Baskeball Club Tikvesh (Macedonian: КК Тиквеш) is a professional basketball club based in Kavadarci, North Macedonia named for the local Тиквеш smelter operator Тиквеш. They currently play in the Macedonian First League. KK Tikvesh is the first ever Macedonian club to win an international trophy in basketball, they won the 2010-11 EUROHOLD Balkan League.[1]

Tikvesh logo
LeaguesMacedonian First League
ArenaJasmin Sports Hall
LocationKavadarci, North Macedonia
Team colorsBlue, Orange, White
Head coachNorth Macedonia Goran Samardziev
Championships3 Macedonian Championships
2 Macedonian Cups
Active departments of Sports Club Tikvesh
Basketball Handball Football

History Edit

KK Tikvesh was founded on 11 January 1970.[2]

Name: KK Tikvesh before it was Alumni Dekom Tikvesh (1995-1997), Orka Sport (1997-1999), Tikvesh (1999-2002), Feni Industries (2005-2019), EuroNickel 2005 (2019–).

The team was taken under the leadership of the local FErro-NIckel mining company "Feni Industries AD" in 2005, while the smelter was under the control of Beny Steinmetz.

Since 2008, KK Tikvesh has organized the international basketball tournament “Dimitar Gjorgjiev", in Kavadarci.

  • 2008 Champions The team from Kavadarci won their second championship title in season 2007/08 beating BC Strumica in the final play off 4-3 series.
  • 2010 Champions Kvadarci team won their third championship in the season 2009/10 by beating BC Vardar in the final series play off 4-3 drama.
  • 2011 Champions They won their fourth championship title in the season 2010/11 second in the row. This time the easiest final series against the heavy-weight BC Rabotnichki by 4-1 play off final series.
  • BIBL Kavadarci team is one of the founding members of the BIBL League competition. They competed for 5 successful seasons in the BIBL league. They reached four semi-finals in the row. Ending 4th in the season 2009 and third in 2010, 2012. In their last season, 2017, they finished 6th.
  • BIBL Champions Their biggest success came in the 2010/11 season winning the final four tournament in their home ground JASMIN ARENA. In the regular season they've finished 1 st in group B, having score 6-2, winning 3 games at home and 3 games away. Beating: Rilski 90:66 (humiliating victory), Mures 98:87, Balkan 101-72 (another humiliating victory) at home, and Mornar 95-84, Rilski 86-76, Balkan 83-76 away. At final four which was held in Kavadarci ,at home ground first they've beat Mornar in the semi-finals by 82-75 in the tight game. After that in the final game Kavadarci team had an easy game against Rilski beating them by 88-75 in festive atmosphere at JASMIN ARENA winning the Championship.

In 2019, due to the difficulties of Steinmetz and because of the uncertain economic climate for the smelter's output, the company faced court-ordered administration. The result of this process was the sale of the smelter to an organization called Euronickel,[3] who also took on the sponsorship of the basketball team. In the summer of 2023 EuroNickel planned to step down and stop being the main financial brand of Kavadarci club. However, company remained as the main sponsor of the club and the name was not changed.[4]

BIBL League Seasons Edit

  • 2009: (5-7) 4th
  • 2010: (10-3) 3rd  
  • 2011: (8-2) 1st  
  • 2012: (7-6) 3rd  
  • 2017: (9-9) 6th

Home arena Edit

Jasmin Arena (Macedonian: " Јасмин") is a multi-purpose indoor sports arena located in Kavadarci, North Macedonia and seats 2,500 spectators.

The arena is used for basketball by KK Tikvesh. In May 2011, it hosted the Final Four of the Balkan International Basketball League.

Jasmin Arena

Honours Edit

Domestic Achievements   Edit

European Achievements   Edit

Current squad Edit

KK Tikvesh roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
G 6   Sokolov, Darko 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 37 – (1986-05-08)8 May 1986
SG 8   Karakolev, Nikola 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 36 – (1987-08-24)24 August 1987
F 9   Zlatev, Todor 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 20 – (2002-12-30)30 December 2002
PF 22   Đekić, Branislav 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 32 – (1991-08-12)12 August 1991
G   Stojanovski, Luka 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 23 – (2000-02-04)4 February 2000
PG   Mladenović, Marjan 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 72 kg (159 lb) 36 – (1987-08-27)27 August 1987
PF   Gavrilović, Ivan 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 27 – (1996-03-06)6 March 1996
Head coach
  •   Goran Samardziev
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Atanas Manev
Team manager

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 2020-11-01

Depth chart Edit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C Jure Planinić
PF Branislav Đekić Ivan Gavrilović
SF Nikola Karakolev Todor Zlatev
SG Darko Sokolov
PG Marjan Mladenović

Notable players Edit

Head coaches Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "KK Feni Industries makes history".
  2. ^ KK Тиквеш формирање - 11 јануари 1970 година
  3. ^ Moggridge, Matthew (2 December 2019). "Euronickel Industries completes $100 Million investment and second furnace restart". Steel Times International.
  4. ^ Ljubomir (2023-08-09). "Еуро Никел останува на сцената, познат е наследникот на Самарџиев! - KOS.MK". Retrieved 2023-08-22.
  5. ^ KK Feni Industries

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