#1. This week's number one is an international swingman Romel Beck (201-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV, currently plays in Israel). He led Bnei Hasharon to a victory over the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-7) 94-88 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game.
Beck was MVP of the game. He scored 30 points (!!!) in 36 minutes on the court.
Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon (5-7) is placed ninth in the Winner League.
It's Beck's first season with the team.
Beck is currently first on the list of top scorers with 19.9ppg.
He also averaged so far 3.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 65.2%(73-112), 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 83.0% in the 12 games he played so far.
Beck is a naturalized American.
He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team. Beck used to play for Correcaminos Victoria in Mexican league.
#2. Second place goes to an international point guard Paul Stoll (180-85, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League. He could not help Maccabi Haifa (8-4) in their last game on Monday. Despite Stoll's good performance Maccabi Haifa was defeated 89-84 on the road by the much lower-ranked Hapoel Holon (#10).
He scored 14 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals.
Stoll is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Stoll averages: 15.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.1apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 83.3%.
He is a naturalized American.
Stoll is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team. He used to play for Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon in Mexican league.
#3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Earl Watson (185-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Watson was not able to help the Utah Jazz (19-18) in their game against the Denver Nuggets (21-16) in the NBA.
He scored 7 points in 17 minutes.
The Utah Jazz was badly defeated 110-91 in Denver by the Nuggets.
This year Watson's overall stats are: 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 32.5% and FT: 63.6% in the 22 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Watson played for the Mexican national team six years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Mexico.
#4. Guard Raul Delgado (188-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Loyola Marymount University (1-2) crushing them 92-51 in the NCAA last Thursday.
Delgado scored 7 points in only 9 minutes.
The Brigham Young University has 3-0 conference record this season.
So far his team won all three games in the conference.
Delgado has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.3apg in the 14 games.
He used to play for the Mexican university national team
back in 2011.
The list of other players, who all have Mexican passport but never been selected to any of Mexican national teams:
#1.Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St., currently plays in Austria) led Kapfenberg Bulls to a victory against the ninth-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (5-9) 81-70 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Monday night's game.
Sanchez recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds.
ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (11-3) is placed third in the A Bundesliga.
It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
Sanchez is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league.
He has very reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.3apg.
Sanchez is a naturalized American.
He used to play for Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango in Mexican league.
#2.Jaime Serna (205-F-89, college: UCSB, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a CB Clavijo's victory against the closely-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (7-6) 77-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night.
Serna recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
CB Clavijo (6-7) is placed seventh in the LEB Gold.
It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses.
Serna's total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 4.1rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Spanish.
#3.Diego Gonzalez (175-PG-84, currently plays in Uruguay) managed to help Atletico Aguada in a victory against the ninth-ranked Montevideo BC (14-14) 105-99 in the Uruguayan LUB in Monday night's game.
Gonzalez recorded 5 points and added 9 passes in 20 minutes.
Atletico Aguadais placed first in Capital group.
Gonzalez belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7 with 5.2apg.
He also averaged so far 5.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2spg in the 26 games he played so far.
Gonzalez is another player who holds two passports: Mexican and Uruguayan.
#4.Juan Alvarez (200-F-92, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Bigua (20-8) to beat Union Atletica (19-9).
He recorded 5 points.
The third-placed Bigua was defeated 89-77 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Union Atletica (#5) in the Capital group.
This season Alvarez averages only 1.4ppg.
#5.Juan Anderson (198-F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Marquette edge the Georgetown University (0-2) 49-48 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He scored only 1 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes.
The Marquette University has 1-0 conference record this season.
This year Anderson averages just 1.4ppg in the 15 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Anderson has never played in Mexico.
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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