Naturalized Spanish guard Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hebraica, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27. The 27-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, four rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Bohemios (#8, 14-13) 98-88. Hebraica is placed at 4th position in Spanish LUB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hebraica will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. In the team's last game Barrera had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Hebraica and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Gustavo Barrera has solid league stats. He is league's best passer with 7.4apg. Barrera is in league's top in and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Brian Woodward (191-G-81) of Welcome. Woodward had a very good evening with 35 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Welcome lost that game 73-80 to slightly higher-ranked Cordon (#12, 10-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Welcome keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-17 record. Woodward is a newcomer at Welcome, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Christopher Hayes (206-F-87) of Aguada (#6). Hayes showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Hayes' great performance Aguada lost 85-89 to the lower-ranked Defensor (#9, 13-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Aguada needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 11 lost games. Hayes has a very solid season. In 26 games in Uruguay he scored 16.3ppg. He also has 9.0rpg and FGP: 52.9%. Hayes attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Travis Garrison (203-F-84) of Cordon - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86) of Montevideo - 29 points and 3 rebounds 6. Kyle Hunt (207-F) of Olimpia - 26 points and 9 rebounds 7. Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85) of Aguada - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Paul Crosby (203-C) of Montevideo - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Defensor - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Olimpia - 28 points, 9 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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