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Former San-En import Stevan Jelovac dies

Delfin Dioquino
Former San-En import Stevan Jelovac dies

GONE TOO SOON. Stevan Jelovac was 32.

San-En NeoPhoenix Facebook page

Stevan Jelovac teamed up with Filipino Thirdy Ravena in the Japan B. League for the San-En NeoPhoenix

MANILA, Philippines – Former San-En NeoPheonix import Stevan Jelovac died in Serbia on Sunday, December 5, weeks after suffering a stroke.

The 6-foot-10 Jelovac was 32.

Jelovac, who last played for AEK Athens of the Greek Basketball League, fainted during an individual practice on November 14 and got hospitalized for weeks before his death.

It was discovered that the Serbian center had a brain hemorrhage.

Jelovac teamed up with Filipino Thirdy Ravena in the 2020-21 season of the Japan B. League, leading the NeoPhoenix with averages of 18.9 points, 9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

“Rest in peace, my brate,” Ravena wrote on Instagram in his tribute for Jelovac, using the Serbian word for “brother.”

After his B. League stint, Jelovac returned to Europe and signed with AEK Athens. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.