When it came out that Vlade Durovic stepped down as the head-coach
of Reflex the team was immediately ranked as the total outsider
for the Final Four tournament in Zagreb. But the management
of the club found a fireman for the fire that broke out on
Thursday morning. It was Bosko Dokic who took the challenge,
the same man who started his career in BC Ivo Lola Ribar from
Zeleznik in 1979 where the captain of the team was Nebojsa
Covic, nowadays one of the important people in the club. Ever
since nobody has really forgotten Dokic brought the team into
the first division in 1995. Those most devoted fans awaited
Reflex in front of the home hall in the suburb of Belgrade
on Sunday night and the party continued in a well-known club
Bombo until the early morning.
stepped at the throne of Goodyear League
finally came the sweetest moment for Reflex which stepped
at the throne of Goodyear League in its first year, participating
in that competition, defeating Cibona 71:70, the big favourite
of the game which waits for the title for already three years
and stayed empty hand after a real thriller. The Drazen Petrovic's
Hall is a place that will be forever written in Reflex's historical
books after winning the biggest thropy in its club's history.
And even how! Let's remember the team from the suburb of Belgrade
came without its head-coach Vlade Durovic in Zagreb after
the legendary coach stepped down just two days before the
final tournament and the management of the club then brought
Bosko Đokic instead on Thursday. He did not even see players
before Friday when the semi-final begun! What a miracle, what
a joy for Reflex who was this season just a step from the
ULEB's Cup final and a step from the National Cup Trophy in
S&MN. Injuries, problems the team had to deal with in
the last couple of weeks – everything was forgotten on Sunday.
Richard Johnson, the president of Sava Tyres Goodyear management
gave the big trophy to the ambitious and excellent young team,
the same trophy that was already in the possession of Union
Olimpija and Zadar in previous two years, while the director
of Goodyear League Josip Bilic gave also the small trophy
that will forever stay in the possession of the team.
got a car from Kia after a lottery
a joy, what a luck. The new car Pia Picanto, given by one
of the Goodyear League's sponsors Kia, got its owner during
the final game of the tournament on Sunday. It was Davor Prahin
from Zagreb who was the luckiest among all spectators who
bought a ticket for the final. The organiser held a draw during
the game bringing four spectators on the court after the first
half. They had to compete in free throws and since there were
two with the same score at the end the draw decided the winner.
Prahin made two three throws from three attempts and then
had more luck in a final lottery.
Milojevic: I regret not being at the FF
There was no doubt who is the best player of Goodyear League
throughout the whole season as head-coaches of the participating
clubs were mostly impressed by Buducnost’s center Dejan Milojevic.
Unfortunately he was not able to play at the Final Four in
Zagreb since Buducnost did not assure the place among the
best four teams therefore the MVP trophy was taken by his
ex-head-coach Miodrag Baletic who will give it to Milojevic
at the next game Buducnost will play in the National Championship
Bertomeu: Participants of ULEB cup and Euroleague will have
to play the Goodyear league
the press conference organised in Zagreb during the Final
Four Mr. Jordi Bertomeu, Eurolegaue's CEO, confirmed that
all the clubs from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro
which will compete in ULEB cup and Euroleague in the future,
will have to play also in Goodyear league. He also expressed
great satisfaction with the development of the Goodyear league,
saying that the decision was a logical consequence, since
Goodzear league became very stable and consolidated project.
Besides, it was confirmed Maccabi will not play in Goodyear
league in the next season, when the Final Four will be held
in Belgrade. Another change also came in the competition system
since the best eight teams from the regular season will play
for the final trophy.
season without Maccabi
of ABA Radovan Lorbek informed Maccabi will not play in Goodyear
League for the next season when 4 teams from Slovenia, Croatia,
Serbia and Montenegro and two from Bosnia and Herzegovina
will participate. He also explained the final eight will be
played in the future with Belgrade hosting the Final Four
Incident should not bring negative conclusions about Goodyear
the group of hooligans attacked Red Stars's director Igor
Zezelj and journalist Daniel Bukumirovic on late Friday evening
ABA and organizers of the Final Four held a press-conference.
»Immediately after the incident we had the emergency meeting
where we all condemned what happened in front of hotel Panorama.
We were shocked when we heard what happened to our friend
and member of our league Igor Zezelj. That was the action
of a group of hooligans, an action nobody with a common sense
would do,« said director of Goodyear League Josip Bilic who
attended the conference along with Cibona's director Bozo
Milicevic, ABA's director Radovan Lorbek and Igor Zezelj.
VIP overplayed Union Olimpija 97:81
over-plaved Union Olimpija 97:81
Cibona proved to be the favourite of this year's Goodyear
League over-playing Union Olimpija in the second semi-final
game of the final tournament on Friday 97:81 (25:19, 27:18,
28:19, 17:25). The game was decided aready in the first half
after the hosting team escaped for more then 20 points. Regardless
of injuries Cibona had to face lately it left the court with
a brilliant impression while Union Olimpija was just unrecognizable.
defeated Crvena zvezda after two over-times
defeated Crvena zvezda after two over-times 113:110. The Final
Four could not start better then it had. Two city rivals from
Belgrade, Reflex and Crvena zvezda, had to face each other
in the first semi-final game of the final tournament with
Reflex having more concentration in the second over-time played
on Friday 113:110 (27:22, 19:30, 24:19, 19:18, 10:10, 14:11).
Nontheless Igor Rakocevic had a fantastic evening, bagging
38 points, he was just not helped enough by his teammates
in Crvena zvezda.