In the opening game of the AdmiralBet ABA League Round 23, Igokea m:tel have prevailed over Zadar and grabbed an important win, as the Regular Season nears the end.
Igokea m:tel team (Photo: Zadar/Zvonko Kucelin)
AdmiralBet ABA League Round 23, Friday, 24 March 2023:
Zadar - IGOKEA M:TEL 67:68 (22:21, 16:20, 13:14, 16:13)
Game recap: In the opening game of the AdmiralBet ABA League Round 23, Igokea m:tel have prevailed over Zadar and grabbed an important win, as the Regular Season nears the end. With this win, Igokea m:tel are now on an 8:14 record after 22 games played, and they seem to have escaped the danger zone near the bottom of the standings, almost mathematically securing themselves a spot in the next season of the regional competition. On the other side, Zadar have found themselves in an unfavourable situation, as they are now on a 10:13 record after 23 rounds and might be placed on the very edge of the Playoffs Zone with 3 rounds to go, bringing their Top 8 status into question.
Key moments: After several ups and downs during the game, the teams entered the final minute with a tied score at 65:65. It remained that way all until 24 seconds before the end of the game, when Stefan Đorđević scored from free-throw line to take his team up 65:66. On the other side, Luka Božić drew the foul with 8 seconds remaining and converted both to give Zadar a 67:66 advantage. Nikola Tanasković replied in the same manner on the other side with 5 seconds left. Dario Drežnjak took the matters into his own hands in the dying seconds of the game, but his three-point shot missed the target.
Man of the match: Nikola Tanasković did not only lead Igokea m:tel to the win with game-high 23 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and a valuation of 27, but has also contributed two key shots from the free-throw line, that pushed his team to the valuable win. He is our man of the match!
Can’t trick the stats: Zadar have had 16 turnovers during the game, which seems to be crucial for the outcome of the game in the end, as they had 3 more than Igokea m:tel.