Crvena zvezda take the lead in the semi-finals clash vs. Budućnost
Crvena zvezda mts made a powerful display at the start of the 2016/17 ABA League Playoffs as they scored a comfortable win against Budućnost VOLI in Game 1 of the semi-finals.
ABA League Playoffs, Semi-Finals, Game 1, 19.3.2017:
CRVENA ZVEZDA MTS - Budućnost VOLI 82:67 (21:17, 22:14, 19:18, 20:18)
Game recap: Crvena zvezda mts have taken the lead in the semi-finals clash against Budućnost VOLI. In front of 6,000 fans in Aleksandar Nikolić Sports Hall the red & white squad made a powerful display and scored a well-deserved win. We wrote "well-deserved" because the home team have been in the lead for almost the entire game. The last time Budućnost VOLI were in front in this match was in the 1st quarter at the score of 12:11...
The Game 2 will be played in Podgorica, while it is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28.
Key moments: Crvena zvezda mts have been increasing the lead gradually during the game, while they made the largest margin in the 3rd quarter. Marko Gudurić scored three consecutive 3-pointers, then Milko Bjelica made a shot from downtown, while when Nate Wolters nailed his 3-pointer and the result was 60:40 for the hosts. Crvena zvezda mts did not let their opponents to return from that deficit.
Man of the match: Marko Simonović and Marko Gudurić were the top scorers of Crvena zvezda mts with 18 points, while Marko SImonović and Ognjen Kuzmić were the players with the highest index rating in the winning team, as they both collected 21 index points. Combining those two categories you get that Marko Simonović is the MVP of the match.
Can't trick the stats: Budućnost VOLI made 6 three-pointers in this game, but they started making them in the end of the 3rd quarter! Until that moment, they were 1/17 from downtown!