Ante Krapic (205-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader KK Zagreb and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 27-year old forward had the game-high 33 points adding five rebounds for KK Zagreb in his team's victory, helping them to beat Dubrovnik (#10, 1-9) 86-80. It allowed KK Zagreb to jump to the first place in the Croatian A1. KK Zagreb have a solid 8-2 record. Krapic turned to be KK Zagreb's top player in his first season with the team. Krapic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.2ppg), rebounds (7th best: 6.0rpg) and averages solid 60.5% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Ivan Mikulic (191-G-91) of Dubrovnik. Mikulic impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Dubrovnik lost that game 80-86 to the higher-ranked KK Zagreb (#1, 8-2). Dubrovnik is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Dubrovnik managed to get this year. Mikulic 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 Dino Cinac (198-F-88) of second-ranked Kvarner 2010. Cinac scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Cinac's great performance Kvarner 2010 lost 73-80 to #3 ranked Jolly. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Kvarner 2010 had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Cinac's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Cinac has a very solid season. In 9 games in Croatia he scored 10.9ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 70.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) of Osjecki Sokol - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Patrick Rembert (185-PG-89) of Krizevci - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Dino Jakolis (200-F/G-91) of Dubrovnik - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) of Kvarner 2010 - 18 points and 8 rebounds 9. Petar Maric (196-F-87) of Zabok - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Nikola Gaurina (199-G-83) of Alkar Sinj - 15 points, 5 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)
Split-Cedevita 66-63: The game featured just one lead change that came after Split overcame a 23-30 hole to take a 36-30 edge midway through the second quarter and its defense held Cedevita scoreless for a 8:50 span. Cedevita opened the game with a 13-4. Split cut the deficit to 14-16 and they were down by 23-30 midway through the second quarter. At that points, Split went on a 13-0 run spanning halftime for a 36-30 lead and had their largest advantage at 61-49 with 2:11 remaining. The ho... [read more]
Split-Cedevita 66-63: The game featured just one lead change that came after Split overcame a 23-30 hole to take a 36-30 edge midway through the second quarter and its defense held Cedevita scoreless for a 8:50 span. Cedevita opened the game with a 13-4. Split cut the deficit to 14-16 and they were down by 23-30 midway through the second quarter. At that points, Split went on a 13-0 run spanning halftime for a 36-30 lead and had their largest advantage at 61-49 with 2:11 remaining. The home team then lost four balls in a row and Cedevita cut the deficit to 59-61 with 49 seconds left. Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) made a pair of free for Split, but the visitors once again cut the lead two. Split's Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) missed a 3-pointer on the next possession, but Domagoj Kanaet (197-SG-93) grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled with 11 seconds to go. He missed the first second throw and made the second to make it 64-61. Split then fouled Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99) who hit both foul shots to make the score 63-64 with eight seconds left. Split broke Cedvita's full court press, Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) simply drove past his defender and dunked right at the buzzer to set the final scored, 66-63. Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) came off the bench to tally a game-high 15 points for Split, Damir Rancic and Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) both scored 11 points and Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) 10. Split outrebounded Cedevita 42-29, picking up 11 offensive rebounds. Cedevita was led by John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern) with 14 points and Toni Katic (188-PG-92) added 11.
Gorica-Jolly JBS 92-109: Jolly scored five consecutive points to turn a three point deficit a 7-5 lead and never looked back the rest of game. They used an 11-0 run to extend an advantage to 21-9 late in the first quarter. Gorica cut the deficit to 41-46, but Mike Scott (183-PG-93, college: Idaho) sank back-to-back 3-pointers to give Jolly a double-digit lead and control of the game. Mike Scott (183-PG-93, college: Idaho) finished with 22 points, Josip Bilinovac (191-SG-90) and Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) had 17 points apiece, Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) posted 13 points, Nikola Dosen (190-G-91) 12 and Sime Spralja (205-C/F-83) 11. Jolly made 14 3-point attemptts and 30 assists. Ljubo Prgomet (194-G/F-84) came off the bench for 24 points on shooting 7-of-11 behind the 3-point line for Gorica, Trey McDonald (203-C-93, college: Ohio St.) added 20 points, Marko Petrovic (192-G-91, college: USF) 16 and Ante Masic (200-F-85) 12.
GKK Sibenik-Alkar 78-70: Alkar erased a 20-point deficit and even took the lead 63-62 with eight minutes left, but in the Sibenik prevailed. Sibenik used a 22-5 run to turn one ponint deficit into a 32-16 lead and had their largest advantage at 42-22 midway through the second quarter. At that point, Alkar went on a 10-0 run and tied the game at 52. The visitors grabbed a lead at 56-55 and then at 63-62 with eight minutes left. A 3-pointer by Alkar's Nikola Gaurina (197-F-83, agency: Interperformances) tied the game at 66-66. SIbenik responded with six straigt points to ignite a decisive 12-2 run for a 78-68 lead with less than two minutes left. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) scored 22 points, Roko Badzim (197-G-97, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 11 points and Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) grabbed 10 rebounds. Sibenik made 10 3-pointers, while Alkar shot just 3-of-20 behind the arc. Nikola Gaurina (197-F-83) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds, Josip Boban (190-G-95) scored 13 points, Domagoj Vrkic (204-PF-97) and Hrvoje Vucic (212-C-91, college: Walsh) both added 10 points.
Skrljevo-Zagreb 74-55: Skrljevo took control of the game behind an 11-2 run for a 19-10 lead and later went on a 9-0 run to extend their advantage to 37-21 late in the second quarter. Skrljevo's bench players outscored Zagreb's 33-10. Jasmin Perkovic scored 13 points, Brian Williams 12, Nicholas Cook and Davor Konjevic both added 10 points. Zagreb made just one of its 18 3-point attempts and shot 8-of-18 from the free throw line. Pavle Marcinkovic scored 19 points and Luka Bozic 16.
Vrijednosnice Osijek-Zabok 84-78: Osijek took their first lead of the game with only 2:38 to play in the game (74-72), erasing a 10-point third quarter deficit. Zabok tied at 74 and then Jalen Robinson scored four straight points and Jakov Mustapic made a jumper that gave Osijek an 80-74 advantage going into the final minute. Zabok cut the deficit to 78-82 and then fouled Jalen Robinson. He made both free throws to set the final score with 11 seconds left. Jakov Mustapic scored 23 points, Luka Katura 15, Jalen Robinson added 14 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Aljosa Sarac has 13 points and Domagoj Vukovic 12. Zabok was led Imran Polutak with 16 points, Marin Zrnic and Nick Tomsick both added 15 points.
Zadar placed six scored in double figures and the starters outscored its reserves 51-50 to crushed an injury plagued Kvarner 2010 by 101-64 in the opening game of Croatian A1 League Round 14. Zadar took control of the game behind a 15-4 run spanning the first and second quarter for a 36-23 lead. The home team closed out the first half with a 14-4 run to make it 53-33. Zadar had their largest lead of the game at 91-53 midway through the fourth quarter. Maj Kovacevic (196-G-90) led Zadar wi... [read more]
Zadar placed six scored in double figures and the starters outscored its reserves 51-50 to crushed an injury plagued Kvarner 2010 by 101-64 in the opening game of Croatian A1 League Round 14. Zadar took control of the game behind a 15-4 run spanning the first and second quarter for a 36-23 lead. The home team closed out the first half with a 14-4 run to make it 53-33. Zadar had their largest lead of the game at 91-53 midway through the fourth quarter. Maj Kovacevic (196-G-90) led Zadar with 18 points, Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-F-90) 14, Lovro Mazalin (204-SF-97, agency: BeoBasket) 13, Kristijan Krajina (211-F-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's) and Boris Barac (205-F-92) both posted 12 points and Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) finished with 10 points. Zadar made eight 3-pointers, while Kvarner missed all of its dozen 3-point attempts. Mario Pesut (184-PG-90) finished with 16 points, Mate Vucic (203-F/C-97) added 14 and Mladen Vujicevic (203-F/C-96) 10.
Sibenik will host the 2017 Croatian Cup Kresimir Cosic Final-Eight from February 15 to 18. The host teams GKK Sibenik and Jolly JBS Sibenik avoid each other in quarterfinals, but they could meet in the semifinals. GKK Sibenik were drawn against Cibona and Jolly JBS Sibenik will play against Zagreb. Defending champion Cedevita will face Kvarner 2010 in the quarterfinals and last year's finalist Zadar were drawn against A1 League leading club Split. Schedule: Quarterfinals (February 15 and... [read more]
Sibenik will host the 2017 Croatian Cup Kresimir Cosic Final-Eight from February 15 to 18. The host teams GKK Sibenik and Jolly JBS Sibenik avoid each other in quarterfinals, but they could meet in the semifinals. GKK Sibenik were drawn against Cibona and Jolly JBS Sibenik will play against Zagreb. Defending champion Cedevita will face Kvarner 2010 in the quarterfinals and last year's finalist Zadar were drawn against A1 League leading club Split.
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