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Round 8: Leader Partizan loses to Zvezda - Nov 11, 2012


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There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Partizan (6-2) recorded its second loss in Beograd on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Zvezda (4-4) 92-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Partizan. The game was mostly controlled by Zvezda. Partizan managed to win fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Partizan 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Forward Boris Savovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Latvian Davis Bertans (203-92) produced 23 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zvezda have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Defending Serbian champion Partizan still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Igokea. Zvezda is looking forward to face Krka (#10) in Novo Mesto in the next round where they are favorite. Partizan will play on the road against Union Olimpija (#8) in Ljubljana and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Zadar. Fourteenth ranked Croatian KK Zadar (3-5) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging top-ranked Bosnian Igokea (6-2) 61-60 on Saturday evening. Center Franko Kastropil (212-84) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Romeo Travis contributed with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) replied with 23 points for Igokea. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. KK Zadar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Siroki WWin and KK Split. Igokea at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Partizan. KK Zadar will play against higher ranked Buducnost (#5) in Podgorica in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Igokea will play at home against MZT Skopje (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-3) against tenth ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (4-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Cedevita was defeated by MZT Skopje in Skopje 74-61. Worth to mention a great performance of Todor Gecevski who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Predrag Suput responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Cedevita's coach Bozidar Maljkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Cedevita keeps the third position with three games lost. MZT Skopje will meet league's leader Igokea in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Cedevita will play against Szolnok in Szolnok and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Novo Mesto, where 8th ranked Croatian KK Split (3-5) lost to eleventh ranked Slovenian Krka (4-4) in a road game 68-79. The winners were led by Jakov Vladovic who scored that evening 15 points and 8 assists. KK Split's coach Mladen Erjavec let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending Slovenian champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. KK Split lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Krka's next round opponent will be Zvezda (#4) in Beograd. KK Split will play at home against Cibona (#7) in Zagreb.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ljubljana. Local Union Olimpija (4-4) outscored 14th ranked Hungarian Szolnok (2-6) 83-63 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Aaron Baynes who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Union Olimpija moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Defending Hungarian champion Szolnok stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Union Olimpija will face league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Szolnok will play on the road against Cedevita (#3) in Zagreb.

In the last two games of round 8 Buducnost defeated Siroki WWin in Podgorica 76-70. Cibona was beaten by Radnicki KG at home 81-85.
The best stats of 8th round was 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Terrico White of Radnicki KG.



Partizan - Crvena Zvezda 78-92

Top ranked Partizan (6-2) recorded its second loss in Beograd on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Zvezda (4-4) 92-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Partizan. The game was mostly controlled by Zvezda. Partizan managed to win fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Partizan 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Forward Boris Savovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Latvian Davis Bertans (203-92) produced 23 points and French guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Zvezda and four Partizan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zvezda have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Defending Serbian champion Partizan still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Igokea. Zvezda is looking forward to face Krka (#10) in Novo Mesto in the next round where they are favorite. Partizan will play on the road against Union Olimpija (#8) in Ljubljana and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Partizan: D.Bertans 23+3reb+1ast, L.Westermann 12+5reb+5ast, V.Lucic 11+5reb, D.Milosavljevic 10+4reb+3ast, D.Andusic 7+1reb+3ast, D.Gagic 6+3reb
Crvena Zvezda: D.Nelson 20+4reb+5ast, E.Brown 15+7reb+1ast, B.Savovic 14+10reb+1ast, M.Scott 13+6reb+2ast, I.Rakocevic 10+3reb, R.Katic 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 183678


MZT Skopje - Cedevita 74-61

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-3) against tenth ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (4-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Cedevita was defeated by MZT Skopje in Skopje 74-61. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Cedevita managed to win third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) scored 10 points. Cedevita's coach Bozidar Maljkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Cedevita keeps the third position with three games lost. MZT Skopje will meet league's leader Igokea in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Cedevita will play against Szolnok in Szolnok and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: P.Suput 17+12reb+2ast, L.Andric 11+4reb+1ast, B.Wright 10+4reb+3ast, M.Gelabale 9+4reb, M.Tomas 6+4reb+2ast, V.Ilievski 2+3reb+3ast
MZT Skopje: T.Gecevski 20+7reb+5ast, D.Stojanovski 17+7reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 16+4reb+2ast, C.Davis 8+3reb+4ast, B.Bakic 7+4reb+3ast, U.Nikolic 2+3reb
gschID: 183676


Siroki WWin - Buducnost 70-76

Everything could happen in Siroki Brijeg at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost and 9th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin had identical 3-4 record. But HKK Siroki WWin was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Podgorica 76-70 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-70. Buducnost dominated on the defensive end, holding HKK Siroki WWin to just 6 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. Croatian center Darko Planinic (211-90) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-83, agency: BeoExcell) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Montenegrin champion (4-4) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Buducnost will face KK Zadar (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. HKK Siroki WWin will play against Radnicki KG in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: D.Planinic 21+5reb+2ast, M.Sutalo 18+3reb+6ast, B.Barac 14+6reb+2ast, K.Vragovic 5+1reb+2ast, I.Ramljak 5+6reb+1ast, D.Persic 5+2reb+1ast
Buducnost: V.Mihailovic 22+4reb+4ast, G.Lee 14+3reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 12+4reb+5ast, A.Popovic 8+3reb+4ast, S.Milosevic 6+9reb+1ast, D.Bunic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183681


Union Olimpija - Szolnok 83-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ljubljana. Local Union Olimpija (4-4) outscored 14th ranked Hungarian Szolnok (2-6) 83-63 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-63. Union Olimpija made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Union Olimpija outrebounded Szolnok 35-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Szolnok was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Australian-New Zealand center Aaron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St.) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Dino Muric (200-90) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Brandon Gay (203-82, college: San Diego, agency: Edge Sports) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Union Olimpija moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Defending Hungarian champion Szolnok stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Union Olimpija will face league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Szolnok will play on the road against Cedevita (#3) in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 15+5reb+3ast, B.Gay 12+2reb, B.Simon 10+2reb+2ast, E.Kalve 7+6reb, S.Sehovic 7+3reb+1ast, A.Horvath 5+2reb+4ast
Union Olimpija: A.Baynes 24+6reb+2ast, D.Muric 14+7reb, S.Salin 10+7reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 9+2reb+4ast, J.Blazic 8+1reb+3ast, K.Prepelic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183677


Zadar - Igokea 61-60

Important game to mention about took place in Zadar. Fourteenth ranked Croatian KK Zadar (3-5) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging top-ranked Bosnian Igokea (6-2) 61-60 on Saturday evening. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 24-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zadar dominated on the defensive end, holding Igokea to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Igokea 44-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Igokea was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Franko Kastropil (212-84) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) contributed with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) replied with 23 points and Montenegrin power forward Milos Komatina (205-84) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Igokea. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. KK Zadar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Siroki WWin and KK Split. Igokea at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Partizan. KK Zadar will play against higher ranked Buducnost (#5) in Podgorica in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Igokea will play at home against MZT Skopje (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Igokea: C.Hammonds 23+4reb+1ast, M.Komatina 8+5reb, S.Stemberger 6+6reb+1ast, B.Jorovic 5+5reb+1ast, N.Joksimovic 4+3reb+2ast, F.Adamovic 4+1reb
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 13+1reb, F.Kastropil 11+12reb, R.Travis 7+10reb+1ast, B.Krasic 7+5reb, A.Delas 6+3reb+4ast, J.Brkic 6+2reb
gschID: 183675


Cibona - Radnicki KG 81-85

There was a small surprise in Zagreb where seventh ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (4-4) defeated one of their biggest challengers Croatian Cibona (4-4) 85-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cibona was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Terrico White (196-90, college: Mississippi) who scored 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). Slovenian-Serbian point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) produced 20 points and Bosnian forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Radnicki KG moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Cibona. Radnicki KG will face HKK Siroki WWin (#11) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cibona will play on the road against KK Split (#12).
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Zizic 20+4reb, A.Masic 15+4reb+1ast, T.Carter 14+2reb+3ast, D.Strawberry 9+4reb+2ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 9+3reb+2ast, P.Marcinkovic 6+5reb+1ast
Radnicki KG: T.White 36+8reb+3ast, A.Capin 21+1reb+4ast, M.Worthington 11+3reb, B.Krstovic 7+1reb+2ast, R.Varda 4+1reb+1ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 2
gschID: 183680


Krka - KK Split 79-68

We should mention about the upset which took place in Novo Mesto, where 8th ranked Croatian KK Split (3-5) lost to eleventh ranked Slovenian Krka (4-4) in a road game 68-79. The game was mostly controlled by Krka. KK Split was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game, while KK Split only scored four points from the stripe. 27 personal fouls committed by KK Split helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83) who scored that evening 15 points and 8 assists and Serbian center Uros Lucic (207-83) supported him with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by forward Toni Dijan (205-83) did not help to save the game for KK Split. Guard Srdan Subotic (190-80) added 18 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. KK Split's coach Mladen Erjavec let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending Slovenian champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. KK Split lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Krka's next round opponent will be Zvezda (#4) in Beograd. KK Split will play at home against Cibona (#7) in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
KK Split: T.Dijan 21+7reb+1ast, S.Subotic 18+6reb+2ast, I.Mimica 8+2reb+3ast, V.Vukusic 6+4reb+2ast, N.Vujcic 5+4reb+1ast, D.Vukovic 4
Krka: J.Vladovic 15+4reb+8ast, E.Muric 15+4reb+1ast, J.Lalic 14+3reb, D.Lorbek 11+1reb+7ast, S.Pavic 10+6reb, U.Lucic 9+12reb+1ast
gschID: 183679


  




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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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