Samsun Basketbol (TKBL) waived 32-year old Croatian international guard Andja Jelavic (172-80). In 7 TKBL games she played this season she recorded 11.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.9spg (in top 9). The last season Jelavic played at Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor. In 7 TKBL games last year she averaged 8.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg. She also played 8 games in Eurocup where she averaged just 1.9ppg and 1.6rpg. Jelavic also played at Lupa Promotion in Croatian A1 that season. The other team she played shortly was Gospic Croatia Osiguranje in A1. The previous (10-11) season Jelavic played at Wisla Can-Pak in Polish PLKK. In 40 games that year she averaged 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to win the league title. Jelavic also played 14 games in Euroleague where she averaged 4.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg. She contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals. The list of the past achievements is quite long as Jelavic was voted Eurobasket.com All-WABA 1st Team in 2007 and 2010. She also represented Croatia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) this year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 6.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 37.5%. Jelavic has played previously professionally in Russia (Dynamo Moscow) and Croatia (Jolly).
Tresnjevka 2009-Sibenik 92-69: Tresnjevka made a 12-2 run to go up 14-8 and later went on a 13-1 run spanning the first and second quarters for a 34-15 lead to take the control of the game. Tresnjevka outrebounded Sibenik 58-35, picking up 25 offensive boards. Karla Erjavec (172-G-99) led all scorers with 21 points, Josipa Pavic (187-C-99) finished with 19 points and 21 rebounds, Marta Galic (182-G-99) came off the bench for 19 points, Andjela Katavic (177-SG-99) scored 13 points and Ana... [read more]
Tresnjevka 2009-Sibenik 92-69: Tresnjevka made a 12-2 run to go up 14-8 and later went on a 13-1 run spanning the first and second quarters for a 34-15 lead to take the control of the game. Tresnjevka outrebounded Sibenik 58-35, picking up 25 offensive boards. Karla Erjavec (172-G-99) led all scorers with 21 points, Josipa Pavic (187-C-99) finished with 19 points and 21 rebounds, Marta Galic (182-G-99) came off the bench for 19 points, Andjela Katavic (177-SG-99) scored 13 points and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) poured in 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Sibenik was led by Klaudija Perisa (180-SG-96) with 19 points, Andjela Strize (175-F-99) added 13, Iva Cigic (174-PG-94) 12 and Kristina Ivancevic (183-PF-99) 11. Podravac Gigant-Ragusa 55-63: The game featured 10 lead changes and 9 ties before Ragusa went on a 10-0 run for a 49-40 lead late in the third quarter. Podravac cut the deficit to two, 51-53, midway through the fourth quarter. Ragusa answered with eight straight points for their first double-digit lead of the night, 61-51, with 2:23 remaining. Ragusa outrebounded the home team 60-33, picking up 29 offensive boards. Ina Marin (168-G-86) scored 15 points, Romana Stojanovic (186-F/G-93) added 13 points, Marta Erslan (178-SF-96) had 15 rebounds and Katarina Popovic (188-C-92) grabbed 13 rebounds. Podravac was led by Valentina Simunic (175-G-98) with 14 points and Danijela Bukovcan scored 12. Split-Croatia 2006 76-68: After trailing 32-33 early in the third quarter, Split went on a 13-2 run to go up 45-35 and never looked back from there. Croatia cut the deficit to 48-51, but Split responded with a 9-2 run to retake the double-digit advantage, 60-50. Croatin once again trimmed the deficit, 56-60. At that points, Split made a decisive 10-0 run for a 70-56 lead with four minutes left. Maja Puljic (170-G-93) scored 25 points on shooting 7-of-8 from 3-point range and Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87) added 15 points. Croatia outrebouned Split 47-27, picking up 23 offensive boards, but Split made 15 3-pointers on 30 attempts. Helena Vidakovic (182-G-94) led Croatia with 18 points, Martina Suster (168-PG-90) had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Marijana Mamic (186-F-93) collected 14 points anf 19 rebounds. Pula Crnja Tours-Medvescak 04/12, Zadar-Brod na Savi postponed, Plamen Pozega bye
Lorena Molnar selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - 5 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Croatian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is U18 international center Lorena Molnar (192-98). Sheto an easy victory against the league outsider Domzale in the Slovenian SKL in Saturday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Croatian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is U18 international center Lorena Molnar (192-98, currently plays in Slovenia). She led Athlete Celje to an easy victory against the league outsider Domzale (0-7) crushing them 91-37 in the Slovenian SKL in Saturday night's game.
Molnar scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court.
ZKK Athlete Celje (7-1) is placed second in the SKL.
It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
It's Molnar's first season with the team.
She is currently a member of the Croatian U18 national team.
#2. Second place goes to U20 international shooting guard Iva Slonjsak (183-97, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lorena Molnar and both played together in the last Slovenian SKL game.
Slonjsak led Athlete Celje to an easy victory against the league outsider Domzale (0-7) crushing them 91-37.
She scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Slonjsak is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers.
She has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 58.8%(20-34), 3FGP: 58.6%(17-29).
Slonjsak is in the roster of the Croatian U20 national team.
#3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Nina Premasunac (186-92, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Italy). She could not help La Spezia in their last game. Despite Premasunac's very good performance La Spezia was badly defeated 73-56 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Napoli.
She had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 17 rebounds. Premasunac also added and 3 steals in 34 minutes.
Premasunac belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #3) and also on the list of best blockers (second place).
This year she has very good stats: 15.0ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(50-88), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 37.9% in eight games she played so far.
Premasunac is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.
#4. Center Andrea Maric (195-97, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lorena Molnar. She played also in the last Slovenian SKL game facing Iva Slonjsak (above) in the other team.
Maric led Athlete Celje to an easy victory against the league outsider Domzale (0-7) crushing them 91-37.
She scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Maric is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 0.8bpg.
This year she also averages: 9.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3spg in eight games.
Maric used to play for the Croatian U18 national team
back in 2014.
#5. International guard Ivana Seric (170-88, college: NJIT, currently plays in MZRKL) was not able to help the league outsider ZKK Kraljevo (0-5) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite her good performance ZKK Kraljevo was defeated 72-60 in Beograd by the higher-ranked Partizan (#4).
Seric was the second best scorer with 13 points. She also added 5 assists.
There are only three games left until the end of the WABA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Seric's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 3.0apg.
She used to play for the Croatian national team
#6. Guard Shavonte Zellous (178-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in Besiktas' victory against the 11th-ranked Hatay (1-4) 68-64 in the Turkish KBSL in Sunday night's game.
Zellous scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes.
Besiktas CT Istanbul (6-2) is placed fifth in the KBSL.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Zellous has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.8apg in five games.
She is a naturalized American.
Zellous is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.
Strangely she has never played in Croatia.
#7. Former international center Josipa Bura (186-85, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for Sokol Hradec Kralove (9-3) in their game against BLK Praha (8-4) in the Czech Republic ZBL.
Bura scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Sokol Hradec Kralove was defeated 76-67 in Praha by the lower-ranked BLK Praha (#5).
They ended the series of five consecutive victories.
Bura's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.
She used to play for the Croatian national team
seven years ago.
#8. Power forward Ivona Matic (189-86, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Bolzano (6-2) in their game against Sesto SG (8-0) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite her good performance in Saturday night's game Matic recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
This year Matic has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 10.4rpg and 3.3spg.
She used to play for the Croatian national team
back in 2008.
#9. International forward Matea Vrdoljak (183-85, also represented by LBM Management, currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Angers (2-6) in their game against Hainaut (2-6) in the French LFB, despite her good performance last Sunday.
Vrdoljak scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was her first game for Angers this season.
But Angers lost 56-71 in Saint-Amand to the higher-ranked (#10) Hainaut.
Vrdoljak used to play for the Croatian national team
#10. Center Marija Rezan (198-89, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help CCC Polkowice (4-5) in their game against Basket Gdynia (3-6) in the Polish TBLK. Despite her good performance on Sunday night She scored 10 points and blocked 2 blocks.
Rezan is currently fifth on the list of best blockers.
Her overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6bpg.
Rezan is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.
#11. International center Ivana Tikvic (189-94, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Torino's victory against the closely-ranked Umbertide 75-69 in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game.
She scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes.
Tikvic is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 0.9bpg.
She also averaged so far 8.1ppg and 6.8rpg in eight games.
Tikvic plays currently for the Croatian national team.
#12. International center Luca Ivankovic (201-87, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Canik Belediyesi Samsun to win against the closely-ranked Osmaniye 67-55 in the Turkish KBSL last Sunday.
She scored 5 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Ivankovic's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.3apg.
She is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.
#13. Former international forward Davorka Balic (188-88, currently plays in Spain) led Cortegada to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Ponce Valladolid crushing them 74-46 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) on Saturday night.
Balic scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes.
This year her overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg in seven games.
Balic used to play for the Croatian national team
two years ago.
#14. International shooting guard Ivana Dojkic (180-97, currently plays in Russia) contributed to a Spartak Vidnoye's victory against the closely-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk 76-63 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game.
She recorded only 2 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Dojkic's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.9apg.
She plays currently for the Croatian national team.
#15. International center Iva Cuzic-Sliskovic (190-84, college: S.Carolina, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matea Vrdoljak and both played together in the last French LFB game.
Cuzic-Sliskovic couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Angers in their game against Hainaut.
She scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Her team lost 56-71.
Cuzic-Sliskovic has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in eight games.
She used to play for the Croatian national team
The list of other players, who all have Croatian passport but never been selected to any of Croatian national teams:
#1.Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, currently plays in Spain) could not help Al-Qazeres (5-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance Al-Qazeres was edged 67-64 at home by the higher-ranked Araski (#4).
Dacic recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
This season Dacic averages: 9.3ppg and 7.3rpg.
She has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Italian.
#2. Experienced Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Townsville Fire in their game against Perth Lynx (7-4) in the Australian WNBL, despite her good performance on Friday night.
Batkovic-Brown scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes.
But Townsville Fire lost 85-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Perth Lynx.
It was Townsville Fire's third consecutive loss in a row.
Batkovic-Brown is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Townsville Fire's roster.
She has individually a very good season with high stats. Batkovic-Brown averages: 18.5ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6bpg and 1.3spg in 11 games she played so far.
She is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.
#3.Martina Bozikov (189-PF-84, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for ChemCats Chemnitz (8-4) in their game against TV Saarlouis Royals (8-2) in the German DBBL.
Bozikov recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was her first game for ChemCats Chemnitz this season.
ChemCats Chemnitz was badly defeated 65-49 in Saarlouis by the second-ranked TV Royals.
#4.Iva Bosnjak (174-G/F-1, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help BC Winterthur in a victory against the seventh-ranked Bellinzona (3-4) crushing them 83-62 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game.
Bosnjak scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court.
BC Winterthur (5-2) is placed third in the LNA.
It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Bosnjak's total stats are: 2.6ppg and 1.2rpg in five games.
Miletic's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
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21-year old forward Lea Miletic (183-F-95) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Pula C.Tours and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. She had a double-double of 26 points and 20 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Brod na Savi (#11, 0-7) with 22-point margin 93-71. Pula C.Tours is placed at 4th position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pula C.T... [read more]
21-year old forward Lea Miletic (183-F-95) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Pula C.Tours and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. She had a double-double of 26 points and 20 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Brod na Savi (#11, 0-7) with 22-point margin 93-71. Pula C.Tours is placed at 4th position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pula C.Tours will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Miletic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. She turned to be Pula C.Tours' top player in her first season with the team. Miletic has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.7ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.9rpg), assists (8th best: 4.7apg) and averages solid 59.4% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Klaudija Perisa (180-SG-96) of Sibenik. She is a guard in her 6th season at Sibenik. In the last game Perisa recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Sibenik to edge slightly higher-ranked Pozega (#6, 4-4) by 4 points 72-68. Sibenik's 8th position in the standings has not changed. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Perisa is one of the most experienced players at Sibenik and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.9ppg (#1). Her other stats are also decent: 10.1rpg and 4.1apg.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Mihaela Lazic (168-G) of Brod na Savi (#11). Lazic got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. She went also for six rebounds and seven assists. Despite Lazic's great performance Brod na Savi lost 71-93 to the higher-ranked Pula C.Tours (#4, 4-3). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. Brod na Savi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 7 games. Too bad for Lazic she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Lazic has individually a great season in Croatia. After only 7 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.3ppg (2nd best) and assists with 5.0apg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Marijana Mamic (186-F-93) of Croatia 2006 - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Maja Ramljak (185-C-88) of Pula C.Tours - 18 points and 14 rebounds 6. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Pozega - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists 7. Iva Todoric (174-F-93) of Medvescak - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Ina Marin (168-G-86) of Ragusa - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) of Tresnjevka - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Romana Stojanovic (186-F/G-93) of Ragusa - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 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)
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