Louis, you played four years college basketball for Long Beach State University, what are you memories from college?
My memories from college were great. Got a chance to play against big names . Jordan farmar, Joshua Shipp, Bobby brown, Aaron Afflalo, and a long list of other guys playing in euroleague and the nba. Got a chance to play in our conference championship twice. Became big west champs in 2007. Got to experience going to the NCAA tournament, which most don't get a chance to experience. It was great.
Also, you played great in your freshman season and later you didn't have much better stats than in freshman's year, how?
As a freshman in college I got to play more than the rest of my years in college. Was named to the all freshman team. Had to deal with different translations after that. Coach bringing in new guys. So time and points started to diminish. I must have done something write to last for 4 years in college haha. I think going through those ups and downs of not playing much made me more hungry and made me want to push to do better when I started my next journey.
Your first rookie year was in Syria.What you think about your rookie year?Your first professional team was Al Wahda from Syria, Syria isn't basketball famous country, how you come in Syria?
Yes it was another experience where I played 19 min a game and did great for the minutes I played.Had to share minutes with another player because you could only have 1 import player on the court at a time. My experience there was great.Met a lot of great people there.A lot of fun and great memories. Things are not the same now. I just recently lost a good friend of mine that I met when I first played there. R.I.P. to Basil Raya. The things that are happening there is very sad, but like I said my memories from there were all happy ones. My rookie year in Syria was very different. Was not used to practicing once a day and practicing really late at night. So when I was there I never got used to the time difference. I came to Syria thinking that it wasn't a good place for basketball, but the guys there were actually better than I thought. They have some real talent. I had ended up choosing Syria as a place where I can get some stats and show some more things besides dunking. So al wahda was a team that took a chance on me and I made the best of my opportunity there.
In your first season in Rovinari, you was great.You had some great stats, but unfortunately you got injury in march and couldn't finish season.What you think about your first season in Romania and also in Europe?
Yes my first season in Romania was great. I didn't know much about Romania. I was blessed to get a second chance to come and play overseas in Europe. Being that Syria wasn't a respected league but coach Theo Evans and Energia Rovinari gave me a chance. I really got to show that I can adjust to the style of play here and had some great numbers here my first year. Although I got injured and didn't get to help my team in the playoffs I still think it was a successful season. I met a great group of guys, who are still playing and doing well in Germany,Cyprus and in Korea. I think in my first year I had a great experience.
After that season, you had two more great year in Romania.In season 2010-11, you was chosen for first five of whole league and you won slam dunk contest year.What make you happier: Some great dunk or when you score three-pointer?
Yea those 2 seasons were also great. We we missed the playoffs by 1 game both years. Individually I got selected to the the all Romanian team, and got small forward of the year in 2010. In 2011 I was selected to the second team . 2010 I participated in my first all star game , had some fun winning the dunk contest. I think I would get more excited by hitting a 3pt shot than a dunk. The dunks is for the crowd.
In some short period you was in Keravnos, but you comeback in Rovinari and you was played one more great season. In this season you are the best player in Romanian championship.Are hou have some plans in future to play some stronger league, for some Euroleague team?
Yea I played for Keravnos for a short period, learned some things there. It was a humbling experience for me there. I learned that playing team ball can get you so far, most teams want you to score more. So my stay there was short lived. So I comeback to my second home Rovinari (Targu Jiu).
In this season I think I am having my best year playing basketball period since high school. I hope to further my career and have high hopes to play on a bigger platform such as Euroleague. We shall see what the future holds. Anything is possible.
How you feel about your cooperation with the Omnia Sports agency?
My relationship with my Omnia is great. They work well for the players and try to put you in the best situation possible. That's most important for me.
What you think about two Serbian guys Stefan Nikolic and Stefan Atanackovic?
I like playing with them both. Both are very energetic players who love to compete and work hard during games and in practice.
With his player you spending most of time out of the court?
Off the court I spend most of my time with Robert Giles . He lives close to where I live. So we chill from time to time. I'm trying to teach him a few things on off the court.
What is ambitions of Rovinari for this season?
In terms of Energia Rovinari and our season we want to have a great year. We want to make it to the playoffs and make some noise. We want to get past the first round this year.
For the end, i hope you will continue with great games and i hope to see you in some much stronger teams.
Liga Nationala Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. CSU Sibiu claim semifinal tickets - 3 days ago
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CSU Sibiu - Targu Mures 82-68 CSU Sibiu topped Targu Mures to advance into the semifinal stage. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-68. 24 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (192-84) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. American guard Kevin Hardy (188... [read more]
CSU Sibiu topped Targu Mures to advance into the semifinal stage. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-68. 24 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (192-84) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Five CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) produced 25 points and Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, agency: HMS) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Top scorers: CSU Sibiu: I.Mijajlovic 23+4reb+4ast, M.Davis 17+3reb, C.Cooper 15+10reb, B.Popescu 12+7reb+2ast, K.Hardy 10+10reb+7ast, B.Lalovic 3+3reb+3ast Targu Mures: G.Martinic 25+3reb+3ast, L.Lazar 11+4reb, S.Santa 9+4reb, E.Kalve 9+11reb+2ast, L.Reed 7+4reb+3ast, R.Markovic 5+2reb
Liga Nationala Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Targu Mures force decider against CSU Sibiu - 6 days ago
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Targu Mures - CSU Sibiu 70-62 Targu Mures outgunned CSU Sibiu to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The game without a history. Targu Mures led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American swingman Lamarcus Reed (196-88, college: Texas Arlington) fired 23 points for the winners. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) produce... [read more]
Targu Mures outgunned CSU Sibiu to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The game without a history. Targu Mures led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American swingman Lamarcus Reed (196-88, college: Texas Arlington) fired 23 points for the winners. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) produced 5 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (192-84) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Targu Mures: L.Reed 23+4reb+2ast, R.Markovic 15+1ast, G.Martinic 11+4reb+7ast, D.Djapa 9+9reb+1ast, S.Santa 6+8reb+1ast, E.Kalve 4+6reb+1ast CSU Sibiu: C.Cooper 14+6reb, B.Popescu 12+5reb+1ast, I.Mijajlovic 12+3reb+5ast, B.Lalovic 10+3reb+2ast, R.Paliciuc 5+2reb+1ast, K.Hardy 5+12reb+7ast
Liga Nationala Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Oradea, Steaua CSM and Cluj Napoca enter semifinals - 8 days ago
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Targu Mures - CSU Sibiu 87-89 CSU Sibiu snatched a tough road win over Targu Mures to take 2-1 lead. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-87. 32 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) who scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists.... [read more]
CSU Sibiu snatched a tough road win over Targu Mures to take 2-1 lead. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-87. 32 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) who scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Lamarcus Reed (196-88, college: Texas Arlington) who recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively. Four CSU Sibiu and five Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Targu Mures: G.Martinic 19+3reb+6ast, R.Markovic 17+3reb+1ast, L.Reed 17+8reb+4ast, E.Kalve 12+3reb, D.Djapa 12+4reb+1ast, S.Santa 5+4reb+1ast CSU Sibiu: B.Popescu 19+5reb+1ast, I.Mijajlovic 17+2reb+5ast, K.Hardy 14+5reb+8ast, R.Paliciuc 13+1reb, B.Lalovic 13+8reb+2ast, C.Cooper 9+10reb
Oradea nipped BC Timisoara away from home to complete the sweep. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 25-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Oradea especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. BC Timisoara was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Sean Barnette (197-86, college: Wingate) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Cuban-American center Adrian Diaz (213-93, college: FIU) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and international point guard Octavian Calota (189-84) added 22 points in the effort for BC Timisoara. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: BC Timisoara: O.Calota 22+1reb+3ast, A.Diaz 20+6reb+1ast, M.Jeremic 18+1reb+3ast, M.Komatina 15+6reb+3ast, J.Flowers 5+4reb+3ast, I.Dragusin 2+3reb+2ast Oradea: M.Zeno 20+4reb+5ast, S.Barnette 20+7reb+3ast, S.Denison 17+5reb, M.Pasalic 12+3ast, W.Franklin 6+2reb+2ast, A.Mandache 5+3reb+3ast
Steaua CSM outgunned Pitesti for the third straight victory. Pitesti was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 45-26 second half run of Steaua CSM. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Pitesti's 28. They outrebounded Pitesti 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Morris Curry (181-87, college: Providence, agency: Inception Sports) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Lithuanian guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Four Steaua CSM players scored in double figures. Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) came up with 19 points and 6 assists and American power forward Vincent Hunter (209-84, college: Arkansas) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Pitesti in the defeat. Pitesti's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Pitesti: V.Hunter 19+6reb+1ast, P.Marinov 19+3reb+6ast, T.Gabric 16+5reb+1ast, G.Balmus 7+3reb+5ast, A.Kostoski 7+4reb+6ast, A.Giani Zaharie 2+2reb Steaua CSM: M.Runkauskas 21+1reb+2ast, N.Malesevic 16+3reb+4ast, M.Curry 14+6reb+8ast, Y.Frasenyuk 13+5reb, R.Falker 10+7reb+2ast, D.Dudzinski 9+13reb+2ast
UBT Cluj Napoca topped Craiova to advance into the semifinal stage. The game without a history. UBT Cluj Napoca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Craiova's players. It was a great evening for Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ukrainian Maksym Pustozvonov (200-87) helped adding 21 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Five UBT Cluj Napoca players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Jamar Abrams (201-89, college: E.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone) scored 16 points and 8 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Craiova: J.Abrams 21+7reb+1ast, T.Taylor 16+4reb+8ast, V.Solopa 9+4reb, F.Popa 6+2reb+2ast, T.Bureau 6+8reb+7ast, B.Aktas 4+1reb UBT Cluj Napoca: M.Pustozvonov 21+1reb+1ast, A.Rasic 15+6ast, K.Dykes 14+7ast, F.Adamovic 13+1reb+5ast, O.Barro 12+10reb+2ast, V.Moldoveanu 11+5reb+3ast
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