Može li Škrljevo obraniti Mavrince od Osijeka?

Tko je ustvari favorit u utakmici Škrljevo – Vrijednosnice Osijek?

Brod zvan KK Škrljevo zasad dobro plovi kroz Premijer ligu. Ubilježena je očekivana pobjeda nad Hermes Analiticom, dok o porazu u grotlu Baldekina nema smisla pričati. Sreća jednostavno nije bila na strani izabranika Damira Rajkovića. Sada je na redu jaka momčad Vrijednosnica Osijek koja vapi za pobjedama nakon poraza prvo od Šenčura u Alpe Adria Cupu, a potom i od Zaboka u Premijer ligi prošlog vikenda. No, ono što je puno više zaboljela trenera Krstića od poraza je ozljeda Aljoše Šarca, glavnog razigravača momčadi s Drave. No, koga nema bez njega se može, pogotovo u slučaju Osijeka koji je puno uložio u svoju momčad ove sezone.

U izostanku Šarca će gotovo sigurno još veće ovlasti u igri dobiti novopridošli Amerikanac Jimmie Taylor (najbolji strijelac Osijeka, 19 koševa u prosjeku), ali i mladi Domagoj Vrkić koji se dosad pokazao u dobrome svijetlu. Damir Rajković će zasigurno natuknuti svojim igračima da dodatno pripaze i na Venky Joisa, najboljeg skakača Osijeka, ali i na Brunu Markulina.

Međutim, Damir Rajković ima svoje jokere u rukavu koje se neće libiti iskoristiti u pravome trenutku. Motiva sigurno neće nedostajati ni cijeloj momčadi koja se što prije želi vratiti na pobjednički kolosijek. Uostalom, cijela utakmica će se prenositi i na javnoj televiziji što je iskusno istaknuo bek Škrljeva, Siniša Štemberger, za Sportcom.hr:

Želimo se pokazati u dobrom svjetlu i zbog televizije i zbog nas samih. Osijek je momčad koja traži respekt, ali dolaze na Mavrince bez playmakera Šarca koji im je vrlo važan igrač. Mislim da mi moramo iskoristiti tu priliku i tražiti pobjedu.”

No, ono što je najvažnije je da je utakmica u Šibeniku zaboravljena, što je za nas potvrdio i najbolji njihov pojedinac prošloga vikenda, Brian Williams:

“Atmosfera u momčadi je odlična i uopće ne sumnjamo u svoje sposobnosti. Prošla utakmica nam je prošla kroz prste, ali to je sada iza nas.”

Recept za pobjedu zvuči vrlo jednostavno:

“Osijek će pokušati odmah na početku nametnuti svoj ritam. Mi moramo biti spremni na to te im odgovoriti istom količinom agresije i energije, što znači da moramo svih 40 minuta igrati čvrsto.”

Naravno, za kraj je Williams morao još jednom istaknuti najveću prijetnju iz redova Osijeka koja se odaziva na ime Jimmie Lee Taylor:

“Taylor je odličan šuter i ne smijemo mu dati prostora za njegove šutove.”

Utakmica je na rasporedu sutra u 17:05 na Mavrincima. Ako niste u mogućnosti doći, utakmica će se prenositi i na našem dragom HRT-u 2.


As Brian Williams gave us the answers in his native tongue (english), we have decided to write the same article in english.

USS Škrljevo has been sailing so far so good throughout the Premier league. One victory is already here (Hermes Analitica) and also one defeat (Šibenik) where luck wasn’t on their side. Now, the time has come to battle Vrijednosnice Osijek on the home court. Osijek longs for victories after a week in which they have suffered two defeats – first one came from Šenčur in Alpe Adria Cup and second one was given to them by Zabok in Premier league. As if these losses weren’t enough, their starting play-maker got hurt and will miss extended time with his injured ankle.

Just to be noted: In the absence of Aljoša Šarac even more responsibility with the ball will go into the hands of their best scorer, Jimmie Taylor, and also their talented guard, Domagoj Vrkić. Also, we are sure that Damir Rajković will also underline the talents of Venky Jois, their best rebounder and Bruno Markulin.

Yet, there is nothing to be feared of. Damir Rajković is sure to have a few tricks up his sleeves that he will not hesitate to use throughout the game. What is even more important, Škrljevo won’t lack motive because they also want to taste the victory again. Also, as experienced guard Siniša Štemberger has noted, the game will be on the national television and that is all you need to know:

We want to play good basketball infront of the cameras and also because of us. Osijek is a team that we must respect but they are coming here without their starting playmaker. We must use that fact in our advantage and take the victory!”

Even more important than all of the above is the fact that the game against Šibenik is long forgotten. We checked that with their best player from that game, Brian Williams:

 “The team atmosphere is high and we are still confident in our group. We believe we let a game slip through our hands but it is behind us now.”

His recipe for the victory sounds simple enough:

Osijek will try to come in and set the tone of the game early. We have to be ready for them and come out strong and match their intensity. We have to play tough for 40 minutes.”

For end of this article, Brian Williams had to once more mention the their biggest threat tommorow, Jimmie Lee Taylor:

“Taylor is a good shooter and we can’t give him open uncontested shots.”

We said it all, now it is up to you to come and to see match Škrljevo-Vrijednosnice Osijek that is set to begin at 17:05. Brian Williams thinks you should come.