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CSU Asesoft Ploiesti - BC Mures Targu-Mures match preview - Mar 26, 2011


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The most interesting match of round 28 of the Romanian basketball championship will be the meeting between CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, the leader of the championship with a 23-4 record, and BC Mures Targu-Mures, a team ranked 4th, with a 20-7 record. In their first meeting earlier this season, Ploiesti won the match due to an extraordinary 4th quarter, a quarter which theyve won 25-14, securing their victory, 79-68. This season, Ploiesti lost a single match on home ground, against CSM Bucharest, while BC Mures lost 5 of the 13 matches played on the road, so from this point of view, the better odds are on Ploiestis side.
In the offense, the things are pretty interesting.
Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) has the highest percentage of Ploiesti regarding the 2-point shots, having scored 60.4% of the total shots he has attempted from less than 6.60 m. In the opposite camp, the player with the highest 2-point percentage is the center Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell), one of the best centers in the league, with a percentage of 61.0%. Ploiestis best sharpshooter is the same Qarraan Calhoun, who has scored nearly half of the shots from more than 6.60 m, has a percentage of 49.3%. The best sniper of Mures hasnt got such a high percentage, but the 37.5% of Flavius Lapuste (201-F-78) are worth mentioning. A chapter where Mures has done much better than Ploiesti are the free throws: Liviu Dumitru (203-C-79) made 89.7% of the free throws he has benefited from, and JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, agency: Agency No 10, college: Indiana Tech), as well as from Mures and one of the best point guards in the league, has made 85 percent of the total free throws of this season. The player from Ploiesti with the highest percentage is Jason Westrol (191-G-88, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Bentley), who scored 73.6% of the free throws. In conclusion, it will be a very balanced game in the 2-point zone; Ploiesti will have a bit of advantage in the backcourt, while Mures could benefit more from the free throws.
As Michael Jordan said, the offense brings spectators, but defense brings performance. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) has an average of 6 defensive rebounds per game, while Jason Forte (196-F-84, college: S.Mississippi), the man with the most defensive rebounds per game from Mures, has 6.1 defensive rebounds. The blocks, a very important aspect of the defensive play, look better for Mures: Aleksandar Mladenovic has 1.5 blocks per game, while Catalin Burlacu has only 0.8 blocks per game.
Closing, the match looks like it will be a very high-quality match, offering two worth seeing duels: one in the frontcourt, between Aleksandar Mladenovic and Catalin Burlacu, and one in the backcourt, between two of the best guards in Romanian, Adrian Tudor and JuJuan Cooley.
The match is scheduled for Sunday, 27th March, 17:00, in the Olimpia sports hall from Ploiesti. The referees will be Alexandru Olaru from Bucharest, Ciprian Stoica from Sibiu and Cosmin Prisca from Medias.
  



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