Croatian A1 round 6 best performance: Ronald Ross - Nov 12, 2012
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American guard Ronald Ross (188-G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Jolly, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, six rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Zabok (#7, 2-4) 84-70. Jolly is placed at 4th position in Croatian A1. Jolly is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-3 record. In the team's last game Ross had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Jolly and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Texas Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Ross is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.0ppg), assists (3rd best: 4.2apg) and averages impressive 2.8spg and 43.5% from behind 3-point line.
The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) of Djuro Djakovic. Sarlija had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Djuro Djakovic lost that game 62-84 to the higher-ranked Darda (3-3). This loss caused Djuro Djakovic to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sarlija is a newcomer at Djuro Djakovic and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Mislav Peric (191-G-88) of Dubrovnik (#10). Peric scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Peric's great performance Dubrovnik lost 84-90 to slightly higher-ranked Osjecki Sokol (#9, 2-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Dubrovnik can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Peric he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Peric has individually a great season in Croatia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.5ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 2.5rpg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mike James (185-G-90) of KK Zagreb - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80) of Osjecki Sokol - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) of Osjecki Sokol - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists 7. Mirza Hrncic (203-F/C-86) of Darda - 20 points and 5 rebounds 8. Luka Petkovic (190-G-88) of Jolly - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Mato Peraica (203-C-81) of Darda - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) of Darda - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
The Player of the week is chosen 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)
Zadar rode a hot second quarter to a 73-70 victory over Cibona in must-win game two of semifinals. With the best-of-three series tied at 1-1, the team will head back to Zagreb, where Basketball Center Drazen Petrovic will be scene for the winner take all game three. The decisive Game 3 will be played Wednesday After opening the game on a 9-3 run, Zadar never trailed and led by as many as 17 points. Lovre Basic (190-PG-95) scored eight straight points to extend Zadar's lead from 20-19 to 2... [read more]
Zadar rode a hot second quarter to a 73-70 victory over Cibona in must-win game two of semifinals. With the best-of-three series tied at 1-1, the team will head back to Zagreb, where Basketball Center Drazen Petrovic will be scene for the winner take all game three. The decisive Game 3 will be played Wednesday After opening the game on a 9-3 run, Zadar never trailed and led by as many as 17 points. Lovre Basic (190-PG-95) scored eight straight points to extend Zadar's lead from 20-19 to 28-19. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) made just one free throw for Cibona and then Zadar went on a 9-0 run for their largest adavantage of the game, 37-20 midway through the second quarter. After trailing 46-61 early in the fourth period, Cibona cut the deficit to 64-66 with two minutes left. Boris Barac (205-F-92) made a free throw and Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) added four consecutive points to put Zadar up 71-64 going into the final minute. Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) made a basket and an additional free throw and later sank a 3-pointe to cut the deficit ot 70-73. Zadar's Domagoj Bosnjak missed a pair of free throws, Marin Rozic grabbed a defensive rebound and Cibona had a final possession. Filip Kruslin's (198-SG-89) potential game-tying 3-pointer just before the buzzer was blocked by Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93). Lovre Basic came off the bench for game-high 20 points on shooting 6-of-9 from 3-point line, Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) added 15 off the bench and Ante Delas (200-G-88) was Zadar's lone starter in double figures with 11 points. Cibona was led by James Florence (185-PG-88, college: Mercer, agency: Three Eye Sports) with 19 points, but he made made just one of his nine 3-point attempts, Ante Zizic (210-F/C-97) scored 15 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Nebojsa Joksimovic posted 12 points.
Skrljevo secured their A1 League status for another season after beating Jazine 78-73 (and 168-156 on aggregate) in the second leg of their play-offt. Davor Kus (192-G-78) led all scorers with 20 points for Skrljevo, Roko Rogic (185-PG-92) added 19, Dino Stipcic (196-G/F-89) 11 and Josip Ceranja (203-G-90) 10. Jazine shot 77-percent (17-of-22) from 2-point range. Mate Mrva finished with 17 points, Milan Ziak(190-G-88), Zvonimir Uzelac (178-G-98) and Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) all scored 1... [read more]
Skrljevo secured their A1 League status for another season after beating Jazine 78-73 (and 168-156 on aggregate) in the second leg of their play-offt. Davor Kus (192-G-78) led all scorers with 20 points for Skrljevo, Roko Rogic (185-PG-92) added 19, Dino Stipcic (196-G/F-89) 11 and Josip Ceranja (203-G-90) 10. Jazine shot 77-percent (17-of-22) from 2-point range. Mate Mrva finished with 17 points, Milan Ziak (190-G-88), Zvonimir Uzelac (178-G-98) and Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) all scored 12 points and Ivan Mimica (190-G-80) 11. Both teams played in spurts and hit multiple runs throughout the game. Jazine opened the game with a 14-2 run and led 25-15 after the first quarter. Skrljevo tied at 29 and later jumped out to a 40-31 advantage. The home team responded with a 12-0 run spanning halftime to go up 43-40. After trailing 47-52, Skrljevo scored eight straight points for a 55-52 lead, but they were down 62-65 midway through the fourth quarter. At that point, Dino Stipcic (196-G/F-89) sank a 3-pointer to tie the game and later Davor Kus (192-G-78) hit another three plus a jumper to end a decisive 10-2 spree that put Skrljevo in front 72-67 with three minutes to play. Jazine trimmed the score to 73-74 going into the final minute, but Roko Rogic (185-PG-92) then made all four free throws for the visitors to secure the win.
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