Cluj Napoca – Galati 95-72
Cluj Napoca stormed past Galati in the opener. The game without a history. Cluj Napoca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Galati’s 48. They outrebounded Galati 35-21 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cluj Napoca looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Bosnian-Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Lithuanian forward Donatas Tarolis (207-94) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Cluj Napoca players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward KenDarrius Hamilton (206-96, college: Tennessee St.) responded with 15 points and the other American import guard James Eads III (193, college: Tuskegee, agency: 011 Sports) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Cluj Napoca: D.Tarolis 17+3reb+2ast, A.Stipanovic 15+8reb+4ast, M.Wright 10+3reb+6ast, J.Edwards 10+1reb+3ast, S.Santa 9+1reb+1ast, S.Grasu 8+2reb+2ast
Galati: K.Hamilton 15+3reb, T.Bruncevic 13+1reb+1ast, J.Eads III 12+1reb+3ast, V.Alexandru 10+1reb+1ast, M.Sturanovic 8+1ast, M.Ciotlaus 6+8reb
Oradea – Timisoara 84-74
Oradea held off Timisoara in Game 1. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 27-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU, agency: Slash Sports) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Aaron Broussard (196-90, college: Seattle) chipped in 20 points. At the losing side Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (192-84) responded with 13 points and 8 assists and Serbian-Bosnian swingman Nikola Gajic (195-91, college: SF Austin) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Oradea: A.Broussard 20+1reb+1ast, G.Green 18+5reb+1ast, G.Watson 12+1reb+9ast, C.Baciu 8+2reb, S.Holt 7+3reb, A.Valeika 6+5reb+3ast
Timisoara: N.Gajic 16+4reb, I.Mijajlovic 13+3reb+8ast, S.Brown 10+4reb+1ast, A.Olah 9, L.Lazar 7+2reb+1ast, A.Mirkovic 7+4reb+4ast
Sibiu – Pitesti 83-91
Pitesti upset Sibiu to take the lead. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 8 points. Pitesti made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Sibiu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Panamanian forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St., agency: 011 Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Gary Talton (185-90, college: UIC) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Pitesti players scored in double figures. Pitesti’s coach Tudor Costescu used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-94, college: FSU) produced 27 points and 5 assists and American power forward Chris Cooper (205-90, college: ODU) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Pitesti: M.Maciuca 22+4reb, M.Jeremic 18, T.Bishop 16+10reb+4ast, G.Talton 15+6reb+5ast, G.Gajovic 7+3ast, T.Fitzpatrick 6+5reb+1ast
Sibiu: X.Rathan-Mayes 27+4reb+5ast, C.Cooper 11+9reb+1ast, M.Addison 9+9reb+2ast, R.Torok 9+2reb+1ast, K.Jackson 7+1reb+1ast, L.Tohatan 6+2reb+1ast
Voluntari – Craiova 83-67
Voluntari beat Craiova to surge ahead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Voluntari. Craiova was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Anthony Hickey (180-92, college: OK State) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international Vlad Moldoveanu (206-88, college: American) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Voluntari players scored in double figures. American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and international swingman Dragos Diculescu (196-99, agency: BIG) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Craiova.
Voluntari: A.Hickey 24+5reb+9ast, V.Moldoveanu 16+10reb, Z.Djuric 14+3reb+1ast, M.Lee 11+5reb+3ast, D.Joseph 10+5reb, D.Borovnjak 8+6reb
Craiova: M.Pratt 13+9reb+3ast, P.Henson 12+2reb+1ast, D.Diculescu 11+7reb+4ast, G.Filipovic 9+3reb+2ast, D.Cinac 9+3reb+1ast, J.Person 7+1reb+1ast