C Ermin Jazvin came up with a big performance in a loss. 10-16 from the field, 8-9 from the free throw line for 28 points, he added 12 rebounds 2 assists and a steal.
PG Vladimir Radovanovic went 6-11 from the field, scored 20 points with 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Vladimir has been one of the most underrated PG in BiH the last few years.
F Bozo Durasovic is one of the most highly skilled players in BiH and proved it again in a loss in round 6. Bozo shot 7-15 from the field, scored 22 points, had 11 rebounds 1 assist, 3 steals and a block.
F Sead Hadzifejzovic shot 8-10 from the field, scored 24 points 12 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals in a loss.
G Ramo Rizvic Shot 7-8 from the field scored 20 points had 7 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals in a win.
Spars Sarajevo keeps Stepanovic for another season - 5 hours ago
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OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) re-signed 18-year old Serbian forward Aleksa Stepanovic (206-98). He played there last season. In 6 Division I games he averaged 3.3ppg and 1.2rpg. Part of previous (2014-15) season Stepanovic spent at Fair Play Nis (KLS) in Serbian league. He helped them to win the group title. Stepanovic also played that season for Nibac Nis (2MRL) in Serbian league. He is a member of Serbian U18 National Team. OKK Spars Sarajevo roster for 2016-2017: Forwards: Dalibor... [read more]
OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) re-signed 18-year old Serbian forward Aleksa Stepanovic (206-98). He played there last season. In 6 Division I games he averaged 3.3ppg and 1.2rpg. Part of previous (2014-15) season Stepanovic spent at Fair Play Nis (KLS) in Serbian league. He helped them to win the group title. Stepanovic also played that season for Nibac Nis (2MRL) in Serbian league. He is a member of Serbian U18 National Team.
OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) confirmed in their roster 19-year old center Alija Piric (211-97). He has played there for the last three seasons. But in 16 Division I games he had just 1.6ppg last season. Piric helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. He won Bosnian A1 Liga championship title in 2013. Piric represented Bosnia at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games:... [read more]
OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) confirmed in their roster 19-year old center Alija Piric (211-97). He has played there for the last three seasons. But in 16 Division I games he had just 1.6ppg last season. Piric helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. He won Bosnian A1 Liga championship title in 2013. Piric represented Bosnia at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.2ppg, 1.0rpg. Piric has played previously for Magic Tuzla.
Alex Renfroe doesn't deserve the chance to represent Bosnia and Herzigovina! Bosnia deserves better! Back in April of 2015 Harun Mahmutovic was finishing his negotiations with Alex Renfroe to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina's basketball team. Shortly after that it was announced that Renfroe would be the next American following the legacy of Americans who have played for Bosnia starting with Terrel Castle, Henry Domercant and Zach Wright. At that time there was no way to know that Renfro... [read more]
Alex Renfroe doesn't deserve the chance to represent Bosnia and Herzigovina! Bosnia deserves better!
Back in April of 2015 Harun Mahmutovic was finishing his negotiations with Alex Renfroe to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina's basketball team. Shortly after that it was announced that Renfroe would be the next American following the legacy of Americans who have played for Bosnia starting with Terrel Castle, Henry Domercant and Zach Wright. At that time there was no way to know that Renfroe would be following in the footsteps of another American to represent Bosnia internationally, the debacle that was DJ Cooper's tenure with the BiH National Team. At the time it seemed like a good idea, Renfroe appeared eager and had a good reputation as a quality person and a good teammate. He had played for seven teams since becoming a professional and looked like someone who could fit in, having experience playing in the Balkans and was familiar to the leadership of the Bosnian National Team. He played in five games for the BiH NT in 2015 mostly coming off the bench. He struggled on the floor and the team went 1-4 but he seemed to accept his role on the team and made a solid contribution. The trouble started when he was in Bayern this year and started sending mixed signals privately about playing for BiH. He committed to playing in 'The Basketball Tournament' a winner takes all tournament with a two million dollar pot for the winning team. His team, Kings of the South agreed to a $125,000 payout if the team was able to win it all. The question arose of his commitment to the BiH NT because of the timing of the finals of the TBT. The championship game is scheduled for August 2nd and Renfroe is expected to report to the BiH NT the next day, if his team made it that far. Privately he was making assurances he was in the tournament till the end and had no intentions of playing for Bosnia again this year. His team played in two games before being eliminated. His early round elimination didn't seem to effect his lack of commitment to the BiH National Team because when the call up came from coach Damir Mulaomerovic it has been reported that he said he couldn't make it this year due to 'personal matters' a nebulous, convenient excuse used by DJ Cooper when he decided he didn't want to play under the pressure of former BiH NT coach Dusko Ivanovic. Coach Mula was furious and he and KSBiH didn't accept this excuse from the player. Publicly Alex posted on twitter the reason why was because he needed time to prepare for the Bayern Munich season, that the qualifiers fall too close to his club season. It has been reported that he said he needed time as he has a new coach in Sasa Djordjevic in Munich. A poor excuse considering that Djordjevic was in Rio at the time coaching the Serbian National Team. The lame excuses and lack of respect forced KSBiH officials to threaten to pull his Bosnian passport as he had refused the call up to the National Team and was voiding his contract. A bad situation for an American international player with a European passport allows you not to be counted against countries limits on American players as you are now 'Bosnian'. That was when the story changed for a third time with Renfroe and he claimed an injury that happened to his ankle on August 9th. This is a preposterous idea Renfroe floated, as he was already called up to the National Team and was supposed to report almost a week before this time. Due to his profound lack of respect for BiH, KSBiH filed a complaint with FIBA to sanction him over this issue and compelled him to report for a physical. At which time he was finally forced to report for a medical exam. He showed up with Bosnian Emir Mutapcic who is close to Renfroe's agent and is a member of the Bayern staff. It was clear that Renfroe was coached up in how to report this soft tissue injury that would prevent him from playing for BiH. Those in the exam reported that it was obvious that this was not a legit injury but more wear and tear that you would expect on a professional player with many years already as a pro. The team was in turmoil over the whole situation players like Amar Gegic and Adi Zahiragic were with the team from the early stages and were putting in a lot of work to make the team. The rumors that Renfroe was going to show up threw the team into chaos; players revolted and stated that if he plays they will quit the National Team. There was little chance that this was going to happen, contrary to media reports at the time. It was clear that this was all a ruse to get Renfroe out of his commitment to the team and he responded as expected. The problem isn't that Renfroe deceived Bosnia and treated the team poorly, continuing the ugly legacy created previously by DJ Cooper the problem is that Bosnia has been through so much in its recent history and deserves better treatment. It wasn't too long ago that Bosnia was threatened with annihilation, its people were facing possible extinction. Public warnings were coming and many not heeded. Bosnia was plunged into a dark period where its very survival was in question. Somehow it beat the odds and it did survive, they proved to the world that they would not be marginalized and forgotten. For the people of Bosnia that is why sports are so important, it shows the country on an international stage, much to the dismay of those who want it resigned to history. For the fans you don't only represent basketball you represent Bosnia, the hope of a better future and the fact that they cannot be wiped away and forgotten so easily. For some it is a way to focus on helping to build a united future for the country, young people want prosperity, opportunities and happiness and care much less about the countries terrible recent past. Castle and Domercant knew this; Wright embraced his role, his legacy in Bosnian society and embraces his 'Zeko' moniker. Cooper and Renfroe either didn't grasp or didn't care about this important aspect of representing Bosnia, it's more than just a game, it is history, it is existence and if you embrace it, the people will never forget you. Turn your back on her and they will never forgive you. Instead Renfroe decided to play games, to have an utter lack of respect of those who came before him and paved the way for him. He denies what is widely known and ignores the fact that you can look at his social media and see his story and reasons why he didn't report change, he even denied being in Tuzla for his physical responding to questions with a crying with laughter emoji. His utter disregard for Bosnia, for her fans and basketball fans in general is astounding, he must think Bosnians are the dumbest people on the planet willing to consume every lie he lays out before him. The reality is the damage done by his selfish attitude won't destroy Bosnia in the long run, the country and people have survived much worse than this betrayal by someone they had embraced. The reality is he has brought about damage to his name, reputation and career. Professional basketball careers are a fleeting thing; he has turned a strength of his into a weakness, his character. The next time he has an injury and needs to sit out; will the team trust and believe him given his recent history? When a professional's word and commitment has no meaning beware, what others will then think of you might make your life difficult. There are so many people clamoring for the opportunities given to him and all can be taken away quickly, when your skills start to decline and they will, the quality of one's character can mean the difference between a short or a long career. Regardless, life in Bosnia will go on, it always does, if they can face the calamity of the countries recent history, one person's selfish pursuit and lies won't do real long term damage to the country or it's sporting reputation. What it will likely do is give the country great pause before granting another American the same opportunity. What Renfroe failed to realize is the tremendous opportunity it is to give a country hope, a respite from the daily grind of everyday life in the country. If you embrace Bosnia and her people they will do the same for you and your life will never be the same. This is an experience that through his own poor decisions he will never get to experience again. The good news is Bosnia deserves better than Alex Renfroe. Now they will move on without a person who doesn't understand what it means to beat the odds, change history and tell the world that regardless of what you think, we are here and will always be. Bosnia deserves better than someone of his character and now thanks to his selfish betrayal they now get that opportunity, the country is very familiar with this story and life will move on without him. The country is better off without people who have such utter disregard for the country's history, legacy and strong commitment and character. Good bye Alex, you will be forgotten.
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