Louis, you played four years college basketball for Long Beach State University, what are you memories from college?
My memories from college were great. Got a chance to play against big names . Jordan farmar, Joshua Shipp, Bobby brown, Aaron Afflalo, and a long list of other guys playing in euroleague and the nba. Got a chance to play in our conference championship twice. Became big west champs in 2007. Got to experience going to the NCAA tournament, which most don't get a chance to experience. It was great.
Also, you played great in your freshman season and later you didn't have much better stats than in freshman's year, how?
As a freshman in college I got to play more than the rest of my years in college. Was named to the all freshman team. Had to deal with different translations after that. Coach bringing in new guys. So time and points started to diminish. I must have done something write to last for 4 years in college haha. I think going through those ups and downs of not playing much made me more hungry and made me want to push to do better when I started my next journey.
Your first rookie year was in Syria.What you think about your rookie year?Your first professional team was Al Wahda from Syria, Syria isn't basketball famous country, how you come in Syria?
Yes it was another experience where I played 19 min a game and did great for the minutes I played.Had to share minutes with another player because you could only have 1 import player on the court at a time. My experience there was great.Met a lot of great people there.A lot of fun and great memories. Things are not the same now. I just recently lost a good friend of mine that I met when I first played there. R.I.P. to Basil Raya. The things that are happening there is very sad, but like I said my memories from there were all happy ones. My rookie year in Syria was very different. Was not used to practicing once a day and practicing really late at night. So when I was there I never got used to the time difference. I came to Syria thinking that it wasn't a good place for basketball, but the guys there were actually better than I thought. They have some real talent. I had ended up choosing Syria as a place where I can get some stats and show some more things besides dunking. So al wahda was a team that took a chance on me and I made the best of my opportunity there.
In your first season in Rovinari, you was great.You had some great stats, but unfortunately you got injury in march and couldn't finish season.What you think about your first season in Romania and also in Europe?
Yes my first season in Romania was great. I didn't know much about Romania. I was blessed to get a second chance to come and play overseas in Europe. Being that Syria wasn't a respected league but coach Theo Evans and Energia Rovinari gave me a chance. I really got to show that I can adjust to the style of play here and had some great numbers here my first year. Although I got injured and didn't get to help my team in the playoffs I still think it was a successful season. I met a great group of guys, who are still playing and doing well in Germany,Cyprus and in Korea. I think in my first year I had a great experience.
After that season, you had two more great year in Romania.In season 2010-11, you was chosen for first five of whole league and you won slam dunk contest year.What make you happier: Some great dunk or when you score three-pointer?
Yea those 2 seasons were also great. We we missed the playoffs by 1 game both years. Individually I got selected to the the all Romanian team, and got small forward of the year in 2010. In 2011 I was selected to the second team . 2010 I participated in my first all star game , had some fun winning the dunk contest. I think I would get more excited by hitting a 3pt shot than a dunk. The dunks is for the crowd.
In some short period you was in Keravnos, but you comeback in Rovinari and you was played one more great season. In this season you are the best player in Romanian championship.Are hou have some plans in future to play some stronger league, for some Euroleague team?
Yea I played for Keravnos for a short period, learned some things there. It was a humbling experience for me there. I learned that playing team ball can get you so far, most teams want you to score more. So my stay there was short lived. So I comeback to my second home Rovinari (Targu Jiu).
In this season I think I am having my best year playing basketball period since high school. I hope to further my career and have high hopes to play on a bigger platform such as Euroleague. We shall see what the future holds. Anything is possible.
How you feel about your cooperation with the Omnia Sports agency?
My relationship with my Omnia is great. They work well for the players and try to put you in the best situation possible. That's most important for me.
What you think about two Serbian guys Stefan Nikolic and Stefan Atanackovic?
I like playing with them both. Both are very energetic players who love to compete and work hard during games and in practice.
With his player you spending most of time out of the court?
Off the court I spend most of my time with Robert Giles . He lives close to where I live. So we chill from time to time. I'm trying to teach him a few things on off the court.
What is ambitions of Rovinari for this season?
In terms of Energia Rovinari and our season we want to have a great year. We want to make it to the playoffs and make some noise. We want to get past the first round this year.
For the end, i hope you will continue with great games and i hope to see you in some much stronger teams.
CSA Steaua Bucuresti wins Semifinals Stage with 5-0 record - May 20, 2013
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CSA Steaua Bucuresti wins Semifinals Stage with 5-0 record. The team recorded all five victories against the opponents.
In the last day CSA Steaua Bucuresti smashed CSU Galati 155:56. Thy erupted with 43-17 in the first period and added 34-9 before the halftime. Moreover CSA Steaua Bucuresti won the third period 38-10 and finished the game with 40-20 in the last quarter. Seven players scored in double figures as Gheorghe Balmus (180-PG-92) led them all with 30 points [read more]
CSA Steaua Bucuresti wins Semifinals Stage with 5-0 record. The team recorded all five victories against the opponents. In the last day CSA Steaua Bucuresti smashed CSU Galati 155:56. Thy erupted with 43-17 in the first period and added 34-9 before the halftime. Moreover CSA Steaua Bucuresti won the third period 38-10 and finished the game with 40-20 in the last quarter. Seven players scored in double figures as Gheorghe Balmus (180-PG-92) led them all with 30 points. Radu Paliciuc (198-G/F-88) notched 29 and Vladimir Biasutti Vulpe brought 24. Bogdan Balanica (F) replied with 12 points in the losing effort. CS Concordia Chiajna finished second with 4-1 record. In the last game they outscored Politehnica Iasi 66:58. CS Concordia Chiajna won the first period 26-13 and led 14 points at the halftime. Politehnica Iasi managed to win the third and the last quarters and reduced to final 8 points. Aleksandar Vuletic (202-F-86, college: Indian Hills CC) and Vasile Stefan (192-F-85) paced all the winners with 19 points each. Madalin Nicolae netted 18 in defeat, while Constantin Amarghioalei (196-G-86) scored 15. CSU Stiinta Bucuresti meanwhile edged CS Vabova Sfantu Gheorghe 86:62.
Ploiesti tied Liga Nationala Finals - May 19, 2013
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Targu Mures - Ploiesti 78-83 (1-1)
Ploiesti tied Liga Nationala Finals at 1-1. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But Targu Mures won second period 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities [read more]
Ploiesti tied Liga Nationala Finals at 1-1. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But Targu Mures won second period 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Court Side) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-78) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii) added 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Targu Mures. Top scorers: Targu Mures: V.Peciukas 20+6reb+2ast, B.Cuic 16+12reb+3ast, M.Ceskovic 14+2reb+6ast, D.Paltinisanu 9+7reb, L.Dumitru 7+1reb, A.Ciric 5+1reb+1ast Ploiesti: A.Mohammed 20+4reb+2ast, C.Burlacu 15+15reb+3ast, A.Vlahovic 13+3ast, V.Stanescu 11+3reb, A.Tudor 10+2ast, P.Miletic 7+5reb+1ast
Targu Mures wins Game 1 of the Finals - May 18, 2013
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Oradea - Gaz Metan 73-68 (1-0)
The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 32-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Gaz Metan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists [read more]
The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 32-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Gaz Metan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard William Franklin (183-85, college: Bradley) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Oradea players scored in double figures. The former international Titus Nicoara (203-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the former international swingman Andrei Mandache (191-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 16 points in the effort for Gaz Metan. Gaz Metan's coach Marcel Tenter rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Oradea: M.Pesic 18+7reb+4ast, W.Franklin 15+4reb+6ast, S.Topchov 15+2reb+1ast, D.Dillon 10+5reb+1ast, N.Maric 8+1reb+5ast, B.Tibirna 4+4reb Gaz Metan: T.Nicoara 17+12reb, A.Mandache 16+3reb+1ast, Z.Krstanovic 12+6reb, S.Dundjerski 9+3reb+1ast, I.Lilov 5+4reb+2ast, I.Ivanovic 5+3reb
Targu Mures wins Game 1 of the Finals . The game was mostly controlled by Targu Mures. Ploiesti managed to win second period 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Targu Mures forced 20 Ploiesti turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Ploiesti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ploiesti. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Targu Mures: A.Ciric 24+3reb, M.Ceskovic 21+1reb+5ast, O.Barro 17+7reb+1ast, B.Cuic 16+11reb+3ast, D.Kandic 7+1ast, D.Paltinisanu 4+1reb+1ast Ploiesti: V.Tica 16+7reb+1ast, A.Mohammed 16+8reb+3ast, I.Timermanis 14+4reb+1ast, A.Tudor 11+2ast, V.Stanescu 8+5reb+1ast, A.Vlahovic 7+2reb+4ast
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