Mega makes mega-comeback to beat Zvezda for first place
U18 Mega SoccerBet Belgrade put together a massive comeback to beat city rival U18 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 80-82 and take first place at the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament Belgrade. Nikola Jovic poured in 32 points to go with 12 rebounds and 7 assists for Mega, which trailed 51-32 early in the second half but fought back to book a ticket to the ANGT Finals this spring. Nikola Djurisic added 17 points and 7 rebounds as Mega took first place at the ANGT Belgrade for a second time following 2019. Mega reached the ANGT Championship Game in 2017 and 2019 and now became the third team to qualify for the eight-team field at the ANGT Finals along with U18 FC Barcelona and U18 Real Madrid, which took first place at the ANGT Valencia and ANGT Istanbul events, respectively. The other five teams will be determined by wild cards. The 2014 U18 continental champion Zvezda took second place at its host event for a third straight season. Mega’s leader Jovic was named MVP and joining him on the all-tournament team were teammate Nikola Djurisic, Nikola Saranovic of Zvedza, Dordije Jovanovic of U18 Partizan NIS Belgrade and Tomislav Ivisic from U18 Buducnost VOLI Podgorica.
U18 Partizan NIS Belgrade captured third place with a convincing 79-67 victory over U18 Buducnost VOLI Podgorica with Marko Vukcevic scoring a team-high 21 points and 9 rebounds. Fifth place went to U18 Maccabi Tel Aviv, which defeated U18 Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana 79-75 as Ido Menchel collected 23 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists while Ido Iluz hit 5 three-pointers in scoring 19 points. U18 Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar finished seventh after beating U18 U-BT Cluj Napoca 67-71 for its first victory. Mikhail Vedishchev led the way with 18 points and Lev Kuzmenko scored 15 points, including a big jumper with 24 seconds left after Lokomotiv had wasted a 17-point lead.