MZT did not allow epic comeback of Igokea

Game recap: 2:0, 4:0, 6:0, 9:2, 13:5, 18:7, 25:7… Once again MZT Skopje Aerodrom had the perfect opening, but… Everyone in the home team were well aware of what happened in the previous two rounds when they dropped huge lead so easily. Therefore, this time the squad of Aleš Pipan were ready for every attempt of the rival to return into this game. Well, almost every attempt to be fully precise, because Igokea was very close to make an epic comeback in the last quarter… With a bit of luck and skill, MZT Skopje Aerodrom rejected that last push of the rival.

Key moments: Igokea was down 61:45 before the last 10 minutes, so they went for all or nothing in the final quarter. And, the away team approached to 66:60, 4 minutes before the end! They had 4 huge opportunities to reduce the margin even more… They did not use any them! Vuk Radivojević missed an easy lay-up, then Nemanja Todorović made a silly tunrover by passing the ball out of bounds, the same player them missed a three-pointer and finally Aleksandar Ćapin’s attempt for a long range two-pointer was not successful. On the other side Damjan Stojanovski punished them with a three-pointer for 69:60.

Man of the match: MZT Skopje Aerodrom had two players with double-double achievements. Marko Ljubičić had 10 points and 10 assists, while Danilo Mijatović scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds. Let’s say that two of them shared the MVP award.

Can’t trick the stats: Rebounding! Such an important element in basketball game. MZT Skopje Aerodrom had 31 defensive and 11 offensive rebounds, while Igokea answered with only 22+2. Enough said.

Partizan stays unbeaten in Pionir

Game recap: Partizan NIS achieved their second win of the season, which is also their second home win of the season, after two games played in Pionir hall in Belgrade. Petar Božić’s squad was better than Sutjeska and made a key difference early in the game. The guests fought back in the second half, but did not manage to turn the game completely around in their favour.

Key moments: The black and white created themselves a comfortable lead in the second quarter, more exactly between 12th and 17th minute, when they made a 15:3 run and turned a 22:20 deficit into a 35:25 advantage. This turned out to be simply too much for the visitors in their desire to return into the battle for two points.

Man of the match: Young, 21 year old Petar Aranitović, was the initiator of Partizan’s game-winning run, as he scored first 8 points and together 11 points for the 15:3 break of his team and practically became the man who decided the game in the black and white favour. He finished the game with 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist. Even though he was not the most efficient Partizan NIS player throughout the game, he earned himself the man of the match honour.

Can’t trick the stats: Sutjeska had 26 free throw shot attempts, while Partizan NIS had only 9. However, it still did not help them win the game due to poor execution. Their free throw shooting percentage was only 65%. It must hurt them even more since if they had scored all free throws that they missed (9), they would come out victorious.

Round 5 MVP: Aleksandar Marić

Former Australian international center Aleksandar Marić reinforced the ranks of Budućnost VOLI no earlier than this summer and he is already proving his value. He was the main reason fort he absolute dominance of his team this round against Tajfun on the road in Celje and has deservedly earned himself the award of the MVP of the round.

In Golovec, Marić has spent 29 minutes on court and delivered a double double with 20 points and 10 rebounds (5 on defense and just as many on the offense). He also stole 4 balls, blocked 3 shots and dished out an assist. Altogether, he collected the valuation of 32, which is the highest individual valuation of the round.

Luwawu-Cabarrot led Mega to a new triumph

Game recap: Mega Leks have achieved another big victory this season. They were better than Zadar at the tough away court in Višnjik, where they have, on the wings of French international Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, broken the opponent in the final quarter. This is the third win of the season for Mega Leks and the fourth defeat in a row for the Dalmatian side.

Key moments: Mega Leks was in front throughout the first half, but Zadar managed to cancel out their advantage in the third quarter and the, for about ten minutes of the game, the teams kept exchanging the minimum lead. The guests managed to pull away in the last five minutes, when Timothe Luwawu Cabarrotstepped up with two consecutive three pointers to put his team 68:63 up. When Đorđe Simeunović added another one, and completed the 9:0 run, Mega was up by 8 and there were only three minutes left. It turned out that it was just not enough time to turn the game around.

Man of the match: Before mentioned Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was once again the hero for young side from Sremska Mitrovica. He hasn’t only delivered 18 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and just as many steals, but has also lifted his team when it was the most important. He scored two back to back three pointers to take his team in front to the decisive advantage, as mentioned earlier and has also made a strong dunk with a minute left, posterized Marko Ramljak on the break and finally knocked down Zadar.

Can’t trick the stats: Zadar was terrible with the field goal execution and despite all the energy, put into the game, it was simply impossible to win the game with only 39%-two point shot success rate.