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Round 29 (Regular Season)

Crvena Zvezd 64% Mar.31 Unics
Galatasaray Mar.31 Baskonia 55%
Panathinaiko 54% Mar.31 CSKA
Real Madrid 73% Mar.31 Fenerbahce
Zalgiris 75% Mar.31 EA7 Armani
Anadolu Efes 58% Mar.30 Olympiacos
Brose Bask. 51% Mar.30 Darussafaka
FC Barcelona 59% Mar.30 Maccabi T-A
Interview with Damir Rancic - Sep 21, 2012


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The Croatian sharp shooter helped KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje have a good year in their first ever Euroleague experience and chipped in 6.1ppg mostly from beyond the arc to make things easier for quality big men such as Kasun, Markota, May and Heytvelt. Damir Rancic (199-G-83) has things to say regarding his basketball career and future plans.

You had a stint in the Euroleague with Cibona earlier and last year got back to the competition with KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje. Would you call it a successful season for Zagreb side?

Like you said my first experience with Euroleague was in Cibona 2006 and it was a success last year. It was a debut in Euroleauge for KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and I think the season was ok. We started group with a couple of big losses but in the second part of the group we started to play better and until the last game we had a chance to go into Top 16 but we lost the last game against Zalgiris and said goodbye to Euroleauge.

Compare to your previous Euroleague experience what do you think of the last year?

The Euroleague is obviously getting bigger and tougher every year. Yes i think that euroleauge is getting better and tougher every year.. Its getting more physical and stronger day by day. In terms of organization Euroleague is one of the best sports events ever done.

Croatian basketball is producing a lot of talent everyday but it seems like people are expecting better success from the national team that you have been a part of as well?

That is true... We have so much young talents and gold medals in youth categories but nobody knows what the problem is with the senior team.. We lost 3 or 4 times in a row in quarter finals starting from Belgrade 2005 where I also participated in.

Mostly youre listed as a guard but do you think you are more of a shooting guard or else a small forward and on the floor positions matter as much as many believe?

My natural position is the shooting guard butIi can also play at small forward because I am 1.99 cm tall, but my trademark is getting out of the screens and shooting with a high percentage..

People know you as a true shooter. Your 3 point percentage has always been high and its said shooting is an instinct?

Yes that is my best thing and people know me through that... I think it is an instinct but also reqiures lots of hard work.

Like many other free agents you seem to be waiting for the right offer since you didnt agree terms with any club yet. Any progress going on with your negotiations?

Everybody knows the situation and the market is bad this year. Many teams lowered the budgets and also have problem with paying on time so I decided to wait for the right offer because I want to be on a team where I can give my best. So far in this season I havent found what Im looking for but I know it will be coming soon..

How does it feel to be professional athlete whos always at the practice or on the road for the games? Do you manage to save enough time for yourself and what do you do on your spare time?

Many players start to practice regularly in a very young age and that kind of life is in their blood... I like basketball and that kind of living so I don't have any problem with having no time for other things. I usually read books or play video games or go fishing in summer time just to get rid of the stress of basketball life.
  




Nikolajs
Mazurs
Nikolajs Mazurs to join Unics' coaching staff - 1 day ago
Nikolajs Mazurs is joining Unics Kazan. The Latvian specialist will work in head coach's Evgeny Pashutin team. Nikolajs Mazurs started the season at helm of Avtodor Saratov. He left though shortly. Previously he worked with Dynamo Moscow, Vita Tbilisi, VEF Riga, VEF Riga Kadeti. He also guided Latvian U18 and U20 National Teams.   [read more]

Anthony
Randolph
Randolph's 21 points give him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
27-year old power forward Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Real Madrid and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28. He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to beat Olympiacos (#3, 19-9) 79-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Real Madrid to consolidate first place in the Euroleague. They would h...   [read more]

Stratos
Perperoglou
Recap of Round 28 of Regular Season - 4 days ago
FC Barcelona - Crvena Zvezda 67-54 Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-13) and Spanish FC Barcelona (11-17), which took place in Barcelona. 8th ranked Crvena Zvezda lost to eleventh ranked FC Barcelona in a road game 54-67. It looked good early as Crvena Zvezda took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then FC Barcelona had a 15-11 second period charge getting the lead and Crvena Zvezda was not able to take back game control losin...   [read more]


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Euroleague Standings
 1 Real Madrid 21-7 
 2 CSKA 21-7 
 3 Olympiacos 19-9 
 4 Fenerbahce 17-11 
 5 Panathinaikos 17-11 
 6 Anadolu Efes 16-12 
 7 Baskonia 16-12 
 8 Crvena Zvezda 15-13 
 9 Darussafaka 14-14 
 10 Zalgiris 13-15 
 11 FC Barcelona 11-17 
 12 Brose Bask. 10-18 
 13 Galatasaray 10-18 
 14 Maccabi T-A 10-18 
 15 EA7 Armani 7-21 
 16 Unics 7-21 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Langford, Unics22.3 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.2 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.6 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA15.8 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.5 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris13.1 
 8. Rice, FC Barcelona13.1 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .13.1 
 10. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.6 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.5 
 3. Voigtmann, Basko.7.4 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.2 
 5. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.1 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.9 
 7. Dunston, Anadolu .6.3 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Birch, Olympiacos6.2 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.5 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid6.2 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.8 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.8 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 6. Colom, Unics5.7 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.5.7 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 9. Larkin, Baskonia5.6 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.0 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 4. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 5. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 7. Papanikolaou, Olympiac.1.3 
 8. Paul, Anadolu Efes1.3 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 10. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 6. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 10. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 
Player of the Week

 Anthony Randolph
  Real Madrid
  ( 211-F/C-102-89 )
  
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