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Division Standings
 1. Kakanj 1-0 
 2. Siroki Primorka 1-0 
 3. Spars Sarajevo 1-0 
 4. Vogosca 1-0 
 5. Zrinjski HT 1-0 
 6. Sloboda Tuzla 0-0 
 7. Bosna-Royal 0-1 
 8. Bosnjak 0-1 
 9. Mladost 0-1 
 10. Radnik B. 0-1 
 11. Student M. 0-1 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
Full 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 3-1 
 2 Crvena Zvezda 3-1 
 3 FMP 2-2 
 4 Cibona 2-2 
 5 Olimpija 2-2 
 6 Partizan NIS 2-2 
 7 Mega Bemax 2-2 
 8 Cedevita 2-2 
 9 Igokea 2-2 
 10 MZT Skopje 2-2 
 11 Mornar Bar 1-3 
 12 Zadar 1-3 
 13 Borac 0-0 
 14 Bosna-Royal 0-0 
 15 Dynamic BG 0-0 
 16 KK Primorska 0-0 
 17 Krka 0-0 
 18 Lovcen 0-0 
 19 Ohrid AV 0-0 
 20 Rogaska 0-0 
 21 Split 0-0 
 22 Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 23 Vrsac 0-0 
 24 Zrinjski HT 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 25
 1. Negovanovic, Kakanj25.0 
 2. Naletilic, Siroki P.20.0 
 3. Knezevic, Mladost18.0 
 4. Josipovic, Spars S.18.0 
 5. Sokolovic, Zrinjski.17.0 
 6. Jovanovic, Radnik B.17.0 
 7. Mijovic, Mladost16.0 
 8. Majic, Mladost16.0 
 9. Dumic, Mladost15.0 
 10. Princ, Zrinjski HT15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 13
 1. Markovic, Stude.13.0 
 2. Pavlovic, Radnik B.11.0 
 3. Majic, Mladost9.0 
 4. Loncar, Siroki P.9.0 
 5. Gudic, Student M.9.0 
 6. Jovanovic, Radnik B.8.0 
 7. Bajramovic, Spars S.8.0 
 8. Ljujic, Zrinjski HT7.0 
 9. Dzelmo, Bosna-Ro.7.0 
 10. Dubelj, Student M.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Filip DUMIC
  Avg: 10
 1. Dumic, Mladost10.0 
 2. Mikulic, Siroki P.7.0 
 3. Ross, Student M.6.0 
 4. Princ, Zrinjski HT6.0 
 5. Ramljak, Zrinjski.5.0 
 6. Knezevic, Bosna-Ro.4.0 
 7. Pasajlic, Bosna-Royal4.0 
 8. Dzelmo, Bosna-Ro.3.0 
 9. Naletilic, Siroki P.3.0 
 10. Palavra, Kakanj3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vedran PRINC
  Zrinjski HT
  Avg: 5
 1. Princ, Zrinjski HT5.0 
 2. Ramljak, Zrinjski.5.0 
 3. Kaludjerovic, Radnik B.4.0 
 4. Durmo, Spars S.4.0 
 5. Saric, Radnik B.4.0 
 6. Knezevic, Mladost3.0 
 7. Naletilic, Siroki P.3.0 
 8. Rogic, Spars S.3.0 
 9. Colak, Siroki P.2.0 
 10. Stepanovic, Spars S.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 4
 1. Ramljak, Zrinjski.4.0 
 2. Pavlovic, Radnik B.2.0 
 3. Gudic, Student M.2.0 
 4. Buza, Kakanj2.0 
 5. Ljujic, Zrinjski HT1.0 
 6. Milicevic, Zrinjski.1.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Spars S.1.0 
 8. Palavra, Kakanj1.0 
 9. Merdanovic, Kakanj1.0 
 10. Basic, Spars S.1.0 

Next Round Schedule

Round 5 (Regular Season)

FMP 65% Oct.23 Zadar
MZT Skopje 55% Oct.23 Cibona
Cedevita Oct.22 Crvena Zvezd 65%
Buducnost 67% Oct.21 Mega Bemax
Olimpija 77% Oct.21 Mornar Bar
Partizan NI 58% Oct.21 Igokea
Getting to know Leo Svete an Interview with the star of KK Radnicki Gorazde! - Feb 11, 2017

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Leo Svete
Getting to know Leo Svete (195-G, college: IUPUI) an Interview with the star of KK Radnicki Gorazde!

Leo Svete has been key addition to the club KK Radnicki Gorazde not missing a beat after losing Keith Bowman last year, who is having an amazing season in Italy this year, along with two other Americans. It seemed likely that repeating last year's success would be a difficult proposition for the club. With the addition of Leo and a few other tweaks to the roster the team has been even more successful this year. The team has really bought into Hasan Rikalo and his coaching style, philosophy and it has really paid off for the club. The team is getting prepared for the second half of the season and barring any unforeseen circumstances appears to be the team to beat when the A2 playoffs start.
I got the chance to talk to Leo about his basketball experiences and background and I came away impressed. Everything I had heard about the player with his coach and teammates was very positive but I came away from the interview even more impressed with the young man beyond the basketball court. Here is the interview.

My name is Leo Svete and I am from Indiana. I have a bachelor's degree in communications at IUPUI. I come from a basketball family because my father played and coached college basketball and my sister played at the University of Florida. I am 23 years old and this is my rookie season in Bosnia as a professional. I love the game of basketball and want to coach college or professionally when I retire from playing. I am a very blessed to do what I love for a living and that is playing basketball. I have set high goals for myself and work hard to achieve them every day.

Q) How old were you when you became interested in basketball?
A) I was around six years old. I always wanted to have a ball in my hands after watching my dad coach my sister. When I was growing up, she was aiming towards playing division one college basketball and it inspired me.

Q) When did you become serious with the sport and realize it could be more than just a hobby?
A) At age 12 I stopped playing football and baseball to really focus on basketball 12 months a year and that consisted of going to a lot of camps, playing with a lot of travel teams and just training every day.

Q) What do you consider your strengths to be on the court?
A) My biggest strength is how well I shoot the ball beyond the 3pt arc. I am a smart player and my IQ for the game is high. At 6'5 with my size I can play positions 1-4 and that gives me an advantage.
Q) What do you feel you need to do to take your game to the next level?
A) To really take my game to next level I need to increase my athleticism more by getting quicker and jumping higher. I also need to improve my dribbling skills at the 2 guard position by creating for myself more offensively.

Q) What has been your most memorable moment on the court?
A) My most memorable moment on the court so far has been playing against Purdue University in college on National Television and hitting four three pointers in 2 minutes.

Q) What do you think about basketball in BiH?
A) The basketball in BiH is played at a very high level. Many players are committed to the game and have great talent. They play extremely hard and do not take possessions off.

Q) Who was your favorite player growing up and why?
A) My favorite player growing up would be Lebron James because his will to win. He does whatever it takes for his team. He is a great leader and most importantly a great teammate.

Q) What has your experience been like being in Bosnia for the first time?
A) My experience has been more than I could ask for to say the least. I have made amazing relationships with people here. It has been a great experience and I have learned a lot from it on and off the court.

Q) How do you like the food?
A) I absolutely love this food here. I thought I missed the food in the U.S but I was wrong. Burek, Gulas and Cevapi are my favorite meals. The sweets are so delicious here I crave them all the time, but I have to watch how much I eat of those.

Q) What has been your favorite place you have visited in Bosnia so far and why?
A) I love going to Sarajevo when I get free time because it is an amazing city. Gorazde is a small town and I am used to being in the big city.

Q) How have the club and your teammates been so far? Has the town embraced you?
A) My teammates are all great guys. They know how to make me laugh at the most serious times. They also are the most hardworking guys I have ever been around. Our team chemistry is why we have seen so much success thus far.

Q) If you could tell Americans what you like most about Bosnia and why?
A) Two things I love most about Bosnia is the food and how welcoming they make me feel. Where ever I go around the country, they are always being so kind to me.

Q) What has surprised you the most since you arrived?
A) Gorazde surprised me the most because it is a town that cannot be described without personally visiting here.

Q) Besides friends and family what do you miss most about the US?
A) I miss most is having my own car to drive places. Gorazde is a small town, but walking everywhere during the day becomes a little tiring.

Q) Is there anyone in the NBA that you try to model your game after?
A) Klay Thompson, we play the same position and play similar.

Q) Do you follow the Bosnian National team, any other clubs in BiH?
A) Yes, I follow the national team and all their success. I also have seen many premier league games this season and played against a lot of A1 teams.

Q) Your thoughts on the young talent Adi Alikadic?
A) Adi is one of the most talented young players I have seen before. His ceiling is very high and I see him ending up in the Euroleague as he gets older. It has been a pleasure to play alongside Gorazde's hometown hero. Going against him in practice has made me a better player.

Q) Hasan Rikalo has an excellent reputation in BiH, how has it been working with him so far?
A) Coach, is one of my most favorite coaches I have played for in my entire basketball career. He is constantly pushing me to develop my game day after day. He has me work out three times a day and that is why I have seen much success being here. He never lets me get complacent with myself and is harder on me than anyone. We have built a huge relationship and me returning to play for his team again in the near future is very possible.

Q) What's the biggest difference between basketball in the US and in Bosnia?
A) The European rules took time to adjust to. In the first game I traveled five times so that was something I really had to work on.

Q) Who is your favorite NBA team?
A) Cleveland Cavs

Q) What is the most important lesson you have learned through basketball?
A) The biggest lesson I have learned is never take it for granted and always respect the game because you never know which game will be your last.

Q) If there is something you could tell young kids who want to play basketball seriously, what advice would you give them?
A) My advice would be is that if you want to be successful at the highest level you need to outwork everyone. Never let someone tell you that cannot achieve your goals. If times get hard do not quit and work harder.   

ABA Liga 2: Zrinjski defeats Bosna in BiH derby - 1 day ago
HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar celebrated in ABA 2 Bosnian derby. HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar earned their first victory in Aba league 2, while KK Bosna-Royal Sarajevo will have to wait next round and new opportunity to get their first win in this competition. Zrinjski celebrated with 76:70 after very equal and tough game. However the hosts have been in front for most of the time in this game, while their most experienced players have guided them to this important victory. Marko Ramljak (201-F-93) was...   [read more]

Nihad Djedovic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
We bring you last week's top performances from Bosnians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket). He led Bayern Muenchen to a victory over the ninth-ranked EWE Baskets in the German BBL in Sunday night's game.    [read more]
KSBiH A1 League Quick Notes! - 2 days ago
KSBiH A1 League Quick Notes! -Celik Zenica is in for a long season! The team is struggling mightily financially and almost all the players left from last years mediocre team. The team that produced NBA champion Ognjen Kuzmic are struggling for survival. Armin Avidbegovic has joined the team and led them to a first round win against Igman. -Gradina Srebrenik maybe the team to beat! Behind veterans Zlatko Goljijanin and Mirza Hrncic they could prove to be the team to beat in A1 league. Th...   [read more]

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