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Košarkaški klub Igokea (Serbian Cyrillic: Кошаркашки клуб Игокеа), commonly referred to as KK Igokea or simply Igokea, is a professional Bosnian basketball club from Aleksandrovac, Laktaši municipality, an entity Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The club currently participates in the Adriatic League and the Bosnian League. The club is a founding member and shareholder of the Adriatic Basketball Association.[1]

Igokea
Igokea logo
LeaguesAdriatic League
Bosnian League
Founded23 July 1973; 46 years ago (1973-07-23)
HistoryKK Potkozarje
(1973–1997)
KK Igokea
(1997–present)
ArenaLaktaši Sports Hall
Capacity3,050
LocationAleksandrovac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Team colorsMidnight blue, lake blue, white
              
PresidentBoris Spasojević
General managerIgor Dodik
Head coachDragan Bajić
Championships6 Bosnian Championship
7 Bosnian Cup
Retired numbers1 (6)
Websiteigokea.rs

HistoryEdit

Even though they have become well known to the broader basketball public in the territory of the former Yugoslavia only several years ago, when they joined the regional competition called the Adriatic League, Igokea is a club with a long-lasting tradition. Its beginnings go back into 23 July 1973, when KK Potkozarje was established in Aleksandrovac by a group of enthusiasts that set themselves the main goal to introduce basketball to local youth and teach them the basics. In the second half of the 1990s, the club was renamed to Igokea and that's when the club's main emphasis was put on its youth categories and got another dimension and adopted the highest ambitions at the senior level. The Igokea's first trophy came in 2001 when the club from Aleksandrovac conquered the entire competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina and became champion. Six years later, it won their first national cup trophy. By now the club has won six championship and five cup trophies. In the 2010–11 season, Igokea participated in the ABA League for the first time and in 2013 it reached the regional league's final four tournaments, securing themselves also a spot in the Eurocup and that's when it entered the biggest international stage.

2012–13 ABA League controversyEdit

At the beginning of the 2012–13 ABA League season, the ABA League Board announced that starting this season the only way to qualify for the European Club Competitions under ULEB, will be through Adriatic League and not the national championships of each ABA country member. ABA League Board also informed clubs and the public that the winner of the regular season will directly qualify for the Euroleague Group Phase in the 2013–14 season and that the second ABA team in Euroleague will be the Final Four winner. If the same team wins the regular season and the Final Four, then the second-placed team from the regular season will go to Euroleague. The third-placed team from regular season would enter the Qualification for the 2013–14 Euroleague. In February 2013, when it became clear that Igokea will win the regular season, Euroleague Basketball clarified the situation of the Adriatic League spots saying the three first teams in the Final Four will qualify. Due to the different interpretation of both associations, Euroleague and Liga ABA negotiated a solution to be applied only for the 2012–13 season. Finally, both organizations agreed that if the team is in the first positions after the Regular Season meets all of the B-licence minimum requirements, will qualify to Euroleague. In this case, KK Igokea doesn't meet required criteria, so Euroleague Basketball applied the 2012-13 Euroleague Bylaws by which the 2013 ABA Final Four champion and the runner-up will take the first two Adriatic positions in this order, whilst the next highest regular season team will take the final Adriatic position.[2]

2013–14 European Club CompetitionsEdit

On June 25, 2013, Executive Board of Igokea Basketball Club announced that the club won't use its right to compete in the 2013-14 Euroleague Qualifying Tournament citing that even if the club would win the tournament it would not be allowed to play games in its home arena since it doesn't meet the standards for obtaining Euroleague "B" license (mainly because of the capacity). Instead, BC Igokea will be playing in 2013-14 Eurocup competition.[3]

ArenaEdit

 
Laktaši Sports Hall

Laktaši Sports Hall (Serbian Cyrillic: Хала спортова у Лакташима) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the city of Laktaši. It is the home ground of basketball club Igokea and has a capacity of 3,050 seats.

HonoursEdit

Champions (6): 2001, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Champions (7): 2007, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

European Competitions HistoryEdit

2000/01 Radivoj Korać CupEdit

Elimination Round IEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Rabotnički   133–141   Igokea 63–71 70–70

Elimination Round IIEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Igokea   143–148   Fenerbahçe 78–75 65–73

2001/02 Reimond Saporta CupEdit

Qualification Round - Group D

IGO FMP IRA SLO KEO SPL
Igokea 77–78 81–90 78–81 91–83 99–110
FMP 72–64 63–92 81–92 82–64 96–83
Iraklis 86–50 71–76 62–66 80–48 88–78
Slovakofarma 62–58 95–92 86–74 93–62 85–89
Keravnos 83–86 59–100 72–80 54–87 87–88
Split 82–84 73–78 87–92 86–80 87–84

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Igokea roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
PG 2   Evans, Keenan 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 23 – (1996-08-23)23 August 1996
SF 3   Simeunović, Đorđe 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 24 – (1995-04-26)26 April 1995
PG 5   Talić, Darko 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 21 – (1998-02-23)23 February 1998
PF 7   Lešić, Sava 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 31 – (1988-02-23)23 February 1988
SG 8   Kariniauskas, Vaidas 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 25 – (1993-11-16)16 November 1993
SG 9   Nikolić, Nemanja 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 21 – (1998-10-07)7 October 1998
PF 14   Stević, Oliver 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 35 – (1984-01-18)18 January 1984
G/F 20   Vaughn, Rashad 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 23 – (1996-08-16)16 August 1996
SF 22   Ilić, Dalibor 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 19 – (2000-03-04)4 March 2000
SF 24   Kočić, Srđan 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 19 – (1999-11-27)27 November 1999
SF 33   Tomas, Marko 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 35 – (1984-01-03)3 January 1984
F   Wright, Dorell 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 33 – (1985-12-02)2 December 1985
C   Gagić, Đorđe 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 28 – (1990-12-28)28 December 1990
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Milutin Latinčić
  •   Zoran Petković
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: November 14, 2019

Retired numbersEdit

KK Igokea retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure Date
6 Milan Dozet SF 2010–2014 February 7, 2016[4]

CoachesEdit

ManagementEdit

Current officeholders are:

RеferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Company registration info: ABA LIGA j.t.d." aba-liga.com. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Euroleague Basketball - ABA League Agreement on Access to the 2013-14 Euroleague". Euroleague. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Igokea odustala od Eurolige" (in Serbian). Nezavisne Novine. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Dozet: Velika sreća i čast što pod svodove dvorane u Laktašima ide moj dres". nezavisne.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 3 September 2017.

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