Belgrade's basketball team FMP edged out its finalist rival Partizan 73-72 in the Bosnia-Herzegovina capital of Sarajevo on Sunday, winning its second title of the Adriatic League.
Partizan led in the first quarter with 15-14, but was devastated in the second quarter with 14-22. The third quarter saw the two teams being nip and tuck with 22-22. Partizan beat FMP with 22-15 in the last quarter, but its gains were not enough to make up the loss in the second quarter.
FMP repeated the success from 2004, when the team won the champion under the name Reflex at the tournament in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. It is the first team that won the champion of the league for the second time.
The regional basketball league, which was founded in 2001, includes 14 best teams from four former Yugoslav countries such as Serbia-Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia.
After the regular season consisting of a double round-robin schedule, the top eight teams in the league then advance to a playoff round to crown the league champion. The winning team of the league final will get champion's rings following the example of NBA. This year's tournament is being held in Sarajevo from April 20 to April 23.