Yesterday started the friendly tournament “League of the 4”, which is held in Cluj Napoca, Romania. Here the invited teams Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, Partizan Belgrade, Mornar Bar and the host U-BT Cluj Napoca are fighting for the trophy.
In the first match, Partizan Belgrade meets their ABA League rivals from Montenegro, Mornar Bar. Last season in ABA League they split the victories, every team winning at home court. Both teams fielded strong line-ups as follows and took this game as very good preparation for the next season. The match started strong for Partizan and after the first quarter, they already led by 21-14. In the second quarter, they maintain the high level of play and at the half-time, they had an 11 points lead, 41-30.
In the third quarter, Mornar Bar tried to level up the score, but their 3-point percentage was very bad, shooting only 3 out of 22 attempts from the arc after 3 quarters. Partizan made some solid plays and defended very well, so the third quarter ended 18-9 for the Serbian team. In the last quarter, every coach rotated the squad very much, giving to the young players more minutes on the court. The main scorers for Partizan were: Rade Zagorac – 14 points, Corey Walden – 12 points and Ognjen Jaramaz – 10 points. For Mornar Bar: Antabia Waller – 13 points, Uros Lukovic – 12 points and Derek Needham – 11 points.
Partizan managed to win the game with 77-60 and qualified for Sunday`s final against Fenerbahce Istanbul, who passed U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca in the other semifinal, later that day, 67-66 after a very intense match-up, especially in the final moments when the Romanian team had the last attack and the chance to seal the game. Today, Mornar Bar will play against the U-Banca Transilvania, in the battle for the 3rd place of the tournament. It will be an interesting duel because both teams have high expectations in front of the upcoming season.
Bogdan Vasile Tirc