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Gruev lifts Academic Bultex 99 over Beroe for the bronze medal

Gruev lifts Academic Bultex 99 over Beroe for the bronze medal
07-04-2019 | 17:57 |

BC Academic Bultex 99 finished the Balkan League season with the bronze medals. In the game for 3/4 place the Plovdiv team defeated BC Beroe 86-57 in a Bulgarian battle after leading from the second quarter until the end. Academic managed to make a good run and pulled away, they recovered from a bad beginning of the second half and controlled the game after. It′s a first ever medal for Academic while for Beroe the dissapointment is huge given the fact that they were the best team in the Regular season but failed to win a game at SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League Final Four.

 

Beroe had the better start and took an early 10-2 lead. Then Academic finally "woke up" and managed to tie the score at 15 but then The Greens quickly restored their advantage to be 3 up after ten minutes. The second quarter started on an 8-0 run for the Plovdiv team and it took its first lead. Then Beroe managed to tie the game but Academic was the one who went ahead again and later finished the half on a 13-2 run to go up by 13 after 20 minutes of play.

 

A 10-2 start to the second half put Beroe right back in the game but then Gruev′s fourth triple started a 10-0 run which gave Academic its biggest lead so far - 15 points. In the next few minutes the teams exchanged baskets but the dfference was pretty much the same. It was 15 after 30 minutes as well and it happened because Hristov scored a triple from 9 meters with the buzzer. In the final quarter Academic controlled the difference and never allowed its opponent to come close and have any chance to come back.

 

Academic hit 11 triples compared to Beroe′s 7 which gave the team an advantage. Additionally The Greens missed 13 from 18 free throw attempts and this is pretty much where the difference came from.

 

Aleksandar Gruev was the top performer for the winners and was key in the first half eventually finishing with 21 points and 4 assists. Nikola Vujovic added 12 and 9 rebounds as Troy Franklin had 11 points.

 

Beroe was led by Tre Coggings who had 13 points. Trenton Jennings had a double-double with 11 and 11 rebounds as Conner Frankamp added 10 points.


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Schedule
25 Feb 2020
18.00
RTSH, YouTube, SportMedia.tv
KB Vllaznia KB Vllaznia
KB Peja KB Peja
Qazim Dervishi
Qazim Dervishi
Referees:
 Ognjen Jokic
 Vladan Sundic
 Milosav Kaludjerovic

Schedule
Shkodra | Qazim Dervishi
25 Feb 2020 18.00
KB Vllaznia KB Vllaznia KB Peja KB Peja
RTSH, YouTube, SportMedia.tv
Rahoveci | Mizahir Isma
26 Feb 2020 19.00
KB Rahoveci KB Rahoveci KK Ibar Rozaje KK Ibar Rozaje
SportMedia.tv, YouTube
Rozaje | Sportski Centar
03 Mar 2020
KK Ibar Rozaje KK Ibar Rozaje KB Vllaznia KB Vllaznia
SportMedia.tv, YouTube
Peje | Karagaci
04 Mar 2020
KB Peja KB Peja KB Rahoveci KB Rahoveci
SportMedia.tv, YouTube
Plovdiv | Complex Sila
10 Mar 2020
BC Academic Bultex 99 BC Academic Bultex 99 KB Peja KB Peja
SportMedia.tv, YouTube
Peje | Karagaci
17 Mar 2020
KB Peja KB Peja KK Ibar Rozaje KK Ibar Rozaje
YouTube, SportMedia.tv
All times are local time