Bosnia and Herzegovina Avoid Relegation

28 July 2013

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14. Imran Polutak (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Imran Polutak amassed 29 points and 12 boards to assure Bosnia and Herzegovina did not get relegated

Bosnia and Herzegovina avoided relegation to the U18 European Championship Division B in a double overtime thriller, winning 96-85 over Ukraine on the final day of the tournament.

Ukraine's play-off loss for the 13th position means the nation will join Bulgaria and Ukraine as teams moving down Division B in 2014.

Bosnia and Herzegovina scored all 16 of their first quarter points in the paint, seven coming from center Imran Polutak, but two threes and 10 points from seven opposition turnovers gave Ukraine a one-basket lead at quarter time.

Oleksandr Kobets exploded for 15 second-quarter points as Ukraine ran out to a 14-4 run, establishing a 16-point lead before the half.

But 21 points in a flurry of shooting in the first six minutes of the third quarter saw Ukraine's lead down to just one heading into the final quarter.

Later in the fourth quarter, a free throw from Sandro Gacic and a tip in on the second miss by Polutak levelled the scores with just seven seconds remaining, sending the game into overtime.

Polutak again gave Bosnia and Herzegovina the lead midway through overtime, but Aleksandar Lazic was able to only make one of his two free throws with 27 seconds left, allowing Igor Boyarkin to complete a game-tying lay-up with five seconds left.

Gacic buried two triples in the second overtime period and Polutak scored another three points as Bosnia and Herzegovina built an unbeatable double-digit lead.

Polutak's massive double-double consisted of 29 points and 12 rebounds whilst Stefan Lakic added 17 points.

Kobets led Ukraine with 21 points.


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