Deyan Radonji had a second stint with Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and things didn’t get off to a good start. Zvezda suffered a terrible defeat against Ikogea Alexandrovatu in the Aba League 85-65. Radonji turned things around within 72 hours when Zvezda defeated Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 74-71 at Alexander Nicolic Hall.
Zvezda has been improved in aspects that are not always visible in the stats. The team came out in the right spirit, diving for loose balls, playing high intensity and always focused. It did a great job of using non-shoot fouls to avoid simple baskets, and it allowed Zvezda to get the double-digit lead that ultimately led it to victory.
Zvezda wasn’t easy because it lacked the highest scorer and main offensive reference, Jordan Lloyd. Langston Hall, the guard at its starting point. Laundry Nnoco has just rejoined the team and isn’t ready to play yet. Veteran shooter Marco Simonovich. Still, Radonjic found the answer on the bench to keep playing at a high level.
Two of his reserves made a decisive contribution. Quino Colom scored 13 points with a 3 to 5 three-point shot and a 4 to 5 free throw, adding assists and three fouls. All this was done in 14 minutes on the court. EuroLeague veteran and former All-EuroCup First Team selection, Colom intended to play a major role in this team and played with Lloyd in the Valencia basket last season.
Australian duo duo price played in less than six minutes, but both teams struggled to score, scoring all seven points in the third quarter. In fact, Reese has scored 7 out of 9 points for the team in the last 10 minutes.
“First of all, congratulations to the players in tonight’s game. Before the game, it was most important to play better than the previous game, but we played much better,” Radonzić admitted after the game. “After that, the first half was quite aggressive and the defense was solid, but in the second half there were many mistakes. It can be said that I made an aggressive mistake and the defense was also good. After all, it is very important at this moment. It ’s a victory. ”
Radonjic used Corey Walden at the starting point guard spot and the move paid off well. Walden fired three consecutive three-point shots in the first quarter to change the momentum of the game. He also hit a pair of critical free throws, with two ownership games 72-68 with 15 seconds remaining. Walden finished the game with 17 points, 5 assists and 2 steals.
“We haven’t smiled for a while. Again, it’s not the most beautiful, but I really don’t care. We needed it,” Walden said after the match. “I take it now, especially ending the year with a win, I take it. The second half wasn’t clean, we could definitely have been better-turnover, with ideas Play, be smarter, attack and defend. Maybe better, but again, I don’t care. We win and celebrate. ”
Still, there is plenty of room for improvement. Zvezda led 68-57 with less than three minutes left and made some serious mistakes. Panathinaikos took advantage of them through the outstanding Ioannis Papapetru, who scored 9 points on an 11-0 run and drew 68-68. Zvezda was perfect from the foul line as Johnny O’Bryant, Walden and Deyan Davidbak combined six free throws in the last 36 seconds.
Zvezda won the last two home games. Previously defeated Valencia. Zvezda will start a home game against Fenerbahcebeco Istanbul in 2021 against Real Madrid and Valencia. This is a very special game for Colom and Lloyd.
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