Crvena Zvezda Belgrade continues Adriatic League dominance
Crvena Zvezda Belgrade continued to hold an unbreakable grip on the Adriatic League (ABA) on Saturday. The reigning champions are in a golden period and has lost just a hand full of games in the last three season. Indeed, so far, this term Crvena Zvezda remains undefeated after taking out Igokea Aleksandrovac 68-77 on the road this week.
The win means the current two-time title holders continue to cruise through the regular season, now with a formidable 19-0 record. Nearest opponent and great rival, Partizan Belgrade, is on 15-4.
As mentioned, Crvena Zvezda Belgrade is truly in a golden period. The club has often been in the shadow of Partizan, but in recent years things have changed. Crvena Zvezda is now on course to win a third consecutive Adriatic League, Serbian League, and is one of the surprise packages in the year’s Euroleague season.
Igokea vs. Crvena Zvezda Belgrade, 68-77
Despite the distraction of flying high in the Euroleague, Crvena Zvezda is keeping focus in the ABA. It was a tough first quarter as Igokea kept it tight in front of its home fans. However, through 10 minutes the Belgrade club had secured a 15-16 lead. The bucket for bucket contest continued through a 23-23 second act, allowing Red Star to head in with a 38-39 lead through the long break.
The third quarter proved to be the difference as the hosts emerged too cold and were punished by Crvena Zvezda. The guests won the frame 8-19 to open a 46-58 advantage through thirty minutes of the game. Igokea pressed in the fourth act and won the period, but could not reel in the points, allowing Crvena Zvezda to claim the win.
Marko Simonovic stood tall in the win, claiming 22 points for the champs. Nate Wolters added 13 points and Milko Bjelica was good for 12 points. Stefan Jovic and Ognjen Kuzmic secured 10 points apiece.
Vuk Radivvojevic topped the losing effort with 18 points, while Strahnija Micovic claimed 14 points.
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