Serbian Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) had a great game in the last round for Gaz Metan and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24. The 28-year old power forward had a double-double of 24 points and ten rebounds, while his team outclassed Dinamo B. (#16, 1-23) with 36-point margin 84-48. Thanks to this victory Gaz Metan moved-up to the 7th position in the Romanian Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gaz Metan will need more victories to improve their 16-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Mladenovic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Aleksandar Mladenovic averages this season 10.3ppg and 5.5rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American guard Louis Darby (196-G-84) of Rovinari. Darby impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Rovinari lost that game 84-92 to the higher-ranked Targu Mures (#3, 17-7). This loss caused Rovinari to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Darby is well-known by Rovinari fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.7rpg and 3.3apg.
The third best performed player last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Timisoara (#6). Jovanovic scored 26 points and passed ten assists (!!!). He was a key player of Timisoara, leading his team to a 89-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Miercurea Ciuc (#15, 3-21). Timisoara needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 8 lost games. Jovanovic has a great season in Romania. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.9ppg (6th best) and assists with 6.5apg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Milos Pesic (205-F-84) of Oradea - 31 points and 9 rebounds 5. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77) of Ploiesti - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Andrija Ciric (199-G-80) of Targu Mures - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Branko Cuic (197-G-78) of Targu Mures - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Perry Petty (185-G-88) of Giurgiu - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Marijo Hajdic (206-F/C-89) of Miercurea Ciuc - 15 points and 11 rebounds 10. Dalibor Djapa (205-F/C-84) of U.Mobitel.CN - 18 points and 11 rebounds
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)
South edge North in All Star Game 2017 - 8 hours 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 - 1 day 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.
CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi (Liga I) landed 26-year old forward Adrian Rosu (198-91). He started the season at CS Dinamo Bucuresti (Liga Nationala). In four games he averaged 4.0ppg this season. Liga I will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Rosu played at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (also in Liga Nationala). In 7 Liga Nationala games he had just 1.3ppg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Rosu also played 3... [read more]
CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi (Liga I) landed 26-year old forward Adrian Rosu (198-91). He started the season at CS Dinamo Bucuresti (Liga Nationala). In four games he averaged 4.0ppg this season. Liga I will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Rosu played at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (also in Liga Nationala). In 7 Liga Nationala games he had just 1.3ppg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Rosu also played 3 games in Eurocup where he recorded only 2.3ppg and 1.3rpg. He represented Romania at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. Rosu has played previously for two other teams: Miercurea Ciuc and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu.
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