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Košarkaški klub Metalac (Serbian Cyrillic: Кошаркашки клуб Металац), commonly referred to as KK Metalac Valjevo, is a men's professional basketball club based in Valjevo, Serbia. They are currently competing in the Basketball League of Serbia.

Metalac Valjevo
Metalac Valjevo logo
LeaguesKLS
FoundedMarch 24, 1948; 71 years ago (1948-03-24)
HistoryKK Budućnost
(1948–1954)
KK Metalac
(1954–present)
ArenaValjevo Sports Hall
Capacity2,500
LocationValjevo, Serbia
Team colorsRed and White
         
Head coachMihailo Poček
Championships2 National League Cup
Websitekkmetalac.org.rs
Uniforms

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HistoryEdit

Metalac was established on 24 March 1948 as KK Budućnost Valjevo.[1] Six days later, the club played its first official game in Čačak against Borac and lost 69:19. In a relatively short period of time, they managed to qualify for a higher level of competition, entering the South Group of a then minor Serbian League under the new name Metalac in 1954. Due to financial problems in 1960, the club had to leave all competitions and restart from scratch again a year after.

In 1973 Metalac managed to qualify for the First Yugoslav Federal League by beating Mladost Zemun in the last round of the competition, gaining decisive advantage over Vojvodina Novi Sad. Metalac spent six consecutive seasons in the First League and managed to beat at least once all the big clubs of Yugoslav basketball in that period. They played their last game in Yugoslav First Federal League on 31 March 1979 against Jugoplastika in Split.

During the last couple of years, professional basketball in Valjevo is on the rise again. Metalac qualified for the top level of club competition in Serbia in 2007–08 and since then managed to progress to the Basketball League of Serbia Superleague phase five times. They have constantly been a serious contender for a spot in the Adriatic League over the past few seasons and finally became part of it in 2014–15 after Radnički Kragujevac opted out because of financial instability.[2]

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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

Metalac Valjevo roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SF 4   Stamenić, Jovan 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 23 – (1996-05-13)13 May 1996
SG 6   Turbić, Adis 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 22 – (1997-04-02)2 April 1997
F 9   Matić, Uroš 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 21 – (1998-05-09)9 May 1998
SF 10   Ranković, Mitar 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 17 – (2001-06-08)8 June 2001
PG 11   Vasić, Aleksandar (C) 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 31 – (1987-06-17)17 June 1987
PF 12   Stefanović, Nikola 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 19 – (1999-12-12)12 December 1999
PF 13   Đuković, Igor 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 31 – (1987-11-28)28 November 1987
SF 14   Aleksić, Aleksa 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 17 – (2002-02-20)20 February 2002
C 15   Nikčević, Filip 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 21 – (1998-05-03)3 May 1998
PF 16   Milićević, Luka 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 17 – (2001-08-04)4 August 2001
PG 19   Pavlović, Krsman 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 17 – (2001-06-06)6 June 2001
C 21   Kaplanović, Đorđe 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 24 – (1995-03-21)21 March 1995
PF 24   Narandžić, Nenad 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 22 – (1996-06-19)19 June 1996
G 33   Anđušić, Luka 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 24 – (1994-09-03)3 September 1994
SF 37   Pejović, Luka 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 30 – (1989-02-12)12 February 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: March 2, 2019

CoachesEdit

Notable playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Istorija KK Metalac". kkmetalac.org.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Metalac u ABA ligi!". mondo.rs (in Serbian). 5 September 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2017.

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