Georgia - Superleague Round 10

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Kutaisi (7-2) in Rustavi on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked Energy Invest (3-6) 71-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kutaisi. Kutaisi was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 31-19 charge of Energy Invest, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds. American center Kiel Turpin (213-89, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. The former international center Richard Matiashvili (207-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for Kutaisi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Energy Invest maintains seventh position with 3-6 record. Kutaisi at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Energy Invest are looking forward to face league's second-placed Batumi at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kutaisi will play against Sokhumi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Batumi. Second ranked Batumi (6-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Olimpi (4-4) 87-84 on Tuesday evening. International Akaki Dvalishvili (206-91) had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Igor Krivtsov chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Batumi maintains second position with 6-3 record behind leader Kutaisi. Olimpi at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Batumi will play against Energy Invest (#7) in Rustavi in the next round where they are favorite. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Mgzavrebi.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#4) and Mgzavrebi (#6). Mgzavrebi was smashed at home by 21 points 63-84 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Giorgi Sharabidze notched 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds by Kakhaber Jintcharadze did not help to save the game for Mgzavrebi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dinamo Tbilisi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sokhumi. Loser Mgzavrebi keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#3) and MIA (#8). Sokhumi (6-4) smashed visiting MIA (1-8) by 26 points 95-69. Levan Patsatsia fired 8 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sokhumi maintains third position with 6-4 record behind leader Kutaisi, which they share with Dinamo Tbilisi. Defending champion MIA stay at the bottom place with eight games lost. Sokhumi's next round opponent will be league's leader Kutaisi on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. MIA's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.

Mgzavrebi - Dinamo Tbilisi 63-84

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#4) and Mgzavrebi (#6). Mgzavrebi was smashed at home by 21 points 63-84 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. Dinamo Tbilisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. International center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates) notched 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Canadian swingman Daniel Williams (192-87, college: N.Mex.Military) supported him with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds by Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) did not help to save the game for Mgzavrebi. American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dinamo Tbilisi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sokhumi. Loser Mgzavrebi keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: G.Sharabidze 29+6reb+2ast, D.Williams 13+5reb+8ast, N.Gogodze 12+3reb, M.Berishvili 10+6reb+3ast, A.McAlpine 7+4reb+1ast, G.Shvangiradze 6+3reb+3ast
Mgzavrebi: K.Jintcharadze 14+9reb+2ast, K.Ransom 11+5reb+4ast, R.Murphy 8+7reb+1ast, G.Tsirekidze 8+6reb, A.Lominashvili 7+4reb, L.Grdzelidze 6+2reb+1ast

Sokhumi - MIA Academy 95-69

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#3) and MIA (#8). Sokhumi (6-4) smashed visiting MIA (1-8) by 26 points 95-69. The game was mostly controlled by Sokhumi. MIA was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to MIA's 26. Sokhumi forced 24 MIA turnovers and outrebounded them 43-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by MIA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) fired 8 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American point guard Phillip Miller (185-91, college: Wiley) chipped in 21 points and 6 steals. American power forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian guard Emerson Murray (190-92, college: Seattle) added 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four MIA players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sokhumi maintains third position with 6-4 record behind leader Kutaisi, which they share with Dinamo Tbilisi. Defending champion MIA stay at the bottom place with eight games lost. Sokhumi's next round opponent will be league's leader Kutaisi on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. MIA's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: P.Miller 21+4reb+2ast, G.Jgerenaia 15+3reb+3ast, S.Atuashvili 11+7reb+1ast, G.Kvetenadze 10+4reb+2ast, L.Patsatsia 8+11reb+11ast, M.Glover 8+6reb+3ast
MIA Academy: M.Lewis-Briggs 18+7reb+3ast, K.Tomaradze 11+1reb+1ast, A.Lomouri 11+3reb+1ast, V.Krysevich 11+6reb+1ast, E.Murray 9+5reb+4ast, N.Darbaidze 3+3reb+1ast

Rustavi - Kutaisi 71-63

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Kutaisi (7-2) in Rustavi on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked Energy Invest (3-6) 71-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kutaisi. Kutaisi was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 31-19 charge of Energy Invest, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds. American center Kiel Turpin (213-89, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. The former international center Richard Matiashvili (207-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kutaisi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Energy Invest maintains seventh position with 3-6 record. Kutaisi at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Energy Invest are looking forward to face league's second-placed Batumi at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kutaisi will play against Sokhumi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: M.Tchotchua 20+4reb+3ast, N.Gacesa 17+19reb, K.Turpin 14+13reb, G.Gamqrelidze 8+5reb+4ast, R.Chachanidze 6, M.Abaishvili 6+4reb+1ast
Kutaisi: R.Matiashvili 15+11reb+2ast, G.Barbakadze 15+3reb+3ast, L.Tsekvava 14+7reb+2ast, D.Barbakadze 5+3reb+1ast, Z.Pashaev 5+4reb+4ast, T.Babunashvili 3+3reb+2ast

Batumi - Olimpi 87-84

Important game to mention about took place in Batumi. Second ranked Batumi (6-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Olimpi (4-4) 87-84 on Tuesday evening. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Batumi players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. International Akaki Dvalishvili (206-91) had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Ukrainian forward Igor Krivtsov (201-86) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Jeremy Bynum (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) scored 25 points. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Batumi maintains second position with 6-3 record behind leader Kutaisi. Olimpi at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Batumi will play against Energy Invest (#7) in Rustavi in the next round where they are favorite. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Mgzavrebi.
Top scorers:
Batumi: A.Dvalishvili 28+14reb+2ast, I.Krivtsov 18+7reb+4ast, L.Stefanishin 14+6reb+2ast, B.Lezhava 8+2reb+4ast, N.Ramishvili 6+2reb+1ast, I.Mikeladze 4+1reb+12ast
Olimpi: J.Bynum 25+3reb+1ast, R.Rogava 20+5reb+5ast, L.Maskhulia 13+3reb+1ast, M.Oluic 10+6reb+2ast, N.Abuladze 5+1reb, A.Steed 4+2reb