Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) had very successful coaching stints in Germany and Ukraine. After leading Rhein Energy Koeln to Bundesliga Champions title in 2006 he took German Cup the next season. With BC Kyiv Serbian tactician has made an impressive run in the 2008-09 EuroChallenge. Ukrainian club that didnt have any foreigner was very close to reach Final Four of the tournament. This season, as a BC Donetsk head coach, Obradovic has won 5 from 6 Eurocup regular season Group A games. At the same time his squad looks like a team that has a real chance to capture Ukrainian Superleague trophy this time.
Sasa, lets start with congratulations. Donetsk is the only Ukrainian club that goes on competing in Eurocup. More than that, your team booked the place in Eurocup LAST-16 beforehand.
Its really a great success for us, because the group wasnt so easy. Achievements of Cibona are well-known. And the fact that they defeated KRKA, Hemofarm, Union Olimpija and Red Star in current Adriatic League season just confirms its high class. Hapoel Jerusalem is the club with good financial support and roster, the club that had an aim to reach LAST-16. And its not a secret how hard it is to play in Israel. I am must pay contribute to my team for that character that they showed in Jerusalem. Its pity that we lost first game in France against BCM Gravelines with such a big score. That time we still didnt find our rhythm, Darnell Jackson just arrived and Ramel Curry was injured. And Gravelines showed unbelievable game on the level of Euroleague team. And after this I am really glad that it is Donetsk team that managed to beat pirates in Eurocup regular season.
Today Donetsk is doing well, but start of the season one can hardly call successful. Lost games against Goverla, Nikolaev and Ferro, as well as unconvincing games against Dnipro and Dnipro-Azot sparked a lot of rumors: staring from speculations about changes in roster and finishing coachs resignation
I really esteem trust relations between me and clubs management. In the beginning of the season I was told: Your work will be valued in May, and after bad start again: We dont change our mind, nobody wants to change the coach. Same judiciousness was with possible changes in roster. Believe me, a lot of times I was a witness when rushed decision was making only worse. It is easy answer: if we dont have result right here right now, we have to find the guilty one and say him good-buy. No way! You have to read the situation, analyze it what provoked such course of events. Believe me, with that number of injures that we faced in the beginning of the season to start championship on high level was absolutely impossible. You have to remember that national championship consists of three rounds so we have time catch-up and we already proved that. And now just imagine if after bad start we said good-buy to Vule Avdalovic for instance, because he didnt find his game from the very beginning and was criticized a lot. And now Vule is one of the key players brain and engine of the team.
After all, the only player with whom the Club part ways was DeMarcus Nelson. Officially it was made to give more game time to Alexander Lypovyy. In fact his game time didnt grow too much.
Leaving of DeMarcus Nelson could not automatically increase Lypovyy minutes on court. But Oleksandr received a good chance to prove himself. In my team everyone receives the time he really deserves. Nobody will get time artificially. Now Lypovyy receives about 15 minutes in the game in average. But Im sure, that desire he shows at our practices will help him prove that he is ready to play more. Nelsons disadvantage was absence of stable shot. In Ukrainian championship where teams mostly play zone its the biggest problem. Thats why I understood that some day we would say good-buy to Demarcus. So, whats the point to wait? Its better to give an opportunity to Lypovyy to prove himself and not to spoil the season for Nelson, especially that his former club Cholet was interested in him coming back.
In home Eurocup game against Hapoel Lypovyy showed a very good game, but in re-game in Jerusalem you didnt give him a minute. Why?
Usually I use Sasha to play against point guards in defense and to play like a shooting guard in offense. In Kiev game Lypa mostly played against Darryl Strawberry who played a role of playmaker. Second guard in that game was not tall Yuval Naimy who Avdalovic and Curry could cope with. But in Jerusalem game Naimy was injured and second guards were taller and stronger Brian Randle and Dan Grunfeld who automatically would have an advantage playing against Vule or Ramel. Thats why I didnt risk to play Lypovyy in that game, I used Pustozvonov and Gliebov on position two instead.
You are one of the most emotional coaches in Superleague. Is it easy to get on well with your team leaders, who probably didnt use to face such way of communication with coach?
While searching for the players for my team, I made an accent not just on the players skills, but also on their human qualities. I do agree that Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) is not an easy coach; basis of my philosophy is every-day work on the highest possible level. I demand of the players to fight till the end. Thats why selecting players for the team I pay attention to the character of the player, I try to understand does he have a core that will give him enough strength to stand the pressure. Believe me, this summer there were a lot of famous names who wanted to come to Donetsk, but I refused them because of the fact I wasnt sure that they would be ready for that kind of pressure, that they had spirit of the fighters and character of the winners. Now we are almost in the middle of the season and I can say without any doubts that I made no mistakes in my choice. We have true fighters in BC Donetsk. It can be either Curry or Kovalenko, all of them do their best both at practice and in game.
You used to say a lot of times that for you most important thing in game is defense. Will you agree that well-known phrase Offense wins games and defense wins titles is now getting out of date? It was offense that brought Eurobasket title to Spain national team and even Gravelines is known as typical fast-break team
Modern basketball is universal, and I really doubt that you will disagree that offense starts with good rebound and rebound is a result of good defense. I accept that maybe last year my teams offense was not like somebody wanted to see it. This summer while building new season roster I kept that in mind and now we are one of the most scoring teams in Superleague.
Can you say that you are satisfied with the roster you have today? Or you still dont refuse the idea to have six foreign players in your team?
You will never find a coach who would mind to have one more player in roster. Me and teams management constantly keep under control players market and we will make a decision to take one more foreigner only in case of top level player appear on market.
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) landed 26-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90). He already started the season at Avtodor in the VTB. In 6 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg this season. Zubcic also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. The last season he played at another team OKC Blue in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In 37 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. In 2012 Zubcic was drafted... [read more]
BC Nizhny Novgorod (VTB) landed 26-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90). He already started the season at Avtodor in the VTB. In 6 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg this season. Zubcic also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 13.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.1apg. The last season he played at another team OKC Blue in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In 37 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. In 2012 Zubcic was drafted by Drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) in second round (56th overall). Among other achievements he won Croatian A1 League championship title in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Zubcic was selected to Croatian League All-Star Game back in 2010. He has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Zubcic has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2009 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia six years ago. Zubcic's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 73.3%. Zubcic has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Croatia (Cibona, KK Zadar, Cedevita and Rudes). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
A very talented frontcourt player who seems not ready to bang inside, due to skinny frame and poor fighting mentality. Has great mid-range shooting and passing skills, his future could be at the 4 position.
Strebkov's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
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25-year old point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for N.Novgorod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. He had the game-high 31 points adding two rebounds and four assists for N.Novgorod in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietkabelis (#4, 3-4) 91-89. N.Novgorod is placed at 3rd position in their group in EuroCup group A. N.Novgorod is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle o... [read more]
25-year old point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for N.Novgorod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. He had the game-high 31 points adding two rebounds and four assists for N.Novgorod in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietkabelis (#4, 3-4) 91-89. N.Novgorod is placed at 3rd position in their group in EuroCup group A. N.Novgorod is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-3 record. In the team's last game Strebkov had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at N.Novgorod and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Strebkov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.2ppg), assists (7th best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 60.0% FGP and 40.5% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Chris Babb (196-G-90) of Ratiopharm. He is American guard in his 2nd season at Ratiopharm. In the last game Babb recorded impressive 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Ratiopharm to edge slightly lower-ranked Lokomotiv (#4, 2-4) by 4 points 105-101. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group D. Ratiopharm consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Babb is well-known at Ratiopharm and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to another N.Novgorod's star - guard DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket). Kane scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of N.Novgorod, helping his team with a 91-89 win against #4 ranked Lietkabelis. N.Novgorod needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group A. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Kane has a great season in EuroCup. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Lokomotiv - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists 5. Simas Galdikas (204-F/C-87) of Lietkabelis - 20 points and 8 rebounds 6. Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) of Zenit - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists 7. Devin Oliver (204-SF-92) of Un.Olimpija - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-F-88) of Khimky - 18 points and 5 rebounds 9. Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Lietkabelis - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) of Lietuvos rytas - 11 points and 16 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Results and Stats from Round 8 of Regular Season - 2 days ago
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Group A Cedevita - MZT Skopje 95-61 No shocking result in a game when second ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-2) crushed bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-6) in Zagreb 95-61 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. MZT Skopje was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded MZT Skopje 43-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college:... [read more]
No shocking result in a game when second ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-2) crushed bottom-ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (0-6) in Zagreb 95-61 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. MZT Skopje was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded MZT Skopje 43-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 10 points and Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) added 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for MZT Skopje. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cedevita have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Croatian champion maintains second position in Group A with 5-2 record having just one point less than leader Gran Canaria. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje still closes the standings with six games lost. Cedevita will have a break next round. MZT Skopje will play at home against BC Nizhny Novgorod (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Cedevita: R.Boatright 20+2reb+3ast, R.James 15+5reb, M.Bilan 14+6reb+2ast, T.Katic 10+1reb+2ast, K.Zganec 9+6reb+1ast, D.Musa 8+4reb MZT Skopje: J.Lalic 14+2reb, S.Sinovec 10+4reb+3ast, M.Simonovski 9+1reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 8+3reb+4ast, C.Kloof 5+2reb+5ast, L.Mladenovski 4+1reb+1ast
Important game to mention about took place in Nizhny Novgorod. Fourth ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (3-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian Lietkabelis (3-4) 91-89 in the fight for the third place. The game without a history. BC Nizhny Novgorod led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Lietkabelis outrebounded BC Nizhny Novgorod 33-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. Lietkabelis were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Ivan Strebkov (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) who added 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Simas Galdikas (204-87) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. BC Nizhny Novgorod moved-up to third place in Group A. Lietkabelis at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against bottom-ranked MZT Skopje (#5) on the road in the next round. Lietkabelis will play against the league's leader Gran Canaria and hope to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: N.Novgorod: I.Strebkov 31+2reb+4ast, S.Vene 16+6reb+2ast, D.Kane 16+9reb+3ast, P.Gubanov 13+1reb+2ast, K.Boynton 9+1reb+3ast, K.Bristol 2 Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 20+6reb+3ast, S.Galdikas 20+8reb, L.Williams 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 9+3reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Janavicius 6+2ast
Everything could happen in Vilnius at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas and one of their biggest challengers Spanish RETAbet BB had identical 2-3 record. This time Lietuvos rytas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Bilbao 83-71 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. RETAbet BB was better in second period 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded RETAbet BB 39-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 assists. Power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American-Kosovan swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, college: Weber St., agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points and 5 assists and Nigerian power forward Micheal Eric (210-88, college: Temple) added 13 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for RETAbet BB. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Fuenlabrada. Loser RETAbet BB dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Lietuvos rytas will face ALBA Berlin (#4) at home in the next round. RETAbet BB will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Lietuvos rytas: D.Logan 23+1reb+6ast, C.Fisher 15+1reb+1ast, A.Gudaitis 11+16reb+1ast, D.Gailius 9+1reb+2ast, D.Gordon 8+10reb+2ast, R.Giedraitis 8+1reb RETAbet BB: S.Bamforth 16+2reb+5ast, M.Eric 13+7reb, A.Hervelle 10+2reb+5ast, I.Buva 10+2reb, D.Todorovic 7+7reb+1ast, T.Borg 6+1reb+7ast
An interesting game for Russian Khimky (5-2) which hosted in Khimky 3rd ranked German ALBA Berlin (3-4). First ranked Khimky managed to get a 11-point victory 88-77. ALBA Berlin was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Khimky made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 ALBA Berlin turnovers and outrebounded them 34-16 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Khimky players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-94, agency: Alti Sport) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Markel Brown (191-92, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 19 points. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky maintains first position in Group B with 5-2 record. ALBA Berlin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Khimky will have a break next round. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against the league's second-placed Lietuvos rytas (#2) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Khimky: M.Brown 19+2reb+2ast, N.Boungou-Colo 18+5reb, J.Pullen 13+2reb+3ast, S.Ilnitskiy 10+10reb+4ast, V.Zaytsev 9+5reb+3ast, E.Vyaltsev 8+2reb+2ast ALBA: E.Kikanovic 22+5reb+3ast, D.Johnson 18+2reb+5ast, D.Milosavljevic 12+2reb+7ast, A.Vargas 7+1reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 5+1reb+2ast, M.Miller 5+1reb
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked German Bayern Muenchen as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group C. Bayern Muenchen edged 4th ranked Spanish Unicaja Malaga at home 72-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Unicaja Malaga. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Nick Johnson (191-92, college: Arizona) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Danilo Barthel (208-91) contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) replied with 12 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) added 13 points in the effort for Unicaja Malaga. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Unicaja Malaga at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Just two games before the end of Regular Season and it may be the most important game of the season next round when Unicaja Malaga faces strong UCAM Murcia trying to get back on the winning streak. Bayern Muenchen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Top scorers: B.Muenchen: N.Johnson 20+2reb+2ast, B.Taylor 10, M.Kleber 9+6reb+1ast, D.Barthel 8+8reb+4ast, N.Djedovic 7+1reb, V.Lucic 5+2reb+1ast Unicaja: J.Smith 13+3reb+2ast, K.Fogg 12+4reb+5ast, H.N'diaye 9+1reb, D.Musli 9+5reb+2ast, J.Brooks 7+5reb+2ast, D.Diez 6+3reb
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Spanish UCAM Murcia (4-3) against fourth ranked Russian Zenit (4-2) on Wednesday night. Host UCAM Murcia was defeated by Zenit in Murcia 90-77. It was a key game for the second position in Group C. The game was mostly controlled by Zenit. UCAM Murcia managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) who scored that evening 22 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (196-88) supported him with 14 points and 11 assists. Four Zenit players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 4 assists by Argentinian point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91) did not help to save the game for UCAM Murcia. American point guard Billy Baron (187-90, college: Canisius) added 12 points for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zenit moved-up to second place in Group C. Loser UCAM Murcia dropped to the third position with three games lost. Zenit will meet bottom-ranked Buducnost (#5) in the next round. UCAM Murcia will play against Unicaja Malaga and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Zenit: R.Toolson 22+2reb+4ast, J.Timma 16+3reb+3ast, S.Markovic 14+2reb+11ast, K.Landry 11+10reb, E.Valiev 7+2reb, A.White 6+11reb UCAM Murcia: F.Campazzo 17+3reb+4ast, V.Faverani 12+3reb+1ast, B.Baron 12+4reb+3ast, M.Pocius 9+2reb+2ast, N.Radovic 9+5reb, P.Llompart 6+2reb+1ast
An interesting game for German ratiopharm Ulm (4-3) which hosted in Ulm one of their biggest challengers Russian Lokomotiv (2-4). Third ranked ratiopharm Ulm managed to get a 4-point victory 105-101. ratiopharm Ulm made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Lokomotiv was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Da'Sean Butler (201-88, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. ratiopharm Ulm's coach used entire bench in such tough game. Guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) replied with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 20 points in the effort for Lokomotiv. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm maintains third position in Group D with 4-3 record behind leader Gran Canaria. Loser Lokomotiv keeps the fourth place with four games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will have a break next round. Lokomotiv will play at home against the league's second-placed Hapoel Jerusalem (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Ratiopharm: C.Babb 30+5reb+3ast, T.Ohlbrecht 20, D.Butler 16+6reb+2ast, A.Rubit 12+4reb+2ast, R.Morgan 12+4reb+1ast, B.Hobbs 6+2reb+10ast Lokomotiv: M.Collins 26+6reb+6ast, M.Janning 20+2reb+3ast, K.Jones 15+4reb, D.Khvostov 11+3reb+4ast, E.Baburin 10+1ast, R.Broekhoff 7+7reb+3ast
Rather predictable result when second ranked Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (4-2) won against at home bottom-ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (1-6) 81-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Jerusalem. Un.Olimpija was better in fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Un.Olimpija was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) contributed with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American Devin Oliver (204-92, college: Dayton) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Un.Olimpija. Four Un.Olimpija players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains second position in Group D with 4-2 record behind leader Gran Canaria. Loser Un.Olimpija stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem will face Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban in the next round. Un.Olimpija will play at home against the league's leader Valencia Basket and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: B.Timor 12+2ast, Y.Halperin 12+5ast, A.Stoudemire 11+6reb, J.Dyson 9+7reb+3ast, C.Jerrells 9+3reb+2ast, T.Peterson 7+3reb+1ast Un.Olimpija: D.Oliver 18+11reb+3ast, N.Jankovic 11+10reb+1ast, B.Mesicek 10, M.Mulalic 10+2reb+1ast, J.Pelko 6+3ast, D.Bubnic 5+2reb+1ast
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