Mačvan walked out of the locker-room with tapes on his shoulder and the facial expression of an old man suffering from rheuma. Then this rheumatic old man swept through the floor like a thunderbolt, washing up Pionir Hall with the Slovenians.
Olimpija took a deep breath and made it to 0:4.
Then Milosavljević reduced the difference after a great turnover (2:4), then Mačvan caught Marinković’s rebound (at least 3 Slovenians were hanging on the neck of Partizan’s young player) and equalized. Then he quickly scored from free throw, followed by Andrić’s 3-pointer (9:4). We mastered the first quarter, while the cameras focused on the tribune, where Saša Đorđević was watching the game.
Even Pavlović could make a trick by stealing the ball, dribbling himself through the line of Union-players and crown it with a basket (21:17). The end of the quarter was 24:22.
For the second period Olimpija picked themselves together and sent their top gun into the game, Dino Murić. Yes, the brother of that Edo Murić, who is playing for Partizan (though right now still being on sick-leave). Big bro walked on the floor and took the lead for Union (24:26), then after Gagić’s equalizing basket he scored again (26:28). Andrić and the Captain finally stabilized the situation (34:28).
The atmosphere was heated on the floor, players got into fights, pushing each other, sometimes ever ending up in wrestling. Olimpija was on the lead at the end of the first half (38:39).
After the break big bro Murić was still carrying the opponent team on his back (40:41).
A message to all whom it concerns: Dino Murić must be signed to KK Partizan immediately. On one hand this kid is a genius, on the other hand if he plays for Partizan, he’ll destroy opponent nerve cells, not mine.
Finally Milutinov pushed us back to the lead (42:41), but the Slovenian team heartened up and switched the standing back on their side (44:46). Gagić equalized, then after a fantastic Mačvan - Pavlović teamwork he scored and Partizan was leading again.
The rest of the quarter was owned by Mačvan. Except from a Gagić-free throw he scored all the points of Partizan. We started the final period with 54:50.
The last quarter was rather about wrestling than actual basketball. Slaps in the face (with elbow or shoulder, in a subtle way) and it says all the majority of points scored in this period came from free throws on both sides. Olimpija equalized (63:63), Pavlović got us back on the lead, but Slovenians again equalized (65:65). Mačvan put his brakes on and formed an axis with Milutinović. They gained back control for us, earning even a bonus shot. (68:65).
Union got a row of free throws, they even switched the standing to 68:69, but Mačvan disagreed (70:69). We made a 8:2 series (78:71), finally we settled the final result with the help of Milosavljević and Tepić from free throws (81:74).