1981–82 Yugoslav First Basketball League

The 1981–82 Yugoslav First Basketball League season was the 38th season of the Yugoslav First Basketball League, the highest professional basketball league in SFR Yugoslavia. The season ended with Cibona winning the league championship by beating Partizan 2 games to none in the playoffs final best-of-three series.

Yugoslav First Basketball League
Competition details
Season 1981–82
Teams 12
Games played 132
Final positions
Champions Cibona
(1st title)
Runners-up Partizan
Semifinalists Zadar
Crvena zvezda
Promoted Jugoplastika
Relegated Sloboda Tuzla
Statistical leaders
Points Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Dalipagić[1]
All statistics correct as of 27 April 2017.

The season was another milestone for club basketball in Yugoslavia as the sport began to be played with playoffs at the end of the regular league season, meaning that postseason would determine the league champion rather than regular season as was the case prior to the 1981-82 campaign.[2]

KK Partizan finished the regular season on top with an 18-4 record just ahead of Cibona's 17-5; additionally, Partizan won both regular season games against Cibona. The same two teams made the playoff finals, having the home court advantage at every stage of the playoffs. Heading into the final series, Partizan had the home court advantage, but lost it after game 1 at Belgrade's Hala sportova in front of a packed crowd of 4,000 — a hard-fought contest that visiting Cibona won 108-112 after triple overtime. Game 2 was played in Zagreb on Cibona's home court and Cibona won it assuredly to claim its first-ever Yugoslav title.

Notable eventsEdit

Moka Slavnić in Partizan jerseyEdit

The 1981-82 season featured the unusual sight of thirty-two-year-old Red Star Belgrade legendary point guard Moka Slavnić suiting up for their bitter crosstown rivals Partizan.[3] Ever since leaving Red Star in acrimony four years earlier, mercurial Slavnić had been on such bad terms with the club's management that when he decided to return to his hometown in the twilight of his playing career he controversially joined heated rivals Partizan instead of the club he made his name with and achieved legendary status in.[3]

Slavnić's Partizan debut took place in week 7 versus Budućnost due to administrative issues with his player registration.[3] He immediately proved valuable, assisting and organizing on offense on a roster that also featured another legendary veteran — thirty-year-old Dražen Dalipagić. In the first six games of the season that Partizan played without Slavnić, the team had a 3-3 record while with Slavnić they recorded only one loss in the next 16 league games until the end of the regular season, grabbing top spot ahead of the playoffs with an 18-4 record.[3]

Regular seasonEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Teams Pts Pld W L PF PA Qualification or relegation
1. Partizan 36 22 18 4 2150 1976 Qualification to the Playoffs
2. Cibona 34 22 17 5 2086 1906
3. Crvena Zvezda 26 22 13 9 2148 2051
4. Zadar 24 22 12 10 2162 2092
5. Šibenka 22 22 11 11 1967 1987
6. Iskra Olimpija 20 22 10 12 1947 2022
7. Bosna 20 22 10 12 2162 2170
8. Budućnost 20 22 10 12 1941 1942
9. Radnički Belgrade 18 22 9 13 2017 2080
10. Borac Čačak 18 22 9 13 2035 2044
11. Sloboda Dita Tuzla 18 22 9 13 1858 1962 Relegated
12. Rabotnički 8 22 4 18 1934 2175


The first ever Yugoslav First League playoffs were played in the following format: the top six regular season teams clinched a playoff spot automatically while the 7th and 8th placed teams had to play a one-off game against the Yugoslav Second League 2nd and 1st placed teams, respectively, with the winners of these two games (played at a neutral venue) clinching a playoff spot.

The top two teams from the 1981-82 Yugoslav Second League were KK Jugoplastika from Split and KK Kvarner from Rijeka. They thus faced Yugoslav First League clubs — 8th placed KK Budućnost from Titograd and 7th placed KK Bosna from Sarajevo, respectively — with the winner of each game clinching a playoff spot.

Semifinals Finals
1 Partizan
4 Zadar
1 Partizan 0
2 Cibona 2
2 Cibona
3 Crvena Zvezda

( Partizan vs Cibona: 108-112 (3OT) & Cibona vs Partizan: 89-75 )

Winning RosterEdit

The winning roster of Cibona:[4]

Coach:   Mirko Novosel

Qualification in 1982-83 season European competitionsEdit

FIBA European Champions Cup

FIBA Cup Winner's Cup

FIBA Korać Cup


  1. ^ Martinović, Dragan (22 January 2017). "DRAŽEN PETROVIĆ ILI RADIVOJ KORAĆ?". Koš magazin. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
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  3. ^ a b c d Bjelobaba, Darko (5 November 2015). "Sezona 1981-82: Moka u Partizanu, trofej u Zagrebu". Koš magazin. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Yugoslav basketball league standings 1945-91". nsl.kosarka.co.yu. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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