At first it looks like a happy training match. We won with almost 20 points of difference. The reality was far not this easy, on the contrary.
Tajfun immediately had a jump to 5:0, while we collected 2 fouls during the first 2 minutes. We equalized with the scores of Murić and Koprivica (5:5), but the home team took back the lead (9:5). Well, they didn’t just take it back, but they kept it. 12:7, 13:10, at this point Jones made a fantastic steal and finished it with a dunk
then finally we took the lead with Vitkovac’s basket (13:14).
Well, our joy didn’t last long. Tajfun got free throws twice in a row, they scored from both (17:14), while Partizan looked a bit cramped. Williams equalized (17:17), but Tajfun was leading again (20:17). Something didn’t work in our machine. We finished the first quarter with 25:19.
In the second quarter we reduced the difference to 28:26. Tajfun quickly jumped to 31:26. We again reduced to 31:30 (by Jones and Wilson), then Jones took us back the lead (31:32).
Again it didn’t take long for Tajfun to get it back (35:32). They were cheekier and more aggressive than us. We equalized (35:35, Marinković), Tajfun was leading again (37:35). Aleksandar Džikić asked for time-out. He surely made something with the players, because at this point we sped up. We took back the lead (37:38), then Milutinović and Wilson increased our advantage to 39:43. There was one home team score before the end, we finished the first half with 41:43.
In the beginning of the second half Murić and Wilson made our position sure (41:50).
Murić was on high speed for the whole game, he ran, he blocked, he scored, he was the hero of the day.
Here Tajfun scored (43:50), and for quite a long time that was the only score they could make. All their attempts failed, even a hook rebounded from the ring. Meanwhile we were flying upt to 43:58.
It was around the end of the quarter, when Tajfun picked themselves together a bit (48:60). But Murić was unstoppable. A 3-pointer here (48:63), a 3-pointer there (49:66). Wilson also scored one (52:69), just to make everything sure.
In the last quarter we increased our advantage to 20 points (56:76), then for a long time none of the teams could score. Finally Tajfun broke the silence (58:76). No problem, Milutinović scored, too, the difference was again 20 points (58:78). Tajfun then made a jump to 63:78, Aleksandar Džikić asked for time-out
it was tough, he scolded someone in live broadcast shouting "what the fuck is wrong with you"
then we walked back to the court - and it was Vrabac-time.
After this Vrabac got a bonuss hot (63:81), then he scored another basket (63:83). There was just one free throw left for Tajfun 23 seconds before the end (65:83).
The League made some highlights about Edo Murić, he was the MVP of the game (22 points, 5 rebounds - defensive -, 4 assists). Click, watch, get amazed and salute.
Tajfun Šentjur: S. Sebić (2), M. Sebić (7), Debelak, Držić (2), Čebular (15), Germek, Bratož (9), Clark (8), Ponjavić (12), Drobnjak, Bolčina (8), Parker (2)
KK Partizan: Aranitović, Jones (12), Murić (22), Marinković (5), Vitkovac (9), Koprivica (6), Magdevski, Milutinović (5), Williams (3), Vrabac (9), Wilson (12)
League table will be brought later.
Update: current League standings
1. Budućnost 46 points
2. CZ 42 points
3. Cedevita 42 points
4. Mega Leks 40 points
5. Partizan 35 points
6. Cibona 35 points
7. Zadar 35 points
8. Union Olimpija 34 points
9. MZT Skopje 33 points
10. Igokea 33 points
11. Krka 33 points
12. Metalac 33 points
13. Sutjeska 32 points
14. Tajfun Šentjur 31 points