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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
| Depiro and Luxol win the first rubber- Mar.27, 2017 (by Bernard)|
BOV Division 1 Men Semi Final Play-Offs Game 1 BOV National League - Men 1 Div. P/O S/F 1 Gzira Athleta 61 Bupa Luxol 81 (26-18, 9-30, 10-23, 16-10) Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 11, R. Vella 1, D. Camilleri 12, M. Williams 12, P. Shoults 13, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 10, L. Stefanovic, S. Vincic, M. Gauci Montaldo, J. Whitehead 2 Luxol: CJ Cordina 6, M. Mercieca, M. Sjoberg, D. Meli, J. Maistre, JP Schembri 17, K. Dimech 2, W. Ahlberg 9, P. Cumpstone 30, S. Deguara 17, S. Cappello Refere... [read more]
BOV Division 1 Men Semi Final Play-Offs Game 1
BOV National League - Men 1 Div. P/O S/F 1
Gzira Athleta 61 Bupa Luxol 81
(26-18, 9-30, 10-23, 16-10)
Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 11, R. Vella 1, D. Camilleri 12, M. Williams 12, P. Shoults 13, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 10, L. Stefanovic, S. Vincic, M. Gauci Montaldo, J. Whitehead 2
Luxol: CJ Cordina 6, M. Mercieca, M. Sjoberg, D. Meli, J. Maistre, JP Schembri 17, K. Dimech 2, W. Ahlberg 9, P. Cumpstone 30, S. Deguara 17, S. Cappello
Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, I. Simic
BUPA Luxol opened up the series against their arch rivals Gzira Athleta with a hefty 20 point win thus taking the first psychological lead in the five game series.
The game had various facets although Luxol's 21-3 in the central 8 minutes of the third period was a highly influential factor in the game.
Gzira Athleta had a dream start netting seven consecutive shots from downtown with David Camilleri (SG) on fire with four treys, aided with a brace of similar long distance shots from Peter Shoults (168-G-85) and another from Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80).
In these early minutes, Luxol's reply came from Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) who used his height advantage with clsoe range baskets and 3-pointers from Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill) and Jean Paul Schembri.
Late free throws from Naudi and Brit Morakinyo Williams (213-C-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) who came off the bench to counter Deguara in height, helped Gzira Athleta to end the first quarter 26-18 ahead.
The lead changed hands midway in the second quarter after Schembri had a personal 8-point run, including two treys. Although Athleta reacted momentarily, a similar 8-point run, this time thanks to Cumpstone helped Luxol extend their lead further to a 48-35 half time score.
The third quarter was characterised with Luxol's 21-3 run, started off by William Ahlberg (91), a run that helped them open a 69-40 lead.
The last quarter had Gzira Athleta trying to reduce the margin with Williams finding a better touch at close range but Luxol were in control and took home the first win in the series.
Cynergi Depiro 63 Floriana MCP Car Parks 60
(11-18, 20-10, 9-13, 23-19)
Depiro: N. Grech, D. Bugeja 8, R. Bonnici 17, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina, D.J. Mason (198-F-94, college: Campbell) 25, T. Zammit, M. Mallia, A. Quiros 2, K. Xuereb 9, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 2
Floriana: C. Patus 23, S. Pace 3, S. Borg 8, N. Vasovic 16, C. Calleja, A. Axiaq 10, A. Micallef Trigona, N. Andrejevic
Referees: E. Mangani, I. Simic, I. Marjanovic
A 3-point shot from the left corner of the court by Robert Bonnici, just a second from the final buzzer, determined this first semifinal in favour of Cynergi Depiro who managed to also neutralize a double digit deficit in the last four minutes.
In fact, Floriana seemed to have found the right touch after taking the lead at the end of the third quarter and then opening a 10-point lead, in three instances, up to 54-44 with four minutes to go.
Yet Depiro had other thoughts and five 3-pointers, two from Bonnici on either side of three consecutive treys from D.J. Mason, reopned the game.
The start of the game was in Floriana's favour with hoops from Anton Axiaq (190-C-91), Shawn Pace (175-SG-90) and Nikola Vasovic (180-PG-92) helping the greens open a 16-7 lead and later to a maximum 22-11 advantage.
Depiro's reply were two 10 point runs which helped them change ends with a small 31-28 lead which was extended to 38-28 as Floriana hit a dearth of points in the first six minutes.
The greens however went from one extreme to another as they, led by Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey)' shooting, then had a 15-0 run spread over six minutes between quarters as it was Depiro who hit a six minute barren patch.
D.J. Mason stopped Floriana's run with his first basket on his way to a personal tally of 14 points in the last quarter yet the greens still managed to hold on to 54-44.
The late Mason 3-pointers tied the game in the dying seconds. Floriana fluffed their last possession coming off a time-out and Depiro made good use of this turnover with Bonnici sinking the killer trey with one second to go.
| End of the Regular Season: Gzira Athleta take top position- Mar.23, 2017 (by Bernard)|
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League Gzira Athleta 65 Starlites Naxxar 59 (9-11, 12-14, 20-19, 24-15) Gzira Athleta: M. Stefanovic 6, C. Grima 17, B. Beverlee 6, L. Sciberras 11, A. Simmons 19, D. Said Hollier 4, A. Borg 2, J. Schembri, S. Vella, A. Debenay, C. Mifsud Starlites: D. Revol , K. Galea 5, J. Doughty 8, S. Farrugia, K. Pirotta 5, J. Micallef 8, J. Grima 11, P. Arguello 19, E. Magrin, S. Davis 3, A. Lupo Referees: Z. Dobrosavljevic, I. Simic, I. Marjanovic Both sides were assured... [read more]
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League
Gzira Athleta 65 Starlites Naxxar 59
(9-11, 12-14, 20-19, 24-15)
Gzira Athleta: M. Stefanovic 6, C. Grima 17, B. Beverlee 6, L. Sciberras 11, A. Simmons 19, D. Said Hollier 4, A. Borg 2, J. Schembri, S. Vella, A. Debenay, C. Mifsud
Starlites: D. Revol , K. Galea 5, J. Doughty 8, S. Farrugia, K. Pirotta 5, J. Micallef 8, J. Grima 11, P. Arguello 19, E. Magrin, S. Davis 3, A. Lupo
Referees: Z. Dobrosavljevic, I. Simic, I. Marjanovic
Both sides were assured of a Play Off place, but the semi final placings were not yet finalised. Gzira Athleta were vying for the top position and Starlites were searching for a third position.
In this game, Gzira Athleta had to chase for practically up to the start of the last quarter. Christina Grima (175-G/F-89) made her entry in the game in the last quarter and her contribution erased Starlites' then eight point advantage. Thereby Gzira Athleta obtained their victory to overtake Luxol, at the top placing, whilst Starlites had to wait for the Depiro match, after them, to know what play-off position they were going to fill.
After Starlites' opening two hoops, Athleta made a 7-0 run, with a Leanne Sciberras (189-SG-90) trey, in their only lead for quite some time. Starlites then put in a 7-2 session ending run, with a Kristy Galea (158-SF-00) triple, to regain their lead.
In the start of the second period it was Amelia Simmons (181-F-87, college: Wilmington, DE), with her hoops, who helped Gzira Athleta in their chase to reach their opponents. Patricia Arguello (178-SF-87) netted a Starlites trey, and although there was a reaction from the Athleta lasses, Starlites held their lead till the interval, when they were 25-21 ahead.
After the break Gzira Athleta put in a better effort, as their triples found their mark. Milica Stefanovic (180-G-81) began with two early ones, but Starlites were still making their own points at the other end with Arguello notching six consecutive points, with a triple, and Jean Doughty's four hoops in this period kept Starlites ahead on a slight 44-41 advantage.
The last quarter had Kimberly Pirotta (157-SG-98) also netting a trey for Starlites, as they increased their lead, but Grima went on court, and the game turned around, in favour of Athleta, as she poured in her points, seventeen in all, including two triples.
Starlites still held leads, and were just behind their adversaries, late in the match, but Gzira Athleta pulled through, to record their win, and finish in top position.
Hibernians 65 Depiro 55
(12-16, 18-18, 15-11, 20-10)
Hibs: E. Micallef 3, E. Cassar 9, S. Gambino 12, I. Agius 2, K. Caruana 2, N. Vella, K. Portanier Mifsud 3, N. Farrugia 3, T. Armstead 28, J. Scerri 3
Depiro: A. Mifsud, G. Mifsud 5, M. Balzaraviciute, S. Brincat 16, M. Bonett 13, H. Acreman, N. Agius 4, M. Scicluna, C. Schumacher 10, J. Xuereb, T. DeMartino 4, C. Ciantar 3
Referees: E. Mangani, C. Farrugia, J. Mangani
Starlites' defeat, in the earlier match, gave Depiro an occasion to leapfrog over them in the table , with a victory over Hibs, in the last match before the Play Offs, but this did not come about, as the Paolites were determined to end their season with a win, despite being left out of the semis.
The last quarter was a disappointing one for Depiro, as they saw Hibs opening up a good advantage, as Trudy Armstead (185-F-91, college: Northwestern St.) made a good haul of points, in her last match for the Paolites.
As it is Athleta will now meet Depiro, and Luxol face Starlites, in the two semis, in best of five encounters.
Elena Cassar (179-PG-92) netted a trey for Hibs, and Gabriella Mifsud (167-F-95) did the same, for Depiro, in a quick start. The lead changed hands twice more, before Depiro came up with 9-2 run, as Samantha Brincat (176-SF-79) and Maria Bonett (174-C-95) netted triples. Hibs pulled back two hoops, to reduce their deficit.
In the next period Hibs went in front, with a Naomi Farrugia trey, but Brincat nailed her second trey. Emma Micallef (168-F-92) and Silvia Gambino also made triples for the Paolites, but Carlee Schuhmacher (185-C)'s hoops kept Depiro in front. Hibs went closer, but were still 30-34 in arrears, at the interval.
After the break Hibs managed to tie the score, but another Brincat 3-pointer had Depiro regaining their advantage. The Paolites made a 9-2 run, with Armstead's hoops and another Gambino triple, but their lead was short lived, as Depiro levelled the score, at 45-45.
In the last session Depiro were surprised by a gritty Hibs patch, when they registered a game winning 16-2 run, with Armstead's points and a Kimberly Portanier (167-F-97) trey. Brincat and Bonett did again score triples for Depiro, in the remaining time, but by-then they had fallen too far behind, and the Paolites could end their league commitments with a comfortable victory.
| The four play-off spots decided- Mar.21, 2017 (by Bernard)|
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League With only one day to go till the end of the regular season, all the four play-off spots are now known after that Hibernians, seeking to keep hoping till their last game versus Depiro, failed in their task to beat Starlites this weekend. What still needs to be decided is the final placing of all the four top teams and the semi final series' sequence. The first match on Wednesday is between Gzira Athleta and Starlites. A win for Gzira Athleta will put them in... [read more]
MAPFRE MSV Life Women League
With only one day to go till the end of the regular season, all the four play-off spots are now known after that Hibernians, seeking to keep hoping till their last game versus Depiro, failed in their task to beat Starlites this weekend.
What still needs to be decided is the final placing of all the four top teams and the semi final series' sequence.
The first match on Wednesday is between Gzira Athleta and Starlites. A win for Gzira Athleta will put them in the top spot as they have a better basket difference over Caffe Moak Luxol in the direct encounters. On the other hand, a Starlites' win would ascertain the third place for them and they would meet the same opponents, Gzira Athleta in the league play-off semi finals.
The second match tomorrow is between Hibernians and Depiro, a game which the latter would eye carefully should Starlites end up on the losing end in the previousmatch on the day. This is because a win over Hibs would then lead Depiro to reach Starlites on equal points in the table but Depiro would end up third as they beat Starlites twice in the league. That would then mean that Gzira Athleta would meet Starlites in the semi final series whilst Depiro would then 'cross swords' with Luxol in the other post-season series.
Caffe Moak Luxol 47 Gzira Athleta 54
(10-14, 3-20, 20-11, 14-9)
Luxol: S. Pace 7, M. Mercieca 7, A. Munir 14, I. Baena Medina, K. Portelli, C. Sollami, P. Ellul 6, L. Caruana Montaldo, M. Darmanin 6, C. Curm 7
Gzira Athleta: C. Grima 17, B. Zammit 5, L. Sciberras 5, A. Simmons 16, D. Said Hollier 3, A. Borg 8, J. Schembri , S. Vella, A. Debenay, C. Mifsud
Referees: B. Vassallo, C. Farrugia, I. Simic
A strong Gzira Athleta showing in the second quarter, with the interval score at 34-13, was very influential in this game between the top two sides in the standings.
Although Luxol improved in the second half and came closer, albeit momentarily, to their rivals, Gzira Athleta managed to regain control of the match to get some revenge for the 5 point loss in the first round.
The first quarter was a balanced affair with the lead changing hands a number of times with Luxol, still missing their power forward Stephanie Demartino, having points from Sarah Pace (165-PG-88) and Attirah Munir (185-G, college: Ark.-Pine Bluff) whilst Gzira Athleta were led off the blocks by their usual dangerous offensive duo Amelia Simmons (181-F-87, college: Wilmington, DE) and Christina Grima (175-G/F-89).
Luxol could only pot three shots from the charity line and had no baskets in the second quarter as they started falling behind with Gzira Athleta banging in also a number of treys from Antoinette Borg (182-SF-88), Beverly Zammit and Leanne Sciberras with the margin increasing to over 20 points at the change of ends.
The half time pep talk served Luxol to improve on their offensive game and two good runs helped to halve the deficit by the end of the third quarter, 33-45. This same margin went further down after early Paula Ellul and Christina Curmi hoops for Luxol in the last quarter but Gzira Athleta recouped their efforts and managed to hit back to re-establish a comfortable lead once again.
Starlites Naxxar 72 Hibernians 68 (after overtime, 64-64)
(12-16, 16-24, 14-10, 22-14) - (8-4)
Starlites: K. Galea 12, J. Doughty 3, S. Farrugia 6, K. Pirotta 4, J. Micallef 11, J. Grima 10, P. Arguello 24, A. Lupo
Hibs: E. Micallef 6, E. Cassar 9, S. Gambino 7, I. Agius 1, K. Caruana, K. Portanier Mifsud 5, T. Armstead 28, A. Marinkovic, J. Scerri 12
Referees: B. Vassallo, C. Farrugia, I. Simic
This game had to be decided after overtime after Starlites, who could have even been happy with a minimal loss as that could have also ascertained their play-off spot, forced the extra five minutes of play with a late 3-pointer from Spaniard Patricia Arguello (178-SF-87).
This was a must-win game for Hibs in their search for a play-off spot and they were very close to achieving this with a late turnover allowing Starlites to force overtime.
The game was interesting and pleasant with both sides eager to run out winners. Hibs were the better side in the first half with a late 9-0 run helping them to change ends with a 40-28 lead. Led by their guard Silvia Gambino and with close range points coming from Trudy Armstead (185-F-91, college: Northwestern St.) and fast break points from Julia Scerri, the Paolites started extending their lead.
Starlites, who had their post Josephine Grima, returning from injury, somewhat improved in the third quarter and had a 7-0 run which brought them close until a late Kim Portanier Mifsud trey helped Hibs end the same quarter 50-42 in the lead.
The fourth rubber was very appealing with various facets. Elena Cassar had a trey for Hibs but Starlites hot back decisively and even went in front after a 13 point positive run with hoops from Arguello and their young duo Kristy Galea and Jaelle Micallef (155-PG-00).
Hibs however replied immediately with Arsmtead leading the way and putting the blacks back in front, having also possession very late in the game. Yet a turnover off an out of bounds play, after a time out, gave Starlites the opportunity to force overtime after Arguello's long distance shot and putting them with a psychological advantage over their opponents.
In fact, Starlites were the more sprightly side in the overtime period and quickly took the lead. Hibs, shorn of Gambino's presence on the court, did try to get back but Starlites kept their cool and emerged winners.
| 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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