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Division Standings
 1. Bosna-Royal 11-3 
 2. Zrinjski HT 10-4 
 3. Spars Sarajevo 9-6 
 4. Sloboda Tuzla 9-6 
 5. Kakanj 8-7 
 6. Leotar 6-8 
 7. Siroki Primorka 6-9 
 8. Gradjanski 5-9 
 9. Mladost 5-10 
 10. Bosnjak 4-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
Full Standings
Last:2/18/2017
Division II Standings
1. Liga RS
 1. Radnik B. 12-3 
 2. Sutjeska 12-3 
 3. Sokolac 11-3 
 4. Prijedor 10-5 
 5. Rogatica 8-7 
 6. Rudar 8-7 
 7. Student BL 8-7 
 8. Borac BL 7-8 
 9. HEO 7-8 
 10. Slavija 7-8 
 11. Varda HE 6-9 
 12. Bratunac 4-11 
 13. Kozara 3-12 
 14. Teslic 1-13 
A1 Liga FBIH
 1. Vogosca 11-3 
 2. Burch 10-3 
 3. Gradina S. 10-4 
 4. Igman 8-6 
 5. Turbina 8-6 
 6. Celik 7-7 
 7. Donji Vakuf 6-7 
 8. Travnik 6-8 
 9. Iskra Bugojno 3-9 
 10. Lukavac 3-10 
 11. Gradina T. 2-11 
A1 Liga KSHB
 1. Posusje 5-1 
 2. Student M. 5-1 
 3. Siroki II 4-1 
 4. Capljina 4-2 
 5. Tomislav 4-3 
 6. Grude 3-1 
 7. Brotnjo 1-2 
 8. Livno 1-4 
 9. Novi 1-4 
 10. Zrinjski II 1-5 
 11. Busovaca 0-5 
Last:2/14/2017
Adriatic League Standings
 1 Crvena Zvezda 21-1 
 2 Buducnost 16-6 
 3 Cedevita 16-6 
 4 Partizan 16-6 
 5 Cibona 11-11 
 6 Igokea 10-12 
 7 FMP 9-13 
 8 Karpos Sokoli 9-13 
 9 Un.Olimpija 9-13 
 10 Mega Leks 8-14 
 11 MZT Skopje 8-14 
 12 Mornar Bar 7-15 
 13 Krka 7-15 
 14 Zadar 7-15 
Last:2/13/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.20.9 
 2. Jovanovic, Spars S.18.6 
 3. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak17.8 
 4. Vukovic, Mladost17.4 
 5. Negovanovic, Gradj.17.1 
 6. Hasandic, Sloboda .16.5 
 7. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.4 
 8. Stanojevic, Mlado.15.4 
 9. Kastropil, Siroki P.15.2 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Tomic, Kakanj10.1 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.9.6 
 3. Stanojevic, Mlado.8.1 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.6 
 5. Durmo, Spars S.7.5 
 6. Karacic, Siroki P.7.1 
 7. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 8. Djugum, Siroki P.6.7 
 9. Markovic, Gradj.6.6 
 10. Djurasovic, Leotar6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Josip NALETILIC
  Siroki P.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naletilic, Siroki P.7.5 
 2. Mocnik, Siroki P.7.4 
 3. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.3 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.3 
 5. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.1 
 6. Svilar, Kakanj4.0 
 7. Luzajic, Leotar4.0 
 8. Princ, Zrinjski HT3.9 
 9. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 10. Hagins, Bosna-Royal3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Bosnjak
  (202-F-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.7 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.5 
 3. Samadan, Zrinjski.2.0 
 4. Hagins, Bosna-Royal1.8 
 5. Brown, Sloboda .1.8 
 6. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.8 
 7. Bocka, Gradjanski1.6 
 8. Ikonic, Bosna-Royal1.5 
 9. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.5 
 10. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Emir ZIMIC
  Kakanj
  (218-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Zimic, Kakanj1.7 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.4 
 3. Demic, Zrinjski HT1.2 
 4. Bajramovic, Spars S.1.0 
 5. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 6. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 7. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.8 
 8. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.7 
 9. Patkovic, Mladost0.7 
 10. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.0.7 
Player of the Week

 Ibrahim Durmo
  Spars Sarajevo
  ( 201-F/C-97 )
  
Bosnia and Herzegovina men teams in Euro cups 2016-2017
 Adriatic League:

Bosnia and Herzegovina Basketball (Men)

Next Round Schedule

Round 17 (Regular Season)

Slob.Tuzla 56% Mar.4 Kakanj
Leotar 73% Mar.4 Bosnjak
Bosna-Royal 60% Mar.4 Zrinjski HT
Spars Saraje 77% Mar.4 Mladost
Gradjanski 56% Mar.4 Siroki Primo
Next Round Schedule

Round 23 (Regular Season)

FMP 52% Feb.21 MZT Skopje
Un.Olimpija Feb.21 Buducnost 76%
Karpos Sokol Feb.21 Crvena Zvezd 70%
Cibona Feb.21 Cedevita 63%
Partizan 75% Feb.21 Zadar
Mornar Bar Feb.21 Mega Leks 58%
Igokea 74% Feb.21 Krka
Diego Kapelan interview! - Aug 25, 2012


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Diego
Kapelan
Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) is a true professional at his craft, pro basketball player. He is one of the best shooting guards to represent Bosnia internationally in the last twenty years. He is a great example of what hard work and some talent can do for you if you are willing to work for your dream. He agreed to have an interview with us and we are very pleased to share it with you





Q) Were did you get your name from?

A) My father named me after soccer legend Diego Maradona.









Q) When did you start playing basketball?

A) My father Zdravko, who was a former pro soccer player in Former Yugoslavia, introduced me to the game at an outside court in Regina, Canada when I was about 5 years old. Ever since, when i was in school we would play basketball in P.E. class and also every recess and lunch time.





Q) Where did you get your start?

A) I got my start with ball just playing in school and then at the park with my friends whenever we were free. My father then started to sign me up for all of the Vancouver Grizzlies camps. At these camps is where i learned all the fundamentals of the game and how hard I needed to work to achieve my goals. After the Grizzlies left the city the coach who ran the camps, Glen Chu started the first club team in British Columbia called 3D Basketball Academy to continue to develop the talented youth that were left behind after the Grizzlies moved.



Q) How old were you when you decided this was going to be more than a hobby?

A) I do remember when i was about 10 years old is when I told myself this is something that i would like to take seriously and like many other kids that age, try my best to make NBA.



Q) Who was your favorite player from the former Yugoslavia? What about the NBA?

A) I can't pick just one favorite player..from Former Yugoslavia it's Vlade Divac, Drazen Petrovic, and Nenad Markovic. From NBA it was Allen Iverson but Kobe quickly took over...also Kobe because of his crazy work ethic and always striving for greatness.



Q) How did you end up playing basketball in college?

A) My friend that i grew up playing basketball with, Chris Shields, is the first cousin of Joe Dumars, and David Dumars. David was my assistant at McNeese State. So Chris helped me a ton with getting a look for me at from McNeese State University...the rest is history.



Q) What was the most memorable experience from this time?

A) I had a lot of memorable experiences but my top ones were: winning the Southland Conference championship, playing in the NIT, and a 39 point game in honor of my friend Ewan Mackay are some of my most memorable experiences.



Q) What do you like most about America?

A) The thing i like most about American is the great tasting food.



Q) What is your most memorable moment on a basketball court?

A) Winning Southland Conference championship. There is no better feeling than to be called a champion.



Q) What do you consider your strengths to be on the basketball court?

A) I would say my ability to put the ball in the hoop in a variety of different ways. I can catch and shoot, come off of picks, and score off the dribble. My jumper is probably my biggest strength overall. Also my ability to stay level headed..i never get too high or too low in moments of the game.





Q) What advice would you have for kids who want to be a professional?

A) My biggest advice for kids trying to be a professional would be only do this if you truly love it because that way you will always give 100%. Don't waste your time if you don't love the game and don't want to work hard because it will not pay off in the end.



Q) Many players who high level college basketball couldn't play professional in Europe, what do you think are the biggest differences playing in the US and abroad?

A) I would say the European game is much more of a team game, and the US/NBA game is much more individual. Sometimes guys get too caught up in trying to get their stats when it is better to sacrifice a few points for the team and to play a bit harder on defense or get a couple of more rebounds or assists...making the extra pass to teammate for an even better shot...things like that.



Q) Last year was your first year as a professional and you experienced the highs and lows playing for a couple of teams, what did you learn from this experience? Both good and bad?

A) I feel like last year was a blessing in disguise for me. I'm a very professional person and come to work every day, give it my all, and on top i put in lots of extra hours before/after practice. In HT Zrinjski everyone knows it was a tough season for us but I was worked into very good shape, I also learned so much about playing the pick and roll and my decision making improved very much. I feel like i have become a much more efficient basketball player in the past year.



Q) Germany has the ambitions of being the top European league in five years, what do you think of their ambitious goal?

A) I believe that they can achieve this because they have many athletic and skilled players. Also older euro veterans are starting to come to play in the Bundesliga. One of the biggest reasons i feel this way is also because of their thriving economy.



Q) You have worked hard to develop into one of the best players from Bosnia, who has helped you along the way the most?

A) There is really so many people to name...I have been so blessed to have great friends and people around me that care about me and always looking to help me. I don't want to forget anyone so first and foremost i would have to say God has always been by my side, without him nothing is possible. Then I would like to thank my family for always believing and being by my side and my future wife Elizabeth Kingham who leads the world in rebounds and assists.



Q) Were do you see yourself in 10 years?

A) In 10 years, God willing, i see myself winding down a very successful European career and people mentioning me in the same sentence as Nenad Markovic and Mirza Teletovic.



Q) Do you have any interest in coaching or being involved in basketball after you're playing days is over?

A) Not so much coaching but i have a very big interest in being a private basketball trainer. Helping guys improve in the offseason and getting them in shape.



Q) What do you think of the young platinum generation of talented Bosnian basketball players Jusuf Nurkic, Adin Vrabac, Nedim Buza, Samir Sehic, Nedim Dedovic, Sandro Gacic, Aleksandar Lazic and so many others?

A) I think this generation will be one of the best of all time. Bosnian basketball is on an amazing road right now with all the great coaches that we have at the moment. I hope these coaches are able to stay and coach these guys for a very long time. I want to congratulate them on winning the European Championship "B Division" and advancing to the "A Division"



Q) What do you think the future of Bosnian basketball?

A) I think the future is very bright for us. We have many talented players, guys that play on top level teams around Europe, and now Mirza Teletovic in the NBA.



Q) What is your favorite NBA team?

A) My favorite NBA team is the LA Lakers.



Q) Are you a fan of football? (European) What is your favorite team and player?

A) Not too big of a fan but I enjoy watching it, especially in my down time. Favorite player is Cristiano Ronaldo and team Real Madrid!!

  



Danilo
Sibalic
Igokea roll past Bosna-Royal for Cup title - 21 hours ago
Igokea - Bosna-Royal 79:67 Igokea claimed the Bosnian Cup title. They overcame Bosna-Royal in the title clash tonight. Danilo Sibalic (202-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 17 points and 6 boards for the winners. Igokea got to a quick start. They poured in 30 points in the first period to take a 13-point lead. Bosna-Royal narrowed the gap in the second frame. They slowed Igokea and cut the deficit at 6-point mark 34:40. However Igokea got back into the driver's seat in the third t...   [read more]
How does Ivica Dukan survive year after year for the Chicago Bulls? - 1 day ago
How does Ivica Dukan survive year after year for the Chicago Bulls? The bio of Ivica shows he has been with the Bulls organization for 25 years scouting international players and occasionally scouting in the US in colleges and the NBA. He's a man who was with the team through the Bulls dynasty years under Jerry Krause and a man who has survived the regimes since then. The Bulls organization are known for their loyalty sometimes over competence and no one represents this more than Dukan w...   [read more]

Ibrahim
Durmo
Durmo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
19-year old power forward Ibrahim Durmo (201-F/C-97) had a very impressive game in the last round for Spars Sarajevo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. He had a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while his team outclassed Siroki Primorka (#7, 6-9) with 28-point margin 91-63. Spars Sarajevo is placed at 3rd position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spars Sarajev...   [read more]


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Ognjen Kuzmic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bosnians playing currently abroad: - 21 days ago  
Bosnian Basketball News Lower Divisions! - 22 days ago  
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Pelkic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 25 days ago  
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Adin Vrabac selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - 28 days ago  
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Ylli lands Kevin Brown, ex Siroki Primorka - 29 days ago  
Nenad Vukovic inks with Gradjanski - 30 days ago  
Adriatic League: Crvena Zvezda stay unbeaten, race past Igokea - 30 days ago  
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