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Karel Guzman selected the top Cuban playing abroad in last week's games - Nov 6, 2018


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KAREL GUZMAN
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Cubans who are currently playing abroad.


Karel Guzman
Karel Guzman
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Karel Guzman (188-95, currently plays in Argentina). He led Olimpico de La Banda to a 3-point victory against the fourth-ranked Libertad Sunchales (3-5) 87-84 in the Argentinian La Liga in Tuesday night's game. Guzman scored 15 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals in 34 minutes on the court. Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (3-5) is placed fifth in Group B. It's Guzman's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 60.6%(40-66), 3FGP: 29.0% and FT: 60.5% in 11 games he played so far. Guzman is currently a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Jasiel Rivero
Jasiel Rivero
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jasiel Rivero (204-93, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Boca Juniors (3-5) in their last game. Despite Rivero's very good performance the fourth-placed Boca Juniors (3-5) lost 77-87 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos in the Group C. He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Rivero also added 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Rivero has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(48-87), 3FGP: 23.3% and FT: 62.2% in 10 games. He is in the roster of the Cuban senior national team.

Yoanki Mensia
Yoanki Mensia
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Yoanki Mensia (197-97, currently plays in Argentina). Mensia was not able to help Gimnasia in their game against Ferrocarril (4-4) in the Argentinian La Liga. He recorded 5 points. Gimnasia (#2) was defeated 75-65 in Buenos Aires by the lower-ranked Ferrocarril (#3) in the Group D. This season Mensia averages: 3.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 39.3% and FT: 43.8%. He is also a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #4. An experienced swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (191-85, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Telekom Baskets (3-3) in their game against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (2-3) in the German BBL. Bartolo scored 7 points in 26 minutes. Telekom Baskets lost 79-83 in Frankfurt to the lower-ranked (#11) Deutsche Bank Skyliners. It was Telekom Baskets' third consecutive loss in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Bartolo's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg in six games. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2011.

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #5. International center Javier Justiz (205-92, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Zaragoza's victory against the closely-ranked CB Canarias (4-3) 88-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points and blocked 2 blocks. Tecnyconta Zaragoza (3-4) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Justiz's total stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He plays currently for the Cuban national team.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #6. Power forward Grismay Paumier (205-88, currently plays in France) couldn't help Saint Chamond (3-1) in their game against Entente Orleans 45 (4-0) in the French ProB (second division). Paumier recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Saint Chamond this season. Saint Chamond was badly defeated 86-69 in Orleans by the leading Entente 45. It was Saint Chamond's first loss after three consecutive victories. Paumier is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team nine years ago.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #7. Former international forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) managed to help HLA Alicante to win against the second-ranked Villarrobledo (5-1) 76-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points. HLA Alicante (4-2) is placed fourth in East group. Elias' total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team nine years ago.


The list of other players, who all have Cuban passport but never been selected to any of Cuban national teams:

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to AEK's victory against the eighth-ranked JDA Dijon (1-4) 90-80 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. He recorded 10 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. AEK Athens (3-1) is placed second in group C. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Sant-Roos averages: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg and 3.0spg.

   #2. Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz (185-PG-97, currently plays in Belgium). Casero-Ortiz could not help Okapi Aalstar (2-4) to beat Oostende (5-1). He scored 7 points and added 4 passes in 28 minutes. Okapi Aalstar lost 77-86 on the road to the leading Oostende. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Casero-Ortiz's total stats are: 6.3ppg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg in six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and Belgian. Despite Casero-Ortiz's Cuban passport, he currently plays for the Belgian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Cuban team.

   #3. Juaquin Duarte (192-G-88, currently plays in Mexico) was not able to help Santos in their game against Fuerza Regia (6-2) in the Mexican LNBP (second division). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Duarte scored only 3 points in 2 minutes on the court. Santos (#6) lost 82-89 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Fuerza Regia in the North group. It was Santos' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Duarte averages just 0.6ppg in five games.

   #4. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Baltur Cento's victory against the 15th-ranked Cagliari DA (1-5) 87-76 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Moreno scored 7 points and added 5 passes in 23 minutes. Baltur Cento (4-2) is placed third in East group. This year Moreno's total stats are: 6.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.7spg in six games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and Italian. Despite Moreno's Cuban nationality, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Cuban team.

   #5. Marlon Diaz (200-F-98, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for La Union (4-4) in their game against Rocamora (4-1) in the Argentinian La Liga Argentina (second division). Diaz cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. La Union (#3) was defeated 76-70 on their home court in Colon by the second-ranked Rocamora in the South - C.South group. Diaz's total stats this season are: 1.0ppg and 2.3rpg.

  




Jasiel
Rivero
Jasiel Rivero's 35 points make him top Cuban player abroad of the week - 3 days ago
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Cuban players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international power forward Jasiel Rivero (204-93, agency: Pro Sports). He led Boca Juniors to a surprising victory over the league leader Quimsa in the Argentinian La Liga in Wednesday night's game.    [read more]

Jasiel
Rivero
Jasiel Rivero selected the top Cuban playing abroad in last week's games - 10 days ago
We bring you last week's top performances from Cubans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91)to an overtime victory against the 11th-ranked Lavrio in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game.    [read more]
Artemisa and Villa Clara share the top - 12 days ago
Artemisa and Villa Clara share the top with 11-7 records. Last night Artemisa beat Sancti Spiritus 76:72 with a strong first half. Camaguey meanwhile edged Villa Clara 93:88. The latter produced a massive 30-15 surge at the end of the game, but could not save the game. Earlier Villa Clara beat Guantanamo 101-98. Andy Bofill and Didier Gonzalez stepped up for the winners with 22 points each. SORIA Yoannis replied with 33 points and ROUSSEAUX Ernesto scored 26.   [read more]


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