FMP Meridian and Budućnost VOLI will face each other this Wednesday evening in Belgrade in Game 2 of the 2022 AdmiralBet ABA League Playoffs Preliminary Round.
(Photo: Buducnost VOLI)
AdmiralBet ABA League Playoffs, Preliminary Round, Round 2, Wednesday, 4 May 2022:
Where? FMP Sports Hall, Belgrade
Story of the game: FMP Meridian and Budućnost VOLI will face each other this Wednesday evening in Belgrade in Game 2 of the 2022 AdmiralBet ABA League Playoffs Preliminary Round.
Budućnost VOLI currently lead by 1-0 in this series as they won the thrilling Game 1 in Podgorica by 76:70. Therefore, the blue-and-whites need to score just one more win to advance to the semi-finals and they certainly hope to finish the job already in Belgrade.
And, there is a good reason why Budućnost VOLI are quite optimistic ahead of their match in Belgrade. The Podgorica side have defeated FMP Meridian all 3 times this season, while they are currently on a 5-game winning streak against the Panthers.
Budućnost VOLI lost their last game against FMP Meridian back in 2019.
Still, FMP Meridian also have their own plans ahead of this match. The Panthers know they haven’t been that successful against Budućnost VOLI lately, but they also know that they were very close to beat them twice this season. Now, they hope that they will have a bit more luck and that they will finally manage to beat the Podgorica side in order to force Game 3.
Match-up in focus: First of all, we have to say that many things in the upcoming game will depend on whether FMP Meridian star player Bryce Jones will recover in time to help his teammates down on the court. Recall that Jones missed Game 1 which was a big blow for the Panthers at the start of the series. If Jones is out again, then FMP Meridian will rely on Marko Radonjić who scored some big buckets in Game 1 in which he was the 2nd best scorer of his team with 15 points.
On the other side, Budućnost VOLI will play in the rhythm of their starting point guard Justin Cobbs who’s been enjoying the games against FMP Meridian so far in this season. Cobbs scored that game-winning jumper the last time Budućnost VOLI faced the Panthers in Belgrade, while he was the top scorer of Game 1 last weekend with 18 points.
Head-to-head score in the regional league: In total 8:16; In Belgrade 5:7.