2020–21 ABA League First Division
The 2020–21 ABA League First Division was the 20th season of the ABA League with 14 teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia participating in it. The season has started on 2 October 2020.
|ABA League First Division|
|Games played||24 each[b]|
|Dates||October 2, 2020 – April 27, 2021|
|TV||Arena Sport, B92|
|Top seed||Crvena zvezda mts|
|Champions||Crvena zvezda mts (5th title)|
|Relegated||Koper Primorska (disqualified)|
|Finals MVP||Landry Nnoko|
|Top Prospect||Filip Petrušev|
|Biggest home win||Mornar 109–68 Cibona|
(12 October 2020)
|Biggest away win||Krka 57–98 Crvena zvezda mts|
(20 April 2021)
|Highest scoring||Partizan NIS 99–101 Budućnost VOLI|
(10 October 2020)
|Winning streak||9 games |
Crvena zvezda mts
|Losing streak||26 games[c]|
2021–22 →All statistics correct as of May 28, 2021.
The season is the first to be played after the previous season was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ABA League Assembly ruled that the 12 teams from the previous season stays in the league and the first two clubs from Second Division were awarded two wild cards.
The Slovenian club Koper Primorska was disqualified from the competition in December 2020 and forfeited 0–20 for all games. Defending champions Crvena zvezda mts won its fifth title following a 3–2 win over Budućnost VOLI in the 2021 Finals.
Promotion and relegationEdit
A total of 14 teams will contest the league, including all 12 sides from the previous season and two clubs with wild cards from the 2019–20 Second Division season. Two wild cards were awarded to Borac Čačak and Split, two highest-placed teams.
In season disqualificationEdit
Venues and locationsEdit
|Borac Čačak||Čačak||Borac Hall||4,000|
|Budućnost VOLI||Podgorica||Morača Sports Center||6,000|
|Cedevita Olimpija||Ljubljana||Arena Stožice||12,480|
|Cibona||Zagreb||Dražen Petrović Hall||5,400|
|Crvena zvezda mts||Belgrade||Aleksandar Nikolić Hall||8,000|
|Igokea||Aleksandrovac||Laktaši Sports Hall||3,050|
|Koper Primorska||Koper||Arena Bonifika||3,000|
|Krka||Novo Mesto||Leon Štukelj Hall||2,500|
|Mega Soccerbet||Belgrade||Ranko Žeravica Sports Hall||5,000|
|Mornar||Bar||Topolica Sport Hall||2,625|
|Partizan NIS||Belgrade||Štark Arena||18,386|
|Zadar||Zadar||Krešimir Ćosić Hall||7,997|
Personnel and sponsorshipEdit
|Team||Head coach||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Borac Čačak||Marko Marinović||Uroš Čarapić||—||P.S. Fashion|
|Budućnost VOLI||Dejan Milojević||Suad Šehović||Spalding||VOLI|
|Cedevita Olimpija||Jurica Golemac||Jaka Blažič||Adidas||Cedevita|
|Cibona||Vladimir Jovanović||Roko Prkačin||GBT||Erste Bank|
|Crvena zvezda mts||Dejan Radonjić||Branko Lazić||Adidas||mts|
|FMP||Vanja Guša||Radoš Šešlija||FMP|
|Igokea||Dragan Bajić||Marko Jošilo||GBT||m:tel|
|Koper Primorska||Andrej Žakelj||Luka Vončina||Erreà||Vehicle rent|
|Krka||Dalibor Damjanović||Luka Lapornik||—||Krka|
|Mega Soccerbet||Vlada Jovanović||Milenko Tepić||Adidas||Soccerbet / Tehnomanija|
|Mornar||Mihailo Pavićević||Marko Mijović||DaCapo||Bar Municipality / Barsko zlato|
|Partizan NIS||Aleksandar Matović||Novica Veličković||Under Armour||NIS / mts|
|Split||Mile Karakaš||Mateo Kedžo||Macron||Jugoplastika|
|Zadar||Veljko Mršić||Dominik Mavra||OTP Bank|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced with||Date of appointment||Ref.|
|Mega Soccerbet||Dejan Milojević||1 June 2020||Off-season||Vlada Jovanović||1 June 2020|||
|Crvena zvezda mts||Dragan Šakota||8 June 2020||Saša Obradović||10 June 2020|||
|Zadar||Danijel Jusup||24 June 2020||Veljko Mršić||25 June 2020|||
|Partizan NIS||Andrea Trinchieri||2 July 2020||Vlado Šćepanović||9 July 2020|||
|Vlado Šćepanović||30 October 2020||6th (2–2)||Milivoje Lazić (interim)||30 October 2020|||
|Milivoje Lazić (interim)||5 November 2020||7th (2–3)||Sašo Filipovski||5 November 2020|||
|FMP||Vladimir Jovanović||14 December 2020||12th (2–6)||Bojan Đerić (interim)||14 December 2020|||
|Crvena zvezda mts||Saša Obradović||24 December 2020||1st (9–1)||Dejan Radonjić||25 December 2020|||
|Budućnost VOLI||Petar Mijović||27 January 2021||5th (11–3)||Dejan Milojević||28 January 2021|||
|Cibona||Ivan Velić||31 January 2021||11th (5–10)||Vladimir Jovanović||2 February 2021|||
|FMP||Bojan Đerić (interim)||13 February 2021||11th (5–10)||Vanja Guša||13 February 2021|||
|Split||Ivica Skelin||17 February 2021||8th (5–13)||Mile Karakaš||21 February 2021|||
|Partizan NIS||Sašo Filipovski||9 March 2021||7th (7–12)||Aleksandar Matović||9 March 2021|||
|Krka||Vladimir Anzulović||17 March 2021||11th (6–14)||Dalibor Damjanović||17 March 2021|||
The regular season began on 2 October 2020.
On 17 December 2020, the Slovenian club Koper Primorska was disqualified from the competition after failing to play two consecutive games due to financial problems. All of the Koper Primorska results were be registered with the scores of 20–0 for their opponents and were not awarded a point for the defeat.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||L||PF||PA||PD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Crvena zvezda mts||26||23||3||2064||1694||+370||49||Advance to the playoffs|
|13||Split||26||8||18||1816||1969||−153||34||Qualification to the relegation playoffs|
Positions by roundEdit
|First place & advance to the playoffs||Advance to the playoffs||Qualification to the relegation playoffs||Disqualified|
The Slovenaian club Koper Primorska was disqualified from the competition on 17 December 2020 and forfeited 0–20 for all matches before and following ejection. The club played nine games before ejection. They have not appeared in rounds 10 and 11. The club was disqualified from the further competition due to unjustified non-appearance in two consecutive games.
Results by roundEdit
The table lists the results of teams in each round. The Slovenaian club Koper Primorska was disqualified from the competition on 17 December 2020 and forfeited 0–20 for all matches before and following ejection.
The semi-finals will be played in a best-of-three format, while the Finals were played in a best-of-five format.
|1 Crvena zvezda mts||2|
|1 Crvena zvezda mts||3|
|2 Budućnost VOLI||2|
|2 Budućnost VOLI||2|
|2020–21 ABA League Champions|
Crvena zvezda mts
|Team 1||Series||Team 2||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3|
|Crvena zvezda mts||2–1||Igokea||76–61||68–81||76–53|
|Team 1||Series||Team 2||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3||Game 4||Game 5|
|Crvena zvezda mts||3–2||Budućnost VOLI||82–78||85–79||71–75||80–81||67–60|
The 13th placed team of the First Division season and the runners-up of the Second Division season will play in the Qualifiers for a spot in the next First Division season.
|Team 1||Series||Team 2||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3|
- As of 28 May 2021
All players statistics from the nine games with Koper Primorska were annulled following their disqualification from the competition.
Source: ABA League
MVP of the RoundEdit
|1||Marko Simonović||Mega Soccerbet||33|
|2||Justin Cobbs||Budućnost VOLI||30|
|3||Nikola Ivanović||Budućnost VOLI||32|
|4||Jordan Loyd||Crvena zvezda mts||22|
|5||Jaka Blažič||Cedevita Olimpija||31|
|7||Jaka Blažič (2)||Cedevita Olimpija||29|
|9||Filip Petrušev||Mega Soccerbet||37|
|10||Ognjen Dobrić||Crvena zvezda mts||25|
|11||Filip Petrušev (2)||Mega Soccerbet||36|
|13||Ognjen Jaramaz||Partizan NIS||33|
|14||Mikael Hopkins||Cedevita Olimpija||39|
|15||Filip Petrušev (3)||Mega Soccerbet||41|
|18||Chinanu Onuaku (2)||Zadar||41|
|19||Marko Simonović (2)||Mega Soccerbet||37|
|23||Jacob Pullen (2)||Mornar||30|
|25||Justin Cobbs (2)||Budućnost VOLI||24|
|26||Jaka Blažič (3)||Cedevita Olimpija||38|
|SF1||Justin Cobbs (3)||Budućnost VOLI||34|
|SF2||Justin Cobbs (4)||Budućnost VOLI||28|
|SF3||Dejan Davidovac||Crvena zvezda mts||33|
|F1||Jordan Loyd (2)||Crvena zvezda mts||23|
|F2||Ognjen Dobrić (2)||Crvena zvezda mts||27|
|F3||Nikola Ivanović (2)||Budućnost VOLI||19|
|F4||Justin Cobbs (5)||Budućnost VOLI||29|
|F5||Landry Nnoko||Crvena zvezda mts||28|
Source: ABA League
|October||Filip Petrušev||Mega Soccerbet|||
|November||Jaka Blažič||Cedevita Olimpija|||
|December||Filip Petrušev (2)||Mega Soccerbet|||
|January||Jaka Blažič (2)||Cedevita Olimpija|||
|March||Nikola Ivanović||Budućnost VOLI|||
|April||Rashawn Thomas||Partizan NIS|||
Clubs in European competitionsEdit
|EuroLeague||Crvena zvezda mts||Regular season||17th (10–24)|
|EuroCup||Budućnost VOLI||Quarterfinals||(2)||1–2 vs Monaco|
|Partizan NIS||Top 16 Group F||(1)||4th (2–4)|
|Cedevita Olimpija||Top 16 Group G||(1)||3rd (3–3)|
|Mornar||Top 16 Group H||(1)||4th (1–5)|
|Champions League||Igokea||Playoffs Group J||(1)||3rd (3–3)|
- List of current ABA League First Division team rosters
- 2020–21 ABA League Second Division
- 2020–21 Junior ABA League
- 2020–21 WABA League
- 2020–21 domestic competitions
- 2020–21 Basketball Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- 2020–21 HT Premijer liga
- 2020–21 Prva A liga
- 2020–21 Basketball League of Serbia
- 2020–21 Slovenian Basketball League
- There is 13 teams in the competition as of December 2020 due to ejection of Koper Primorska.
- Additionally, each team was awarded with two 20–0 wins over Koper Primorska following their ejection.
- Koper Primorska lost its first nine matches. They have not appeared in rounds 10 and 11. Due to unjustified non-appearance in two consecutive games the club was disqualified from the further competition and forfeited 0–20 for all 26 matches (before and following ejection).
- Koper Primoprska was forfeited 0–20 due to unjustified non-appearance.
- As of Round 12, Koper Primorska has been forfeited 0–20 as the disqualified club.
- Cibona won 91–50. The result was overturned 20–0 for Cibona, following the Koper Primoprska disqualification.
- FMP won 84–65. The result was overturned 20–0 for FMP, following the Koper Primoprska disqualification.
- Igokea won 89–71. The result was overturned 20–0 for Igokea, following the Koper Primoprska disqualification.
- Krka won 74–57. The result was overturned 20–0 for Krka, following the Koper Primoprska disqualification.
- Mornar won 87–66. The result was overturned 20–0 for Mornar, following the Koper Primoprska disqualification.
- Cedevita Olimpija won 102–65. The result was overturned 20–0 for Cedevita Olimpija, following Koper Primoprska disqualification.
- Crvena zvezda won 84–72. The result was overturned 20–0 for Crvena zvezda, following the Koper Primoprska disqualification.
- Mega Soccerbet won 71–69. The result was overturned 20–0 for Mega Soccerbet, following the Koper Primoprska disqualification.
- Zadar won 77–55. The result was overturned 20–0 for Zadar, following the Koper Primoprska disqualification.
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- "MVP OF NOVEMBER: Jaka Blažič (Cedevita Olimpija)". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
- "MVP OF DECEMBER: Filip Petrušev (Mega Soccerbet)". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
- "MVP OF JANUARY: Jaka Blažič (Cedevita Olimpija)". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- "MVP OF FEBRUARY: Chinanu Onuaku (Zadar)". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
- "MVP OF MARCH: Nikola Ivanović (Budućnost VOLI)". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
- "MVP OF APRIL: Rashawn Thomas (Partizan NIS)". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 28 April 2021.