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Stories about Partizan - POP 24

by Ivan Toskov on October 30, 2020

POP 24 - "Fourth championship"

KK Partizan won its fourth Yugoslav championship title in April 1987. It was also the first in a series of titles for our trophy coach Duško Vujošević, who only turned 28 a month earlier. It turned out that a young, promising and ambitious team, combined with the same coach, was a winning combination for Partizan.

Black and white finished the league part of the championship in second place, behind Cibona, which recorded the maximum performance (22 victories). The goal was to break through to the finals and try to rematch the people of Zagreb for the unfortunate defeat in the finals of the first play-off in the history of Jugo-Basketball in the 1981/82 season.

Events, however, took a different course. After "tough" series with the current champion Zadar in the quarterfinals (2-1 in the series, with a masterful game by Vlado Divac in the master's game and 30 points against Stojko Vranković) and Bosnia (also 2-1), everyone expected the final with Cibona. But Bane Prelevic didn't think so, who in his "match of life" practically single-handedly beat the big favorite in Zagreb and brought Crvena Zvezda a place in the final.

But "Partizan's Babies", a team eager for trophies and affirmation, were waiting for them there. In the first game in the packed Hall of Sports, Zvezda started well, leading 21:4, but everything fell into place by the end. It was the night of our team's captain, Milenko Savović, who played a great game and led Partizan to a 78:73 victory. On April 21, 1987, our team arrived at the crowded Pionir, determined not to let the master. Zvezda led with 58:50, 63:54, but Partizan's players, led by Duško Vujošević, made up for all of that and reached the trophy with an 89:88 victory.

Savović, Paspalj, Obradović, Đorđević, Nakić had brilliant moments on that long-ago April night... But the hero of the unforgettable victory was Goran Grbović, who with 28 points also scored a decisive triple.

Partizan played the decisive game of the final series with the following lineup: Đorđević 8, Obradović 6, Lakićević, Nakić 5, Grbović 28, Savović 18, Divac 8, Stefanović, Paspalj 16, Koprivica.

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