The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of SKP Banska Bystrica (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Levice (1-0) 94-85. The guests were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 23-16 last quarter charge of SKP Banska Bystrica cut the lead to 94-85 at the end of the game. Levice forced 20 SKP Banska Bystrica turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Canadian forward Troy Gottseling (203-87) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Levice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Peter Dorazil (199-89) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Croatian forward Sasa Jankovic (204-84) added 14 points in the effort for SKP Banska Bystrica. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Levice will play against Svit at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SKP Banska Bystrica will play against Nitra in Nitra to get more than just one victory in their record. Top scorers: Levice: T.Gottseling 18+7reb+3ast, W.Kemp 16+9reb+6ast, S.Nuhanovic 15+3reb+1ast, T.Mrvis 14+3reb+3ast, J.Simmons 11+5reb, M.Sykora 8+2reb+1ast B.Bystrica: P.Dorazil 14+6reb+1ast, S.Jankovic 14+4reb+2ast, I.Salamun 13+2reb+1ast, S.Smajlagic 13+5reb+1ast, R.Korner 12+7reb+1ast, B.Koczkas 8+3reb+1ast
An interesting game where Nova Ves crushed host Svit with 26-point difference 91-65 on Saturday evening. The game without a history. Nova Ves led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. International forward Stanislav Baldovsky (192-89) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Serbian power forward Aco Mandic (204-84) chipped in 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Nova Ves players scored in double figures. Nova Ves' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Kenneth Henderson (201-82, college: Texas Arlington) responded with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian Marko Puzic (198-85) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Nova Ves will meet at home Inter Bratislava in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svit will play against Levice. Top scorers: Nova Ves: S.Baldovsky 26+6reb, A.Mandic 17+10reb+4ast, M.Stec 12+1reb+2ast, V.Hovanak 11+9reb+2ast, O.Ulman 10+6reb, N.Evans 9+3reb+4ast Svit: K.Henderson 16+7reb+4ast, M.Puzic 12+5reb+1ast, T.McNeal 10+7reb, N.Vladovic 8+8reb+1ast, J.Archie 7+6reb+4ast, J.Sherrod 5+1reb+1ast
Inter Bratislava smashed Komarno at home 100-80. Inter Bratislava led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Inter Bratislava had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Inter Bratislava especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Komarno helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin guard Goran Bulatovic (184-88) fired 29 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Inter Bratislava's coach Oliver Vidin used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kevin Thompson (205-89, college: Morgan St.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Nasir Robinson (195-89, college: Pittsburgh, agency: TSS Management) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Four Inter Bratislava and five Komarno players scored in double figures. Komarno will play next round against Handlova trying to get back on the winning streak. Inter Bratislava will try to continue on its current victory against Nova Ves on the road. Top scorers: Inter Bratislava: G.Bulatovic 29+5reb+7ast, R.Rancik 21+10reb+1ast, J.Graham 15+7reb+1ast, B.Devrnja 14+4reb+1ast, R.Urland 6+4reb+1ast, H.Rahman 4+3reb Komarno: N.Robinson 21+4reb+1ast, K.Thompson 20+11reb+2ast, M.Bilik 14+5reb+1ast, C.Lowe 11+3reb+2ast, J.Kratochvil 10+4reb+5ast, L.Stojanov 2+1reb+1ast
Nitra used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Prievidza 87-63 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Nitra. Prievidza managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nitra forced 24 Prievidza turnovers. Center Juraj Hasan (202-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Deremy Geiger (180-90, college: Idaho) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Four Nitra players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Paul Gause (180-86, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Joseph Harris (196-87, college: Co.Carolina) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Prievidza's coach Jamie Andrisevic gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Nitra will meet at home SKP Banska Bystrica in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Prievidza will have a break next round. Top scorers: Nitra: D.Geiger 19+1reb+4ast, M.Kovacevic 13+4reb+1ast, A.McClain 13+4reb, J.Hasan 13+11reb+2ast, J.Cadot 10+4reb+2ast, V.Kosa 9+2ast Prievidza: P.Gause 15+7reb+1ast, J.Harris 12+6reb+1ast, G.Boon 11+2reb, M.Jass 8+1reb, M.Ziak 5+2reb+2ast, M.Batka 4+3reb+1ast
Stanislav Baldovsky 192-F-89 Kosice Michal Batka 204-C-87 Kosice Marek Jass 194-G-90 Prievidza Martin Bachan 95 Iskra Svit Boris Belavy 199-SF-95 Iskra Svit Martin Bilik 194-G/F-87 Inter Bratislava Dalibor Hlivak 190-G-95 Karlovka Simon Krajcovic 191-PG-94 Levice Michael Fusek&nbs... [read more]
Lapuan Korikobrat (Korisliiga) inked 28-year old American guard Mario Edwards (191-90kg-88, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played most recently at BK Esprit Kosice in Slovakian SBL league. Edwards managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 34 SBL games he averaged 8.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.1apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Edwards also played that season for Loimaan Korikonkarit where in only one Korisliiga game he had 11... [read more]
Lapuan Korikobrat (Korisliiga) inked 28-year old American guard Mario Edwards (191-90kg-88, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played most recently at BK Esprit Kosice in Slovakian SBL league. Edwards managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 34 SBL games he averaged 8.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.1apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Edwards also played that season for Loimaan Korikonkarit where in only one Korisliiga game he had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. He also played 1 game in VTB United League, but he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 assist. Edwards was selected to Kosovo League All-Star Game back in 2012. He is a very experienced player. Edwards has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Edwards has played previously professionally in Austria (Redwell Gunners Oberwart), Brazil (Liga Sorocaba), Hungary (Sopron KC), Kosovo (Peja) and ABA (S.Carolina W.). He attended Coastal Carolina College until 2010 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno (SBL) signed 28-year old Slovenian guard Boban Tomic (190-88). He played last season at Krka in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Tomic managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 10 Liga Nova KBM games he had 7.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.6apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Tomic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. He also played 11 games in ABA League where he avera... [read more]
MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno (SBL) signed 28-year old Slovenian guard Boban Tomic (190-88). He played last season at Krka in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Tomic managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 10 Liga Nova KBM games he had 7.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.6apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Tomic also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. He also played 11 games in ABA League where he averaged 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg. The other team Tomic played that season for was UBSC Graz in A Bundesliga. In 8 games he got impressive 15.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.9apg and 1.4spg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Slovenian 1B championship title in 2011. Tomic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian 1B Player of the Year back in 2011. He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 11.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 75.0%. Tomic has played also professionally in Germany (Mitteldeutscher BC) and Hungary (Falco KC Szombathely).
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