In the opening game of the Friday’s ABA League 2 schedule, Podgorica have prevailed over Zlatibor at the Zlatibor Regular Season Tournament and Qualified for the ABA League 2 Playoffs. However, Zlatibor have sealed their Playoffs ticket as well, despite their defeat.
Podgorica team (Photo: ABA League/Dragana Stjepanovic)
ABA League 2 Round 12, Friday, 26 March 2021:
PODGORICA - Zlatibor 79:76 (15:14, 23:16, 22:24, 19:22)
In the opening game of the Friday’s ABA League 2 schedule, Podgorica have prevailed over Zlatibor at the Zlatibor Regular Season Tournament and Qualified for the ABA League 2 Playoffs.
It’s the 7th win of the season for Podgorica and 2 triumphs now separate them from Široki, the best-placed team outside Top 8 after 12 rounds, with just one round left in the Regular Season. On the other side, Zlatibor continue their season with a 6:6 record, but have nevertheless qualified for the Playoffs, as they have a better record than both of the remaining rivals - Sloboda Užice and Široki and therefore cannot finish the Regular Season below 8th place.
It’s been anybody’s game basically until the final moments. With 36 seconds remaining on the game clock, Nikola Pavlović tied the game for Zlatibor to 76:76 with a three-pointer. With 14 seconds remaining, Mikaile Tmušić put Podgorica ahead by 2. Zlatibor had a chance to turn things around in the next ball possession, but Dušan Kutlešić missed the 3-point shot attempt and Novak Musić set the final score from the free throw line on the other end. Dragoslav Papić missed for 3 in the final moments and failed to force overtime and Podgorica celebrated.
The final score was 79:76 in favour of Podgorica.