In the first match of the new calendar year, Mega Mozzart defeated Cibona with 93:89 (30:22, 15:22, 19:22, 29:23) and thus recorded its sixth victory, while the team from Zagreb suffered their 10th defeat. Coach Vladimir Jovanović’s team reached a very important triumph in the Mega Factory hall after an extremely exciting finish and a turnaround in the last four minutes, when they won with a run of 16:4 and a key triple by Cerovina.
At the press conference after the game, Mega’s coach Vladimir Jovanovic pointed out that offensive rebounds and free throws were key to victory:
– Congratulations to my team that played engaged until the very end, which is often not the case with us. We fought until the very end and I really have to congratulate my players on that, but also Cibona on a fair and correct game and I wish them a lot of success in the continuation of the season. The match started very well for us, with a lot of open shots, assists on the line, but this time we did not have continuity. We entered a gray area from which we had a hard time getting out. We had problems with the lineup because many players played a match with only one evening and one morning practice. On the other hand, Cibona experimented a lot with lineups, they played with five small players, two fours and then they caused us a lot of problems in the game. We entered the last three minutes behind, but with concentration in the attack, we hit open shots. Offensive rebounds and free throws were key,
said coach of Mega.
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