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BRANDON COLE'S BLOG
206cm / 6'9'' - Power Forward / Center - 1984
Brandon Cole Basketball Career
Born: March 13, 1984|
Hometown: Richton Park, Illinois
Last name is also written as "Kol"
An athletic big man that can be a dominant player. He's a good rebounder, and provides size and interior defense.
2003-2004: Xavier (NCAA): 37 games: 3.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 7ast
2004-2005: Xavier (NCAA): 2 games: 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 0ast
2005-2006: Xavier (NCAA): 20 games: 2.1ppg, 2.5rpg
2006-2007: Xavier (NCAA): 34 games: 5.8ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 70.3%
2007 April: Hoops Pro Invitational Senior Showcase in Louisville, KY: 20.0ppg, 12.0rpg
2007: Hoops Kentucky Pro Am Tournament (Abe! Sports and Entertainment Management Inc)
2007: drafted by Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers (CBA,1rd(8))
2007-2008: Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers (China-CBA): 13 games: 12.0ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 57%, released in Nov.'07, in Dec.'07 moved to Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango (Mexico-LNBP, starting five): 11 games: 11.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.1%, FT: 48.0%
2008: Gary Steelheads (IBL): 9 games: 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg
2008 July: Korean KBL Pre-Draft Camp in Las Vegas, NV
2008-2009: Deportes Castro (Chile-DIMAYOR): Playoffs: 13.2ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.4bpg FGP: 54.0%
2009: In January signed at Vermont Frost Heaves (PBL): 11 games: 10.8ppg, 5.9rpg, FT: 71.6%, FGP 53.8%; left in Feb.'09, in April moved to Satria Muta Britama (Indonesia-Asia Cup)
2009 July: Korean KBL Pre-Draft Camp in Las Vegas, NV
2009-2010: CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Div.A): 12 games: 4.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0apg, left in Dec.'09, later that month moved to Plejmejker-Kubus Skopje (FYR Macedonia-Superleague, starting five): 18.5ppg, 9.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 62.3%
2010-2011: Miyazaki Shining Suns (Japan-BJ League, starting five): 50 games: Score-5(18.9ppg), Reb-3(11.4rpg), 2.1apg, FGP: 51.8%, FT: 56.6%
2011-2012: KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje (FYR Macedonia-Superleague, starting five), FYR Macedonian League: 13 games: 12.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 62.9%, FT: 62.1%; left in Feb.'12 due to team's financial problems, then went to Vestelspor Manisa (Turkey-TB2L), only try-outs, in Apr.'12 moved to Al Ansar Medina (Saudi Arabia-Premier League): 17.9ppg, 10.4rpg
2012-2013: Ceara State (Brazil-NBB), in Nov.'12 signed at Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League): 44 games: 7.0ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT-2(66.7%), FT: 52.8%
2013-2014: Al Arabi (Kuwait-D1): 17 games: 21.7pgg, 12.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 61.0%, FT: 64.0%, in Feb.'14 signed at Issa Town (Bahrain-Premier League): 6 games: 22.8 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 2.3bpg, FG: 55%, FT: 52.7 %
2014-2015: Misr Insurance Club (Egypt-Superleague): 38 games: 22.4ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.6apg, 0.9bpg, FGP: 58%, FT: 68%
Chicago Sun Times All-Area Team -02, 03
Second Team All-State selection -02
Preseason Atlantic 10 All Rookie Team -03
McDonald's All-American Nominee -03
AAU 2nd Team All-American -03
Atlantic 10 Tournament Winner -04, 06
NCAA Elite Eight -04
Atlantic 10 Regular Season (West Division) Runner-Up -05
Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -05, 07
Hoops Pro Invitational All Showcase Team -07
Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion -07
Mexican LNBP Northern Division Regular Season Champion -08
Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Import Player of the Year -10
Eurobasket.com Macedonian All-Imports Team -10
Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team -10
Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 2nd Team -11
Macedonian Supercup Winner -12
Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal Cup -12
Saudi Arabian League Final 4 -12
Saudi Arabian League Semifinals -12
Asia-Basket.com All-Kuwait League Center of the Year -14
Asia-Basket.com All-Kuwait League 1st Team -14
Asia-Basket.com Kuwait League All-Imports Team -14
Bahrain Premier League Silver 4 -14
| Gzira Athleta level the 2017 Finals Series- Apr.26, 2017 (by Bernard)|
MAPFRE Women League 2017 Finals Series Game 2 Caffe Moak Luxol 45 Gzira Athleta 48 (18-9. 10-14, 13-11, 4-14) Luxol: S. Pace 5, M. Mercieca 4, A. Munir, I. Baena Medina 6, S. DeMartino 20, K. Portelli, C. Sollami, P. Ellul 7, L. Caruana Montaldo, C. Curmi 3 Gzira Athleta: M. Stefanovic, C. Grima 29, B. Zammit, L. Sciberras 4, A. Simmons 6, D. Said Hollier 3, A. Borg 6, J. Schembri, A. Debenay, C. Mifsud Referees: B. Vassallo, J. Mangani, I. Simic The finals series is now tied at 1-1 a... [read more]
MAPFRE Women League
2017 Finals Series
Caffe Moak Luxol 45 Gzira Athleta 48
(18-9. 10-14, 13-11, 4-14)
Luxol: S. Pace 5, M. Mercieca 4, A. Munir, I. Baena Medina 6, S. DeMartino 20, K. Portelli, C. Sollami, P. Ellul 7, L. Caruana Montaldo, C. Curmi 3
Gzira Athleta: M. Stefanovic, C. Grima 29, B. Zammit, L. Sciberras 4, A. Simmons 6, D. Said Hollier 3, A. Borg 6, J. Schembri, A. Debenay, C. Mifsud
Referees: B. Vassallo, J. Mangani, I. Simic
The finals series is now tied at 1-1 after this Gzira Athleta's success in game 2.
Gira Athleta produced a stunning late fightback to beat Caffe Moak Luxol and pull level after Game Two of the women's play-off final series.
Caffe Moak Luxol were in front virtually throughout the whole game and looked set to take a two-game lead when they held a 45-37 advantage with only four minutes left.
But Gira refused to throw in the towel and produced a match-winning 11-0 run that stunned Santino Coppa 's team.
A Paula Ellul (94) trey set the violets off on a very positive early stretch and subsequent hoops from Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) put Luxol 17-6 in the lead after just eight minutes and forcing Athleta to call an early time-out.
Luxol's lead extended to a game maximum of 24-9 halfway in the second quarter with Athleta then managing a reaction through seven consecutive points from Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) and free throws from Amelia Simmons (181-F-87, college: Wilmington, DE), the latter incidentally only potting from the charity line in this game although she was instrumental in winning the offensive rebound game for her team as Athleta outnumbered their rivals 19-8 in such rebounds. The two finalists changed ends at 28-23.
The third quarter was a balanced affair with Athleta momentarily coming just a mere basket behind, 30-32, but Luxol, who again had to do without their import player Munir, closed the quarter again on a high note with a 9-4 run for a 41-34 scoreline.
Points were scarce in the first part of the last quarter until a Ina Baena Medina hoop followed by an Ellul transition basket put Luxol 45-37 in front but these resulted to be the only Luxol points in this last quarter.
A Grima trey followed by an and-one play by the same player opened the game wide. With Luxol failing to score, Athleta managed to jump to the lead with a Grima close range hoop in the last minute. Luxol turnover the ball and Grima sealed her team's series equalising win with the game's final points from the free throw line.
Game 3: Thursday 27th April 7.30pm
Game 4: Saturday 29th April 2.45pm
Game 5 (if needed): Monday 1st May 2.45pm
| Luxol win their 13th League Title- Apr.25, 2017 (by Bernard)|
BOV League Division 1 Men 2017 Finals Series Game 3 BUPA Luxol 84 Floriana MCP Car Parks 71 (25-12, 22-16, 23-18, 14-25) Luxol: CJ Cordina 3, M. Mercieca 3, M. Sjoberg, J. Maistre, JP Schembri 17, K. Dimech 10, W. Ahlberg 3, P. Cumpstone 21, S. Deguara 27, S. Cappello Floriana: C. Patus 13, D. Schembri 25, S. Borg 11, D. Agius, N. Vasovic 6, C. Calleja, A. Axiaq 11, A. Micallef Trigona 2, N. Andrejevic 4 Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, I. Simic BUPA Luxol made it a clean sweep in th... [read more]
BOV League Division 1 Men
2017 Finals Series
BUPA Luxol 84 Floriana MCP Car Parks 71
(25-12, 22-16, 23-18, 14-25)
Luxol: CJ Cordina 3, M. Mercieca 3, M. Sjoberg, J. Maistre, JP Schembri 17, K. Dimech 10, W. Ahlberg 3, P. Cumpstone 21, S. Deguara 27, S. Cappello
Floriana: C. Patus 13, D. Schembri 25, S. Borg 11, D. Agius, N. Vasovic 6, C. Calleja, A. Axiaq 11, A. Micallef Trigona 2, N. Andrejevic 4
Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, I. Simic
BUPA Luxol made it a clean sweep in this year's BOV League play-off stage when after a 3-0 series won in the semi-final stage against Gzira Athleta, the violets continued with three straight wins in the finals series against Floriana MCP Car Parks.
Thus Luxol retuned on the champions podium for the thirteenth time in history, eight years after their last success in 2009 when that year they had beaten Sliema (today Gzira Athleta) 2-0 in the finals.
Continuing from their big win in game 2, Luxol were quick to establish a good early lead.
The first moments of this third final were a bit clumsy and the first bucket came after two minutes through a long distance shot from Jean-Paul Schembri
Floriana, who were featuring in the third final series in the last five years managing also to win the league in 2013, did have a reply at this stage and a Sean Borg
(177-PG-92) hoop followed by a Nikola Vasovic
(180-PG-92) trey gave them the only lead in the game, 5-3, after three minutes.
In the next six minutes Luxol struck in a solid manner as a Keith Dimech
(178-F-00) 3-pointer set them off on an important 19-2 run with Samuel Deguara
(223-C-91) starting to contribute offensive points with a number of free throws and Schembri hitting two consecutive treys. The same player remained on the mark as he had another two treys at the start of the second period and then, with Deguara and Pierce Cumpstone
(203-F-94, college: Stonehill
) finding more space to bang in their points, Luxol extended their lead to 44-20 after 18 minutes of play.
Led positively by William Ahlberg, who had a quiet day in shooting but finished with six assists, Luxol searched to feed the ball more to Deguara after the interval and the local giant made use of his towering height and helped his side to have a further run, this time 9-0, as the margin increased to a maximum of 62-34 midway in the third quarter.
Deguara's fourth foul and subsequent bench time spurred Floriana to put in a reaction and led by Chad Patus
(203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey
) and another offensive first rate performance from Dirk Schembri
(193-F-85), they started somewhat gnawing slowly into the margin, especially when early in the last quarter the greens had their best moment in the game with 19-2 run that led them to a 65-74 score.
Deguara, who had re-entered in the game earlier, fouled out with three minutes to go and a Patus hoop had Floriana just 8 points away, 69-77.
Yet, with the greens failing to score in their next couple of plays, Pierce Cumpstone
took all the responsibility and six personal points ascertained Luxol's third series victory and the thirteenth league crown.
At the end of the match, Bank of Valletta's Chief Officer Peter Perotti and the MBA president Paul Sultana, presented the winning medals to the BUPA Luxol players and technical staff, the Most Valuable Player award for the finals series to Samuel Deguara
and finally handed the 2017 BOV League trophy to Luxol's captain Marco Mercieca
What they said:Chad Patus (Floriana)
: 'the finals were an intense physical battle, just like we expected.
Luxol came really together well this season, especially after Samuel joined them.
Each of their players found a role that would, in some way, benefit the team and this made them a very difficult team to match up against.
We fought hard and I really want to thank my team mates for the effort but we should also tip our hats to Luxol who won the league.'Marco Mercieca (Luxol)
: 'I am obviously thrilled to bring back the league to Luxol after a number of years.
It was a tough season, especially at the beginning, but following the arrival of Samuel, thanks to the efforts of the club president Edgar Caruana Montaldo, changed the team camaraderie completely and we had a great 2017 which was capped with a 6-0 playoff run.
I am glad to win my 5th personal league honour to end my career on a high.'
John Tabone (Luxol): 'this championship was a deserved achievement at the end, yet it was somewhat unexpected at the beginning of the season.
Our fortunes took a boost during Christmas when our President Edgar Caruana Montaldo managed to re-sign Samuel Deguara with the club. This was an important twist in our favour as it changed Luxol from a mediocre side trying to make the Play offs final 4 into a potential championship team. And what a Championship team it turned out to be. One of the most complete side we ever had at LUXOL. Every department was filled up to perfection.
With the trio of Deguara, Cumpstone and Ahlberg our game became more secure and spectacular, both on offence and most of all on defence. They guided us all throughout the Semis and more importantly during the finals.
Special mention to our captain Marco Mercieca for his continuous support, to Keith Dimech, our sixteen year old darling, who was a delight to watch as he committed himself to the team like a seasoned senior and to Jean-Paul Schembri who played an important role with his longrange shots. CJ Cordina, Stefan Cappello and Jamie Maistre Melillo were also important for our final success their commitment to the team and to our under 23 side which together with Keith Dimech and Pierce Cumpstone were also crowned the under 23 league Champions.'
| Luxol take the lead in the 2017 finals- Apr.18, 2017 (by Bernard)|
Bank of Valletta 2017 Finals Series Game 1 BUPA Luxol 80 Floriana MCP Car Parks 72 (16-18, 24-13, 20-15, 20-26) Luxol: CJ Cordina, M. Mercieca, M. Sjoberg, J. Maistre , JP Schembri 11, K. Dimech 7, W. Ahlberg 12, P. Cumpstone 16, S. Deguara 28, S. Cappello 6 Floriana: C. Patus 34, D. Schembri 11, S. Borg, D. Agius, N. Vasovic 18, C. Calleja 2, A. Axiaq 2, A. Micallef 5, N. Andrejevic Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, I. Simic BUPA Luxol continued on their play-offs winning streak by r... [read more]
Bank of Valletta 2017 Finals Series
BUPA Luxol 80 Floriana MCP Car Parks 72
(16-18, 24-13, 20-15, 20-26)
Luxol: CJ Cordina, M. Mercieca, M. Sjoberg, J. Maistre , JP Schembri 11, K. Dimech 7, W. Ahlberg 12, P. Cumpstone 16, S. Deguara 28, S. Cappello 6
Floriana: C. Patus 34, D. Schembri 11, S. Borg, D. Agius, N. Vasovic 18, C. Calleja 2, A. Axiaq 2, A. Micallef 5, N. Andrejevic
Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, I. Simic
BUPA Luxol continued on their play-offs winning streak by registering a win against Floriana in the first game of the 2017 BOV Finals.
The greens did try to offer a stern challenge and had their good moments in the game, although Luxol managed to open a considerable double digit lead in the third quarter, only for Floriana to pull up their socks once again and managing to come quite close.
The finals got off with sharp long distance shooting from Luxol as four different players managed to respectively score early from downtown. In fact, import player Pierce Cumpstone
(203-F-94, college: Stonehill
), local foreigner William Ahlberg
(91) and local youngsters Jean-Paul Schembri
(182-G-92) and Keith Dimech
(178-F-00) were all precise from behind the 6.75 metre arc.
However Floriana were not overawed and were also notching up their early points led by Canadian Chad Patus
(203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey
) who had eight personal points, including two treys. Shorly afterwards Floriana also managed to take the lead after a Dirk Schembri
(193-F-85) close range basket and this marginal lead was maintained till the end of the first quarter, 18-16.
Luxol started winning the defensive boards in the second quarter and had their towering pivot Samuel Deguara
(223-C-91) more in the action and they overturned the score with a 13-2 run. Despite Floriana's treys from Patus and Nikola Vasovic
(180-PG-92), who both played all throughout the match, there was still a nine point margin between the two finalists at the interval, 40-31.
Luxol maintained their tempo when play resumed and led by their trio Cumpstone, Deguara and Ahlberg, who all were on the court for the whole 40 minutes of playing time, they had another positive run, this time 14-2, to open a hefty plus twenty lead, 54-33.
Floriana did not throw in the towel and they retorted with nine consecutive points, managing also to bring down some offensive rebounds and the margin came down to 60-46 at the end of the third quarter.
The last quarter produced the most points of the lot. Floriana put in a good effort to try to claw back into the game and were momentarily managing to find their way to the opponents' basket and an 11-2 mid-quarter run moved the greens closer to their adversaries. However Luxol did not let the game slip away and obtained some important hoops and controlled the final moments of the game.
Game 2 of this best-of-five Finals series will be played tomorrow at 7.30pm.
| Luxol win the semifinal series and make it to the final Apr.13, 2017 |
| BOV Division 1 Men: Floriana MCP Car Parks are the second finalists Apr.11, 2017 |
| MAPFRE MSV Life Women League: Gzira Athleta are the first finalists, Caffe Moak Luxol go 2-1 in the other series Apr.11, 2017 |
| Gzira Athleta and Starlites take home the first rubber Apr.4, 2017 |
| BUPA Luxol book their way to the Finals and await their opponents Apr.4, 2017 |
| Depiro and Luxol win the first rubber Mar.27, 2017 |
| End of the Regular Season: Gzira Athleta take top position Mar.23, 2017 |
| The four play-off spots decided Mar.21, 2017 |
| Last two play off spots still up for grabs Mar.14, 2017 |
| All set for the start of the 2017 Play-Off Series Mar.14, 2017 |
| Floriana clinch the remaining play-off spot Mar.9, 2017 |
| Harsh battle for the last two play off spots Mar.7, 2017 |
| Three teams share the top spot Mar.7, 2017 |
| Luxol win the KO for the ninth time Feb.28, 2017 |
| Cynergi Depiro take sole leadership Feb.28, 2017 |
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