HKK Zrinjski Mostar managed to get their first win of the season in the EUROHOLD Balkan League. This happened in their visit to KK Ulcinj in Round 7 in Group A, as the Bosnian side celebrated a 69:82 win in the end of the game.
KK Ulcinj got off to a good start, leading 4:0 with 1.20 played, and after that 6:3, but Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) made five straight points giving his team a 6:8 lead.The game was tied at 8:8, and after that HKK Zrinjski got ahead and didnt let their laed slip away until the end of the first quarter. They led by 8 - 10:18 with 3.08 left, and after the end of the first period they were already up by double digits - 15:26
Luka Klarica (192-SG-89) scored a three to increase Zrinjskis lead to 14 - 15:29, but KK Ulcinj would go on a seven-to-nothing run, getting the difference back to single digits - 22:29 with 6.37 left in the first half. The home team had their momentum running, and the difference was just 4 points - 27:31 with 5.40 left. Zrinjski scored 10 points in the next three and a half minutes against just 3 for the home team and led 30:41 with two minutes left. Halfway through the game HKK Zrinjski still had the lead - 34:41, as KK Ulcinj managed to erase four points from the difference in the second period.
The visiting side started the second half with five unanswered points - a 2-pointer by Luka Klarice and a three by Diego Kapelan, extending their lead to 12 points - 34:46. The score was 35:48 in favor of HKK Zrinjski, when KK Ulcinj took a timeout. The visitors maintained their lead, as 1.49 before the end of the quarter they were up by 15 - 44:59. After 30 minutes Zrinjski held a 12-point lead - 51:63.
Nothing changed in the first minutes of the closing quarter, as Zrinjski first increased their lead to 15 - 51:66 just a minute after the start of the fourth, and after that they maintained their advantage. Ulcinj managed to bring the gap down to under 10 points - 60:69 with around four and a half minutes to go, but Zrinjski quickly broke ahead again - 62:74 with 3.09 left. Zrinjski didnt let the lead go until the end, as at one point they had a game-high advantage 16 points, before the final score was settled at 69:82.
Radoje Djurkovic led Ulcinj with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Alen Djelosevic came off the bench scoring 14, and Boban Medenica added 10. Sinisa Tepavcevic scored 8 points and grabbed 10 boards against his former club.
HKK Zrinjski outrebounded KK Ulcinj - 40 rebounds against 36, and also shot a better percentage from long range - 35% against just 16% for the home side.
Zrinjski moved up to the fifth spot in Group B, as they share the same balance as KK Ulcinj - 1 win and 6 losses, but they have advantage in the direct match-up.
Adriatic League: Igokea top Mornar Bar - 7 hours ago
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Igokea - Mornar Bar 74:69 Igokea celebrated the seventh victory in the Adriatic League regular season. They rallied past Mornar Bar at home court. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) scored 13 points to lead the Bosnian powerhouse. Igokea claimed a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the margin in the second frame. Igokea piled up a 39:28 halftime advantage. The hosts traded baskets with the visitors throughout the third term. Igokea entered the fourth fra... [read more]
Igokea - Mornar Bar 74:69
Igokea celebrated the seventh victory in the Adriatic League regular season. They rallied past Mornar Bar at home court. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) scored 13 points to lead the Bosnian powerhouse. Igokea claimed a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the margin in the second frame. Igokea piled up a 39:28 halftime advantage. The hosts traded baskets with the visitors throughout the third term. Igokea entered the fourth frame up by 11 points. Mornar Bar sank 20 points in the final period cutting the deficit but still came up short at the end. James Robinson (190-PG-94, college: Pittsburgh) accounted for 12 points, while Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) added 11 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) responded with 19 points for Mornar Bar. Antabia Waller (188-G-88, college: Auburn, agency: Three Eye Sports) tossed in 18 points in the loss.
Djukovic's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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29-year old swingman Igor Djukovic (202-F/G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spars Sarajevo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Spars Sarajevo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Siroki Primorka (#8, 2-4) 102-88. Spars Sarajevo maintains the 4th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost game... [read more]
29-year old swingman Igor Djukovic (202-F/G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spars Sarajevo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Spars Sarajevo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Siroki Primorka (#8, 2-4) 102-88. Spars Sarajevo maintains the 4th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Spars Sarajevo will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Djukovic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Spars Sarajevo's top player in his first season with the team. Igor Djukovic averages this season 13.7ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Ljubo Samadan (207-C-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of league's second-best Zrinjski HT. He is Croatian center in his 2nd season at Zrinjski HT. In the last game Samadan recorded impressive 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Zrinjski HT to another comfortable win 85-69 over the lower-ranked Mladost (4-2) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Zrinjski HT to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Samadan is well-known at Zrinjski HT and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#6).
Third place about best performers goes to swingman Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports) of Gradjanski (#10). Markovic scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Markovic's great performance Gradjanski lost 81-83 to the higher-ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#6, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gradjanski can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Markovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Markovic has a very solid season. In 5 games in Bosnia he scored 9.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Pavle Reljic (194-G-93) of Spars Sarajevo - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Vedran Princ (191-PG-82) of Zrinjski HT - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists 6. Bojan Stanojevic (203-C-88) of Mladost - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Haris Delalic (202-SF-94) of Bosna-Royal - 13 points and 8 rebounds 8. Devonte Brown (188-G-92) of Sloboda Tuzla - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Almir Hasandic (191-SG-90) of Sloboda Tuzla - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Bosnian Prospects in Europe Update! Dzanan Musa: He's played in three leagues this season and the team has a tough schedule playing in the ABA league, Champions League and in the Croatian domestic league. He's played in 18 games already this season and he's played best so far in the ABA league. He's averaged 12.6mpg 5.9ppg and 1.6rbpg while shooting 61.1% from two. He has struggled with his outside shooting hitting only 5-29 from three so far on the season, barely breaking 20% from long... [read more]
Bosnian Prospects in Europe Update!
Dzanan Musa: He's played in three leagues this season and the team has a tough schedule playing in the ABA league, Champions League and in the Croatian domestic league. He's played in 18 games already this season and he's played best so far in the ABA league. He's averaged 12.6mpg 5.9ppg and 1.6rbpg while shooting 61.1% from two. He has struggled with his outside shooting hitting only 5-29 from three so far on the season, barely breaking 20% from long range. The team has started giving another prospect from Bosnia a chance to play as well in Darko Bajo.
Emir Sulejmanovic: Emir has really started to come on as of late and has started to make an impact for the club. He's played in 20 games already and has shown his wide array of skills for his team Cibona. He's had the chance to play significant minutes in the Champions League and has made the most of them. In 5 games he's averaged 17mpg 9.4ppg 4.2rbpg while shooting a blistering 67.9% from two so far.
Aleksandar Lazic: He's helped to lead his team to a 7-1 start so far. He's been relatively healthy so far and has played in 5 games and has made a major impact. He's averaging 26mpg 8.2ppg 7rbpg 1.4aspg while shooting 56.5% from two and 85.7% from the FT line. He's struggled shooting threes however hitting only 21.4% so far.
Sandro Gacic: He's really bounced back from a tough season last year and looks re-energized after sitting out the summer for the BiH NT. He's played in 8 games averaging 23mpg 12.9ppg 3rbpg 2.5aspg 1.1stls. He is struggling with his shooting percentage but looks good so far overall.
Nedim Djedovic: He's played ok for his club in D2 Spain but hasn't had the breakout year that many expected of him. He's still only a teenager so it still might happen at some point in the future. He's played in 11 games 20mpg 7.1ppg 3.3rbpg 1.2aspg and has shot ok from the field so far.
Amar Gegic: He's starting to get comfortable in Germany after coming over late from Spars. He's played in 7 games averaging 18mpg 7.4ppg 2.3rbpg 1.9aspg but he has struggled shooting from the outside hitting only 1-12 from long range so far this season.
Amar Balic: He's played very well for his club in Italy averaging 11.7ppg 5.8rbpg 5.1aspg but he is turning the ball over too much at four per game so far. He's joined on the team with Emin Mavric who is getting a chance to play as well for his team he's averaging 4.1ppg 1.9rbpg.
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