Vladimir Ivanov (205-C-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Okzetpes (they play in Places 5-10) and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Higher League Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage). The 22-year old center had the game-high 23 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Okzetpes in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Kaspiy-2 (#10, 0-15) with 59-point margin 103-44. Okzetpes maintains the 3rd position in Kazakhstan Higher League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Okzetpes will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. Ivanov turned to be Okzetpes' top player in his first season with the team. Ivanov has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.1ppg. Ivanov is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.7rpg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 58.7% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Ivan Eremenko (193-F-97) of Irtysh. Eremenko impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Irtysh to another comfortable win outscoring Kaspiy-2 (#10, 0-15) 96-56. Irtysh's 5th position in the standings has not changed. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Irtysh managed to get this Second Stage. Eremenko is a newcomer at Irtysh and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
The third best performed player last round was international center Askar Maidekin (205-C-97) of second-ranked Barsy-2. Maidekin showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Maidekin's great performance Barsy-2 lost 72-76 to the lower-ranked Tigers Ast. (#8, 8-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Barsy-2 needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Maidekin has a great season in Kazakhstan. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Bogdan Ivanchikin (175-PG) of Kaspiy-2 - 27 points and 5 assists 5. Egor Biryulin (185-PG-86) of Tigers Ast. - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Evgeniy Ermakov (188-G-89) of Tigers Ast. - 24 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Sergey Buzun (192-G/F-97) of Tigers Ast. - 16 points and 19 rebounds 8. Erzhan Nurbaev (182-G-90) of Tigers Ast. - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Vladislav Strikhan (196-F-99) of Okzetpes - 17 points and 6 rebounds 10. Maxim Nalagov (198-F/C-94) of Bars - 20 points and 14 rebounds
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)
Astana outscore Barsy Atyrau to win title - 6 days ago
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Astana - Barsy Atyrau 94:78 Astana captured the National League title. They overcame Barsy Atyrau in the Final tonight. Robert Lowery (188-PG-87, college: Dayton) scored 25 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Astana eked out a 20:18 lead after the opening frame. They unloaded 27 points in the second term to secure a 12-point halftime lead. Astana maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the final stanza up by 13 points. Astana poure... [read more]
Astana - Barsy Atyrau 94:78
Astana captured the National League title. They overcame Barsy Atyrau in the Final tonight. Robert Lowery (188-PG-87, college: Dayton) scored 25 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Astana eked out a 20:18 lead after the opening frame. They unloaded 27 points in the second term to secure a 12-point halftime lead. Astana maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the final stanza up by 13 points. Astana poured in 25 points in the fourth stanza and rolled to the victory. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) produced 18 points, while Ian Miller (190-G-91, college: Florida St., agency: BeoBasket) contributed 17 points and 10 assists for the champions. Trevin Parks (180-PG-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) responded with 27 points for Barsy Atyrau. Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-F/C-84) had 15 points in the loss.
National League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Barsy Atyrau and Astana advance into Final - 7 days ago
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Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau 86-82 Barsy Atyrau advanced into National League Finals after they beat Kaspiy Aktau in the semifinal clash. American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Ryan Cook (191-90, college: UMBC, agency: HMS) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Cook is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league... [read more]
Barsy Atyrau advanced into National League Finals after they beat Kaspiy Aktau in the semifinal clash. American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Ryan Cook (191-90, college: UMBC, agency: HMS) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Cook is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American guard Sean Hill (188-92, college: Chicago St.) responded with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Azim Yagodkin (185-92) scored 23 points. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Mikhail Karpenko rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Barsy Atyrau: T.Parks 27+2reb+5ast, R.Cook 20+7reb+3ast, N.Bazhkin 13+8reb+4ast, P.Ilin 9+7reb+2ast, P.Micheev 8+2reb, M.Yevstigneyev 6+4reb+3ast Kaspiy Aktau: S.Hill 26+6reb+7ast, A.Yagodkin 23+3reb+2ast, V.Lapchenko 11+5reb+1ast, D.Degtyarev 9+5reb+2ast, R.Pan 5+5reb+1ast, S.Kazantcev 4
Astana thumped Tobol to reach the Final. Astana made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Tobol turnovers. The former international swingman Rustam Yargaliev (195-86) nailed 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international power forward Anton Ponomaryov (208-88, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 17 points. Four Astana players scored in double figures. Astana's coach Ilias Papatheodorou felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Anton Bykov (200-89) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and forward Vasiliy Petrashinets (198-89) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Tobol in the defeat. Top scorers: Astana: A.Ponomaryov 17+4reb+3ast, R.Yargaliev 16+8reb+2ast, I.Miller 14+3ast, R.Murzagaliyev 14+4reb+4ast, V.Scherbak 13+3reb, D.Katsivelis 10+3reb+4ast Tobol: A.Bykov 23+8reb+1ast, V.Petrashinets 20+6reb, M.Shvab 10+6reb+4ast, D.Romanenko 6+4reb, T.Sultanov 4+2reb+6ast, A.Toktarov 3+1reb+2ast
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