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KRKA Remain In Hunt

10.12.2013

EUROCHALLENGE

9. Smiljan Pavic (KRKA Novo Mesto)
Veteran Smiljan Pavic showed the way for KRKA Novo Mesto with 12 points

Five players scored in double digits as KRKA Novo Mesto picked up a comfortable 76-61 victory at home over Fortress Jaszberenyi to take a step towards reaching the Last 16 from Group F.

Smiljan Pavic scored 12 points and Tomaz Bolcina collected 10 points and 10 rebounds for Novo Mesto.

Rastko Dramicanin's 20 points were not enough as Jaszberenyi remained winless at 0-5.

KRKA jumped ahead 10-2 and led 14-6 when Jaszberenyi trimmed the margin to 14-11. The hosts pushed it out to double digits for the first time at 21-11. Novo Mesto were up 21-13 after one quarter.

After KRKA increased the lead to 11, Jaszberenyi pulled back to within 26-20. The hosts were just too balanced and extended the cushion out to 34-20. It was 42-31 at half-time.

Novo Mesto led 46-31 when Jaszberenyi went on a final surge, 13-2 to cut the deficit to 48-43. But KRKA led 59-48 after three quarters.

A 6-0 start to the fourth quarter made it 65-48. Jaszberenyi would hit three straight three-pointers to get to within 12 points with four minutes left but no closer.

The result now means that Krka will go head-to-head with Tofas on the final Regular Season Game Day to decide who will advance to the Last 16 alongside Ural Ekaterinburg.


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