Aleksandar Gec (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Гец; 3 March 1928 – 12 April 2008) was a Serbian professional basketball player, coach and administrator. He was the first basketball star of Crvena zvezda. He represented the Yugoslavia national basketball team internationally.
|Born||3 March 1928|
Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Died||12 April 2008 (aged 80)|
|Listed height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|NBA draft||1950 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Gec began playing basketball for Crvena zvezda team in 1945, practically since its foundation. With Crvena zvezda he has won the eight Yugoslav National Championships in a row from 1945 until 1953.
In the 1952 Championship Gec averaged 8.5 points per game (110 points in 13 matches). He is known for game against Proleter Zrenjanin in 1952. Four seconds before the end of the game, the score was tied when he took responsibility and scored with a shot from half court, but the crowd formed at the scorer's table and the judges ruled to overturn the point and then return the ball to his team. Gec scored winning point from the same place.
Yugoslavia national teamEdit
Gec become a head coach of Crvena zvezda in 1956 where he replaced Nebojša Popović on that position. After 1959 Yugoslav League season Gec left the job. He also coached the Yugoslavia women's national team at 1956 European Women's Basketball Championship in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
After an Eternal derby in which Partizan won, Partizan fans beat up the few Red Star fans in front of the police who did not intervene. Gec is required to send a protest letter to the Director of Partizan, which was also the Minister of the Interior of Serbia. Gec's Associates declined because of fear, whereupon Gec submitted the irrevocable resignation.
In popular cultureEdit
Yugoslav First Basketball LeagueEdit
- Preminuo Aleksandar Gec, prva velika zvezda KK Crvene zvezde
- Na danasnji dan drodjen Aleksandar Gec
- Aleksandar Gec at 1950 World Championship for Men
- Aleksandar Gec FIBA Profile
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