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

Daniela Rogulj

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.

Source: Gol.hr

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