Experienced Serbian Ivan Bosnjak (198-G-82, agency: BeoExcell) put on an amazing game in the last round for CSM Bucuresti and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 30-year old guard had a double-double of 18 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Timisoara (12-5) 87-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. CSM Bucuresti is placed at 3rd position in Romanian Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSM Bucuresti will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. In the team's last game Bosnjak had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ivan Bosnjak averages this season 10.5ppg and 6.0rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old former international center Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) of Craiova. Dragusin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Craiova cruised to a 83-73 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Pitesti (#11, 7-10). Craiova's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dragusin is a newcomer at Craiova and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was another CSM Bucuresti's star - American Brian Morris (205-F-87). Morris scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of CSM Bucuresti, helping his team with a 87-72 easy win against #4 ranked Timisoara in a game of the week. CSM Bucuresti needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Morris has a very solid season. In 2 games in Romania he scored 17.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Derek Wright (180-G-86) of U.Mobitel.CN - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists 5. Hristo Nikolov (200-PF-85) of U.Mobitel.CN - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84) of Timisoara - 16 points and 10 assists 7. LeVar Seals (195-G-82) of Craiova - 21 points and 6 rebounds 8. Laszlo Lazar (207-PF-87) of Oradea - 14 points and 10 rebounds 9. Milos Pesic (205-F-84) of Oradea - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Sean Barnette (198-F-86) of U.Mobitel.CN - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 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)
KK Ohrid AV (Prva Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old American center Kaylen Shane (208-129kg-93, college: N.Mexico Highlands). He played recently at CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala. It will be good help for Ohrid in the rest of the competition. With his arriving, Ohrid hopes that will stay in the First League and next season. Shane graduated from N.Mexico Highlands University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player. By Eurobasket Data Center Check al... [read more]
KK Ohrid AV (Prva Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old American center Kaylen Shane (208-129kg-93, college: N.Mexico Highlands). He played recently at CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala. It will be good help for Ohrid in the rest of the competition. With his arriving, Ohrid hopes that will stay in the First League and next season. Shane graduated from N.Mexico Highlands University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.
South edge North in All Star Game 2017 - 7 days ago
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South edged North 119-109 in All Star Game 2017. Jamar Abrams top-scored for the winners with 35 points to be named MVP of the game. Vincent Hunter (209-C/F-84, college: Arkansas) notched 29 and Catalin Baciu(214-C-88, college: Clemson) posted 22. Kyndall Dykes (192-SG-87, college: New Orleans) replied with 29 points in the losing effort. Kevin Hardy (188-G-93, college: McNeese St.) netted 23, whilst Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87) brought 11. Kevin Hardy won Slam Dunk Contest of the event. [read more]
Malcolm Armstead selected the top Romanian playing abroad in last week's games - 8 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Romanians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international point guard Malcolm Armstead (187-89, agency: BeoBasket). He could not help Yesilgiresun Bld (8-10) in their last game. Despite Armstead's good performance Yesilgiresun Bld lost 65-76 on the road to the leading Fenerbahce.
We bring you last week's top performances from Romanians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Malcolm Armstead (187-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Yesilgiresun Bld (8-10) in their last game. Despite Armstead's good performance Yesilgiresun Bld lost 65-76 on the road to the leading Fenerbahce.
He scored 10 points, made 4 passes and 4 steals in 30 minutes on the court.
It's Armstead's first season with the team.
Armstead has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.1apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 78.8% in 18 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Armstead is currently a member of the Romanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Romania.
#2. Second place goes to U20 international center Emanuel Cate (206-97, currently plays in Spain). Cate was not able to help Sevilla in their game against Movil Estudiantes (13-5) in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Sevilla was defeated 77-73 at home by the much higher-ranked Movil Estudiantes (#4).
It was Sevilla's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
This season Cate averages: 1.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 46.7% and FT: 75.0%.
He is in the roster of the Romanian U20 national team.
#3. The Romanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Alexandru Olah (213-93, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Belgium). Olah was not able to secure a victory for Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-12) in their game against Antwerp Giants (13-7) in the Belgian Euromillions League.
He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Belfius Mons-Hainaut was badly defeated 70-54 in Antwerp by the second-ranked Giants.
It was Belfius Mons-Hainaut's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
This year Olah has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 84.6% in 20 games.
He is also a member of the Romanian senior national team.
#4. Power forward Rares Uta (211-97, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a CB Granada's victory against the ninth-ranked Navarra (10-10) 75-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game.
Uta recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds.
Coviran Granada (15-6) is placed first in the LEB Silver.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Uta's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 5.0rpg.
He used to play for the Romanian U18 national team
back in 2015.
#5. Former U20 international forward Vlad Cobzaru (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an Augusta University's victory against the Armstrong Atlantic State University 88-76 in the NCAA2 last Saturday.
Cobzaru scored 10 points in 19 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Augusta University has a solid 11-5 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Cobzaru's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 2.5rpg in 22 games.
He used to play for the Romanian U20 national team
two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Romanian passport but never been selected to any of Romanian national teams:
#1. Experienced Alexei Andrus (195-G/F-79, currently plays in Germany) led Zwickau to a victory over the sixth-ranked Oberhaching (9-10) 93-83 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night.
Andrus was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line).
GGZ Baskets Zwickau (7-12) is placed 11th in South-East group.
Andrus is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Zwickau's roster.
Andrus has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.1apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Romanian and Moldovan.
#2.Victor Osmatescu (201-C-96, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Scauri's surprising victory against the third-ranked Palestrina (17-4) 66-63 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game.
Osmatescu scored 6 points in 15 minutes.
Basket Scauri (9-10) is placed ninth in Group C.
This year Osmatescu's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 3.8rpg in 19 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Romanian and Italian.
#3.Jonhatan Nir (204-F-86, currently plays in Israel) could not help Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim (12-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Nir's very good performance Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim was defeated 92-84 on the road by the lower-ranked Hasharon (#8).
He recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Nir has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg.
He has both Romanian and Israeli nationalities.
#4.Yaniv Solomon (201-SF-94, currently plays in Israel) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonhatan Nir and both played together in the last Israeli National League game.
Solomon was not able to help Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim (12-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim lost 84-92 in Hod Hasharon to the lower-ranked (#8) Hasharon.
Solomon recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes.
Solomon has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg in 19 games.
Solomon also holds two passports: Israeli and Romanian.
Despite his Romanian nationality, Solomon previously played for the Israeli U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Romanian team.
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