Saturday, 22 May 2021

KK Split in Croatian Basketball Championship Finals after 13 Years!

May 22, 2021 - On Thursday, KK Split managed to stay in the ABA League. Less than 24 hours later, they qualified for the Croatian basketball championship finals. 

In the second game of the semifinals, Split defeated Cibona 93:71 in Zagreb and thus went 2-0 in the series. They will play against the winner of Zadar and Gorica which is currently 1-1.

After the first quarter, Cibona had a 28:27 advantage, but at halftime, KK Split was up by 7. Split's excellent game continued in the third quarter when they led by 19, and in the fourth, the advantage only grew to confirm a spot in the finals.

Roko-Leni Ukić scored 18 points as the most efficient KK Split player, and Marko Luković added 16 points. Darko Planinić led Cibona with 16 points.

After 13 years, Split entered the Croatian championship finals, and the Yellows recorded their seventh victory against Cibona this season.

In the first semifinal game, Split celebrated convincingly 95-80.

Because of the tight schedule and Split's ABA League relegation game on Thursday, there was tension between Cibona and Split. KK Split wanted to move the date of the second semifinal match against Cibona to May 22, to which the Croatian Basketball Federation agreed, but they also needed Cibona's consent. The Zagreb club ultimately refused. 

"I think two things were important in today's game. One is that we didn't give ourselves any excuse given what we've been going through the last few days and to realize that today was the biggest chance to win," the KK Split coach Mile Karakas said and added that Cibona did not surprise them with their game.

"After 6:0, the reality was that Cibona would come out as strong as possible at the beginning. When we rejected that first and second blow, we knew that they would fall and that our quality would come forward," added Karakas, who is thrilled to be in KK Split's first Croatian final after 13 long years.

KK Split was welcomed home to Gripe with a flare spectacle which you can see below. 

Source: HRT,

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Sunday, 16 February 2020

KK Zadar Tops Cibona to Win Kresimir Cosic Cup For First Time Since 2007

February 16, 2020 - The KK Zadar basketball team has won its seventh Kresimir Cosic Cup title and the first after 2007.

KK Zadar won the Kresimir Cosic Cup after defeating Cibona 89-76 (20-24, 19-19, 27-16,23-17) in the final at home, in Croatia’s famous basketball city.

This is the seventh Cup title for the Zadar, and the first after 2007, while Cibona also boasts seven trophies.

Cibona opened the game better and led by ten points. However, Zadar had a turnaround in the third quarter, was better 27-16, and entered the last quarter with a 66-59 advantage. In the middle of the second half, Zadar led with 79-64 and easily reached the first trophy since 2007.

Dominic Vavra (20), Ivo Ivanov (18) and Dominic Gilbert (15) were the best for Zadar, while the Zagreb squad was led by Mate Vucic (18) and Josip Bilinovac (15).

The last six editions of the Cup have gone to Cedevita, which no longer competes as a Croatian club.

The interest in the game was huge. A half an hour before the game, many spectators feared whether they would make it in because the hall was sold out to the last seat. Nine thousand fans were said to be in attendance. 

When the game finished, a massive celebration erupted. Fan club Tornado lit several flares, all the spectators clapped as one and sang their favorite songs. The celebrations then moved to the city streets. 

Basketball has returned to Zadar.

The Kresimir Cosic Cup, also known as the Croatian Basketball Cup, is named after Croatian basketball player Kresimir Cosic, whose career began at KK Zadar. Cosic was the second international player ever elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1996) and was also an inaugural member of the FIBA Hall of Fame. The Croatian Cup, named after him, has been running since 1992.


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Monday, 4 December 2017

Agrokor Moves from Iconic Cibona Tower to Žitnjak

With Ivica Todorić no longer at the top and the Cibona tower no longer the company's premises - the end of an era for Agrokor looms.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Minimal Advantage for Cibona after First Eurocup Quarterfinal Match

Cibona basketball players were better at home than the French Elan Chalon in the first match of the FIBA Eurocup quarterfinal with 87-85 (22-23, 26-25, 20-20, 19-17)

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Cibona Looking for Europa Cup Quarterfinals

Cibona basketball players will play on Wednesday the second match against Polish Stelmet Zielona Gora on their way to the quarterfinals of the Europa Cup, with coach Damir Mulaomerović aware that the 12 point advantage from the first game may mean nothing