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KK Krka
KK Krka logo
Leagues Telemach League
Adriatic League
Founded 1948; 66 years ago (1948)
History KK Novo Mesto Partizan
(1948–1963)
KK Novoteks
(1963–1992)
KK Novo Mesto 1992
(1992–1997)
KK Krka
(1997–)
Arena Leon Štukelj Hall
(capacity: 2,500)
Location Novo Mesto, Slovenia
Team colors Green, white
         
Main sponsor Krka d. d.
President Brane Kastelec
Head coach Aleksandar Džikić
Championships 7 National Championships
1 National Cup
3 Slovenian Supercups
1 FIBA EuroChallenge
Website basket.krka.si

Košarkarski Klub Krka (English: Basketball Club Krka), commonly referred to as KK Krka or simply Krka, is a professional basketball team that is based in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. The team currently competes in the Slovenian Telemach League, the Adriatic League, and the FIBA EuroChallenge. The team's home arena is Leon Štukelj Hall. The team is currently named Krka-Telekom due to sponsorship reasons.

History[edit]

1948–2002[edit]

The first basketball club in Novo Mesto was founded in 1948, but not until 1983, the year of its 35th anniversary, was the city able to celebrate the conquer of the Slovenian national championship. After that triumph, however, basketball saw a decline in Novo Mesto that lasted until after the separation of the Slovenian Republic from the former Yugoslavia. Soon the team was climbing through the second division to rejoin the Slovenian First League in 1997, when it also took the name of its sponsor, Krka. A fourth-place finish in the national league and third in the Slovenian Cup allowed the club to qualify for the Korać Cup for 1998–99. The big breakthrough came a year later, however, as Krka defeated historical rival Olimpija Ljubljana in the Slovenian playoff finals to win the national title. That year, the team also played the Saporta Cup and reached third place in the Slovenian Cup. In 2000–01, Krka consolidated its strength, but nonetheless fell to Olimpija in the finals. In 2001–02, Krka qualified for the Euroleague in a pre-season tournament and made its mark in a group of superpowers. Though Krka missed the Top 16, it was able to defeat all its opponents once, including names like Real Madrid, Panathinaikos, CSKA Moscow and Skipper Bologna. At home, Krka finished second in the Goodyear league, in the Slovenian Championship and in the national cup, losing all three times to Olimpija Ljubljana. Last season changed that trend, however.

2002–03 season; National champion, Eurocup runner-up[edit]

Krka zoomed to the 2003 ULEB Cup double finals, narrowly losing to Pamesa Valencia despite being the only ULEB Cup team to win in Valencia. Krka then flexed its muscles, upsetting Olimpija for its second Slovenian crown.

2003–04 season; Troubles on the horizon[edit]

Season started with coach Zoran Martić that resigned after bad results in Euroleague, Petar Skansi came as replacement. Krka finished Euroleague with only two wins, 7th place in Adriatic league was solid achievement, but 7th place in national competition was not. Loss against Helios Domžale in quarterfinals implied drop from Adriatic league.

2004–05 season; Club nearly dead[edit]

Season 04/05 was very difficult for Krka fans and supporters since voting about dissolution was held, but luckily failed. New head coach, Predrag Milović was introduced, Krka finished 6th.

2005–06 season; On the bottom[edit]

Season 2005–06 was by far the worst. After finished last after 1st part of Slovenian league Krka lost only three times in relegation league, elevating this team to 9th place. Club was under 'rehab' in financial as well in competition terms, new club leadership under Marjan Erpe managed to save the club.

2006–07 season; Slowly climbing up[edit]

Krka finished 7th, coming into champion league.

2007–08 season; qualified for ABA[edit]

This season Krka finished third in domestic league and replaced Geoplin Slovan in Adriatic League.

2008–09 season[edit]

Krka was one of three Slovenian clubs that represented Slovenia in regional ABA league. 11th place was solid achievement for rookie after some years in league. In 1. SKL Krka finished third, after many injuries finished after 2nd Helios and could not compete in regional league.

2009–10 season; National champion, qualified for ABA[edit]

Aleksandar Džikić became fist coach of Krka squad in 2009–10 bringing great results to the club. Finished first after 1st part of 1. SKl and 2nd in champions league, brought semi-finals to Krka. Beating 2–1 Helios from Domžale Krka achieved finals after 7 long years. Beating Union Olimpija 3–2 in last game in Tivoli Krka finished very successful becoming Slovenian champion.

2010–11 season; National champion, Eurochallenge champion[edit]

Eurochallenge game

Aleksandar Džikić was confirmed to be coach in the 2010–11 season. He got new assistant for help, it was Aleksander Sekulič (confirmed on 21 June). Krka qualified for ABA league and decided to compete in 3rd rank European league called FIBA EuroChallenge. Season started great after winning Slovenian SuperCup beating Olimpija in Maribor. Krka played great and qualified for Adriatic League Final 4, where they lost against Olimpija in the semi finals. They also made it to the EuroChallenge Final 4 where they won club's 1st European trophy, beating domestic Oostende in semifinals and Lokomotiv-Kuban in finals. They finished Slovenian league on 1st place with one loss. In semifinals Krka bet Zlatorog by 2–0. Great season ended on 11 June, after winning Slovenian league, beating Olimpija 3–2. This was the 4th national trophy and second in the row.

2011–12 season; Back to EuroCup, national champions[edit]

Krka team 2012

Club is competing in ABA league, Eurocup, Slovenian Cup and Slovenian Telemach League. Coach Aleksandar Džikić was replaced with Nenad Trajković. Club left Dušan Đorđević, Goran Ikonić, Dragiša Drobnjak and Chris Booker. Their replacement were Jaka Klobučar, Curtis Stinson, Marko Đurković, Jimmy Baxter and Jerome Jordan. Club had two players in Slovenian national team. Those were Edo Murić and Zoran Dragić. Club had successfully started a season in October, winning Slovenian Supercup over Olimpija. In November club left Jaka Klobučar and Curtis Stinson. Jaka's wish was playing in foreign country, while Stinson went to surgery (broken ankle). Club bought Allan Ray who was playing only 3 games. After excellent performance against Le Mans he was literal kidnapped by his agents and moved to France. His replacement was Mustafa Abdul-Hamid.

On 1 December, coach Nenad Trajković moved to the Phoenix Suns and it was replaced with his assistant Aleksander Sekulič. Also the club left Jerome Jordan (NBA-out clause), club released Jimmy Baxter (denied FBI documents) and Marko Đurković (bad performance). The 29 December club announced three new players - from Bayern München came Ben Hansbrough, from Radnički Kragujevac came Uroš Lučić, who already played for Krka in the 2009–10 season and Jure Lalić, who came from Cibona Zagreb. In January 2012, club released Mustafa Abdul-Hamid, but after one month he came back to club in February 2012. The club also announced new player on PG position. That became Afik Nissim. Season ended with winning fifth national championship, third in the row. Season will be remembered as there were 23 players in Krka's squad at some point.

2012–13 season; Return to Eurochallenge[edit]

Club is competing in ABA league, Slovenian Telemach League, EuroChallenge and Slovenian Cup. After winning national trophy previous season Aleksander Sekulič continued as main coach. New assistant coach became Gašper Potočnik and former Krka player Simon Petrov. Club added Jaka Klobučar, Jakov Vladović and Jurica Golemac and two youngsters, Erjon Kastrati and Tomaž Bolčina. Jure Balažić changed club and went to Turkey while Simon Petrov retired and as mentioned became assistant coach. Team started season with Slovenian Supercup win over Olimpija 84–81 on 25 September, in Grosuplje. On 30 December Matjaž Smodiš and president Brane Kastelec announced his come back to home club. Due bad results, especially defeat in semifinals of national cup against Helios on 11 February, main coach Aleksander Sekulić was released. New head coach became Gašper Potočnik, previously assistant. In March club inked comboguard Jerime Anthony Andersen, that played his first game in national championship against Helios. In national league Krka finished regular part first with only one defeat (9-1). In semifinals won 2-0 team Zlatorog and played finals with Olimpija. Krka led series 2-0 and won 3-1 after winning in Stižice arena. It's forth consecutive title and sixth overall. Last game had huge contribution of Matjaž Smodiš who scored 21 points and successfully ended his career.

2013–14 season; Džikić comeback[edit]

On 18 June club signed two year contract with Aleksandar Džikić. First team addition was Jasmin Hukić, signed on June 25. Club added Croatian power forward Zvonko Buljan and Slovenian guard Luka Lapornik on July 12.[1]

National title in 2014 finals

On July 24, the club announced the signing of Derrick Nix to a 3 year contract, but because of his improper behavior they break the contract and signed Chris Booker. American PG Malcolm Ray Armsteadn joined club on July 30.[2] In the middle of the season, Sani Bečirović, well known Slovenian international with rich career joined to the team, that faced many problems lacking injured Armstead. This was the first season Krka won national cup and after winning national championship on May 31 it was its first double crown season. Jaka Klobučar was awarded with Slovenian League MVP title. Team achieved good position in Adriatic league, finishing 7th just a spot away from directly qualifying to EuroCup.

2014–15 season[edit]

At June 14th, two new players were confirmed. Cameroonian Alexis Wangmene and Mirko Mulalić, while Pavić, Klobučar, Bečirović, Buljan, Pajić, Booker and Murić were no more part of the team. Aleksandar Džikić kept his place as head coach and became coach with most seasons in the club (4). ON June 26th ULEB decision, that Krka can not play in its hall resulted that this would be first season after 4 years without European competitions. Krka would eventually play in the Slovenian and ABA league. On the 9th July club signed one year contract with former Slovenian national team player Nebojša Joksimović.

Current roster[edit]

KK Krka roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 10 United States Armstead, Malcolm Ray 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 24 – (1989-08-01)August 1, 1989
PG 6 Slovenia Rojc, Matej 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 21 – (1993-02-17)February 17, 1993
SG / Slovenia Joksimović, Nebojša 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 32 – (1981-11-17)November 17, 1981
SG / Slovenia Mulalić, Mirko 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 26 – (1988-05-19)May 19, 1988
SG 5 Slovenia Kastrati, Erjon 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 19 – (1994-12-30)December 30, 1994
G/F 4 Slovenia Lapornik, Luka 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 25 – (1988-10-24)October 24, 1988
PF / Cameroon Wangmene, Alexis 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 25 – (1989-03-01)March 1, 1989
PF 13 Bosnia and Herzegovina Hukić, Jasmin 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 34 – (1979-08-15)August 15, 1979
C 15 Slovenia Bolčina, Tomaž 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 20 – (1994-01-06)January 6, 1994
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 9 July 2014

Squad Changes for the 2014–15 Season[edit]

In:

Out:

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Injured

PG

Malcolm Armstead Matej Rojc

SG

Nebojša Joksimović Mirko Mulalić Erjon Kastrati

SF

Luka Lapornik

PF

Jasmin Hukić Alexis Wangmene

C

Tomaž Bolčina

Leon Štukelj hall[edit]

5th game of Slovenian League 2011, showing Leon Štukelj hall from southeast side

Club's first court was Loka outdoor asphalte court, near river Krka. I 70's club moved to first indoor arena in town, named Marof. It has 1,500 seating capacity. Marof was home court for BC Krka for over 30 years. Club won first national title in 2000 playing in Marof. This arena is still being used as training court and 2009–10 season playoff finals were played in Marof.

Club is currently playing in Sport Hall Leon Štukelj with capacity of 2,800 seats. Hall is located in school center in southwestern part of town. It is Novo mesto+s school centre primarily sport gym and is venue to many sports and events, since it is the largest hall in Novo mesto and Dolenjska.

New arena with 5,000+ seats was planned to be built in 2013 as Novo mesto was one of home cities for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia but is currently canceled as well as Novo mesto's candidature for EuroBasket.

As Euroleague Basketball (company) set minimum capacity for EuroCup at 3,000 seats and for non-contract Euroleague teams for 5,000 seats, BC Krka is unable to play those competitions at home.

Supporters[edit]

Krka supporters are called Kelti Novo Mesto.

Seasons[edit]

Season League Cup SuperCup Adriatic Europe Coach Roster
2014–15 DNC Serbia Aleksandar Džikić Malcolm Armstead, Tomaž Bolčina, Jasmin Hukić, Erjon Kastrati, Luka Lapornik, Matej Rojc, Alexis Wangmene, Mirko Mulalić, Nebojša Joksimović
2013–14 Champions Winners Finalist 7th (12-14) Eurochallenge

TOP 16 3rd place in group (3/3)

Serbia Aleksandar Džikić Malcolm Armstead, Sani Bečirović, Chris Booker, Tomaž Bolčina, Zvonko Buljan, Jasmin Hukić, Jaka Klobučar, Erjon Kastrati, Luka Lapornik, Marko Pajić, Smiljan Pavič, Matej Rojc, Edo Murić, Žiga Zatežič
2012–13 Champions Semifinals Winners 9th

(9-17)

Eurochallenge

3rd in Group A 3/3

Slovenia Aleksander Sekulič

Slovenia Gašper Potočnik

Jakov Vladović, Matej Rojc, Jaka Klobučar, Erjon Kastrati, Edo Murić, Uroš Lučić, Jurica Golemac, Smiljan Pavič, Jure Lalić, Tomaž Bolčina, Marko Pajić, Domen Lorbek, Žiga Zatežič, Matjaž Smodiš, Jure Ritlop, Jerime Anderson
2011–12 Champions Finalist Winners 11th

(9-17)

Eurocup

TOP16 4th place in group (1/5)

Serbia Naser "Nenad" Trajković
Slovenia Aleksander Sekulič
Curtis Stinson, Bojan Krivec, Matej Rojc, Jimmy Baxter, Simon Petrov, Jaka Klobučar, Marko Kastelic, Zoran Dragić, Edo Murić, Jure Balažič, Marko Đurković, Jan Osolnik, Smiljan Pavič, Jerome Jordan, Allan Ray, Domen Bratož, Ben Hansbrough, Jure Lalić, Uroš Lučić, Mustafa Abdul-Hamid, Afik Nissim, Martin Mežan, Žiga Fifolt
2010–11 Champions Quarterfinals Winners 3rd place

(17-9) Semifinals

Eurochallenge

Winners

Serbia Aleksandar Džikić Dušan Đorđević, Bojan Krivec, Matej Rojc, Goran Ikonić, Simon Petrov, Marko Kastelic, Zoran Dragić

Dragiša Drobnjak, Edo Murić, Jan Osolnik, Jure Balažič, Chris Booker, Smiljan Pavič

2009–10 Champions Semifinals DNC DNC DNC Serbia Aleksandar Džikić Nik Ivanović, Maj Kovačevič, Bojan Krivec, Simon Petrov, Goran Ikonić, Brent Ragsdale, Matej Venta, Miloš Marković, Davor Marcelić, Stanko Sebič, Jure Balažič, Matej Župevec, Uroš Lučić, Uroš Nikolić, Smiljan Pavič
2008–09 3rd place Semifinals DNC 11th

(9-17)

DNC Croatia Ivan Sunara Maj Kovačevič, Bojan Krivec, Simon Petrov, Richard Shields, Rene Žvan, Bruce Price, Rolandas Alijevas, Stanko Sebič, Davor Marcelić, J. P. Ingram, Jure Balažič, Matej Župevec, Marko Rakočević, Smiljan Pavič
2007–08 3rd place DNC DNC DNC DNC Slovenia Rade Mijanović Vladimir Mihailovič, Maj Kovačevič, T. J. Sorrentine, Rene Žvan, Bojan Krivec, Stanko Sebič, Davor Marcelić, Anže Cerkovnik, Klemen Bučar, Žiga Koritnik, Matej Župevec, Jure Balažič, Vjeran Soldo, Marko Rakočević, Dalibor Đapa
2006–07 6th DNC DNC DNC DNC Montenegro Predrag Milović Vladimir Mihailovič, Rene Žvan, Bojan Krivec, Bojan Jovanovič, Stanko Sebič, Ervin Taraniš, Klemen Bučar, Anže Cerkovnik, Igor Jokič, Matej Župevec, Matas Niparavicius, Vjeran Soldo
2005–06 9th DNC DNC DNC DNC Montenegro Predrag Milović Bojan Krivec, Ristič, Matej Župevec, Sitar, Rene Žvan, Gorenc, Šmigič, Matej Venta, Stanko Sebič, Gliha, Nejc Smodiš, Taraniš, Anže Cerkovnik, Hočevar, Igor Jokič, Primc, Jure Balažič, Klepo, Jovanovič, Keith
2004–05 6th DNC DNC DNC DNC Montenegro Predrag Milović Bojan Krivec, Goran Milanovič, Jaka Klobučar, Klemen Bučar, Matija Frančič, Mitja Sitar, Rene Žvan, Simon Gorenc, Matej Venta, Stanko Sebič, Ervin Taraniš, Anže Cerkovnik, Jure Balažič, Brane Savič, Samo Plevnik, Mihajlo Vukič, Vladimir Anzulovič, Aleksandar Damjanovič, Milan Parezanovič
2003–04 5th DNC Finalist DNC Euroleague

8th place in group B (2-12)

Croatia Petar Skansi Gardner, Antonijevič, Gilbert, Matej Venta, Subotič, Slavko Duščak, Ivaškovič, Sani Bečirović, Budzinauskas, Grgurevič, Gnjidič, Saša Mučič, Dundovič, Jure Balažič, Rickert, Mihajlovič, Ugrekhelidze, Bošnjak, Márton Báder
2002–03 Champions DNC DNE 7th

(11-11)

EuroCup

Finalist

Croatia Neven Spahija Ivaškovič, Gnjidič, Aleksandar Ćapin, Matej Venta, Vladimir Anzulovič, Mathis, Samo Grum, Paravinja, Jamie Arnold, Slavko Duščak, Dragiša Drobnjak, Saša Mučič, Miloš Mirkovič, Maravič, Márton Báder, Jure Balažič, Stanko Sebič
2001–02 Finalist Finalist DNE Finalist

(16-6)

Euroleague

6th place in grup C (7-7)

Slovenia Aleš Pipan Vladimir Anzulovič, Jaka Lakovič, Samo Grum, Igor Ivaškovič, Aleksandar Ćapin, Boris Gnjidić, Bennett Davison, Andrej Gliha, Saša Mučič, Kristjan Preglej, Dragiša Drobnjak, Miloš Mirković, Mate Skelin, Nemanja Jelesijević, Marko Šamanić, Martin Mihajlović
2000–01 Finalist Finalist DNE DNE Suproleague

8th place in Grup B (7-11)

Slovenia Aleš Pipan Vladimir Anzulovič, Simon Petrov, Samo Grum, Aleksandar Ćapin, Igor Ivaškovič, Dejan Jevtović, Saša Dončič, Ervin Taraniš, J. P. Courtney, Davison, Andrej Gliha, Nejc Smodiš, Dragiša Drobnjak, Mirko Ščekić, Martin Mihajlović, Franjo Arapović, Miloš Mirković
1999–00 Champions DNC DNE DNE Saporta Cup

Last 16

Croatia Ivan Sunara Dražovič, Dejan Jevtović, Ervin Taraniš, Simon Petrov, Matjaž Smodiš, Viskovič, Samo Grum, Dragiša Drobnjak, Stakič, Samo Majerle, Martin Šcekič, Nakič
1998–99 3rd place DNC DNE DNE Korač Cup

Last 16

Croatia Živko Ljubojevič
Croatia Ivan Sunara
Jevtovič, Samar, Simon Petrov, Matjaž Smodiš, Grum, Nakič, Šcekič, Meluš, Balažic, Taraniš, Eržek, Ivaškovič, Leon Stipaničev, Gliha, Samo Majerle
1997–98 4th DNC DNE DNE DNC Croatia Živko Ljubojevič Jevtovič, Samar, Bordelius, Simon Petrov, Matjaž Smodiš, Bajc, Grum, Stipaničev, Plevnik, M. Petrov, Stevič, Jazbec, Dakič, Stakič, Balažic
1996–97 2. (A2) League

Champions

DNC DNE DNE DNC Slovenia Slavko Seničar
Slovenia Slavko Kovačevič
Bordelius, Samar, Stipaničev, Simon Petrov, M. Petrov, Matjaž Smodiš, Bajc, Vučkovič, Lučev, Novina, Rusič, Jazbec, Oštir
1995–96 2.League (A2)

3rd

DNC DNE DNE DNC Slovenia Slavko Seničar Plantan, Cerkovnik, Munih, Župevec, S. Seničar, Bajc, Kek, Lenart, Červ, Simon Petrov, Oštir, Vučkovič, Novina, Gavranovič, Zupančič, Vipavec, M. Petrov, Lalič, Matjaž Smodiš, Primož Samar, Leon Stipaničev
1994–95 3.League (2 SKL) West

Champions

DNC DNE DNE DNC Plantan, Cerkovnik, Munih, Župevec, S. Seničar, Bajc, Kek, Lenart, Červ, Simon Petrov, Oštir, Vučkovič, Novina, Gavranovič, Zupančič, Vipavec, M. Petrov, Lalič, Matjaž Smodiš
1993–94 3.League (2 SKL) West

6th place

DNC DNE DNE DNC Simon Petrov
1992–93 4. (ZAHOD I) League

Champions

DNC DNE DNE DNC
  • DNC = did not compete
  • DNE = (tournament) did not exist

Most seasons as of 2014–15 season[edit]

Players[edit]

# Player No. of seasons
1 Simon Petrov 12
2 Jure Balažič 9
3 Bojan Krivec 8
4 Stanko Sebič 7
4 Matjaž Smodiš 7
6 Smiljan Pavič 6
7 Matej Venta 5
7 Dragiša Drobnjak 5
7 Rene Žvan 5
7 Matej Rojc 5
11 Edo Murić 4














Coaches[edit]

# Coach No. of seasons Seasons
1 Aleksandar Džikić 4 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2013/2014, 2014/2015
2 Predrag Milović 3 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2006/2007
2 Ivan Sunara 3 1998/1999, 1999/2000, 2008/2009
3 Aleš Pipan 2
3 Živko Ljubojević 2
3 Slavko Seničar 2
3 Aleksander Sekulić 2
4 Neven Spahija 1
4 Petar Skansi 1
4 Rade Mijanović 1
4 Slavko Kovačevič 1
4 Gašper Potočnik 1

Notable players[edit]

Slovenia [Slovenia]
  European Union [Europe]
  United States [USA]
  United Nations [Other]

Notable coaches[edit]

Most notable coaches in the recent years were:

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.basket.krka.si/si/novice/?id=2397
  2. ^ http://www.basket.krka.si/si/novice/?id=2408

External links[edit]