Georgia - Superleague Round 13

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Kutaisi (8-4) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Batumi (8-4) 74-73. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Kutaisi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for Batumi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Kutaisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international Akaki Dvalishvili (206-91) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. Ukrainian forward Leonid Stefanishin (199-85) contributed with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists for Kutaisi. Batumi moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Kutaisi. Batumi is looking forward to face Sokhumi (#5) in Tbilisi in the next round. Kutaisi will play on the road against the league's leader Dinamo Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Fifth ranked Mgzavrebi (7-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Sokhumi (7-6) 81-79 in the fight for the fourth place. American center Reggie Murphy (208-91, college: Henderson St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and Michael Terry Jr. chipped in 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American point guard Phillip Miller (185-91, college: Wiley) responded with 31 points. Mgzavrebi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Sokhumi. Mgzavrebi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Olimpi (#6). Olimpi was defeated at home 69-79 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Giorgi Sharabidze nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Revaz Rogava came up with 14 points and 4 assists for Olimpi in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dinamo Tbilisi (9-4) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Olimpi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will meet at home Kutaisi (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olimpi will play against Energy Invest in Rustavi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Tbilisi was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Energy Invest (4-8) played at the court of 8th ranked MIA (2-10). Energy Invest defeated MIA 86-73. Kiel Turpin fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Energy Invest maintains seventh place with 4-8 record. Defending champion MIA stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Energy Invest's next round opponent will be higher ranked Olimpi (#6) in Tbilisi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Mgzavrebi.

Sokhumi - Mgzavrebi 79-81

Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Fifth ranked Mgzavrebi (7-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Sokhumi (7-6) 81-79 in the fight for the fourth place. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 8-point deficit before their 25-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Mgzavrebi made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Mgzavrebi outrebounded Sokhumi 53-35 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Reggie Murphy (208-91, college: Henderson St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Michael Terry Jr. (183-92, college: District of Col.) chipped in 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Mgzavrebi players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Phillip Miller (185-91, college: Wiley) responded with 31 points and center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) scored 8 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Mgzavrebi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Sokhumi. Mgzavrebi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: P.Miller 31+2reb+1ast, I.Alkhanaidze 14+8reb+3ast, G.Kvetenadze 13+2reb, L.Patsatsia 9+6reb+7ast, S.Atuashvili 8+15reb+5ast, G.Bakradze 2+2reb+5ast
Mgzavrebi: R.Murphy 19+16reb+2ast, A.Lominashvili 15+9reb+2ast, M.Terry Jr. 14+10reb+5ast, L.Grdzelidze 10+7reb+3ast, K.Jintcharadze 9+5reb+2ast, G.Ormotsadze 8+3reb+1ast

Olimpi - Dinamo Tbilisi 69-79

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Olimpi (#6). Olimpi was defeated at home 69-79 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 28-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Dinamo Tbilisi forced 28 Olimpi turnovers. International center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates) nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and forward Grigol Shvangiradze (196-91) accounted for 14 points. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. International guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) came up with 14 points and 4 assists and Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Olimpi in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dinamo Tbilisi (9-4) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Olimpi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will meet at home Kutaisi (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olimpi will play against Energy Invest in Rustavi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: J.Bynum 16+2reb, R.Rogava 14+4reb+4ast, R.Didia 8+4reb+1ast, M.Oluic 8+9reb+2ast, L.Maskhulia 7+6reb+1ast, N.Abuladze 5+4reb
Dinamo Tbilisi: G.Sharabidze 21+7reb+2ast, G.Shvangiradze 14+3reb+3ast, A.McAlpine 14+3reb+3ast, N.Gogodze 13+4reb+2ast, L.Zakradze 7+1ast, Z.Machaladze 6+8reb+4ast

MIA Academy - Rustavi 73-86

The game in Tbilisi was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Energy Invest (4-8) played at the court of 8th ranked MIA (2-10). Energy Invest defeated MIA 86-73. The game was mostly controlled by Energy Invest. MIA was better in fourth quarter 29-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Energy Invest dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to MIA's 22 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded MIA 41-24 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Kiel Turpin (213-89, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. International Mikheil Tchotchua (193-87, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Four Energy Invest players scored in double figures. American power forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates) produced 27 points and guard Koka Tomaradze (197-90) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Energy Invest maintains seventh place with 4-8 record. Defending champion MIA stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Energy Invest's next round opponent will be higher ranked Olimpi (#6) in Tbilisi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Mgzavrebi.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: M.Lewis-Briggs 27+4reb+1ast, K.Tomaradze 17+5reb+1ast, A.Lomouri 12+5reb+1ast, V.Krysevich 4+4reb, N.Darbaidze 4+2reb, E.Murray 4+1reb+3ast
Rustavi: K.Turpin 23+18reb+1ast, M.Tchotchua 21+4reb+4ast, N.Gacesa 18+7reb+2ast, R.Chachanidze 11+3reb+4ast, L.Khmelidze 6, M.Abaishvili 5+3reb+3ast

Kutaisi - Batumi 73-74

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Kutaisi (8-4) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Batumi (8-4) 74-73. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Kutaisi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for Batumi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Kutaisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international Akaki Dvalishvili (206-91) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. Ukrainian forward Leonid Stefanishin (199-85) contributed with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists and the former international Beka Bekauri (207-91) added 10 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Kutaisi. Four Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Batumi moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Kutaisi. Batumi is looking forward to face Sokhumi (#5) in Tbilisi in the next round. Kutaisi will play on the road against the league's leader Dinamo Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: R.Matiashvili 20+4reb, L.Tsekvava 13+3reb+10ast, T.Britton 12+3reb+2ast, B.Bekauri 10+15reb+1ast, G.Barbakadze 9+3reb, Z.Pashaev 7+3reb+8ast
Batumi: A.Dvalishvili 18+9reb+2ast, N.Ramishvili 17+2reb, I.Krivtsov 8+6reb+1ast, L.Stefanishin 8+9reb+6ast, I.Mikeladze 8+2reb+7ast, I.Maisuradze 6+2reb