Soles pulled ahead in the quarterfinal series versus Panteras. The game without a history. Soles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Panteras' 40. Soles forced 19 Panteras turnovers and outrebounded them 40-26 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Panamanian forward Jamelle Horne (200-88, college: Arizona) fired 20 points for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Justin Griffin (194-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Griffin is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Soles players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) produced 19 points and Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 4 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. 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: Soles: J.Horne 20+4reb+2ast, C.Elliott 18+1reb+1ast, J.Griffin 16+4reb+4ast, J.Luis Bucio 12+3reb+1ast, R.Martinez 9+5reb+1ast, K.Gransberry 9+8reb Panteras: D.Huertas 19+3reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 13+3reb+1ast, K.Malpica 12+1reb+2ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 9, R.Melendez 6+1ast, E.Ayileke 5+3reb+2ast
Toros opened win count against Pioneros. They claimed victory in the first game at home court. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. It was a great shooting night for Toros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. American forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St.) fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU) chipped in 20 points. American point guard Jeremiah Dominguez (168-85, college: Portland St.) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and Jamaican-American point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Pioneros players scored in double figures. Pioneros' coach Josep Claros rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Toros: I.Ofoegbu 20+3reb+1ast, A.Henning 17+4reb+4ast, W.Pagan 14+4reb+4ast, J.Lopez 11+2reb+1ast, B.Angley 9+2reb+3ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 6+1reb+1ast Pioneros: H.Hernandez 14+2reb, F.Fisher 13+2reb+4ast, J.Dominguez 13+5reb+3ast, A.Scott 12+5reb+4ast, M.Robertson 10+2reb+2ast, M.Williams 8+5reb+1ast
Halcones Rojos are now 1-0 up on Fuerza Regia in the LNBP quarterfinal best-of-severn series. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-58. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Halcones Rojos made 7 blocks. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Curtis Stinson (191-83, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Mo Charlo (201-83, college: Nevada) produced 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Mario West (195-84, college: Georgia Tech) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Halc.Rojos: L.Bethelmy 23+8reb+3ast, C.Stinson 18+5reb, L.Davis 9+2reb+1ast, F.Cruz 8+7reb+4ast, D.Pinnock 4+8reb+2ast, I.Gutierrez 3+1reb Fuerza Regia: M.Charlo 15+7reb+4ast, M.West 13+5reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 8+9reb+1ast, E.Little 8+5reb+1ast, L.Allred 7+7reb, G.Giron 3+1reb
Halcones Xalapa had little problems en route the win in the opener versus Abejas. The game without a history. Halcones UV Xalapa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Halcones UV Xalapa outrebounded Abejas 49-35 including a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 21 passes made by Abejas' players. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) fired 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) produced a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Jamaican forward McHugh Mattis (198-84, college: S.Florida) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Halcones UV Xalapa and four Abejas players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Halc.Xalapa: D.Pearson 19+9reb+4ast, L.Hickerson 18+8reb+6ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 14+1reb+4ast, L.Mata 13+7reb+1ast, K.Sowell 13+4reb+4ast, F.Harris 8+1reb+2ast Abejas: E.Phelps 34+11reb+5ast, S.Pettigrew 15+5reb+4ast, M.Mattis 14+8reb+2ast, C.Castillo 11+2reb+2ast, V.Buelna 2+3reb+5ast, E.Abdu 2+3reb+1ast
Al'Lonzo Coleman (ex Agua Prieta) signs at Salon Vilpas - 1 day 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 - 2 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 - 12 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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