Rochestie on fire, Red Star seal 1st place – ABA League Day 21 Recap

2018-03-05T20:00:30+00:00 2018-03-06T00:23:24+00:00.

Stefan Djordjevic

05/Mar/18 20:00

Eurohoops.net

Crvena Zvezda finds the strength in Rochestie to win a tough game against Igokea.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Crvena Zvezda MTS Belgrade won a hard game against Igokea 82-76 on Day 21 of ABA Adriatic League and sealed first place in the regular season.

Taylor Rochestie pushed his team with a great 23 point performance (15 points in the second half), helping them turn the game around in last period.

The game started very slow with a lot of mistakes on both sides. Crvena Zvezda stretched the floor with nice ball movement, but they just couldn’t make the shots (2/11 three-pointers). Meanwhile, Igokea focused on scoring from the paint as they shot only twice from beyond the arc and it went well for them having a lead at the halftime 45-42. It was especially thanks to Nikola Jevtic who scored 12 points in 20 minutes.

After the break, the situation was pretty much the same as Igokea managed to keep their lead. It’s the final period that finally changed things for Crvena Zvezda.

They managed to close the paint and make the opponent take contested shots from outside the three-point line (Igokea 2/12 3-pointers in the second half). The guests ‘took over’ with six minutes left and that momentum was enough to close the game securely.

Nikola Jevtic was the top performer for Igokea as he scored 17 points with five rebounds.

 

Day 21 – Results

HOME AWAY CURRENT SCORE FT HT Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
MZT SKOPJE AERODROM KK CEDEVITA 64-85 64-85 31-41 13-15 18-26 17-16 16-28
KK FMP KK PETROL OLIMPIJA 81-86 81-86 37-45 18-26 19-19 25-23 19-18
KK CIBONA KK MORNAR 79-82 79-82 34-46 28-15 6-31 15-20 30-16
KK IGOKEA KK CRVENA ZVEZDA MTS 76-82 76-82 45-42 24-22 21-20 20-18 11-22
KK ZADAR KK MEGA BASKET 95-91 95-91 50-43 19-21 31-22 19-30 26-18

Standings

#
TEAM
PTS
MP
W
L
POINTS
+/-
1
KK CRVENA ZVEZDA MTS
39
21
18
3
1848 – 1610
238
2
KK BUDUCNOST
37
21
16
5
1776 – 1597
179
3
KK CEDEVITA
37
21
16
5
1713 – 1570
143
4
KK MORNAR
34
21
13
8
1719 – 1715
4
5
KK PARTIZAN NIS
32
21
11
10
1861 – 1808
53
6
KK FMP
30
21
9
12
1692 – 1676
16
7
KK PETROL OLIMPIJA
30
21
9
12
1648 – 1708
-60
8
KK ZADAR
29
20
9
11
1666 – 1704
-38
9
KK IGOKEA
28
21
7
14
1695 – 1777
-82
10
KK CIBONA
28
21
7
14
1685 – 1783
-98
11
KK MEGA BASKET
27
20
7
13
1659 – 1676
-17
12
MZT SKOPJE AERODROM
24
21
3
18
1584 – 1922
-338

 

Photo: ABA League