Romania - Liga Nationala Round 15 (D.Ikovlev, Y.Lemyk, V.Bobrov, A.Kalnichenko)

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Liga Nationala round 15 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Oradea (9-5) against fifth ranked U-Banca TR (9-5) 75-62 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by U-Banca TR. Oradea managed to win fourth quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Banca TR looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American Kyndall Dykes (192-87, college: New Orleans) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 4 assists. Serbian-Bosnian point guard Filip Adamovic (181-88, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Sean Barnette (197-86, college: Wingate) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Oradea. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. U-Banca TR moved-up to second place, which they share with CSU Sibiu and Oradea. Oradea will play next round against CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu trying to make it back to the top of the standings. U-Banca TR will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Steaua CSM in Bucuresti.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Targu Mures as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Targu Mures defeated 3rd placed CSU Sibiu at home 84-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CSU Sibiu. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a great evening for Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Goran Martinic helped adding 22 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international point guard Octavian Calota (186-84) with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. As mentioned above they took over a top position. CSU Sibiu at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Oradea and U-Banca TR. CSU Sibiu will play next round against Steaua CSM trying to get back on the winning streak. Targu Mures will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked BC Timisoara at home.
A very close game took place in Rovinari between CS Dinamo Bucuresti and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu. Eighth ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (8-7) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (7-7). CS Dinamo Bucuresti managed to escape with a 3-point win 96-93 in the game for the seventh place. It was an exceptional evening for Pavel Marinov who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Lamont Mack came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds for CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu in the defeat. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Dinamo Bucuresti moved-up to seventh place. Loser CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will meet at home Phoenix Galati (#10) in the next round. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu will play against Oradea and hope to secure a win.
The game in Rovinari was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Craiova (9-6) played at the court of seventh ranked CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (7-7). CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. The best player for the winners was Porter Troupe who scored 29 points. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu's coach Antonis Konstantinides allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Despite that victory CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu went down to eighth position due to points difference. Craiova at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Oradea (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Craiova will play against Gaz Metan in Medias and hope to win that game.
The game between ninth ranked Pitesti (7-8) and 12th ranked Gaz Metan (2-13) in Pitesti on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Pitesti outscored guests from Medias 97-74. It was a good game for Ronald Ross who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Pitesti maintains ninth place with 7-8 record. Loser Gaz Metan stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Pitesti will face higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gaz Metan will play against Craiova (#5) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 15 Craiova beat Steaua CSM on the road 76-72. BC Timisoara lost to Phoenix Galati on its own court 75-79.

Steaua CSM - Craiova 72-76

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Craiova (9-6) beat 5th ranked Steaua CSM (8-3) in Bucuresti 76-72 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 30-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Steaua CSM was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Bosnian forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian guard Djordje Micic (196-83) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals and the former international Titus Nicoara (202-88, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Steaua CSM. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Steaua CSM's coach Hristu Sapera tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Craiova moved-up to fifth place. Loser Steaua CSM dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Craiova will face bottom-ranked Gaz Metan (#12) in Medias in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Steaua CSM will play at home against CSU Sibiu (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Craiova: B.Djurasovic 18+13reb+1ast, D.Micic 16+4reb+3ast, B.Popescu 14+6reb, C.Burlacu 14+3reb, T.Bureau 8+3reb, A.Johnson 5+1reb+7ast
Steaua CSM: M.Marinovic 19+5reb+10ast, T.Nicoara 15+7reb+1ast, D.Ikovlev 11+4reb+3ast, B.Amis 10+3reb, N.Malesevic 6+2reb+3ast, S.Galdikas 4+2reb+1ast

BC Timisoara - Phoenix Galati 75-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked BC Timisoara's (2-13) home loss to tenth ranked Phoenix Galati (5-9) 75-79 on Monday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Phoenix Galati made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Ukrainian center Yaroslav Lemyk (205-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Phoenix Galati players scored in double figures. Bahamas forward Kentwan Smith (203-91, college: Stetson) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian Stefan Zivanovic (196-89) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BC Timisoara. Newly promoted Phoenix Galati maintains tenth place with 5-9 record. Loser BC Timisoara keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Phoenix Galati will face higher ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Timisoara will play against the league's leader Targu Mures (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Galati: Y.Lemyk 24+11reb+2ast, M.Bojovic 13+6reb+3ast, A.Petica 11+1reb+3ast, J.Threatt 11+3reb+3ast, M.Pesic 10+12reb, T.Rohde 8+2reb
BC Timisoara: K.Smith 19+5reb+2ast, S.Zivanovic 16+6reb+3ast, D.Djapa 11+6reb+2ast, G.Toth 9+10reb, S.Dundjerski 8+5reb+5ast, V.Subotic 7+4reb+1ast

Rovinari - Dinamo B. 93-96

A very close game took place in Rovinari between CS Dinamo Bucuresti and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu. Eighth ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (8-7) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (7-7). CS Dinamo Bucuresti managed to escape with a 3-point win 96-93 in the game for the seventh place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CS Dinamo Bucuresti looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Bosnian-Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (194-83, agency: PEPI SPORT) accounted for 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Porter Troupe (196-83, college: Portland, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points respectively for CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu in the defeat. Five CS Dinamo Bucuresti and four CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu players scored in double figures. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Dinamo Bucuresti moved-up to seventh place. Loser CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will meet at home Phoenix Galati (#10) in the next round. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu will play against Oradea and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dinamo B.: P.Marinov 25+11reb+5ast, M.Sutalo 24+5reb+3ast, N.Dahlman 15+7reb+4ast, N.Sulovic 12+4reb, K.Babkauskas 10+4reb, D.Balaban 6+2reb+4ast
Rovinari: L.Mack 22+7reb, A.Gutoaia 18+3reb, P.Troupe 15+4reb+2ast, J.Diggs 10+4reb+1ast, C.Eziukwu 8+11reb+1ast, P.Horne 8+1reb+2ast

Pitesti - Gaz Metan 97-74

The game between ninth ranked Pitesti (7-8) and 12th ranked Gaz Metan (2-13) in Pitesti on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Pitesti outscored guests from Medias 97-74. The game without a history. Pitesti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Pitesti looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Serbian center Alexandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Belarusian-Russian Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85) answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Lithuanian center Robertas Grabauskas (208-90, college: Northwood) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Gaz Metan. Pitesti maintains ninth place with 7-8 record. Loser Gaz Metan stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Pitesti will face higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gaz Metan will play against Craiova (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: R.Ross 23+7reb+7ast, M.Pustozvonov 19+4reb+1ast, A.Mladenovic 19+5reb+4ast, A.Tudor 9+2reb+2ast, T.Jogela 8+2reb+5ast, V.Bobrov 8+9reb+1ast
Gaz Metan: A.Pustahvar 25+8reb+1ast, R.Grabauskas 17+9reb, N.Nikolic 8+2reb+8ast, V.Peciukas 7+2reb, F.Popa 7+3reb, G.Navickas 5+4reb+7ast

Targu Mures - CSU Sibiu 84-78

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Targu Mures as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Targu Mures defeated 3rd placed CSU Sibiu at home 84-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CSU Sibiu. It was a key game for the top position in the league. CSU Sibiu was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 28-7 third quarter run of Targu Mures. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CSU Sibiu to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (187-87) helped adding 22 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international point guard Octavian Calota (186-84) with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists and American power forward Michael Harrison (206-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they took over a top position. CSU Sibiu at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Oradea and U-Banca TR. CSU Sibiu will play next round against Steaua CSM trying to get back on the winning streak. Targu Mures will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked BC Timisoara at home.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: G.Martinic 22+2reb+4ast, A.Mohammed 21+10reb+7ast, O.Barro 17+10reb, M.Jurevicus 9+2reb, G.Gajovic 6+4reb, I.Ivanovic 5+6reb+2ast
CSU Sibiu: I.Mijajlovic 17+1reb+1ast, M.Harrison 15+6reb+2ast, L.Gilbert 15+6reb+1ast, O.Calota 12+9reb+11ast, K.Hardy 11+6reb+1ast, B.Lalovic 6+6reb+2ast

U-Banca TR - Oradea 75-62

Liga Nationala round 15 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Oradea (9-5) against fifth ranked U-Banca TR (9-5) 75-62 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by U-Banca TR. Oradea managed to win fourth quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Banca TR looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American Kyndall Dykes (192-87, college: New Orleans) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 4 assists. Serbian-Bosnian point guard Filip Adamovic (181-88, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four U-Banca TR players scored in double figures. American forward Sean Barnette (197-86, college: Wingate) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the former international swingman Andrei Mandache (191-87) added 13 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in the effort for Oradea. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. U-Banca TR moved-up to second place, which they share with CSU Sibiu and Oradea. Oradea will play next round against CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu trying to make it back to the top of the standings. U-Banca TR will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Steaua CSM in Bucuresti.
Top scorers:
U-Banca TR: K.Dykes 16+4reb+4ast, I.Zigeranovic 11+2reb, A.Kalnichenko 11+4reb+1ast, C.Baciu 10+3reb, F.Adamovic 10+5reb+6ast, M.Pasalic 6+3reb+4ast
Oradea: S.Barnette 18+10reb+2ast, A.Mandache 13+2reb+1ast, W.Franklin 11+2reb+3ast, U.Lucic 7+2reb, R.Markovic 5+3reb+3ast, N.Barac 5+5reb

Rovinari - Craiova 86-82

The game in Rovinari was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Craiova (9-6) played at the court of seventh ranked CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (7-7). CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. Craiova was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 15-14 charge of CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Porter Troupe (196-83, college: Portland, agency: Interperformances) who scored 29 points. His fellow American import center Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu's coach Antonis Konstantinides allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Despite that victory CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu went down to eighth position due to points difference. Craiova at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Oradea (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Craiova will play against Gaz Metan in Medias and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: P.Troupe 29+4reb+3ast, C.Eziukwu 20+12reb, L.Radosavljevic 12+2reb, L.Mack 9+6reb+1ast, A.Gutoaia 6+3reb+4ast, B.Aktas 6+3reb+7ast
Craiova: C.Burlacu 18+5reb, B.Djurasovic 17+14reb+1ast, T.Bureau 11+4reb, R.Pilcevic 11+2reb+6ast, A.Johnson 7+5reb+5ast, D.Micic 7+2reb+7ast