The beginning of the first quarter was equal for the both teams, but Pavlović’s scores led Vrijednosnice to an advantage of 12 points (27:15). The hosts, especially Abdul Malik, played much better game in the second quarter so the half-time ended with the result 50:31.
The game continued in the same rhythm and the Lions tried to fight their way back, but hosts’ skillful and experienced game did not allow it and they kept their lead throughout the entire game which ended with the result 87:61.
Ivan Barišić, head coach of Osijek: “In the absence of coach Krstic, who is with the national team in a World Cup qualifier in Lithuania, we have tried to be functional and play a good match as a training for the national championship on Sunday.”
Abdul Malik Abu, player of Osijek: “We played hard today as a team. The opposite team came out and they played good in the beginning and they challenged us. Thanks to the coach who gave us a good game plan we came out victorious.”
Zoran Kostic, head coach of Lions: “One more game that we used to train young players. I think it was a bit better than yesterday in Slovenia.”
Drago Brcina, player of Lions: “If we look at yesterday’s game, we played well today. We miss 4 players and it’s really difficult. 26 points seem a lot, but we proved that we can fight defensively when we do our best.“