The basketball players of Helios and Krka finished the regular part of the ABA 2 League in the first two places. In the end, the people of Novomeš beat Zlatibor, who celebrated in this competition last year, by 106:97.
Krka had the initiative throughout the match. They won the first half by 12, and in the second, Zlatibor came closest in the 27th minute, when the difference was eight. In the last game, the Novi Meščani led by 17, but the opponents mitigated the defeat until the end. Rok Stipčević shone with 28 points, Jan Špan added 19, and Jurij Macura added 17, who also collected nine rebounds.
Šenčur took tenth place
Gašper Okorn’s protégés ended the regular season with three defeats, while the leader Helios suffered only one defeat, which will also host the final tournament between April 12 and 16. The champion will enter the ABA League, while the runner-up will play additional qualifications with the penultimate team of the Adriatic elite. For the first time, Šenčur competed in the regional competition, finishing tenth with four wins and nine losses.
Helios with Pelister, Krka with Sutjeska
“I am satisfied with the matches in this tournament. But we have to be honest, Zlatibor played this match without Protić and Joksimović, we without Vučić and Jurković. We both still have a lot of reserves. Even the high result shows that we both did not play as we know how in defense. We also knew that we could not meet in the quarter-finals. There is no significant difference between second and sixth place, because we knew who our opponent could be. We are sure that we will meet in the semi-finals, but then it will be a completely different game . We had to adjust our game as we only had Macura as a tall player and Spasojević helped him. We also knew that we would have problems with personal fouls, so we played with a low five, and such a game is based on long shots .The pitching was good today, we fought and won. All three games were good and that’s positive for the rest of the season,” said Okorn.
The quarter-final pairs of the competition are known. Helios will first face Pelister from Bitola, and Krka will face Sutjeska from Nikšić. The other two pairs are Borac Banjaluka – Široki and Podgorica – Zlatibor.
SIXTH TOURNAMENT, Široki Brijeg, 13th round: BANJALUKA FIGHTER – GGD ŠENČUR 68:61 Tanasković 14; Ahmedović 17.
HELIOS – SKOPJE 93:61 Tunstall 19, Bačvić 12; Buttrick 20.
ZLATIBOR – KRKA 97:106 Đukanović 21; Stipčević 28, Špan 19.
The order: Helios, Krka, Borac, Podgorica, Zlatibor, Široki, Sutjeska, Pelister, Sloga, Šenčur, TFT Skopje, Gorica, Spars Ilidža, Osijek.