The Red Star basketball players advanced to the finals of the Radivoje Korac Cup, as they beat Partizan 79:78 (22:27, 18:19, 15:12, 24:20) tonight in Novi Sad.
Jordan Lloyd led the red and whites to victory and placement in the finals with 24 points, Dejan Davidovac followed him best with 19 points, while Johnny O’Brient added ten points.
In the ranks of Partizan, the best was Ognjen Jaramaz with 18 points, Marcus Page scored two points less, while Eric Mika finished the match with 11 points.
Zvezda will fight for the trophy in the Cup, the first since 2017, with Meg, who was better than Vojvodina earlier today.
The finals are scheduled for tomorrow at 9 p.m.
Partizan started the match better and thanks to a great shot for three points, they kept the advantage throughout the first quarter. The black and whites hit five three-pointers from six attempts in the first section and went to the first break with a lead of 27:22.
Jaramaz’s triple ended the first, and Perkins’ triple started the second quarter with an eight-point advantage of Partizan (30:22). Zvezda responded with a mini series of 6: 0, with two passes by Uskoković and a dunk by Davidovac (30:28), but Partizan responded with five tied points by Zagorec.
A series of misses on both sides followed, so that Partizan reached the maximum nine-point advantage after Mozli’s basket (39:30). Lloyd broke the debt through the Stars with a triple without points from the game (39:34), but Paige responded immediately on the other side with his third three-pointer in the match.
On the wings of Jaramaz and Paige, Partizan went on a big break with a six-point surplus on their account (46:40), and after Dangubić’s triple at the beginning of the third section, they reached the first double-digit advantage – 51:40.
Partizan then did not use Zvezda’s empty walk of four minutes to increase the advantage even more. Instead, Zvezda was then only two points behind (53:51) with triples by O’Bryant and Davidovac.
Black and whites went to the last break with a three-point advantage, at the beginning of the fourth quarter they reached plus eight again, but Zvezda came back again and managed to take the lead after Lloyd’s triple – 71:70.
The resultant seesaw followed, in which Zvezda managed better in the end.
Lloyd gave the red and whites an advantage from the penalty spot 47 seconds before the end (77:76), after that he missed Paige, then Zagorac, then Paige again, but Partizan jumped great, so Thomas went to the penalty line 23 seconds before the end. He hit both throws and it was 78:77, and the team from Mali Kalemegdan was left with the last attack to win.
Davidovac was fouled, hitting both throws for 79:78, and now the black and whites had an attack to win.
However, Lazić broke the ball to Paige, which was reached by Simonović, but the dog went out all over the field and there was 0.01 seconds left for Partizan to try to score, but that was impossible.
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