|History||KK Novo Mesto Partizan
KK Novo Mesto 1992
|Arena||Leon Štukelj Hall
|Location||Novo Mesto, Slovenia|
|Team colors||Green, white
|Main sponsor||Krka d. d.|
|Head coach||Aleksandar Džikić|
|Championships||7 National Championships
1 National Cup
3 Slovenian Supercups
1 FIBA EuroChallenge
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.
- 1 History
- 1.1 1948–2002
- 1.2 2002–03 season; National champion, Eurocup runner-up
- 1.3 2003–04 season; Troubles on the horizon
- 1.4 2004–05 season; Club nearly dead
- 1.5 2005–06 season; On the bottom
- 1.6 2006–07 season; Slowly climbing up
- 1.7 2007–08 season; qualified for ABA
- 1.8 2008–09 season
- 1.9 2009–10 season; National champion, qualified for ABA
- 1.10 2010–11 season; National champion, Eurochallenge champion
- 1.11 2011–12 season; Back to EuroCup, national champions
- 1.12 2012–13 season; Return to Eurochallenge
- 1.13 2013–14 season; Džikić comeback
- 1.14 2014–15 season
- 2 Current roster
- 3 Leon Štukelj hall
- 4 Supporters
- 5 Seasons
- 6 Most seasons as of 2014–15 season
- 7 Notable players
- 8 Notable coaches
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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
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
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
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.
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
Krka finished 7th, coming into champion league.
2007–08 season; qualified for ABA
This season Krka finished third in domestic league and replaced Geoplin Slovan in Adriatic League.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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. 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.
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.
|KK Krka roster|
Squad Changes for the 2014–15 Season
- Alexis Wangmene (from KD Hopsi Polzela)
- Mirko Mulalić (from KD Hopsi Polzela)
- Nebojša Joksimović (from KK Union Olimpija)
|Malcolm Armstead||Matej Rojc|
|Nebojša Joksimović||Mirko Mulalić||Erjon Kastrati|
|Jasmin Hukić||Alexis Wangmene|
Leon Štukelj hall
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.
Krka supporters are called Kelti Novo Mesto.
|2014–15||DNC||Aleksandar Džikić||Malcolm Armstead, Tomaž Bolčina, Jasmin Hukić, Erjon Kastrati, Luka Lapornik, Matej Rojc, Alexis Wangmene, Mirko Mulalić, Nebojša Joksimović|
TOP 16 3rd place in group (3/3)
|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|
3rd in Group A 3/3
|Aleksander Sekulič||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|
TOP16 4th place in group (1/5)
| Naser "Nenad" Trajković
|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|
|Aleksandar Džikić||Dušan Đorđević, Bojan Krivec, Matej Rojc, Goran Ikonić, Simon Petrov, Marko Kastelic, Zoran Dragić|
|2009–10||Champions||Semifinals||DNC||DNC||DNC||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|
|DNC||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||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||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||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||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|
8th place in group B (2-12)
|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|
|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|
6th place in grup C (7-7)
|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|
8th place in Grup B (7-11)
|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|
|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
| Živko Ljubojevič
|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||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
|DNC||DNE||DNE||DNC|| Slavko Seničar
|Bordelius, Samar, Stipaničev, Simon Petrov, M. Petrov, Matjaž Smodiš, Bajc, Vučkovič, Lučev, Novina, Rusič, Jazbec, Oštir|
|DNC||DNE||DNE||DNC||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
|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
|1992–93||4. (ZAHOD I) League
- DNC = did not compete
- DNE = (tournament) did not exist
Most seasons as of 2014–15 season
|#||Player||No. of seasons|
|#||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|
Most notable coaches in the recent years were:
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to BC Krka.|
- Official Website basket.krka.si (Slovene)
- Adriatic League Team Profile
- ULEB Eurocup Team Profile
- Eurobasket.com Team Profile
- Team Fan Club Kelti
- Official Facebook page