Premier A Slovenian Basketball League

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Premier A Slovenian Basketball League
1. A Slovenska Košarkarska Liga (SKL)
Current season, competition or edition:
2013–14 Slovenian Basketball League
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Slovenian League
Sport Basketball
Founded 1991
No. of teams 12
Country Slovenia Slovenia
Continent European Union FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) Krka (6th title)
Most titles Union Olimpija (15 titles)
TV partner(s) RTV Slovenija
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Slovenian Cup
Official website www.kzs.si

The Premier A Slovenian Basketball League (Slovene: 1. A Slovenska Košarkarska Liga), abbreviated as 1. A SKL and known for sponsorship reasons as the Telemach League (Slovene: Liga Telemach), is the top-level professional men's basketball league in Slovenia. The league, operated by the Basketball Federation of Slovenia, consists of 12 clubs, with the best-known internationally being the traditionally dominant Olimpija of Ljubljana, a regular Euroleague representative.

The league was founded in 1991, shortly after Slovenia gained its independence from Yugoslavia.

Competition format[edit]

The league is conducted in two phases.

Regular season[edit]

In the first phase, 12 teams compete in a home-and-away round-robin series (22 games in all) with the country's representative in the Euroleague, currently Union Olimpija, being exempt from this stage. Although some leagues in the region, such as that of Serbia, exempt all of the country's representatives in the Adriatic League from the first phase of the league season, the Slovenia league exempts only the Euroleague representative. (The country currently has two representatives in the Adriatic League—Olimpija and Helios Domžale.)

All teams advance from the regular season to one of two postseason stages, depending on their league position.

Second phase[edit]

The top seven teams from the regular season are joined by the Euroleague representative in the second phase. These teams start the second phase from scratch, with no results carrying over from the regular season. Each team plays a total of 14 games in this phase; as in the regular season, a home-and-away round-robin is used.

The top four teams at the end of this stage advance to the semifinals, conducted as a best-of-three playoff. The semifinal winners advance to the best-of-five championship finals, with the winners being crowned league champion.

Playouts[edit]

The bottom five teams play a home-and-away round-robin series with one another; these teams' results from the regular season carry over to the playouts. At the end of the playout phase, the bottom finisher is automatically relegated to the second level of the Slovenian league system, the 1. B SKL. That team is replaced in the following season's league by the 1. B SKL champion. The second-from-bottom finisher enters a home-and-away round-robin mini-league with the second- and third-place teams from the second league, with the team finishing on top of the mini-league taking up a place in the next year's 1. A SKL.

Clubs[edit]

Past champions[edit]

Champions[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Aggregate
1991–92
Olimpija Optimizem Postojna 3–0
1992–93
Olimpija Koper 3–1
1993–94
Olimpija Tam Bus Maribor 3–0
1994–95
Olimpija Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela 3–0
1995–96
Olimpija Krško 3–1
1996–97
Olimpija Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela 3–0
1997–98
Olimpija Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela 3–0
1998–99
Olimpija Zlatorog Laško 3–0
1999–2000
Krka Zlatorog Laško 3–1
2000–01
Olimpija Krka 3–0
2001–02
Olimpija Krka 3–0
2002–03
Krka Olimpija 3–2
2003–04
Olimpija Zlatorog Laško 3–0
2004–05
Olimpija Slovan 3–2
2005–06
Olimpija Slovan 3–2
2006–07
Helios Domžale Olimpija 3–2
2007–08
Olimpija Helios Domžale 3–1
2008–09
Olimpija Helios Domžale 3–0
2009–10
Krka Olimpija 3–2
2010–11
Krka Union Olimpija 3–2
2011–12
Krka Union Olimpija 3–1
2012–13
Krka Union Olimpija 3–1

Finals appearances[edit]

Num Team W L
21 Olimpija 15 6
8 Krka 6 2
3 Helios Domžale 1 2
3 Hopsi Polzela 0 3
3 Zlatorog Laško 0 3
2 Slovan 0 2
1 Optimizem Postojna 0 1
1 Slovenica Koper 0 1
1 Tam Bus Maribor 0 1
1 Interier Krško 0 1
Club Winners Winning Years
Olimpija
15
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
Krka
6
2000, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Helios Domžale
1
2007

Statistical leaders[edit]

After Regular season.

Points per game[edit]

Since the 2000–01 season:

  • 2000–01 Serbia Uroš Ivanović (Loka Kava): 21.3
  • 2001–02 Slovenia Matjaž Tovornik (Savinjski Hopsi): 22.1
  • 2002–03 Slovenia Slavko Duščak (Krka): 18.21
  • 2003–04 Belarus Aliaksei Lashkevich (Helios Domžale): 19.7
  • 2004–05 Croatia Robert Troha (Laško): 18.3
  • 2005–06 Slovenia Sandi Čebular (Šentjur): 20.3
  • 2006–07 United States Jimmie Lee Hunt II (Šentjur): 18.4 (in 35 games)
  • 2007–08 Croatia Miroslav Jurič (Kraški Zidar Jadran): 19.58 (in 24 games)
  • 2008–09 United States Gilbert Goodrich (Zagorje): 21.9 (in 27 games)
  • 2009–10 Slovenia Sandi Čebular (Šentjur): 20.69 (in 32 games)
  • 2010–11 Serbia Vladimir Panić (Zlatorog): 20.43 (in 28 games)
  • 2011–12 United States Travis Nelson (Šentjur): 17.46 (in 26 games)
  • 2012–13 Slovenia Sašo Zagorac (Grosuplje): 17.5

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