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Jack Animam dominates in Radnicki escape of Proleter in Serbia league

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Jack Animam dominates in Radnicki escape of Proleter in Serbia league

STELLAR DEBUT. Jack Animam proves her worth right in her first pro game.

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In her historic debut game as a pro import, Philippine women’s basketball star Jack Animam delivers a clutch performance on top of monster numbers

Jack Animam quickly shut down all doubts if she can perform well at a professional level after she carried ZKK Radnicki Kragujevac to a nail-biting 78-77 win over ZKK Proleter 023 in the First Women’s Basketball League of Serbia on Saturday, October 2.

In her historic debut game as a pro import, the Gilas Pilipinas Women centerpiece scattered monster game-highs of 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks to go with 2 steals and an assist on an efficient 8-of-11 clip in 34 minutes.

Not only did Animam stuff the stat sheet, she also came up clutch in the endgame after sinking a wide open putback layup off an Andrea Glomazic miss for the 76-71 lead with 27 seconds left.

Proleter, however, refused to give up, and responded with a quick triple at the 20-second mark, 74-76, before Glomazic got hacked for two free throws, 78-74, with 5 ticks left.

Fortunately for Radnicki, Glomazic’s free throws created a crucial four-point cushion to barely put Proleter out of reach even after Tijana Cukic sank a contested three to inch within one, 77-78, with just a second remaining.

After recovering from an early 14-point deficit in the second quarter, 16-30, Radnicki climbed all the way back with a big 23-8 run bridging through the third frame for the 39-38 lead at the 8:42 mark.

Both teams then went back and forth before Radnicki peaked with a small 6-point lead, setting up the endgame at 73-67, with 2:55 left in regulation.

Milica Indic backstopped Animam in the thrilling win with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block on 7-of-12 shooting while Marijana Stojanovic led the bench mob with 11 markers and 4 dimes.

Cukic led the losing cause with 17 points, 8 boards, and 5 assists while Jelena Muratovic and Jelena Bosnic chipped in twin 14-marker lines.

Animam and Radnicki will get a week off to celebrate and train before they face Crvena Zvezda next Saturday, October 9. – Rappler.com