Rogaska handed Zlatorog their fist home loss of the season, 75-59, in the opening Round of the Slovenian League Championship Stage.
Championship Stage - Round1: Union Olimpija-Hopsi 78-60: Hopsi led only once in the game, and that came in the opening second on two Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) free-throws. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) made first of his six 3-pointers to inspire Olimpija on an 8-0 run for a 16-7 lead and later the home team made a 10-0 run spanning halftime to extend their advantage to 43-27. Brandon Jefferson scored 22 points including six 3-pointers, Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) added 13 points, Devin Oliver (204-SF-92, college: Dayton) 12 and Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94) 10. Hopsi shot just 3-of-24 from 3-point land and their lone player in double figures was Milojko Vasilic (207-C-89, agency: 011 Sports) with 13 points.
Zlatorog-Rogaska 59-75: Rogaska trailed just once, at 2-4. At that point, the visitors scored nine straight points to ignite a 12-2 run and then extended their advantage to 24-10. Zlatorog cut the deficit to 43-44 midway through the third quarter. Rogaska responded with six consecutive points and went on a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter. Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) scored 10 of his 19 points in the first quarter, Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier) added 17 points, Taylor Johns (201-F, college: Cal-Riverside) and Miha Fon (194-G-84) both posted 10 points. Zlatorog made just one of its 17 3-point attempts. Jan Span scored 13 points, Milos Miljkovic (205-C/F-84) 12 and Igor Tratnik (207-F-89) 10.
Helios Suns-Krka 59-76: Krka opened the game with a 14-0 run and its defense held Helios scoreless for almost seven minutes. Helios cut the deficit to 13-17 at the end of the opening quarter. Juraj Segaric (185-PG-93) opened the second quarter with eight straight points including two 3-pointers that gave Helios their lone lead of the night, 21-19. Krka answered with a 7-0 run and later made a 10-2 run to go up 39-31 before the halftime break. Krka finally took control of the game behind an 11-0 run for a 56-39 lead late in the third quarter. Ron Curry (191-G-93, college: JMU) and Dominique Elliott (203-F-91, college: Md-E Shore) both scored 14 points, Marko Lukovic (207-SF-92, agency: BeoBasket) 11 and Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) 10. Helios was led by Juraj Segaric with 14 points and Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) added 11.
Relegation Stage - Round 1: Tajfun Sentjur-Terme Olimia 93-59: Tajfun made a 21-0 run to turn a four-point deficit into a 26-9 lead early in the second quarter and its defense held Olimia scoreless for a 6:30 span. Tajfun shot 63-percent (29-of-46) from the field including 10-of-19 from 3-point range. Malcolm Grant (185-G-88, college: Miami, FL) and Tomaz Jereb (192-G-91) both scored 20 points, Mirza Sarajlija (187-PG-91) posted 16 points on shooting 5-of-7 from 3-point line, Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Danijel Vujasinovic (184-PG-89) handed out 11 assists. Tajfun's bench players outscored the starters for the both teams. Nejc Strnad (190-PG-83) netted 16 points for Olimia and Ashton Gibbs (188-PG-90, college: Pittsburgh) added 10 points.
LTH Castings-Primorska 72-91: Primorska made an early 10-0 run for a 14-9 lead and never looked back for the remainder of the game. The visitors opened the second half with a 12-2 run to extend their five-point advantage to a 57-42 and their lead never dropped below double digits. Primorska shot 58-percent (15-of-26) from 3-point land. Duda Sanadze came off the bench for 19 points, Gezim Morina (203-C/F-92) scored 16 and Nejc Zupan (202-PG-96) 11. LTH was led by Aljaz Stopar (194-F-97) with 24 points including five 3-pointers, Boris Bosnjak (201-F/C-93) scored 16 points and Luka Grum (194-F-92) 15.
Sencur GGD-Portoroz 75-74: Sencur opened the game with a 14-4 run and had their largest lead of the gamet at 38-25 midway through the second quarter. Portoroz still trailed 57-69 with less than seven minutes remaining. Sebastjan Borse (194-G-95) sank a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 72-73 with 49 seconds left and then Tim Skerbec (200-F-93) made a pair of free throws for Portoroz's first lead of the night, 74-73. Sencur had the final possession and Milos Varagic (197-G-87) hit a game-winning jumper with two seconds left. Sead Hadzifejzovic (202-F/C-89) scored 16 points for Sencur, Sedin Karavdic (203-F/C-95) 11 and Maid Cicic (203-C-98) 10. Portoroz was led by Tim Skerbec with 32 points, Alen Katonar (200-F-92) scored 19 and Sebastjan Borse 10.
Devin Oliver gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian Liga Nova KBM (Second Stage) - 2 days ago
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American Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) had a great game in the last round for Un.Olimpija and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage). The 24-year old had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Un.Olimpija in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Zlatorog (4-5) 88-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Un.Olimpija is placed at 3rd position in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Un.Olimpija is a typi... [read more]
American Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) had a great game in the last round for Un.Olimpija and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage). The 24-year old had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Un.Olimpija in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Zlatorog (4-5) 88-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Un.Olimpija is placed at 3rd position in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Un.Olimpija is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 5th lost game this season out of 9 games. In the team's last game Oliver had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Un.Olimpija's top player in his first season with the team. University of Dayton graduate has very impressive stats this year. Oliver is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.1ppg), rebounds (5th best: 7.3rpg) and averages solid 65.0% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old point guard Jan Span (187-PG-92) of Zlatorog. Span impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Zlatorog was edged by slightly higher-ranked Un.Olimpija (4-5) 88-87. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Zlatorog still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Span is a newcomer at Zlatorog and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#4). He also recorded 3.7 assists per game.
The third best performed player last round was Mirza Sarajlija (187-PG-91, agency: AproK Sports Group) of Tajfun (#8). Sarajlija showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tajfun, leading his team to a 75-68 win against slightly lower-ranked Sencur Gor. (#9, 11-8). Tajfun needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 5 lost games. Sarajlija has a very solid season. In 26 games in Slovenia he scored 12.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jure Mocnik (183-PG-85) of Helios - 14 points and 6 assists 5. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85) of Terme Olimia - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) of Un.Olimpija - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Uros Godler (205-C-85) of Hopsi Polzela - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) of Un.Olimpija - 14 points and 3 rebounds 9. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91) of Un.Olimpija - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) of Zlatorog - 16 points and 10 rebounds
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)
Krka defeted Rogaska 72-68 on road in the game of the Slovenian League Champioship Stage Round 9 to claim home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Rogaska-Krka 68-72: Krka opened the fourth quarter with eight points in a row for a 61-52 lead, the largest margin of the game, with less than five minutes left. Rogaska cut the deficit to 65-68 with 26 seconds left. Ron Curry (191-G-93, college: JMU) made a pair of free throw to extend Krka's advatange to five points and, on the next pos... [read more]
Krka defeted Rogaska 72-68 on road in the game of the Slovenian League Champioship Stage Round 9 to claim home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Rogaska-Krka 68-72: Krka opened the fourth quarter with eight points in a row for a 61-52 lead, the largest margin of the game, with less than five minutes left. Rogaska cut the deficit to 65-68 with 26 seconds left. Ron Curry (191-G-93, college: JMU) made a pair of free throw to extend Krka's advatange to five points and, on the next possession, Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) again reduced the score to three, 67-70. Rogaska immediately fouled Ziga Dimec (211-C-93), who missed both free throws, but Ron Curry was fouled on rebound. American made a pair of foul shots as Krka secure home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Krka outrebounded Rogaska 50-35, picking up 19 offensive rebounds. Sandi Cebular (195-G-86) finished with 18 points, Ziga Dimec came off the bench for 14 points and 10 rebounds and Ron Curry scored 10 points, making just one of his 10 field goal attempts. Rogaska was led by Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) with 16 points, Dragisa Drobnjak poured in 13 points, Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier) had 11 points and 6 assists and Taylor Johns (201-F, college: Cal-Riverside) added 10 points.
Union Olimpija-Zlatorog 88-87: The game featured 20 lead changes and 13 ties and the largest lead for either team was eight points, held by Olimpija at 17-9 midway through the opening quarter. Zlatorog used an 8-1 run to turn a one-point deficit into a 79-73 lead with 4:20 remaining and was ahead by five going into the final two minutes. At that point, Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) scored seven straight points to put Olimpija up 86-84. A 3-pointer by Jernej Ledl (191-G-97) gave Zlatorog a one-point lead. On the next possession, Olimpija's Jan Barbaric (188-G-95) missed a lay-up, but Devin Oliver (204-SF-92, college: Dayton) grabbed an offensive rebound and made a game-winning layup. Zlatorog had the final actiona of the game and Nejc Baric (181-PG-97) missed a lay-up at the buzzer. Devin Oliver finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) scored 20 points, Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) 19 and Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) 14. Zlatorog was led by Jan Span (187-PG-92) with 21 points and 7 assists, Nejc Baric (181-PG-97) added 19 points, Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) netted 12 points. Hopsi-Helios Suns 83-70: After trailing 16-30 after the opening quarter, Hopsi opened the second quarter with a 19-3 run to take a 35-33 lead and never looked back from there. Hopsi took control of the game behind a 16-2 run to go up 56-38 midway through the third quarter. Hopsi has six players in double scoring figures including all five staters. Uros Godler (205-C-85) came off the bench for 16 points, Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) and Milojko Vasilic (207-C-89) both scored 12 points, Zan Kosic (185-G-93) 11, Alen Hodzic (192-SF-92) and Jakob Cebasek (200-G/F-91) posted 10 points apiece. Helios was led by Jure Mocnik (183-PG-85) with 14 points, Luka Voncina (193-G-91, college: Charlotte) added 13, Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90) 12 and Urban Oman (98) 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.
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