Forward Miro Bilan (213-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Cedevita, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13 (Second Stage). The 22-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Jolly (#8, 2-11) with 31-point margin 93-62. Cedevita maintains the 2nd position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Cedevita will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. Bilan turned to be Cedevita's top player in his first season with the team. Miro Bilan has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.3ppg), rebounds (6th best: 6.9rpg) and averages impressive 75.9% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) of KK Zagreb CO. Markota had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as KK Zagreb CO was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Zadar (#4, 7-6) 90-89. KK Zagreb CO managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Markota is one of the most experienced players at KK Zagreb CO and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#4). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was forward Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Svjetlost (#6). Stimac scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Stimac's great performance Svjetlost lost 82-88 to slightly lower-ranked Zabok (#7, 2-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Svjetlost can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Stimac he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Stimac has individually a great season in Croatia. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 7.2rpg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ivan Tomas (193-G-81) of Zabok - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of KK Zagreb CO - 12 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) of Svjetlost - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) of Zabok - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82) of Cedevita - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Luka Babic (200-F-91) of KK Split - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) of Zadar - 9 points and 18 rebounds
The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Croatian national team head coach Aleksandar Petrovic decided to reduce his Olympic qualifying tournament squad to 16 men. The ten out of the national team are NBA players Damjan Rudez and Duje Dukan, naturalised Dontayer Draper and Oliver Lafayette, promised Dragan Bender and Ivica Zubac and Luka Zoric, Darko Planinic, Josip Sobin and Luka Bozic. The 16 remaining players will gather on June 8 in Sveti Martin na Muri, where the main stage of Croatian's training camp will be conducted. Fir... [read more]
Croatian national team head coach Aleksandar Petrovic decided to reduce his Olympic qualifying tournament squad to 16 men. The ten out of the national team are NBA players Damjan Rudez and Duje Dukan, naturalised Dontayer Draper and Oliver Lafayette, promised Dragan Bender and Ivica Zubac and Luka Zoric, Darko Planinic, Josip Sobin and Luka Bozic. The 16 remaining players will gather on June 8 in Sveti Martin na Muri, where the main stage of Croatian's training camp will be conducted. First warm-up is scheduled against Canada on July 20. The 16-player candidate list as follows: Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89) of Brooklyn Nets, Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) of Orlando Magic, Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) of Cantu, Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) of EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Dinamo Sassari, Fran Pilepic (193-G/F-89) of Cedevita, Ante Delas (200-G-88) of Zadar, Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89) of Cibona, Luka Babic (201-SF-91) of Cedevita, Dario Saric (207-PF-94) of Anadolu Efes, Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96) of Cedevita, Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Lukoil Sofia, Miro Bilan (213-C-89) of Cedevita, Leon Radosevic (208-F/C-90) of Brose Baskets, Justin Hamilton (213-C-90, college: LSU) of Valencia, Ante Zizic (210-F/C-97) of Cibona.
James Florence (185-PG-88, college: Mercer) scored 25 of his 27 points in the second halftime and made seven 3-pointers as Cibona defeated Zadar in game 3 of the Croatian semifinals to make it through the 2016 finals. Game 1 of the finals between Cedevita and Zagreb will be played on Sunday. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89) came off the bench to scored 17 points, Ante Zizic (210-F/C-97) had 12 points and 13 points and Jasmin Hukic (204-F-79) added 11 points. This is the fifth straight and 23rd o... [read more]
James Florence (185-PG-88, college: Mercer) scored 25 of his 27 points in the second halftime and made seven 3-pointers as Cibona defeated Zadar in game 3 of the Croatian semifinals to make it through the 2016 finals. Game 1 of the finals between Cedevita and Zagreb will be played on Sunday. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89) came off the bench to scored 17 points, Ante Zizic (210-F/C-97) had 12 points and 13 points and Jasmin Hukic (204-F-79) added 11 points. This is the fifth straight and 23rd overall Croatian finals for CIbona. Zadar was led by Filip Kraljevic (212-F-89) with 20 points and Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) scored 13 points. Zadar led early 13-5, but Jasmin Hukic (204-F-79) came off the bench to hit two 3-pointers for Cibona's 16-15 lead, their first lead of the game and from that point on the home team never trailed. Cibona opened the second quarter with five straight points by Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89) and later Jasmin Hukic (204-F-79) and Zan Mark Sisko (189-PG-97) made back-to-back 3-pointers to end a 27-4 run spanning the first in second quarters for a 32-17 advantage. Zadar cut the deficit to 26-34, but Cibona went on a 9-1 run to close out the first half with a 43-27 lead. Cibona had their largest lead of the night at 57-37 midway through the third quarter. At that point, Filip Kraljevic (212-F-89) made a basket and an additional free throw to ignite a 16-2 span and later Lovre Basic (190-PG-95) hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 68-72 with more than seven minutes remaining. Cibona called a time-out. Ante Zizic (210-F/C-97) hit a lay up and one, James Florence (185-PG-88, college: Mercer) drained a 3-pointer, Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89,) made a pair of free throws and James Florence (185-PG-88) posted a lay-up to close the score to 72-58.
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