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JRS Bonnet
06-14-2012, 09:10 PM
Sports newspaper Record informs that FC Porto waived PG José Costa (1.87, 1973). The former member of the Portuguese NT says that he is not yet ready to retire.

JRS Bonnet
06-14-2012, 09:18 PM
Académica Coimbra has a new Head Coach and it is a familiar face: NORBERTO ALVES replaces Orlando Simões.

JRS Bonnet
06-14-2012, 09:34 PM
These are old news but well worth mentioning again. In 2012-2013, the number of foreign players will be limited to 3 (three!!!) per team. Furthermore, each team will have to include 3 (three) U23 players on their roster.

JRS Bonnet
06-19-2012, 02:01 PM
PG MÁRIO FERNANDES (1.74, 1982) signed a two years contract with FC Porto. This is a huge move by FC Porto. Last season, the point guard scored 11.5 points and dished out 6.6 assists for CAB Madeira. He will probably be the starting PG for the Portuguese NT in the qualification campaign for EUROBAKET 2013.

JRS Bonnet
06-20-2012, 06:18 PM
F.C. Porto remains very active this offseason: according to the team’s site, contract extensions were agreed between the club and NUNO MARÇAL (SF, 2.05, 1975), DAVID GOMES (PF/C, 2.00, 1986) and DIOGO CORREIA (G, 1.82, 1990). Furthermore, ANDRÉ BESSA (PG, 1.79, 1989) returns from his loan to Vitória Guimarães where, last season, he posted encouraging numbers: 7.8 points, 2.0 assists and 1.57 steals.

JRS Bonnet
06-22-2012, 02:12 PM
Acording to a local site (Guimaraesdigital.com), Vitória Guimarães will participate in the 2012-2013 LPB season. The team currently has 0 (zero) players, one head coach (Fernando Sá) that accepted a salary reduction and a budget of about 50 000 Euros.

JRS Bonnet
06-29-2012, 10:54 PM
Small-forward SÉRGIO RAMOS (2.00, 1975), arguably the best Portuguese player of the last 15 years, will not play for S.L. Benfica next season and will probably retire. He was offered a position on the coaching staff but an agreement is yet to be achieved. Last season, despite injuries, Ramos was still able to be a very productive player: 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, tons of character and outstanding leadership.

06-30-2012, 01:34 AM
He'll be missed. He still holds the record for most points in a league game (55).

JRS Bonnet
07-02-2012, 12:58 PM
Académica de Coimbra waived point guard Miguel Barroca (1.82, 1984). Last season, Barroca fought Diogo Simões for the starting PG job. His stats: 6.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.14 steals.

JRS Bonnet
07-05-2012, 01:46 PM
S.L. Benfica lost one of their brightest prospects: ANTÓNIO MONTEIRO (PF/C, 2.02, 1989) will head for Angola having signed a contract with reigning champions C.R.D. Libolo.

JRS Bonnet
07-05-2012, 01:47 PM
F.C. Barreirense lost their Spanish head-coach: next season, ANTONIO HERRERA will be in charge of Basquet Coruña (LEB Silver).

07-05-2012, 06:26 PM
S.L. Benfica lost one of their brightest prospects: ANTÓNIO MONTEIRO (PF/C, 2.02, 1989) will head for Angola having signed a contract with reigning champions C.R.D. Libolo.

Is it common for Portuguese players to head to play in Angola because I thought it was usually Angolans who would go to play in Portugal?

I know that Angola used to be a Portuguese colony and speak Portuguese so this definitely helps.

And which league would you consider to be better because recently and with the economic crisis and such I think the Angolan league has become slightly more competitive than the Portuguese one I think?

JRS Bonnet
07-05-2012, 08:35 PM
Is it common for Portuguese players to head to play in Angola because I thought it was usually Angolans who would go to play in Portugal?

And which league would you consider to be better because recently and with the economic crisis and such I think the Angolan league has become slightly more competitive than the Portuguese one I think?

The days when the best Angolan players (Jean-Jacques Conceição, José Carlos Guimarães, An*bal Moreira, David Dias, Paulo Macedo …) spent several seasons in the Portuguese league are long gone.

I completely agree with your opinion about the Angolan league being more competitive than the LPB. Basketball popularity in the African nation, the economic crisis in Portugal and the Angolan economic boom allowed the Angolan clubs not only to retain the top local talent but also to offer Portuguese coaches (Mário Palma, Alberto Babo, Lu*s Magalhães) better working conditions.

António Monteiro is following the footsteps of Armando Costa (starting PG of the Angolan NT), a player formed in C.A. Queluz (near Lisbon).

07-06-2012, 01:20 AM
Yes, there's definitely a shift there. I can see more Portuguese players going to Angola where salaries are higher and the league much more competitive. Besides, there they can have the chance to win a continental title...

07-06-2012, 08:40 AM
Thanks for the info. guys :)

07-07-2012, 08:21 PM
It's is not confirmed yet, but FC Porto's and Portugal NT's SG/SF Carlos Andrade did not renew his contract and is very likely to return to reigning champions SL Benfica, after leaving the Lisbon side in 2007 to play in Spain.

JRS Bonnet
07-09-2012, 06:54 PM
It's is not confirmed yet, but FC Porto's and Portugal NT's SG/SF Carlos Andrade did not renew his contract and is very likely to return to reigning champions SL Benfica, after leaving the Lisbon side in 2007 to play in Spain.

It’s almost certain Carlos Andrade will leave F.C. Porto. Rumors place him with S.L. Benfica or in Germany.

FREDERICK GENTRY (PF/C, 2.01, 1977) agreed to play one more season with S.L. Benfica. More important: he will have a Portuguese passport! Last season, as a back-up center, he was good enough for 8.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.32 steals.

JRS Bonnet
07-10-2012, 06:20 PM
According to the Portuguese Basketball Federation website, Académica de Coimbra was able to retain the services of the following players:

SG/SF Fernando Sousa (1.92, 1981) ‒ 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.59 steals;
SF Arnette Hallman (1.99, 1988, USA-Spain) ‒ 7.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.41 steals;
PG Diogo Simões (1.82, 1980) ‒ 5.4 points, 2.4 assists, 1.52 steals;
SF Bruno Costa (1.95, 1983) ‒ 2.2 points, 1.8 rebounds;
PG Pedro Rebelo (1.79, 1986) ‒ 1.6 assists.

JRS Bonnet
07-11-2012, 01:48 PM
Miguel Minhava (PG, 1.98, 1983) and S.L. Benfica part ways. The Portuguese NT point-guard and the Lisbon team agreed to cut the contractual link that united them for the upcoming season. His stats: 4.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

JRS Bonnet
07-12-2012, 02:06 PM
José Silva (SG/SF, 1.94, 1989) is heading for F.C. Porto. His former team (F.C. Barreirense) probably won’t be a part of the 2012-13 LPB due to financial difficulties (what else?).

07-12-2012, 05:21 PM
What else?

Aparently Porto will extinguish basketball immediately and will not take part on next year's LPB.
Rumours say that only last year's championship avoided this to happen earlier and facing the financial difficulties, the finals outcome and the loss of Andrade, Porto directors decided that they shouldn't keep competing if they didn't had good chances of bringing the title back to Porto.

Portuguese basketball will suffer from this decision and the it's questionable now if Benfica should keep investing, since the Lisbon club was signing Andrade and trying to keep star point guard Ted Scott.

07-12-2012, 06:00 PM
Wow that's shocking news, didn't know that. I guess that goes to show how football swallows all the money. I mean, football is never short on money right? :rolleyes:
You know what, they can end the basketball section for all I care. Basketball in Portugal has been either stagnating or going backwards and the big clubs certainly gave a helping hand to it. Maybe this will mark a shift in the right direction. And I'm tired of people calling these "amateur sports sections". So amateur that they face financial problems huh?
Angolan market says "hi!".

JRS Bonnet
07-12-2012, 06:05 PM
According to «A Bola» (newspaper), F.C. Porto will terminate his professional basketball section. Here is the link (in Portuguese):


The same news in another newspaper site (O Jogo):


07-12-2012, 06:37 PM
FPB's president Mário Saldanha confirmed it in a radio station, TSF. http://www.tsf.pt/PaginaInicial/Desporto/Interior.aspx?content_id=2663376&referrer=FooterOJ

Guess that makes it official.

The only thing that keeps basketball on TV now is Benfica, so I can't really share Rikhardur's optimism. Less investment from Benfica now could level the league again and give more opportunities to young national players but the level will very low and I can't see it rising anytime soon.

Sporting CP's basketball, third with more portuguese championships won (with 8, against Porto with 11 and Benfica with 23), is back, but will start in the lower divisions and, looking at a similar Sporting project for roller hockey, it will take a while until it reaches the top.

JRS Bonnet
07-13-2012, 01:00 AM
F.C. Porto 1978-79, 1980-81, 1987-88, 1998-99, 2012-2013

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07-13-2012, 03:04 AM
FC Porto didn't confirmed it yet, and they sure like to play this kind of games, so probably there's still hope that FC Porto finds a new way of financing the basketball team, probably investing less money.
It has been said that before today's happenings, Porto had already agreed terms with Sean Ogirri, a PG/SG that pretty much won the finals by himself two years ago, with more than 20 points in game 5.

07-13-2012, 01:43 PM
FC Porto didn't confirmed it yet, and they sure like to play this kind of games, so probably there's still hope that FC Porto finds a new way of financing the basketball team, probably investing less money.
It has been said that before today's happenings, Porto had already agreed terms with Sean Ogirri, a PG/SG that pretty much won the finals by himself two years ago, with more than 20 points in game 5.
Well, according to this (http://relvado.sapo.pt/diversos/basquetebol-fc-porto-podera-ser-integrado-no-clube-427951), the section will either make integral part of the club or be terminated. Team won't play next season, that seems clear for now.

JRS Bonnet
07-13-2012, 02:00 PM
SG/SF PAULO CUNHA (2.00, 1980) will play one more season for Vitória Guimarães. Last season stats: 12.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.93 steals.

F.C. Barreirense was able to maintain his status has a L.P.B. team.

The Portuguese Basketball Federation is accepting applications for the spot left by F.C. Porto. Candidates: Terceira Basket? Sporting C.P. ? (just wishful thinking)

JRS Bonnet
07-13-2012, 10:27 PM
PG DIOGO CARREIRA (6.5 points, 1.9 assists) re-signed with S.L. Benfica.

JRS Bonnet
07-15-2012, 11:56 PM
According to this site (http://www.ressalto.net/index.php/lpb/item/1892-edson-ferreira-regressa-a-angola#axzz20joAIHRn), Angolan PG Edson Ferreira (1.83, 1986) will play for C.R.D. Libolo. Last season, while with Ginásio Figueirense (12th in the LPB), he scored 6.4 points and dished out 4.4 assists.

JRS Bonnet
07-20-2012, 02:22 PM
SG/SF Fernando Neves (1.94, 1980) extended his contract with A.D. Ovarense. The veteran shooter had a very good 2011-12 season: 13.0 points, 2.6 rebounds.

On a sadder note, only 11 (eleven) teams will take part in the V LPB (2012-2013):

1. S.L. Benfica
2. A.D. Ovarense
3. C.A.B. Madeira
4. S.C. Lusitânia
5. F.C. Barreirense
6. Vitória de Guimarães
7. Académica de Coimbra
8. Sampaense Basket
9. B.C. Barcelos (?)
10. Sport Algés e Dafundo
11. F*sica de Torres Vedras

Edit: It is quite likely that B.C. Barcelos will abolish its professional basketball section. In that case, we will be down to 10 teams.

JRS Bonnet
07-26-2012, 06:07 PM
Top-prospect PG José Barbosa (PG, 1.72, 1990) extended his contract with A.D. Ovarense.

According to Record, Nuno Manarte (PG, 1.84, 1975) will probably put an end to his long and triumphant basketball career.

Best news of the day: LPB newcomer Sport Algés e Dafundo is considering signing Sérgio Ramos.

Nuno Manarte

JRS Bonnet
07-28-2012, 06:16 PM
João Balseiro (SG/SF, 1.92, 1987) will play for Académica de Coimbra. Last season, Balseiro was Sampaense’s second leading scorer with 15.5 points; he also grabbed 3.7 rebounds and had 2.32 steals per game.


JRS Bonnet
07-31-2012, 05:12 PM
André Calabote (PG, 1.77, 1993) will play for Sampaense Basket. Last season, he was a member of Benfica’s B team (U20).


JRS Bonnet
08-01-2012, 09:49 PM
According to the site Basketpt (link below), PG Miguel Cardoso (1.82, 1993) signed with French PRO A team JSF Nanterre. Nice to see one of the victims of F.C. Porto’s self-annihilation being able to upgrade to a far more interesting league.


Miguel Cardoso, a.k.a. Miguel Maria

JRS Bonnet
08-03-2012, 02:18 PM
It’s official: swingman Carlos Andrade (1.98, 1978) joins S.L. Benfica. Last season, playing for F.C. Porto, Andrade was arguably the league´s Portuguese MVP: 11.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.09 steals.


JRS Bonnet
08-06-2012, 06:15 PM
All three former Portuguese league players have ended their Olympic tournament.

SG Richard Oruche (Nigeria, Ginásio Figueirense 2010-11 and Académica de Coimbra 2011-12): 3.4 points, 1.2 assists. After Tonny Skinn’s injury, Oruche played some minutes out of position at point-guard.

SG/SF Derrick Obasohan (Nigeria, C.F. Os Belenenses 2005-06): 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1 assist. Nigeria’s third leading scorer.

F Radhouane Slimane (Tunisia, F.C. Barreirense 2005-06): 3.0 points, 2.0 rebounds. More was expected from this flamboyant player, one of my favorites.

Richard Oruche

Bosnian 23
08-06-2012, 11:57 PM
So, it seems like we will play you guys in a friendly or something... can you guys give me some info on how you've been doing recently? Who's the Ronaldo of basketball for you guys? :D If you can give me this info, it'd be much appreciated!

JRS Bonnet
08-07-2012, 01:19 AM
So, it seems like we will play you guys in a friendly or something... can you guys give me some info on how you've been doing recently? Who's the Ronaldo of basketball for you guys? :D If you can give me this info, it'd be much appreciated!

Bosnia-Herzegovina ‒ Portugal (Sarajevo, August 8th)

So far, Portugal played 9 friendly games: 3 wins ‒ Israel, Bulgaria and Switzerland ‒ and 6 losses ‒ Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Great Britain (twice).

Our best player is, by far, João Gomes (SF, 2.01, 1985): athletic, excellent rebounder, good perimeter shooter, eye-catching.

Here´s the probable starting-five (stats are from the first 8 friendly matches):

PG Mário Fernandes (1.74, 1982): 10.0 points, 3.8 assists;
«SG» Fábio Lima (1.97, 1988): 4.7 points, 3.1 rebounds;
SF João Gomes: 16.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists;
«PF» Paulo Cunha (2.00, 1980): 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds;
C Elvis Évora (2.05, 1978): 3.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1 steal.

Portugal has two good back-up point-guards: the very tall (1.98) Miguel Minhava: (8.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.25 steals) and the very young (1990) Tomás Barroso (6.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists).

Back-up center Cláudio Fonseca (4.9 points, 3.8 rebounds), is the only one that plays outside Portugal (in Plasencia ‒ LEB Plata, Spain).

As a team, we don´t score much, we defend quite well, but we have a very weak frontcourt: Elmedin Kikanovic and Mirza Teletovic will be unstoppable.

For more information please visit the «Portugal National Team» thread.

João Gomes

Bosnian 23
08-07-2012, 02:40 AM
Thanks for the info!!!

JRS Bonnet
08-08-2012, 01:35 PM
According to the club’s official site (link below), João Soares (2.02, 1990), the former F.C. Porto’s prospect, will play for Basket Navarra Club (ADECCO ORO, Spain).


João Soares

JRS Bonnet
08-10-2012, 11:36 PM
Tracking some US players that spent last season with Portuguese teams:

Anthony Hill (F.C. Barreirense): Angers BC (Nationale 1, France) ‒ link below


Brian Mills (S.C. Lusitânia): Ungmennafélagið Stjarnan (Icelandic league)

Basketball site Sportando reports that Aquila Basket Trento (Legadue, Italy) is interested in Ted Scott (S.L. Benfica).

Ted Scott

JRS Bonnet
08-12-2012, 06:25 PM
Sampaense Basket announced three new players:

PF Diogo Gonçalves (2.00, 1987), who played a couple of good games last season after the departure of Terceira Basket’s American players.

After playing in Luxemburg (BBC US Hiefenech), Hélder Carvalho (PF/C, 2.05, 1984) returns to Sampaense Basket.

Last but not least, the very promising Carlos Ferreirinho (SG/SF, 2.01, 1991), former S.L. Benfica player, also joins the team.

Carlos Ferreirinho

JRS Bonnet
08-14-2012, 09:35 PM
A Portuguese basketball blog (BASKETOTAL ‒ link below) announces that André Pinto (PF, 2.00, 1980) will move from A.D. Ovarense to C.A.B. Madeira.


JRS Bonnet
08-20-2012, 06:10 PM
S.L. Benfica announced the signing of former S.C. Lusitânia player Ricky Franklin (PG, 1.85, 1987).

Link: http://aovivo.slbenfica.pt/Noticias/DetalhedeNoticia/tabid/790/ArticleId/24133/language/pt-PT/Basquetebol-Base-Ricky-Franklin-reforca-Campeoes-Nacionais.aspx

The Portuguese-American PG Brice Fantazia (last season with S.C. Lusitânia) will play for the Glasgow Rocks (BBL, United Kingdom).

Ricky Franklin (#14)

JRS Bonnet
08-21-2012, 01:36 PM
Sérgio Ramos announced his retirement. He will now coach S.L. Benfica’s U18 team.

Link: http://desporto.sapo.pt/basquetebol/campeonato_portugal/artigo/2012/08/21/s_rgio_ramos_termina_carreira_de.html

Sérgio Ramos (2007 Eurobasket)

JRS Bonnet
08-24-2012, 08:36 PM
Carlos Pinto was named as A.D. Ovarense´s head coach. Nuno Manarte will continue his basketball career as Pinto’s assistant coach.

PG André Bessa will return to Vitória Guimarães.

André Bessa (#4)

JRS Bonnet
08-28-2012, 02:36 PM
Jason Smith (PG, 1.83, 1983) returns to C.A.B. Madeira. In the 2008-09 season he posted impressed numbers: 22.3 points, 4.7 assists and 2.21 steals (29 RS games). His backup will be the veteran José Costa (1.87, 1973), last season with F.C. Porto.

A rarity these days: Sampaense Basket signed a «Bosman» player! His name is Aleksandar Milovic (PF, 2.01, 1987), he's from Montenegro and has U.S. college experience (California Baptist).

The Portuguese-American Heshimu Evans (SF, 1.98, 1975, alma mater: Kentucky:)) extended his contract with S.L. Benfica for 1 more season.

Dillion Sneed will continue his career in Japan. Last season after playing 11 league games with Académica de Coimbra, he moved east (Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa, BJ League, Japan). He will now join the Iwate Big Bulls (BJ League, Japan).

Rumors: PF Miguel Miranda, last season with F.C. Porto, might be heading to A.D. Ovarense. Miguel Minhava (former S.L. Benfica’s PG) to F.C. Barreirense.

JRS Bonnet
08-29-2012, 09:58 PM
Former C.A.B. Madeira’s PG Mário Fernandes, inked by F.C. Porto one month before the extinction of its basketball section, found a new home. He joins Jämtland Basket (Basketligan, Sweden), a team based in Östersund.

Link (in Swedish): http://www.jamtlandbasket.se/new.php?meny=3&id=1307

Rumors: PG Cavel Witter (USA, 1.83, 1987) moves from F.C. Barreirense to S.C. Lusitânia. PF/C Sergi Coll (Spain, 2.04, 1984), last season with B.C. Barcelos, will join A.D. Ovarense.

JRS Bonnet
09-02-2012, 02:16 PM
Miguel Barroca (PG, 1.82, 1984) will play for LPB newcomer F*sica de Torres Vedras.

Young Brazilian PF/C Bruno Cavalcante, last season with C.A.B. Madeira, will play for Abdala Sports Pindamonhangaba (Paulista League, Brazil). Bruno is the son of César Cavalcante, a.k.a. Charuto, who played in Portugal back in the late 70’s-early 80’s.

Miguel Barroca

JRS Bonnet
09-04-2012, 03:21 PM
Swingman José Silva (1.94, 1989) moves from F.C. Barreirense to Vitória de Guimarães.


JRS Bonnet
09-06-2012, 02:09 PM
Diogo Correia (G, 1.82, 1990, ex-F.C. Porto) will play for LBP newcomer Sport Algés e Dafundo. He needs to make the transition to point-guard.

Filipe Pinheiro (SF, 1.90, 1990) moves from Galitos F.C. (Proliga) to Sampaense Basket. Surprisingly (?), João Reveles ‒ he was (when healthy) Sampaense’s starting PG ˗ decided to play for A.D. Oliveirense (Proliga).

Pedro Matos (PG, 1.85, 1991) moves from Terceira Basket to S.C. Lusitânia.

Nate Bowie (PG, 1.83, 1986), last season with Terceira Basket (19.0 points, 3.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.63 steals), joined Rustavi (Georgian Superleague).

S.L. Benfica will organize an interesting basketball tournament (22nd and 23rd September). This will be a rare opportunity to watch 2 ACB teams (Estudiantes Madrid, San Sebastián Gipuzkoa BC). Cáceres CB (LEB Gold) will also make the trip to Lisbon.

Link: http://aovivo.slbenfica.pt/Noticias/DetalhedeNoticia/tabid/790/ArticleId/24385/language/pt-PT/Benfica-organiza-Torneio-Internacional-de-Basquetebol.aspx

Diogo Correia

JRS Bonnet
09-07-2012, 03:26 PM
Vitória de Guimarães is targueting Ivan Almeida (1.98, 1989), the swingman who was instrumental in Cape Verde’s qualification campaign for the 2013 Afrobasket. Last season, Almeida played 11 games with Sampaense Basket (13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.91 steals). Talks are also under way between Guimarães and Will Holland (SG/SF, 1.93, 1987, USA).

Frederico Bettencourt (PG, 1.78, 1993) moves from Terceira Basket to S.C. Lusitânia.

Veteran PF Pedro Silva (1.98, 1979) leaves B.C. Barcelos and heads for Luxemburg (BBC Avanti Mondorf, League N2). The Cape-Verdean-Portuguese player is battling FIBA for the right to represent Cape-Verde at the 2013 Afrobasket.

JRS Bonnet
09-11-2012, 03:01 PM
Sampaense Basket inked Al Rapier (2.00, 1989, USA) a versatile forward from Stony Brook (NCAA).

Durrell Nevels (PF, 1.98, ex-Terceira Basket) joined Nate Bowie at Rustavi (Georgian Superleague).

Poland’s Eurobasket qualification campaign is over and PF Michal Ignerski (A.D. Ovarense, 2004-05) was Poland’s second leading scorer (behind Marcin Gortat): 14.0 points, 5.1 rebounds.
If anyone is aware of another player (non-Portuguese) involved in these qualifications who spent time on a Portuguese team I´ll be most obliged to know it.

JRS Bonnet
09-14-2012, 05:50 PM
Vitória Guimarães remains very active on the market. According to a local news site (link below), Dain Swetalla (2.06, 1986, USA) will be their new center. Last season, Swetalla played for Illiabum Ílhavo (Proliga).

LBP newcomer Sport Algés e Dafundo signed two players: Rui Quintino (SF, 1.94, 1983) and Josimar Cardoso (PF, 2.01, 1987, Guinea-Bissau-Portugal). The former led Galitos F.C. in scoring (13.3) and rebounding (9.0); the later did the same for F*sica de Torres Vedras (13.9 points, 7.6 rebounds).

Francisco Destino (G, 1.87, 1989) moves from Ginásio Figueirense to Académica de Coimbra.

Link: http://www.guimaraesdigital.com/index.php?a=noticias&id=49919

JRS Bonnet
09-18-2012, 01:39 PM
:mad:F.C. Barreirense announced they will drop out from the 2012-2013 LPB. We are down to 10 teams…

Ekjersey Viana (C, 2.03, 1977) will play for F*sica de Torres Vedras.
2011-12 stats: 6.0 points, 6.5 rebounds (Sampaense Basket).

The Estonian-American Renato Lindmets (SF, 1.98, 1984), who played 13 games last season for S.C. Lusitânia (7.8 points, 4.8 rebounds), joined BC Rakvere Tarvas (KML: Estonian League).

JRS Bonnet
09-18-2012, 11:09 PM
S.L. Benfica announced two new players:

Cláudio Fonseca (C, 2.06, 1989), the starting center of the Portuguese NT.

LaceDarius Dunn (SG, 1.94, 1987), last season with Bnei HaSharon (Israel).

Cláudio Fonseca

JRS Bonnet
09-21-2012, 02:12 PM
And we are back to eleven teams: Galitos F.C. leaves the Proliga and will be the 11th LPB team.

Link: http://www.basketpt.com/galitos-tley-lpb-2012-n3308

S.C. Lusitânia signed Jeremy Goode (PG, 1.75, 1987, USA, Omonia Nicosia 2011-12).

Sampaense Basket signed Brandon Sebirumbi (PF, 2.06, 1990). The Ugandan-American was Furman’s (NCAA) leading scorer and rebounder (11.1 points, 5.6 rebounds).

JRS Bonnet
09-24-2012, 03:11 PM
The very promising João Guerreiro (PF, 2.05, 1990) moves from F.C. Barreirense to C.A.B. Madeira.

Delano Thomas (PF, 2.03, 1981), seen last season with Académica de Coimbra, will play for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway).

João Guerreiro

JRS Bonnet
10-01-2012, 06:05 PM
Pedro Pinto (PG, 1.85, 1988), recent victim of F.C. Barreirense’s disappearance, found a new job: he will be Galitos F.C.’s new playmaker.

Sérgio Santos (SF, 1.98, 1992), a member of the Portuguese U20 NT, moves from Sport Algés e Dafundo to Galitos F.C.

Willie Galick (PF, 2.03, 1987, Canada), who played a couple of games last season for Académica de Coimbra (5.0 points, 3.0 rebounds), will join Oviedo C.B. (LEB Silver).

JRS Bonnet
10-12-2012, 02:25 PM
Portuguese basketball continues on his path to oblivion. The decomposition of the «professional» league is a slow but steady process: S.C. Lusitânia appears to be the next in line as they announced that they will file for bankruptcy if a solution for its financial problems can‘t be found till October 12th.
With a couple of exceptions, LPB teams have extremely poor rosters, unable as they are to offer decent working conditions. Tons of semi-pros and amateur players, lots of teenagers, half a dozen Americans and that’s it. I was thinking of writing a succinct guide for this season, but most of the players are so obscure (even for a die-hard Portuguese basketball fan) that that task will require a lot of research.

Will Holland decided he will not play for Vitória Guimarães.

Ted Scott (G, 1.88, 1985), last season with S.L. Benfica, finally found a new home: he will play for Fraport Skyliners (German BBL).

10-12-2012, 07:06 PM
Could LPB be the worst league in the whole of Europe? I think it is. Even the Moldovan league must be superior (no offense meant).

JRS Bonnet
10-14-2012, 04:38 PM
The new season has started and I’m tired of bitching about Portuguese basketball. So, here’s a modest guide for the V LPB (2012-2013), specially engineered for our vast international audience.

B.C. Barcelos

Starting Line-up [stats referred to António Pratas’ Trophy (3 games) ‒ a sort of League Cup]:
PG Carlos Fechas (1.80, 1981): 10.7P, 4.0A
G Nuno Oliveira (1.86, 1989): 17.3P, 6.0R, 2.33S
SG Rui Coelho (1.91, 1989): 12.7P, 6.3R, 2.0A
SF Matic Sirnik (2.00, 1991, Slovenia): 8.5P, 11.5R, 2.0S (2 games)
F Marko Loncovic (2.00, 1991, Montenegro): 22.3P, 10.3R

Bench: Bártolo Dias (SF, 1.92, 1992), André Silva (SF, 1.93, 1989)

Nuno Oliveira was a member of the Portuguese NT during the 2013 Eurobasket qualification campaign (0.5 points, 1.0 assist). Veteran Carlos Fechas represented Portugal back in 1999 when FIBA held their U-19 World Championship in this part of the globe (4.5 points, 2.2 assists and 1.33 steals).
It’s nice to see a player with Euroleague experience on a Portuguese roster. Granted, it was a short experience (1 minute and 8 seconds): Matic Sirnik (Union Olimpija Ljubljana, 2008-09 season). He and Marko Loncovic will be forced to play out of position but, undersized as they are, they’ll still form good enough frontcourt for the LPB.

Carlos Fechas

JRS Bonnet
10-14-2012, 04:44 PM
V LPB Guide (part II)

Académica de Coimbra

Starting Line-up [stats referred to António Pratas’ Trophy (4 games) ‒ a sort of League Cup]:
PG Diogo Simões (1.82, 1980): 4.3P, 3.8A
SG/SF Fernando Sousa (1.92, 1981): 16.3P, 4.5R, 3.8A, 1.5B
SG/SF João Balseiro (1.92, 1987): 17.0P, 4.3R
F Arnette Hallman (1.99, 1988, USA-Spain): 11.0P, 9.8R, 4.5A, 1.0B
C Marco Gonçalves (2.06, 1984): 12.3P, 9.0R, 2.75S

Bench: Pedro Rebelo (PG, 1.79, 1986), Francisco Destino (G, 1.87, 1989, Angola-Portugal) and Bruno Costa (SF, 1.95, 1983)

If Académica is able to sign James St. Robert and Kevin Charles this will be a well balanced team aiming for the top of the table. Fernando Sousa was a member of the Portuguese NT in the 2011 Eurobasket (0.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists); so was Marco Gonçalves (2.0 points, 1.2 rebounds). Diogo Simões played the 1999 U-19 World Championship (2.8 points, 1.1 assists and 1.25 steals). The team’s MVP? Probably, the class-act swingman João Balseiro, who should have been with the NT this summer but was forgotten by Mário Palma.

Fernando Sousa

Edit: James St. Robert will play for Vitória Guimarães.

JRS Bonnet
10-15-2012, 02:10 PM
V LPB Guide (part III)

Sampaense Basket

Starting Line-up [stats referred to António Pratas’ Trophy (2 games) ‒ a sort of League Cup]:
G Jorge Sing (1.92, 1991): 7P, 9A, 4R
SG/SF Carlos Ferreirinho (2.01, 1991): 16P, 3.5R, 2.5S
F Al Rapier (2.00, 1989, USA): 15.5P, 9R
PF Aleksandar Milovic (2.01, 1987, Montenegro): 7P, 3.5R
PF/C Brandon Sebirumbi (2.06, 1990, USA-Uganda): 18P, 5.5R, 2A

Bench: André Calabote (PG, 1.77, 1993), Alexander Kratsov (SF, 1.90, 1987, Russia), Filipe Pinheiro (SF, 1.90, 1990), Diogo Gonçalves (PF, 2.00, 1987) and Hélder Carvalho (PF/C, 2.05, 1984)

Sampaense Basket will easily qualify for the play-offs and could advance to the semifinals. Reasonably deep team with some size, Sampaense was able to «steal» Carlos Ferreirinho from S.L. Benfica and signed a true center: Brandon Sebirumbi. To the basket connoisseurs: Jorge Sing was a member of the Ovarense’s team that went 0-10 in the 2000-01 Eurolegue (the 1st Euroleague or the «pirate» Euroleague as it was known back then); his stats: 2.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist.

Jorge Sing

JRS Bonnet
10-15-2012, 03:11 PM
V LPB Guide (part IV)

A.D. Ovarense

Starting Line-up [stats referred to António Pratas’ Trophy (2 games) ‒ a sort of League Cup]:
PG José Barbosa (1.72, 1990): 7P, 5.5A, 2S
SG/SF Fernando Neves (1.94, 1980): 16P, 2.5R, 1.5S
PF/C Cristovão Cordeiro (1.99, 1980): 10P, 2R
PF/C Mário Gonçalves (1.98, 1980): 8.5R, 6.5R, 2.0S
PF/C Sergi Coll (2.04, 1982, Spain): 8.5P,8R,1B

Bench: Nuno Morais (SG, 1.83), Emanuel Sá (SF, 1.99).

Hard times for this historical basketball team (no money). At least they have a promising playmaker in José Barbosa. Breakout season for Cristovão Cordeiro? He needs to make a difficult transition to SF in order to replace André Pinto (moved to C.A.B. Madeira). Spanish center Sergi Coll ‒ the only player signed so far ‒ excelled last season with B.C. Barcelos: 14.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.32 steals. Mário Gonçalves was a member of the Portuguese U-19 NT back in 1999 (FIBA U-19 World Championship): 2.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.80 steals; more recently he played 2 games during the 2011 Eurobasket qualification campaign: 1.0 point, 2.0 rebounds.

José Barbosa

JRS Bonnet
10-15-2012, 09:08 PM
Unsurprisingly, S.L. Benfica won the António Prata’s Trophy (League Cup).

Final: S.L. Benfica 71 ‒ Académica Coimbra 44

Semifinal: Académica Coimbra 71 ‒ S.C. Lusitânia 69
Semifinal: S.L. Benfica 105 ‒ B.C. Barcelos 61

Hats off to the winner! A kind word for S.C. Lusitânia: despite being unable to reach an agreement with their creditors and, therefore, being on the verge of bankruptcy they decided to make the trip to Lisbon and put on a decent show against Académica Coimbra.

JRS Bonnet
10-15-2012, 09:11 PM
V LPB Guide (part V)

S.L. Benfica

Starting Line-up [stats referred to António Pratas’ Trophy (4 games) ‒ a sort of League Cup]:
PG Miguel Minhava (1.98, 1983): 2.5P, 3.0A
SG/SF Carlos Andrade (1.98, 1978, Portugal-Cape Verde): 13.0P, 6.3R, 3.5A, 2.5S
SF João Gomes (2.01, 1985, Portugal-Cape Verde): 16.0P, 5.8R, 2.5S
PF Seth Doliboa (2.03, 1980, USA): 17.9P, 9.8R, 2.5A, 1.5B
C Cláudio Fonseca (2.06, 1989): 13.8P, 11.0R, 1.75B

Bench: Ricky Franklin (PG, 1.85, 1987, USA), Diogo Carreira (PG, 1.80, 1978), Tomás Barroso (PG, 1.80, 1990), LaceDarius Dunn (SG, 1.94, 1987, USA, injured), Heshimu Evans (SF, 1.98, 1975, USA-Portugal), Frederick Gentry (PF/C, 2.01, 1977, USA-Portugal, injured), Elvis Évora (C, 2.05, 1978, Portugal-Cape Verde, injured), Pedro Belo (C, 2.14, 1992)

S.L. Benfica is an extremely deep and physically gifted team that has a better roster than some Eurochallenge participants. Luckily, Portugal is so good at basketball that it doesn’t need to compete internationally. Benfica will then crush every team that stands on their path to the title and probably will end up with a perfect record.
Though Minhava is the starting PG, Ricky Franklin and Diogo Carreira will share most of the minutes at the helm. Seth Doliboa (Wright State, Fraport Skyliners, Olin Edirne) is just the best basketball player in Portugal. João Gomes (2007 Eurobasket: 10.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal) and Carlos Andrade (2011 Eurobasket: 12.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals) are the reason why Portugal loves Cape Verde. Cláudio Fonseca (2011 Eurobasket: 2.6 points, 3.2 rebounds) was Portugal’s best player during the 2013 Eurobasket qualifiers: 12.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 block.
LaceDarius Dunn (18.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals with Bnei HaSharon 2011-12) and Heshimu Evans (16.7 points, 7.0 rebounds during the 2011 Eurobasket qualification campaign) will battle for the «sixth man of the year» award.

Pedro Belo

10-16-2012, 12:36 AM
How do you see Pedro Belo developing this season? Did he lose some weight?

JRS Bonnet
10-16-2012, 12:22 PM
How do you see Pedro Belo developing this season? Did he lose some weight?

I didn’t have a change to watch him live this season. I hope to catch him when Benfica’s B team plays Maia Basket or G.D.B. Leça.
It would be great if Carlos Lisboa uses him 5-10 minutes a game but with the gridlock at center (Cláudio Fonseca, Frederick Gentry and Elvis Évora) I don’t see that happen. Even when Évora and Gentry were injured, Pedro Belo only manage to play 1 game (against Galitos F.C: 4 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block in 14 minutes). On a more positive note, facing Nuno Cortez (A.D. Oliveirense, Proliga) he had a decent game: 13 points, 6 rebounds and 1 block in 22 minutes.

As for his weight, check this video (at 1:17, Belo doesn’t look good):

JRS Bonnet
10-17-2012, 08:20 PM
V LPB Guide (part VI)

Galitos F.C.

Starting Line-up [stats referred to António Pratas’ Trophy (2 games) ‒ a sort of League Cup]:
PG Pedro Pinto (1.85, 1989): 19P, 4R, 3A
SG António Tavares (1.83, 1975): 8P, 2R (1 game)
SF Tomás López (1.98, 1978, Spain): 12P, 7.5R, 3S
PF Denis Neves (1.97, 1978, Cape Verde): 4P, 3R
PF Perry Stevenson (2.06, 1987, USA)

Bench: João Fernandes (PG, 1.77, 1992), Tiago Brito (PG, 1.80, 1985), Idrissa Silá (PF), José Pedro Ferreira (PF/C) and David Feio (C)

Galitos F.C. picked two good players from the extinct F.C. Barreirense’s basketball section: Pedro Pinto, a young and physically very strong playmaker who already played for the Portuguese NT (2011 Eurobasket qualifiers: 4.0 points, 2.1 assists and 1.14 steals) and veteran sharpshooter António Tavares (Portugal’s 2nd leading scorer at the 2011 Eurobasket with 12.3 points). After a poor showing at the António Pratas’ Trophy, Galitos F.C., surprisingly, was able to sign Perry Stevenson, the shoot-blocking ace from the University of Kentucky!!!!

António Tavares

JRS Bonnet
10-18-2012, 10:00 PM
V LPB Guide (part VII)

F*sica de Torres Vedras

Starting Line-up [stats are from the António Pratas’ Trophy (2 games) ‒ a sort of League Cup]:
PG Miguel Barroca (1.82, 1984): 6.5P, 3A
PG Miguel Salvador (1.87, 1981): 10P, 5.5R, 2A, 2S
SG Braima Freire (1.88, 1982, Cape Verde): 6.5P, 2R
SF Carlos Dias (1.97, 1979): 15.5P, 7R, 1.5S
C Ekjersey Viana (2.03, 1977, Portugal-São Tomé and Pr*ncipe): 6P, 12R, 4.5A, 2.5S, 1B

Bench: Ricardo Rodrigues (PG, 1.82, 1981, Mozambique-Portugal), Edson Rosário (SF, 1.93, 1982)

The signings of Miguel “I wish I was a SG” Barroca (from Académica) and Ekjersey Viana (from Sampaense) probably won’t be enough to allow F*sica a top 8 finish. F*sica has a veteran core, already with LPB experience (LPB’s 2009-10 season included this team from Torres Vedras): Ricardo Rodrigues, Miguel Salvador, Braima Freire and Carlos Dias. Only one big man inside: Ekjersey Viana… at least he’s nasty.

Braima Freire

JRS Bonnet
10-20-2012, 10:48 PM
V LPB Guide (part VIII)

Sport Algés e Dafundo

Starting Line-up (stats are from the 1st league game):
PG António Pires (1.85, 1986): 4P, 4A
SG/SF João Manuel (1.92, 1979): 2P, 3A
F Danilson Vieira (1.92, 1985, Guinea-Bissau-Portugal): 8P, 5R
F Rui Quintino (1.94, 1983): 13P, 6R, 2S
PF Josimar Cardoso (2.01, 1987, Guinea-Bissau-Portugal): 8P, 5R

Bench: Diogo Ventura (PG, 1.87, 1994), Diogo Correia (G, 1.82, 1990), Fidel Mendonça (SG/SF, 1.91, 1984, Cape Verde)

Rui Quintino, making his LPB debut (at the ripe old age of 29), oozes class. The team seems to play better when both António Pires and Diogo Ventura are on the court. Ventura was a late addition to the team, snatched from Benfica’s farm team, and he really impressed me against A.D. Ovarense. Algés lacks size, has a limited bench and needs a lot more from veteran João Manuel. I enjoyed seeing Diogo Correia playing as a sort of combo-guard. For the record: Fidel Mendonça played the 2008 Olympic qualifiers with the Cape Verdean NT.

Rui Quintino

JRS Bonnet
10-21-2012, 07:01 PM
V LPB Guide (part IX)

C.A.B. Madeira

Starting Line-up (stats are from the 1st league game):
PG José Costa (PG, 1.87, 1973): 5P, 5A
SG Jaime Silva (1.87, 1980): 10P, 4R, 7A, 4S
SF Fábio Lima (1.97, 1988): 15P, 3R
PF André Pinto (PF, 2.00, 1980): 6P, 6R, 1B
PF/C Jorge Coelho (2.00, 1978): 9P, 6R

Bench: Jason Smith (1.83, 1983, USA), Shawn Jackson (F, 2.03, 1971, USA), João Guerreiro (PF, 2.05, 1990), André Pinto (PF, 2.00, 1980) and José Manuel Coego (C, 2.05, 1978, Spain).

When healthy, Jason Smith will replace José Costa at the starting PG job. Jaime Silva, one of three LPB players with Euroleague experience (A.D. Ovarense 2001-01: 2.5 points 1.5 assists), will lead the league in steals… again. The big men rotation is impressive by LPB standards and includes one of the future cornerstones of the Portuguese NT (João Guerreiro) as well as ‒ just like the good old days ‒ a Spaniard (José Manuel Coego).
C.A.B. Madeira has a good enough roster to be considered a Top 3 team (the other two being S.L. Benfica and Vitória de Guimarães) but their financial situation is a concern: they were forced to cut a deal allowing then to play the first 10 games at home, therefore postponing the costly journeys to mainland Portugal.

Jaime Silva

JRS Bonnet
10-21-2012, 10:35 PM
The V LPB finally started!
As expected, some teams have such short rotations that several players stay on the court for almost 40 minutes. Therefore, round 1 of the LPB presented us with some spectacular statistical performances. Here’s a sample:

Ekjersey Viana (F*sica de Torres Vedras): 16 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists.
Perry Stevenson (Galitos F.C.): 8 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 6 blocks.
Arnette Hallman (Académica de Coimbra): 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists.

Anyway, here´s a list of the MVPs for the winning teams:
A.D. Ovarense: José Barbosa (20 points, 4 assists)
Académica de Coimbra: Arnette Hallman (17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists)
S.C. Lusitânia: Daniel Monteiro (19 points, 3 assists, 6 steals)
Vitória de Guimarães: Charlie Swiggett (22 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals)
S.L. Benfica: Carlos Andrade (9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists)

10-22-2012, 08:59 AM
Thanks for the guide! It's very helpful for all of us who don't follow the league regularly.

JRS Bonnet
10-22-2012, 06:03 PM
V LPB Guide (part X)

Vitória de Guimarães (VSC)

Starting Line-up (stats are from the 1st league game):
PG André Bessa (1.79, 1989): 14P, 5A, 3S
SG/SF José Silva (1.94, 1989): 16P
SG/SF Ivan Almeida (1.98, 1989, Cape Verde-Portugal): 16P, 9R, 2S
F Paulo Cunha (2.00, 1980): 17P, 10R, 1B
C Dain Swetalla (2.06, 1986, USA): 7P, 7R, 5S

Bench: Charlie Swiggett (PG, 1.85, USA), James St. Robert (PF/C, 2.03, 1986, USA)

André Bessa established himself as a playmaker during last season’s playoffs. This year he will face stiff competition: Charlie Swiggett, after a turbulent college career (torn ACL, off-court incidents) is already drawing some attention. The signing of James St. Robert (BC Montbrison) will allow Paulo Cunha to spend some time at his natural SF position. Dain Swetalla (Illiabum Ílhavo) is a no-nonsense center who, at the António Pratas’ Trophy showed what is capable of: 19.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals. LPB should consider itself lucky to have on its ranks Cape Verdean NT member Ivan Almeida, a player well worthy of a bigger stage.

Ivan Almeida

JRS Bonnet
10-24-2012, 02:20 PM
V LPB Guide (part XI)

S.C. Lusitânia

Starting Line-up (stats are from the 1st league game):
PG Daniel Monteiro (1.82, 1982): 19P, 3A, 6S
SG Augusto Sobrinho (1.88, 1985): 18P, 2S
SF Mohamed Camará (1.96, 1983): 6P, 8R, 4A
PF Durrell Neves (1.98, 1986, USA): 7P, 7R, 1B
C Marcel Momplasir (2.05, 1981, USA); 12P, 13R, 1B

Bench: Miguel Freitas (PG, 1.77, 1990), Carlos Dias (SF, 1.98, 1980) and David Tavares (SF, 1.92, 1988)

S.C. Lusitânia has a good enough roster to repeat last season’s performance and reach the semifinals. However, their finances are in such bad shape that they would settle with reaching the end of the season.
An injury-free Daniel Monteiro will try to compensate the loss of Ricky Franklin (to S.L. Benfica). Marcel Momplasir’s intimidation and Mohamed Camará’s athleticism are second to none. Lusitânia chose Durrell Nevels (from Terceira Basket: 16.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.69 blocks) to replace Brian Mills, now in Iceland.

Daniel Monteiro

JRS Bonnet
10-28-2012, 06:47 PM
A more professional guide to the V LPB is now available on the site Basket.pt (link below), one of the few institutions that cares for Portuguese basketball.


Round 2 of the LPB was played this weekend. Here are the MVPs for the winning teams:

C.A.B. Madeira: Jorge Freitas (20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals).
Galitos F.C: Pedro Pinto (23 points, 2 assists).
Académica de Coimbra: Fernando Sousa (22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals).
Vitória de Guimarães: Paulo Cunha (19 points, 10 rebounds)
B.C. Barcelos: Nuno Oliveira (23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals).

Nuno Oliveira

JRS Bonnet
10-29-2012, 10:31 PM
Miguel Miranda (PF, 2.05, 1978) signed a one year deal with A.D. Ovarense. Miranda ‒ former member of the Portuguese NT (2007 and 2011 Eurobasket) ‒ has been out of work since F.C. Porto extinguished its basketball section.

Steve Baker (SG, 1.87, 1990, USA) will make his professional debut with Sampaense Basket. Baker spent a couple of seasons with Wisconsin-Green Bay after transferring from Southeastern (Iowa) Community College.

JRS Bonnet
11-02-2012, 11:11 PM
Four games of the 3rd Round of the Portuguese League were played on October 1st. Here are the MVPs for the winning teams:

S.L. Benfica: Carlos Andrade (13 points, 10 rebounds and 1 block).
F*sica de Torres Vedras: Miguel Barroca (20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals).
B.C. Barcelos: Matic Sirnik (21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals).
A.D. Ovarense: Miguel Miranda (11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists).
The game between C.A.B. Madeira and Académica de Coimbra was postponed to December 2nd.

Matic Sirnik (19.3 P, 7.3 R, 3 games)

JRS Bonnet
11-05-2012, 02:44 PM
After the «Troféu António Pratas», S.L. Benfica won the «Super Taça» (Super Cup).

S.L. Benfica 68
João Gomes (17P, 9R, 3S), Ricky Franklin (20P, 7A, 4R, 3S), Cláudio Fonseca (14P, 7R)

Académica de Coimbra 53
Fernando Sousa (19P, 6R), João Balseiro (13P, 2S), Marco Gonçalves (6P, 6R, 4B)

Académica de Coimbra has a new American player: Tim Toler (PF, 2.00, 1989). Last season, with Northern Illinois (NCAA 1), Toler posted rather mediocre stats: 10.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and a meager 40.7% FG.

JRS Bonnet
11-12-2012, 04:25 PM
Four games of Round 4 of the Portuguese League were played last weekend.

Académica de Coimbra 62: Arnette Hallman (14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks).
S.L. Benfica 71: Carlos Andrade (16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists).

Sampaense Basket 91: Jorge Sing (12 points, 12 assists).
Galitos F.C. 89: Perry Stevenson (13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks).

B.C. Barcelos 69: Eduardo Coelho (17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals).
A.D. Ovarense 74: Miguel Miranda (12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals).

Vitória de Guimarães 77: Ivan Almeida (21 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals).
F*sica de Torres Vedras 53: Braima Freire (15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists).

The game between S.C. Lusitânia and C.A.B. Madeira was postponed to February 2nd.
The basketball site ressalto.net informs that Ekjersey Viana will no longer play for F*sica de Torres Vedras.

Ivan Almeida

JRS Bonnet
11-18-2012, 08:47 PM
Five games were played last weekend.

S.L. Benfica 84: LaceDarius Dunn (20 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block).
S.C. Lusitânia 57: Mohamed Camará (15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists).

Sport Algés e Dafundo 61: Josimar Cardoso (17 points, 7 rebounds).
Académica de Coimbra 78: Arnette Hallman (22 points, 16 rebounds, 3 steals). Owner of a brand new Portuguese passport.

A.D. Ovarense 85: José Barbosa (19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals).
Sampaense Basket 68: Carlos Ferreirinho (17 points, 4 rebounds).

C.A.B. Madeira 94: Jason Smith (27 points, 3 assists). Back from injury.
B.C. Barcelos 76: Marko Loncovic (23 points, 16 rebounds).

Galitos F.C. 84: Perry Stevenson (16 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 blocks). 10.6 pts, 13.2 reb, 3.4 blocks.
Vitória de Guimarães 87: Ivan Almeida (35 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals). MVP, MVP!!!

B.C. Barcelos continues to search for young Eastern European talent: after Matic Sirnik (Slovenia) and Marko Loncovic (Montenegro), they’ve just added Patryk Bajtus (C, 2.06, 1991, Poland). Interesting strategy for a modest basketball team. Bajtus comes from UMKS Kielce (1 Liga: 2nd tier polish league) where he played 5 games this season.

Galitos F.C. has a new American player: Jeremy Bynum (SG, 1.90, 1988). After 4 years at Jacksonville State (NCAA 1), Bynum was currently on the Georgia Prime roster (UBA, a USA minor league). On his LPB debut, he contributed with 16 points and 3 rebounds on a narrow defeat against a top LPB team (Vitória de Guimarães).

JRS Bonnet
11-25-2012, 08:15 PM
Five games were played this weekend, including a big one: Guimarães ‒ Ovarense. Huge away win for Ovarense, though Guimarães played without their starting center (Dain Swetalla).

Vitória de Guimarães 85: Charlie Swiggett (26 points, 4 assists, 3 steals).
A.D. Ovarense 93: Miguel Miranda (18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists).

F*sica de Torres Vedras 84: Edson Rosário (21 points, 9 rebounds).
Galitos F.C. 70: António Tavares (24 points, 2 steals).

B.C. Barcelos 73: Nuno Oliveira (20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals).
S.L. Benfica 75: João Gomes (21 points, 11 rebounds).

C.A.B. Madeira 69: Fábio Lima (14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists).
Sampaense Basket 72: Al Rapier (21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals).

S.C. Lusitânia 91: Augusto Sobrinho (23 points, 6 assists, 5 steals).
Sport Algés e Dafundo 94: Josimar Cardoso (27 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals).

‒ After the loss of Ekjersey Viana, F*sica de Torres Vedras signed Franklim Furtado (PF, 1.98, 1987, Guinea-Bissau). On his debut, Furtado was good enough for 13 points and 5 rebounds (and a win against Galitos F.C.).

Miguel Miranda

JRS Bonnet
11-25-2012, 11:13 PM
First impressions / surprises /disappointments

S.L. Benfica (5-0).
Benfica dominates the boards ‒ Carlos Andrade (8.7), Seth Doliboa (8.4), João Gomes (6.2) and Elvis Évora (5.4) ‒ but has troubles scoring and is an «injury-prone» team.

A.D. Ovarense (5-1).
Cristovão Cordeiro is a candidate for most improved player: 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds. The late addition of Miguel Miranda means that Ovarense (14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists) in now a title contender. José Barbosa is already the best Portuguese PG (13.7 points, 5.8 assists, 3.0 steals). Fernando Neves’ scoring (15.3) was instrumental during the 1st games.

Vitória de Guimarães (4-1).
André Bessa is proving his last playoff run was no fluke ‒ 11 points, 5.2 assists, 2.0 steals ‒ even when facing stiff competition (Charlie Swiggett: 16.4 points, 4.4 assists). It seems that Paulo Cunha is still on the upside of his long career: 15.2 points, 9.2 rebounds. Dain Swetalla’s sobriety (8.8 points, 8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.25 steals) should not mislead us: his absence cost the team its only defeat. Ivan Almeida is a MVP candidate: 18.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals.

Académica de Coimbra (3-1).
The trio formed by Arnette Hallman (15.5 points, 12.8 rebounds), Fernando Sousa (15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals) and João Balseiro (14.8 points) leads a team with almost no bench. Marco Gonçalves’ stats aren’t bad (8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds) but he’s a center that tends to disappear in big games.

C.A.B. Madeira (2-2).
Who would expect to see young Jorge Freitas as a starter? And he's not doing that bad: 11.3 points, 2.8 assists. João Guerreiro (5.8 points, 5.8 rebounds) and André Pinto (4.5 points, 3.5 rebounds) could do better, especially the later. With limited playing time, Spanish center José Manuel Coego is good enough for 5.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. Portuguese NT members Fábio Lima (10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1 block) and Jorge Coelho (14.3 points, 5.3 rebounds) lead the team.

F*sica de Torres Vedras (2-3).
LPB’s weakest team has 2 wins? Ekjersey Viana’s departure (9.3 points, 16.3 rebounds, 1.33 blocks) was a huge blow to the team. Extremely undersized Edson Rosário (11.6 points, 6.0 rebounds) and late addition Franklim Furtado will have to do. PG Miguel Barroca is F*sica’s leading scorer (13.6 points, 3.2 assists) and Braima Freire their most exciting player (10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds).

Sampaense Basket (2-3).
Two interesting American players: Steven Baker (16.8 points, 5 rebounds) and Al Rapier (20.4 points, 8 rebounds ‒ this guy is good); Jorge Sing (8.0 points, 7.4 assists) at the helm; Carlos Ferreirinho with considerable playing time (11.6 points, 4.6 rebounds) ‒ a curious team that could go places. The negative: only Hélder Carvalho contributes from the bench: 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists.

B.C. Barcelos (2-4).
G Nuno Oliveira continues to rebound like a PF (16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds). Eduardo Coelho (12 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 steals) is a MIP candidate. «Center» Marko Loncovic (17.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.67 steals) and «PF» Matic Sirnik (16.3 points, 6 rebounds) immediately became fan favorites and (I hope) could start a new trend: instead of 3rd rate, expensive, American players why not give a chance to eager, young «Bosmans», in search of playing time.

Sport Algés e Dafundo (1-4).
Algés keeps saying they will sign a couple of American players. The wait has been so long that I suspect they’ve signed Godot. Meanwhile, they'll have to settle with Josimar Cardoso at center (12.6 points, 9 rebounds) and Rui Quintino at PF (12.2 points, 8.2 rebounds). António Pires is a very decent PG (12.2 points, 5.6 assists).

S.C. Lusitânia (1-4).
Durrell Nevels (7.2 points, 7 rebounds, 1.4 blocks) is no Brian Mills and Jeremy Goode (10 points, 2.25 steals) is definitively no Ricky Franklin. At least, Marcel Momplasir continues to be a defensive force (14 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks). The Portuguese trio of Augusto Sobrinho (15 points), Mohamed Camará (10 points, 6.2 rebounds) and Daniel Monteiro (9.6 points, 2.2 steals) will be asked to carry Lusitânia to a playoff spot.

Galitos F.C. (1-5).
Perry Stevenson blocks everything that moves (10.7 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2 steals and 3.33 blocks). Veteran António Tavares is still a scoring threat (19.3 points). Pedro Pinto (15.8 points, 2.3 assists) shares PG duties with highly regarded prospect João Fernandes (4.2 points, 2.3 assists). Who the hell is José Pedro Ferreira (7.2 points, 3.5 rebounds)? Information is scarce on Galitos’ starting PF.

António Pires (Sport Algés e Dafundo)

JRS Bonnet
12-02-2012, 08:11 PM
Round 7 of the LPB was played last Saturday. Here are the results:

Sport Algés e Dafundo 92: António Pires (16 points, 7 assists, 5 steals).
B.C. Barcelos 96: Marko Loncovic (19 points, 16 rebounds).

C.A.B. Madeira 92: José Manuel Coego (11 points, 8 rebounds).
Vitória de Guimarães 85: Charlie Swiggett (30 points, 11/18 FG).

Académica de Coimbra 66: João Balseiro (24 points, 5 steals).
S.C. Lusitânia 55: Marcel Momplasir (15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks).

S.L. Benfica 103: LaceDarius Dunn (30 points, 8/13 behind the arch).
Sampaense Basket 56: Al Rapier (19 points, 8 rebounds).

A.D. Ovarense 59: Sergi Coll (24 points, 10 rebounds).
F*sica de Torres Vedras 48: Braima Freire (19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals).

Sunday, C.A.B. Madeira beat Académica de Coimbra (Round 3 game):

C.A.B. Madeira 78: Shawn Jackson (18 points, 10 rebounds).
Académica de Coimbra 73: Arnette Hallman (16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists).

‒ Jeremy Goode was waived by S.C. Lusitânia. Rumor: Goode will be replaced by Cavel Witter, seen last season with F.C. Barreirense.
‒ Sport Algés e Dafundo signed Jamarcus Holt (PF, 2.05, USA).

JRS Bonnet
12-09-2012, 09:13 PM
LPB (Round 8)

Vitória de Guimarães 74: Paulo Cunha (15 pts, 14 reb).
S.L. Benfica 87: Seth Doliboa (28 pts, 10 reb).

B.C. Barcelos 85: Marko Loncovic (34 pts, 7 reb).
Académica de Coimbra 88: João Balseiro (30 pts, 5 st).

Sampaense Basket 75: Al Rapier (22 pts, 6 reb, 2 blk).
Sport Algés e Dafundo 72: Jamarcus Holt (28 pts, 15 reb).

Galitos F.C. 52: Chris Barnes (9pts, 13 reb).
A.D. Ovarense 66: José Barbosa (13 pts, 5 ast, 5/5 FG).

F*sica de Torres Vedras 58: Edson Rosário (14 pts, 6 reb).
C.A.B. Madeira 83: Jason Smith (20 pts, 7 ast).

‒ PG Mário Fernandes, after being waived by Jämtland Basket (Sweden), was signed by Académica de Coimbra.
‒ Perry Stevenson is no longer on Galitos F.C.’s roster. He was LPB’s leading shot- blocker (3.33) and 2nd in rebounding (12.2). Stevenson was replaced by Chris Barnes (PF/C, 2.05, 1988, USA), seen last season with two Lithuanian teams: Nevezis Kedainiai and Naglis Palanga.
‒ Good news for Sport Algés e Dafundo: Diego Ventura, a top Portuguese PG prospect, is back in action (5 assists last Saturday).

Seth Doliboa (S.L. Benfica)

JRS Bonnet
12-16-2012, 08:30 PM
6 LPB games were played last weekend. Here are the results:

S.C. Lusitânia 80: John Huggins (36 pts, 13/19 FG, 7/7 FT).
B.C. Barcelos 81: Eduardo Coelho (29 pts, 4 st).

C.A.B. Madeira 92: Jorge Coelho (17 pts, 7/9 FG).
A.D. Ovarense 58: José Barbosa (10 pts, 8 ast).

Sport Algés e Dafundo 68: Jamarcus Holt (16 pts, 10 reb).
Vitória de Guimarães 80: Paulo Cunha (11 pts, 11 reb, 4 st).

Académica de Coimbra 72: Arnette Hallman (17 pts, 13 reb).
Sampaense Basket 49: Carlos Ferreirinho (12 pts, 4 reb).

S.L. Benfica 85: Ricky Franklin (14 pts, 6 reb, 6 ast).
F*sica de Torres Vedras 61: Edson Rosário (22 pts, 4/5 3P).

C.A.B. Madeira 87: Jorge Coelho (22 pts, 7/10 FG).
Galitos F.C. 57: Jeremy Bynum (16 pts, 5 reb).

‒ S.C. Lusitânia decided to replace Jeremy Goode by John Huggins (PG, 1.88, 1982, USA).

Paulo Cunha (13.5 pts, 10.1 reb)

JRS Bonnet
12-22-2012, 09:24 PM
4 LPB games were played Saturday. Académica de Coimbra, despite Fernando Sousa’s absence, got away with a win at Guimarães:

(1-8) Galitos F.C. 79: Pedro Pinto (29 pts, 3 st, 11/16 FG).
(9-0) S.L. Benfica 83: Diogo Carreira (17 pts, 6 ast, 4/6 behind the arch).

(3-6) F*sica de Torres Vedras 79: Franklim Furtado (19 pts, 10 reb).
(1-8) Sport Algés e Dafundo 76: João Manuel (27 pts, 4 st, 9/9 FT).

(5-4) Vitória de Guimarães 70: Ivan Almeida (16 pts, 9 reb).
(7-2) Académica de Coimbra 82: Arnette Hallman (14 pts, 18 reb).

(4-5) Sampaense Basket 77: Jorge Sing (12 pts, 8 ast, 5 st).
(1-7) S.C. Lusitânia 74: Marcel Momplasir (21 pts, 9 reb).

Arnette Hallman (15.3 pts, 13.4 reb)

JRS Bonnet
01-06-2013, 07:52 PM
We had a «classical» game this weekend: Benfica hosted Ovarense and won by 9 points, both teams putting on a very decent show.

S.L. Benfica 91: João Gomes (23 pts, 9 reb).
A.D. Ovarense 80: José Barbosa (15 pts, 12 ast).

B.C. Barcelos 90: Nuno Oliveira (25 pts, 10 reb, 5 ast).
Sampaense Basket 83: Carlos Ferreirinho (26 pts, 7 reb, 2 blk).

Sport Algés e Dafundo 71: Rui Quintino (15 pts, 11 reb, 3 st).
Galitos F.C. 64: Chris Barnes (14 pts, 15 reb).

S.C. Lusitânia 71: Marcel Momplasir (14 pts, 13 reb, 3 blk).
Vitória de Guimarães 64: Ivan Almeida (25 pts, 15 reb).

Académica de Coimbra 70: Bruno Costa (12 pts, 6 reb).
F*sica de Torres Vedras 63: Miguel Barroca (20 pts, 4 st).

‒ Daniel Monteiro (PG, 1.82, 1982) is no longer on S.C. Lusitânia’s roster. Player and team reached an agreement to terminate Monteiro’s contract… Bad blood between the PG and Lusitânia’s head coach Nuno Barroso.
‒ The Serbian-Portuguese forward Stefan Djukic (2.01, 1989) was inked by Sampaense Basket. Djukic had a very good 2011-12 season playing for Ginásio Figueirense (12.4 pts, 8.2 reb).
‒ The Angolan-Portuguese guard Francisco Destino (1.90, 1989) left Académica de Coimbra and joined Olivais Coimbra (CNB1).

8 candidates for the «Most Improved Player» award:

Cristovão Cordeiro (F, 2.02, 1989, A.D. Ovarense): 11.3 pts, 3.5 reb [3.1 pts]
Arnette Halmann (F, 1.99, 1988, Académica de Coimbra): 15.3 pts, 12.5 reb [7.3 pts, 5.5 reb]
Eduardo Coelho (SG/SF, 1.91, 1989, B.C. Barcelos): 14.9 pts, 4.7 reb, 2.5 ast, 2.8 st [8.5 pts, 1.06 st]
Carlos Ferreirinho (SG/SF, 2.00, 1991, Sampaense Basket): 13.5 pts, 4.3 reb [4.5 pts, 1.0 reb with S.L. Benfica]
Jorge Freitas (PG, 1.80, 1988, C.A.B. Madeira): 9.3 pts, 1.44 st [3.5 pts, 1.5 st]
Pedro Pinto (PG, 1.88, 1988, Galitos F.C.): 14.6 pts, 2.8 ast [6.9 pts, 2.6 ast with F.C. Barreirense]
Diogo Correia (G, 1.82, 1990, Sport Algés e Dafundo): 8.0 pts, 1.2 st [4.3 pts with F.C. Porto]
André Bessa (PG, 1.79, 1989, Vitória de Guimarães): 9.6 pts, 4.2 ast, 2.1 st [8.6 pts, 1,9 ast]

JRS Bonnet
01-12-2013, 11:58 PM
An eventful Saturday:
‒ Portuguese NT member Miguel Miranda registered a triple-double:): 13 pts, 17 reb, 11 ast (plus 4 steals).
‒ Previously unbeaten S.L. Benfica suffered a double overtime loss at the hands of C.A.B. Madeira (84-93). Benfica shot 1/23 from behind the arch:p
‒ Galitos surprisingly beat Académica (70-76).

S.L. Benfica 84: Cláudio Fonseca (17 pts, 10 reb, 3 blk).
C.A.B. Madeira 93: Jorge Coelho (17 pts, 12 reb, 2 blk).

Académica de Coimbra 70: Mário Fernandes (16 pts, 4 ast).
Galitos F.C. 76: José Pedro Ferreira (14 pts, 11 reb).

B.C. Barcelos 87: Carlos Fechas (16 pts, 9 ast).
Vitória de Guimarães 90: Ivan Almeida (29 pts, 12 reb).

Sport Algés e Dafundo 69: Rui Quintino (21 pts, 9 reb).
A.D. Ovarense 70: Miguel Miranda (13 pts, 17 reb, 11 ast).

S.C. Lusitânia 67: Durrell Nevels (16 pts, 13 reb).
F*sica de Torres Vedras 54: Miguel Barroca (17 pts).

‒ Daniel Monteiro (PG, 1.82, 1982), after being waived by S.C. Lusitânia, didn’t waste any time and found a new home: he’ll back António Pires at Algés’ helm.

Three cheers for Miguel Miranda!

JRS Bonnet
01-14-2013, 04:06 PM
After beating Benfica last Saturday (double overtime), C.A.B. Madeira was still able to come up with a win at Algés on Sunday and has now a 9-2 record, good enough for second place.

Sport Algés e Dafundo 69: Rui Quintino (18 pts, 6 reb, 4 st).
C.A.B. Madeira 72: José Manuel Coego (15 pts, 9 reb, 2 blk).

JRS Bonnet
01-21-2013, 06:53 PM
LPB games last weekend:

Vitória de Guimarães 87: Ivan Almeida (30 pts, 13 reb, 3 st, 3 blk).
Sampaense Basket 93: Steve Baker (28 pts, 10 reb, 4 st).

F*sica de Torres Vedras 69: Franklim Furtado (22 pts, 6 reb).
B.C. Barcelos 66: Marko Loncovic (20 pts, 12 reb).

Galitos F.C. 73: Pedro Pinto (30 pts, 5 ast).
S.C. Lusitânia 75: Marcel Momplasir (21 pts, 13 reb, 3 blk).

C.A.B. Madeira 90: José Costa (16 pts, 7 ast).
S.C. Lusitânia 64: Augusto Sobrinho (21 pts, 5 reb).

A.D. Ovarense 66: José Barbosa (11 pts, 8 ast, 3 st).
Académica de Coimbra 63: Mário Fernandes (14 pts, 8 reb, 9 ast).

JRS Bonnet
01-21-2013, 06:55 PM
1. S.L. Benfica (10-1)
Ricky Franklin hasn´t been able to establish himself as the starting PG (injuries haven´t helped). Lace Dunn is no Ted Scott (now in Germany ‒ Frankfurt Skyliners). Good season by João Gomes (14.2 pts, 7.7 reb). It’s hard to tell that Heshimu Evans (9.9 pts, 5.4 reb) will turn 38 next May.

2. C.A.B. Madeira (10-2)
C.A.B. Madeira is the only team (besides Benfica) that has a decent frontcourt rotation. With José Manuel Coego (10.6 pts, 5.0 reb) at C and Jorge Coelho (14.4 pts, 5.0 reb) at the PF spot, they’re a force to be reckoned. «Über»-veterans José Costa (1973, 4.7 pts, 5.5 ast) and Shaw Jackson (1971, 9.8 pts, 1.75 st) can still play.

3. A.D. Ovarense (9-3)
I have nothing but admiration for this historical team that, facing budget restrictions, decided to give a chance to younger players. José Barbosa leads the league in assists (7.2) and is a candidate to lead the Portuguese NT next summer (against Holland and Estonia ‒ 2015 Eurobasket qualifiers). Due to Mário Gonçalves’ long absence, top prospect Emanuel Sá (3.1 pts, 3.3 reb) was forced to play out of position. No one questions his tenacity, but I would like to see him developing as a SF not has an undersized PF.

4. Académica de Coimbra (8-4)
Fernando Sousa’s injury seriously hurt Académica’s changes to reach the playoff semifinals. A brighter note: it didn’t take long for late addition Mário Fernandes (a PG that started the season with Jämtland Basket ‒ Sweden) to show why size doesn’t matter: 9.8 pts, 5.0 ast coming off the bench. If Arnette Hallman (15.5 pts, 12.5 reb) manages to find a jump-shoot to go with his tenacity and athleticism we’ll see him on a bigger stage in a near future. Hallman has a Portuguese passport ‒ he’s the son of another Arnette Hallman, a second-round draft pick in 1980 (# 46), who played for F.C. Porto in the late 80’s.

Mário Fernandes (Académica de Coimbra)

JRS Bonnet
01-26-2013, 08:26 PM
5. Vitória de Guimarães (6-6)
Ivan Almeida is scoring and rebounding in double figures (19.7 pts, 10.1 reb). I’m hoping he’ll be the key to Cape Verdean success at the 2013 Afrobasket (qualification to the 2014 World Championship?). After a solid start of the season, Guimarães is struggling a bit and was beaten by all the other top teams. Rotating only 7 players doesn’t help, especially when Paulo Cunha (11.0 pts, 9.6 reb) or Dain Swetalla (9.5 pts, 7.3 reb) are unavailable.

6. Sampaense Basket (6-7)
Sampaense’s big three: Al Rapier (19.3 pts, 8.0 reb), Steven Baker (15.9 pts, 4.9 reb) and Carlos Ferreirinho (12.6 pts, 4.1 reb). Late-addition Stefan Djukic (2 games: 5.0 pts, 3.5 reb) will help from the bench. Jorge Sing is the league’s second passer (6.5 ast) and Brandon Sebirumbi is an unpolished but rock-solid center (9.3 pts, 7.9 reb).

7. B.C. Barcelos (5-7)
It didn’t take long for Marko Loncovic to establish himself as a top LPB player: 19.9 pts, 9.1 reb and 2.42 steals for the latest product out of Montenegro's assembly-line. Breakout season for SF Eduardo Coelho (15.5 pts, 4.6 reb, 3.00 st), a candidate to play a part in next summer Eurobasket qualifiers, alongside his teammate Nuno Oliveira (16.3 pts, 6.2 reb).

8. S.C. Lusitânia (4-8)
Times are hard for the Azorean team. John Huggins (22.6 pts), brought in to compensate the loss of Daniel Monteiro, seems to be a SG in a PG’s body. Augusto Sobrinho is at the height of his game: 15.6 pts, 1.27 st. A personal favorite of mine: Marcel Momplasir ‒ always a defensive force (11.0 reb, 1.92 blk) ‒ is also averaging 14.9 pts per game.

B.C. Barcelos

JRS Bonnet
01-27-2013, 07:08 PM
S.L. Benfica defeated Académica de Coimbra (85-74) to claim the «Taça Hugo dos Santos» ‒ a mid-season trophy to which only the top 4 regular season teams have access.

MVP: João Gomes (25 pts, 7 reb)

For Benfica, Diogo Carreira scored 19 pts and Cláudio Fonseca 12 (with 3 blocks). After a long absence, Carlos Andrade finally returned to action.
Mário Fernandes was Académica´s best player (17 pts) and the inevitable Arnette Hallman their leading scorer (21 pts, 7 reb, but 5/18 from the field).

JRS Bonnet
01-29-2013, 06:35 PM
9. F*sica de Torres Vedras (4-8)
Franklim Furtado (13.1 pts, 5.6 reb) is proving to be a good replacement for Ekjersey Viana. The frontcourt, however, is still wafer-thin: Edson Rosário (11.8 pts, 5.3 reb and 2.00 st) tries hard but he’s actually a SF. Miguel Barroca (13.2 pts) and Braima Freire (11.9 pts, 4.3 reb and 2.00 st) form an interesting backcourt.

10. Sport Algés e Dafundo (2-10)
Newcomer Jamarcus Holt (17.4 pts, 10.7 reb) provided Algés with the inside presence they desperately needed and, more importantly, allowed Rui Quintino (11.4 pts, 7.0 reb) to move to the SF spot. After a slow start, veteran SG João Manuel (10.8 pts) had a couple of good games (27 pts against F*sica). Diogo Ventura’s progression might be compromised by the arrival of another PG (Daniel Monteiro).

11. Galitos F.C. (2-10)
Chris Barnes (9.5 pts, 9.8 reb) isn’t half has intimidating as Perry Stevenson (3.33 blk). Due to the copious amount of PGs, Pedro Pinto (16.4 pts) is often moved to the SG spot. Galitos dreadfully needs a SF ‒ late-addiction Jeremy Bynum (13.5 pts, 4.0 reb) is actually a SG ‒ and a PF (and a mascot, a new arena and some cheerleadears…).

JRS Bonnet
02-04-2013, 02:30 PM
Sport Algés e Dafundo 51: Diogo Ventura (14 pts).
S.L. Benfica 99: Elvis Évora (21 pts, 10 reb).

B.C. Barcelos 90: Marko Loncovic (27 pts, 15 reb).
Galitos F.C. 75: Pedro Pinto (25 pts, 3 st).

S.C. Lusitânia 45: Marcel Momplasir (8 pts, 13 reb, 2 blk).
A.D. Ovarense 55: Miguel Miranda (20 pts, 6 reb).

Académica de Coimbra 62: Arnette Hallman (17 pts, 10 reb, 4 st).
C.A.B. Madeira 60: Jaime Silva (16 pts).

Sampaense Basket 68: Jorge Sing (11 pts, 6 reb, 4 st).
F*sica de Torres Vedras 65: Ricardo Rodrigues (25 pts).

Vitória de Guimarães 77: Ivan Almeida (18 pts, 8 reb, 2 blk).
C.A.B. Madeira 78: Jaime Silva (29 pts, 9 three-pointers:)).

‒ The LPB is back and so is Frederick Gentry (Benfica). While waiting for a Portuguese passport, Gentry made his debut against Algés (9 pts, 3 reb in 14 minutes).
‒ Tim Toler (7.9 pts, 3.1 reb) left Académica de Coimbra.

Jaime Silva

JRS Bonnet
02-11-2013, 02:53 PM
S.L. Benfica 93: Lace Dunn (17 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast).
Académica de Coimbra 79: Arnette Hallman (21 pts, 6 reb, 4 blk).

F*sica de Torres Vedras 68: Edson Rosário (21 pts, 3 st).
Vitória de Guimarães 75: José Silva (22 pts).

Galitos F.C. 73: Jeremy Bynum (31 pts, 4 ast, 2 blk).
Sampaense Basket 76: Steve Baker (21 pts, 6 reb).

‒ I didn’t see this coming: João Santos (F, 2.04, 1979), member of the Portuguese NT and, until last season, on F.C. Porto’s roster, has joined F*sica de Torres Vedras (4-10).

José Silva

JRS Bonnet
02-17-2013, 08:45 PM
Huge win for Sampaense this week, a well-coached team that probably guaranteed a playoff spot. Fernando Sousa (Académica de Coimbra) is back in action: almost 10 minutes against Algés.

Sampaense Basket 85: Steve Baker (27 pts, 12/16 FG).
A.D. Ovarense 80: Miguel Miranda (20 pts, 13 reb, 5 ast).

Académica de Coimbra 80: João Balseiro (23 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast).
Sport Algés e Dafundo 76: António Pires (10 pts, 10 ast).

S.C. Lusitânia 61: Marcel Momplasir (18 pts, 8 reb).
S.L. Benfica 70: Carlos Andrade (22 pts, 8 reb).

Vitória de Guimarães 87: Ivan Almeida (20 pts, 9 reb, 6 ast, 6 st).
Galitos F.C. 66: Chris Barnes (14 pts, 11 reb).

Steve Baker

JRS Bonnet
02-20-2013, 04:04 PM
While waiting for the LPB to return, here’re the historical statistical leaders (unofficial).

POINTS (min:1000)

1 Greg Stempin 1853
2 Sérgio Ramos 1664
3 Fernando Sousa 1478
4 John Waller 1461
5 Nuno Marçal 1241
6 João Santos 1203
7 Miguel Miranda 1166
8 Heshimu Evans 1111
9 João Balseiro 1110
10 Seth Doliboa 1110
11 Manuel Johnson 1075
12 José Costa 1071
13 Elvis Évora 1035
14 Nuno Cortez 1026
15 Carlos Andrade 1008

REBOUNDS (min: 500)

1 Greg Stempin 830
2 Elvis Évora 676
3 Manuel Johnson 636
4 Sérgio Ramos 618
5 Nuno Cortez 597
6 Miguel Miranda 575
7 Carlos Andrade 566
8 Julian Terrell 564
9 Kevin Martin 542
10 Christopher Lee 520
11 Fernando Sousa 516
12 Ben Reed 509
13 Heshimu Evans 506
14 Seth Doliboa 501

ASSISTS (min: 250)

1 Nuno Manarte 571
2 José Costa 464
3 Miguel Minhava 460
4 João Reveles 442
5 Mário Fernandes 400
6 Diogo Simões 392
7 Ben Reed 383
8 Jorge Sing 382
9 Miguel Miranda 341
10 Pedro Pinto 274
11 Carlos Andrade 267

STEALS (min: 150)

1 José Costa 197
2 Fernando Sousa 194
3 Jaime Silva 186
4 Diogo Simões 173
5 João Balseiro 168
6 Pedro Tavares 168
7 Carlos Andrade 160
8 Nuno Cortez 159
9 Miguel Miranda 153
10 Ben Reed 150

BLOCKS (min: 50)

1 Greg Stempin 103
2 Marcel Momplasir 99
3 Elvis Évora 89
4 Julian Terrell 75
5 Jorge Coelho 67
6 Kevin Martin 60
7 Seth Doliboa 58
8 Lance Soderberg 50

‒ Data is from the seasons I (2008-09) to IV (2011-12) and includes playoff and regular season games.
‒ Bold denotes a player on a LPB roster this season.

JRS Bonnet
03-03-2013, 08:14 PM
The 17th round of the LPB presented us with an historical game: Benfica beat Barcelos by 73 points. Huge win for Guimarães: they’ve beaten Ovarense on the road (77-84).

S.L. Benfica 125: Lace Dunn (33 pts, 8 reb, 8 ast, 4 st).
B.C. Barcelos 52: Marko Loncovic (28 pts, 9 reb).
Benfica’s boxscore was a poem. Lace Dunn had a 52 «Euroleague P.I.R.» (11/12 FG, 6/6 FT).

A.D. Ovarense 77: Fernando Neves (17 pts, 3 st).
Vitória de Guimarães 84: Paulo Cunha (19 pts, 11 reb, 4 ast).

Sampaense Basket 77: Jorge Sing (17 pts, 6 reb, 7 ast).
C.A.B. Madeira 103: Jason Smith (30 pts, 10 ast).

Sport Algés e Dafundo 73: Jamarcus Holt (23 pts, 15 reb, 4 st).
S.C. Lusitânia 77: Durrell Nevels (14 pts, 17 reb).

Galitos F.C. 61: Denis Neves (12 pts, 12 reb).
F*sica de Torres Vedras 68: Edson Rosário (21 pts, 15 reb).

‒ The Cape Verdean SF Joel Almeida (1.95, 1985), seen two seasons ago with Sampaense Basket (8.9 pts), was signed by Vitória de Guimarães.

JRS Bonnet
03-10-2013, 03:04 PM
The regular season is coming to an end and there is still one playoff spot up for grabs. Lusitânia and F*sica de Torres Vedras, both with a 5-11 record, will battle for it.

(5-11) S.C. Lusitânia 61: Marcel Momplasir (10 pts, 13 reb).
(11-5) Académica de Coimbra 76: Mário Fernandes (23 pts, 11 ast).

(7-8) B.C. Barcelos 81: Nuno Oliveira (27 pts, 8 reb).
(2-14) Sport Algés e Dafundo 76: António Pires (14 pts, 9 ast, 5 reb).

(5-11) F*sica de Torres Vedras 64: Edson Rosário (12 pts, 10 reb).
(11-5) A.D. Ovarense 76: Sergi Coll (15 pts, 7 reb).

(8-8) Sampaense Basket 55: Al Rapier (12 pts).
(15-1) S.L. Benfica 88: Lace Dunn (25 pts, 6 reb, 10/12 FG).

Edson Rosário (12.8 pts, 5.9 reb, 1.94 st)

JRS Bonnet
03-17-2013, 07:54 PM
Vitória de Guimarães is the new Portuguese Cup champion, having beaten S.L. Benfica 100-81 in the final. Five Guimarães’ players scored in double figures: José Silva (25), Paulo Cunha (20), Ivan Almeida (17), Dain Swetalla (17) and André Bessa (10). Ivan Almeida was named MVP: 17 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast and 5 st. João Gomes was Benfica’s best player: 21 pts. This is Guimarães’ second Cup title (2008, 2013).

Congratulations to Guimarães and Ivan Almeida

03-18-2013, 01:04 AM

JRS Bonnet
03-21-2013, 01:35 AM
In a game that had been postponed due to Ovar’s «Carnaval» festivities, Ovarense beat Barcelos 80-75.

A.D. Ovarense 80: Miguel Miranda (20 pts, 11 reb, 7 ast).
B.C. Barcelos 75: Marko Loncovic (24 pts, 7 reb, 3 st).

‒ :(And the hits just keep on coming… C.A.B. Madeira announced that it can’t afford the trip to the Azores Islands where, next Friday, the team was supposed to face S.C. Lusitânia.

Miguel Miranda (14.7 pts, 9.1 reb, 4.3 ast)

JRS Bonnet
03-24-2013, 09:20 PM
S.L. Benfica 75: João Gomes (18 pts, 14 reb, 3 st).
Vitória de Guimarães 63: Ivan Almeida (25 pts, 6 reb, 4 st).

A.D. Ovarense 92: Fernando Neves (26 pts).
Galitos F.C. 83: Pedro Pinto (25 pts, 7 ast).

C.A.B. Madeira 81: José Manuel Coego (16 pts, 9 reb).
F*sica de Torres Vedras 69: Edson Rosário (15 pts, 7 reb).

Académica de Coimbra 81: João Balseiro (27 pts, 8 reb).
B.C. Barcelos 74: Nuno Oliveira (17 pts, 8 reb, 4 st).

Sport Algés e Dafundo 69: Jamarcus Holt (25 pts, 12 reb).
Sampaense Basket 75: Stefan Djukic (18 pts, 9 reb, 4 st).

João Balseiro (18.3 pts)

JRS Bonnet
03-28-2013, 03:27 PM
Académica de Coimbra signed the Polish center Szymon Lukasiak (2.08, 1987), seen this season with Nassjo Basket (Sweden). Marco Gonçalves, the only other center on Académica’s roster, is said to be experiencing some groin pain.

JRS Bonnet
03-30-2013, 08:08 PM
S.C. Lusitânia all but guaranteed the last playoff spot by beating B.C. Barcelos 63-64.

Vitória de Guimarães 74: José Silva (25 pts, 3 st).
Sport Algés e Dafundo 66: Jamarcus Holt (30 pts, 15 reb).

F*sica de Torres Vedras 56: Miguel Barroca (16 pts).
S.L. Benfica 70: João Gomes (21 pts, 7/9 FG).

Sampaense Basket 60: Stefan Djukic (14 pts, 7 reb).
Académica de Coimbra 68: Mário Fernandes (10 pts, 6 reb, 8 ast).

B.C. Barcelos 63: Nuno Oliveira (24 pts, 6 reb).
S.C. Lusitânia 64: Marcel Momplasir (15 pts, 9 reb).

‒ Guimarães’ PG André Bessa is out for the season (leg injury).

João Gomes (13.8 pts, 7.1 reb)

JRS Bonnet
04-07-2013, 09:11 PM
The regular season is almost over and the relegation battle will reach its climax next Saturday: Galitos (2-16) will host Algés (2-17) having thus a chance to put an appropriated end to Algés’ miserable season.

A.D. Ovarense 77: José Barbosa (7 pts, 16 ast:cool:).
C.A.B. Madeira 86: Shawn Jackson (13 pts, 7 reb, 3 st).

S.L. Benfica 88: Lace Dunn (18 pts, 8 ast).
Galitos F.C. 63: José Pedro Ferreira (16 pts, 5 ast).

S.C. Lusitânia 87: Augusto Sobrinho (20 pts, 6 ast).
Sampaense Basket 85: Steve Baker (22 pts, 5 reb, 3 st).

Académica de Coimbra 73: Mário Fernandes (23 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast).
Vitória de Guimarães 68: Ivan Almeida (21 pts, 11 reb, 4 ast).

B.C. Barcelos 66: Patryk Bajtus (13 pts, 11 reb, 3 st).
C.A.B. Madeira 75: José Costa (15 pts, 6 ast, 3 st).

Sport Algés e Dafundo 80: Jamarcus Holt (21 pts, 16 reb).
F*sica de Torres Vedras 88: João Santos (23 pts, 7/11 FG, 5/5 FT).

‒ Maia Basket guaranteed a spot in next year’s LPB by finishing 1st in the PROLIGA’s regular season (17-3). The team is led by the veteran SF Nuno Marçal (Fuenlabrada, Murcia, Huelva, Oliveirense and 82 seasons with F.C. Porto). Oporto’s metropolitan area will again host LPB basketball:).

Nuno Marçal (Maia Basket)

JRS Bonnet
04-13-2013, 08:50 PM
Playoffs Quarterfinals (prediction between parentheses)

1. S.L. Benfica ‒ 8. S.C. Lusitânia (3-0)
2. C.A.B. Madeira ‒ 7. B.C. Barcelos (3-1)
3. Académica de Coimbra ‒ 6. Sampaense Basket (3-1)
4. A.D. Ovarense ‒ 5. Vitória de Guimarães (3-2)

An immense Jamarcus Holt probably guaranteed Algés a place in next season’s LPB.
(2-18) Galitos F.C. 63: José Pedro Ferreira (12 pts, 6 reb, 6/8 FG).
(3-17) Sport Algés e Dafundo 71: Jamarcus Holt (22 pts, 17 reb, 2 blk).

(11-9) Vitória de Guimarães 88: Ivan Almeida (23 pts, 11 reb, 4 ast, 3 st, 3 blk).
(8-12) S.C. Lusitânia 70: Marcel Momplasir (12 pts, 10 reb, 3 blk).

Due to Doliboa’s absence, João Gomes is playing several minutes at the PF spot (18 pts, 17 reb)
(13-7) A.D. Ovarense 62: Miguel Miranda (13 pts, 6 reb, 4 st).
(19-1) S.L. Benfica 78: Cláudio Fonseca (20 pts, 9 reb, 4 blk).

Jorge Sing, Sampaense’s starting PG, didn’t play.
(9-11) Sampaense Basket 62: Al Rapier (19 pts, 14 reb).
(8-12) B.C. Barcelos 73: Carlos Fechas (15 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast).

(6-14) F*sica de Torres Vedras 57: João Santos (18 pts, 9 reb).
(15-5) Académica de Coimbra 61: Arnette Hallman (19 pts, 16 reb).

Carlos Fechas (10.0 pts, 4.6 ast)

JRS Bonnet
04-14-2013, 09:28 PM
11th GALITOS F.C. (2-18) ‒ relegated to the PROLIGA (second division)

Ideal starting five (in blue: MVP)

PG Pedro Pinto: 15.4 pts, 3.2 ast, 1.63 st
SG António Tavares: 13.7 pts
SF Jeremy Bynum: 13.8 pts, 4.4 reb
PF José Pedro Ferreira: 7.4 pts, 3.5 reb
C Chris Barnes: 8.8 pts, 8.3 reb

After the departure of PERRY STEVENSON (C) and TOMÁS LÓPEZ (SF), Galitos went downhill. CHRIS BARNES, an hard-working inside player, just wasn’t as intimidating as Stevenson. ANTÓNIO TAVARES’s (1975) scoring-frenzy seems to be fading away. PEDRO PINTO, rescued from Barreirense’s ruins, would be a good choice for a back-up PG job with the Portuguese NT: this guy is physically very strong and knows how to use his body, reminding me off a young Pedro Miguel. Help from the bench was provided by former Cape Verdean NT member DÉNIS NEVES (5.6 pts, 4.3 reb). The highly regarded prospect PG JOÃO FERNANDES (1992) had a rather disappointing season: 3.5 pts, 1.8 ast.

Note: The boxscore for the Galitos-CAB Madeira game is missing in action so all the stats are for 19 regular season games.

Pedro Pinto

JRS Bonnet
04-15-2013, 05:36 PM

Ideal starting five (in blue: MVP)

PG António Pires: 8.0 pts, 4.4 ast
SG Diogo Correia: 8.2 pts
SF Rui Quintino: 10.0 pts, 6.4 reb, 2.0 ast
PF JaMarkus Holt: 19.2 pts, 11.8 reb
C Josimar Cardoso: 10.0 pts, 6.1 reb

JAMARKUS HOLT is a monster! We’ll see him in greener pastures next season. JOSIMAR CARDOSO, member of the Guinea-Bissau NT, has a very decent outside shoot but little or no low-post moves; nevertheless, he’s an interesting player. I would love to see RUI QUINTINO on a more competitive team: his all-around game would suit a title-contender perfectly. DIOGO CORREIA and JOÃO MANUEL (7.8 pts) shared SG duties, both being extremely undersized for that position (1.82). DANILSON VIEIRA (Guinea-Bissau NT) was helpful coming off the bench (5.9 pts, 3.4 reb) while swingman FIDEL MENDONÇA (Cape Verde NT) was hindered by his limited shooting-range (3.3 pts). PG DIOGO VENTURA’s composure impressed me and is an indication of a bright future; it’s a pity his progression was hampered by minor injuries and DANIEL MONTEIRO’s signing.

Diogo Ventura

JRS Bonnet
04-18-2013, 01:59 PM

Ideal starting five (in blue: MVP)

PG Miguel Barroca: 11.6 pts, 2.8 ast
SG Braima Freire: 10.4 pts, 4.9 reb, 1.89 st
SF Edson Rosário: 12.1 pts, 5.9 reb, 1.80 st
PF João Santos: 12.6 pts, 4.3 reb
C Franklim Furtado: 10.6 pts, 4.9 reb

Though unable to grab a playoff spot, this was a positive season for F*sica, a team whose players’ athleticism was a massive headache for its opponents. The loss of EKJERSEY VIANA was balanced by the arrival of Guinea-Bissau’s NT member FRANKLIM FURTADO. Late in the season, F*sica was surprisingly able to secure the services of Portuguese NT member JOÃO SANTOS (former F.C. Porto player). Mozambican PG RICARDO RODRIGUES (6.8 pts, 3.8 ast) played extensive minutes at the helm, allowing MIGUEL BARROCA to move to the SG spot and, with BRAIMA FREIRE at 3, F*sica presented us with an interesting 3 guards line-up. I’m not sure but I suspect that Edson Rosário is a semi-pro!!

Braima Freire

JRS Bonnet
04-21-2013, 08:37 PM
In the most interesting quarterfinal series, Charlie Swiggett is averaging 8.0 ast and Ivan Almeida 12.5 reb.

A.D. Ovarense 77: Sergi Coll (18 pts, 7 reb).
Vitória de Guimarães 68: Ivan Almeida (23 pts, 12 reb, 3 st).

A.D. Ovarense 62: José Barbosa (14 pts, 8 ast).
Vitória de Guimarães 75: Paulo Cunha (20 pts, 8 reb).

Barcelos is turning out to be a very tough opponent for CAB Madeira. Part of the credit goes to their hard-working Polish center Patryk Bajtus (8.0 pts, 8.0 reb).

C.A.B. Madeira 76: Jorge Freitas (18 pts, 5 reb, 3 st).
B.C. Barcelos 64: Nuno Oliveira (19 pts, 6 reb).

C.A.B. Madeira 75: Shawn Jackson (11 pts, 7 reb, 5 st).
B.C. Barcelos 69: Matic Sirnik (17 pts).

Marcel Momplasir’s inside presence was dearly missed by Lusitânia.

S.L. Benfica 102: Diogo Carreira (17 pts, 7/8 FG).
S.C. Lusitânia 74: John Huggins (31 pts).

S.L. Benfica 92: João Gomes (21 pts, 10 reb, 3 st).
S.C. Lusitânia 64: Durrell Nevels (27 pts, 9 reb).

After a miserable game, Sampaense bounced back and, without Al Rapier, still managed to get away from Coimbra with a win.

Académica de Coimbra 79: Szymon Lukasiak (19 pts, 4 blk).
Sampaense Basket 41: 23.5% FG.

Académica de Coimbra 71: Szymon Lukasiak (13 pts, 7 reb, 2 blk).
Sampaense Basket 83: Steven Baker (25 pts).

Jorge Freitas (C.A.B. Madeira) ‒ playoffs: 17.0 pts

JRS Bonnet
04-28-2013, 07:22 PM
Dain Swettalla is having a terrific playoff series: 13.3 pts, 8.8 reb. Guimarães has only one PG left; thank God it’s Charlie Swiggett (14.3 pts, 7.3 ast). Series tied at 2.

Vitória de Guimarães 83: Charlie Swiggett (25 pts, 5 reb, 9 ast).
A.D. Ovarense 84: Cristovão Cordeiro (21 pts, 8 reb, 2 blk).

Vitória de Guimarães 79: Ivan Almeida (22 pts, 16 reb, 7 ast, 4 blk).
A.D. Ovarense 67: Mário Gonçalves (13 pts, 7 reb, 2 blk),

Carlos Ferreirinho tied Ivan Almeida for the 2nd best offensive display this season with 35 pts (John Huggins had scored 36 against Barcelos). Académica won the series 3-1.

Sampaense Basket 65: Steven Baker (16 pts, 5 reb, 4 st).
Académica de Coimbra 86: Mário Fernandes (19 pts, 8 ast, 4 st).

Sampaense Basket 83: Carlos Ferreirinho (35 pts, 5 reb).
Académica de Coimbra 90: Fernando Sousa (19 pts, 7 reb, 4 st).

The absence of Jorge Coelho is starting to take its toll. Underdog Barcelos forced C.A.B. Madeira to a 5th and decisive game.

B.C. Barcelos 60: Marko Loncovic (17 pts, 10 reb).
C.A.B. Madeira 59: José Manuel Coego (17 pts, 9 reb).

B.C. Barcelos 77: Patryk Bajtus (13 pts, 10 reb).
C.A.B. Madeira 72: Shawn Jackson (13 pts, 9 reb, 5 st).

Without Marcel Momplasir, Lusitânia had to rely on Durrell Nevels to go against Benfica’s frontcourt. Good playoff series by the American PF: 19.0 pts, 8.3 reb, 1.33 blk, but Benfica sweeps the series.

S.C. Lusitânia 65: Augusto Sobrinho (20 pts, 7/9 2FG).
S.L. Benfica 89: João Gomes (17 pts, 6 reb).

Cristovão Cordeiro

JRS Bonnet
04-29-2013, 03:46 PM
8th S.C. LUSITÂNIA (8-15)

Ideal starting five (in blue: MVP)

PG John Huggins: 18.3 pts
SG Augusto Sobrinho: 14.3 pts, 2.5 ast
SF Mohamed Camará: 8.6 pts, 5.8 reb, 3.3 ast
PF Durrell Nevels: 11.8 pts, 9.3 reb, 1.77 blk
C Marcel Momplasir: 14.1 pts, 10.6 reb, 2.05 blk

After waiving JEREMY GOODE (10.0 pts, 2.8 ast) and DANIEL MONTEIRO (9.6 pts, 2.8 ast), Lusitânia had to rely on MIGUEL FREITAS (3.0 pts, 2.1 ast, 1.67 st) and JOHN HUGGINS to orchestrate their offense. The later never met a shot he didn’t like; the former is better suited for a backup role. MOHAMED CAMARÁ continues to do a little bit of everything… except handling the ball proficiently, while AUGUSTO SOBRINHO is establishing himself as one of Portugal’s best SG. The duo formed by NEVELS and MOMPLASIR terrorized opponents (78 blk) and cleaned the glass (405 reb), but their shooting was erratic. CARLOS DIAS (2.0 pts, 2.7 reb) emerged late in the season as an integral part of the big men rotation and was the best (if not the only) of Lusitânia’s bench players.

Mohamed Camará

JRS Bonnet
05-01-2013, 07:02 PM
A kind word for Barcelos and Guimarães: both teams battled hard and forced C.A.B. Madeira and Ovarense to a decisive 5th game.

C.A.B. Madeira 72: Jason Smith (27 pts, 10/12 FG).
B.C. Barcelos 65: Matic Sirnik (10 pts, 7 reb).

A.D. Ovarense 73: Cristovão Cordeiro (13 pts, 10 reb).
Vitória de Guimarães 71: Charlie Swiggett (21 pts, 5 reb).

Playoffs Semifinals (prediction between parentheses)

S.L. Benfica ‒ A.D. Ovarense (3-1)
C.A.B. Madeira ‒ Académica de Coimbra (1-3)

Jason Smith

05-01-2013, 08:14 PM
A.D. Ovarense 73: Cristovão Cordeiro (13 pts, 10 reb).
Vitória de Guimarães 71: Charlie Swiggett (21 pts, 5 reb).
Huge Nowitzkiesque buzzer beater for Miguel Miranda:


JRS Bonnet
05-01-2013, 11:47 PM
F*sica de Torres Vedras is facing huge financial difficulties and probably won’t be able to take part in next year’s LPB.:(

Source (in Portuguese): http://www.abola.pt/nnh/ver.aspx?id=398784

JRS Bonnet
05-03-2013, 05:46 PM
7th B.C. BARCELOS (10-15)

Ideal starting five (in bold: MVP)

PG Carlos Fechas: 9.6 pts, 4.4 ast
SG Nuno Oliveira: 16.3 pts, 6.0 reb, 1.92 st
SF Matic Sirnik: 12.5 pts, 5.3 reb
PF Marko Loncovic: 18.1 pts, 8.9 reb, 2.28 st
C Patryk Bajtus: 5.3 pts, 5.6 reb

B. C. Barcelos made his playoff debut in what must be considered an excellent season for this team from the Minho region. The arrival of Polish center PATRYK BAJTUS allowed LONCOVIC to move to the PF spot and SIRNIK to his natural SF position ‒ this rather tall lineup (by LPB standards) was a nuisance for C.A.B. Madeira in the quarterfinals playoff. EDUARDO COELHO (12.8 pts, 4.0 reb) needs to improve his outside shooting (27.1% from behind the arch) if he wants to be anything else than an undersized SF. NUNO OLIVEIRA out-rebounded all other guards (and most of the forwards) while giving FECHAS a hand at Barcelos’ helm. CRISTIANO SILVA (3.1 pts, 2.3 reb) ‒ a product of C.D. Póvoa, just like Coelho and Oliveira ‒ and BÁRTOLO DIAS (1.7 pts, 1.0 reb) were the other players on an 8-men rotation. MARKO LONCOVIC was the best of Barcelos’s «Eastern European Connection» and, with some bulking up, will be ready to compete on a more challenging league.

Marko Loncovic

Joško Poljak Fan
05-03-2013, 08:04 PM
I talked to quite some people about Sirnik and some said he had really bad luck/timing with his career, got into an argue with the U20 coach few years ago along with half of the team etc. Kind of never got the chance over here although especialy physicaly he imo has the tools for a decent pro-career.

I'm glad he is doing okay and hopefully moving abroad will help him :)

JRS Bonnet
05-06-2013, 03:28 PM
I talked to quite some people about Sirnik and some said he had really bad luck/timing with his career, got into an argue with the U20 coach few years ago along with half of the team etc. Kind of never got the chance over here although especialy physicaly he imo has the tools for a decent pro-career.

I'm glad he is doing okay and hopefully moving abroad will help him :)

If Matic Sirnik was able to survive an entire season in a scrofulous league like this one, no more questions should be asked about his professionalism. Grown men couldn’t handle it (I’m talking to you, Perry Stevenson). Despite a mid-season slump (injury related?), this kid is not without talent and at least his first overseas’ experience granted him lots of playing time.

The semifinals are underway and CAB Madeira lost its home-court advantage. Jaime Silva recovered from his injury and has returned to action last Saturday. The boxscore for the second game is not yet available.

C.A.B. Madeira 91: José Manuel Coego (21 pts, 6 reb, 9/10 FG).
Académica de Coimbra 74: João Balseiro (15 pts, 3 st).

C.A.B. Madeira 59
Académica de Coimbra 76

Miserable first game for José Barbosa (0 pts, 6 turnovers). Ovarense’s fourth quarter lineup was its U-20 team: Júlio Silva, Pedro Costa, Gonçalo Stringfellow, Pedro Soares and Emanuel Sá. Carlos Andrade returned to action for S.L. Benfica.

S.L. Benfica 88: Frederick Gentry (20 pts, 10/12 2P-FG).
A.D. Ovarense 55: Fernando Neves (13 pts, 4/5 3-pointers).

S.L. Benfica 70: Elvis Évora (16 pts, 8 reb).
A.D. Ovarense 50: Sergi Coll (21 pts, 6 reb).

:)Congrats to Oliveirense!

By reaching the PROLIGA final, U.D. Oliveirense guaranteed a spot in next season’s LPB. This season, this rather important basketball team ‒ one Portuguese Cup, three times league finalist ‒ was able to secure the services of the former NT member Nuno Cortez and the excellent PG João Reveles (seen last season with Sampaense Basket).

Nuno Cortez

JRS Bonnet
05-06-2013, 03:37 PM

Ideal starting five (in bold: MVP)

PG Jorge Sing: 9.1 pts, 4.1 reb, 5.4 ast
SG Steve Baker: 15.5 pts, 4.5 reb, 1.50 st
SF Carlos Ferreirinho: 11.9 pts, 4.0 reb
PF Al Rapier: 17.1 pts, 7.1 reb
C Brandon Sebirumbi: 7.4 pts, 5.4 reb

The mid-season signing of STEFAN DJUKIC (8.5 pts, 6.1 reb) strengthened Sampaense’s bench. Interesting progression by DIOGO GONÇALVES (5.8 pts, 2.5 reb), a PF with a good outside shot that was catapulted to the starting-five in the playoffs due to Rapier’s absence. AL RAPIER’s rookie season was a huge hit but he seems better suited to a SF role. CARLOS FERREIRINHO moved to Sampaense in search of playing time and he began to show why he was considered a top Portuguese prospect while on Benfica’s roster. The other American rookie, Steve Baker, would be a great slasher if he wasn’t wrapped in a PG body. SEBIRUMBI is physically gifted but needs some polishing. 1977-born JORGE SING never got the recognition he deserved: not having played a single game for the Portuguese NT, this veteran was still able to dish out 507 assists in the last 4 seasons (5.7 per game).

Al Rapier

JRS Bonnet
05-06-2013, 11:23 PM
I could have edited the penultimate post, but here it goes.

C.A.B. Madeira 59: Jason Smith (16 pts, 7/7 FT).
Académica de Coimbra 76: Szymon Lukasiak (20 pts, 5 reb).

«Feel-good news of the month»: The basketball site Sportando is promoting a rather curious initiative. It has been selecting a European Team of the Week and, surprisingly, the LPB was not shunned upon: C.A.B. Madeira’s PG Jason Smith upped his game a notch for the playoffs and was rewarded with a first team selection.

Link: http://www.sportando.net/eng/national-teams/national-teams/55226/sportando-european-team-of-the-week-week-of-may-6.html

Jason Smith (16.0 pts, 4.9 ast ‒ playoffs)

JRS Bonnet
05-08-2013, 02:32 PM

Ideal starting five (in bold: MVP)

PG Charlie Swiggett: 13.9 pts, 4.8 ast, 2.00 st
SG José Silva: 12.5 pts
SF Ivan Almeida: 18.6 pts, 9.7 reb, 2.28 st, 1.24 blk
PF Paulo Cunha: 11.1 pts, 8.4 reb
C Dain Swetalla: 10.0 pts, 6.6 reb

How good IVAN ALMEIDA really is? We’ll find out this August when he’s expected to be the cornerstone of the Cape Verdean NT at the 2013 Afrobasket (Ivan Almeida vs. Carlos Morais & Ol*mpio Cipriano, August 20th, Abidjan ‒ that’s a terrific match-up). I suspect is good enough not to be seen in Portugal next season. JAMES ST. ROBERT had a disappointing return to the LPB (6.3 pts, 2.8 reb), while ANDRÉ BESSA, who should have returned to F.C. Porto’s roster, was having a great season before breaking his leg (8.5 pts, 3.7 ast, 1.72 st). JOEL ALMEIDA (3.7 pts, 2.3 reb) brought defense and slightly more depth to a very thin bench. Did the incombustible PAULO CUNHA hinted he was going to retire in a recent interview to the basketball site Ressalto.net? After a turbulent college career, CHARLIE SWIGGETT made his pro debut in Portugal and was sometimes asked to back José Silva at the 2-spot, which he did proficiently. JOSÉ SILVA’s season was good enough to guarantee him a spot in the starting lineup of the Portuguese NT this summer.

Ivan Almeida

JRS Bonnet
05-12-2013, 08:37 PM
Benfica sweeps the series. Sergi Coll (15.3 pts) and Fernando Neves (14.3 pts) were Ovarense’s best players.

A.D. Ovarense 67: Sergi Coll (16 pts, 3 st).
S.L. Benfica 78: João Gomes (21 pts, 10 reb).

Bruno Costa missed games 3 and 4. Académica’s bench is now limited to Marco Gonçalves (8.8 pts, 4.5 reb) and Diogo Simões (4.5 pts, 4.5 ast). The series is tied at 2.

Académica de Coimbra 76: Arnette Hallman (22 pts, 9 reb).
C.A.B. Madeira 58: José Manuel Coego (15 pts, 6 reb).

Académica de Coimbra 83: Arnette Hallman (19 pts, 12 reb).
C.A.B. Madeira 89: Jason Smith (29 pts, 9 ast, 14/15 FT).

Arnette Hallman

JRS Bonnet
05-12-2013, 08:39 PM
4th A.D. OVARENSE (16-12)

Ideal starting five (in bold: MVP)

PG José Barbosa: 10.4 pts, 6.6 ast, 2.39 st
SG Fernando Neves: 13.3 pts, 2.5 reb
SF Cristovão Cordeiro: 8.7 pts, 3.9 reb
PF Miguel Miranda: 13.5 pts, 8.4 reb, 4.0 ast
C Sergi Coll: 14.3 pts, 6.0 reb

SERGI COLL brought from B.C. Barcelos his awkward (but effective) hook-shot. Before Miranda’s arrival, Ovarense had to rely on veteran MÁRIO GONÇALVES (5.9 pts, 3.5 reb) to accompany the Spanish center under the rim and the old-timer PF/C didn’t disappoint. The left-handed sharp-shooter FERNANDO NEVES seems to be experiencing a second youth. Despite a below-average playoff series against Benfica, JOSÉ BARBOSA established himself this season has Portugal’s best PG (it doesn’t hurt to have a mentor like Nuno Manarte). NUNO MORAIS (5.3 pts) and EMANUEL SÁ (3.0 pts, 2.3 reb) have a bright future ahead: the former, is a consummate shooter with the confidence of a time-honored veteran; the latter, with his athleticism, has an even greater potential. CRISTOVÃO CORDEIRO’s progression was remarkable ‒ from 3.1 pts and 1.3 reb to 8.7 pts and 3.9 reb ‒, his 2.02 meters giving him a height advantage against all LPB’s SF. After F.C. Porto’s decision to extinguish his pro basketball section, MIGUEL MIRANDA was left in a difficult situation (recovering from a shoulder surgery). Returning to what I think he calls home proved to be an excellent decision: his leadership, all-around play and high basketball IQ more than compensated his 41-160 (25.6%) from behind the arch.

Miguel Miranda

JRS Bonnet
05-15-2013, 10:56 PM
An immense Jason Smith (19.0 pts, 4.8 ast) wasn’t enough for C.A.B. Madeira to reach the LPB finals. Académica de Coimbra will now battle S.L. Benfica for the title. Arnette Hallman (12.4 pts, 7.8 reb ‒ semifinals), Szymon Lukasiak (11.8 pts, 5.4 reb ‒ semifinals) and Marco Gonçalves (9.0 pts, 4.2 reb ‒ semifinals) will have to face Benfica’s massive frontcourt.

C.A.B. Madeira 76: Shawn Jackson (19 pts, 9 reb, 3 st).
Académica de Coimbra 79: Mário Fernandes (22 pts, 10 ast).

Mário Fernandes

JRS Bonnet
05-19-2013, 06:35 PM
LPB FINALS: Benfica leads 2-0.

After the 5th semifinal game, Académica de Coimbra’s head coach Norberto Alves suffered a cardiac incident; I wish him a quick recovery. Benfica needed a buzzer-beater shot by João Gomes to win Game 1. Szymon Lukasiak seems hindered by a hand or finger injury. It’s not fair what Lace Dunn is doing to Académica.

S.L. Benfica 69: Lace Dunn (30 pts, 5 reb) and João Gomes (18 pts, 13 reb).
Académica de Coimbra 67: João Balseiro (19 pts, 3 st) and Marco Gonçalves (9 pts, 6 reb, 2 blk).

S.L. Benfica 94: Lace Dunn (31 pts, 7 reb) and Frederick Gentry (16 pts, 9 reb).
Académica de Coimbra 62: Szymon Lukasiak (21 pts, 5 reb) and João Balseiro (16 pts, 5 reb).

Lace Dunn

JRS Bonnet
05-20-2013, 06:17 PM
U.D. Oliveirense won the PROLIGA by beating Maia Basket 3-1 in the finals. Both teams were promoted to the LPB, so congratulations to them.

S.L. Benfica’s SG Lace Dunn was selected to the Sportando European Team of the Week.


JRS Bonnet
05-21-2013, 01:57 PM
3rd C.A.B. MADEIRA (21-9)

Ideal starting five (in bold: MVP)

PG Jason Smith: 15.9 pts, 5.1 ast
SG Jorge Freitas: 8.1 pts, 1.43 st
SF Shawn Jackson: 9.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 2.00 st
PF Jorge Coelho: 11.3 pts, 4.1 reb
C José Manuel Coego: 11.2 pts, 5.8 reb

The second deepest LPB roster was good enough for a third place finished. With JAIME SILVA (8.7 pts, 2.00 st) out for most of the season, JORGE FREITAS did a hell of a job accompanying Jason Smith on the backcourt. Newcomer JOÃO GUERREIRO (3.9 pts, 3.1 reb) couldn’t find enough minutes to prove that he deserves a call to the Portuguese NT and only late in the season did ANDRÉ PINTO (5.1 pts, 3.5 reb) justify his signing. JORGE COELHO’s physical problems were a key to Madeira´s elimination. «Sixth-man of the year» FÁBIO LIMA (8.5 pts, 5.5 reb) has the skills and the athleticism to become an even better player. In a season tarnished by C.A.B. Madeira’s financial problems and a shameful «no-show»-defeat against S.C. Lusitânia, the Spanish center JOSÉ MANUEL COEGO and JASON SMITH ‒ back from Germany ‒ were Madeira´s most reliable players. JOSÉ COSTA (born in 1973) was still good enough for 5.4 pts, 3.9 ast and is now second in the LPB all-time assists list (behind Nuno Manarte).

Jason Smith

JRS Bonnet
05-26-2013, 06:50 PM
Back-to-back titles for S.L. Benfica!
By beating Académica 3-1 in the finals, the Lisbon team conquered their 24th national title. Benfica’s starting SG Lace Dunn had a monstrous series: 27.8 pts, 5.5 reb.

Académica de Coimbra 79: Mário Fernandes (28 pts, 9 ast, 14/14 FT).
S.L. Benfica 74: João Gomes (25 pts, 17 reb).

Académica de Coimbra 77: Mário Fernandes (16 pts, 8 ast).
S.L. Benfica 91: Lace Dunn (28 pts, 4 reb).

Congrats to Benfica and to Lace Dunn!

JRS Bonnet
05-26-2013, 06:53 PM
1st S.L. BENFICA (28-2)

Ideal starting five (in bold: MVP)

PG Ricky Franklin: 6.3 pts, 2.3 ast
SG Lace Dunn: 16.9 pts, 4.4 reb
SF João Gomes: 14.8 pts, 7.9 reb
PF Frederick Gentry: 9.6 pts, 5.8 reb
C Elvis Évora: 7.2 pts, 4.5 reb

LACE DUNN is an exquisite ball-handler and that, combined with his aggressiveness, makes him an artist driving to the basket. JOÃO GOMES is now a mature and fully focused player, with a Lebron James-like frame and a knack for rebounding. FREDERICK GENTRY (Portuguese at last, after a kafkian bureaucratic process) and DIOGO CARREIRA (6.1 pts, 2.3 ast) were Benfica’s most consistent outside-shooters. CLÁUDIO FONSECA (7.8 pts, 3.6 reb, 0.97 blk) should have had more minutes, therefore avoiding ELVIS ÉVORA late-season slump. PEDRO BELO (1.5 pts) shouldn’t have been treated as a garbage-time player; furthermore, he has no business in Benfica’s B team. By the way, please, please, please, keep him away from the 3-point line (Sabonis he is not and the world can only handle one Bruno Sundov). The only reason why SETH DOLIBOA (12.4 pts, 7.5 reb) is not on the ideal starting five is his injury: only 13 games played. Benfica’s extremely deep roster allowed the team not only to palliate Doliboa’s absence but also those of CARLOS ANDRADE (8.7 pts, 4.9 reb) and HESHIMU EVANS (7.3 pts, 3.6 reb). Finally, the «PG affair»: TOMÁS BARROSO (4.3 pts, 2.4 ast), too young? DIOGO CARREIRA, too attached to his SG past? MIGUEL MINHAVA (3.0 pts, 2.7 ast), to «ponkrashovist»? RICKY FRANKLIN was probably the right choice from the start.

João Gomes

JRS Bonnet
05-26-2013, 06:57 PM
The 80th Portuguese Championship is over. A special thanks to all those who battled to keep Portuguese basketball alive. Here’re the V LPB award winners.


Foreign MVP: IVAN ALMEIDA (Vitória de Guimarães) ‒ 18.6 pts, 9.7 reb, 2.28 st, 1.24 blk
Portuguese MVP: JOÃO GOMES (S.L. Benfica) ‒ 14.8 pts, 7.9 reb
Finals MVP: LACE DUNN (S.L. Benfica) ‒ 27.8 pts, 5.5 reb
Coach of the year: JOSÉ CALABOTE (Sampaense Basket)
Defensive player of the year: JOÃO GOMES (S.L. Benfica)
«Sixth-man» award: FÁBIO LIMA (C.A.B. Madeira) ‒ 8.5 pts, 5.5 reb
Most Improved Player: CARLOS FERREIRINHO (Sampaense Basket) ‒ From 4.5 pts, 1.0 reb to 11.9 pts, 4.0 reb
“Illustrious veteran” award: JOSÉ COSTA (C.A.B. Madeira) ‒ 5.4 pts, 3.9 ast, 1.08 st

All-Portuguese LPB first team

G José Barbosa (A.D. Ovarense): 10.4 pts, 6.6 ast, 2.39 st;
G Nuno Oliveira (B.C. Barcelos): 16.3 pts, 6.0 reb, 1.92 st;
F João Gomes (S.L. Benfica): 14.8 pts, 7.9 reb;
F Miguel Miranda (A.D. Ovarense): 13.5 pts, 8.4 reb, 4.0 ast;
C Elvis Évora (S.L. Benfica): 7.2 pts, 4.5 reb.

All-Portuguese LPB second team

G Mário Fernandes (Académica de Coimbra): 13.5 pts, 5.6 ast;
G João Balseiro (Académica de Coimbra): 16.5 pts, 1.82 st;
F Arnette Hallman (Académica de Coimbra): 14.0 pts, 10.2 reb, 1.91 st;
F Paulo Cunha (Vitória de Guimarães): 11.1 pts, 8.4 reb;
C Cláudio Fonseca (S.L. Benfica): 7.8 pts, 3.6 reb, 0.97 blk.

All-Foreign LPB first team

G Jason Smith (C.A.B. Madeira): 15.9 pts, 5.1 ast;
G Lace Dunn (S.L. Benfica): 16.9 pts, 4.4 reb;
F Ivan Almeida (Vitória de Guimarães): 18.6 pts, 9.7 reb, 2.28 st, 1.24 blk;
F JaMarkus Holt (Algés): 19.2 pts, 11.8 reb;
C Marko Loncovic (B.C. Barcelos): 18.1 pts, 8.9 reb, 2.28 st.

All-Foreign LPB second team

G Charlie Swiggett (Vitória de Guimarães): 13.9 pts, 4.8 ast, 2.00 st;
G Steve Baker (Sampaense Basket): 15.5 pts, 4.5 reb, 1.50 st;
F Al Rapier (Sampaense Basket): 17.1 pts, 7.1 reb;
F Durrell Nevels (S.C. Lusitânia): 11.8 pts, 9.3 reb, 1.77 blk;
C Marcel Momplasir (S.C. Lusitânia): 14.1 pts, 10.6 reb, 2.05 blk.

José Calabote

JRS Bonnet
05-29-2013, 06:25 PM

Ideal starting five (in bold: MVP)

PG Mário Fernandes: 13.5 pts, 5.6 ast
SG João Balseiro: 16.5 pts, 1.82 st
SF Fernando Sousa: 10.2 pts, 1.83 st
PF Arnette Hallman: 14.0 pts, 10.2 reb, 1.91 st
C Szymon Lukasiak: 10.9 pts, 1.06 blk

FERNANDO SOUSA can be considered as the first «historical» LPB player: more than 1000 pts, 500 reb, 250 ast, 150 st and 50 blk; he’s now the second leading scorer (only behind Greg Stempin) and the more efficient burglar (238 st). I know that ARNETTE HALLMAN’s outside-shooting is suspect, but at least he’s a rebounding beast (my kind of PF). Except for Tim Toler, Académica’s signings were a huge hit: JOÃO BALSEIRO led all Portuguese in scoring; only José Barbosa dished-out more assists per game than MÁRIO FERNANDES, SZYMON LUKASIAK (only hired because of the help of a couple of anonymous benefactors) gave the team the inside presence that MARCO GONÇALVES (7.2 pts, 4.5 reb) alone couldn’t provide. The other two men of a very short rotation were BRUNO COSTA (6.8 pts, 3.1 reb), who had an important role when Sousa was injured, and DIOGO SIMÕES (4.2 pts, 3.6 ast), who ranks 5th all-time in assists (503).

Arnette Hallman

Addenda: Arnette Hallman left Académica and was signed by Union Basket Chartres Métropole (French NM 1).

Link: http://www.ubcmbasket.com/fr/page/actualites-14.html