After downing BC Igokea 82-76 in Round 21 in the 2017-18 ABA League regular season, Crvena Zvezda mts Beograd has guaranteed its claim over the regular season title. With one round left to play, Crvena Zvezda is beyond reach with their impressive 18-3 record. Both Buducnost and Cedevita Zagreb are two games behind the leaders with their 16-5 slates.
Red Star runs away with it after Buducnost suffered an upset loss in this round at the hands of BC Partizan Beograd, 83-94. Novica Velickovic was unstoppable with a game-high 28 points and Bandja Sy dominated in the paint with a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double performance.
Igokea 76 – 82 Crvena Zvezda
Crvena Zvezda added a pinch of excitement in this crucial win. Igokea was actually in command and leading for the first 30 minutes of the game. As if it was as simple as flipping a switch, the champions turned things around in the fourth quarter with a huge 22-11 run, bombarding Igokea with four treys in the process.
Red Star’s Taylor Rochestie was the key player in the game. He finished with 23 points as his aggressiveness paid off with some key baskets made even the face of some of Igokea’s defenses.
In the end, Crvena won the 3-point shooting battle that took place in the final minutes and it was enough of an edge to come away with the win.
With the top seed locked up, Crvena Zvezda are set to face Mornar Bar in the semi-finals with an important home court advantage.