Siroki WWin cruised past KK Split for the fourth win in the Adriatic League season. Paninic came up with 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Bosnian team. Siroki WWin set the tone early in the game. The hosts erupted for 30 points in the starting quarter to gain a 16-point lead. Siroki WWin buried 29 points in the second quarter to enjoy a 59:30 halftime advantage. The hosts kept KK Split at bay throughout the third term. The Bosnian team entered the final stanza up by 30 points. They did not loosen the grasp and coasted to the victory at the end. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) provided 13 points, while Boris Barac (205-F-92) and Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) had 11 points each in the win. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89, agency: Beo Basket), Toni Dijan (205-F-83) and Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) answered with 14 points each for KK Split.
Bosnia U20 Team Recap! BiH 97 - Slovakia 51: Slovakia was able to hang around for the first quarter before Bosnia ran away in the second going on a 25 to 6 run and putting the game away early. The team had a balanced attack with six players scoring in double figures led by Haris Curevac with 14pts. Bosnia had 64 rebounds to Slovakia's 28 and shot a blistering 60.9% from two in the game compared to Slovakia's 25% which was the difference. Croatia 70 - BiH 66: Bosnia came out dominating i... [read more]
Bosnia U20 Team Recap!
BiH 97 - Slovakia 51: Slovakia was able to hang around for the first quarter before Bosnia ran away in the second going on a 25 to 6 run and putting the game away early. The team had a balanced attack with six players scoring in double figures led by Haris Curevac with 14pts. Bosnia had 64 rebounds to Slovakia's 28 and shot a blistering 60.9% from two in the game compared to Slovakia's 25% which was the difference.
Croatia 70 - BiH 66: Bosnia came out dominating in the first quarter and running out to a 24-13 lead. Croatia started pressing the Bosnians and they had no response to the Croats ball pressure. Aleksandar Lazic was brilliant in the game with 22pts 13rbs 1 steal. He shot 4/4 from three and 8/9 FTs in the game.
BiH 73 - Romania 58: Bosnia once again got off to a nice lead and held on to beat Romania. The team shot well again from two and forced Romania into 22 turnovers along with getting them into foul trouble with their size inside. Kenan Karahodzic paced Bosnia with 21pts 7rbs 1ass 3blks in the game.
BiH 74 - Bulgaria 58: Bosnia won the first quarter by 10 points and never looked back in beating Bulgaria. The FT disparity was a telling stat in the game, Bulgaria shot four and Bosnia shot 19 in the game. Imran Polutak was dominating in the game with 16pts 6rbs 2ass 1stl 1blk in only 20min.
BiH 51 - Greece 77: Bosnia outscored Greece 18-11 in the first quarter but then Greece went onto blow them out the rest of the way 66-33 doubling the Bosnians score the rest of the way. Greece only had 8 turnovers to Bosnia's 23 and once again they proved that they had answers to their rival's ball pressure. Markus Loncar had a big game with 14pts 12rbs 1ass 2blks. The loss knocked Bosnia out of the quarterfinals and into the classification rounds.
BiH 89 - Georgia 49: Bosnia crushed Georgia and overwhelmed them with their size inside and rebounding. They had a balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures for the team. Edin Atic got on track with 22pts 5rbs 3ass 2stls 1blk and shot 3/5 from three in the game.
BiH 94 - Poland 63: Bosnia shot a blistering 67.4% from two in the game and had 48 rebounds and 25 assists in the contest. Bosnia was able run and scored easily in transition which Poland had no answer for. Atic had another brilliant game 16pts 13rbs 10ass with 2stls and a block.
C Markus Loncar: Loncar played very well for Bosnia and their three headed monster of centers in Loncar, Polutak and Karahodzic. In 24mpg he averaged 12.1ppg 7.3rbpg 1ass while shooting 58.3% from the field and 78.4% from the FT line. He proved to be a powerful asset for the team with his inside presence and toughness.
PG Amar Balic: Balic didn't get the chance to play much, getting into only 4 games and averaging 8mpg he shot 60% from two and averaged 1.5ppg 1rbpg and .8aspg in the tournament.
F Ibrahim Durmo: Durmo's opportunities where limited but he made the most out of them in this tournament. He played in all 7 games and averaged 11mpg 5.6ppg 3rbpg and shot 62.5% from two. He was a nice weapon coming off the bench and creating mismatches for his team.
PG Miljan Saric: Miljan didn't get much of chance to play only getting into two games in the tournament. He has proven his steady leadership as a floor general before this series however.
SG Haris Curevac: He had a big first game but then cooled off as the tournament progressed. He ended up averaging 25mpg 8.1ppg 3.4rbpg 2aspg 1.4stls. He shot a solid 56.4% from two but struggled mightily from three only shooting an abysmal 5.9% from three but did shoot an impressive 90.9% from the FT line.
G/F Edin Atic: Atic struggled early in the tournament and really didn't turn it on until they were out of contention and into the qualification rounds. He has immense talent but has some flaws that were obvious in this series. The early struggles begs the question was it a result of a lack of preparation, or does he play better when there is less pressure or was it something else? He has struggled ever since last summer and really needs to have a breakout year this season to cement his status as a legit NBA prospect and not just another flash in the pan player. He averaged 28mpg 12.1ppg 7.1rbpg 6.1aspg 2.6stls but struggled with turnovers at 4.9 per game. He also struggled with his shooting at 16.3% from three which was boosted from his last two games when he went 5/9 from three, up to that point he had been an atrocious 1/28 from three! It really was the tale of two players during the tournament. In the first five games he averaged 9.7ppg, in the losses against Croatia it dropped to 6ppg. In the final two wins of the tournament he averaged 19ppg. In his first five games he shot 27.9% from the field, in the last two wins he shot 50%. He also struggled with his FT shooting at 48.4% and he needs to iron out his shooting stroke before it's too late. It appears the Greece debacle was a wakeup for him but it was too little too late for the team to hope to move up to division A. The team looked for him to provide leadership on the floor but too often gambled and displayed poor decision making under pressure.
G Milan Luzaic: Milan was solid if unspectacular in the tournament. He was by far the best option at the PG position for the team and the drop-off between him and the others was considerable. He averaged 22mpg 6ppg 2.4rbpg 3aspg and shot a combined 53.1% from the field.
F/C Fahrudin Manjgafic: He got into 6 games but averaged only 8mpg 3.3ppg 1.2rbpg he shot 72.7% from two but struggled from three at 12.5% and the FT line with 33.3%. He didn't get much of a chance to prove himself in these games.
C Imran Polutak: Polutak was a big part of the strength of the team, the inside presence of three very good big men with him, Karahodzic and Loncar. He wasn't great in the tournament but was a consistent threat and was a useful piece for his team, even if he wasn't always used to his strengths in the tournament. He struggled against Romania and Croatia going 3-12 but shot very well from the field otherwise shooting 48.2% from the field in the other three games. His best game was against Bulgaria when in 20min he scored 16pts with 6rbs 2ass 1stls. Overall in five games he averaged 19mpg 7.8ppg 5rbpg 1.4aspg while shooting 41.5% from the field and 55.6% from the FT line. He is a surprisingly solid passer for a big man even if he isn't a great ball handler.
F/G Aleksandar Lazic: It was great to see Lazic back on the court after a long layoff due to a series of injuries for the talented young man. He didn't quite flash the same elite level of athleticism he had shown previously but that also could be due to rust instead of injury. He played very well in the tournament, turning in dominate performances against Croatia, Slovakia, Georgia and Poland. He can play and defend multiple positions but wasn't used as a rangy defender like he is capable of in this tournament. Even though he isn't a fluid athlete he used his size and length to score inside and out, as well as rebound at a very high level. No doubt given the opportunity he should be able to represent BiH again on the next level. He averaged 33mpg 11.7ppg 9.7rbpg 1.3aspg 1.6stls. He shot very well from two at 56.2%, 52.6% from three and 69.6% from the FT line. Lazic was brilliant against Croatia in a wasted performance he went 4/4 from three and 8/9 from the FT line scoring 22pts and added 13rbs. It was an excellent comeback campaign for the young forward.
PG Ivo Garic: Ivo only got into four games with a total of 19 minutes. He didn't hit a shot but has proven himself a steady floor general in the past.
C/F Kenan Karahodzic: Karahodzic finally was given the chance by FIBA to represent BiH after waiting for clearance from the international basketball body. He didn't disappoint, displaying his size, skill and outside shooting touch. He was sometimes used too much outside, loitering on the perimeter instead of punishing smaller teams on the inside. He struggled in the loss to Croatia and barely played against Poland but otherwise had a big presence on the floor for his team in all the games. Against Romania he put on quite a show with 21pts 7rbs 1ass 2stls 3blks. In 7 games he averaged 28mpg 12.7ppg 6.6rbpg 1.4aspg 1stl 1.7blks while shooting 53.1% from two, 34.6% from three and 58.8% from the FT line. With his combination of size and skill he is the kind of player that end up getting drafted and stashed by an NBA team which maybe in his future.
Coach Senad Muminovic: He did a solid job overall, beating the teams you expected them to beat and getting his team to use its size to its advantage. The team rebounded well and punished smaller teams with their size inside but struggled with passing at times and bringing the ball up the court. They also struggled shooting from the outside even with Lazic's blistering 52.6% from three. As a team they shot only 25.2% from three. The biggest problem was the team struggled to bring the ball up against the press. When Croatia started to pressure the ball on the inbounds the team failed to respond possession after possession. The team should have anticipated this tactic given the lack of ball handlers on the team. With the size and length the team had they should have been able to bring a big man to the middle of the court to break the press but failed to do so time after time, a complete failure in tactics by the team. They also should have developed more screen and roll plays given the ability of the big men to shoot from the outside or roll and finish at the rim. The team really has no excuse why they weren't able to move back up to division A, besides a failure of tactics and play against Greece which they looked ill prepared to face. A team with two legit NBA prospects and at least four players who look like they will be elite level European players, the fact that they couldn't get out of division B is quite the disappointment.
Spars Sarajevo keeps Micic for another season - 2 hours ago
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OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) re-signed 23-year old small forward Djordje Micic (202-93). He played there last season. In 27 Division I games he averaged 5.9ppg and 2.2rpg. Micic helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Gradjanski where in 22 Division I games he had 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. Micic's team made it to the Slovenian final in 2012. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U16 Division B in Saraj... [read more]
OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) re-signed 23-year old small forward Djordje Micic (202-93). He played there last season. In 27 Division I games he averaged 5.9ppg and 2.2rpg. Micic helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Gradjanski where in 22 Division I games he had 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. Micic's team made it to the Slovenian final in 2012. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.6ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56%, 3FGP: 42.9%, FT: 65%. Micic has played previously professionally also in Slovenia (Un.Olimpija and LTH Castings). His game is described as:
Djordje Micic is a small forward with good understanding of the game. He can cover 1,2 and 3 postion, he is good ball handler, excellent court vision and can creat a lot during the game. Needs consistency in three point shooting, can score in different ways including mismatches on a low post. He is not aggressive defender and not a kind of player who can play full court press, but he reads well the offense and it's hard to beat. Main weakness is a lack of athleticism.
Manjgafic re-signs at Spars Sarajevo - 2 hours ago
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OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) confirmed in their roster 19-year old power forward Fahrudin Manjgafic (208-97). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 22 Division I games he had 3.7ppg last season. Manjgafic helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Tra... [read more]
OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) confirmed in their roster 19-year old power forward Fahrudin Manjgafic (208-97). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 22 Division I games he had 3.7ppg last season. Manjgafic helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg.
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