#1. This week's number one is an international guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). He led Asefa Estudiantes to a victory over the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (5-5) crushing them 89-66 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game.
English was MVP of the game. He recorded 39 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) in 31 minutes on the court.
Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (6-4) is placed eighth in the ACB.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's English's first year with the team.
English is the league's top scorer with 20.2ppg.
He also averaged so far 3.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 45.3%(29-64) and FT: 88.1% in the 10 games he played so far.
English played for the Canadian senior national team one years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Eurocup). He contributed to a Triumph Lyubertsy's victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (1-3) 82-77 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night.
Landry recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Triumph Lyubertsy (4-0) is placed first in the Eurocup.
So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season.
There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Landry belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5 with 7.8rpg.
This year his other stats are: 10.3ppg, 2FGP: 58.1%(18-31) and FT: 62.5% in the four games.
Landry played for the Canadian national team in 2009.
#3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-14) in their last game. Despite Thompson's good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 79-89 on the road to the Detroit Pistons.
He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Thompson also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Thompson has relatively good stats this year: 8.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 44.5% and FT: 58.8% in the 18 games.
He played for the Canadian U19 national team three years ago.
#4. Guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Khimik (11-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite Joseph's very good performance Khimik was defeated 92-85 at home by the lower-ranked Cherkasy (#9).
He was the top scorer with 18 points. Joseph also added 7 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls.
It's Joseph's first season with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg.
Joseph used to play for the Canadian U19 national team
back in 2007.
#5. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) was the major contributor in Leiden's victory against the closely-ranked Groningen (8-4) crushing them 70-48 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game.
He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (11-2) is placed first in the Eredivisie.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Bekkering has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4apg in the 13 games.
He used to play for the Canadian university national team
three years ago.
#6. Forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to secure a victory for CSM Bucuresti (7-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Shepherd's very good performance CSM Bucuresti was defeated 96-88 on their home court in Bucuresti by the lower-ranked Rovinari (#4).
He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Shepherd also added 7 rebounds.
Shepherd is currently second on the league's list of top scorers.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Shepherd averages: 21.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg.
He is international player as he played for the Canadian senior team one years ago.
#7. Former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Milwaukee Bucks (8-8) in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-8) in the NBA. Dalembert cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes.
The Milwaukee Bucks lost 85-95 in Minnesota to the Timberwolves.
This year Dalembert's overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 4.8rpg in the 13 games.
He used to play for the Canadian national team
four years ago.
#8. Center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in their last game on Sunday. Despite Morrison's very good performance Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was defeated 89-82 in Weissenfels by the much lower-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (#16).
He was the top scorer with 19 points. Morrison also added 9 rebounds.
Morrison is currently fourth on the list of best blockers.
He has very reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3bpg.
Morrison used to play for the Canadian national team
back in 2009.
#9. U19 international point guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Boston Coll. win their game against the The Pennsylvania State University 73-61 in the NCAA last Wednesday.
He scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
The Boston College has conference record this season.
Hanlan's stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.
He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team
#10. Forward Mike Tuck (201-83, college: Loyola, MD, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the main contributor in a Sheffield One Health Sharks' victory against the closely-ranked Durham Wildcats (3-9) 88-73 in the British BBL on Sunday night.
Tuck was the best player in that game. He recorded 27 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 40 minutes.
Sheffield One Health Sharks (3-8) is placed ninth in the BBL.
They ended the series of three consecutive loses.
Tuck averaged so far 10.9ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.6apg in the 10 games.
He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.
#11. U19 international guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, currently studies in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the Bradley University 74-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Stauskas scored 22 points.
Stauskas' stats this season are: 10.9ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.6apg.
He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team
#12. Former U17 international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, is currently at the American university) helped UNLV win their game against the University of California-Irvine crushing them 85-57 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Bennett is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place).
This year he has very good stats: 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg in the six games.
Bennett used to play for the Canadian U17 national team
back in 2010.
#13. Former University international forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, currently plays in Germany) helped SC Rasta Vechta win their game against one of league's weakest teams Oettinger Rockets Gotha 86-72 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday.
Doerksen was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes.
Doerksen averaged so far 13.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3spg in the nine games.
He used to play for the Canadian university national team
three years ago.
#14. International forward Murphy Burnatowski (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Colgate in their last game on Saturday. Despite Burnatowski's very good performance the Colgate was defeated 70-63 in Ithaca, NY by the Cornell University.
He scored 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Burnatowski averaged so far 13.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3spg.
He used to play for the Canadian national team
#15. International forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Carl English in the Spanish ACB last game.
Kendall couldn't help Blusens Monbus in their game against Asefa Estudiantes.
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
His team was crushed by 23 points 89-66.
Kendall is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league.
He has very solid stats this season: 14.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg.
Kendall used to play for the Canadian national team
The list of other players, who all have Canadian passport but never been selected to any of Canadian national teams:
#1.Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the San Antonio Spurs (14-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated 105-100 on the road by the Miami Heat.
Bonner recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Bonner has been at the team for seven years.
This season he averages: 4.2ppg and 1.6rpg.
Bonner is a naturalized American.
#2.Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Orlando Magic (7-10) in their game against the Brooklyn Nets (11-5) in the NBA. Despite his good performance in Friday night's game He recorded 12 points.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
This season Nicholson averages: 6.6ppg and 2.3rpg.
#3.Dwight Powell (208-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Stanford to a victory against the Denver University 71-58 in the NCAA last Sunday.
He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes.
The Stanford University has conference record this season.
Powell's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3bpg in the 11 games he played so far.
#4.Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for BK Pardubice (7-6) in their game against NH Ostrava (12-2) in the Czech Republic NBL. Despite his very good performance on Wednesday night He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Muirhead also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Muirhead is currently third on the list of best rebounders.
This season he has very good stats: 13.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.
Muirhead has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.
#5.Justin Edwards (190-G-92, currently studies in the States) contributed to Maine's surprising victory against the Northeastern University 76-73 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
He scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes.
The University of Maine has conference record this season.
Edwards' stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in the 12 games.
#6.Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against the closely-ranked Start Gdynia 76-69 in the Polish TBL last Saturday.
Wright recorded 10 points in 23 minutes.
This year Wright's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 3.0rpg in the 10 games.
#7.Juevol Myles (185-G-89, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis crushing them 88-68 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists.
Myles' total stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 3.0rpg.
#8.Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, currently plays in Holland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Rotterdam 88-70 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Sunday night's game.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes.
Sihota averaged so far 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg in the six games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Indian and Canadian.
#9.Daniel Mullings (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a N.Mexico St.'s victory against the University of Southern Mississippi 68-60 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Mullings recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds.
Mullings averaged so far 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg.
#10.Dejan Kravic (211-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Texas Tech win their game against the Jackson State University 84-75 in the NCAA in Monday night's game.
He scored 16 points, had 8 rebounds and made 5 blocks.
Kravic averaged so far 12.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg.
He has both Serbian and Canadian nationalities.
Golden Bears roll past 'Horns in series opener - 2 days ago
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The University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball team cruised past the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns 80-59, winning Game 1 of their best of three Canada West quarter-final series, Thursday night at Saville Community Sports Centre. This was the first Canada West playoff meeting between the provincial foes since 2000, when the Golden Bears knocked off Lethbridge in Game 3 of the conference final. Fourth-year forward Mamadou Gueye (198-F-93) finished with a double-double, recording game-hi... [read more]
The University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball team cruised past the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns 80-59, winning Game 1 of their best of three Canada West quarter-final series, Thursday night at Saville Community Sports Centre. This was the first Canada West playoff meeting between the provincial foes since 2000, when the Golden Bears knocked off Lethbridge in Game 3 of the conference final. Fourth-year forward Mamadou Gueye (198-F-93) finished with a double-double, recording game-high's of 20 points and 10 boards. Geoff Pippus (196-G), Austin Waddoups (188-PG, college: Salt Lake CC) and Dwan Williams also scored in the double digits, with Pippus' 14 points the next highest on the Bears. Zac Overwater (203-G) led the 'Horns with 18 points on just 4/15 shooting, but made 10 of his 13 free throws on Thursday. Elliott Sentance (193-F-94, college: Mineral Area CC) also had himself a strong outing in the loss, totalling 14 points, nine boards and an assist. Despite entering Game 1 riding a three game win streak, including a series sweep last weekend and a double overtime win over Alberta in the conference finale, the Lethbridge Pronghorns came out completely flat on Thursday. The 'Horns scored just six first quarter points, shooting a paltry 2/17 in the opening quarter. The Bears took advantage of a 42% shooting quarter, thanks to six from Pippus on a pair of threes, to take a 20-6 lead. Neither team shot well in the second frame, as the Bears allowed the visitors to get back into the game with a stronger showing in the second. Overwater scored seven of his 18 in the quarter, while Dejon Burdeaux dropped in four points, as an 8-0 Lethbridge run cut the Alberta lead to just eight at the half. The teams exchanged runs throughout the third, with the Bears going up by as much as 14, before a pair of late rallies by Lethbridge cutting the Alberta lead back to eight entering the fourth. However, the depth of the Bears proved to be too much for Lethbridge to overcome, as they suffered a 29-16 beating in the fourth. Gueye went off in the final quarter, scoring 10 points alone on 5/6 shooting, adding six rebounds and an assist. Waddoups, Williams and Pippus also combined for 10 of the Bears 29 points in the dominating quarter. The Golden Bears will set their sights on a Canada West Final Four berth tomorrow night, with Game 2 set for 8:00 p.m. at Saville Community Sports Centre. Courtesy of: canadawest.org
COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM George Blakeney arrives just in a nick of time for the KITCHENER-WATERLOO TITANS. The giant sized power forward will help take some of the burden off Titans big man Paul Cooper as the team readies for a swing through the National Basketball League of Canadas eastern division,' cooper had carried a sizeable load inside the paint for the expansion Titans and was starting to show the wear and tear,' said team GM, STU Jullius [read more]
COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM George Blakeney arrives just in a nick of time for the KITCHENER-WATERLOO TITANS. The giant sized power forward will help take some of the burden off Titans big man Paul Cooper as the team readies for a swing through the National Basketball League of Canadas eastern division,' cooper had carried a sizeable load inside the paint for the expansion Titans and was starting to show the wear and tear,' said team GM, STU Jullius.' Weve been tracking George on our radar for a couple of months,' SAID Julius. He is goining to be a good fit for us. The six foot nine 255 pound Blakeney said hes happy to bang and crash under the boards. The North Caroloina NATIVE LANDED HERE AFTER A STINT playing in Portugal, ' I feel like IM a good inside presence inside and out, I can stretch the floor, I can adjust on the fly.' bLAKENEY 25, said following Tuesdays practice at RIM Park. ' Everbody tells me its a physical league. ' Im excited to see what I can do. ' The Titans released forward Jamell Harris last week to make room for Blakeney. Harris was sidelined with a mysterious nerve injury in his leg that left him with little feeling in his foot. He is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.Blakeney joins the 8-11 Titans halfway into their 40 game regular season schedule. But he already has a built in support system with his good friend Titans forward Kevin FOSK. ' George will bring a pyiscal impact in practice too,' SAID Titans head coach Serge Langs. 'Cooper is going to be smoking into a guy in practice who is bigger and more mobile. ' ' Blakeney is going to be a good piece,' Langis said of the former Division 3 player at the University of Noth Carolina at Pembroke. The Titans were to fly out to Saint John N.B. on Wednesday for their next game against the Riptide on Thursday K-W then boards the bus for a match in Cape Breton on sunday. The Titans return to Kitchener AUD. ON March 11 to do battle with the Orangeville AS
Scott dominates in final home game as Panthers defeat Cape Breton 86-82 - 5 days ago
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One of the Panthers' all-time greats, Tyler Scott (190-G), put on a show in his final home game, scoring 35 points to lead UPEI past the Cape Breton Capers 86-82. The Panthers (6-12) erased a 10-point halftime deficit behind Scott's dominant second half, where he scored 23 of his 35 points. "It's been a good three years," said an emotional Scott. "I love these guys. They laid it all on the line for me this year and I won't forget them." While the season has been a disappointment, the fina... [read more]
One of the Panthers' all-time greats, Tyler Scott (190-G), put on a show in his final home game, scoring 35 points to lead UPEI past the Cape Breton Capers 86-82. The Panthers (6-12) erased a 10-point halftime deficit behind Scott's dominant second half, where he scored 23 of his 35 points. "It's been a good three years," said an emotional Scott. "I love these guys. They laid it all on the line for me this year and I won't forget them." While the season has been a disappointment, the final win at home meant a great deal to the All-Canadian guard. "It felt good to get this win," he said. "Last home game, in front of a great crowd, in probably the best gym in the AUS. It was all good." Fellow seniors Jake Kendrick (185-G), Mark Matheson (196-F), Lorenzo Parker (190-G) and Dut Dut each got the start tonight in honour of their commitment and dedication to UPEI. After the ceremony, both teams got back to business. Capers' guard Aaron Hayles caught fire to begin the game, draining three consecutive triples as he led his team to a quick 11-4 advantage, forcing the Panthers to call a timeout. Scott took over following the breather, scoring five straight points to trim the deficit 16-13. But the Capers (0-18) responded with an 8-2 run to extend the lead 24-15. Hayles scored all 12 of his points in the first quarter, where Cape Breton led 30-22. Both offences laboured in the opening minutes of the second quarter, but an old fashioned three-point play by Kenny Jean-Louis (196-G/F) put the Capers up 42-28. He finished with a team-high 24 points and 17 rebounds. Jack Macaulay (185-G) found his shooting touch in the quarter, scoring nine of his 15 points to lead Cape Breton at halftime, 55-45. Down big, Parker took it upon himself to drive the ball to the basket on multiple occasions leading to several made free throws. The aggressive plan of attack paid off as UPEI trimmed the deficit to 55-53 behind an 8-0 spurt. The Panthers continued to have a strong third quarter, outscoring their opponent 16-8, while holding them to a miniscule 14.3 per cent shooting, But the Capers still held a slim 63-61 edge heading into the final quarter. After Scott drained a triple to open the fourth, the Panthers didn't look back. Scott scored 18 of his team's 25 fourth-quarter points to complete the comeback bid 86-82. Dut finished with a monster double-double with 15 points and 19 rebounds. He also set a Panther single-season school record with 215 rebounds. The Panthers will travel to Halifax next where they'll take on the Dalhousie Tigers. Game time is Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. Courtesy of: http://gopanthersgo.prestosports.com
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