Osijek takes last play-off-spot

Osijek takes last play-off-spot

KK Vrijednosnice Osijek vs. KD Hopsi Polzela
110:86 (29:23, 48:50, 81:69)

Referees: Denis Hadžić, Boris Hartman, Dino Barišić (all CRO).
Audience: 150.
Venue: Dvorana Gradski vrt, Osijek (CRO)

Scorers KK Vrijednosnice Osijek: Pavlović 20, Gospić 20, Šango 17, Mandić 15, Ihring 12, Vrkić 12, Abdul Malik 9, Darling 4, Perić 1.
Scorers KD Hopsi Polzela: Jack 20, Burgett 19, Atanacković 15, Rotar 9, Vasilić 9, Benson 8, Borse 4, Copot 1, Turnsek 1.


KK Vrijednosnice Osijek under the guidance of the new coach Domagoj Kujundžić won the game against KD Hopsi Polzela and reached the quarterfinals of Alpe Adria Cup. Vrijednosnice opened the game better and ended the first quarter with the result 29:23. In the second quarter the hosts played the guests from Slovenia gained the advantage and went on the break with the lead (48:50). Vrijednosnice improved their defense and with Pavlović’s three-pointer 3 minutes before the end of the quarter regained their lead which was the turning point of the game and the hosts ended the third quarter with the 12 point lead. Hopsi Polzela players did not have solutions for Šango’s shots, who scored 14 points and confirmed Osijek victory (110:86).

Domagoj Kujundžić, head coach of Osijek: “We had problems with the defense in the first half. We tried to solve this in the second half and I think we did it successfully. We had problems with their transition and one player was always in offense. Eventually we managed to close it. I think we played a good game.”

Mate Mandić, player of Osijek: “We started the game aggressively. We made the lead in the first quarter, did not play that well in the second quarter and they scored everything. We were much more concentrated in the second half and did our job very well.” 

Boštjan Kuhar, head coach of Hopsi: “We played good offense in the first half. We scored every open shot. It seemed like we were a different team in the second half and allowed the hosts fast counter-attacks and open shots which defined the game.”