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Jack Animam stands tall in Serbian league debut as Radnicki Kragujevac edges Proleter Zrenjanin

Jack Animam quickly showed her skills in her Serbian league debut. Rick Dela Cruz (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Jack Animam quickly showed that she can thrive in the tougher Serbian basketball scene, putting a double-double in her First Women's Basketball League of Serbia debut in a 78-77 win by Radnicki Kragujevac over Proleter 023 Zrenjanin on Saturday at the SBB Hala Jezero in Kragujevac.

Animam, the first Filipina player in the Serbian league, actually top-scored for the home side, tallying 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting alongside 14 rebounds for the double-double, one assist, two blocks, and two steals as she helped her team withstand a gallant fight from Zrenjanin.

Zrenjanin looked to silence Kragujevac early on, opening a 23-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the latter slowly recovered and eventually took a 56-52 lead heading to the fourth.

The remained tight for most of the fourth quarter, but Kragujevac did just enough to hold off Zrenjanin.

Milica Indic added 18 points on 7-for-12 from the field, one rebound, seven assists, three steals, and one block for Kragujevac.

Tijana Cukic made 17 markers, eight boards, five dimes, and one steal for Zrenjanin.

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