The final tournament of U19 ABA League was played in Slavonski Brod, Croatia during the weekend. Croatian side Cibona won the title after beating Crvena Zvezda in the final game. Igokea was third, Cedevita took fourth place.
Roko Prkačin from Cibona was the MVP of the tournament and a member of All Tournament team. Beside him, other four members of All tournament team were: Bojan Tomašević from KK Crvena Zvezda, Dalibor Ilić from Igokea, Sandro Rašić from Cibona and Rok Radović from Cedevita.
Serbian players who stood out on those two games were:
Dalibor Ilić- ’00, 6’9, PF, Igokea
It wasn’t quite the best possible tournament for new Mega Bemax player but he still managed to be a part of All Tournament team. Had double double figures in both games, regardless below average game 1. Scored 12 pts and added 16 rebs in SF and 32 pts with 17 rebs in third place game. Really had ups and downs in both games, didn’t play with highest possible energy level, showed two different sides in two games. However, strong body and elite athletic abilities are still his biggest assets. Can create and maintain position for himself downlow, but wasn’t fed enough by his guards in both games. Was a bit rough inside, missed few easy lay ins, but still showed ability to score around the rim in different situations. Drove easily by slower bigs, specially in second game, and finished in contact without problems. Had problems with ball handling, though, had couple of TOs off the dribble. Great rebounder on both ends, uses his good vertical leap and strong body to grab rebounds. Shot remains biggest weakness, has really slow release and not smooth shot mechanics. Had 3/13 behind the 3p line, but scored a game winning three pointer in third place game. Defensively, was exposed few times by guards when switched on them, had no major problems defending the rim inside. Overall, Ilic had few shining moments on this tournament, but played worse than expected. Needs to work on his issues a lot for bigger role on higher level.
Dušan Nešković, ’00, 6’7, SG, Igokea
Well sized guard had really good performance in both games on the tournament. In first one, vs Crvena Zvezda, scored 20 pts and grabbed 10 rebs. Had 16 pts in second game. Scoring first guard played with good motor and very high energy level. Good straight line driver, has long first step. Creative finisher inside, but ends drives mainly with his right hand. Has above average athletic abilities. Runs the floor well, has good vertical leap. Solid spot up shooter. Was aggressive on both ends.
Marko Pavićević, ’01, 6’9, C, KK Crvena Zvezda
Started off tournament very well, played great in first half of the semifinal. Ended game 1 with 16 pts, 4 rebs, 4 assists. Had 10 pts, 4 rebs and 3 assists in second. Used his size advantage to dominate in the paint against Igokea. Beside size, Pavićević has nice post skillset and ability to finish with both hands. Very smart big who feels the game well. Has good court vision, can pass the ball to an open shooter or a cutter. Still decision making could be better in some situations, was taking not needed long range shots, which is far from his biggest strength. Shot mechanics could be better, lacks of arc in the shot. Improved mobility, ran the floor better than usually. Still, his body needs work, lacks of strength, has thin frame. Defense has room to be better, not really active on help side.
Lazar Vasić- ’01, 6’3, PG, KK Crvena Zvezda.
Captain of this KK Crvena Zvezda team was top scorer of his team in first game with 18pts. Had really bad shooting performance in the final game, scored 5pts only with 1/11 FG. Quick PG with good motor. Solid ball handler, not really flashy but sure with the ball in his hands, had only 1 TO in 2 games. Can drive a bit, but relies mostly on perimeter shot. Very solid in spot up and off the dribble situations when catches fire. Good team player, does a lot of small stuff on the court.
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