TREVISO, Italy, July 2 --
In the Basketball Without Borders final, Zan Tabak
's Indiana Pacers upset Vlade Divac
and Bruno Sundov
's heavily favored Sacramento Kings team 50-48.
The lead changed several times but the Pacers, who were led by guard Nadan Duranovic (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and center Nemanja Alexsandrov (Yugoslavia), managed to hold on with some tough rebounding and key baskets down the stretch.
Kings coaches Bruno Sundov and Vlade Divac react during the title game.
Fabio Bozzani/NBAE Photos
Prizes were given to all teams and players after the final and the NBA players, who served as coaches as the camp, congratulated all the participants.
Eighty media from eight countries were credentialed to cover this unique event that united children from the former Yugoslavia through basketball.
In the first semifinal, the Pacers defeated Toni Kukoc and Dragan Tarlac's Chicago Bulls 59-52. The Bulls trailed most of the game but rallied in the second half behind the great play of guard Nenad Mijatovic (Yugoslavia). The Bulls tied the game with several minutes left to play but then ran out of steam and the bigger Pacers took the lead for good.
In the second semifinal between the winners of Saturday's games, Rasho Nesterovic's Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Sacramento Kings by 10 points. The game was played at the Palaverde, home of the Italian Lega A basketball team, Benetton Treviso.