Defeat of the Sailors in Belgrade, Pavićević: We have already made some changes, and there will be more

Red Star - Sailor 95:75

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Mike Tobi and Marko Kovačević, Photo: KK Crvena zvezda/Đorđe Kostić
Mike Tobi and Marko Kovačević, Photo: KK Crvena zvezda/Đorđe Kostić

The sailors' basketball team lost tonight in Belgrade to Crvena zvezda (95:75) in the eighth round of the Admiralbet ABA League.

Mornar suffered its seventh defeat in the regional competition, and in the next round (Sunday, 19) in "Topolica" they welcome Split, a team that after eight rounds is also on the score of 1-7.

After the third three-pointer by Rokas Gedraitis, the "red and whites" gained a double-digit advantage for the first time in the game (23:11), but at the beginning of the second quarter, after Marko Kovačević's point, Mornar came to minus seven (32:25), and on several occasions had and eight points behind.

The Rams were down by eight points in the third quarter as well, but Zvezda immediately sped up the game, pulled away, and had a 21-point advantage in the fourth quarter.

Voler was the most effective for Mornar with 14 points (all in the first half). Gavrilović scored 13, and Vranješ 10. Young Vlado Komnenović (16) made his ABA league debut for Mornar tonight, and he finished the game with five points.

"Congratulations to Zvezda, victory was out of the question. We tried to oppose as much as we could. The dominance under the basket was evident, they had 20 offensive rebounds, they are a team with a phenomenal outside line, which punishes everyone. I have to be satisfied with that what we showed, we fought to the best of our ability, we tried to make the game interesting. We are not in a good situation, but we are not losing heart, we will fight to win the status in the ABA league," said the coach of Mornara, Mihailo Pavićević, after the match.

Mornar recently terminated cooperation with Jamal Johnson and Makol Mavien, and hired Tavijen Den-Martin, who should make his debut against Split.

"We have already made some changes, and there will be more. It is evident that some problems are repeated from game to game. In the race, we have to react, to possibly find some solutions under the basket, and we are also looking for outside positions. At the moment, it is not it's easy to find a good player who can create an advantage," Pavićević said.

At Zvezda, Tobi was the most effective with 16 points. Montenegrin representative Marko Simonović finished the game with 13 points and seven rebounds.

"We did our job professionally. We wanted to win, but also to distribute the minutes, to bring back Marko Simonović, who was injured and sick. We were serious and focused. I am satisfied with the way we played the game," said the coach Stars Janis Sferopoulos.

CRVENA ZVEZDA - MORNAR-BARSKO ZLATO 95:75 (29:17, 23:22, 26:21, 17:15)

Beograd - hall "Aleksandar Nikolić". Viewers: 4.121. Judges: Igor Dragojević (Montenegro), Radoš Savović (Montenegro) and Miloš Hadžić (Serbia).

Red Star: Lazarević 11 (5-3), Teodosić, Davidovac 7 (2-2), MITROVIĆ 6, Simonović 13 (4-3), Tobi 16 (1-1), BOLOMBOJ 4, Ilić 9 (1-1) , NEDOVIĆ 11 (1-1), GEDRAITIS 11, Kuzmic 5 (2-1), DOS SANTOS 2 (4-2).

Sailor: Starovlah 4, Luis 3, Kovačević 3, Miković 2, Voler 14 (4-4), Komnenović 5, GAVRILOVIĆ 6 (2-1), Jovanović 2, VRANJEŠ 10 (2-2), MAREJ 6, RADETIC 4 ( 2-2), BOYKINS 9.

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