Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Baskonia confirms the departure of Joan Peñarroya and the return of Dusko Ivanovic

Baskonia confirmed this Monday the arrival of the coach Dusko Ivanovic, who will complete his fourth stage in the Basque team, until the end of the current campaign, after the departure of Joan Peñarroya.

The Catalan coach and the club put an end to their relationship with the Barça entity, which he joined in June 2022.

The club informed the coach this Monday of the decision to terminate your contract, explained Baskonia through a press release, issued just a few minutes before another in which it announced the arrival of Ivanovic.

Peñarroya has directed the Baskonista team a total of 83 games, 39 in the Euroleague and 44 in the Endesa League.

After failing to reach the semi-finals even Copa del Rey nor of ACB League last year, but playing high-scoring basketball, both parties rethought their future together in the summer. In the end the coach continued at the beginning of the current campaign.

This season he had played seven ACB League games with a balance of four wins and three losses and five in the Euroleague with a background of one win and four losses. After suffering several injuries, the team has suffered five setbacks in a row.

Baskonia thanks Joan Peñarroya for his work and professionalism throughout the time he has led the Baskonia team and wished him “The best of luck both professionally and personally.”

In his place, Dusko Ivanovic will occupy the Vitorian bench. Its about most successful coach in the history of Baskonia, who takes the reins of the Barça squad until the end of the current season.

The Montenegrin coach, who arrives after being dismissed a few weeks ago in the Red Star of Belgrade -also a Euroleague team-, has extensive experience on the bench.

Baskonia has risen with Dusko Ivanovic three ACB leagues, four Copas del Rey and one Super Cup.

Ivanovic will be presented in the next few hours and will lead his first training session as Baskonia’s new coach. His first challenge will be the Euroleague match against Partizan Belgrade, this Friday in Vitoria.


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