Mate Mrva (195-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Jolly and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 33 points and eleven rebounds, while his team edged out Osjecki Sokol (#9, 2-5) 100-97. Jolly maintains the 4th position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jolly will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Mrva had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Jolly, through which he has constantly improved.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young swingman Dino Jakolis (200-F/G-91) of Dubrovnik. Jakolis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Dubrovnik lost that game 77-90 to the higher-ranked Djuro Djakovic (#3, 4-3). Dubrovnik is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Dubrovnik managed to get this year. Jakolis is a newcomer at Dubrovnik and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) of Osjecki Sokol (#9). Sundov scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Sundov's great performance Osjecki Sokol lost 97-100 to the higher-ranked Jolly (#4, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Osjecki Sokol can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sundov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sundov has individually a great season in Croatia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (#1 in league).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) of Djuro Djakovic - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) of Kvarner 2010 - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Robert Lez (192-G-79) of Zabok - 27 points 7. Patrick Rembert (185-PG-89) of Krizevci - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) of Osjecki Sokol - 20 points and 3 assists 9. Mislav Peric (191-G-88) of Dubrovnik - 28 points and 4 rebounds 10. Mato Peraica (203-C-81) of Darda - 16 points and 7 rebounds
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)
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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