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Round 19: Zvezda beats Radnicki K. in a derby game - Feb 7, 2012


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The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most interesting game of round 19 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Kragujevac where tenth ranked Zvezda won against host Radnicki K. (9-10) 90-86. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 51-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zvezda looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Bojan Popovic (191-83) fired 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) chipped in 17 points. Zvezda's coach Svetislav Pesic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Zvezda maintains tenth place with 7-11 record. Radnicki K. at the other side dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Zvezda are looking forward to face league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki K. will play on the road against the league's second-placed Cedevita (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (13-6) against ninth ranked Croatian Cibona (10-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Buducnost was defeated by Cibona in a tough game in Zagreb 74-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Buducnost. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Davor Kus (191-78, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points (made all of his eight free throws). Goran Suton contributed with 11 points for the winners. Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Buducnost. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cibona moved-up to seventh place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Partizan. Cibona will play against Hemofarm (#11) in Vrsac in the next round. Buducnost will play on the road against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Israeli leader Maccabi T-A delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (11-8) 83-63 in Ljubljana. It was a great evening for Richard Hendrix who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Goran Jeretin responded with 18 points and 4 assists. Maccabi T-A (18-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending Israeli champion maintains first place. Loser Union Olimpija keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Siroki WWin. Maccabi T-A will meet at home Buducnost (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Union Olimpija will play against Krka in Novo Mesto and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth-ranked Slovenian Helios (5-14) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (10-9) in Domzale. The visitors from Zagreb managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Mario Kasun who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. KK Zagreb CO's coach Vladimir Androic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cibona. Helios at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. KK Zagreb CO's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko and are hoping to win another game. Helios will play on the road against Zvezda in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Beograd. Local Partizan (13-6) outscored 14th ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (2-17) 90-50 on Saturday night. Dragan Milosavljevic fired 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost. Zlatorog lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Partizan will face HKK Siroki WWin (#5) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Zlatorog will play on the road against KK Zagreb CO (#7).

In the last two games of round 19 Hemofarm was defeated by Siroki WWin in Siroki Brijeg 72-65. Krka was beaten by Cedevita at home 63-74.



Siroki WWin - Hemofarm 72-65

There was no surprise in Siroki Brijeg where 11th ranked Serbian Hemofarm (5-14) was defeated by sixth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (11-8) 72-65 on Monday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-9. But Hemofarm won second period 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (201-88, agency: Beo Basket) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) added 10 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Union Olimpija. Loser Hemofarm keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. HKK Siroki WWin will face higher ranked Partizan (#4) in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hemofarm will play at home against Cibona (#8) in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: F.Pilepic 20+2reb+4ast, Z.Sakic 18+12reb, D.Planinic 15+6reb, C.Collins 8+7reb, D.Persic 6+3reb+3ast, J.Naletilic 3+2ast
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 21+7reb, M.Pantic 10+9reb+2ast, I.Maras 10+5reb+2ast, D.Gagic 8+4reb, M.Sutalo 7+5reb+3ast, A.Nesovic 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 133063


Cibona - Buducnost 80-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (13-6) against ninth ranked Croatian Cibona (10-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Buducnost was defeated by Cibona in a tough game in Zagreb 74-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Buducnost. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Buducnost won second period 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cibona made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Buducnost was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Davor Kus (191-78, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points (made all of his eight free throws). Bosnian-Croatian center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and center Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Buducnost. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cibona moved-up to seventh place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Partizan. Cibona will play against Hemofarm (#11) in Vrsac in the next round. Buducnost will play on the road against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Cibona: D.Kus 17+2reb+2ast, G.Suton 11+3reb, P.Marcinkovic 10+2reb, D.Rudez 9+2reb+1ast, D.Harper 7+2reb+1ast, M.Rozic 7+3reb+1ast
Buducnost: C.Vitkovac 22+8reb+5ast, B.Dubljevic 17+5reb, M.Popovic 13+4reb, N.Ivanovic 10+2ast, B.Krstovic 4+1reb, H.Rizvic 4+5reb
gschID: 133064


Union Olimpija - Maccabi T-A 63-83

Israeli leader Maccabi T-A delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (11-8) 83-63 in Ljubljana. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. American-Israeli forward David Blu (201-80, college: USC) helped adding 17 points. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Montenegrin guard Goran Jeretin (192-79, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A (18-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending Israeli champion maintains first place. Loser Union Olimpija keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Siroki WWin. Maccabi T-A will meet at home Buducnost (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Union Olimpija will play against Krka in Novo Mesto and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Blu 17+3reb+3ast, R.Hendrix 14+10reb, S.Schortsanitis 11+3reb, D.Smith 10+7reb+3ast, K.Langford 7+4reb+2ast, G.Pnini 6+1reb
Union Olimpija: G.Jeretin 18+2reb+4ast, D.Thompson 13+10reb, S.Salin 11+6reb+1ast, J.Blazic 10+2reb+2ast, D.Muric 5+2reb+2ast, V.Dasic 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 133065


Krka - Cedevita 63-74

No shocking result in a game in Novo Mesto where second ranked Croatian Cedevita (14-4) defeated 13th ranked Slovenian Krka (4-15) 74-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. Krka was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Croatian guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian forward Matjaz Smodis (205-79) chipped in 12 points. Cedevita's coach Drazen Anzulovic used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian center Jure Lalic (212-86) added 13 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Cedevita maintains second place with 14-4 record having five points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Krka lost their sixth game in a row. Defending Slovenian champion keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Cedevita will face Zvezda (#10) in Beograd in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Krka will play on the road against Union Olimpija in Ljubljana.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Draper 17+5reb+3ast, M.Smodis 12+3reb+2ast, H.Owens 9+3reb+2ast, M.Car 8+2ast, L.Warren 8+6reb, M.Bazdaric 6+2reb+2ast
Krka: S.Pavic 13+6reb, J.Lalic 13+2reb, J.Balazic 9+1ast, E.Muric 6+7reb+1ast, M.Rojc 5+3reb+3ast, A.Nissim 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133066


Radnicki K. - Crvena Zvezda 86-90

The most interesting game of round 19 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Kragujevac where tenth ranked Zvezda won against host Radnicki K. (9-10) 90-86. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 51-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zvezda looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Bojan Popovic (191-83) fired 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) chipped in 17 points. Zvezda's coach Svetislav Pesic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Zvezda and five Radnicki K. players scored in double figures. Zvezda maintains tenth place with 7-11 record. Radnicki K. at the other side dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Zvezda are looking forward to face league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki K. will play on the road against the league's second-placed Cedevita (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Thomas 17+1reb+3ast, A.Milutinovic 16+3reb, B.Popovic 13+5reb+6ast, P.Popovic 11+7reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 11+1ast, F.Covic 8+1reb+4ast
Radnicki K.: M.Scott 20+5reb+4ast, D.Simon 17+8reb+1ast, S.Sinovec 15+8reb+1ast, M.Pavkovic 13+2reb+4ast, S.Markovic 11+1reb+5ast, S.Bratic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133067


Helios - KK Zagreb CO 81-82

Twelfth-ranked Slovenian Helios (5-14) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (10-9) in Domzale. The visitors from Zagreb managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 22-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zagreb CO made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Helios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for center Mario Kasun (213-80) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winning side. KK Zagreb CO's coach Vladimir Androic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) came up with 19 points and 9 assists and Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Helios in the defeat. Four Helios players scored in double figures. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cibona. Helios at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. KK Zagreb CO's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko and are hoping to win another game. Helios will play on the road against Zvezda in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: M.Kasun 22+8reb, S.May 16+7reb, D.Markota 12+3reb+1ast, A.Masic 8+4reb+1ast, J.Heytvelt 7+1reb+1ast, D.Mulaomerovic 5+2reb+8ast
Helios: D.Gay 19+2reb+9ast, D.Pasalic 15+5reb+2ast, K.Prepelic 14+3reb+4ast, D.Bubnic 14+7reb, D.Jeftic 5+2ast, J.Besedic 5+2reb
gschID: 133068


Partizan - Zlatorog 90-50

The game with biggest result difference took place in Beograd. Local Partizan (13-6) outscored 14th ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (2-17) 90-50 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Zlatorog's 22. Partizan looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Zlatorog's players. Guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) fired 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Danilo Andjusic (197-91, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Forward Jaka Brodnik (203-92) produced 6 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian power forward Jure Skific (202-88) added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost. Zlatorog lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Partizan will face HKK Siroki WWin (#5) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Zlatorog will play on the road against KK Zagreb CO (#7).
Top scorers:
Partizan: D.Andjusic 17+4reb, M.Macvan 13+5reb+1ast, M.Raduljica 12+5reb+3ast, D.Milosavljevic 12+5reb+4ast, B.Bogdanovic 9+2reb+3ast, V.Lucic 7+4reb+3ast
Zlatorog: J.Skific 7+7reb, A.Omic 7+5reb, L.Lapornik 6, J.Brodnik 6+6reb+2ast, G.Mali 6+2reb+1ast, N.Strnad 5+2reb
gschID: 133062


  




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Adriatic League Standings
 1 Buducnost 23-3 
 2 Crvena Zvezda 20-6 
 3 Cedevita 19-7 
 4 Mega Leks 17-9 
 5 Partizan 12-14 
 6 Zadar 12-14 
 7 Un.Olimpija 11-15 
 8 Cibona 11-15 
 9 Igokea 11-15 
 10 MZT Skopje 10-16 
 11 Krka 10-16 
 12 Metalac 10-16 
 13 Sutjeska 9-17 
 14 Tajfun 7-19 
Points Per Game
 Tadija DRAGICEVIC
  Buduc.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Dragicevic, Buduc.16.3 
 2. Jones, Partizan16.3 
 3. Lesic, Un.Olimpija15.2 
 4. Drenovac, MZT S.14.9 
 5. Vranjes, Buducnost14.7 
 6. Luwawu, Mega Leks14.6 
 7. Bilan, Cedevita14.6 
 8. Pullen, Cedevita14.4 
 9. Radivojevic, Igokea14.1 
 10. Wilson, Partizan13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Cedevita
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Bilan, Cedevita7.8 
 2. Jones, Partizan7.8 
 3. Lesic, Un.Olimpija7.6 
 4. Zizic, Cibona7.2 
 5. Maric, Rio N.7.1 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., CEZ7.0 
 7. Lukovic, MZT S.6.7 
 8. Sinovec, Krka6.2 
 9. Jankovic, Mega L.6.1 
 10. Jevtovic, Metalac6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Buducnost
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Cook, Buducnost6.5 
 2. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.7 
 3. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.6 
 4. Ivanovic, Mega L.5.2 
 5. Rebec, Krka5.1 
 6. Micic, Crvena Z.4.1 
 7. Ljubicic, MZT S.4.1 
 8. Florence, Cibona3.6 
 9. Radivojevic, Igokea3.6 
 10. Cebular, Tajfun3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan JOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (199-G-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jovic, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Jaramaz, Mega Leks2.1 
 3. Cook, Buducnost2.1 
 4. Lapornik, Krka1.8 
 5. Pavlicevic, Un.Oli.1.7 
 6. Vranjes, Buducnost1.7 
 7. Luwawu, Mega Leks1.7 
 8. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.7 
 9. Rebec, Krka1.6 
 10. Bratoz, Tajfun1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  MZT S.
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lukovic, MZT S.2.4 
 2. Miller-Scott, Crve.1.6 
 3. Majstorovic, Metal.1.5 
 4. Zimic, Tajfun1.2 
 5. Zubac, Mega Leks1.2 
 6. Kraljevic, Zadar1.2 
 7. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 8. Maric, Rio N.1.1 
 9. Albijanic, Igokea1.0 
 10. Nikolic, Mega Leks0.8 
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