Mega MIS basketball players continue their outstanding performances and results in the ABA League, as they secured their fifth consecutive victory in the 24th round by defeating the league leaders, Crvena Zvezda, 83-89 (18:24, 30:17, 21:22, 14:26) at the Štark Arena. The team led by Marko Barać found themselves trailing by double digits in the third quarter but refused to surrender. They halved the deficit by the final quarter and then, with brilliant play on both ends of the court, completed a comeback in just three minutes. Continuing the intense battle, Mega MIS sealed the game with a 9-0 run in the closing minutes, securing a significant victory. With two rounds remaining in the league phase, Mega MIS boasts a record of 14-10, ensuring their spot in the ABA League playoffs. Meanwhile, Crvena Zvezda remains atop the table with 20 wins and four losses.

Leading the charge in one of the season’s biggest victories for Mega MIS was Stefan Miljenović, who scored 18 points, while captain Uroš Plavšić recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, earning a PIR of 22. Andrija Jelavić also delivered an impressive performance with 16 points and seven rebounds (PIR 21), while Nikola Đurišić and Omercan Ilyasoglu contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively.

For Crvena Zvezda, Adam Hanga stood out with 22 points, while Nemanja Nedović added 16.

The game remained tight until midway through the opening quarter when Mega MIS took the lead with an 11-0 run, establishing a 15-24 advantage. They maintained a six-point lead at the end of the first quarter (18-24). Mega MIS continued their strong play, extending their lead to 20-29 with a three-pointer from Jelavić. However, Crvena Zvezda managed to tie the game late in the second quarter, eventually leading 48-41 at halftime.

Crvena Zvezda surged ahead in the third quarter, building a double-digit lead, but Mega MIS refused to back down. Led by Miljenović and Jović, they closed the gap to 69-63 heading into the decisive period. Mega MIS entered the final quarter with great energy, gradually erasing the deficit. With three minutes remaining, they tied the game and quickly took the lead. Maintaining their advantage, Mega MIS closed the game with a 73-88 lead after Đurišić’s three-pointer with 73 seconds left, securing a remarkable victory on the road.

In the upcoming 25th round of the ABA League, Mega MIS will host Split at Ranko Žeravica sports hall on Sunday, March 31, at 18:00.

Mega MIS: Milijašević 3, Miljenović 18, Jelavić 16 (7 rebounds, PIR 21), Marković, Milutinović, Ilyasoglu 10 (5 assists), Đurišić 14, Kovačević, Plavšić 16 (12 rebounds, PIR 22), Jović 10, Malovec 2

Crvena Zvezda: Lazarević 2, Teodosić 3, Hanga 22, Davidovac 9, Mitrović 8, Lazić, Tobey 5, Bolomboy 5, Ilić 4, Nedović 16, Giedraitis 9, Gillespie

Photo: Mega MIS/Ivica Veselinov