Igor Perovic

Bane Ratkovica(Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Quietly Remains One Of Top Point Guards In The BBL

Walter Tigers Tuebingen head coach Igor Perovic has had that special right instinct for getting young players from the NCAA the last years as well as the right mix of players for his rosters the same way as Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp has been able to shape successful teams the last years especially this season with lesser known star players. Perovic brought in guys like Vaughn Duggins or Tyrone Nash the last years who have become better players in Tuebingen and moved on in their careers, but at the point guard position, he has had his up and downs the last years landing some good experienced players while other times not having as much luck. From 2009-2011, he had Serb Branislav Rathkovica who led the Beko BBL in assists both seasons and two years ago had Louis Campbell who was vital in the team sniffing near the playoff area. Two seasons ago, he had NCAA rookie Dale Davis who had to pack his bags early and newcomer Cameron Wells who did a solid job, but one can´t always expect much from a player coming late to a team. Last season combo guards Jonathan Wallace and Josh Young shared the point guard position who were solid, but more scores than guys dishing out assists as if they were on a silver platter and the club has started off slow and had issues on offense not having that needed consistent playmaking and losing needlessly to teams like TBB Trier and SC Rasta Vechta. So if a top point guard like Branislav Ratkovica is on the market why not reel him in like a lonely salmon in a lake on a leisurely Sunday fishing trip. Perovic gobbled up the free Ratkovica back again last season who is in his best basketball age at 28 and right in his first game helped the Tigers to a big road win in Braunschweig. Before returning back to Tuebingen last season, the Serb had a nomadic season as he had his suitcase in constant service starting the 2012-2013 season with Aliaga Petkim (Turkey-TBL) playing 3 games: 5.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 6.0apg, 1.0spg; EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, Assists-2(6.0apg), Steals-4(2.5spg). He then moved to Olin Edirne Basketball (Turkey-TBL) playing 13 games: 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 28.1%, FT: 80.0%, in Feb.’13 signed at Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-BBL, starting five): 11 games: 7.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.7%. Ratkovica played three seasons in Tuebingen from 2008-2011 and two with Perovic and one senses that the harmony is still there between both. “He knows a lot about basketball, he is patient and reasonable, which has positive effects on the team. I think it has already been shown how much Tuebingen appreciates him. Our cooperation is great. We have complete confidence in each other, which means a lot to me as a point guard”, stressed Branislav Rathkovica. Last season for Tuebingen the Serb played 27 games averaging 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg, Assists-4(5.4apg), FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 73.4%. Once again he was one of the top playmakers in the Beko BBL despite playing for a weak team. Ratkovica has gotten used to being on struggling Tiger teams, but still is able to make the most out of his situation. He has done a superb job in the playmaking and the club definitely can put points on the board, but just have defended as if they were on a Sunday walk along the Neckar river instead of focusing on their opponent on the court. With one game left in the regular season, Ratkovica leads the BBL in assists once again with 7,2 and is close to his best assist rate ever in the BBL with 7,4 which he had in the 2010-2011. Even if Tuebingen didn´t have the greatest season, Tuebingen fans can look at it in two ways. Without Ratkovica the club may have been worse off and missed staying in the league, and just having him on the team is an attraction because he is a spectacular player and just his passing is worth the price of admission and worth making an extra mark in the calendar to see if you live far away and want to make the drive into any arena in Germany to see him wheel and deal.

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Can Bane Ratkovica Lead The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Out Of The Beko BBL Cellar?

Walter Tigers Tuebingen head coach Igor Perovic has had that special right instinct for getting young players from the NCAA the last years as well as the right mix of players for his rosters the same way as Borusia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp has been able to shape successful teams the last years especially this season with lesser known star players, but that have panned out in the early going. Perovic brought in guys like Vaughn Duggins or Tyrone Nash the last years who have become better players in Tuebingen, but at the point guard position, he has had his up and downs the last years landing some good experienced players while other times not having as much luck. From 2009-2011, he had Serb Branislav Rathkovica who led the Beko BBL in assists both seasons and two years ago had Louis Campbell who was vital in the team sniffing near the playoff area. Two seasons ago, he had NCAA rookie Dale Davis who had to pack his bags and newcomer Cameron Wells who did a solid job, but one can´t always expect much from a player coming late to a team. Last season combo guards Jonathan Wallace and Josh Young shared the point guard position who were solid, but more scores than guys dishing out assists as if they were on a silver platter and the club has started off slow and had issues on offense not having that needed consistent playmaking and losing needlessly to teams like TBB Trier and SC Rasta Vechta. So if a top point guard like Branislav Ratkovica is on the market why not reel him in like a lonely salmon in a lake on a leisurely Sunday fishing trip. Perovic gobbled up the free Ratkovica who is in his best basketball age at 28 last season and right in his first game helped the Tigers to a big road win in Braunschweig. Before returning back to Tuebingen last season, the Serb had a nomadic season as he had his suitcase in constant service starting the season with Aliaga Petkim (Turkey-TBL) playing 3 games: 5.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 6.0apg, 1.0spg; EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, Assists-2(6.0apg), Steals-4(2.5spg). He then moved to Olin Edirne Basketball (Turkey-TBL) playing 13 games: 5.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 28.1%, FT: 80.0%, in Feb.’13 signed at Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-BBL, starting five): 11 games: 7.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.7%. Ratkovica played three seasons in Tuebingen from 2008-2011 and two with Perovic and one senses that the harmony is still there between both. “He knows a lot about basketball, he is patient and reasonable, which has positive effects on the team. I think it has already been shown how much Tuebingen appreciates him. Our cooperation is great. We have complete confidence in each other, which means a lot to me as a point guard”, stressed Branislav Rathkovica. Last season for Tuebingen the Serb played 27 games averaging 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg, Assists-4(5.4apg), FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 73.4%. Once again he was one of the top playmakers in the Beko BBL despite playing for a weak team. Currently Tuebingen is in the Beko BBL cellar like they started last season and the Serb seems to need to be the savior. So far Ratkovica is averaging 10,1ppg and 6,1apg second in the league in assists. He has done a superb job in the playmaking and the club definitely can put points on the board as the team has scored 80 plus points in the last five games, but just have defended as if they were on a Sunday walk along the Neckar river instead of focusing of their opponent on the court. The Serb has teammates that can put points on the boards and he will continue to have the offense moving, but its time for the most experienced guys with Alexsandar Nadfjeji and him to reel the troops together and find a sound defensive concept to help compliment a solid offensive foundation that will definitely have less pressure when they start producing more stops which will power their offense as well.

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Igor Perovic (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) The Game Against Phoenix Hagen Will Be The Biggest For Me As Coach

Igor Perovic is in his fifth season as head coach for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He had a long playing career that lasted from 1991-2008. In this time, he played for teams like Partizan Beograd, Radnicki Beograd,  Crvena Zvezda Beograd, Beopetrol Beograd, Gravelines (France), Hapoel Holon (Israel), Buducnost Podgorica, Elitzur Qiryat Ata/Motzkin (Israel-Premier L.), TSK Wurzburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga), Lavovi 063 Beograd and for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga) from 2005-2008. It hasn´t been the easiest of seasons for the club as two months ago, it seemed like the team would move down, but they rallied and won five of their last eight games and had the chance on the last game day to stay in the league with a win against Phoenix Hagen. Perovic spoke to German Hoops about that last game.

 

There is one game left in the Beko BBL season. After the loss to medi bayreuth on March 15th, most had Tuebingen moved down. However since then the Tigers have won five of eight games and have a chance on the last game day. Were you confident from the start of the last eight games that your team had the fight and will to make this come back?

 

I think we played much better in the last few months. We had a lot of problems with injuries this season and in last two months we didn’t have these problems. I knew we had the quality to win games and I was optimistic. We never stopped to fight.

 

What has been the secret of the recent success? Winning in Frankfurt in the last seconds and beating the Artland Dragons by 40 points must have been enough reason that your team can play with anyone?

 

Win in Frankfurt and great game against Artland were important games for us and showed us directions we havd to go.

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