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Liga Nationala Standings
 1. UBT Cluj Napoca 3-0 
 2. CSU Sibiu 2-0 
 3. Pitesti 2-1 
 4. Craiova 2-1 
 5. Oradea 2-1 
 6. Steaua CSM 2-1 
 7. Phoenix Galati 2-1 
 8. Targu Mures 1-2 
 9. BC Timisoara 0-1 
 10. Timba Timis. 0-2 
 11. Dinamo B. 0-3 
 12. Politehnica Iasi 0-3 
Full Standings
Liga I Stage Two Standings
Final Four
 1. Timba Timis. 3-0 
 2. Politehnica Iasi 1-2 
 3. A.Vlaicu Buc. 1-2 
 4. Braila 1-2 
 1. Sibiu II 3-0 
 2. Pitesti II 2-1 
 3. Steaua II 1-2 
 4. Mures II 0-3 
Semifinals Stage Standings
Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1 Monaco 2-0 
 2 Pinar Karsiyaka 2-0 
 3 UCAM Murcia 2-0 
 4 Enisey 1-1 
 5 EWE Baskets 1-1 
 6 Banco di Srd 0-2 
 7 Hapoel Holon 0-2 
 8 Juventus 0-2 
Group B
 1 Gaziantep 2-0 
 2 Neptunas 2-0 
 3 Iberostar Tener. 1-1 
 4 Ventspils 1-1 
 5 Chalon 1-1 
 6 Ludwigsburg 1-1 
 7 Betaland Cdo 0-2 
 8 PAOK 0-2 
Group C
 1 Bayreuth 2-0 
 2 Estudiantes 2-0 
 3 Umana VE 1-1 
 4 AEK 1-1 
 5 Strasbourg 1-1 
 6 Banvit BK 1-1 
 7 Olimpija 0-2 
 8 Rosa 0-2 
Group D
 1 Nanterre 2-0 
 2 CEZ Nymburk 1-1 
 3 Besiktas 1-1 
 4 Scandone AV 1-1 
 5 Stelmet 1-1 
 6 Aris 1-1 
 7 Oostende 1-1 
 8 Telekom Bsk 0-2 
FIBA Europe Cup Standings
Group A
 1 Antwerp 1-0 
 2 Groningen 1-0 
 3 Bosna-Royal 0-1 
 4 Le Portel 0-1 
Group B
 1 Avtodor 1-0 
 2 Benfica 1-0 
 3 Bakken 0-1 
 4 Nevezis 0-1 
Group C
 1 Kataja Basket 1-0 
 2 Mornar Bar 1-0 
 3 FC Porto 0-1 
 4 Kapfenberg 0-1 
Group D
 1 Keravnos 1-0 
 2 Kormend 1-0 
 3 Balkan 0-1 
 4 Brussels 0-1 
Group E
 1 Lukoil Acad. 1-0 
 2 UBT Cluj Napoca 1-0 
 3 Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 
 4 Istanbul BBSK 0-1 
Group F
 1 Bnei Hertzeliya 1-0 
 2 Spirou 1-0 
 3 Alba 0-1 
 4 Tsmoki-Minsk 0-1 
Group G
 1 Demir IBB 1-0 
 2 Sigal Prishtina 1-0 
 3 Khimik 0-1 
 4 Mons-Hainaut 0-1 
Group H
 1 N.Novgorod 1-0 
 2 Szolnok 1-0 
 3 Falco-Vulcano 0-1 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 0-1 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Milosevic, Oradea24.3 
 2. Martinic, Craiova22.5 
 3. Rundles, Phoenix .22.5 
 4. Siriscevic, Craiova21.5 
 5. Mitchell, Targu Mures19.0 
 6. Laser, CSU Sibiu19.0 
 7. Florveus, Timba T.19.0 
 8. Diaz, BC Timisoara16.0 
 9. Sakic, UBT C.16.0 
 10. Capers, CSU Sibiu16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
  Phoenix .
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Pavlovic, Phoenix .10.3 
 2. Cooper, CSU Sibiu10.0 
 3. Samuels, Craiova8.5 
 4. Olah, UBT C.8.0 
 5. Mijovic, Targu M.8.0 
 6. Florveus, Timba T.8.0 
 7. Nicoara, Pitesti8.0 
 8. Bamba, Timba Timis.7.5 
 9. Diaz, BC Timisoara7.0 
 10. Bjelic, Politehn.7.0 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Martinic, Craiova9.5 
 2. Pratt, CSU Sibiu7.5 
 3. Calota, BC Timis.7.0 
 4. Person, Targu M.6.0 
 5. Taylor, Steaua CSM6.0 
 6. Jereminov, Timba T.5.5 
 7. Rundles, Phoenix .5.0 
 8. Miller, Phoenix .4.3 
 9. Kostoski, Pitesti4.0 
 10. Aleksandrov, Craio.4.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Martinic, Craiova4.5 
 2. Samuels, Craiova3.5 
 3. Mijajlovic, BC Timis.3.0 
 4. Komatina, BC Timis.3.0 
 5. Aleksandrov, Craio.3.0 
 6. Pavlovic, Timba T.3.0 
 7. Watson, UBT C.2.7 
 8. Lapornik, Steaua C.2.7 
 9. Laser, CSU Sibiu2.5 
 10. Sakic, UBT C.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
  Phoenix .
  Avg: 3
 1. Pavlovic, Phoenix .3.0 
 2. Dragusin, BC Timis.2.0 
 3. Lazar, Pitesti2.0 
 4. Florveus, Timba T.2.0 
 5. Samuels, Craiova1.5 
 6. Kinnard, CSU Sibiu1.0 
 7. De-Thaey, Timba T.1.0 
 8. Olah, UBT C.1.0 
 9. Diaz, BC Timisoara1.0 
 10. Tibirna, Oradea1.0 

Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

BC Timisoara Oct.23 CSU Sibiu 98%
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

Group A
Juventus 57% Oct.25 Hap.Holon
EWE Baskets Oct.25 Pinar Karsiy 73%
UCAM Murcia 95% Oct.25 Banco di Srd
Monaco 77% Oct.24 Enisey
Group B
Gaziantep 77% Oct.25 Iberostar Te
Betaland Cdo 57% Oct.24 PAOK
Ludwigsburg Oct.24 Neptunas 73%
Ventspils 57% Oct.24 Chalon
Group C
Olimpija Oct.25 Bayreuth 95%
Strasbourg Oct.25 Estudian. 73%
Rosa Oct.24 Umana VE 88%
AEK 57% Oct.24 Banvit BK
Group D
Scandone AV 57% Oct.25 Oostende
Aris Oct.25 Nanterre 73%
Besiktas 57% Oct.24 Stelmet
Telekom Bsk Oct.24 CEZ Nymburk 88%
Next Round Schedule

Round 2 (Regular Season)

Group A
Bosna-Royal 50% Oct.25 Antwerp
Groningen 50% Oct.24 Le Portel
Group B
Bakken 50% Oct.25 Benfica
Nevezis 50% Oct.24 Avtodor
Group C
Kataja Bsk 50% Oct.25 FC Porto
Kapfenberg 50% Oct.24 Mornar Bar
Group D
Kormend 50% Oct.25 Balkan
Keravnos 50% Oct.24 Brussels
Group E
Istanbul BB 50% Oct.25 Lukoil Acad
Din.Tbilisi 50% Oct.25 UBT Cluj Na
Group F
Bnei Hertzel 50% Oct.25 Tsmoki-Minsk
Alba 50% Oct.24 Spirou
Group G
Demir IBB 50% Oct.25 Mons-Hainaut
Sigal Prisht 50% Oct.25 Khimik
Group H
Falco-Vulcan 50% Oct.25 Szolnok
Karpos Sokol 50% Oct.25 N.Novgorod
Giurgiu shocks Timisoara by ten - Mar 29, 2013

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Perry Petty
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:  

Marcel Davis
CSU Sibiu keeps Davis for another season - 4 days ago
CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) re-signed 23-year old American guard Marcel Davis (188-82kg-94, college: Utah Valley). He played there last season. In 39 Liga Nationala games he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 3.0apg. Davis helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. He received All-WAC 2nd Team award in 2016 at his college time. Davis graduated from Utah Valley University in 2016 and it will be his second season...   [read more]

Milosevic's 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
30-year old power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-PF-87, agency: 011 Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Oradea and receives a Player of the Week award for round 2. He had the game-high 30 points adding eight rebounds for Oradea in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Dinamo B. (#11, 0-2) with 28-point margin 90-62. Oradea is placed at 5th position in Romanian league. Oradea is a typical solid league team placed somew...   [read more]

Liga Nationala Round 2 of Regular Season - 6 days ago
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