Igokea Aleksandrovac is a four peat champion of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I after the dominant club defended its title with a victory over Kakanj. The cruising 54-70 road win came in Game 4 of the title series, handing Igokea Aleksandrovac a 3-1 victory to take the championship.
This is the fourth consecutive season in which the club has won the Division One in Bosnia, and its fifth title overall following success in 2001.
The defending champs had won both home games in the series by big margins, but lost on the road 62-61 in Game 2. That win gave Kakanj hope of another win in front of its home fans, which would have tied the series. However, Igokea put that loss behind it will a stellar road performance that did not give the hosts any room to even make it a contest.
Kakanj vs. Igokea Aleksandrovac, 54-70
The first quarter saw the clubs testing the offensive waters and was a nervy affair in which Igokea emerged with a slender 13-15 lead. The second quarter maintained the limited scoring, and once again the visitors stayed on step ahead with a 15-16 run that made it 28-31 through the long break. After the half time rest, the players left the locker room and the hosts found some momentum with an 18-13 third act. Through 30 minutes Kakanj had wrestled the lead and was 46-44 ahead. In the fourth quarter, tasking the title Igokea moved through the gears with a massive 26 points, while the home team managed just 8 points.
Drasko Albijanic topped the win with 23 points, while Vuk Radivojevic added 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists.
The tale of the tape shows why Kakanj struggled, with Zeljko Palavra managing 12 points to pace the hosts, followed by Nermin Buza with 11 points. The defeat could have been worse if not for the defensive strength of Haris Delalic, who secured 12 rebounds.