Sven Smajlagić scores the game-winner to hand Cibona an important win in Čačak
In the last game of the AdmiralBet ABA League Round 18, Cibona have prevailed over Borac Mozzart on the road in Čačak after a Hitchcock-like ending!
Cibona team (Photo: Borac Mozzart/Dusko Radisic)
AdrmiralBet ABA League Round 18, Monday, 6 February:
Borac Mozzart - CIBONA 83:84 (27:21, 16:17, 15:23, 25:23)
Game recap: In the last game of the AdmiralBet ABA League Round 18, Cibona have prevailed over Borac Mozzart on the road in Čačak after a Hitchcock-like ending! It’s an extremely important triumph for the Zagreb squad, that have come another step closer to securing a Playoffs spot, as they are now on a 7:11 record, just like Mega MIS and Split on the edge of the Playoffs Zone. This way, Cibona have also moved away from Borac Mozzart, that are now on a 4:14 record, in the danger zone near the bottom of the standings. The Čačak squad, for which only 7 players stepped on court in this game due to a delicate health situation, are placed in the 13th place in the standings after 18 rounds.
Key moments: It have been Borac Mozzart, that have started the game in a better fashion and were up by 12 points (39:27), with 4 minutes to go in the second quarter. However, the visiting side bounced back in the second half and when Krešimir Radovčić scored a three-pointer in the 24th minute of the game, Cibona got into the lead for the first time in the game (49:50). The game remained dramatic all until the end, when eventually Cibosi prevailed in a close game.
Cibona entered the final minute with a 2-point advantage, but Diante Baldwin put Borac Mozzart in front at the opening of the last minute with a triple (78:77). With 50 seconds to go, Borna Kapusta once more put Cibona in front with 4 successfully executed free throws in the next 2 offensive possessions (78:81). 16 seconds remained until the end just when it seemed like Borac Mozzart would not be able to turn the game upside-down in a free throw finish, Miloš Glišić stepped up with 3 seconds left in a game and hit an umbelievable three-point shot for the lead of his team (83:82).
The entire hall celebrated already, but Sven Smajlagić had other plans. Cold as ice, he fired from the mid-range in the final second and scored an invaluable game-winner for Cibona. What a finish!
Man of the match: Borna Kapusta has been the driving force for Cibona in this game, as he led them towards the win with 22 points, 12 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and a valuation of 27 in 34 minutes spent on court. He is our man of the match!
Can’t trick the stats: Cibona had 41 rebounds and Borac Mozzart only 33 and that’s what helped the Zagreb squad to grab a big road win this time.
Players on court
|4||Ćurčić V. Đ.||34:34||14||5||1||0||4||8|
|11||Ćurčić M. Đ.||08:38||0||3||1||1||2||0|
Last 5 actions
|end of 4. quarter|
|00:00 (Q4)||4 ĆURČIĆ V. Đ. missed 3 points (jump shot)|
|00:00 (Q4)||14 MAZALIN L. substitution (in)|
|00:00 (Q4)||44 KAPUSTA B. substitution (out)|
|00:00 (Q4)||44 KAPUSTA B. assist|
|Hale H.||37||-||27||Kapusta B.|
|Hale H.||29||-||22||Kapusta B.|
|Hale H.||9||-||13||Mazalin L.|
|Baldwin D.||7||-||12||Kapusta B.|