Partizan Igokea defends Adriatic league title !
is the new-old champion of Adriatic league. The team from Belgrade beat
Hemofarm STADA in Serbian final 69-51
winning the second trophy this season as black-and-white machine already won
National Cup Radivoj Korac.
Hemofarm STADA had a bad night and they did not show 50% from the last night
against Zadar. On the other side Partizan played good and its players looked
very motivated despite champion of Adriatic league does not have any biger
benefits yet. But on the other hand Partizan earned 15 points and practially
secured a 3-year contract with Euroleague, which suppose to be signed next
year. The game is decided in the second quarter which Partizan finished
22-12. Ten minutes later Partizan extended lead to 21 what was a sign for
its fans to start celebrating another title.
Euroleague player of the year
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency:
Beo Basket) once again led his team to win netting 22 points including 7
rebounds. After many awards this season Pekovic got another one. He is named
to be the MVP of the final 4 tournament. Shooting guard / small forward
Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) was behind him with 13 points. Hemofarm got 11
points from young prospect
Stefan Markovic (191-G-88) and 9 points and 7 rebounds from Serbian
Boban Marjanovic (221-C-88).
Partizan totally dominated this season in regional championship with
impresive score 28-2 (together with Final 4).
The top award for 2007-08 season goes to
Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) of Crvena Zvezda. He was the
top scorer and definitely best power forward in the Adriatic
League. He was also the main contributor of Crvena, which
qualified to ULEB Cup for next season. But he was strongly
challenged by Cook, Hukic and Pekovic. American guard
Omar Cook (186-G-82) and Dragicevic created a perfect duo in
Crvena and probably top one in the league. Cook was 4th best
scorer and best passer in Adriatic League. He was definitely the
best point guard over entire season. Crvena Zvezda was surprisingly upset in the quarterfinals by
Union Olimpija. Olimpija's leader
Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79) gets the award of the best
forward. Hukic plays on the position of small forward.
Dargicevic (power forward) already got the MVP award, so to
balnce the awards more, we decided to give best forward award to
Hukic. His team will host this year Final Four. The best center in the league is definitely Euroleague Player of
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of Partizan Igokea. He may end as
the most awarded player this year in Europe. He made top awards
from Euroleague, now Adriatic League and will for sure make some
in domestic Serbian league. Dusko Vujosevic was the Coach of the Year as he reached an
impressive record with his team Partizan Igokea.
East - West 136-113 Adriatic League enjoyed the All-Star game
yesterday. The show time was held in Ljubljana
and attracted thousands of basketball fans. The
All-Star Game was preceded by the traditional
Three-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk contests.
Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86) of Crvena
Zvezda was the most accurate shooter from beyond
the arc. He outscored
Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency:
Beo Basket) from Hemofarm in a tie-break.
Tadija Dragicevic nailed an additional shot,
while Jagodnik missed the one. Ilija Pavkovic (203-G-88) of Vojvodina
succeeded Miha Jupan to become the Slam Dunk
Contest king. He surpassed
Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) with an overall
score of 86 to claim the title. Then it was the Game itself. The Hala Tivoli in
Ljubljana was packed with 3000 spectators and
they received a piece of a high-flying top-class
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency:
Beo Basket) set the tone for the East
All-Stars as he drained the starting 4 points.
Marko Milic (199-G-77) finally opened the
scoresheet for the West nailing a jumper 2
minutes into the encounter. The game soon evened
up and the teams exchanged the baskets before
Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) and Troha Robert
netted consecutive baskets for the West to make
it a 31:24 game. Later
Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency:
Beo Basket) and
Vladimir Micov (201-F-85) added two more
jump shots to cap the first quarter at 33:26 for
Robert Troha (194-G/F-77) knocked down three
triples to keep the West rolling but the East
team responded with 4 points from
Nikola Pekovic and a three-pointer from
Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency:
Beo Basket) to deny the deficit and spurred
ahead 47:46. But the West team uttered the final
word in the first half as
Andrija Stipanovic (207-C-86) made it 59:57
cushion at the interval.
Goran Jagodnik fueled a 13:0 rally from the
East All-Stars in the third stanza as they
accumulated a 72:66 lead. The East team later
extended the gap to 94:84 heading into the
Omar Cook (186-G-82, college:
St.John's) opened the final term with a long
jumper and the East All-Stars never looked back
Nikola Pekovic finished with game-high 26
points and 8 boards and was named the All-Star
Nikola Pekovic, who was rookie last year,
now proved to be one of the most promising
talents in the European basketball. He was also
named the most perspective U21 player. Tadija Dragicevic contributed 22 points,
while Vladan Vukosavlijevic added 18 points for
the East All-Star team.
Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college:
Oklahoma) dominated the scoring list for the
West with 22 points and 6 assists.
Robert Troha netted 17 points and
Damjan Rudez poured in another 13 points in
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