In a clip going viral on social media, Slovenian basketball player Dan Duščak scored an incredible three-pointer from under his own basket as Cedevita Olimpija overcame Borac Čačak in their ABA League encounter on Sunday evening.
Played inside an empty Stožice Hall, Olimpija faced off against Borac looking to bounce back from their first loss in the competition this season in the previous round, where they finished 86-77 losers to Serbia’s Partizan NIS.
Their Serbian rivals on this occasion once again looked up to the challenge, with nothing to split the two sides after the first quarter as the scoreboard remained locked at 25-25.
The home side would shift gear in the second quarter however, pulling ten points ahead at half-time, before increasing their lead to 73-57 by the end of the third quarter.
The final three points in that tally is what had everyone talking however: receiving the ball under the Borac hoop with seconds left to the buzzer, 18-year-old Dan Duščak attempted an audacious shot across the entire length of court which landed perfectly for what will certainly be one of the most memorable three-pointers in the point guard’s career.
Olimpija stepped off the gas in the closing quarter as Borac reduced the gap, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit as the Slovenian side registered their fourth win of the competition, taking the game 97-88 with Jaka Blažič the star performer, contributing 23 points including eight rebounds and four assists.
The two other Slovenian teams involved in the weekend’s ABA League action both registered defeats as Koper Primorska went down 87-66 to Montenegro outfit Mornar, while Krka suffered a narrow 71-70 loss to Serbian side Mega Soccerbet.
The three Slovenian sides form part of the 14 teams making up this season’s ABA League, which includes clubs from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, that kicked off last month.
After playing each other home and away, the top four teams in the standings will progress to a three-match semi-final play-off, with the winners facing off in a five-match play-off final.
Just over a month into this season’s competition, the league standings are as follows:
Krka will be in ABA League action again on Thursday, November 19 as they face off against Borac, while Koper are at home to Mega Soccerbet on Saturday. Olimpija will take to the court once again on Sunday when they line up against Bosnia and Herzegovina’s sole representation in the tournament, Igokea.