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Serbia & Montenegro: Powerful Partizan Pummel Lovcen

06 May 2004
From PA International, Belgrade

Reigning champions Partizan Mobtel are unbeaten eight games into the Super league campaign after finally putting paid to Lovcen CKB in the latest round.

The 91-56 victory followed hot on the heels of their 92-91 triumph at Crvena Zvezda in the big Belgrade derby, a success secured when Nenad Krstic made a pair of free throws seven seconds from the end.

Against Lovcen, the weakest side in the league, the 'Black-whites' struggled for over half the contest, but a 15-0 run at the end of third and start of fourth put them on their way.

Captain Djuro Ostojic scored 19 points and had five rebounds for the champions and Dusan Kecman added 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists as Partizan remained the only undefeated side in the competition.

"They deserve the title as I've never seen a more professional team than them," said Lovcen coach Veselin Kascelan.

"Even though they were playing against the weakest team in Super league, they fought like it was a final game for the championship."

Partizan coach Dusko Vujosevic added: "It's good for our (Serbo-Montenegrin) basketball when you have to do your best, even against a squad that has yet to win in the league so far.

"Still, it was obvious that we have a better team and that showed as we outscored them 30-11 in the last quarter.

"As against Crvena Zvezda, we've done good job and now must stay focused and try to keep this pace."

Meanwhile, Crvena Zvezda moved into second place after gaining revenge in their game in Vrsac.

The 'Red-whites' prevailed 97-86 over Hemofarm, who won the game in Belgrade in the first half of the season.

Crvena Zvezda had a difficult time limiting the contributions of Hemofarm captain Nebojsa Bogavac (24 points), but the visitors took control in the final minutes thanking to the trio of guards Vuk Radivojevic (20 points), Goran Jeretin (19) and captain Igor Rakocevic (18).

NIS Vojvodina climbed into third place after defeating Reflex 105-91, with Kibu Stewart's 25 points and 14 rebounds leading the way. Serbia & Montenegro international Milan Gurovic, despite niggling injuries, added 24 points.

Reflex's fifth defeat has left them in sixth, leaving them with very little hope of reaching the top four and thus qualifying for the play-offs.

In another game, Buducnost destroyed Lavovi 063. The side from the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, won on their homecourt 96-77.

Dejan Milojevic, who has so far been the best player in the Super league, had 34 points and 10 rebounds.

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