Timisoara, Romania - Going into the game Timisoara was ranked among the league leaders and had good possibilities for the 3 seed in the league playoffs. Hosting CSS Giurgiu who is a completely different team over the last few months because of a couple crucial season ending injuries at positions 1 and 5 along with a contractual dispute that saw their star forward leave earlier this month. Now down to three imports, with their 2 playing point and their 4 playing 5 against a top team dressing out six imports in their arena with a full and healthy roster including Popescu, Capusan, and Tudosa; it would be a monumental challenge for Giurgiu, now in their 2nd season in the top division.
The game started fast for the visitors who found National forward Catalin Vlaicu (203-C-86) for a 3 pointer and then rookie big man Chris Ware (203-C-89, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Indiana Tech) for another 3. Timisoara had adopted a strategy of running a hard hedge on the ball in pick and roll situations but they were leaving the screener with chances to pop free. On side P&R, the help was sucked into the paint and again Giurgiu's bigs were being left with chances from the wing or top of the circle. At 18-5, Timisoara used a timeout to discuss a new strategy that would help them close the gap. The game went back and forth for some minutes, but the momentary show or going under ball screens, was giving Perry Petty (185-G-88, college: UTPA) more opportunities to hit pull up jumpers or turn the corner and get into the teeth of the defense. Timisoara started connecting on some shots as Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) was instrumental in helping to bring his club back with his veteran savvy and marksmanship from the perimeter. Jovanovic is one of the best pure shooters in the league and continued to show those abilities in this contest in addition to his ability to probe the middle and drop it down to Bogdan Popescu (200-F-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) or Delvon Johnson (206-F/C-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) on the inside or out to Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) on the outside. Timisoara behind Jovanovic and company helped bring the home team back as the crowd gave their approval, Timisoara just down one at the end of the initial quarter 21-20.
The second quarter was all Timisoara as they seemed to have figured out the right formula on both sides of the ball but both teams continued to rack up the points. Giurgiu was being given space coming off ball screens but it was allowing Petty to get some really clean looks at the rim. The two teams changed baskets back and forth as Bivolaru hit a big 3 from the top for Giurgiu but behind the energy of Andrei Capusan (204-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Lafayette) and Gary Gallimore, Timisoara's depth and size was beginning to wear out Giurgiu, pulling ahead 40-30 about midway through the 2nd quarter. A time-out by Giurgiu would call for more opportunities for Ware in the post and Romanian National Cristian Nicolae (198-F-85) coming off staggers on the back side and the visitors aided by a 3 pointer just before intermission by Petty would go into the half down 49-46.
The 2nd half would open with yet another tactical change, Timisoara was giving up some good looks from 3 points by going under a lot of screens and was more hesitant to show out too far on the hedge and Giurgiu was finding the range. Both teams were executing well and the game was coming down to who could slow the other down. Popescu was again huge on the inside, battling for offensive rebounds, and a carom and put back and-1 chance kept Timisoara just ahead at 59-58. Timisoara was going back to an aggressive answer on the defensive end of trapping the ball screen, but Ware on a few chances slipped in the middle of the defense and his 12 foot bank shot helped keep Giurgiu win the third quarter 21-20 as the two clubs entered the final quarter tied at 66.
The final quarter was tight for the first 6 minutes as Petty and Burrell hit a couple back to back 3s, part of the 15-30 overall from Giurgiu and again another timeout and a chance for Timisoara to readjust the way they would defend the ball screen. The clubs exchanged baskets leading up to the final 4 minutes but Timisoara was starting to miss some of the perimeter chances that they were so successful in converting earlier in the game. Now the home team would institute the tactic of guarding Petty with Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina). Archie, long considered one of the top players in the entire league, is a very long and mobile 6'8 that can actually stay in front of point guards. It is a huge advantage for a player of that size with long arms and quick feet to be able to pressure and stay in front of much smaller guards but still have the size to defend the big spots as well, and Timisoara attempted to use this as Archie would be given the task of Petty and the club started switching all ball screens allowing Archie to take the screener regardless of the position. The flaw of course is that put the man defending the screener out in space against the ball as Giurgiu repeatedly put Sarovic and/or Popescu out in space against the ball handler and Petty didn't disappoint. He would attack and step back and hit 3s or he would hesitate with what looked like he was going to shoot to attack the hip of the much bigger defender and get into the paint and find shooters on the back side. Giurgiu caught fire with a little over 3 minutes left as Petty and Brian Burrell (192-G-84, college: UTPA) took turns knocking down big daggers pulling Giurgiu ahead. Vlaicu was coming up big on the defensive glass, Ware playing with 4 fouls was helping to stop the penetration and was also doing a great job with the screening game on offense and Timisoara took their last time-out trying to slow the momentum for the visitors before it was too late. Giurgiu against full court pressure would whip a pass from 3/4 court to a wide open Nicolae under the Timisoara's goal and Giurgiu was elated as Timisoara stood stunned. A series of free throws culminated the last moments but it wasn't enough to make much change to the outcome. Final score in Timisoara 86 - 96. CSS Giurgiu will now prepare to host Asesoft as BCT goes on the road at Costanta. This one hurts for Timisoara as they now may have lost out on a chance to host a series in the post-season dropping with the home loss to the 5th position.
Perry Petty with a monster performance of 40 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals! Brian Burrell 21 points, Chris Ware 12 points - 5 rebounds - 4 assists. Cristian Nicolae hit three 3s en route to a dozen points on the game while Catalin "Sarma" Vlaicu came close to another double-double with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Jovanovic and Sarovic had 18 for the EuroChallenge club Timisoara. And Bogdan Popescu had 16, Delvon Johnson a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. Archie had 8 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, a steal and 2 blocks and an all-around great defensive performance. Article credit: www.chrisbterrell.com
Liga Nationala Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. CSU Sibiu claim semifinal tickets - 6 hours ago
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CSU Sibiu - Targu Mures 82-68 CSU Sibiu topped Targu Mures to advance into the semifinal stage. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-68. 24 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (192-84) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. American guard Kevin Hardy (188... [read more]
CSU Sibiu topped Targu Mures to advance into the semifinal stage. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-68. 24 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (192-84) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Five CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) produced 25 points and Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, agency: HMS) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Top scorers: CSU Sibiu: I.Mijajlovic 23+4reb+4ast, M.Davis 17+3reb, C.Cooper 15+10reb, B.Popescu 12+7reb+2ast, K.Hardy 10+10reb+7ast, B.Lalovic 3+3reb+3ast Targu Mures: G.Martinic 25+3reb+3ast, L.Lazar 11+4reb, S.Santa 9+4reb, E.Kalve 9+11reb+2ast, L.Reed 7+4reb+3ast, R.Markovic 5+2reb
Liga Nationala Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Targu Mures force decider against CSU Sibiu - 3 days ago
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Targu Mures - CSU Sibiu 70-62 Targu Mures outgunned CSU Sibiu to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The game without a history. Targu Mures led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American swingman Lamarcus Reed (196-88, college: Texas Arlington) fired 23 points for the winners. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) produce... [read more]
Targu Mures outgunned CSU Sibiu to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The game without a history. Targu Mures led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American swingman Lamarcus Reed (196-88, college: Texas Arlington) fired 23 points for the winners. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) produced 5 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (192-84) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Targu Mures: L.Reed 23+4reb+2ast, R.Markovic 15+1ast, G.Martinic 11+4reb+7ast, D.Djapa 9+9reb+1ast, S.Santa 6+8reb+1ast, E.Kalve 4+6reb+1ast CSU Sibiu: C.Cooper 14+6reb, B.Popescu 12+5reb+1ast, I.Mijajlovic 12+3reb+5ast, B.Lalovic 10+3reb+2ast, R.Paliciuc 5+2reb+1ast, K.Hardy 5+12reb+7ast
Liga Nationala Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Oradea, Steaua CSM and Cluj Napoca enter semifinals - 5 days ago
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Targu Mures - CSU Sibiu 87-89 CSU Sibiu snatched a tough road win over Targu Mures to take 2-1 lead. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-87. 32 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) who scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists.... [read more]
CSU Sibiu snatched a tough road win over Targu Mures to take 2-1 lead. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-87. 32 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) who scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Lamarcus Reed (196-88, college: Texas Arlington) who recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively. Four CSU Sibiu and five Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Targu Mures: G.Martinic 19+3reb+6ast, R.Markovic 17+3reb+1ast, L.Reed 17+8reb+4ast, E.Kalve 12+3reb, D.Djapa 12+4reb+1ast, S.Santa 5+4reb+1ast CSU Sibiu: B.Popescu 19+5reb+1ast, I.Mijajlovic 17+2reb+5ast, K.Hardy 14+5reb+8ast, R.Paliciuc 13+1reb, B.Lalovic 13+8reb+2ast, C.Cooper 9+10reb
Oradea nipped BC Timisoara away from home to complete the sweep. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 25-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Oradea especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. BC Timisoara was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Sean Barnette (197-86, college: Wingate) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Cuban-American center Adrian Diaz (213-93, college: FIU) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and international point guard Octavian Calota (189-84) added 22 points in the effort for BC Timisoara. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: BC Timisoara: O.Calota 22+1reb+3ast, A.Diaz 20+6reb+1ast, M.Jeremic 18+1reb+3ast, M.Komatina 15+6reb+3ast, J.Flowers 5+4reb+3ast, I.Dragusin 2+3reb+2ast Oradea: M.Zeno 20+4reb+5ast, S.Barnette 20+7reb+3ast, S.Denison 17+5reb, M.Pasalic 12+3ast, W.Franklin 6+2reb+2ast, A.Mandache 5+3reb+3ast
Steaua CSM outgunned Pitesti for the third straight victory. Pitesti was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 45-26 second half run of Steaua CSM. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Pitesti's 28. They outrebounded Pitesti 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Morris Curry (181-87, college: Providence, agency: Inception Sports) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Lithuanian guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Four Steaua CSM players scored in double figures. Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) came up with 19 points and 6 assists and American power forward Vincent Hunter (209-84, college: Arkansas) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Pitesti in the defeat. Pitesti's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Pitesti: V.Hunter 19+6reb+1ast, P.Marinov 19+3reb+6ast, T.Gabric 16+5reb+1ast, G.Balmus 7+3reb+5ast, A.Kostoski 7+4reb+6ast, A.Giani Zaharie 2+2reb Steaua CSM: M.Runkauskas 21+1reb+2ast, N.Malesevic 16+3reb+4ast, M.Curry 14+6reb+8ast, Y.Frasenyuk 13+5reb, R.Falker 10+7reb+2ast, D.Dudzinski 9+13reb+2ast
UBT Cluj Napoca topped Craiova to advance into the semifinal stage. The game without a history. UBT Cluj Napoca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Craiova's players. It was a great evening for Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ukrainian Maksym Pustozvonov (200-87) helped adding 21 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Five UBT Cluj Napoca players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Jamar Abrams (201-89, college: E.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone) scored 16 points and 8 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Craiova: J.Abrams 21+7reb+1ast, T.Taylor 16+4reb+8ast, V.Solopa 9+4reb, F.Popa 6+2reb+2ast, T.Bureau 6+8reb+7ast, B.Aktas 4+1reb UBT Cluj Napoca: M.Pustozvonov 21+1reb+1ast, A.Rasic 15+6ast, K.Dykes 14+7ast, F.Adamovic 13+1reb+5ast, O.Barro 12+10reb+2ast, V.Moldoveanu 11+5reb+3ast
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