The ABA League Second Division, also ABA League 2, is the 2nd-tier men's basketball division of the ABA League system. It is run by the ABA League JTD. It is a regional competition between men's professional clubs from six countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia.
|Number of teams||14|
|Level on pyramid||2nd|
|Promotion to||ABA League First Division|
|International cup(s)||Champions League|
|Current champions|| Zlatibor (1st title) |
|Most championships|| Krka|
Zlatibor (1 title)
|TV partners||Arena Sport|
The ABA League Assembly, held on 24 July 2017, in Belgrade, Serbia, decided to organize the ABA League Second Division with 12 participants. Based on the results in the national championships and by taking into account which clubs have sent applications for participation in the ABA League Second Division, these teams will play in the inaugural season of the ABA League Second Division.
Teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia previously played similar second-tier competition called First B Federal League when they were part of SFR Yugoslavia. The First B Federal League was played for 11 seasons from 1980 to 1991.
On 12 March 2020, the ABA League Assembly temporarily suspended the 2019–20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 27 May 2020, the ABA League Assembly canceled definitely the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 29 June 2020, the Assembly decided to extend the number of clubs from 12 to 14 until the 2024–25 season.
|Season||Champion||Runner-up||Top seed||Champion's Coach||Finals MVP|
|Krka||Sixt Primorska||Borac Čačak||Simon Petrov||Marko Jošilo|
|Sixt Primorska||MZT Skopje||Sixt Primorska||Goran Jagodnik||Marko Jagodić-Kuridža|
|Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic||Borac Čačak||None||Not awarded|
|Studentski centar||Spars||Studentski centar||Nenad Trajković||Marko Tejić|
|Zlatibor||MZT Skopje||MZT Skopje||Strajin Nedović||Dušan Kutlešić|
First Division promotion and relegationEdit
The champions of the Second Division are promoted to a following Adriatic League First Division season, while the last-placed team in the First Division are relegated to a following season of the Second Division. Also, as of the 2018–19 season, the 11th placed team of the ABA League First Division and the 2nd placed team of the Second Division, will play in the Qualifiers for a spot in the First Division for the following season.
|Season||Promotion to First Division||Relegation from First Division|
|2017–18||Krka (1)||MZT Skopje Aerodrom (12)|
|2018–19||Primorska (1)||Petrol Olimpija[Note 1] (12)|
|2019–20||Borac Čačak; Split[Note 2]||None|
|2020–21||Studentski centar (1)||Koper Primorska[Note 3]|
|2021–22||MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Finalist)||Krka (14)|
|Borac||Banja Luka||Borik Sports Hall||3,060|
|Gorica||Velika Gorica||Velika Gorica City Sports Hall||620|
|Helios Suns||Domžale||Komunalni center Hall||2,500|
|Krka||Novo Mesto||Leon Štukelj Hall||2,500|
|Pelister||Bitola||Sports Hall Boro Čurlevski||5,000|
|Sloga||Kraljevo||Kraljevo Sports Hall||3,331|
|Spars||Sarajevo||Grbavica Sports Hall||1,500|
|Sutjeska||Nikšić||Nikšić Sports Center||3,000|
|Šenčur||Šenčur||Šenčur Sports Hall||800|
|Široki||Široki Brijeg||Pecara Sports Hall||4,500|
|TFT Skopje||Skopje||SRC Kale||2,300|
|Vrijednosnice||Osijek||Gradski vrt Hall||4,438|
|Zlatibor||Čajetina||Čajetina Sports Hall||500|
The following is a list of clubs that have played in the Second Division, at any time, since its formation in 2017, to the current season.
|1D||Played in the First Division|
|LR||Lose right to compete in the next season|
|Bold||Teams playing in the 2022–23 season|
|R||Regular season winners|
List of participantsEdit
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2022–23 regular season.
The 2019–20 season was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.
|Borac Banja Luka||—||—||—||QF||SF||TBD||3||Semi-finals|
- ^ Olimpija Ljubljana and Cedevita Zagreb made a merger and established a new club based in Ljubljana in July 2019 under the name Cedevita Olimpija.
- ^ Borac Čačak and Split were awarded with wild cards to participate in the 2020–21 ABA League First Division.
- ^ Koper Primorska was disqualified from the ABA League in December 2020 after failing to play two consecutive games due to financial problems. Later that month, the club also withdrew from the Slovenian League and was disbanded.
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- ^ "ABA competitions suspended". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
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- ^ "29 June 2020 - Conclusions of the ABA League j.t.d. Assembly". druga.aba-liga.com. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
- ^ "Important decisions confirmed at the ABA League j.t.d. Assembly Session". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
- ^ "Rimac trener Cedevite Olimpije, prva okrepitev Edo Murić". rtvslo.si. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
- ^ Maver, Rok (17 December 2020). "Koper Primorska izključena iz lige Aba". Primorske novice (in Slovenian). Retrieved 21 December 2020.
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- ^ Jamnik, Tilen (25 December 2020). "Žakelj ob koncu Primorske: Na tak način ni moglo več iti" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 25 December 2020.