Radnicki Kragujevac failed to piece together a full comeback in the clutch as Vrbas grinded out a 60-54 road win at the First Women’s Serbia League on Friday, November 19 (Saturday, November 20, Manila time).
Filipina star import Jack Animam continued her run as Kragujevac’s new centerpiece off another stat sheet-stuffing performance with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block on 6-of-10 shooting in 36 minutes.
However, it was team captain Milica Indic who almost single-handedly brought her squad back in the fourth quarter after scoring 10 points, including two triples, in a 13-2 run that turned a 41-52 deficit to a 54-all tie with four minutes left.
But Radnicki shot themselves in the foot right after that rally as three turnovers in the span of one minute resulted in loss of momentum, and six unanswered points from the visiting Vrbas, ending with a game-sealing layup to set the final score with 26 ticks left.
Kyah Proctor anchored Vrbas’ final defensive stand as she made up for an eight-point outing on a horrid 2-of-16 clip with a stellar all-around line of 7 steals, 4 in the final frame alone, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in a full 40-minute run.
With the win, they jumped up two places in the standings with a 3-5 record, good for seventh behind Kragujevac, which fell to 4-4.
On the losing end, Indic saw her solo scoring spree go to waste as she finished with a game-high 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting to go with 7 boards, and 5 dimes.
To prevent falling into a losing record for the first time this season, Animam and Radnicki will have a tough task ahead of them as they go on the road to face the second-ranked Partizan 1953 in Belgrade on Monday, November 28, 2 am, Manila time. – Rappler.com
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