Krka won its third straight title in the country. They cruised past Union Olimpija tonight on the road 55-67 closing the series with almost perfect 3-1. Krka quickly recovered from the home loss in Game One and after that managed to beat its rival three times in a row (twice in Ljubljana). The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Krka dominated on the defensive end, holding Union Olimpija to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Union Olimpija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) fired 18 points for the winners. Jure Balazic (204-F-80) had 14 points, while international swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) produced 18 points and Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (206-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Krka was the regular season champion with 8-2 record. They eliminated Zlatorog with perfect 2-0 in the Semis. It is important to mention that Union Olimpija won the Slovenian Cup this season.
Union Olimpija for the 18th time became Cup champions of Slovenia. In the last five minutes of the finals of the tournament in the Spar Breice 18:10 turnaround allowed to celebrate a deserved cup trophy. Most Valuable Player of the tournament was awarded player of Union Olimpija Deon Thompson.
It was very exciting All-Star Game played on January 2 in Domzale. Foreigners grabbed 89-88 thriller win against the Domestic players team. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) was named the MVP of this event. He led Foreigners with 24 points. D.J. Gay (183-G-89, college: San Diego St.) followed him with 13 points and 7 assists, while Igor Maric (196-F-85) had 12 pts. For Domestic players, Jure Balazic (204-F-80) was the only one with double-digits in scoring - 16 points (7 rebounds). Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) (5 rebs) and Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) netted 9 points each. Quarters - 28:23, 16:26, 23:25, 21:15. Head Coach of the Domestic players team was Slovenian specialist Zmagoslav Sagadin. Aleksandar Sekulic led Foreigners from the bench. There were more than 2.000 fans at Hala Komunalnega Centra in Domzale.
Krka clinched the first trophy of the season. They overcame Union Olimpija to celebrate SuperCup title. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) stepped up with 20 points to pace the winners. Krka grabbed the initiative in the opening frame. They registered a 20:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Union Olimpija adjusted their offence in the second frame. The Slovenian powerhouse got within 6 points at the interval 31:37. But Krka did not allow their opponents to take over in the second half. Nenad Trajkovic team controlled the tempo posting a 56:48 lead with ten minutes to go. Krka unloaded 24 points in the fourth frame and rallied to a confident win at the end. Curtis Stinson (187-G-83, college: Iowa St.) posted 18 points, while Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) contributed 11 points for the winning team. Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) answered with 19 points for Union Olimpija. Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) notched 15 points in the loss.
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