Bosnia & Herzegovina: Bajramovic Pleased With Progress

29 August 2005

Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Mensur Bajramovic is more than satisfied with his side's preparations so far for EuroBasket 2005.

In a preparation tournament in Ohrid, Bajramovic's side destroyed a USA selection with Jasmin Hukic and Mirza Teletovic each pouring in 16 points.

Against FYR Macedonia, Kenan Bajramovic had 23 points and Teletovic weighed in with 19 as Bosnia won 90-81.

Damir Mrsic (Fenerbahce)
At 36 years old, Damir Mrsic is still at the top of his game
The team, with new star Henry Domercant in the fold, also edged Bulgaria 101-94.

Illinois native Domercant, a shooting guard or small forward who was recently granted citizenship, had 20 points while Bajramovic poured in 16.

Bosnia Herzegovina's only low point came in the 88-74 defeat to Croatia in their last game in the competition.

Bajramovic said: "This tournament was our first real test after our physical preparation in Kranj near Slovenia.

"We can improve a lot, but Damir Mrsic's performance was great.

"I'm also really happy to see how well Mirza Teletovic and Kenan Bajramovic went, and Henry Domercant also played well."

The Bosnian team has since gathered in Sarajevo to resume preparations and they will take part in a warm-up tournament in Spain at the start of September with the Spaniards, Ukraine and Germany also participating.

Spain take on Ukraine and Bosnia face Germany on September 2 in Castellon. 

The following day in Valencia will see the winners of those two games square off, while the sides that lose the opening games will play each other.

Bosnia-Herzegovina have not captured a medal at the EuroBasket but they are one of the most consistent teams in that they have qualified for the final round every year since 1993 except the '95 tournament.

Bajramovic's team are in Group C along with France, Greece and Slovenia.

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