Only two weeks before the start coach Aleksandar Petrovic is under tremendous pressure. Only one of the 4 games the Bosnian team played so far has been won. It s not so much the record of these four games that give Aleksandar Petrovic worries but the manner the Bosnian team played these games. The offense the team played during the qualifiers giving it the leading position in scored points is currently one of the weakest points of the team. Particularly Mirza Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket)/Brooklyn_Nets/51060">Mirza Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) the only NBA player of the team is currently not showing the performances the team needs so much.
6:57 Andrija Stipanovic not coming to help Masic against Benzing 4-5 5:57 block Mirza Teletovic/Brooklyn_Nets/51060">Mirza Mirza Teletovic 5:48 defensive Tadda comes 5:28 Schaffartzik and one Germany taking the lead 7-5 4:51 Nihad Djedovic brings the Ball, Edin Bavcic (209-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) instead of Mirza Teletovic/Brooklyn_Nets/51060">Mirza Mirza Teletovic who has not found his rhythm nor his spacing in defense 3:46 instant three pointer of Edin Bavcic 3:28 Andrija Stipanovic 2nd foul - > Kikanovic. Boxing out is not functioning. 2:51 Kikanovic on the perimeter against Guenther. King lob pass in the completely abandoned zone. Tibor Pleiss dunks. 15-8 Germany. 1:43 17-8. Bosnian team struggles form beyond the arc. In defense many easy points since too much space in the zone. Bosnia has problems against most basic plays like cut n fill. 17 sec to go Mirza scores after a drive to hoop with a jumper out of contact.
Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) comes for Wright. 9:10 Benzing shoots over Muhamed Pasalic. Germany controls the game. Tough defense and combining outside shots with simple but efficient offensive actions. 23-10. 8:10 second block Mirza. He tries to help the team despite not having his shot. 7:35 first nice action of the the Bosnian team. After an offensive rebound of Mirza the German defense has forgot about Andrija Stipanovic who finishes with an uncontested left-hand layup. 23:12. 6:57 after a defensive effort of Zack Wright Nihad Nihad Djedovic finishes the fastbreak for the 23:14. Bosnia seems to consolidate at least defensively. 6:18 Mirza gets after a throw in a jumper and nets it perfectly. 5:19 The German team had two TO in a very short period and both times Nihad Djedovic doesn t make mistakes. 4:40 to go. Mirza hits a three point jumper. The captain is getting his rhythm. Will this help him or will he be overmotivated. 3:59 Nihad Djedovic misses a threepointer but from the left side Zeko sneaked in and easily sinks the lay up after n offensive rebound. 2:46 very important moments. Schaffartzik brings Germany back in front 27-25. 2:07 Nihad Djedovic gives the answer. Midrange jumper for 27-27. Nihad Djedovic has a nice performance. 1:23 after a successful fastbreak of Schaffartzik Germany took again the lead but a well created Threepointer of Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88) brings Bosnia back :29-30. 0:26 Schaffartzik plays a maginc no look pass. The whole Bosnian team has forgot about Seifferth and the young PF gets an uncontested layup. Easy points- This will be certainly a point in the locker room. Last action for BIH in the first half. Mirza misses a threepointer. This game is not a beauty but Bosnia is still in the game due to a good defensive effort in the second quarter.
Germany has the ball possession but Benzing commits an offensive foul.
9:30 The opponent if Mirza slips and Mirza gets an open shot 32-31 BIH leads. 8:16 Mirza tries to penetrate but since he is completely off-balance while raising for the jumper. Luckily Nihad Djedovic has anticipated and Mirza can dish of for an easy lay-up. This should be a natural approach to the game and not a emergency pass. 7:14 Both teams have problems to get in the set game. 6:43 After a very doubtful situation where Wright has been held by Tadda. Refs don t give the unsportsmanlike foul. After a missed shot of Nihad Djedovic Mirza tips in.11 points for the captain. 5:38 Zirbes gets twice the offensive board and gets a 2+1. Bosnia has still his box-out problem. 4:56 Nice penetration of Zack who sends with a nice head fake german defenders in the wrong direction. Mirza flies in and throws down a nice dunk. $:48. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) steals the ball. Only one German defender can follow him and Nihad Djedovic. Nihad Djedovic finishes the action and gets on the charity stripe and misses. $:20 Mirza gets a pass of Nihad Djedovic but instead of taking the shot he takes two steps to the side and gets two defenders standing on his feet. No Mirza lost his confidence in his shot. 3:01 NBA action Nihad Djedovic gives an alley oop to Mirza who is already almost under the rim but he catches the ball somehow and throws down a dunk. 42-46. Bosnian leads. 2:40 Benzing gets a foul and doesn t make mistakes. 44-46 2:21 after a tough foul Andrija Stipanovic, Zirbes is upset. Petrovic reacts. Sinanovic gets the chance. 1:35 Nihad Djedovic hits the three .44-50. 3,7 Germans seem to be deterred by the presence of Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) They tried to score of midrange but missed. Sinanovic cleans the boards. Surprise surprise: Petrovic fields an extremely small line up. Mirza Teletovic/Brooklyn_Nets/51060">Mirza Mirza Teletovic and four guards. The action on the right wing goes wrong and the team has to take an emergency shot. Mirza Teletovic/Brooklyn_Nets/51060">Mirza Mirza Teletovic misses the tip in.
9:40 Sinanovic gets the ball in central position two meters to the basket. Minihook 46-54. 8:46 Tadda answers with a three pointer. 49-54 7:56 Marko Sutalo strikes back with a three pointer 49-57. No this will not be an easy one. 7:24 Doreth doesn t dare to take the drive against Sinanovic but he takes jumper and its good 7:04 51-60. Mirza Teletovic/Brooklyn_Nets/51060">Mirza Mirza Teletovic has 20 points. Bosnia doesn t play well but defense pays off and the team gets its confidence while Germany seems to lose control of the game. 6:34 Mirza Teletovic/Brooklyn_Nets/51060">Mirza Mirza Teletovic gets the ball outside the perimeter and hits it! 23 points. 6:11 Benzing against Mirza Teletovic/Brooklyn_Nets/51060">Mirza Mirza Teletovic and Benzing makes an difficult shot while falling back. 53-63 Nice scene. Tibor Pleiss been called for an offensive foul and doesn t understand the decision. Mirza Mirza Teletovic/Brooklyn_Nets/51060">Mirza Mirza Teletovic shows his former teammate why he has been called and giving him some encouraging words. 5:38 Sinanovic leaves the court. Kikanovic comes in. Sinanovic has played a great game. Mirza Teletovic/Brooklyn_Nets/51060">Mirza Mirza Teletovic gets against the ball and hits against a threepointer. 26 points. This looks now much better. Probably the best three quarters of Mirza Teletovic/Brooklyn_Nets/51060">Mirza Mirza Teletovic in the past three weeks. 53-68. 4:28 Mirza gets the ball at the threepoint line but he takes the step aside and he misses the contested shot. Gnther doesn t hesitate and nets his threepointer to 58-68. 2:41 Wright is nervous. His second turnover when he tries to pass the ball through the zone and 4 german players. 1:50 to go Wright gives an alley oop but Nihad Djedovic takes the safe version and makes the easy lay up. 60-72. If BIH keeps focused this will be the second win in the preparations. Last minute Wright and Nihad Djedovic forgot about the shot clock. 73:62 BIH wins the match after strong 25 minutes. Bosnia played its best game so far. However after the Macedonian heroics BIH will have to step up if it wants to gets in the second round. The team relied too much on outside shooting while Big men have been mostly no factor. In defense Nihad Djedovic , the Mirza Teletovic of the second half and Sinanovic stood out. However stronger opponents will not be too much impressed by the defense like the young German team.
Division I Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Igokea and Bosna-Royal - 2 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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