Borac Mozzart have defeated Budućnost VOLI on the road and have therefore avoided finishing the regular season at the last place!
(Photo: Buducnost VOLI/Filip Roganovic)
AdmiralBet ABA League Round 26, Saturday, 15 April 2023:
Budućnost VOLI – BORAC MOZZART 85:87 (22:21, 20:21, 24:28, 19:17)
Game recap: Borac Mozzart have defeated Budućnost VOLI on the road and have therefore avoided finishing the regular season at the last place!
It was the most important game of the season so far for the Čačak troops and they presented probably their best performance in the 2022/23 regional league campaign. Borac Mozzart knew even before the game that if they lose this match, they will be relegated from the AdmiralBet ABA League. That is why they gave everything they have in this game and they pulled off a big surprise in Podgorica as they defeated 3rd placed Budućnost VOLI and therefore clinched the 13th place in the regular season.
Borac Mozzart haven’t yet secured their AdmiralBet ABA League status as the 13th placed team from the regular season still have to play promotion/relegation series against the vice-champions of the NLB ABA League 2.
On the other side, Budućnost VOLI have already sealed the 3rd place in the regular season.
Key moments: After a thrilling battle throughout the game, everything was decided in the final moments of the 4th quarter. Borac Mozzart were up by 86:85, but Budućnost VOLI had the ball-possession with less than 24 seconds remaining on the game clock. Budućnost VOLI point guard Trae Bell-Haynes went for a floater, but his attempt only hit the rim, while Borac Mozzart big guy Đorđe Gagić picked up the defensive rebound and got fouled in the process.
With just 1 single second remaining to be played, Gagić missed the first one, while he then made the 2nd free throw for 87:85. Budućnost VOLI called for a time-out during whuich they created a play for their sharp shooter Erick Green. However, Green's corner 2-point shot was not good and the score remained 87:85 for Borac Mozzart.
Man of the match: Hunter Hale once again led the Čačak troops down on the court. The American shooting guard scored 25 points today, while on top of that he had 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Can’t trick the stats: Borac Mozzart played more like a team than their opponents and that was the key factor for their win. The number of assists says it all. Borac Mozzart team made 17 assists in this match, while Budućnost VOLI only had 11 assists.