|Strahinja Milosevic had an ideal debut in the Szolnoki dress|
Less than 24 hours after joining Szolnoki Olaj, Strahinja Milosevic collected a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday to help his new team prevail 80-75 over Zadar at home, after overtime.
This hard-earned victory is the Hungarian club's first success in the ABA Adriatic League since Dragan Aleksic was promoted to the role of head coach, replacing former boss Nedeljko Asceric, on 10 December.
Szolnoki opened up a 56-47 gap at the end of the third quarter but Zadar slowly chipped away at the difference in the fourth frame and a Toni Prostran triple just before the fourth buzzer tied the scores at 70 and sent the game into overtime.
Milosevic, who spent 25 minutes on the court in his debut, scored four of his 12 points in the extra period and Willie Warren hit five of six free-throw attempts in the final two minutes to lead the Hungarian side to victory.
In addition to Milosevic and Warren, who finished with a double-double of 11 points and a game-high 12 assists, swingman David Vojvoda with 16 points on 3-for-5 three-point shooting and fellow Hungarian Akos Keller with 14 points were also instrumental in Szolnoki's win.
The 28-year-old Milosevic agreed terms with Szolnoki on Friday, after spending the first half of the season with Karpos Sokoli, a club which competes in Prva Liga of F.Y.R. Of Macedonia.
The Serbian small forward started his professional career at Vojvodina and defended the colours of the Novi Sad club in both the 2004 FIBA Europe League and the 2007 EuroChallenge (EuroCup).
He made the big jump to Partizan Belgrade in 2007 and won three Adriatic league and three domestic league and cup doubles in as many seasons at the Serbian powerhouse.
Szolnoki have now improved to 5-9 in the standings but remain outside of the play-off spots, while their rivals in both EuroChallenge Group J and in the Adriatic league, Krka Novo Mesto, dropped to 6-8 at the weekend.
Krka head coach Aleksandar Dzikic, who will on Monday officially take the reins of F.Y.R. of Macedonia's senior national team, saw an enormous fourth-quarter comeback attempt by his players fall just short, as Sani Becirovic misfired on a three-point shot at the final buzzer and his team slumped to a 70-68 loss at Buducnost Podgorica.
Zvonko Buljan finished with 15 points and Jasmin Hukić had 10 points and six rebounds as the only Krka players to score in double digits.