Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I round 10 best performance: Boris Lalovic - Dec 21, 2012
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Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (209-C-81) had a very impressive game in the last round for Zrinjski HT, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. The 31-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Kakanj (4-6) 86-80. Zrinjski HT is placed at 6th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Zrinjski HT is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-6 record. Lalovic turned to be Zrinjski HT's top player in his first season with the team. Boris Lalovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.1rpg) and averages impressive 54.9% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was young Montenegrin Amin Hot (192-G-92) of Vogosca. Hot had a very good evening with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Vogosca to edge slightly lower-ranked Leotar (#11, 3-7) 85-80. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Vogosca managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Hot is a newcomer at Vogosca, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 5.6rpg and 6.7apg.
Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian guard Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) of Posusje (#12). Bakovic got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and seven assists. Despite Bakovic's great performance Posusje lost 95-100 to the higher-ranked Borac Nektar (#5, 6-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Posusje can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-7 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bakovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bakovic has individually a great season in Bosnia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.2ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.7apg (7th best). He also has FGP: 62.7% and 3PT: 41.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) of Bosna - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists 5. Mujo Tuljkovic (203-F-79) of Vogosca - 27 points and 12 rebounds 6. Petar Ivanic (191-G-85) of Mladost - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Bogdan Jovanovic (206-C-91) of Radnik B. - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Damjan Stojkanovic (203-C/F-91) of Servitium - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Ivan Begic (194-G-92) of Posusje - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Zoran Kascelan (188-PG-86) of Leotar - 21 points and 11 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)
The criticism of Ognjen Kuzmic not warranted or deserved! - May 16, 2013
The criticism of Ognjen Kuzmic not warranted or deserved!
It has been announced that Ognjen Kuzmic will play in the NBA Summer League instead of representing BiH in Eurobasket Slovenia this summer. This has set off a firestorm of criticism against him that he misled BiH and KSBiH officials.
The criticism isnt deserved, first of all because he has offered to play with Bosnia before and was rebuffed, twice [read more]
The criticism of Ognjen Kuzmic not warranted or deserved! It has been announced that Ognjen Kuzmic will play in the NBA Summer League instead of representing BiH in Eurobasket Slovenia this summer. This has set off a firestorm of criticism against him that he misled BiH and KSBiH officials. The criticism isnt deserved, first of all because he has offered to play with Bosnia before and was rebuffed, twice. Last year he joined the National Team but it became apparent early on he wasnt going to be given a shot to play significant minutes with the team and his agent told him he would be better off working out by himself and getting ready for the season. He then left the team and had the best season of his career in the best league outside of the NBA. Again he was approached about representing BiH and his agent asked for a guarantee of 20 minutes a game, a condition that KSBiH and Petrovic wouldnt guarantee that everyone needs to compete for their jobs. This seems a bit disingenuous considering some players on the team are guaranteed to start and play big minutes on the team, including Mirza Teletovic and Nihad Dedovic. Kuzmic may prove to be a better professional than both of these players as hard as it is to believe at this point. Kuzmic was never invited to the Bosnian U16, U18, U20 teams and was never treated as integral part of the future for Bosnia. He wasnt given the same opportunities as Nihad Dedovic, Mirza Teletovic or even Elemedin Kikanovic. Or as a core centerpiece of the future like Adin Vrabac, Nedim Buza and Jusuf Nurkic were last summer. Instead he was treated like Mirza Begic, Emir Preldzic, Nedzad Sinanovic and so many others before him who were never treated as a valuable commodity to be respected. It is time to give Kuzmic the benefit of the doubt, he is well on his way to establishing himself as a legitimate NBA player unlike previous NBA rejects Ratko Varda, Mile Illic and Aleksandar Radojovic who also were Bosnian players. Kuzmic and his agent are doing whats best for him first, something you cant fault him for considering his previous treatment by Bosnian officials and fans. It is time to embrace Kuzmic, wish him luck and hope that once he establishes himself he will rejoin Bosnia and represent her internationally and not push him farther away. Kuzmic has established himself as one of the best centers in Europe, a very good athlete for his size who can rebound, defend and guard the basket. You dont have to run any plays for him and he can backstop a defense for you. He is a bit like a poor mans Omer Asik, not a bad compliment considering Asik has developed into one of the best centers in the NBA.
Elvis Begic becomes an overnight sensation!
A video of Elvis Begic has made its way through the internet and Facebook has created quite the stirring sensation. In the video number 12 is seen head and shoulders above the competition, dribbling from the outside, blocking shots and knocking down long jumpers all over the court. It has made Begic the darling of the day and gives Bosnia two excellent high school prospect big men in Samir Sehic and now Elvis Begic [read more]
Elvis Begic becomes an overnight sensation! A video of Elvis Begic has made its way through the internet and Facebook has created quite the stirring sensation. In the video number 12 is seen head and shoulders above the competition, dribbling from the outside, blocking shots and knocking down long jumpers all over the court. It has made Begic the darling of the day and gives Bosnia two excellent high school prospect big men in Samir Sehic and now Elvis Begic. Elvis stands 210cm at only 15 years old being born in 1997. Some are projecting he could grow into 220-223cm in length. He does show a high skill level, however one needs to be cautious in watching internet videos of highlights. You can clearly see he isnt be challenged in his current setting and needs to take his game to another level if he is to become an elite level prospect. Still it gives Bosnia another potential option in the future for a team that already has a lot of options. The future is bright for BiH basketball and just became a bit brighter.
Siroki WWin and Igokea reach the Final series - May 15, 2013
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Mladost - Siroki WWin 53-70 (0-2)
The game was mostly controlled by HKK Siroki WWin. Mladost managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mladost to just 6 points in first quarter. HKK Siroki WWin made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists [read more]
The game was mostly controlled by HKK Siroki WWin. Mladost managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mladost to just 6 points in first quarter. HKK Siroki WWin made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Croatian Ivan Ramljak (203-90) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. Montenegrin power forward Igor Bijelic (207-88) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Drasko Knezevic (185-93) added 12 points in the effort for Mladost. Top scorers: Mladost: I.Bijelic 15+6reb, D.Knezevic 12+1reb+2ast, P.Ivanic 10+1reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 5+2reb, D.Stojkanovic 5+2reb, M.Kezic 4+1reb+2ast Siroki WWin: Z.Sakic 16+6reb+4ast, M.Sutalo 14+2reb+3ast, I.Ramljak 13+7reb+2ast, B.Barac 13+5reb+1ast, J.Jones 8+1reb+2ast, K.Vragovic 3+1reb
Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Bosna ASA BHT's 32. Igokea forced 24 Bosna ASA BHT turnovers. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Aleksandar Radukic (206-91) chipped in 11 points during the contest. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Power forward Nermin Buza (206-91) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Sindis Demic (192-83) scored 18 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Bosna: N.Buza 19+6reb+2ast, S.Demic 18+4reb+2ast, R.Rizvic 7+1reb+3ast, S.Leric 6+4reb+2ast, M.Vukovic 4+1reb+1ast, D.Hodzic 3+5reb+3ast Igokea: S.Stemberger 17+3reb+1ast, Z.Kljestan 13+2reb, N.Sulovic 12+2reb+1ast, A.Radukic 11+3reb+1ast, M.Bocka 8+1reb+5ast, F.Adamovic 6+2reb+4ast
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