In the blink of an eye, Klemen Prepelic's night went from one he might have wanted to forget to one he will remember forever. Joventut Badalona sharpshooter, who entered Round 3 averaging 23.5 points, was basically a non-factor against the visiting Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul.
"I didn't have a great game, I made a lot of effort on defense, but offensively I was more or less lost," Prepelic said.
With game tied at 82-82, and Darussafaka holding possession with under 20 seconds to go, Prepelic had just 6 points, having made only 1 of 5 two-pointers and gone 0 for 4 from long range to that point. Darussafaka's Gary Browne was dribbling the ball, preparing to take the final shot to win it for Darussafaka, and Joventut would have probably been very happy forcing overtime.
Instead, Brown took a step-back three-pointer with 5 seconds to go, missed it off the back of the rim, and Joventut veteran forward Luke Harangody grabbed the rebound. Harangody passed to Prepelic a couple steps away, deep in the backcourt. Prepelic had time only to take a dribble to his left, step forward and launch a prayer from around his own free throw line.
Overtime seemed assured as the ball flew the length of the court. Instead of overtime, however, there was Prepelic's shot rattling in for a stunning victory.
"It's a great feeling!", Prepelic said in an on-court interview minutes later. "When I shot the ball I saw it was on a good line. I didn't expect it to go in, but sometimes you need a bit of luck to beat a great team like Darussafaka."
It was one of the greatest game-winners in EuroCup history and an early birthday present for Prepelic, who is just four days shy of his 27th birthday.
More importantly, it was a shot that Prepelic, his teammates and all Joventut fans will never forget.