Bosnia and Hercigovina U16 Cadet Basketball recap! The results for Gordan Firic and Emir Halmic were not what the team wanted or expected after last years surprising results. The team lacked a lot of size in the frontcourt and struggled at times keeping penetration out of the paint and protecting the rim. The team rebounded well except in an early loss to Montenegro. The team liked to run but struggled at times stopping penetration and taking the ball out of the basket (rebounding) against bigger and more disciplined teams. The lack of depth and a consistent rotation also appeared to hurt the team. Players moved in and out of the rotation, starting lineup and even switching positions with little practice time with their teammates. There was a serious drop off in talent after the big two of Lazic and Gacic and then to the next 4-5 players and then again a big drop off after those players. Sandro Gacic came into the campaign as the highest profile player but was overshadowed by the breakout debut of Aleksandar Lazic who proved himself as a top European talent of his generation in this series. The team missed three of the best players of their generation Nedim Dedovic, Samir Sehic and Alija Piric. It would have been a much different series of games if these three players had been present on the court for BiH. Also the fact that Adnan Omeragic was starting for Spain and was one of their best players is another instance of Bosnia missing out on some of its top talent in the games. That doesnt even take into account the players who chose to play for Serbia and Croatia instead of BiH. No Name Pos. Height Birth date Place of birth 4 Amar Balic PG 1.78 11.02.1996 Milan (ITA) A compact shooting guard in a pointgaurd body, Amar is a shooting guard who doesnt shoot well. 5 Dorde Kelecevic G 1.88 13.04.1996 Banja Luka (BIH) Dorde struggled mightily during the series and showed little. 6 Ivo Garic PG 1.92 23.04.1996 Livno (BIH) Ivo is a hardnosed defender who struggled to score and turned the ball over too much. As a role playing defender he would prove to be useful for the team in the future. 7 Petar Bevanda PG 1.86 12.03.1996 Zagreb (CRO) He was in and out of the rotation and struggled when he got onto the court. 8 Dorde Aleksic PG 1.85 04.04.1997 Ried In Innkreis (AUT) A decent scorer and ball handler he looked for his shot too often. Dorde has some upside as he is a very young player who is considered a decent European prospect. He should of gotten more minutes considering he likely will be back again next year with the team since he is only 15 years old. 9 Darijan Stipanovic C 2.06 31.08.1996 Tuzla (BIH) The biggest player on the team and one considered to have some of the biggest upside he surprisingly struggled to get on the court only playing 24 minutes during the tournament. He appeared to be in Firics doghouse and never got a chance to show his skill. It appeared that Firic didnt favor playing his big men much and instead preferred to get out and run as much as possible, going as small as possible at all times. 10 Mirsad Pilavdzic SG 1.95 26.02.1996 Tuzla (BIH) Another player for BiH who struggled to shoot and turned the ball over too much. 11 Stjepan Sesar PF 2.02 04.04.1996 Mostar (BIH) A crafty scorer who didnt get a chance to show his potential much in the games as the bigs didnt get a lot of playing time. 12 Faris Smajlovic FC 1.99 25.01.1996 Sarajevo (BIH) Faris was one of the best players for Bosnia during these games but appears very limited and doesnt appear to have great upside as a professional. He gave it his all and appeared to leave it all on the court every time. 13 Aleksandar Lazic SG 1.98 10.06.1996 Milici (BIH) Considering he hardly played in the first two games, Aleksandar was dominating in these games. He pulled down 14 rebounds in only 11 minutes against Georgia! Aleksandar was, by far the best player on the court for BiH. Lazic was soo impressive that he shot over 66% from three but hardly took any shots and ended up 4-6 for the tournament! Aleksandar should get an invite to play with the U18 team immediately! If you look at his numbers over 40 minutes he averaged 20ppg. 15rbpg 2aspg and over 1 steal and block per game! Amazing numbers for a shooting guard! 14 Sandro Gacic SG 1.96 05.07.1996 Mostar (BIH) Sandro is one of the most talented players of his generation but struggled during this tournament. He was moved from PG to small forward and had to play off the ball causing him to play an uncomfortable role as he usually plays with the ball in his hands and creates off the dribble. 15 Dorde Beronja C 1.99 06.01.1996 Loznica (BIH) Dorde was a crafty scorer whos defense and passing left a lot to be desired. He was one of the rotation players who showed well for BiH.
COACH Gordan Firic: His leaving Alija Piric off the team raised some eyebrows, his rotations, lineups and lack of use of his bigs raised more questions. He also played a lot of players out of position. He seemed to have his favorites and not so favorite and it showed. Overall the team played well and competed in every game. He did a good job overall and should be allowed to guide the team again if he is still interested.
FINAL TEAM GRADE: B- Considering the Bosnian players not on the team it was proven once again the lack of depth on the team was its downfall. In the future the team has to be able to build a team 8-9 deep of solid players who have the chance to be professionals in Europe and not just local amateurs.
Division I Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Igokea and Bosna-Royal - 4 hours ago
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Igokea - Sloboda Tuzla 86-85 Igokea nipped visiting Sloboda Tuzla to take 1-0 lead in the semis. Sloboda Tuzla trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 30-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 85-86 at the end of the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Sloboda Tuzla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 assists for the winners and Serbian forward St... [read more]
Igokea nipped visiting Sloboda Tuzla to take 1-0 lead in the semis. Sloboda Tuzla trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 30-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 85-86 at the end of the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Sloboda Tuzla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 assists for the winners and Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) responded with 26 points and 6 assists and point guard Marko Rikalo (187-94) scored 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Igokea: V.Radivojevic 24+4reb+7ast, S.Micovic 17+3reb+1ast, N.Pesakovic 10+1reb, R.Rikic 9+3reb, J.Robinson 9+5reb+5ast, D.Milosevic 8+4reb+3ast Sloboda Tuzla: A.Hasandic 26+4reb+6ast, M.Rikalo 16+2reb+1ast, M.Hrncic 9+2reb, E.Cerkezovic 9+8reb+1ast, D.Petrov 7+5reb, N.Muratovic 5+2reb
Bosna-Royal outgunned Zrinjski to grab the lead in the series. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-15 Zrinjski HT's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 74-66 at the end of the game. The former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) nailed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Vladimir Djordjevic (201) accounted for 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Bosna-Royal's coach Dusan Gvozdic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Croatian center Ljubo Samadan (207-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) added 16 points respectively for Zrinjski HT in the defeat. Top scorers: Bosna-Royal: S.Vasiljevic 15+3reb+4ast, M.Josilo 15+9reb+1ast, H.Delalic 14+1reb+1ast, V.Djordjevic 9+9reb+6ast, S.Dragicevic 6+2reb+1ast, M.Sturanovic 5+3reb+1ast Zrinjski HT: L.Samadan 19+6reb, T.Brummitt 16+3reb+1ast, B.Djurasovic 11+6reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 9+1reb+1ast, V.Princ 7+3reb+5ast, M.Petric 2+3reb+1ast
BiH Basketball Quick Notes! Vogosca returns to the first division of BiH basketball! It was a battle of veteran PGs Dinko Peljto and Edin Nurkanovic and Vogosca outlasted Gradina Srebrenik 82-80. Vogosca returns to the first division after a two year absence. Imran Polutak has been on fire! Imran Polutak has been on fire since leaving Slovenia for Croatian club Zabok. He's played in 12 games and is averaging 19mpg 11.4ppg 4.5rbpg while shooting 59.8% from two, 80% from three (4-5) and... [read more]
BiH Basketball Quick Notes!
Vogosca returns to the first division of BiH basketball! It was a battle of veteran PGs Dinko Peljto and Edin Nurkanovic and Vogosca outlasted Gradina Srebrenik 82-80. Vogosca returns to the first division after a two year absence.
Imran Polutak has been on fire! Imran Polutak has been on fire since leaving Slovenia for Croatian club Zabok. He's played in 12 games and is averaging 19mpg 11.4ppg 4.5rbpg while shooting 59.8% from two, 80% from three (4-5) and 65.6% from the FT line.
KK Radnicki Gorazde earns a promotion! The club overcame the loss of American Leo Svete at the end of the regular season and won the promotion to A1 league next season. The team did an excellent job managing their roster and used young prospect Adi Alikadic to the maximum of his ability.
Jasmin Hukic with a monster game in Slovenia! At the same time the ageless wonder Goran Jagodnik announced his retirement from basketball at the age of 42, his teammate Hukic not young himself at 37 had a game for the ages. Proving he is not done yet with basketball the Tuzla sharpshooter Hukic played 37 minutes and had 34pts 11rbs 4ass 2stls 2blks while shooting 6-9 from two, 5-11 from three and 7-8 from the FT line. His team is 22-0 on the season in the second division in Slovenia and he has put up impressive numbers. He's played in 19 games, averaging 25mpg 15ppg 5.7rbpg 2.7aspg while shooting 56.5% from two, 39% from three and 80.4% from the FT line.
Kenan Bajramovic is also an ageless wonder! Bajramovic has put up monster numbers in Turkey since coming over from Spars Sarajevo. He's played in 24 games averaging 28mpg 16ppg 8rbpg 2.7aspg while shooting 64.6% from two, 42.2% from three and 2.7aspg. Not bad for a player who is about to celebrate his 36th birthday!
Tomic's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
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23-year old center Obrad Tomic (206-C-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kakanj and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage). He had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Spars Sarajevo (#5, 3-7) 69-60. Kakanj maintains the 6th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 9 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's l... [read more]
23-year old center Obrad Tomic (206-C-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kakanj and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage). He had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Spars Sarajevo (#5, 3-7) 69-60. Kakanj maintains the 6th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 9 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Tomic had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Kakanj, through which he has constantly improved. Tomic has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.8rpg. Tomic is in league's top in and averages solid 50.5% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar. He is Montenegrin forward in his 3rd season at Leotar. In the last game Pelkic recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Leotar to edge slightly higher-ranked Siroki Primorka (#7, 6-2) by 1 point 78-77. This victory allowed Leotar to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pelkic is one of the most experienced players at Leotar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#7). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) of Mladost (#10). Bocka scored 22 points and passed six assists. Despite Bocka's great performance Mladost lost 77-85 to Bosnjak (3-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Mladost not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bocka could try to bring Mladost's a little bit higher in the standings. Bocka has a very solid season. In 8 games in Bosnia he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 4.4rpg, 5.4apg, 2.6spg and FGP: 68.9%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-79) of Bosna-Royal - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Stefan Mijovic (196-G-95) of Leotar - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists 6. Bojan Stanojevic (203-C-88) of Mladost - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Ivan Karacic (202-C-96) of Siroki Primorka - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Ernad Mujic (207-F/C-92) of Bosnjak - 16 points and 5 rebounds 9. Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) of Zrinjski HT - 23 points and 4 assists 10. Vedran Princ (191-PG-82) of Zrinjski HT - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 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)
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