By Milan Lazarevic
Olimpija and Cibona are defeated for the 2nd time in a row. Slovenian team is in serious problem with lack of financial sources, just 3 days before Euroleague start, while Cibona has lot of complications in away games. Olimpija lost at home against Hemofarm, but team is under huge stress after they stayed without Miha Zupan after Slovenian court of justice in Ljubljana cancelled his transfer from Slovan to Olimpija (administration problems), even he already started season in green shirt.
Hemofarm was better team from the first quarter till the end. It is interesting that Olimpija was better team in rebounding, steals, with 10 turnovers less then Hemofarm, but they simply couldn’t win after terrible shooting night. Only 35% overall shooting was simply not enough against good team from Vrsac.
At the other side, Cibona gambled and lost everything in Sarajevo against Bosna. Davor Kus and Barisa Krasic were not enough for a win against motivated home side, especially without help from Bader, McCullough and Warren. Match was decided in last quarter when team from Zagreb totally stopped and lost +5 advantage which they had before final 10 minutes. Sasa Vasiljevic played game for annals with match index 43.
In “Serbo-Croatian classico”, partisan didn’t have any problems to win in Split. Perovic and Drobnjak functioned perfectly once again, and use completely advantage under both baskets. Kecman was amazing once againwith great defensive role, which was practically enough for tough away game at famous Croatian seaside. Mateo Kedzo had fantastic night for Split.
In the last game for FMP, Dusko Savanovic scored 4 points and left team from Zeleznik after 11 years. “Serbian Nowitzki” signed for UNICS Kazan and left Belgrade suburb. Aleksandar Rasic and Mladen Pantic were leaders instead of him. Buducnost had its chance, but they couldn’t find solution in finish when result was breaking. Micov, Dasic and Jeretin were very good once again.
In the most controversial game of the round, Helios won against Zadar after huge fight between all players on the court. Smiljan Pavic broke finger in chaos, while all other players took their part in unbelievable incident.
Bosna - Cibona 88:83
Olimpija - Hemofarm 68:73
Helios - Zadar 83:76
Zvezda - Široki 98:69
Split - Partizan 76:86
FMP - Budućnost 88:83
Zagreb - Slovan 65:60
FMP Zeleznik: Erceg 17, Cvetkovic 12 (8 rebounds), Pantic 13, Rasic 22
Buducnost: Micov 19, Dasic 15 (8 rebounds), Jeretin 15 (4 assists)
Bosna: Gilbert 25, Ciric 17, Vasiljevic 30 (5 assists, 6 steals)
Cibona: Wright 13, Kus 19 (5 assists), Krasic 11
Olimpija: Rizvic 12 (8 rebounds), Rannikko 10 (3 steals), Milic 10, Jurkovic 13 (7 rebounds),
Hemofarm: Bakic 13, Joksimovic 12, Suput 11, S. Markovic 10 (3 steals), Vukosavljevic 13 (8 rebounds)
Helios: Doncic 10 (9 rebounds, 4 assists), Janza 10, Troha 19 (6 rebounds), Pavic 10 (6 rebounds), Mocnik 10, Laskevic 13 (6 rebounds)
Zadar: Vladovic 15, Johnson 18, English 14
Red Star: Popovic 14, Thomas 12, Gurovic 35, Antic 11 (6 rebounds), Markovic 6 (5 assists)
Siroki: Opacak 17, Barac 13,
Split: Kedzo 23, Hill 11 (8 rebounds),
Partizan: Tripkovic 11, Perovic 17, Pekovic 10, Drobnjak 13 (7 rebounds, 4 assists), Kecman 9 (9 rebounds)
Zagreb: Tomic 21
Slovan: Begic 14 (9 rebounds), Paravinja 14, Klobucar 8 (8 rebounds)