ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Adriatic League, Final Four, Final: April 18, 2009
Partizan is Adriatic League champion 2008-09 (photo: adriaticbasket.com)Partizan outdueled Cibona 63-49 in the final game of the Adriatic League to win the league's trophy for the third straight year. It was as close as 52-49 with five minutes to go, but Partizan just took over on defense, not allowing a single Cibona point the rest of the way. Novica Velickovic was named Final Four MVP for the winners. He scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the first half, helping Partizan earn a 38-27 halftime lead. Velickovic also pulled down a game-high 8 rebounds, while Stephane Lasme added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Alan Anderson fought like a lion to lead Cibona with 22 points and 5 steals, and Jared Homan added 11 points. MORE

Final Four, Final
Record Team Game 1
1 Partizan (1) 63
0 Cibona (2) 49
LNB, Adriatic League Champion 2008-09: Partizan Belgrade

Final Four, semifinals
Record Team Game 1
1 Partizan (1) 64
0 Crvena Zvezda (4) 58
1 Cibona (2) 77
0 Hemofarm Stada (3) 65

Final Four games
Semifinal A Cibona vs. Hemofarm Stada 77-65 April 16
Semifinal B Partizan vs. Crvena Zvezda 64-58 April 16
Final Partizan vs. Cibona 63-49 April 18

LAST GAME GAME 26
March 18-21, 2009
Day Match Result
Mar. 21 Krka vs. FMP 86-72
Mar. 21 Buducnost vs. Crvena zvezda 64-62
Mar. 21 Zagreb CO vs. Union Olimpija 81-79
Mar. 21 Zadar vs. Vojvodina 80-71
Mar. 19 Hemofarm STADA vs. Split CO 85-74
Mar. 21 Helios Domzale vs. Cibona 76-73
Mar. 18 Partizan vs. Bosna ASA BHT 86-75
NEXT GAME Final Four Belgrade 
16-18 April, 2009
Day Match
- qualified for the F4:
- Partizan (1)
- Cibona (2)
- Hemofarm Stada (3)
- Crvena Zvezda (4)
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STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
1 KK Partizan 26 23 3 1966 1771
2 KK Cibona 26 19 7 2088 1945
3 KK Hemofarm STADA 26 19 7 2082 1987
4 KK Crvena zvezda 26 19 7 2010 1913
5 KK Zadar 26 17 9 2139 1935
6 KK Budućnost m:tel 26 15 11 2017 1972
7 KK Bosna ASA BH TELECOM 26 11 15 2025 2062
8 KK FMP 26 10 16 2071 2094
9 KK Union Olimpija 26 10 16 1981 1999
10 KK Split Croatia osiguranje 26 10 16 1899 2014
11 KK Krka 26 9 17 1897 2041
12 KK Helios Domžale 26 8 18 1897 2010
13 KK Zagreb Croatia osiguranje 26 8 18 1983 2100
14 KK Vojvodina Srbijagas 26 4 22 1967 2179


The eighth edition of the Adriatic League starts as interesting as ever, with teams from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia fighting for the title. Defending champion Partizan saw some of its main players leave the team. It kept Uros Tripkovic, Novica Velickovic or Milenko Tepic while adding Aleksandar Rasic or Vukasin Aleksic, however. Red Star is one of the favourites this season, as it landed legendary head coach Svetislav Pesic and put together a very competitive roster featuring newcomers Lawrence Roberts, Marko Marinovic, Mario Keselj or Vladimir Stimac to play alongside franchise forward Tadija Dragicevic. Union Olimpija is back with Vlado Ilievski, Marko Milic, Jasmin Hukic or Miha Zupan, so the team is set to fight for the title, too. Cibona brought back Davor Kus, Niksa Prkacin, Damir Markota and Branimir Longin, as well as adding Robert Troha or Earl Calloway. Hemofarm Stada hopes to stay competitive and keep its winning options alive with Nebojsa Joksimovic, Vladan Vukosavljevic and Milan Macvan. FMP is set to trust on Dragan Labovic, Predrag Samardziski and up-and-coming youngsters Andrija Milutinovic, Bojan Subotic and Dejan Musli. Zadar was second at the end of last year's regular season and is set to keep its status with players like Romel Beck, Dejan Ivanov, Malik Dixon or Todor Gecevski. Meanwhile, Buducnost m:tel will be a tough team to beat, especially back home in Podgorica, with Nikola Otasevic and Nenad Misanovic as its references. Split CO, with Eddie Shannon and Antonio Grant and Geoplin Slovan, and Zagreb CO, led by Ante Tomic, Dzenan Rahimic and Jakov Vladovic, are set to fight for a playoff spot.