From the very beginning the Adriatic League semi-final match-up between BC Mega Leks and KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica was a “David vs. Goliath” affair. Buducnost was dominant throughout the regular season and even ended as the regular season champions. Game 1 was a surprise to many as Mega Leks came up with the 81-85 upset victory. Despite gaining the homecourt advantage in their series, it was expected that Buducnost would rise to the occasion and force a Game 3. Mega Leks would have none of it. They preferred to close out the series with a 2-0 sweep of the 2015-16 league juggernauts. And that they did. Once again, this game boiled down to some crunch time heroics and Mega Leks wound up winning this close one at home 76-75.
Mega Leks wanted this win, arguably more than Buducnost. The home team came out with more energy from the beginning and kept it up all throughout the contest. The team came together to overcome a massive double-double performance from Buducnost’s leading scorer Tadija Dragicevic who scored a game-high 20 points while also hauling in 10 rebounds. Mega Leks put the pressure on Dragicevic, limiting him to 5-of-18 shooting from the field. He did manage to make 9-of-11 shots from the line.
Buducnost made more shots from three-point range (10-33), but Mega Leks was more effective in making the most of their attempts and ended up being the more accurate team from deep (9-27).
The game boiled down to the dying seconds of the fourth and final quarter. A foul by Buducnost sent Danilo Nikolic to the line and he sank both attempts to lift Mega Leks 76-75. Buducnost gained possession of the ball, but similar to Game 1, Omar Cook missed a key shot which allowed Mega Leks to edge Buducnost for the victory.
Frenchman Timothe Luwawu (above) led three other Mega Leks to score in double figures with 17 points. MVP honors went to Nikola Ivanovic who ended the game with 16 points and eight rebounds. He was responsible for keeping Mega Leks’ offense active in the fourth quarter, especially during the deciding final minutes of the frame.
Mega Leks now awaits the winner of the series between Crvena Zvezda and Cedevita Zagreb.