Zemun recorded its premier victory at the Belgrade NIJT Qualifying Tournament by beating Buducnost Voli Podgorica 67-80 on Friday night. Both teams hold 1-1 record in a share of the second place in Group A and remain with chances to advance to the Saturday's semifinals. Zemun took control behind Ivan Gavrilovic, Jovan Starincevic and Slobodan Jovanovic, building 12-29 lead in the first quarter. Margin broke a 20-point barrier midway through the second, and Zemun held 26-49 halftime lead. Mihailo Radunovic and Aleksandar Dozic led Buducnost during the third quarter, cutting the deficit in half, but Zemun held on in the fourth, never allowing Buducnost closer than 8 points. Starincevic paced the winners with 17 points, Gavrilovic had 13, while Aleksa Bojicic scored 12 for Zemun. Luka Radovic grabbed 10 rebounds along with 6 points. Dozic collected 16 points plus 8 rebounds for Buducnost, Radunovic amassed 13 points plus 12 rebounds, and Aleksandar Novosel also scored 13 in defeat.
Zemun took control from the get-go, with Jovanovic hitting a triple, and finishing its possessions with patience on baskets from Gavrilovic and Starincevic. Hustle from Radunovic helped Buducnost cut it to 12-17, but a put -back from Gavrilovic sparked a 0-12 run, that also featured a pair of fastbreak layups from Bojicic and Nikola Cirkovic. Buducnost hang in early in the second quarter, but Cirkovic and Jovanovic sparked another Zemun’s run, and Uros Vidovic hit a pair of triples for 22-44. Margin reached 28-52 with a triple from Jovanovic at the start of the third quarter. With help and baskets from Radunovic and Dozic, Buducnost cut into the deficit midway through the third, and Dozic sank a three-pointer for 40-56. The two players continued leading the charge, as they combined for 21 of 26 points Buducnost scored in the quarter, helping cut it to 52-63. Zemun extended it to 15 point through Bojicic and Gavrilovic, but Novosel buried a triple, and Bacovic made a put-back for 59-67. However, Bojicic assisted Radovic for a pair of layupa, and in between those stole the ball and raced to finish fastbreak himself, as Zemun opened 63-75 lead, and sealed the deal.
Friday, February 21, 2014