Mega MIS basketball players continued their excellent performance in the ABA League, as they defeated Split in the penultimate 25th round at the Dejan Milojević Training Center with a score of 92-78 (22:25, 27:17, 25:19, 18:17). Under the guidance of coach Marko Barać, Mega MIS established control midway through the second quarter, continued with excellent play in the third quarter, and entered the last 10 minutes with a 13-point lead. Although Split managed to reduce the deficit to single digits several times during the decisive quarter, they couldn’t seriously threaten Mega’s lead. Mega MIS maintained control and secured a record-breaking sixth consecutive victory in the regional competition, improving their record to 15-10 and climbing to fourth place in the standings, which ensures home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. After the loss in Belgrade, Split’s record stands at 11-14.

Mega MIS coach Marko Barać shared his thoughts at the press conference after the game:

I congratulate the players on the effort they put in. Short rotation, a lot of minutes for certain players, but an even greater desire to finish the game as it should. Split is an outstanding team. I said during the week that they owe us, as we played the last game at Gripe for which we weren’t prepared, because we were hit by a virus before that, and now we had a strong desire to see where we stand compared to them. They have shown that they have quality, especially in one-on-one play. We couldn’t contain them throughout the first quarter, but from the middle of the second quarter when we improved individual responsibility, followed by better team defense, we had the opportunity to run. We did that excellently. We attacked the basket well, and from that, we had good kick-out passes resulting in a good three-point shooting percentage. The only thing I can’t be satisfied with is defensive rebounds. Part of it is the defense we played at times, and part of it is the toughness and desire. I expect us to be much better in that aspect. I think we’ve achieved a very good result so far, and I don’t want it to stop,” said Barać.

In the final round of the regular season in the ABA League, Mega MIS will visit Igokea in Laktaši. The match is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, at 5:00 PM.

Photo: Mega MIS/Ivica Veselinov