basketball

Trepca wins the first final

KB Trepca

Trepça has won the first final playoff game in the Kosovo Superleague in basketball. On Thursday night at the "Minatori" gym, Trepça defeated Golden Eagle Yllin with a score of 77:68.

The match took place in a beautiful sports atmosphere, in the gym full of spectators. Trepça had the support of the fans, while he broke away only at the end of the match.

The first final was very strong. 

The star of Suhareka started the match better and won the first quarter 29:20. The even bigger disconnect came in the second quarter. 6:40 minutes before the end of the second quarter, Ylli scored for 35:22. But then the Suharekans did not score a point for six and a half minutes. Two seconds before the end of the second quarter, Ylli scored for 37:31, with which result the first half ended.

That scoreless period had an impact in the end, although the visitors led by six points after 20 minutes of play. The Suharekas were in the lead throughout the third quarter, but Trepça constantly sought the advantage. Nine seconds before the end of the third quarter, Mitrovica scored for the first lead, 53:52.

The fourth quarter was very strong. 4:36 minutes before the end, the score was 64:64. Kevin Capers then scored for three points and that's how Trepca's gradual breakaway began. The Suharekas never managed to get back into the game, despite their efforts until the end.

Capers stood out in the end, as he finished the game with 10 points and four assists. Devonte Upson had the best statistical data among the "miners" who scored 11 points and ten rebounds. Darnell Edge had 11 points and six rebounds, while Mikaile Tmushiq scored 10 points. Erjon Kastrati contributed nine points, as did Kevin Bracy-Davis.

Alonzo Verge Jr. scored 32 points for Yllin, while he also had five rebounds and six assists. But Verge Jr. also had four turnovers and poor shooting efficiency. Nate Grimes had 10 points and eight rebounds. Jan Palokaj and Gëzim Morina had eight points, while Jalen Nesbitt scored nine.

Trepca's coach, Adis Beqiragiq, had more players he counted on and that made the difference in the end. Ylli's coach, Petar Mijovic counts on fewer players, while only Aaron Jones had a point from the reserves.

Trepça is looking for the fifth title and the first since 2012. Meanwhile, the star is looking for the third title. He was the champion in 2021 and 2022.

The second final match takes place on Sunday in Suhareka. The team that scores three victories is declared champion.