The day of Thursday, 28th of April is the day when the semifinals of the 2010-2011 Romanian championship semifinals start. The teams to fight for the two places in the big final are the best four teams from the last season. In the semifinals, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti will meet BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti, while U Cluj faces Gaz Metan Medias. The semifinals will be played best of 5 games, or the first team to win 3 matches will advance to the final. Ploiesti and Cluj will have the home court advantage, an advantage which could be crucial. The first semifinal brings face to face Ploiesti and Steaua. These two teams met three times this season: two times in the regular season and once in the Cups semifinals. The score in these meetings is 2-1 for Steaua, Ploiesti having won the first meeting, 66-53 at home ground, while Steaua has won the match from the regular season played in Bucharest, 93-92, after two periods of overtime. Moreover, Steaua has won 75-60, in the Cups semifinal played in Mures. In the offense, Ploiesti looks better: theyve score 2593 points in 30 matches, which means 86.43 points per game, while Steaua scored 2488 points, which means an average of 82.93 points per match. But there are also other factors which influence the offensive. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) leads the field for Ploiesti in points scored, having an average of 17.3 points per game, while Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama), the basket-getter of Steaua, has an average of 13.9 points per game. Ploiesti leads the field also at the sharp-shooters: Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) scored 47.2% of the 3-point shots hes made, while Joshua Jackson (188-G-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Warner Pacific), Steauas best sharpshooter, has made 39% of the shots from more than 6.60 m away from the rim. If one of the matches will be a close one, and the players will have to shoot free thorws, Steaua may benefit from this, as Joshua Jackson has made 88.7% of the free throws, while Levente Szijarto (192-G/F-83, agency: Court Side) has made 73.5%, having the best percentage from Ploiesti. Another important aspect of the offensive play is represented by the offensive rebounds. Here again Steaua has the better stats, with Virgil Stanescu having made 2.2 offensive boards per game, while Qarraan Calhoun is the best offensive robunder for Ploiesti, with 1.8 per match. Regarding the assists, Ploiestis point guard, one of the best point guards from Romania, has an average of 5 assists per game, with center Catalin Burlacu with another 2.4 assists per game. On the other hand, Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79), one of Steauas point guards, has 3.2 assists per game, with Andrei Mandache (190-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza), the starting five point guard having an average of 2.4 assists per game. Another important aspect of the offense is the turnovers. Steaua got the most turnovers done by its center, Virgil Stanescu, who lost 2.6 balls per match, while the main responsible for the lost balls at Ploiesti is point guard Adrian Blidaru (182-G-85), who practically erases the advantage brought by his assists, having 5.0 turnovers per match. As a result, it looks like things are pretty tied in the offense, with a small plus for Steaua. In the defense things look interesting as well. Ploiesti has the better odds according to the defensive rebounds, with Catalin Burlacu having caught 6.1 missed shots of the opponents per game, while Virgil Carutasu (204-C-76) of Steaua, who the previous season had the highest average of rebounds per match, has 5.3 defensive boards per match. Regarding the aggressive defenses, both teams centers, Catalin Burlacu have made 3.5 fouls per match, Virgil Stanescu having commited 3.4 personal mistakes per match. Virgil Carutasu has the highest average of Steaua in what is concerning the blocks, with 0.8 bloked shot per match, while on the other side, Catalin Burlacu has 0.8 blocks per game also. As it seems, it will be a quite balanced series, but the fact that they have the home court advantage, may prove crucial for Ploiesti.
Craiova lands Christopher Lee, ex ES Rades - 2 days ago
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SCM CSU Craiova (Liga Nationala) tabbed 32-year old American power forward Christopher Lee (206-85, college: South Carolina State). He played most recently at ES Rades in Tunisian Division I. The previous (14-15) season Lee played at CSU Sibiu where in 24 Liga Nationala games he averaged 12.5ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to make it to the Romanian Cup Semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.... [read more]
SCM CSU Craiova (Liga Nationala) tabbed 32-year old American power forward Christopher Lee (206-85, college: South Carolina State). He played most recently at ES Rades in Tunisian Division I. The previous (14-15) season Lee played at CSU Sibiu where in 24 Liga Nationala games he averaged 12.5ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to make it to the Romanian Cup Semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention. Lee also spent pre-season at Lugano Tigers (LNA) in Swiss league that year. He was also tried-out by Dukes Unlimited Den Bosch (Eredivisie) in Dutch league. Among other achievements Lee's team was regular season runner-up in Portuguese League in 2010. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Import Player of the Year award back in 2013. Lee is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Lee has played previously professionally in Chile (Espanol de Talca), Germany (Giants and Ludenscheid), Mexico (Guerreros), Spain (Navarra), Uruguay (Malvin) and Portugal (Ovarense and Esgueira / Oli). He attended South Carolina State until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into Lee's outlook:
Chris can score with his back to the bucket or face up. He is good with the Pick and Roll and Pick and Pop and can hit the 3 point shot if needed. He has a soft touch and can score 17 feet in. He is a strong offensive and defensive rebounder and starts the fast break very effectively and can run the floor in transition. Chris can defend the 3-5 and yet be very aggressive on the boards while netting 1-2 blocks per game. He is a defensive presence in the paint.. Good on week side help defense. Great character on and off the court.
Coach Tudor Costescu signs at BC Timisoara - 2 days ago
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43-year old coach Tudor Costescu. Among other achievements Costescu's team won Romanian Cup in 2012. He was selected to Coach Assistant: Romanian League All-Star Game back in 2013. Costescu was coaching Romanian University National Team in 2009. He has coached previously two other teams: Pitesti and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Romania [read more]
BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) re-hired 43-year old coach Tudor Costescu. Among other achievements Costescu's team won Romanian Cup in 2012. He was selected to Coach Assistant: Romanian League All-Star Game back in 2013. Costescu was coaching Romanian University National Team in 2009. He has coached previously two other teams: Pitesti and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti.
Sutalo's 33-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
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33-year old guard Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dinamo B. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16. He had the game-high 33 points adding two rebounds and seven assists for Dinamo B. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olimpic (#11, 1-14) 87-74. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Dinamo B. maintains the 10th position in Romanian league. Too late to... [read more]
33-year old guard Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dinamo B. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16. He had the game-high 33 points adding two rebounds and seven assists for Dinamo B. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olimpic (#11, 1-14) 87-74. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Dinamo B. maintains the 10th position in Romanian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 12 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Sutalo had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at Dinamo B. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Sutalo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.5ppg) and averages solid 40.4% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Vincent Hunter (209-C/F-84) of Pitesti. He is American in his first season at Pitesti. In the last game Hunter recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Pitesti to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked BC Timisoara (#7, 8-7) 94-73. This victory allowed Pitesti to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 10-6 record is not bad at all. Hunter is a newcomer at Pitesti and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Kevin Hardy (188-G-93) of CSU Sibiu (#4). Hardy scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Hardy's great performance CSU Sibiu lost 80-91 to #1 ranked UBT Cluj Napoca. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing CSU Sibiu needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 6 lost games. Hardy has a great season in Romania. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (3rd best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 56.7%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Igor Mijajlovic (192-PG-84) of CSU Sibiu - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Marko Pavlovic (210-C-86) of Olimpic - 19 points and 9 rebounds 6. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) of Steaua CSM - 27 points and 3 assists 7. Tomislav Gabric (204-PF-95) of Pitesti - 28 points and 6 rebounds 8. Tony Gugino (207-C/F-86) of Phoenix Galati - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Jamar Abrams (201-G/F-89) of Craiova - 21 points and 4 rebounds 10. Tayloe Taylor (191-G-86) of Craiova - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 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)
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