-year old forward Meshack Lufile (203-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Cape Breton and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. He had a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Memorial (#8, 0-4) with 24-point margin 103-79. It allowed Cape Breton to take over top position in the Canadian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Cape Breton already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. It's Lufile's second year at Cape Breton and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Lufile has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 61.3% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Benny Iko (198-F) of Winnipeg. He is American forward in his 2nd season at Winnipeg. In the last game Iko recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Winnipeg to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Brandon (#8, 1-4) 103-72. This victory allowed Winnipeg to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Iko is well-known at Winnipeg and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to another Winnipeg's star - forward Steven Wesley (196-F). Wesley scored 19 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Winnipeg, helping his team with a 103-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Brandon (#8, 1-4). Winnipeg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Wesley has a very solid season. In 5 games in Canada he scored 17.6ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Kafil Eyitayo (201-F) of Concordia - 16 points and 15 rebounds 5. Jimmy Dorsey (188-G) of Cape Breton - 34 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 6. Caleb Gould) of Memorial - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Jeremy Dunn (196-F) of St.Francis X. - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Kenonte Ramsey) of Brandon - 24 points and 2 rebounds 9. Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-F-91) of Laval - 11 points and 11 rebounds 10. Sam Hattin (195-G) of Winnipeg - 15 points and 3 rebounds
The Player of the week is choosen 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)
Briercrest crushes St.Mary's in final game of semester - 9 minutes ago
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Briercrest won the tip off of their final game of the first semester, as an electric shock of cheers surged through the crowd. St. Mary's fired back strong and immediately both teams returned to their sides of the court to re-strategize as the scoreboard read, 6-2 for St. Mary. Briercrest returned with pure determination and strong vision looking to defeat St. Mary's, as Ben Kornelsen powerfully dunked the ball in the net. Directly following, a star lay up right down the middle of the cou... [read more]
Briercrest won the tip off of their final game of the first semester, as an electric shock of cheers surged through the crowd. St. Mary's fired back strong and immediately both teams returned to their sides of the court to re-strategize as the scoreboard read, 6-2 for St. Mary. Briercrest returned with pure determination and strong vision looking to defeat St. Mary's, as Ben Kornelsen powerfully dunked the ball in the net. Directly following, a star lay up right down the middle of the court executed by Ethan Da Silva wowed the crowd yet again. From the start, it was clear the Briercrest men's team meant business, as Ethan followed up authoritatively sinking another center lay up right in St. Mary's net successfully rebalancing the scoreboard 12-12. Nearing the end of the 1st quarter, Briercrest stole the lead at 18-16. Guard Daniel Reynolds sunk a confident 3-pointer and Briercrest ended the 1st quarter with authority as the scoreboard read 30-29. The 2nd quarter began with equal intensity as the players returned to the court. The speed of the game was quick, the crowd waited on the edge of their seats - yet the scoreboard still read 30-29. After the 2nd quarter was underway, Zak Tamlin (G) showed the audience his impressive skills, driving the ball into the center of St. Mary's court. Briercrest's opponents pushed back with fury, but Tamlin responded powerfully with exceptional defense. Later on, Daniel Reynolds surfaced as a proponent of Briercrest confidently sinking two foul shots advancing the scoreboard to 34-29 for Briercrest. St. Mary's continued to push back in fear but Zak Tamlin, who appeared hungry for a win, silenced their attempts wowing the crowd as he dribbled the ball in-and-out of his legs. Concluding the 2nd quarter Brandon Tolentino had a great run, Zak Tamlin continued to rise to star-status sinking a beautiful three point-shot, Da Silva demonstrated exceptional ball control, and Ben Kornelsen scored the last basket of the 1st quarter, leaving the score, 67-38 for Briercrest. As the 3rd quarter started off with another bang, Brandon Tolentino, sunk an impressive 3-pointer directly followed by an impressive lay up driven in from the outside of the court. This brought the scoreboard up to 77-49 for Briercrest. St. Mary's, in an attempt to respond, fired back, but Ethan Da Silva responded louder, confidently executing another text book play. As the 3rd quarter continued, St. Mary's tried to defend the constant attacks of Briercrest's calvary, but were unsuccessful, and they fell behind. Later on, Zak Tamlin put away another 3-pointer, Kyle Helsloot sunk a nice basket, Thomas Neustaedter made his foul shot, and Joshua Mohammed got a rebound of the second foul shot made by Neustaedter. He finished the basket and advanced Briercrest scoreboard to 105-67. As the 4th quarter bell chimes in a new quarter, St. Mary's players began to drop one-by-one slowly falling a victim to the spell of Briercrest's powerful tactics. Joshua Mohammed sunk two foul shots, and a time-out was called by Briercrest with the score sitting at 113-74. As time went on St. Mary's began to catch up, putting into question whether Briercrest efforts were enough to win this game. As St. Mary's continued to catch up, Kyle Helsloot was fouled. He sunk both his foul shots, bringing the score up to 115-81. St. Mary's continues to fight hard and exponentially increases their performance in this quarter, but is it enough? Helsloot responded with a loud resounding, "no" with only seconds left on the clock, slamming down the most energetic and biggest slam dunk of the season communicating to St. Mary's that this is their home town and it's their victory. Briercrest claimed the game, taking victory with the final score of 117-83. Brandon Tolentino was the Briercrest Player of the Game with five rebounds, six assists and 26 points. Courtesy of: acac.ab.ca
Big fourth quarter gives WolfPack win over Timberwolves - 16 minutes ago
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The Thompson Rivers University men's basketball team went on a 22-5 run in the last five minutes of the game and went on to defeat the UNBC Timberwolves 92-80 Saturday night at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre. It was the WolfPack's second-straight win over the Timberwolves and their fourth-straight of the season. TRU now improves to an even .500 record at 5-5 in Canada West play. It was the second-straight loss for the Timberwolves who now fall to 4-6. "That's four consecutive wins... [read more]
The Thompson Rivers University men's basketball team went on a 22-5 run in the last five minutes of the game and went on to defeat the UNBC Timberwolves 92-80 Saturday night at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre. It was the WolfPack's second-straight win over the Timberwolves and their fourth-straight of the season. TRU now improves to an even .500 record at 5-5 in Canada West play. It was the second-straight loss for the Timberwolves who now fall to 4-6. "That's four consecutive wins for us," said WolfPack head coach Scott Clark. "We put ourselves in position to be in position (for the playoffs). Now we can come back with intensity and see what happens." TRU had two players with double-doubles. Fifth-year forward Volodymyr Iegorov (201-F) finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Fourth-year guard Luke Morris (193-F) had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Third-year guard Derek Rhodes (196-G, college: Sacramento CC) netted 23 points. "He can play in the post or on the perimeter and that causes issues for people," Clark said about his big forward Iegorov. "His flexibility is something that poses problems and you saw that tonight." UNBC's attack was led by second-year forward Anthony Hokanson (195-G) with 19 points. Freshman guard Tyrell Laing had 15 points, while Sam Zhang had nine points. Vaggelis Loukas (196-F) was the team's top rebounder with nine. UNBC was up 40-33 at half-time, and with Loukas and Austin Chandler on the bench due to foul trouble, TRU started pounding it inside. Their success in the paint, along with hot three-point shooting helped the WolfPack erase the deficit. In the fourth quarter, Chandler fouled out for the Timberwolves and UNBC held a 75-70 advantage at the 5:43 mark. TRU then went on a 16-0 run to go up 86-75 and earn the victory. "Due to some foul trouble tonight, we got small," said UNBC head coach Todd Jordan. "They pounded it inside on us and hurt us. Anytime you give up close to 60 points in a half, it's going to be tough to win a ball game." The game was the last in Canada West play until 2017. The WolfPack host the University of Victoria Vikings on Jan. 6-7, while UNBC travels to Lethbridge to battle the Pronghorns Jan. 6-7. Courtesy of: canadawest.org
ALBA Berlin (BBL) is close to sign experienced 35-year old Canadian international guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii) who currently plays forIberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in Spain. In 6 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg this season. He also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg. English also spent pre-season at RETAbet Bilbao Basket (also in Liga Endesa) in Spanish earlier that year. In 2003 he... [read more]
ALBA Berlin (BBL) is close to sign experienced 35-year old Canadian international guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii) who currently plays for Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in Spain. In 6 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg this season. He also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged impressive 15.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg. English also spent pre-season at RETAbet Bilbao Basket (also in Liga Endesa) in Spanish earlier that year. In 2003 he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (CBA) in fourth round (25th overall). English attended University of Hawaii and it is his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals in 2012. English was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Newcomer of the Year in 2015. He has been also a member of Canadian international program for some years. English has regularly played for Canadian senior team since 2005 and previously for U21 National Team back in 2000. He represented Canada at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) last year. English's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg. English is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. English has played previously professionally in Croatia (KK Zadar), Italy (Virtus Bologna), Puerto Rico (Caciques), Spain (Joventut, Baskonia, Movil Estudiantes, Sevilla and Gran Canaria), Greece (AEK Athens) and D-League (Florida F.). He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at ALBA Berlin.
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