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Sep
0

Romanian update: New teams, Cup gets under way

Adi Micinic, of TotalBaschet.ro, check in with news of of changes to Romania’s top flight and results from the opening round of the national cup.

The season in Romania began on 19 September with the first leg games in the first round of the Romanian Cup.

Results:

SCM Universitatea Craiova vs U Mobitelco Cluj 82-78
CSU Sibiu vs BC Mureș 84-78
Timba Timișoara vs CSU Asesoft Ploiești 86-108
CSM Oradea vs Concordia Chiajna 81-53
Steaua CSM Bucharest vs BC Timișoara 65-74
Gaz Metan Mediaș vs Energia Rovinari 85-84

BCM U Pitești and Farul Constanța are through to the 2nd round.

The return legs will take place between 26 and 28 September.
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Jun
0

CSU Asesoft Ploiești defend title, become Romanian champions for 9th time in 10 seasons

(CSU Asesoft image by Răzvan Păsărică)
BallinEurope usually hears from Adi Micinic of Romania-based Total Baschet at this time of year as the country’s league winds up its season. Adi told us last month about possibly the hidden play of the entire tournament there, a beyond-controversial call which ultimately may have stolen CSU Asesoft Ploiești a semi-final win and continued them onto the winner’s stand again. Today, he provides recaps of the final round and the third-place series which ended quite familiarly…

CSU Asesoft Ploiești are the Romanian champions for the nine time in league history, wrapping up the series against BC Mureș four games to two in a best-of-seven set.

Ploiești’s Alhaji Mohammed, younger brother of the Chicago Bulls’ Nazr Mohammed, scored 38 points in the decisive game six played in Brazi which finished with the score 83-76. Vaidotas Peciukas replied with 23 points for Mureș.
Interestingly, the defense of CSU Ploiești – and maybe the offense of BC Mureș – was the deciding factor in the finals. When BC Mureș scored over 80 points during this series, they won.

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May
1

In Romania, referee can’t see, whistles foul anyway, adds technical, possibly shifts semifinal series

While BallinEurope has been focused-to-obsession on the Euroleague and NBA playoffs, basketball marches on all over the world. BiE buddy Adi Micinic of Romania-based Total Baschet, for example, recently told us of a bit of a controversy in the season-ending tournament in his country. Warning: Those intolerant of refereeing errors should not read further. First off, a clip produced by DigiSport…

Romanian basketball is in the international news these days after a controversial whistle by international referee Marius Ciulin during overtime in Game 2 of the semifinal playoff series between CSM Oradea and CSU Ploiesti.

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Oct
1

Chauncey Hardy (1988-2011) killed in Romanian night club; arrest made

Tragedy struck Romanian basketball this weekend, as former Sacred Heart player Chauncey Hardy died after an incident in a night club. Hardy was a rookie with CSS Girgiu.

Reports Adi Micinic of TotalBasket.ro: “Along with a few of his teammates – most of them locals – Hardy went to celebrate the second victory by Girgiu, a team which is playing in the first time in the first division, in as many games in that town’s only club.

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Jun
0

New Romanian champs: Cluj-Napoca upends long-time titlist Asesoft on half-court buzzer-beater

Romania’s Divizia A may be one of the more obscure domestic basketball leagues in Europe, but they’re certainly not lacking in excitement. BallinEurope’s man in Romania, Adi Micinic of TotalBaschet.ro reports in on one heckuva game, replete with stunning clock-expiring finish (totally one of the shots of the year), that went down last night. This video is well worth a watch – and congratulations to new champions U Mobitelco BT Cluj-Napoca, who finally broke CSU Asesoft Ploiesti’s six-year stranglehold on the title.

U Mobitelco BT Cluj-Napoca is the new Romanian national champion. The team coached by Marcel Tenter (Tab Baldwin’s former assistant coach at Cluj-Napoca during the 2007-08 campaign, now in just his second year as head coach of a senior first division team) beat CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, 64-61, in Game 6 of the Divizia A final of the 2010-11 season. Cluj wins the series by 4-2.

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May
0

Romania: Cluj-Napoca pushes Asesoft to brink, nears historical feat

With five games down in Romania’s Divizia A finals, not only has U Mobitelco BT Cluj-Napoca come to within one win of snatching the title from six-time defending champs CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, they could also tonight hand the celebrated franchise its most ignominious defeat ever: The club’s *first-ever playoff series defeat.* Reports BallinEurope’s man in Romania, Ari Micinic of TotalBaschet.ro:

On Saturday, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti played host to U Mobitelco BT Cluj-Napoca. The home team won by the score of 68-56 to move the series back to Cluj-Napoca. U Mobitelco now leads the best-of-seven series three games to two.

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May
0

Believe the hype: Playoff action in Spain, Lithuania, Romania, Germany

Sorry, the N-B-what? While Euroball fans can certainly take pride in the outstanding number of Continental players still competing in the big league overseas – a list that includes Team Turkey’s Omer Asik, Team France’s Joakim Noah, Team Britain’s Luol Deng, Zydrunas Ilgauskas of Lithuania, Team Switzerland’s Thabo Sefolosha, French sophomore Rodrigue Beaubois (sort of; the 23-year-old has been mostly listed as “inactive” during the playoffs), old master Peja Stojakovic, and of course “Deadly Dirk” Nowitzki – multiple times the excitement is going on in Europe right now with tournaments happening all over.

Ready for some serious do-or-die action in Spain, Lithuania, Romania and Germany? Read on!

In Spain, what should be one heck of a dogfight (BiE still can’t believe Euroleague club Unicaja Malaga had to fight for the no. 8 seed) tips off tonight with the Malagans taking on FC Barcelona in the ‘Palau at 8.30pm CET (2.30 EST). The ACB brain trust has put together quite the interesting promo for the Spanish playoffs entitled “Canastas imposibles.”

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May
1

Romanian playoffs: Cluj-Napoca meets Gaz Metan Medias in last game of semifinals

In case you don’t have enough hoops to watch today – there’s the Nike International Junior Tournament, the Real Madrid-Montepaschi Siena Euroleague third-place game, the Euroleague championship, the Chicago Bulls-Atlanta Hawks playoff game, and the Los Angeles Lakers going out like chumps and ending the brilliant career of Phil Jackson rather ignominiously playing the Dallas Mavericks – Adi Micinic of TotalBaschet.ro reminds BallinEurope that the Romanian league wraps its semifinal playoff round with a game five decider.

Micinic also reports below on Romania’s relegation series and the continuing conflict over the number of foreign players to be allowed per team in the league for the 2011-12 season. Read on for some Romanian ballin’!

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May
0

Romanian playoffs: Ploiesti up 2-0, Cluj-Napoca and Medias 1-1

Kevin Ford, now with Ploiesti

BallinEurope has received an update from Adi Micinic of TotalBaschet.ro on the Romanian playoffs, currently underway and featuring a couple of that league’s heavyweights. BiE hopes to be updating the list of European champions soon, but for now, take it away Adi!

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti are up 2-0 in its best-of-five series against Steaua Turabo Bucharest. The game 1 score was 89-85, while game 2 was 82-72. Both were played in Ploiesti and game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday in Bucharest. If Steaua wins that one, game 4 will be played on Thursday. CSU Asesoft are riding a 21-game winning streak in the playoffs and were last beaten in Game 2 of the semifinals in 2009 season. This represents five straight series wins without a loss.

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Jun
9

Romania’s Catalin Burlacu suspended for three months

Another big-name national player won’t be playing international FIBA ball this summer, but this time it’s not about injury, “present circumstances,” or concerns of an NBA team.

Rather, the more insidious charge of illegal performance-enhancer use has befallen Catalin Burlacu of Team Romania and seven-peat Romanian League champion CSU Ploiesti.

The test which ultimately came back positive was carried out on April 15, after a playoff game against BCMU Pitesti. Burlacu was found to be in violation by Romania’s “anti-doping agency” ANAD based on that test and originally was to suspend him from play as of May 19. This was withdrawn, however, and Burlacu was allowed to play game three of Romania’s league championship series against U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca.

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