Coach Dzikic, Jerusalem part ways

Jan 6, 2024 | Holyland Hoops

Aleksandar Dzikic and Hapoel Jerusalem have parted ways due to the ongoing war with Hamas and the Reds are now in the market to mint a new bench boss in the upcoming days with the Basketball Champions League Round of 16 group stage set to begin during the last week of January.

Dzikic was appointed as the head coach back in the summer of 2022 and helped lead the club to the Israel State Cup as well as to the BCL Final, where it ultimately succumbed to Bonn in a one-game, winner-take-all matchup that was held in Malaga.

The Serbian will be remembered in the capital for his unique style, character, and care for his players from the first day they came together.

After capturing the 2023 preseason tournament this past September with a win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, things looked as rosy as ever, with most of the players from last year’s squad returning for another run at glory. But with the outbreak of war, all of the cards were flipped, with the team setting up base in Belgrade but also having to play back in Israel, which led to the ultimate parting of ways.

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