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Athlete Celje wins its second WABA title, Annamaria Prezelj MVP - Mar 20, 2017


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Annamaria
Prezelj
Slovenian side Athlete Celje won their second WABA title by defeatin Beroe of Stara Zagora 61-57 in the 2017 Finals in Podgorica. Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97) scored 15 points and was named 2017 WABA Final-Four MVP, Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra) finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Larisa Ocvirk (184-SF-97) collected 12 points and 17 rebounds and Iva Slonjsak (183-SG-97) posted 10 points.
Beroe led only once in the game and that came on an opening basket by Stefka Miteva (191-C-89). Celje then went on a decisive 16-0 run and its defense held Beroe scoreless for a 7:19 span. Beroe twice cut the deficit to seven points, the last time at 16-23 midway through the second quarter. At that point, Larisa Ocvirk sank a 3-pointer to ignite a 13-4 run and Celje 36-21 at the halftime break. Slovenian team opened the second half with an 8-2 run for the largest advantage of the game, 44-23. After trailing 30-50 late in the third quarter, Beroe went on a 17-3 run to cut the deficit to 47-53 with three minutes remaining. Larisa Ocvirk hit her second 3-pointer of the game and then Shante Evans made five straight free throws that gave Celje a 61-54 lead with 13 seconds left.
Celje outrebounded Beroe 52-35, picking nup 22 offensive boards. Bulgarian team was led by regular season MVP Monique Reid (185-PF-90, college: Louisville) with 19 points and Milena Tomova (187-F/C-82, college: FIU) added 10 points.

2017 WABA Finals (Podgorica, March 19)
Athlete Celje-Beroe 61-57 (18-9, 18-12, 14-11, 11-25)
ATHLETE CELJE: Mitric DNP, Kroselj 3 (1-1), Gwashavanhu, *Prezelj 15 (4-5), Molnar DNP, *Friskovec 3 (0-2), *Ocvirk 12, Stefanoski 2, Maric, *Slonjsak 10, *Evans 16 (8-12). Coach: Grgic.
BEROE: Ivanova DNP, *Kostova 2, Rimpova -, Tomova 10, Nikolova, *Miteva 2 (0:2), *Perkins 4 (0:2), Zhelyzakova, *Reid 19 (3:5), Zackery 9 (2:4), Naneva 3, *Pye 8 (2:2). Coach: Gateva
Final-Four MVP: Annamaria Prezelj of Athlete Celje

2017 WABA Bronze meda game (Podgorica, March 19)

Montana 2003-Buducnost Bemax 41-44 (7-9, 16-16, 9-12, 9-7)
MONTANA 2003: *Stoycheva 5, *Allen 5, Dimitrova 6 (2:2), Filipova DNP, *Sharenkapova 2, Sokolan, *Makarieva 4, Ivanova 8 (4:4), Peteva 11, Simeonova, *Burdgess. Coach: Mihaylov.
BUDUCNOST BEMAX: Tomasevic DNP, Vucetic-Pejovic 2, *Babic 11, *Mitrasinovic (0:2), *Matovic 6 (2:3), *Mujovic 10 (2:2), Jaksic DNP, Lazarevic DNP, Mugosa DNP, Stjepanovic 7 (1:2), Mirotic DNP, *Fall 8. Coach: Boskovic.
  




Annamaria
Prezelj
Annamaria Prezelj moves from Celje to Gorzow Wielkopolski - 18 days ago
Annamaria Prezelj(177-SG-97) will continue her career in Poland. Slovenian national team member signed a multi-year contract with AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wielkopolski. Prezelj spent last three seasons with Athlete Celje. She averaged 21.0 points (ranked second), 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.1 blocks in 17 WABA League games last season, helped the club to win the title. Prezelj was named Final-Four MVP. She also produced 14.4 points (ranked fifth), 2.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.0 ste...   [read more]

Oderah
Chidom
Celje lands Oderah Chidom - 28 days ago
champion Cinkarna Celje continued building a roster for the 2017-18 season by signing American Oderah Chidom (193-F-95), who will make her debut in Europe. Chidom arrives from Duke, where she had a great career, averaging 7.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. As a senior, Chidom had her best season at Duke where she averaged 8.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks to go along with 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Chidom averaged more than eight points per game in each of...   [read more]
Already seven teams have registered for the 2017-18 season - 1 month ago
A total of seven teams have registered for the 2017-18 WABA League, namely: Cinkarna Celje (SLO), Buducnost Bemax (MNE), Crvena zvezda, Partizan 1953 (both SER), Play Off Ultra (BOS), Medvescak, Ragusa (both CRO). Two teams, Badel 1862 (MKD) and Tresnjevka 2009 (CRO), have asked for an extended deadline of June 1. WABA Board and Bulgarian side Montana 2003 and have reached an agreement for a three-year wild card license. Beroe (BUL), Shkupi (MKD) and two Turkish clubs teams have asked for...   [read more]


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WABA Standings
 1 Montana 2003 10-4 
 2 Beroe 10-4 
 3 Buducnost 10-4 
 4 Athlete Celje 9-5 
 5 Crvena Zvezda 6-8 
 6 Triglav 6-8 
 7 Play Off 3-11 
 8 Partizan 2-12 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Monique REID
  Beroe
  (185-PF-90)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Reid, Beroe21.9 
 2. Prezelj, Athlete .21.0 
 3. Matovic, Buducnost18.2 
 4. Evans, Athlete .17.9 
 5. Matic, Partizan14.9 
 6. Delic, Play Off14.7 
 7. Ceazer, Play Off14.6 
 8. Mujovic, Buducnost14.3 
 9. Kalusic, Triglav14.1 
 10. Delic, Play Off14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shante EVANS
  Athlete .
  (184-F/C-91)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Evans, Athlete .10.8 
 2. Mathieu, Badel10.5 
 3. Reid, Beroe9.7 
 4. Topuzovic, Buduc.8.8 
 5. Milovanovic, Partizan8.5 
 6. Stjepanovic, Buduc.7.5 
 7. Ocvirk, Athlete Celje7.3 
 8. Allen, Montana .7.2 
 9. Matic, Partizan7.1 
 10. Fall, Buducnost7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Charel ALLEN
  Montana .
  (181-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Allen, Montana .6.0 
 2. Mujovic, Buducnost5.0 
 3. Zivadinovic, Partizan4.8 
 4. Stoycheva, Montana .4.6 
 5. Delic, Play Off4.6 
 6. Potocnik, Athlete .4.5 
 7. Delic, Play Off4.3 
 8. Bajic, Kraljevo4.3 
 9. Culafic, Partizan4.1 
 10. Matovic, Buducnost3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandra KATANIC
  Crvena Z.
  (172-PG-97)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Katanic, Crvena Z.3.1 
 2. Zdolsek, Triglav2.9 
 3. Delic, Play Off2.9 
 4. Perkins, Beroe2.9 
 5. Abramovic, Triglav2.7 
 6. Reid, Beroe2.7 
 7. Potocnik, Athlete .2.7 
 8. Mujovic, Buducnost2.6 
 9. Zivadinovic, Partizan2.3 
 10. Dimitrova, Montana .2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jelena CIRIC
  Crvena Z.
  (195-C-95)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Ciric, Crvena Z.1.1 
 2. Fall, Buducnost1.1 
 3. Matic, Partizan1.1 
 4. Senicar, Triglav1.0 
 5. Miteva, Beroe0.9 
 6. Tomova, Beroe0.8 
 7. Tesic, Crvena Z.0.7 
 8. Rajic, Kraljevo0.7 
 9. Maric, Athlete Celje0.7 
 10. Djordjevic, Crvena Z.0.6 
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