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Division Standings
Liga 6
 1. Igokea 9-1 
 2. Bosna-Royal 7-3 
 3. Zrinjski HT 5-5 
 4. Sloboda Tuzla 5-5 
 5. Spars Sarajevo 3-7 
 6. Kakanj 1-9 
Places 7-13
 1. Siroki Primorka 6-2 
 2. Leotar 4-4 
 3. Gradjanski 4-4 
 4. Mladost 3-5 
 5. Bosnjak 3-5 
Stage One Standings
Division II Standings
1. Liga RS
 1. Radnik B. 21-5 
 2. Sutjeska 19-7 
 3. Prijedor 17-9 
 4. Sokolac 17-9 
 5. Rogatica 15-11 
 6. Student BL 14-12 
 7. HEO 13-13 
 8. Borac BL 12-14 
 9. Slavija 12-14 
 10. Varda HE 12-14 
 11. Rudar 11-15 
 12. Kozara 9-17 
 13. Bratunac 8-18 
 14. Teslic 2-24 
A1 Liga FBIH
 1. Vogosca 16-4 
 2. Burch 16-4 
 3. Gradina S. 16-4 
 4. Igman 13-7 
 5. Celik 9-11 
 6. Turbina 9-11 
 7. Donji Vakuf 8-12 
 8. Travnik 8-12 
 9. Iskra Bugojno 7-13 
 10. Lukavac 5-15 
 11. Gradina T. 3-17 
A1 Liga KSHB
 1. Student M. 15-2 
 2. Posusje 15-3 
 3. Grude 14-4 
 4. Siroki II 14-4 
 5. Tomislav 13-6 
 6. Capljina 9-8 
 7. Zrinjski II 6-12 
 8. Livno 5-13 
 9. Novi 4-12 
 10. Brotnjo 1-16 
 11. Busovaca 1-17 
ABA League Standings
 1. Buducnost 0-0 
 2. Cedevita 0-0 
 3. Cibona 0-0 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 5. FMP 0-0 
 6. Igokea 0-0 
 7. Mega Leks 0-0 
 8. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 9. MZT Skopje 0-0 
 10. Partizan NIS 0-0 
 11. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
 12. Zadar 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.18.8 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.3 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.2 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.16.7 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.15.8 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.15.7 
 7. Pelkic, Leotar15.4 
 8. Robinson, Igokea15.1 
 9. Hasandic, Sloboda .14.6 
 10. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.8 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.7 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.8.3 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.8 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.6 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.4 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 8. Milosevic, Igokea6.8 
 9. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 10. Karacic, Siroki P.6.7 
Assists Per Game
  Siroki P.
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.4 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.9 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.6 
 5. Luzajic, Leotar4.0 
 6. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.9 
 7. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 8. Robinson, Igokea3.8 
 9. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.7 
 10. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.7 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak1.9 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Dreznjak, Siroki P.1.4 
 7. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 8. Milosevic, Igokea1.4 
 9. Kovacevic, Spars S.1.3 
 10. Radivojevic, Igokea1.3 
Blocks Per Game
  Siroki P.
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 3. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.0.9 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.8 
 6. Rikic, Igokea0.7 
 7. Radmilovic, Leotar0.7 
 8. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 9. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 
 10. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 

First Round Schedule
Crvena Zvezd 54% Sep.29 Mornar Bar
Mega Bemax 54% Sep.29 Cibona
Un.Olimpija 58% Sep.29 Igokea
Buducnost 55% Sep.29 Zadar
Cedevita 58% Sep.29 FMP
MZT Skopje 54% Sep.29 Partizan NI
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Interview with Keith Bowman KK Radnicki Gorazde! - Jan 2, 2016

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Keith Bowman
Interview with Keith Bowman (201-F, college: Menlo)KK Radnicki Gorazde!

Keith Bowman is a professional basketball player who is currently playing in Bosnia in A2 with KK Radnicki Gorazde. Keith along with Nate Garth where the first American players to play for the club, Nate left the team earlier this season but Keith continues to play and represent the club in their attempt to move up to a higher division next year. The team is led by the ambitious coach Hasan Rikalo who has worked hard to build a quality club in this small Eastern Bosnian town. The team is very young and is led by two imports, Keith and a Serbian kid named Dejan Radovic.

Keith is looked to as more than just a basketball player, his work ethic, leadership, professionalism have all been a key in getting a very young and inexperienced team to play above expectations so far. The club is currently in second place at 4-2 and Keith is averaging 25.1ppg and 13.8rbpg in six games.
Here is my interview with him

Q) When did your interest start in basketball?
A) My interest in basketball started my junior year of high school after a growth spurt moved me from 5'6 to 6'6. More people want you on their team when you're not a little scrawny kid. I've always enjoyed the game playing a lot growing up with my dad and his buddies.

Q) When did you realize that basketball was more than a hobby for you?
A) I think i realized basketball was more than a hobby while I was at my junior college. Things started to come together skill wise for me and thought I may have a chance to try and pursue after college.

Q) What was the highlight of your college basketball career at Menlo College?
A) Had a lot of good memories at Menlo College playing for coach Surface. Playing in conference playoffs, winning conference player of the year, but my fondest memory was playing against Cal Poly which is close to my home town and a lot of friends and family got to come watch me play (even though I think we lost by 40).

Q) You played in the famous 'The Basketball Tournament' for diehard basketball fans; it is a really cool, interesting concept with some great players. What was your experience like and do you plan on doing it again?
A) I had a really great experience with the tbt basketball tournament. The people running the tbt do a wonderful job of putting on an awesome display and collection of basketball. I was lucky enough to get on a team thanks to Allan Cunanan and West Coast Ronin. I got to play against some ex NBA players and some current overseas guys. Would love to get another chance at playing in it again and win a couple games this time.

Q) What brought you to playing in Bosnia in such a small sleepy town like Gorazde?
A) Coach Hassan (Rikalo) got me to Bosnia. He got into contact with me after i posted some of my highlights on a job site and here we are now.

Q) What has your experience been like playing in Bosnia so far?
A) My experience playing in Bosnia so far has been enjoyable. Different pace and style of play (and life) then i was use to in the states but I've adapted pretty quickly.

Q) What has the transition been like for you both on and off the court, has it been easier or more difficult than you expected?
A) My transition has been easier for me on the court then off. Once i got used to the travel calls from the refs playing has been the same for me. Off the court has been a much different story. I have tons of free time on my hands and it gets boring sometimes in a small town like Gorazde.

Q) Did you travel much before coming to Bosnia? How much of a transition has it been for you so far?
A) Actually a couples weeks before i signed to play in Bosnia I was on a pro tour playing in china so I've put my passport to good use this year. The transition has defiantly been made easier by just how friendly and generous the people in Bosnia especially in Gorazde have been to me.

Q) Gorazde the city and basketball program have experienced significant progress that last few years and they have big ambitions on the future. Do you feel like an ambassador for a city and program that don't get a lot of publicity?
A) I don't really see myself as an ambassador because there are so many really skilled and great basketball players are here already. It's an honor to be a part of the first American group (me and Nate) that this club has had. This part of the world produces great basketball player, look at the guys that are in the NBA,Euro League,ABA League, amazing brand of basketball that doesn't get enough recognition that it deserves.

Q) Basketball outside the first division presents a lot of challenges and the fact that you have been a model professional through difficult challenge speaks volumes of the kind of player you are but also the person. Where does this inner strength come from?
A) Yes not being in first league here present a different and additional set of obstacles. Nate leaving early too made things more difficult being the only American but have to keep on pushing forward and know I'm doing this for a reason and it's a steppingstone to get to where I want to go. My inner strength comes from my parents for sure. My dad preached to me growing up that once you commit to something you finish the job whether it is easy or hard, you have to stick with it and give it your best effort.

Q) What has been your favorite part of being in Bosnia so far? What has been the most challenging?
A) My favorite part about Bosnia so far is how kind the people are here. When I sit in the cafe here I have someone everyday offer to buy me something to drink or just try and have a conversation even though we can't fully understand each other with the language barrier. You don't really get that much in the US anymore so I really enjoy that. The hardest part has been the language barrier. I wasn't really sure what to expect coming here communication wise but that has been pretty difficult.

Q) How do you like the food and culture of Bosnia? Do you have a favorite food so far?
A) Bosnian food has been better than expected for me. This was something i was really worried about being a big guy but it has been a pleasant surprise. Cevapci and burek are both really tasty and are probably my favorites besides the chicken sandwiches

Q) Bosnia is known for its hospitality and natural beauty, have you had the chance to meet people and explore the country so far? Do you have any favorite places you have visited?
A) I've seen some awesome and beautiful places and met some really cool people. Sarajevo is amazing. The different parts like old town are really fun to see and walk around at. Driving on road trips you see unbelievable views especially now that snow has fallen. I catch myself taking pictures of the same place over and over again just because how beautiful the scenery Zisko the singer is the most interesting character that I have met here in Bosnia. Love his swag and style.

Q) What are some memorable highlights from 2015 and what are your goals for the New Year?
A) 2015 was an awesome year with many highlights. Playing in my first league game here might be the best one though. Being that it is my first full season overseas that was an awesome moment right before tipoff because I knew I made a dream come true.
Many goals for 2016 but making sure we are top 2 in our conference so we can go to playoffs and get the club moved up for next year is #1 on the priority list right now.  

Maccabi Kiryat Gat signs Robert Rothbart - 15 hours ago
Maccabi Kiryat Gat (National League) signed 31-year old Israeli international center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: Octagon Europe). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Rothbart played last season at Hapoel Eilat (Winner League). In 38 games he had 6.1ppg and 3.7rpg. National League will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Rothbart helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. The previous (15-16) seas...   [read more]

Diego Kapelan joins Melilla - 1 day ago
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Pavle Reljic
Reljic re-signs at Spars Sarajevo - 2 days ago
OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) confirmed in their roster 24-year old Serbian guard Pavle Reljic (194-93). He played there last season. In 19 Division I games he had 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg. Reljic ended the previous (2015-16) season at Mladost in Serbian KLS where in three games he recorded just 2.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0apg. But the most of that year he spent at BC Timisoara in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 10 games he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1apg. Reljic represented Serbia at...   [read more]

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