In the opening game of the 2023 ABA Super Cup, Igokea m:tel have prevailed over Cedevita Olimpija and became the first team to secure the Semi-final spot.
Igokea m:tel team (Photo: ABA liga j.t.d/Dragana Stjepanovic)
2023/24 ABA Super Cup, Monday, 18 September 2023:
Cedevita Olimpija - IGOKEA M:TEL 65:75 (17:27, 15:17, 21:18, 12:13)
Game recap: In the opening game of the 2023 ABA Super Cup, Igokea m:tel have prevailed over Cedevita Olimpija and became the first team to secure the Semi-final spot. Igokea have started the 2023/24 season just the way they desired and that’s just the way they entered the game as well. They were up by 12 points already by halftime and managed to stick to their lead all until the end. In the Semi-finals, Igokea m:tel will face the better team of the clash between Partizan Mozzart Bet and Mega MIS, while Cedevita Olimpija will play classification games for the spots between 5th and 8th.
Key moments: Igokea m:tel have opened the game in a successful fashion, as they have gone up 10:4 in the opening 4 minutes of the game. By the end of the first quarter, they were up by 10 points (17:27) and they increased their lead up to 12 points by halftime. In the third quarter, Cedevita Olimpija fought back and managed to cut the gap to only 3 points (52:55) with 3 minutes to go in the third quarter, but over the next 3 minutes, Igokea m:tel replied with a 7:0 run and ended the 3rd quarter with a 9-point advantage (53:62). As it turned out, these were the key moments of the game, as the Dragons did not manage to threaten them with another comeback anymore.
Man of the match: Edin Atić might not have been atop of the list of scorers at Igokea m:tel, but it was his all-around performance (8 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal), that led his team to the win this time and he spiced it up with a game-high valuation of 18. He is our man of the match.
Can’t trick the stats: Igokea m:tel have outrebounded Cedevita Olimpija 39:33 and that has been the key to their win this time around.