Credit: BNS
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Estonia overcame Jusuf Nurkic and Bosnia and Herzegovina's challenge in a friendly preparation game in Tartu with the final score of 102-89 (16-22, 30-25, 33-12, 23-30).

Jusuf Nurkic

Jusuf  Nurkic
Position: PF, C
Age: 27
Height: 212 cm
Weight: 127 kg
Birth place: Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The third quarter was crucial in this game, as Estonia won it by 21 points and built a 20-point lead (79-59) before the final quarter of the game.

Bosnians tried to come back to the game at the start of the fourth quarter with a 18-6 run to reduce Estonia's lead to eight points (88-80) with 5 minutes left in the final quarter, but Maik-Kalev Kotsar and Estonia answered back to close out the game comfortably.

Nurkic sat out the entire fourth quarter by the coach's decision.

The first half was a tight offensive battle between the two teams. Bosnians took a 1-point advantage (46-47) before the second half.

Estonia had a 14-2 run that started at the end of the first quarter and ended at the start of the second. After the run led by Kregor Hermet, Estonia cut the Bosnian's lead to just one point (21-22).

Bosnia and Herzegovina started the game in a higher gear than the Estonians. After Jusuf Nurkic's 2-pointer under the basket, Bosnians built a 10-point lead (4-14) with 5:46 left in the first quarter.

For the home team Estonia, Maik-Kalev Kotsar had 21 points (8/14 2PT, 5/5 FT), 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Bosnia and Herzegovina was led by the Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who ended up with 18 points (7/12 2PT, 3/3 3PT, 2/2 FT), 9 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Estonia: Maik-Kalev Kotsar 21 (6 REB), Kerr Kriisa 16 (7 AST), Kristian Kullamae 14, Kregor Hermet 12, Henri Drell 10;

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dzanan Musa 21 (6 REB), Jusuf Nurkic 18 (9 REB), Aleksandar Lazic 12 (7 REB), John Roberson 11, Amar Gegic 10, Adin Vrabac 10.

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