Shima, Bushati in new uniforms and more - Oct 5, 2012
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As European qualifications come to an end and domestic leagues begin, Albanian basketball is seeing many changes. Gerti Shima (202-PF-86), Albania's leading scorer this summer, has decided to spend this next season in Kosovo with Peja. Franko Bushati (190-SG-85, agency: Two Points), another famous Albanian international, signed earlier this off-season with Italian side Givova Scafati. A more surprising transaction was the departure of both Erkand Karaj (188-PG-82) and Endrit Hysenagolli (204-C-88) from Albanian champions Tirana to sign with Kamza. In his return from Italy, Marsel Aliaj (196-F-88) once again signed with his hometown team Teuta, who also signed former St. Bonaventure player and Durres native Orion Garo (207-F/C-80, college: Dakota St.). Finally, the newly promoted Apollonia were able to bring Partizani legend, Gazmend Caci, to their bench as their new head coach. Apollonia were also able to convince Bruno Daliu (206-C-85, college: Tusculum) and Arjonel Lame (196-SF-84) to leave the Albanian champions Tirana, while signing U.A.T's captain, Florian Ismeti (187-G-89) as well.
Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) agreed terms with 33-year old American power forward Manuel Johnson (203-109kg-83, college: Texas A&M - Commerce). He played last season at Teodo Tivat in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 24 games he had 10.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1 [read more]
Sport Klub Tirana (Superliga) agreed terms with 33-year old American power forward Manuel Johnson (203-109kg-83, college: Texas A&M - Commerce). He played last season at Teodo Tivat in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 24 games he had 10.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg. Johnson helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Montenegrin League All-Imports Team. Johnson also played 14 games in Balkan League where he recorded 12.3ppg, 7.5rpg (#5 in the league), 1.3apg and 1.3spg. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Honorable Mention. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Johnson played in the final of LSC Tournament in 2008. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Import Player of the Year in 2014. Johnson has played also professionally in Portugal (Academica and Sampaense). He attended Texas A&M - Commerce until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
SK Tirana is the newest member of SIGAL-UNIQA Balkan League - 1 month ago
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2014/2015 KS Vllaznia made its debut but unfortunately for them didnt get a single win. Of course the team from the capital of the country will try to do better and bring joy to the local fans. Sport Klub Tira... [read more]
Sport Klub Tirana is the newest member of SIGAL-UNIQA Balkan League. The Albanian club sent today the necessary documents for registration and will take part of the competition in the upcoming season. Sport Klub Tirana will be second team from Albania to play in BIBL. Back in season 2014/2015 KS Vllaznia made its debut but unfortunately for them didnt get a single win. Of course the team from the capital of the country will try to do better and bring joy to the local fans. Sport Klub Tirana is one of the most popular and successful clubs in Albania. Tirana is 12 times champion and 12 times winner of the Cup. The last title dates back to 2015 while last season the team lost in the semifinals. Sport Klub Tirana plays its home games in "Asllan Rusi" Hall which is for around 3 000 spectators. Courtesy of: balkanleague.net
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