With an exceptional team difence, the Portorož basketball players in Ljubljana defeated the locals in front of 350 spectators in the second half and after many years won a place in the semifinals, where the favored team Troti Novo mesto awaits them (Troti were twice better in regular league matches).
After two draws in the first two playoff games, the first half of the third match showed a similar scenario. In their defense, Portorož focused mainly on limiting the impact of Igor Tratnik, first shooter 2. SKL . The sailors were successful in this, as first Kavgič and then Radanovič completely disabled the best domestic player and limited him to only 3 points on a modest performance. Portoroz guards limited the effect of other two main players of Slovan Erčulj and Germ.
In the first quarter, the two teams were tied, then Slovan took the lead in the 7th. minutes 14:10. Portorož turned the result and won the first quarter with a result of 16:19. In the second quarter, Portorož made a partial result of 8: 1 to the highest lead in 13. minutes 17:27. Black minutes followed until the end of the half, which ended with a draw of 32:32. Everything pointed to a repeat of the scenario from the first two matches and a tense finale. Slovan was last in the lead with a result of 43:42 in the 24th minute. This was followed by a remarkable finale of the sailors with the loud support of about 50 fans from the coast in the 25th minute they turned the result 43:46, followed by a series of 11: 2 in favor of the sailors 45:57. The third quarter ended with a high lead of the sailors 48:59. By the end of the match, Portorož only increased the difference and in the end won with a high 63:80. The best individual of the match was Andraž Rogelja with 26 points and 6 shots for 3 points, while Matic Lamut (18 points and 12 rebounds) competed for the home team. Match statistics at this link!