American Anthony Johnson (203-F-88) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Bigua and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. The 24-year old forward had the game-high 28 points adding nine rebounds for Bigua in his team's victory, helping them to crush Tabare (#12, 7-12) with 24-point margin 102-78. Bigua maintains the 2nd position in Uruguayan LUB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bigua will need more victories to improve their 15-4 record. Johnson turned to be Bigua's top player in his first season with the team. Fairfield University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.8ppg), rebounds (7th best: 9.7rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 55.7% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American guard Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Olimpia. Elliott impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Olimpia to edge the higher-ranked Un.Atletica (#3, 14-5) by 2 points 80-78. Olimpia's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Elliott is a newcomer at Olimpia and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Stanley Jones (208-C-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management) of Sayago (#9). Jones scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Sayago, leading his team to a 90-81 win against the lower-ranked Larre Borges (#16, 4-15). The chances of Sayago ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones could help Sayago to bring them higher in the standings. Jones has a very solid season. In 16 games in Uruguay he scored 15.3ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Brian Woodward (191-G-81) of Welcome - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86) of Montevideo - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of Trouville - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) of Aguada - 37 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Chris Jeffries (199-F-80) of Bigua - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) of Hebraica - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists 10. Emiliano Baston (200-F-88) of Montevideo - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 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)
Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading Malvin to beat Trouville 65-51 for the Uruguayan Super Liga. Nicolas Mazzarino (184-G-75) added 16 points and 6 assists, while Rian Pearson (193-F-90, college: Toledo) netted 13 points. For Trouville, the main scorer were Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana, agency: Pro Sports) and J.R. Giddens (196-F/G-85, college: N.Mexico, agency: Basket Management Solutions), both with just 8 poin... [read more]
Jaime Lloreda (204-C-80, college: LSU) scored 15 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-couble leading Hebraica Macabi to beat Bigua 86-80, for the Uruguayan Super Liga. Also for Hebraica, Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 19 points and 5 assists, while Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Pro Sports) scored 18 points. For Bigua, Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86, agency: Pro Sports) netted 30 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, Ricardo Glenn (202-C-9... [read more]
Urunday Universitario (LUB) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old American forward Michael Sweetney (203-131kg-82, college: Georgetown). He played there last season. In 14 LUB games he had 10.9ppg, 12.7rpg (#3 in the league), 1.5apg and 1.1bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. In 2003 Sweetney was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in first round (9th overall). He attended Georgetown Universit... [read more]
Urunday Universitario (LUB) confirmed in their roster experienced 35-year old American forward Michael Sweetney (203-131kg-82, college: Georgetown). He played there last season. In 14 LUB games he had 10.9ppg, 12.7rpg (#3 in the league), 1.5apg and 1.1bpg. A very impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. In 2003 Sweetney was drafted by New York Knicks (NBA) in first round (9th overall). He attended Georgetown University and it is his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Sweetney's team made it to the Puerto Rican BSN Semifinals in 2010 and 2012. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 1st Team back in 2010. Sweetney is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Sweetney has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou), Dominican Rep., Venezuela (Guaiqueries), NBA (Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros, Brujos and Cangrejeros), Uruguay (Atenas and Bigua), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks). He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at U Universitario. Sweetney could be described:
Can rebound and has great shooting touch. Mike catches the ball in traffic. He also has good scoring instincts in the post.
True size and athleticism are a bit of concern; great hands and knows how to score; an animal in the paint.
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