22-year old swingman Jasmin Bailey (172-G/F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sf.Gheorghe and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22. She had the game-high 36 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Sf.Gheorghe in her team's victory, helping them to beat Rapid (#12, 4-15) 88-78. Sf.Gheorghe maintains the 4th position in Romanian Liga Nationala. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sf.Gheorghe will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. In the team's last game Bailey had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. She turned to be Sf.Gheorghe's top player in her first season with the team. University of Illinois-Chicago graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bailey is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.4ppg) and averages solid 2.7spg and 61.7% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Rebecca Tobin (195-F-88) of Alba Iulia. She is American forward in her first season at Alba Iulia. In the last game Tobin recorded impressive 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course she lead Alba Iulia to another comfortable win outscoring Oradea (#14, 0-19) 132-40. Alba Iulia's 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tobin is a newcomer at Alba Iulia and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#7). She also registered 7.3 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) of Timisoara (#7). Pesovic scored 21 points. She was a key player of Timisoara, leading her team to a 68-50 easy win against the lower-ranked Cluj Napoca (#13, 3-14). Timisoara needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Pesovic has a great season in Romania. After 19 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (6th best). She also has 2.3spg and FGP: 58.3%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89) of Alba Iulia - 23 points and 4 assists 5. Ivanka Matic (193-F/C-79) of Targoviste - 13 points and 10 rebounds 6. Brandie Hoskins (175-G-85) of Brasov - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Emina Demirovic (186-C-85) of Sp.Studentesc - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Zenta Melnika (197-C-91) of Alba Iulia - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Tiffany Brown (165-G-86) of Timisoara - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Chrissy Givens (180-F-85) of ICIM Arad - 21 points, 10 rebounds 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)
Cluj Napoca - Sf.Gheorghe 76-85 Sf.Gheorghe celebrated LNBF title. They beat Cluj Napoca in Game 4 of the championship series to capture the trophy. Cluj Napoca was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 34-17 charge of Sf.Gheorghe, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Filipino-American center Chay Shegog (196-90, college: N.Carolina) fired a double-double by scoring 22 po... [read more]
Sf.Gheorghe celebrated LNBF title. They beat Cluj Napoca in Game 4 of the championship series to capture the trophy. Cluj Napoca was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 34-17 charge of Sf.Gheorghe, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Filipino-American center Chay Shegog (196-90, college: N.Carolina) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. International point guard Annemarie Parau (172-84) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. American-Armenian center Brittany Denson (190-87, college: S.Florida, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and Serbian Dajana Butulija (176-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 20 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Cluj Napoca: T.Harrison 21+5reb, D.Butulija 20+2reb+5ast, B.Denson 12+12reb+3ast, A.Simina Mandache 12+4reb, G.Irimia 5+1ast, N.Dixon 3+2reb+1ast Sf.Gheorghe: A.Parau 22+4reb+5ast, C.Shegog 22+16reb+1ast, T.Marshall 21+3reb+1ast, C.Jeffery 16+6reb+2ast, A.Stoenescu 3+1reb, A.Thompson 1+4reb+3ast
Liga Nationala Round 3 of Finals. Sf.Gheorghe claim second victory - 2 days ago
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FINAL Cluj Napoca - Sf.Gheorghe 68-72 Sf.Gheorghe beat Cluj Napoca to take 2-1 lead in the title series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cluj Napoca won fourth quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cluj Napoca 37-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American swingman Tyaunna Marshall (175-92, college: Georgia Tech) who led her team to a victory with 26... [read more]
Sf.Gheorghe beat Cluj Napoca to take 2-1 lead in the title series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cluj Napoca won fourth quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cluj Napoca 37-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American swingman Tyaunna Marshall (175-92, college: Georgia Tech) who led her team to a victory with 26 points. Her fellow American import forward Amanda Thompson (178-87, college: Oklahoma) contributed with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-Armenian center Brittany Denson (190-87, college: S.Florida, agency: Two Points) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian Dajana Butulija (176-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Cluj Napoca. Top scorers: Cluj Napoca: B.Denson 24+7reb+2ast, D.Butulija 20+3reb+5ast, A.Simina Mandache 9+7reb+2ast, T.Harrison 7+3reb+1ast, N.Dixon 7+5reb+2ast, G.Irimia 1+1ast Sf.Gheorghe: T.Marshall 26+4reb+2ast, A.Parau 10+2reb+4ast, C.Jeffery 10+4reb+3ast, A.Thompson 8+10reb+2ast, C.Shegog 6+8reb, A.Stoenescu 5+3reb+2ast
Brasov knocked down Targoviste to celebrate Bronze medals. The game without a history. Brasov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 25 CSM Targoviste turnovers. The best player for the winners was American point guard Michaela Houser (170-91, college: Purdue) who scored 30 points and 5 steals. Her fellow American import center Kristina Higgins (196-94, college: Baylor) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Monique Coker (185-82, college: ODU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Gabriela Toma (193-74) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. 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: Targoviste: M.Coker 19+10reb+1ast, P.Poole 14+1reb+2ast, G.Toma 10+7reb+1ast, P.Green 6+9reb+2ast, M.Fodor 4+1reb, D.Cosby 2+3reb+1ast Brasov: M.Houser 30+2reb+3ast, K.Higgins 17+12reb+4ast, B.Pesovic 17+10reb+5ast, I.Ghizila 6+2reb+1ast, A.Webb 5+4reb+1ast, M.Ferariu 3
Ashley Walker selected the top Romanian playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Romanian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international power forward Ashley Walker (187-87). She could not help one of league's weakest teams Venezia (17-5) in their last game. Despite Walker's good performance Venezia was badly defeated 65-48 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Lucca.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Romanian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ashley Walker (187-87, college: California, currently plays in Italy). She could not help one of league's weakest teams Venezia (17-5) in their last game. Despite Walker's good performance Venezia was badly defeated 65-48 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Lucca.
She was the top scorer with 14 points. Walker also added 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 39 minutes on the court.
Walker has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 79.0% in 27 games she played so far.
She is a naturalized American.
Walker is currently a member of the Romanian senior national team. She used to play for CSM Targoviste in Romanian league.
#2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Sonia Ursu (176-93, currently plays in Czech Republic). Ursu was not able to help Basketball Nymburk (16-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance the eighth-placed Basketball Nymburk (16-6) was defeated 70-63 on the road by the second-ranked Valosun Brno in the Play-Offs group.
Ursu was the top scorer with 14 points. She also added 4 rebounds.
This season Ursu has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 65.5%.
She is in the roster of the Romanian senior national team.
#3. The Romanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Gabriela Marginean (182-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Drexel, currently plays in Spain). Marginean managed to help Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca in a victory against the closely-ranked Universitario de Ferrol (15-11) crushing them 61-39 in the Spanish LFB on Tuesday night.
She scored only 4 points in 19 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (25-1) is placed first in the LFB.
It was her team's 20th consecutive victory in a row.
This year Marginean averages: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 26.4% and FT: 96.4%(27-28) in 27 games.
Ex-CSM Targoviste player is also a member of the Romanian senior national team.
#4. Forward Claudia Pop (182-89, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Wisla Can-Pack (18-4) in their game against Sleza Wroclaw (18-4) in the Polish TBLK.
She scored only 4 points and had 5 steals.
Wisla Can-Pack was badly defeated 73-57 in Wroclaw by the leading Sleza.
It's Pop's first season with the team.
Pop's overall stats this year are: 4.4ppg and 2.4rpg.
She is also Romanian national team player.
#5. International power forward Elisabeth Pavel (191-90, currently plays in Czech Republic) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sonia Ursu and both played together in the last Czech Republic ZBL game.
Pavel couldn't help Basketball Nymburk (16-6) in their game against Valosun Brno (16-6). She did not have that impressive stats last Saturday.
Pavel scored only one point in 2 minutes on the court.
Basketball Nymburk (#8) lost 63-70 in Brno to the second-ranked Valosun in the Play-Offs group.
This year Pavel's overall stats are: 7.1ppg and 4.0rpg in 25 games.
She plays currently for the Romanian national team.
#6. Power forward Ecaterina Armanu (177-98, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Crusaders (14-0) in their game against Suns (12-6) in the British WBBL, despite her good performance in Saturday night's game.
Armanu was the second best scorer with 12 points. She also added 4 rebounds in 35 minutes.
But the league leader Crusaders lost 54-69 in Sevenoaks to the lower-ranked (#3) Suns.
Armanu's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Armanu averages only 5.6ppg in 11 games.
She is U18 international player who is currently on the Romanian National Team roster.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Romanian passport:
#1.Alexandra Mara managed to help Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin to win against the closely-ranked COB Calais (15-11) 72-63 in the French LF2 (second division) on Sunday night.
Mara recorded 5 points.
Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (16-10) is placed fourth in the LF2.
Mara has been at the team for four years.
This season she averages only 1.5ppg.
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