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Krka keep Luka Lapornik and sign contract with Ivan Ramljak

The club from Novo mesto have started creating the team for the 2019/20 season. 

Luka Lapornik (Photo: Partizan NIS)

Krka have made their first moves in creating the team for the 2019/20 season. The squad from Novo mesto announced that they have extended cooperation with experienced shooting guard Luka Lapornik and that they have signed a contract with former Cedevita forward Ivan Ramljak.

Lapornik will therefore spend his 5th season among the green & whites. This 30-year old shooting guard played for Krka from 2013 to 2016, then he spent two years abroad playing for Joventut and Steaua Bucharest, while he returned to Novo mesto for the 2018/19 season and averaged 11 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in ABA League.

“Krka showed great desire to keep me for the next season and that really meant a lot to me, so we quickly agreed on all terms and extended the contract. Me and my family are really enjoying here in Novo mesto and I am motivated to start with the preparations for the next season,” said Lapornik.

The first newcomer in the 2019/20 Krka’s roster is Ivan Ramljak, a well-familiar face in ABA League. Ramljak spent the previous two years in Cedevita, while he averaged 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in the 2018/19 ABA League season. Before that, Ramljak played for Zadar (2015-2017), Cedevita (2013-2015) and Široki (2009-2013).

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V Košarkarskem Klubu Krka se pripravljamo na naslednjo sezono

V KK Krka sestavljamo moštvo za naslednjo sezono. Tako smo že podaljšali pogodbo z enim od ključnih igralcev v lanski sezoni, 30-letnim in 195 cm visokim Luko Lapornikom. Luka je v naših vrstah igral že v sezonah od 2013/14 do 2015/16, nato pa odšel v Španijo in Romunijo. Na začetku lanske sezone se je vrnil in v ABA ligi beležil v povprečju 11 točk, 3,9 skoka in 2,6 podaje v slabih 29 minutah igre, v državnem prvenstvu pa 9,6 točke, 3,2 skoka in 2,5 podaje v dobrih 23 minutah.

Luka Lapornik: »Klub je pokazal velik interes po nadaljnjem sodelovanju, kar mi veliko pomeni, zato smo hitro našli skupni jezik. V Novem mestu se jaz in družina počutimo odlično in odločitev ni bila težka. Motiviran pričakujem začetek priprav, saj si želimo popraviti vtis nekoliko slabše prejšnje sezone.«

Prvi novinec v letošnjem moštvu pa je 28-letni in 203 cm visoki hrvaški reprezentant Ivan Ramljak, ki lahko igra tako na položaju krila kot na položaju krilnega centra. Ivan, ki je zadnji sezoni igral za Cedevito, je kariero začel v hercegovskem Posušju, nato pa je igral še za Široki in Zadar. V zadnji sezoni je za Cedevito v treh tekmovanjih (ABA ligi, državnem prvenstvu in Eurocupu) v povprečju v slabih 21 minutah dosegal 6,3 točke, 4,2 skoka in 1,2 podaje na tekmo. Za hrvaško reprezentanco je igral na Evropskem prvenstvu leta 2017 ter v kvalifikacijah za letošnje svetovno prvenstvo, v juliju pa se bo z njo udeležil NBA poletne lige v Las Vegasu.