Jug ties Croatian finals winning shootout once again

The finals of this year's play-offs for the championship in Croatia are one true example of an epic showdown. Another penalty shootout was forced on Wednesday as game 4 in Dubrovnik saw the score levelled at 7-7 at the end of regulation with both sides having their shots at the victory in the final stages of the 4th period but both strong defences, especially Primorje's on man-down, prevented an early decision. Jug however did manage to overcome an early 0-2 deficit as the visitors and reigning champs struck first and led 0-2 going into the second period, even extending that to an incredible 0-5 score before Jug responded in a superior 3rd quarter to tie the game.

The shootout went on to be a controversial one. It started when Petar Muslim got up for his shot for Primorje but according to the referee wasn't in the correct position at first, not ready to shoot when the referee signalled to do so and saw his attempt being called off. After looking to the 'ref' in disbelieve Muslim threw the ball in his direction and got excluded. His presence for game 5 is yet to be announced. The following attempt by Jug's Nikola Janovic, who had trouble remaining in position but held on to convert, led to even more frustration on Primorje's bench where longtime Jug player Sandro Sukno was up next. Sukno shot home his attempt like all others in the series in convincing fashion. Ultimately last year's Primorje player Paulo Obradovic scored the winning penalty shot to give Jug a tense 12-11 victory at home in game 4 as the series will now come down to an epic game 5 next Saturday at Primorje's home pool in Rijeka.

Croatian championships

Finals (best-of-5)

Game 4

Wednesday 20-05:

Jug CO Dubrovnik vs. Primorje EB Rijeka 12-11 (0-2, 3-3, 3-1, 1-1; penalties: 5-4)

Jug scorers: Nikola Janovic 3, Aaron Younger 3, Miho Boskovic 2, Paulo Obradovic 2, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari, Marko Ivankovic.

Primorje scorers: Marko Elez 3, Sandro Sukno 2, Petar Muslim 2, Andelo Setka 2, Damir Buric, Cosmin Radu.

Series tied 2-2.

Game 5
Saturday 23-05

Game 3

Wednesday 13-05

Primorje EB Rijeka vs. Jug CO Dubrovnik 9-8 (3-2, 1-2, 2-3, 3-1)
Primorje scorers: Petar Muslim 3, Andelo Setka 2, Ivan Krapic, Sandro Sukno, Antonio Petrovic, Ivan Buljubasic.

Jug scorers: Marko Macan 2, Nikola Janovic 2, Paulo Obradovic 2, Marko Ivankovic.

Game 2

Saturday 09-05:

Jug CO Dubrovnik vs. Primorje EB Rijeka 13-12 (1-1, 2-4, 2-2, 3-1; penalties: 5-4.

Jug scorers: Paulo Obradovic 3, Miho Boskovic 2, Loren Fatovic, Andro Buslje, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari.

Primorje scorers: Antonio Petrovic 3, Cosmin Radu 2, Ivan Krapic, Xavi Garcia, Ivan Buljubasic.

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