Maribor Messer-Zlatorog 76-83: In a battle of powerhouses, Zlatorog prevailed. They had their largest lead of the game at 43-30 midway through the second quarter. Maribor tied at 56 and took its first lead of the game at 63-60 early in the final period. After trailing 70-74 with 2:25 remaining, Zlatorog scored eight straight points and capped a 13-2 final run. Samo Udrih (195-G-79) and Dejan Cigoja (205-F-88) both finished with 13 points, Ziga Dimec scored 11 points and Ante Dugum 10. Zlatorog's reserves outscored opposing reserves 37-16. Maribor was led by two former Zlatorog's players. Jure Pelko (190-G-90) scored 23 points and Esmir Rizvic 10. Elektra-Tajfun Sentjur 60-71: Tajfun, who never trailed, opened the game with a 17-4 run. Elektra cut the deficit to 36-40 midway through the third quarter, but Tajfun went on a 20-4 run to go ahead 60-40, the largest lead of the game. Milan Sebic scored 14 points, Mladen Primorac (210-C-90) came off the bench for 12 points and 11 rebounds, Emir Zimic added 12 points, Anze Pelc had 11 points and 6 assists and Tadej Ferme posted 10 points. Elektra shot just 9-of-25 from 2-point range, and commited 16 turnovers to Tajfun's just 3. Andrej Podvrsnik (186-G-87) came off the bench for game-high 25 points including four 3-pointers, Mensud Julevic added 12 points, Simo Atanackovic posted 10 points and David Collins grabbed 10 rebounds. Elektra's bench players outscored its starters 43-17. Rogaska Crystal-Hopsi 65-70: After trailing by 13 late in the third quarter, Hopsi made a huge 28-7 run to beat Rogaska and ended a 10-game losing streak. Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points, Marko Vranjkovic added 14, Daniel Vujasinovic had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and Isiah Martin added 10 points. Rogaska went on a 20-3 run to go ahead 56-43 late in the third quarter, the largest lead of the game. Hopsi started their come-back with a 17-3 run to take a lead 60-59 with 4:40 remaining. A jumper by Tadej Kostomaj put Rogaska up 61-60 and that was last lead of the game for the home team. Hopsi made all of its eight free throws throgh the end of the game and Goran Jagodnik added a 2-pointer while Rogaska committed three turnovers during that stretch. Milos Miljkovic (204-F/C-84) finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Zeljko Jotic scored 14 points, Tadej Kostomaj and Boban Tomic both posted 10 points and handed out 6 assists and Milivoje Mijovic grabbed 14 rebounds. Helios-Grosuplje 85-60: A strong second half propelled Helios to remain them as the only unbeaten team at home. Helios made a 18-4 run to go ahead 60-42 late in the final quarter and extended their lead to 82-52. Gezim Morina (204-C/F-92) and Matic Rebec led Helios, both from the bench. Morina scored 18 points and Rebec added 16 including four 3-pointers. Nikola Gacesa had 16 points and 7 rebounds and Dorde Majstorovic posted 10 points. Helios shot 12-of-25 behind the 3-point line while Grosuplje hit just four 3-pointers. Marko Antonijevic (189-G-81, agency: Court Side), former Helios' player collected 14 points and 6 rebounds, Sasa Zagorac had 10 points and 8 rebounds and Nemanja Miljkovic added 10 points. Slovan-LTH Castings Mercator 77-80: The largest lead of either team was eight points.After trailing 56-63 early in the fourth quarter, Slovan scored seven straight points and its defense held LTH scoreless for a 3:24 span. Robert Abramovic (185-G-88) went on a personal 8-0 run over just 21 seconds that gave LTH a 71-65 lead. Slovan cut the deficit to one, 77-78, with a few seconds to go, but Vjeran Soldo hit a pair of free throws to secure the win for LTH. Robert Abramovic scored 31 points on shooting 6-of-7 behind the 3-point range and Vjeran Soldo added 21 points. Slovan was led by Dejan Mlakar (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza), who came off the bench for 26 points including five 3-pointers, Nejc Buda scored 14 points, Jan Span 13 and Vjeko Petrovic 10.
Igor Tratnik (207-F-89) of Zlatorog will miss several month of action with a knee injury. He got injured during the practice last Friday. Tratnik re-joined Zlatorog last summer and averaging 16.9 points (ranked second), 7.5 rebounds (ranked fourth), 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per 32 minutes in 29 Slovenian League appearances. He has already played for Zlatorog during the 2014-15 season, averaging 11.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.3 nblocks in 32 Slovenia... [read more]
Igor Tratnik (207-F-89) of Zlatorog will miss several month of action with a knee injury. He got injured during the practice last Friday. Tratnik re-joined Zlatorog last summer and averaging 16.9 points (ranked second), 7.5 rebounds (ranked fourth), 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per 32 minutes in 29 Slovenian League appearances. He has already played for Zlatorog during the 2014-15 season, averaging 11.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.3 nblocks in 32 Slovenian League games.
Oliver number one in Slovenia for round 8 - 1 day ago
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American Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Un.Olimpija, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage). The 24-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Helios (#6, 0-8), Second Stage bottom-ranked team 77-63. Un.Olimpija is placed at 4th position in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Un.Olimpija is rather a weak team placed in lower... [read more]
American Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Un.Olimpija, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage). The 24-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Helios (#6, 0-8), Second Stage bottom-ranked team 77-63. Un.Olimpija is placed at 4th position in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Un.Olimpija is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 5th lost game this season out of 8 games. In the team's last game Oliver had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Un.Olimpija's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Dayton star has very solid stats this year. Oliver is in league's top in points (6th best: 14.9ppg), rebounds (5th best: 7.2rpg) and averages impressive 64.7% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was young Domen Janc (187-PG-96) of Terme Olimia. Janc had a very good evening with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Terme Olimia to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Portoroz (#12, 1-17) 102-44. Terme Olimia's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-9 record is not bad at all. Janc is a newcomer at Terme Olimia and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) of Zlatorog (#3). Rizvic scored 24 points. Despite Rizvic's great performance Zlatorog lost 76-90 to #1 ranked Krka. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Zlatorog needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Rizvic has a very solid season. In 31 games in Slovenia he scored 12.7ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 54.7%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) of Sencur Gor. - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Mirza Sarajlija (187-PG-91) of Tajfun - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Dee Davis (183-PG-93) of Rogaska - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists 7. Nejc Buda (211-C-91) of Terme Olimia - 17 points and 8 rebounds 8. Dominique Elliott (203-F-91) of Krka - 18 points and 5 rebounds 9. Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) of Hopsi Polzela - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Ziga Dimec (211-C-93) of Krka - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 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)
Union Olimpija snapped their four-game losing streak by beating winless reigning champion Helios Suns 77-63 in Champioship Stage Round 8 to keep their play-off hopes alive. Helios blew their chance to make the playoffs. Rogaska-Hopsi 76-70: Rogaska used a 9-0 run for a 24-15 lead early in the second quarter, their largest lead of the night. Hopsi cut the deficit to 24-26 and then went on a 15-2 run to close out the first half with a 39-30. The visitors had their largest lead of the game... [read more]
Union Olimpija snapped their four-game losing streak by beating winless reigning champion Helios Suns 77-63 in Champioship Stage Round 8 to keep their play-off hopes alive. Helios blew their chance to make the playoffs.
Rogaska-Hopsi 76-70: Rogaska used a 9-0 run for a 24-15 lead early in the second quarter, their largest lead of the night. Hopsi cut the deficit to 24-26 and then went on a 15-2 run to close out the first half with a 39-30. The visitors had their largest lead of the game at 53-41 midway through the third quarter. At that point, Rogaska scored 10 consecutive points to ignite a 15-2 run and retake the lead, 56-55. After trailing by one early in the fourth quarter, Rogaska once again scored 10 straight points to go ahead 71-62 with less than three minutes remaining. Hopsi reduced the score to 70-71 with minute and a half to go. Rogaska's Eldin Camdzic (195-G-90) was fouled on a 3-point attempt and he connected all three free throws for a 74-70 advantage. Hopsi then lost the ball and Leon Santelj (204-F-95) made a pair of free throws to bring the final score to 76-70. Dee Davis had 19 points and 8 assists for Rogaska, Taylor Johns (201-F, college: Cal-Riverside) and Miha Fon (194-G-84) both scored 15 points and Leon Santelj 13. Hopsi was led by Jakob Cebasek (200-G/F-91) with 18 points, Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) scored 17 and Uros Godler (205-C-85) 13.
Krka-Zlatorog 90-76: Krka spotted Zlatorog only an opening 3-pointer by Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87), then ran off 10 consecutive points to decide the issue early. The visitors cut the deficit to 8-12, but Krka took their first double digit lead at 24-13 late in the second quarter and extended their advantage to 40-22. Dominique Elliott (203-F-91, college: Md-E Shore) finished with 18 points, Ziga Dimec (211-C-93) added 15, both off the bench, Matic Rebec (181-PG-95) had 14 points and 6 assists and Ron Curry (191-G-93, college: JMU) scored 12 points. Zlatorog outrebounded Krka 37-31, picking up 17 offensive boards, but shot just 40-percent (23-of-57) from the field to Krka's 56-percent. Ramo Rizvic scored 24 points, Nejc Baric (181-PG-97) 18, Roman Rubinshteyn (195-G-96) 13 and Milos Miljkovic (205-C/F-84) 10.
Helios Suns-Union Olimpija 63-77: Devin Oliver (204-SF-92, college: Dayton) made a 3-pointer to put Olimpija up 12-11 and never looked back for the rest of the game. The visitors opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 28-16. Helios cut the deficit to two, but Olimpija responed with an 18-1 run spanning halftime for a 49-30 lead. Devin Oliver scored 11 points in that span and finished with 23 points, Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) scored 15 and Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) 12. Helios was led by Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) with 15 points, Urban Oman (98) netted 13 points, Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90) 11, Aljaz Bratec (192-PG-98) and Nejc Klavzar (183-PG-99) both posted 10 points.
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