#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Iva Ciglar (168-85, agency: Data Plus Group, currently plays in France). She led Perpignan to a victory over the ninth-ranked Toulouse (7-9) 74-68 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game.
Ciglar was MVP of the game. She recorded 27 points (!!!) and added 3 passes in 32 minutes on the court.
Perpignan Basket (11-4) is placed third in the LFB.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Ciglar's first season with the team.
Ciglar is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 4.3apg.
She also averaged so far 6.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 32.6% and FT: 66.7% in the 15 games she played so far.
Ciglar is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international swingman Ana Lelas (183-83, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB. She could not help Lattes Montpellier (14-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lelas' good performance the league leader Lattes Montpellier was defeated 66-60 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Union Hainaut (#13).
She was the second best scorer with 12 points. Lelas also added 6 rebounds.
This season Lelas averages: 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 39.2%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 97.0%(32-33).
She is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.
#3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Petra Stampalija (189-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Ana Lelas in the French LFB last game.
Stampalija contributed to an Union Hainaut's surprising victory against the league leader Lattes Montpellier (14-2) 66-60.
She recorded 11 points and added 9 passes.
Stampalija's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 44.4% and FT: 75.0%.
She played for the Croatian national team three years ago.
#4. Swingman Jelena Ivezic (182-84, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Edremit (1-12) 89-71 in the Turkish TKBL on Saturday night.
Ivezic recorded 9 points.
Ceyhan Belediyespor (7-6) is placed sixth in the TKBL.
Ivezic has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg.
She is also Croatian national team player.
#5. International center Marija Rezan (198-89, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca in a victory against the third-ranked Mondeville (4-4) crushing them 82-54 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game.
Rezan recorded only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes.
Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (3-6) is placed sixth in group C.
There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Rezan's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 6.5rpg in the two games.
She plays currently for the Croatian national team.
#6. Center Dina Sesnic (188-87, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia was not able to help Vojvodina (9-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Sesnic's good performance the fifth-placed Vojvodina was badly defeated 84-66 at home by the leading Partizan in the group T of Adriatic League.
She scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
There are only three games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Sesnic's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3spg.
She is a former U16 international player as she played for the Croatian team ten years ago.
#7. International power forward Lisa Karcic (185-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Hondarribia-Irun (4-7) in their game against Jopisa Burgos (5-6) in the Spanish LFB. Karcic cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
She scored only 1 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Hondarribia-Irun was crushed 80-54 in Burgos by the higher-ranked (#6) Jopisa.
It was Hondarribia-Irun's third consecutive loss in a row.
Karcic is currently fifth on the list of most steals with 2.2spg.
This year her other stats are: 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 11 games.
Karcic is a naturalized American.
She is also Croatian national team player.
Strangely Karcic has never played in Croatia.
The list of other players, who all have Croatian passport but never been selected to any of Croatian national teams:
#1. Experienced Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80, currently plays in Australia) led Adelaide Lightning to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Canberra Capitals (6-12) crushing them 98-67 in the Australian WNBL on Friday night.
Batkovic-Brown scored 14 points, grabbed 7 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls in 25 minutes.
Adelaide Link Lightning (12-6) is placed third in the WNBL.
Batkovic-Brown has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 21.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2.8bpg and 1.4spg in the 13 games she played so far.
Batkovic-Brown has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.
#2.Iva Grbas (188-F/C-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LF2 (12th division) could not help Limoges (7-8) in their last game. Despite Grbas' very good performance Limoges lost 59-71 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) LTB 29.
She was the top scorer with 21 points. Grbas also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes.
Grbas belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #5 with 15.5ppg.
This year she also averages: 5.5rpg in the 12 games.
Croatian A1 round 9 best performance: Josipa Pavic - 15 hours ago
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Center Josipa Pavic (187-C-99) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Tresnjevka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 17-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 21 rebounds, while her team crushed Sibenik (#8, 3-5) with 23-point margin 92-69. Tresnjevka maintains the 2nd position in Croatian A1. They are still close to the very top. Tresnjevka would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They... [read more]
Center Josipa Pavic (187-C-99) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Tresnjevka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 17-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 21 rebounds, while her team crushed Sibenik (#8, 3-5) with 23-point margin 92-69. Tresnjevka maintains the 2nd position in Croatian A1. They are still close to the very top. Tresnjevka would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-1 record. Pavic turned to be Tresnjevka's top player in her first season with the team. Josipa Pavic has solid league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 11.6rpg) and averages impressive 60.0% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Marijana Mamic (186-F-93) of Croatia 2006. Mamic had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Croatia 2006 lost that game 68-76 to slightly higher-ranked Split (#9, 3-6). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Croatia 2006 keeps 10th position. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Croatia 2006 managed to get this year. Mamic is well-known at Croatia 2006 and is a proven leader in her second season with the team. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#9). Her other stats are also decent: 15.9rpg and 3.8apg.
Third on the list of top players last round was Anja Majstorovic (184-SF-94) of league's top team Medvescak. Majstorovic scored 21 points. She was a key player of Medvescak, leading her team to a 92-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Pula C.Tours (#6, 4-4). Medvescak have amazing season winning all 8 games without a single defeat. Majstorovic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while she is also a leader of the top team having her eyes on the championship title. Majstorovic has a great season in Croatia. After only 6 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Maja Puljic (170-G-93) of Split - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Nadia Hadnadj Vidakovic) of Croatia 2006 - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Lea Miletic (183-F-95) of Pula C.Tours - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Marta Erslan (178-SF-96) of Ragusa - 6 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Klaudija Perisa (180-SG-96) of Sibenik - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Ivana Dukic (172-G-92) of Pula C.Tours - 15 points and 7 assists 10. Iva Borovic (170-G-88) of Medvescak - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 8 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)
Tresnjevka 2009 II and Omis are still unbeaten in Croatian A2 League. Tresnjevka 2009 II crushed Medvescak II 90-50. Matilda Soric and Tonia Bilic both scored 20 points for Tresnjevka and Ivona Franic (185-C-98) was the lone Medvescak's scorer in double-figures with a game-high 21 points. Omis defeated winless Otocac 70-49. Karla Kalajzic (173-G-93) led all scorers with 21 pointa for Omis and Katarina Puljic(171-G-92) added 19 points. Group A - Round 7: Brod-Zagreb 45-89 (Majstoric 19, J... [read more]
Tresnjevka 2009 II and Omis are still unbeaten in Croatian A2 League. Tresnjevka 2009 II crushed Medvescak II 90-50. Matilda Soric and Tonia Bilic both scored 20 points for Tresnjevka and Ivona Franic (185-C-98) was the lone Medvescak's scorer in double-figures with a game-high 21 points. Omis defeated winless Otocac 70-49. Karla Kalajzic (173-G-93) led all scorers with 21 pointa for Omis and Katarina Puljic (171-G-92) added 19 points.
Group A - Round 7: Brod-Zagreb 45-89 (Majstoric 19, Jerkovic 10 - Jerkovic 20, Bjelobradic 16), Mursa-Radost 76-69, Tresnjevka 2009 II-Medvescak II 90-50 (Soric 20, Bilic 20 - Franic 21), Folka Borovje-Koprivnica 81-72 (Milosevic 29, Saric 21 - Vida 25, Mihalic 21), Jabuka-Dubrava BLC 43-57 (Dobric 10 - Nenada 18, Benkovic 18). Standings: Tresnjevka 2009 II 6-0, Dubrava BLC 6-0, Zagreb 5-2, Mursa 4-2, Folka Borovje 4-3, Medvescak II 3-3, Jabuka 3-4, Radost 1-5, Brod 0-6, Koprivnica 0-7.
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
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