Center Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82) had a great game in the last round for Jolly, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14. The 30-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Krizevci (#8, 5-9) with 25-point margin 93-68. 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 9-5 record. Vrsaljko just recently signed at Jolly, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Denis Vrsaljko averages just after three games 11.0ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was young Antonio Vlaic (204-C-91) of Zabok. Vlaic had a very good evening with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Zabok was edged by slightly lower-ranked Osjecki Sokol (#9, 4-10) 86-82. This loss caused Zabok to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Vlaic is a newcomer at Zabok and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
Third on the list of top players last round was center Matija Poscic (204-C-85) of league's top team KK Zagreb. Poscic scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of KK Zagreb, leading his team to a 85-75 win against #3 ranked Alkar Sinj in a game of the week. KK Zagreb confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 3 lost games. Poscic has a great season in Croatia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.2rpg (6th best). Poscic attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ivica Radic (208-F-90) of Kvarner 2010 - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) of Kvarner 2010 - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Veljko Budimir (199-G/F-85) of Osjecki Sokol - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Dino Rados (F-91) of Osjecki Sokol - 26 points and 3 rebounds 8. Luka Petkovic (190-G-88) of Jolly - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Marin Zrnic (200-F-88) of Krizevci - 20 points and 3 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)
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.
Zadar rode a hot second quarter to a 73-70 victory over Cibona in must-win game two of semifinals. With the best-of-three series tied at 1-1, the team will head back to Zagreb, where Basketball Center Drazen Petrovic will be scene for the winner take all game three. The decisive Game 3 will be played Wednesday After opening the game on a 9-3 run, Zadar never trailed and led by as many as 17 points. Lovre Basic (190-PG-95) scored eight straight points to extend Zadar's lead from 20-19 to 2... [read more]
Zadar rode a hot second quarter to a 73-70 victory over Cibona in must-win game two of semifinals. With the best-of-three series tied at 1-1, the team will head back to Zagreb, where Basketball Center Drazen Petrovic will be scene for the winner take all game three. The decisive Game 3 will be played Wednesday After opening the game on a 9-3 run, Zadar never trailed and led by as many as 17 points. Lovre Basic (190-PG-95) scored eight straight points to extend Zadar's lead from 20-19 to 28-19. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) made just one free throw for Cibona and then Zadar went on a 9-0 run for their largest adavantage of the game, 37-20 midway through the second quarter. After trailing 46-61 early in the fourth period, Cibona cut the deficit to 64-66 with two minutes left. Boris Barac (205-F-92) made a free throw and Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) added four consecutive points to put Zadar up 71-64 going into the final minute. Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) made a basket and an additional free throw and later sank a 3-pointe to cut the deficit ot 70-73. Zadar's Domagoj Bosnjak missed a pair of free throws, Marin Rozic grabbed a defensive rebound and Cibona had a final possession. Filip Kruslin's (198-SG-89) potential game-tying 3-pointer just before the buzzer was blocked by Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93). Lovre Basic came off the bench for game-high 20 points on shooting 6-of-9 from 3-point line, Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) added 15 off the bench and Ante Delas (200-G-88) was Zadar's lone starter in double figures with 11 points. Cibona was led by James Florence (185-PG-88, college: Mercer, agency: Three Eye Sports) with 19 points, but he made made just one of his nine 3-point attempts, Ante Zizic (210-F/C-97) scored 15 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Nebojsa Joksimovic posted 12 points.
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