American Rebecca Tobin (195-F-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Alba Iulia and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. The 24-year old forward had the game-high 26 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Alba Iulia in her team's victory, helping them to crush Targu Mures (#11, 5-9) with 25-point margin 72-47. Alba Iulia maintains the 4th position in Romanian Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Alba Iulia will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. Tobin turned to be Alba Iulia's top player in her first season with the team. Rebecca Tobin averages this season 14.6ppg and 8.2rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Serbian center Biljana Stjepanovic (189-C-87) of Brasov. Stjepanovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Of course she lead Brasov to another comfortable win 62-47 over the lower-ranked Olimpia (#14, 1-13) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Brasov keeps 9th position. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Stjepanovic is a newcomer at Brasov 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.
The third best performed player last round was another Alba Iulia's star - American Amanda Thompson (183-F-87). Thompson showcased her all-around game by recording 10 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. She was another key player of Alba Iulia, helping her team with a 72-47 easy win against the lower-ranked Targu Mures (#11, 5-9). Alba Iulia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 4 lost games. Thompson has a great season in Romania. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.4rpg (#1 in league).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jillian Robbins (190-F-84) of Targoviste - 18 points and 6 rebounds 5. Chantel Hilliard (187-F/C-90) of Targu Mures - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Adina Stoiedin (186-C/F-91) of Timisoara - 19 points and 5 rebounds 7. Judit Kajdacsi (192-C-79) of Sf.Gheorghe - 16 points and 12 rebounds 8. Khadijah Whittington (185-F-86) of Satu Mare - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Milica Ivanovic (175-G-88) of Sf.Gheorghe - 23 points and 3 rebounds 10. Jence Rhoads (180-G-88) of Sf.Gheorghe - 18 points and 9 assists
The Player of the week is choosen 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)
Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team 2013
Player of the Year: Chrissy Givens (180-F-85) of ICIM Arad
Guard of the Year: Jence Rhoads (180-G-88) of Sf.Gheorghe
Forward of the Year: Chrissy Givens (180-F-85) of ICIM Arad
Center of the Year: Mekia Valentine (193-F/C-88) of Sf [read more]
Istanbul Universitesi SK added 26-year old Romanian Gabriela Marginean - May 14, 2013
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Istanbul Universitesi SK added 26-year old Romanian Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) for the next season.
The season 2012 she started at CSM Targoviste in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 36 games she recorded 14.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg this season. Marginean also played 14 games in Euroleague where she averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket [read more]
Istanbul Universitesi SK added 26-year old Romanian Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) for the next season. The season 2012 she started at CSM Targoviste in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 36 games she recorded 14.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg this season. Marginean also played 14 games in Euroleague where she averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention. The earlier season she played at Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (LFB) in French league. In 26 games she averaged 12.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg. She helped them to win the cup. Marginean also played 10 games in Eurocup where she averaged remarkable 16.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0spg. The previous (10-11) season she played at Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league. In 26 games she was second best scorer with great 17.0ppg and had 7.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg that season. She contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Bosmans Team. Marginean attended Drexel University until 2010 and it will be her third season in pro basketball. She was voted CAA Player of the Year back in 2009 at her college time.
ICIM Arad wins Liga Nationala Finals! - May 13, 2013
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Targoviste - ICIM Arad 82-85 (2-3)
ICIM Arad wins Liga Nationala Finals! They overcame the defending champions Targoviste 85:82 and dethroned them in the country. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. 24 personal fouls committed by CSM Targoviste helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn [read more]
ICIM Arad wins Liga Nationala Finals! They overcame the defending champions Targoviste 85:82 and dethroned them in the country. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. 24 personal fouls committed by CSM Targoviste helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Her fellow American import point guard Jennifer Risper (175-87, college: Vanderbilt) contributed with 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. LBRn point guard Matee Ajavon (170-86, college: Rutgers) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Russian-Kazakhstan power forward Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for CSM Targoviste. Four ICIM Arad and five CSM Targoviste players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Targoviste: M.Ajavon 20+6reb+4ast, J.Robbins 15+6reb+2ast, K.Tikhonenko 15+12reb+1ast, G.Marginean 12+3reb+4ast, J.Davis 10+5reb+3ast, M.Miljkovic 6+1reb ICIM Arad: C.Givens 27+11reb+6ast, J.Risper 24+1reb+4ast, C.Wirth 18+5reb+1ast, K.Laplante 10+8reb+1ast, M.Boriga 4+2reb+1ast, A.Craciun 2+2reb
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