Mega MIS registered their first win of the season (1-5) as they defeated SC Derby 101:74 (20:15, 18:17, 32:16, 31:26) in the Ranko Žeravica Sports Hall. Marko Barać’s team started the game of the sixth round of the ABA League slower, but in the middle of the first quarter, they caught the momentum, achieved a turnaround, and patiently built an advantage in the rest of the match. Mega basketball players opened the third part with a 13:0 run, thanks to a great defense, and made a key advantage, which they constantly increased until the end for a convincing triumph against the Studentski centar (2-4).

The winning team was led by Matej Rudan with 20 points and six rebounds, while Danko Branković scored 17, with six rebounds and two blocks. Andrija Grbović, who added 16 points, and Luke Cerovina with 15, also played an important role. Dragan Milosavljević contributed crucially at the beginning of the third period and finished the match with 15 points and eight rebounds. Malcolm Cazalon was also in double figures with 10 points.

Danilo Tasić was the most effective for the away team with 21 points, while Mario Drežnjak added 17.

The guests enjoyed the opening moments of the match, it was like the Mega players did not wake up yet. However, Rudan woke them up with two triples at the end of the first period for an 11:0 run and a complete turnaround. Barać’s players continued in a good rhythm at the beginning of the second period, so they soon gained their first double-digit advantage. The rival cut it in half so they went to the break with 38:32 on the scoreboard.

And then, the rhapsody of Mega’s players began. They tightened their defense and, led by Milosavljević in the attack, increased their advantage minute by minute. The guests from Podgorica could score for five minutes, and after two three-pointers by Cerovina, the advantage was 18 points. The rival answered briefly, and then Grbović took matters into his own hands, and with two accurate shots from beyond the arc, Mega took the most significant 24-point advantage so far. Everything was clear in the Hall of Sports when Barac’s team took the 75:48 lead at the beginning of the last period and gained an unreachable advantage.

Mega MIS: Branković 17 (6 sk), Bogavac, Rudan 20 (6 sk), Uskoković 1, Kobzistyi, Cazalon 10, Kovačević, Cerovina 15, Rorie 4, Grbović 16, Milosavljević 15 (8 sk), Mušikić 3

SC Derby: Jackson 8, Magee 3, Pavlićević 3, Vučeljić 10, Slavković 4, Hadžibegović 2, Tasić 21, T. Ivšić 4, Z. Ivšić 2, Drežnjak 17, Dogan, Tišma

Upon returning to the field, after the international break, Mega MIS will face Mornar in Bar. The meeting in Topolica is scheduled for Sunday, November 20, from 5:00 p.m.

Photo 1: ABA League

Photo 2, 3 & 4: Mega MIS/Ivica Veselinov