Georgia - Superleague Round 9: Batumi loses to Mgzavrebi

The biggest surprise took place in Tbilisi where host Mgzavrebi (4-5) edged league's leader Batumi (6-3) 74-73 on Saturday evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Batumi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) who scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import center Reggie Murphy (208-91, college: Henderson St.) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international Akaki Dvalishvili (206-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. Batumi's coach Davit Ustiashvili tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mgzavrebi moved-up to sixth place. Batumi at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Kutaisi. Batumi will play next round against Olimpi trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Mgzavrebi will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Dinamo Tbilisi. It will be extra interesting game as Dinamo Tbilisi is their local rival from Tbilisi.
Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Fifth ranked Olimpi (4-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Sokhumi (5-4) 70-69 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for American guard Jeremy Bynum (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Kakhaber Tomaradze contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Olimpi's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) answered with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Sokhumi. Olimpi maintains fifth place with 4-4 record. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Dinamo Tbilisi. Olimpi will play against league's second-placed Batumi on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
The game in Tbilisi was also quite interesting. Second ranked Kutaisi (7-2) played at the court of 8th ranked MIA (1-7). Kutaisi managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70 on Saturday. Giorgi Barbakadze stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Maurice Lewis-Briggs with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kutaisi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion MIA stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Kutaisi will meet Energy Invest (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local Dinamo Tbilisi (5-4) beat 6th ranked Energy Invest (3-6) 86-75. Giorgi Sharabidze nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Dinamo Tbilisi moved-up to third place, which they share with Sokhumi. Energy Invest lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Mgzavrebi.

Dinamo Tbilisi - Rustavi 86-75

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local Dinamo Tbilisi (5-4) beat 6th ranked Energy Invest (3-6) 86-75. The game was mostly controlled by Dinamo Tbilisi. Energy Invest was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates) nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and forward Grigol Shvangiradze (196-91) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. American center Kiel Turpin (213-89, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Energy Invest in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dinamo Tbilisi moved-up to third place, which they share with Sokhumi. Energy Invest lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi'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:
Dinamo Tbilisi: G.Sharabidze 31+14reb+1ast, G.Shvangiradze 16+5reb+1ast, A.McAlpine 14+4reb+2ast, D.Williams 12+2reb+2ast, M.Berishvili 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Machaladze 3+7reb+3ast
Rustavi: K.Turpin 18+14reb+1ast, N.Gacesa 18+7reb+2ast, M.Tchotchua 15+3reb+2ast, G.Gamqrelidze 11+6reb+4ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 5+1reb+4ast, R.Chachanidze 3+2reb+2ast

Sokhumi - Olimpi 69-70

Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Fifth ranked Olimpi (4-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Sokhumi (5-4) 70-69 on Saturday evening. Sokhumi was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 24-20 charge of Olimpi, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard Jeremy Bynum (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Kakhaber Tomaradze (193-95) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Bynum is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Olimpi players scored in double figures. Olimpi's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) answered with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Giorgi Jgerenaia (206-90, college: N.Georgia) added 13 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Sokhumi. Olimpi maintains fifth place with 4-4 record. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Dinamo Tbilisi. Olimpi will play against league's second-placed Batumi on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: J.Bynum 16+9reb+2ast, R.Rogava 12+2reb+3ast, A.Steed 12+7reb+1ast, K.Tomaradze 10+7reb+6ast, M.Oluic 10+7reb+2ast, L.Maskhulia 5+1reb+2ast
Sokhumi: L.Patsatsia 23+7reb+7ast, G.Jgerenaia 13+14reb+1ast, S.Atuashvili 12+7reb, P.Miller 7+4reb+2ast, M.Glover 5+8reb+3ast, I.Alkhanaidze 4+3reb+1ast

MIA Academy - Kutaisi 70-76

The game in Tbilisi was also quite interesting. Second ranked Kutaisi (7-2) played at the court of 8th ranked MIA (1-7). Kutaisi managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70 on Saturday. Kutaisi forced 25 MIA turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kutaisi made 7 blocks. Forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Azerbaijani guard Zaur Pashaev (188-83) chipped in 12 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. The best for the losing side was American power forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and Belarusian center Vladzimir Krysevich (209-91) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kutaisi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion MIA stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Kutaisi will meet Energy Invest (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 19+8reb+1ast, Z.Pashaev 12+2reb+8ast, T.Britton 10+6reb+1ast, V.Kadaria 8+9reb, T.Babunashvili 7+1reb+3ast, B.Bekauri 7+7reb+2ast
MIA Academy: V.Krysevich 19+10reb+2ast, M.Lewis-Briggs 18+15reb+2ast, K.Tomaradze 10+2reb, E.Murray 8+9reb+6ast, N.Darbaidze 6+1reb, I.Lezhava 6+1reb+1ast

Mgzavrebi - Batumi 74-73

The biggest surprise took place in Tbilisi where host Mgzavrebi (4-5) edged league's leader Batumi (6-3) 74-73 on Saturday evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Batumi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) who scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import center Reggie Murphy (208-91, college: Henderson St.) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international Akaki Dvalishvili (206-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and Ukrainian forward Leonid Stefanishin (199-85) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Batumi's coach Davit Ustiashvili tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mgzavrebi moved-up to sixth place. Batumi at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Kutaisi. Batumi will play next round against Olimpi trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Mgzavrebi will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Dinamo Tbilisi. It will be extra interesting game as Dinamo Tbilisi is their local rival from Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Mgzavrebi: R.Murphy 19+7reb+2ast, G.Ormotsadze 16+9reb, K.Ransom 14+9reb+7ast, K.Jintcharadze 11+5reb, L.Grdzelidze 7+2reb+2ast, G.Tsirekidze 4+9reb+3ast
Batumi: L.Stefanishin 19+6reb+2ast, A.Dvalishvili 14+16reb, I.Krivtsov 12+7reb+2ast, I.Mikeladze 10+2reb+2ast, B.Lezhava 6+5reb+4ast, N.Ramishvili 5+1reb