29-year old forward Jasper Johnson (203-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sonic Boom KT and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 26. He had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Sonic Boom KT in his team's victory, helping them to crush SK Knights (#1, 27-7) with 25-point margin 88-63. Sonic Boom KT is placed at 5th position in South Korean league. Sonic Boom KT is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 16-18 record. Johnson turned to be Sonic Boom KT's top player in his first season with the team. Delta State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.3ppg. Johnson is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 51.8% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) of league's second-best Mobis Phoebus. He is American forward in his first season at Mobis Phoebus. In the last game Ratliffe recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Mobis Phoebus to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked KCC Egis (#10, 6-28) 90-70. Mobis Phoebus' second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 24-10 record is not bad at all. Ratliffe is a newcomer at Mobis Phoebus and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.2ppg (#7). He also registered 9.6 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84, agency: Top Notch Sports) of Anyang KGC (#4). Trim scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Trim's great performance Anyang KGC lost 70-80 to the lower-ranked Dongbu Promy (#8, 15-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Anyang KGC needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 16 lost games. Trim has a very solid season. In 33 games in South Korea he scored 6.6ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 65.7%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of SK Knights - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Gregory Stevenson (198-F-78) of Mobis Phoebus - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Carlos Powell (199-F-83) of ET Land - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists 7. Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) of Samsung Th. - 16 points and 12 rebounds 8. Bu Kyung Choi (200-F-89) of SK Knights - 12 points and 13 rebounds 9. Tae-Sool Kim (180-PG-84) of Anyang KGC - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Chris Alexander (216-C-80) of KCC Egis - 12 points and 12 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)
South Korean boost for Merlion Cup - 16 days ago
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It was a tough and lengthy negotiation process, but the Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) eventually pulled off a major coup as they secured the participation of two-time Korean Basketball League (KBL) champions, the Seoul Samsung Thunders, for the upcoming Merlion Cup tournament. The inclusion of the Thunders completes the six-team line-up for the competition, which will run from September 21-25 at the OCBC Arena [read more]
It was a tough and lengthy negotiation process, but the Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) eventually pulled off a major coup as they secured the participation of two-time Korean Basketball League (KBL) champions, the Seoul Samsung Thunders, for the upcoming Merlion Cup tournament. The inclusion of the Thunders completes the six-team line-up for the competition, which will run from September 21-25 at the OCBC Arena. The other five teams involved are Philippines outfit Mighty Sports, Taiwan's Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor, Yao Ming-owned Chinese side the Shanghai Sharks, ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) champions the Malaysian Dragons, as well as local representatives the Singapore Slingers. With the Thunders, who won the KBL title in 2001 and 2006, now on board, BAS honorary secretary Ong Swee Teck believes there will be an intense battle for the Cup - which is returning after a 20 year hiatus - as the playing standards of the competition have gone up a notch. 'The Thunders have proven themselves to be consistently among the top-five clubs in Korea,' said Ong. 'They're a very strong team and we are very excited that they agreed to participate in the Merlion Cup, because they will definitely raise the level of the competition. 'But it wasn't easy to get them here, and (discussions) were touch-and-go. They wanted to take part in a competitive tournament as a warm-up for their own professional league in Korea, which begins in October. So we had to convince them of the prestige of the Cup, as well as the quality of the rest of the participating teams.' Ong added that he hoped with the line-up of teams now finalised, more sponsors would be enticed to come on board to support the Cup, and fans would turn up in droves for the matches. This would help to offset the costs of organising the tournament, which is estimated to be around S$500,000. At present, even with the contributions from Sport Singapore and sponsors, as well as expected ticket sales, the BAS are projecting that this event could net them a loss of some S$50,000 to S$100,000. 'Unfortunately, sponsorship for this event has not been that forthcoming,' revealed Ong. 'A lot of companies we've spoken to are still adopting a wait-and-see approach because this is the first time in 20 years that the tournament is being organised. 'But we will try to get more sponsors, while also negotiating for bigger contributions from our existing ones in order to help with the costs. Despite all this, we're still very determined to go on with the tournament. 'So hopefully, the fans will show their support for the event and if we can sell out the stadium for some of the group matches and the knockout stages, that would help us greatly in terms of finances. However, we will still ensure that ticket prices will be affordable, because our main aim is to stoke the fans' passion for the sport and the tournament.' The tournament format will see the six teams be drawn into two groups of three, with the top two teams from each group then progressing to the semi-finals. Given the high standard of teams they will be facing in the tournament, Slingers head coach Neo Beng Siang has set his team a modest target of advancing from the group stages. 'All the teams involved are very strong, so it'll be very challenging for us,' explained Neo. 'So our target is to try to get ourselves in the top four. Overall, the tournament will help our players progress and develop as they will be playing at a high level, which will be important for us as we get ready for the upcoming ABL season in November.' Courtesy of: todayonline.com
KCC Egis sign Leo Lyons, ex San German - 23 days ago
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KCC Egis (KBL) signed 29-year old American forward Leo Lyons (206-115kg-87, college: Missouri). He played this summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in March. In three games he had 5.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. The last season Lyons played at Mobis Phoebus where in 5 KBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. The l... [read more]
KCC Egis (KBL) signed 29-year old American forward Leo Lyons (206-115kg-87, college: Missouri). He played this summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in March. In three games he had 5.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. The last season Lyons played at Mobis Phoebus where in 5 KBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lyons won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2013. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com Korean KBL All-Imports Team in 2015. Lyons represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) five years ago. He is quite experienced player. Lyons has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Israel (Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Jerusalem), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), Turkey (Pinar Karsiyaka), Ukraine (Budivelnyk), South Korea (Samsung Thunders and Goyang Orions) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Austin Spurs). Lyons attended University of Missouri until 2009 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Taiwan beaten to second in Sinjhuang - 26 days ago
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South Korea outplayed Taiwan A for a 67-57 win to grab second place in the last game of 38th William Jones Cup last night, while the junior Taiwan side were outclassed by the top side. The Taiwan A result gave South Korea a 6-2 record, while the host's top team dropped to fourth with a 5-3 record, the same as Iran. Fans packed the Sinjhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City for the fourth game of the day, but saw South Korea take a 32-26 lead at halftime. Taiwan battled back and came within th... [read more]
South Korea outplayed Taiwan A for a 67-57 win to grab second place in the last game of 38th William Jones Cup last night, while the junior Taiwan side were outclassed by the top side. The Taiwan A result gave South Korea a 6-2 record, while the host's top team dropped to fourth with a 5-3 record, the same as Iran. Fans packed the Sinjhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City for the fourth game of the day, but saw South Korea take a 32-26 lead at halftime. Taiwan battled back and came within three points at one stage in the third quarter. However, the visitors made the most of their field goals and ran end-to-end in fast breaks to maintain a double-digit lead throughout the fourth to claim a hard-earned win. 'The South Koreans deserved this win; all credit to their good teamwork,' Taiwan A head coach Yan Jia-hua said in a post-game interview. 'They got the better of us with their quick pace and took their scoring chances well. We made more mistakes and our shooting was not up to par in this game.' 'Some of our younger players got agitated and nervous when trailing,' Yan said. 'That made them more error-prone.' 'I hope they can gain good experience from this international tournament and make improvements from it,' he said. Iran, winners last year, took third after rolling past India 71-56 in the first game. Edging ahead by only one point, 32-31, at halftime, Iran's offense opened up their aerial attack and widened the lead down the stretch. Shooting guard Behnam Yakhchali (197-SG-95) and center Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports) took charge in the second half. Yakhchali ended up with 15 points and six rebounds, while Arghavan had 10 points and nine rebounds. Two other Iran players had double-digit games. Accuracy from outside tipped the advantage to Iran, as they made 10 three-pointers. Overall, Iran shot 60 percent for field goals, compared with 46 percent for India. India captain Amritpal Singh (207-F-91) top scored among both squads with 22 points and added nine rebounds for a fine display, but his team still fell to their seventh defeat, finishing last with a 1-7 record. US-Sacramento State (sixth) pounded Japan (fifth) 71-51 in the second afternoon encounter. That outcome left both sides, along with Egypt (seventh), with 3-5 records. Starting forward Justin Strings had a breakout game for the US-based side, posting a game-high 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Japan were only behind by six points at 23-29 at the end of the first half, but the bigger and more physical US players solidified their defense and made forays into the lane to pull away in the second half for a 20-point margin of victory. Japan forward Akanobu Nishikawa made three of five three-pointers and was top scorer for his team's with 14 points. Taiwanese teenager Jeff Wu (188-G), who is attending California State University, Sacramento, was shadowed by his opponents and only got four points in just over 12 minutes of game time. In the third game, Philippines-Mighty Sports showed their class as they finished the competition undefeated, trouncing Taiwan B 104-80. Having already clinched the title the previous day, the Philippines did not go easy on Taiwan's junior national side, who are preparing for next year's Summer Universiade. The visitors were too much for Taiwan B, crossing the century mark for the second time this tournament. The starting five for the Philippines posted double digits, with the exception of Filipino-American point guard Jason Brickman (181-PG-91, college: LIU Brooklyn), who netted eight. Courtesy of: taipeitimes.com
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