Rogaska and Krka both improved their record to 4-1 in the halfway point of the Slovenian League Championship Stage with a win over Helios and Union Olimpija. Hopsi went on a 7-2 run to close out the game with a 76-73 win over local rival Zlatorog.
Union Olimpija-Krka 68-71: Olimpija went on an 11-0 run spanning halftime to go up 44-34. Krka later made an 11-2 that turn a seven-poini deficit into a 53-51 lead and never looked back from there. The visitors extended their advantage to 60-54. Olimija twice cut the score to one, the last on a dunk by Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94) that pulled Krka 68-69 with a minute and a half to go. On the next possession, Marko Lukovic (207-SF-92) made a jumper that gave Krka a 71-68 lead. Over the next minute, both team missed a 3-point attempts. Dusko Bunic (207-C-89) then blocked Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) on a 2-point attempt and grabbed the ball to secure the win. Krka's bench players outscored Olimpija's reserves 36-16. Erjon Kastrati scored 17 points, Marko Lukovic 14, Matic Rebec (181-PG-95) and Darko Jukic (199-G-90) both added 10 points. Olimpija was led by Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) with 20 points, Brandon Jefferson added 19 and Devin Oliver (204-SF-92, college: Dayton) had 14 points and 8 assists
Hopsi-Zlatorog 76-73: The game featured 11 lead changes and 9 tie. The largest lead of either team was 8 points, which was held by Hopsi 24-16 early in the second quarter, a margin wihic was duplicate by Zlatorog when they threatened to pull away at 51-43 in the third quarter. Hopsi retake the lead at 52-51 and later went on a 12-2 run to turn a four-point deficit into a 64-58 withe less then seven minutes remaining. Zlatorog responed with nine consecutive points for a 67-64 advantage and stayed ahead 71-69 with a minute and a half to go. Hopsi retake a led 74-71. Nejc Baric (181-PG-97) made a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to one with 15 seconds left. Zlatorog then fouled Urban Bukovic (186-PG-92) who missed both free throws. Zlatorog had a chance to take a lead on the ensuing posession. Jan Span (187-PG-92) missed a 3-pointer with two seconds left, Ivan Drzic (204-C-83) grabbed a defensive rebound and drew a foul. He made both free throws to secure the win for Hopsi. Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points for Hopsi, Ivan Drzic came off the bench for 15 points, Alen Hodzic (192-SF-92) addeed 13 and Milojko Vasilic (207-C-89) 12. Zlatorog used only seven players and both bench players were outscored by Hopsi's reserves 6-24. Jan Span scored 24 points including six 3-pointers, Nejc Baric added 16 points on shooting just 3-of-15 from the field and Igor Tratnik (207-F-89) scored 12 points on shooting 5-of-14 from the field.
Rogaska - Helios Suns 79-72: Rogaska never trailed and opened the game with 19-6 run, their largest lead of the night. Helios cut the deficit to 61-63 early in the fourth quarter and was down by four with less than minutes left. At that point, Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier, agency: Inception Sports) sank his third 3-pointer of the game to extend Rogaska's advantage to 74-67. Helios reduced the score at 72-74 witt 44 seconds to go. Juraj Segaric (185-PG-93) then was whistled for an unsportmanlike foul and Rogaska made three of four free throws to extend their lead to 77-72. Dee Davis scored 24 points, Tadej Ferme 17, Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: BeoBasket) 12 and Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88) 11. Helios was led by Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90) with 18 points, Urban Gorjanc (213-C/F-92) added 13, Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Juraj Segaric posted 11 points.
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 - 2 days 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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