
He attended San Jose State until 2007 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
CIBACOPA Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Mazatlan and Tijuana record victories - 1 month ago
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Mazatlan - Guaymas 84-81 Mazatlan outscored Guaymas to take 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. Canadian forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas) scored 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jeff Ledbetter (190-88, college: Idaho) chipped in 25 points during the contest. American swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Paul Marig... [read more]
Mazatlan outscored Guaymas to take 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. Canadian forward Marvell Waithe (205-87, college: Arkansas) scored 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jeff Ledbetter (190-88, college: Idaho) chipped in 25 points during the contest. American swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 20 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Mazatlan: M.Waithe 26+9reb+1ast, J.Ledbetter 25+2reb+1ast, K.Roberson 15+8reb+1ast, C.Stinson 10+2reb+4ast, J.Valdez 4+1reb, J.Alfredo Casillas 2+2reb Guaymas: P.Marigney 20+5ast, D.Green 16+8reb+1ast, L.Flores 13+3reb+2ast, F.Benitez 12+6reb+1ast, O.Giron 8+1reb+3ast, J.Bocot 7+2reb
Tijuana eked out a narrow road win over Hermosillo to even the series at 1-1. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-94. American players dominated the game. Swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) saved the victory by scoring 29 points and 4 assists. Forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Michael Craig (196-91, college: S.Mississippi) replied with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) added 23 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Rayos de Hermosillo. Four Tijuana Zonkeys and five Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Tijuana: D.Mitchell 29+4reb+4ast, M.Ammons 17+11reb, L.Ramirez 16+2reb+2ast, A.Solares 11+6reb+5ast, A.Parada 9+1reb+2ast, T.Lathan 8+4reb Hermosillo: M.Craig 26+9reb+5ast, E.Little 23+8reb+3ast, A.McKinnie 15+14reb, P.Butorac 11+3reb, S.Monreal 10+3reb+4ast, J.Camacho 5+2reb
Bayer Giants land Damon Smith, ex Obregon - 1 month ago
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Bayer Giants Leverkusen (ProB) landed 28-year old American power forward Damon Smith (200-102kg-88, college: Mary). He played in the summer at Obregon in Mexican league. In 25 LNBP games he averaged 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.7apg. Among other achievements Smith's team made it to the Danish Cup Final Four in 2013. He received also All-NSIC 2nd Team award back in 2012 at his college time. Smith has played previously professionally in Denmark (SISU Copenhagen) and Germany (Titans). He attended U... [read more]
Bayer Giants Leverkusen (ProB) landed 28-year old American power forward Damon Smith (200-102kg-88, college: Mary). He played in the summer at Obregon in Mexican league. In 25 LNBP games he averaged 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.7apg. Among other achievements Smith's team made it to the Danish Cup Final Four in 2013. He received also All-NSIC 2nd Team award back in 2012 at his college time. Smith has played previously professionally in Denmark (SISU Copenhagen) and Germany (Titans). He attended University of Mary until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
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