Igokea have prevailed over Borac in a thrilling match in Laktaši. The hero of the day was Edin Atić who made the game-winning block in the final seconds of the 4th quarter.
(Photo: Igokea/Nikola Vuruna)
ABA League Round 9, Saturday, 5 December 2020:
IGOKEA - Borac 73:71 (21:17, 18:15, 19:21, 15:18)
Game recap: We had two games in ABA League this Saturday evening and both of them were true thrillers. One of them was played in Laktaši, where Igokea prevailed over Borac after a super exciting finish. The hero of the day was Edin Atić who made the game-winning block in the final seconds of the 4th quarter.
Igokea have therefore improved their overall score to 5-2 and at this moment they are just outside the Top 4 zone. On the other side, Borac have lost another thrilling game in this season and have therefore dropped to the 11th place with the overall score of 1-7.
Key moments: The two sides were all tied at 71:71, with just 30 seconds left on the game clock. Igokea had the ball-possession and they called a play for Nikola Jovanović on the low post. And, it was a good call as Jovanović made the 2-pointer to put Igokea in front – 73:71.
Borac had 19 seconds to win this game or take it to overtime. Their point guard Bryce Jones went for a drive, but his lay-up was not good. Still, Borac power forward Anthony Smith made the offensive rebound and he had enough time to make the shot and possibly tie the score. However, just when the ball left his hands, Igokea’s forward Edin Atić came out of nowhere to block the shot and bring a huge win for his team.
Man of the match: Nikola Jovanović has played one of his best games since joining Igokea last summer. He scored 16 points, including that 2-pointer late in the 4th quarter, which gave his team the crucial lead. Jovanović also made 8 rebounds, while his overall index rating was 21.
Can’t trick the stats: Igokea had 8 rebounds more than Borac, 5 assists more than Borac and 4 blocks more than Borac. And, at the end, one of those blocks turned out to be the key moment of this game.