Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) is bulldozing the paint and Ricky Rubio is ready to start ramping up his minutes, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves hope that they can withstand another long stretch without All-Star forward Kevin Love. Larry Drew's Atlanta Hawks have hit the skids after a superb start to the season, prompting the coach to label them "soft," which never sits very well with professional athletes. Pekovic had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) added 21 points and the Timberwolves beat the Hawks 108-103 on Tuesday night. Derrick Williams scored 17 points and Alexey Shved had 15 for the Timberwolves, who were missing coach Rick Adelman due to personal reasons and will be without Love for the foreseeable future while he deals with a broken right hand for the second time this season. Terry Porter filled in as coach and led the Wolves to their first victory over Atlanta since 2006, snapping an 11-game skid. "We were really motivated," said Pekovic, who has eight double-doubles in his last 13 games. "I think everybody was motivated with all that's happening with all our players. I think everybody wants to step up and show more." Josh Smith had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 19 points and 11 boards for the Hawks, who have lost three straight and four of their last five. They lost for the first time this year when Smith and Horford each get a double-double. "There's some guys in there that are going to have to be held accountable," Drew said. "As we move forward, if this doesn't change, there's going to have to be some changes. That's plain and simple. I'm not going to sit back and watch our guys come out and not be energized to play. That's totally unacceptable." Rubio had eight assists, four steals and four points in 18 minutes in his first game back after missing the previous four with back spasms. He returned from a torn left ACL in the middle of last month and has had to deal with groin and back problems during his comeback. But he said he's eager to see how his body responds on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City when he plays in games on consecutive days for the first time since his knee injury. "I think it's going to be a good test," Rubio said. Lou Williams finished with 21 points and eight assists for the Hawks, who trailed by 14 to start the fourth but had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds. Dante Cunningham then stole the inbounds pass and Luke Ridnour knocked down two free throws to seal the win. The Wolves have been the worst 3-point shooting team in the league virtually all season, but they hit 8 of 15 against the Hawks to get a big win before a four-game road trip. While the Heat and Knicks grabbed all the headlines in the first two months of the season, the Hawks quietly put together a solid start that kept them right on their heels. They won 19 of their first 28 games, beating the likes of Oklahoma City, Indiana (twice), the Clippers and Memphis along the way. But they lost at Detroit and home against Boston in a back-to-back last weekend, scoring just nine points in the third quarter against the Celtics. "We waited way too long to start playing," Drew said. "The first half we were soft, soft. We did not guard very well. I thought physically they did just about anything they wanted to." The Hawks had a team meeting after being blitzed by the Celtics in the second half, and Smith bristled at being called soft. "I'm not rolling with the soft part," Smith said. "We didn't come out with the energy. Soft is not how we play." NOTES: Porter interviewed for an assistant position on Drew's staff when he was hired in Atlanta. How'd that go? "I didn't get it," Porter said with a chuckle. ... The Timberwolves played host to 16-year-old Cody Metz as part of the Make-A-Wish program. Metz is a devoted fan who has suffered from numerous complications following surgery on a brain tumor five years ago. Metz watched the game from a suite and planned to accompany the team on a road trip to Oklahoma City. "This definitely gives me something to look forward to," Metz said. "I'm really excited." Courtesy of: www.foxnews.com
Koljevic number one in Montenegro for round 2 - 4 days ago
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Guard Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for S.Centar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 26-year old player was the main contributor (50 points, four rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Teodo Tivat (1-1) 86-78. S.Centar is placed at 5th position in Montenegrin Erste Liga. S.Centar is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories... [read more]
Guard Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for S.Centar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 26-year old player was the main contributor (50 points, four rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Teodo Tivat (1-1) 86-78. S.Centar is placed at 5th position in Montenegrin Erste Liga. S.Centar is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. In the team's last game Koljevic had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 11 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Boris Jeknic (203-C-89) of Ulcinj. Jeknic had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Ulcinj cruised to a 68-59 relatively comfortable win over Primorje 1945 (0-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Jeknic is a newcomer at Ulcinj 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 guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) of Danilovgrad (#6). Sutulovic scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Sutulovic's great performance Danilovgrad lost 66-73 to Jedinstvo (1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Danilovgrad 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. The season just started for Sutulovic as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) of Lovcen - 16 points and 17 rebounds 5. Jovan Bacovic (197-F-86) of Primorje 1945 - 16 points and 13 rebounds 6. Arso Lekovic (200-SF-90) of Jedinstvo - 11 points and 15 rebounds 7. Milan Stanojevic (183-G-86) of Teodo Tivat - 18 points and 9 assists 8. Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) of Lovcen - 22 points and 6 rebounds 9. Vladimir Milosevic (201-F-87) of S.Centar - 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Nikola Djokovic (190-SG-89) of Sutjeska - 21 points 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)
Adriatic League: Buducnost prevail against Mornar - 5 days ago
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Buducnost - Mornar 85:68 Buducnost kept on winning in the Adriatic League season. The Montenegrin powerhouse posted the sixth straight win beating their state rivals Mornar. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) nailed 24 points to lead the winners. Buducnost eked out a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. The Montenegrin side stretched the gap at 8-point mark at the interval 50:42. Buducnost held their opponents to just 9 points in the third quarter to gain a comfortable 17-point lead at the final break.... [read more]
Buducnost - Mornar 85:68
Buducnost kept on winning in the Adriatic League season. The Montenegrin powerhouse posted the sixth straight win beating their state rivals Mornar. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) nailed 24 points to lead the winners. Buducnost eked out a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. The Montenegrin side stretched the gap at 8-point mark at the interval 50:42. Buducnost held their opponents to just 9 points in the third quarter to gain a comfortable 17-point lead at the final break. Buducnost maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Petar Popovic (194-PG-96, agency: BeoBasket) netted 18 points, while J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, college: Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) added 10 points for the hosts. Lamont Jones (183-PG-90, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 13 points for Mornar. Cole Dickerson (201-F-91, college: USF) and Marko Mijovic (187-PG-87) had 10 points each in the loss.
Once again home teams did not have any luck. Actually, in all three games that were played so far away teams won. Primorje and Ulcinj play tomorrow and if Ulcinj gets a win they will complete the round full of surprises. But let's start with yesterday's game between two old rivals- Lovcen and Sutjeska. Sutjeska won in Cetinje (80-73) but after an overtime. Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) sent the game to overtime with a triple made just before the shot clock called the end of game. However, in t... [read more]
Once again home teams did not have any luck. Actually, in all three games that were played so far away teams won. Primorje and Ulcinj play tomorrow and if Ulcinj gets a win they will complete the round full of surprises. But let's start with yesterday's game between two old rivals- Lovcen and Sutjeska. Sutjeska won in Cetinje (80-73) but after an overtime. Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) sent the game to overtime with a triple made just before the shot clock called the end of game. However, in the overtime Nikola Djokovic (190-SG-89) (21 points) and other Sutjeska's players showed more patience and won the game. On the other side Milos Lopicic had 16 points and 17 rebounds while the other big man Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) had 22 points.
After the defeat against Danilovgrad at home probably nobody expected that Studentski centar would give serious trouble to the Balkan league member Teodo. But they did more than that and won the game in Tivat (86-78) thanks to a great performance by Marko Koljevic (191-G-90). Koljevic, who used to play for Teodo before, scored 50 points while shooting 9/11 from the 3 point line! This is probably one of the best, if not the best, performances in the history of Montenegrin championship. On the other side Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (183-G-86, college: E.Washington, agency: Mansfield and Associates) led 5 scorers in double digits for Teodo but it was not enough to match with great performance by Koljevic.
Danilovgrad hosted Jedinstvo but was unable to get a win (66-73). Both teams had a chance to win tonight and the game was close until the last moments but Jedinstvo deserved to get the first win of the season. Stefan Knezevic (204-C-89) (18 points) and Milos Jelovac (188-G-97) (17 points) led the guests. In the home team Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) had another good game with 23 points.
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