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spreekanick
06-17-2007, 08:53 AM
San Miguel-Pilipinas bowed to perennial Serbian 1A powerhouse KK Novi Sad, 88-85, Friday at the Sports Ecko Sportski Centar in Belgrade, Serbia.

According to press statement Sunday from SMB-Pilipinas management, the Serbs played with six of their regulars and five key additions in their rebuilding program and without imports, 7-0 center Charles Chris and point guard Jerome Lagarnge.

However, the Nationals were incomplete as well, with Kerby Raymundo sitting out the game due to a bad case of food poisoning. Compounding matters was the exit of Tony de la Cruz early in the second quarter due to a strained back, leaving RP team with only 10 men to do battle against the taller and heftier Serbians.

But the Nationals put up a gallant stand, controlling the game three-fourths of the way until Danny Seigle fouled out with five minutes left and RP ahead 77-74.

The Serbs seized the opportunity to string five straight points, capped by a 3-pointer from 6-9 power forward Miroslav Radenkovic that gave the host a 79-77 edge.

Back-to-back offensive fouls against Asi Taulava allowed Novi Sad an 84-80 lead with two minutes remaining.

Following a timeout, Mark Caguioa completed a 3-point play to cut the deficit to one. A steal in the next play set up Gabe Norwood for a breakaway dunk but he got called for a traveling violation.

Another steal saw Norwood setting up Taulava for an uncontested layup, but the 6-9 center failed to convert and 6-10 Ilija Zolotic hit two free throws with 28 seconds left, 86-83.

Jimmy Alapag and Renren Ritualo missed open 3-pointers down the way.

"Again, a disappointing loss because we had the opportunity to win, but just couldn't finish the job," said RP coach Chot Reyes, who rued the absence of Raymundo, the injury to De la Cruz and disqualification on fouls of Seigle.

"We had a team meeting this morning about our defense, and the players responded by defending well, only to lose steam in the end," Reyes added.

Mark Caguioa scored the last five points of the third quarter as the Nationals took a 66-57 advantage with Norwood and Ritualo keeping the Serbs at bay in the fourth until Seigle's fouling out.

The RP team won the first of several exhibition matches against Serbian opponents with Serbian a 97-79 victory First Division's Mega Isharana a 97-79. But this was followed by an 82-77 defeat at the hands of KK Usce Vizura.

Scores:

NOVI SAD (88) Sutalo 27, Tomasevic 15, Radenkovic 14, Zolotic 11, Pap
8, Durasevic 8, Bunic 4, Gogic 1.

SMB-PILIPINAS (85) Caguioa 20, Seigle 19, Norwood 13, Taulava 10,
Hontiveros 8, Helterbrand 6, Pennisi 5, Alapag 3, Ritualo 2.

Quarters: 16-18; 33-41; 57-66; 88-85

spreekanick
06-17-2007, 08:59 AM
we could have won that game...but anways a good game by our NT team..Novi Sad is no push over and a strong team.. :)
GO RP...I BELIEVE..

ctongco
06-17-2007, 12:27 PM
Could we please use the Belgrade Games Update (http://forums.interbasket.net/showthread.php?t=3567) thread for any updates with the said games. This would make the forum more organized and easy on the eyes. Thanks.