#1. This week's number one is an international center Marija Rezan (198-89, currently plays in Euroleague). She contributed to a Perfumerias Avenida's victory against the leader UMMC Ekaterinburg (10-1) 65-57 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game.
Rezan recorded 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks in 30 minutes on the court.
Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (4-7) is placed sixth in group C.
Her team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Rezan averages: 5.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 42.1% in the four games she played so far.
She 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 (15-3) to beat Arras (5-13).
Lelas scored 9 points in 24 minutes.
But the league leader Lattes Montpellier lost 71-75 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#13) Arras.
This year Lelas' overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 38.4%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 94.6%(35-37) in the 18 games.
She is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.
#3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Jelena Ivezic (182-84, currently plays in Turkey). Ivezic was the major contributor in a Ceyhan Bld's surprising victory against the league leader Botas (14-2) 65-49 in a derby game in the Turkish TKBL in Saturday night's game.
She recorded 16 points and had 3 steals.
Ceyhan Belediyespor (8-8) is placed seventh in the TKBL.
It's Ivezic's first season with the team.
Ivezic has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 52.5%(21-40) and FT: 90.5%(38-42).
She is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.
#4. An experienced center Petra Stampalija (189-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB was not able to help Union Hainaut (4-14) in their last game. Despite Stampalija's good performance the bottom-ranked Union Hainaut lost 60-64 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#5) Tarbes.
She scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 40 minutes.
This year Stampalija has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 4.0apg in the four games.
She used to play for the Croatian national team
back in 2010.
#5. International point guard Iva Ciglar (168-85, agency: Data Plus Group, currently plays in France) helped Perpignan win their game against the seventh-ranked Nantes Reze (9-9) 84-75 in the French LFB on Saturday night.
Ciglar scored 6 points and added 5 passes.
Perpignan Basket (12-5) is placed third in the LFB.
Ciglar is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league.
Her total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.4apg.
Ciglar plays currently for the Croatian national team.
#6. Guard Sandra Mandir (177-77, currently plays in Turkey) helped Istanbul Universitesi win their game against the league outsider Edremit (1-15) 83-68 in the Turkish TKBL last Sunday.
Mandir recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Istanbul Universitesi this season.
Her team is placed sixth in the TKBL.
Mandir is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.
#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 (5-9) in their game against Perfumerias Avenida (11-2) in the Spanish LFB.
She scored 7 points and had 3 steals in 30 minutes.
Hondarribia-Irun was edged 81-78 in Salamanca by the second-ranked Perfumerias Avenida.
Karcic is ranked fourth on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.2spg.
This year her other stats are: 8.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg in the 14 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 a victory over the league leader Bendigo Spirit (19-3) crushing them 86-66 in the Australian WNBL last Sunday.
Batkovic-Brown was MVP of the game. She recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. Batkovic-Brown also added 3 assists and 3 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line).
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Adelaide Link Lightning (15-6) is placed third in the WNBL.
It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Batkovic-Brown has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 20.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2.7bpg and 1.6spg.
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 (3-12) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Limoges was crushed 85-61 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Pau Lacq Orthez.
Grbas was the top scorer with 18 points. She also added 8 rebounds in 30 minutes.
It was Limoges' fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Grbas belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #4 with 15.7ppg.
She also averaged so far 5.7rpg in the 13 games she played so far.
#3.Jelena Radic (190-C-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Celik (9-8) 65-47 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game.
She recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Radivoj Korac Beograd (13-4) is placed third in group T.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Radic's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg.
Croatia A1 round 3 best performance: Marijana Mamic - 6 days ago
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Forward Marijana Mamic (186-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Croatia 2006, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 23-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 24 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Brod na Savi (#10, 0-3) with 21-point margin 83-62. Croatia 2006 is placed at 8th position in Croatia A1. Croatia 2006 is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need mor... [read more]
Forward Marijana Mamic (186-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Croatia 2006, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 23-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 24 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Brod na Savi (#10, 0-3) with 21-point margin 83-62. Croatia 2006 is placed at 8th position in Croatia A1. Croatia 2006 is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. It's Mamic's second year at Croatia 2006 and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Marijana Mamic has solid league stats. She leads league in rebounds with 15.3rpg. Mamic is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.3bpg,2.7spg and 53.7% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) of league's second-best Tresnjevka. Lelas had a very good evening with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course she led Tresnjevka to another comfortable win 81-62 over Split (1-2) being unquestionably team leader. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Lelas is a newcomer at Tresnjevka, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#8). She also registered 6.0 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was forward Lea Miletic (183-F-95) of Pula C.Tours (#6). Miletic showcased her all-around game by recording 20 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Miletic's great performance Pula C.Tours lost 61-79 to Zadar (#4, 2-1). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Pula C.Tours needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Miletic has a great season in Croatia. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (7th best), rebounds with 14.5rpg (2nd best) and assists with 6.0apg (4th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ina Marin (168-G-86) of Ragusa - 35 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Petra Stankovic (180-F-91) of Ragusa - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Kristina Soldo (177-G-88) of Pozega - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Ana Tomicic (190-C-95) of Split - 16 points and 6 rebounds 8. Martina Suster (168-PG-90) of Croatia 2006 - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Petra Lovric (166-PG-96) of Pozega - 20 points and 2 rebounds 10. Klaudija Perisa (180-SG-96) of Sibenik - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 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)
Iva Dobric scored 40 points, but Jabuka still lost to Mursa 77-80 in overtime in the opening round of the A2 League championship. Marta Dukic led Mursa with 33 points and Petra Sola added 24 points. Dubrava BLC defeated Radost 74-59 thanks to 41 points from Petra Benkovic (179-G-99). A2 League: Round 1 - Group A: Jabuka Zapresic-Mursa 77-80 OT (Dobric 40 - Dukic 33, Sola 24), Koprivnica-Tresnjevka 2009 II 43-95 (Mihalic 16 - Savic 23, N.Muhl 15, Soric 10), Folka Borovje-Brod 97-43 (Bodroz... [read more]
Iva Dobric scored 40 points, but Jabuka still lost to Mursa 77-80 in overtime in the opening round of the A2 League championship. Marta Dukic led Mursa with 33 points and Petra Sola added 24 points. Dubrava BLC defeated Radost 74-59 thanks to 41 points from Petra Benkovic (179-G-99). A2 League: Round 1 - Group A: Jabuka Zapresic-Mursa 77-80 OT (Dobric 40 - Dukic 33, Sola 24), Koprivnica-Tresnjevka 2009 II 43-95 (Mihalic 16 - Savic 23, N.Muhl 15, Soric 10), Folka Borovje-Brod 97-43 (Bodrozic 23, Krnic 20 - Majstorovic 20, Jerkovic 11, Petrovic 10), Radost-Dubrava BLC 59-74 (Basek 24, Skoda 16, Helebec 13 - Benkovic 41, Cacic 16), Zagreb-Medvescak II 52-61 (Puntar 10 - Franic 18, Arezin 11, Posavec 10).
Tresnjevka 2009 defeated Split 81-62 in the last game of Round 3. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) scored 20 of her 28 points in the second half, Karla Erjavec (172-G-99) 14 and Andjela Katavic (177-SG-99) 13. Split was led my Matea Vrdoljak(183-F-85) with her double-double performance, 21 points and 10 rebounds, Maja Puljic (170-G-93) added 13 points and Zrinka Barac (184-F-97) 10. Tresnjevka opened the game with six consecutive points and led 17-10 midway through the first quarter. At that points... [read more]
Tresnjevka 2009 defeated Split 81-62 in the last game of Round 3. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) scored 20 of her 28 points in the second half, Karla Erjavec (172-G-99) 14 and Andjela Katavic (177-SG-99) 13. Split was led my Matea Vrdoljak (183-F-85) with her double-double performance, 21 points and 10 rebounds, Maja Puljic (170-G-93) added 13 points and Zrinka Barac (184-F-97) 10. Tresnjevka opened the game with six consecutive points and led 17-10 midway through the first quarter. At that points, Split went on a 15-0 run to go up 25-17. Tresnjevka responded with a 16-0 run to retake a lead 33-25 and never looked back from there. Split cut the deficit to one, 39-40, at the end of the first half. Tresnjevka opened the second half with a decisive 15-0 run to extend their advantage to 55-39 and its lead never dipped under eight points the remainder of the contest
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