Former NBA player and South Carolina star Renaldo Balkman had a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead Arecibo to a 102-77 win over Bayamon in Game 2 of the Puerto Rico BSN league Finals to even the series at 1-1.
The 6-8 forward also had 3 assists and 3 steals, while shooting 50 percent (7-of-14) from the field.
Walter Hodge (Florida) added 16 points with 9 assists, Davon Jefferson (USC) had 15 points with 10 rebounds, while Coty Clarke (Arkansas) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds for Arecibo in the blowout win.
For Bayamon, Andres Torres (Hartford) had a team-high 15 points, Jeleel Akindele (Chicago State) scored 14, and Alex Franklin (Siena) added 12 points in the loss.
But the star of this game was Balkman, who is the BSN’s 9th leading rebounder, averaging 16.2 points and 8.6 rebounds on 56 percent field goal shooting this year.
He comes from the Mexico LNBP league, where he averaged 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4 assists for Fuerza Regia Monterrey.
Last season, Balkman was in the NBA D-League where he averaged 16 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.1 steals (top 5 in the NABDL) for the Texas Legends.
He also played in Puerto Rico last year, where he averaged 15.7 points and 7.2 rebounds for Arecibo, leading the team to the BSN Finals.
For his stellar play he was named the Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Forward of the Year, and selected to the All-Puerto Rican BSN First Team.
In 2013-14, Balkman was back in Mexico where he was the LNBP league’s second-leading scorer at 22 points a game with Halcones Rojos. That year he was LNBP Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year.
A first round 2006 draft pick by the Knicks (20th overall), Balkman averaged 4 points and 3.5 rebounds in six NBA seasons with the Knicks and Nuggets.
A star at South Carolina, Balkman led the team in rebounds and steals in his junior season before entering the NBA Draft.
The well-traveled Balkman has also played overseas in Venezuela and the Philippines.
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