KSBIH has lost over the last 20 years more than 100 basketball players who have been aquired by other basketball federations. There are very sounding names among them like Teoman Alibegovic, Zoran Planinic, Bojan Bogdanovic, Damir Mulaomerovic, Vladimir Radmanovic and many others who have left big footprints in European and NBA basketball.
Since Harun Mahmutovic, general secretary of KSBIH took over, KSBIH acts much more professionally and tries hard to return some of the younger players who are currently playing for other countries under the Bosnian flag. The history of these players is different. Many of them fled during the war with their families to keep their lives. Others left after the war in order to help their families in BIH to survive the post-war period. None of the neighbouring countries who tried to divide up BIH has faced such dramatic demographic and economic consequences due to war.
The neighbouring federations are still systematically drafting players from BIH and a quick glance on the Croatian, Serbian and Slovenian roster will give you an idea how strong BIH could be when it would return some of these players. Even teams like Slovenia, Turkey are scouting players in BIH and naturalise them by letting them know that it might affect the playtime in their clubs.
Many many Bosnia-native players have been called up by Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia even they have for each position 10+ players who are trying to make it in the roster. These federations are not trying to fill problematical roster spots but try to weaken BIH wherever it is possible.
But we most not blame only Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia for their strategy but also the clubs in BIH which are trailing both in management skills, club infrastructure and coaching staff education. KK Bosna, the legendary yugoslav powerhouse is light-years away from Adriatic league after years of amateurism and fraud. The same problem had also Sloboda and in smaller extents Zenica. However Sloboda has understood that the production of young prospects with the help of experienced players/coaches is the only way. So it seems that there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Bosna however dreams how to pay their debts in order to get unblocked by FIBA and to regain its ability to hire foreign players. KK Bosna and Sloboda Tuzla had a strategic importance for Bosnian basketball. During this period most of the young talents in BIH have left BIH.
In two weeks we will know more whether BIH can finally protect its basketball jewels.
Division I Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Igokea and Bosna-Royal - 12 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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