Abejas grabbed the lead in the eighth-final series versus Huracanes. They held off their opponents at home court and would be looking to wrap up the series later tonight. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Abejas's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-9 extending their advantage to 18 points. It was a good game for American-Jamaican forward McHugh Mattis (198-84, college: S.Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Abraham Sandoval contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Abejas players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) answered with 18 points and American swingman Edward Basden (196-83, college: Charlotte) added 8 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Huracanes. Top scorers: Huracanes: O.Quintero 18+3reb+3ast, R.Zamora 13+4reb, J.Farrera 10+4reb, E.Basden 8+12reb, J.Gonzalez 4+1ast, C.Tate 4+2reb Abejas: M.Mattis 17+16reb+4ast, A.Sandoval 17+5reb+2ast, S.Pettigrew 16+2reb+1ast, V.Buelna 11+5reb+4ast, C.Castillo 8+2reb+1ast, C.Castillo 4+2reb+1ast
Fuerza Regia needed overtime to tame Barreteros on the road sweeping the eighth-final series. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 21-15 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Fuerza Regia outrebounded Barreteros 51-31 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Barreteros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 20 rebounds. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American forward Ramiro Loera Almanza (196-81, college: Cameron) who recorded 21 points and Puerto Rican-American forward Florentino Valencia (198-85, college: Toledo, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 19 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Barreteros: R.Loera Almanza 21+3reb+1ast, F.Valencia 19+4reb, P.Gonzalez 16+2reb+2ast, S.Escobar 9+11reb+2ast, J.Habel 8+5reb+2ast, R.Navarro 5+3reb+3ast Fuerza Regia: M.West 21+2reb+3ast, E.Little 18+7reb+1ast, L.Allred 15+20reb, A.Izaguirre 12+6reb, M.Charlo 10+9reb+1ast, S.Monreal 5+2reb+4ast
Pioneros slamed Corr.Victoria on the road and clinched the quarterfinal stage appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Pioneros. Correcaminos was better in second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros shot 62.1 percent from the field. Pioneros outrebounded Correcaminos 39-21 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. It was a good game for the former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international guard Forrest Fisher (193-80) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Pioneros players scored in double figures. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) answered with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Brandon Robinson (202-81, college: Auburn, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Correcaminos. 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: Corr.Victoria: M.Allen 21+6reb+5ast, B.Robinson 19+10reb+1ast, M.Gainous 11+3reb, L.Keeler 9, J.Hutchingson Mejia 8+1ast, F.Sanchez 6+1reb Pioneros: H.Hernandez 26+6reb, F.Fisher 17+4reb+1ast, S.Soriano 16+5reb, M.Robertson 10+2reb+1ast, J.Dominguez 10+9reb+1ast, A.Scott 9+2reb+1ast
Panteras upset Lechugueros away from home to advance into the next round of the competition. Lechugueros were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Panteras players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Lechugueros were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Puerto Rican swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory with 29 points. Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Trinidad and Tobago-American point guard Ian Young (191-81, college: Auburn) answered with 32 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Conor Turley (200, college: Pennsylvania) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lechugueros. Top scorers: Lechugueros: I.Young 32+6ast, C.Turley 18+7reb+1ast, E.Cuen 10+3reb+1ast, B.Camara 6+11reb+2ast, W.Funn 6+2reb+13ast, G.Preer 5+2reb Panteras: D.Huertas 29+4reb+3ast, R.Melendez 22+6reb+3ast, A.Garcia 11+12reb+7ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 9+3reb, K.Malpica 8+6reb+5ast, E.Ayileke 8+4reb
Al'Lonzo Coleman (ex Agua Prieta) signs at Salon Vilpas - 4 days 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 - 5 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 - 15 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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