Bosnia and Herzegovina center Marica Gajic (192-C-95) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Athlete Celje, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 16-year old player had a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds, while her team outclassed Grosuplje (#3, 12-5) with 46-point margin 97-51. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Athlete Celje to take over top position in the Slovenian SKL. Athlete Celje has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 16-1. It was one of impressive evenings for Gajic as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Marica Gajic has solid league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.5rpg) and averages impressive 58.6% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old former international forward Barbara Skof (181-F-80) of Ilrija. Skof had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. Of course she lead Ilrija to another comfortable win 61-42 over slightly lower-ranked Jezica (#6, 8-9) being unquestionably team leader. Ilrija's 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Skof is one of the most experienced players at Ilrija and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Simona Jurse (171-G-71) of Rogaska (#8). Jurse scored 24 points and passed five assists. She was a key player of Rogaska, leading her team to a 85-81 win against slightly lower-ranked Domzale (#9, 2-15). Rogaska can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jurse she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Jurse has individually a great season in Slovenia. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.2apg (4th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) of Athlete Celje - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Tjasa Muhovic (188-C-91) of Rogaska - 13 points and 13 rebounds 6. Ana Ljubenovic (182-F/C-88) of Triglav - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) of Athlete Celje - 17 points and 5 assists 8. Masa Pirsic (184-F-86) of Triglav - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Natasa Radulovic (180-G-82) of Triglav - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Tina Trebec (189-F/C-90) of Athlete Celje - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 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)
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Player of the Year: Ivana Dojkic (180-SG-97) of Athlete Celje; Guard of the Year: Ivana Dojkic (180-SG-97) of Athlete Celje; Forward of Year: Ziva Zdolsek (178-F/G-89) of Triglav; Center of the Year: Tina Jakovina (183-F-92) of Athlete Celje; Newcomer of the Year: Eva Prevodnik (166-G-99) of Triglav; Most Improved Player of Year: Larisa Ocvirk (184-SF-97) of Athlete Celje; Import Player of the Year: Ivana Dojkic (180-SG-97) of Athlete Celje; Domestic Player of the [read more]
Athlete Celje claimed its fifth consecutive Slovenian Championship and twelth overall, with a 79-59 win over Triglav in Game 3 of 2016 Final best-of-five series. Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97) scored 17 points, Tina Jakovina (183-F-92) had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Ivana Dojkic (180-SG-97) and Zala Friskovec (174-G-99) both added 10 points. Triglav was led by Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97) who posted 17 points on shooting 7-of-9 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds, Sandra Jevtovic (187-PF-9... [read more]
Athlete Celje claimed its fifth consecutive Slovenian Championship and twelth overall, with a 79-59 win over Triglav in Game 3 of 2016 Final best-of-five series. Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97) scored 17 points, Tina Jakovina (183-F-92) had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Ivana Dojkic (180-SG-97) and Zala Friskovec (174-G-99) both added 10 points. Triglav was led by Maja Jakobcic (184-PF-97) who posted 17 points on shooting 7-of-9 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds, Sandra Jevtovic (187-PF-93) and Milica Paligoric (190-C-90, college: Iona) scored 10 points apiece. Celje, who never trailed, opened the game with a 16-5 run. Triglav cut the deficit to 17-19 early in the second quarter. The home team responded with a 14-0 run to go up 33-17 and its defense held Triglav scoreless for a 5:16 span. Zala Friskovec (174-G-99) scored seven of her total 10 points in that run. Celje had their largest lead of the game at 47-27 early in the second half. At that point, Triglav scored seven straight points and later went on a 17-8 run to make it 53-61 with 6:47 remaining. Celje hit seven straight free throws to ignite a decisive 14-2 run to extend the advantage to 75-55 with 1:35 left.
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