Ivan Pesic steals the spotlight as Meshkov edge PPD ZagrebAuthor: SGL, Published: 05.12.2017.
It is fair to say SEHA - Gazprom League’s derby of the round completely
met the expectations. Match was narrow and eye-pleasing with hosts in the end
grabbing 24:23 victory climbing League’s table all the way to the second place.
Points in matches against direct opponents in Final 4 race are always
specially important with Meshkov Brest making a big step towards booking a ticket for
League’s final weekend for themselves with a win over PPD Zagreb in front of their
Both teams entered the match well as they were quite aware of the
importance match has for either side. They were fully focused, hustled for
every possession putting extra effort in on the defensive side of the court.
Result was levelled all the way to 8:8 with a bit more than 5 minutes left to
play in the first. After that hosts made a 3:0 series which helped them widen
the gap and take control of the match.
In first few minutes of the second they
even managed to extend the lead to five but after that guests started playing
way better in defense slowly closing the gap. In the end they even had a chance
to take a point home from Brest but three seconds was just not enough for them
to create a good scoring opportunity with Zarko Markovic’ half-court shot
failing to pass Meshkov’ blocks on its way to their net.
Goalies played an important part on both sides today. However, we must highlight Ivan Pesic and his amazing 17 saves today (three of which from 7-meter line) which was definitely the best individual effort of the night. Urh Kastelic on the other hand finished the match with 10, Arian Jovic added four.