2012-13Last 16Round 1
January 09, 2013 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 RATIOPHARM ARENA
Igor Rakocevic - Crvena Zvezda Diva - EC12 (photo Orleans Loiret - Sebastien Leger)In arguably one of the best games so far in this 2012-13 Eurocup season, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade grabbed a key road win in difficult Group L by edging Ratiopharm Ulm 95-100. Igor Rakocevic paced the winners with 32 points. Boris Savovic added 17, Elton Brown had 16 and 10 rebounds while Vuk Radivojevic got 13 points for Zvezda. John Bryant led Ulm with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Allan Ray added 19 points, Steven Esterkamp had 16 and Per Guenther got 15 for the hosts. Ray shined early in the game but Rakocevic stepped up late in the first quarter to give Zvezda a 17-19 lead after 10 minutes. Radivojevic struck three times from downtown and Brown led a 0-9 run which made the guests boost their margin to 27-36, enough to keep a 39-48 lead at halftime. Rakocevic and Brown paced Zvezda after the break and Savovic soon gave the guests a 58-69 edge after 30 minutes. Ulm managed to get within 68-71 but Rakocevic and Savovic stepped up to gave Zvezda a 84-93 margin with less than 2 minutes to go. Ulm managed to get within 93-96 and but Radivojevic and Rakocevic combined for 4-of-6 free throws in the final 19 seconds to seal the outcome down the stretch, leading Zvezda to a good-as-gold road win.

Ray got Ulm going with 7 unanswered points, as Ulm held Zvezda scoreless for more than 3 minutes. Rakocevic tried to change things with a layup, igniting a 0-6 run in which Bojan Subotic had 4 points to bring Zvezda within 7-6. Daniel Theis and Rakocevic traded free throws and Savovic tied the game at 9-9. Guenther hit foul shots but Rasko Katic matched it with a jump hook and Rakocevic struck from downtown to give Zvezda its first lead, 11-14. Esterkamp sank back-to-back triples but Rakocevic shined with a layup-plus-foul and Branko Lazic put the guests back ahead, 17-19. Lance Jeter joined the three-point shootout, Savovic scored in the paint and free throws by Brown gave the guests a 20-23 edge. A layup by Dane Watts fixed the score at 22-23 after 10 minutes. Jeter took over with a three-point play early in the second quarter that Radivojevic erased with consecutive corner triples. Bryant dunked it but a red hot Radivojevic swished another three-pointer and a dunk by Brown made Ulm call timeout at 27-34. Brown scored again and Mike Scott capped a 0-9 run with a backdoor layup. Ray struck from downtown and a coast-to-coast layup by Guenther made Zvezda call timeout at 32-38. Rakocevic and Ray exchanged three-pointers and a layup by Esterkamp brought Ulm within 37-42. Marko Simonovic took over with a three-point play, Thais ignited the crowd with a tip-in and a slam by Katic kept Zvezda way ahead, 39-48, at halftime.

Philipp Schwethelm made free throws right after the break and even when Katic scored in the paint, Bryant and Watts brought Ulm a bit closer, 44-50. Rakocevic shined with a power layup but Bryant matched it with an acrobatic basket and Jeter scored in transition to makre Zvezda call timeout at 48-52. Brown shined with a big basket in the paint and a backdoor layup by Rakocevic boosted the guests' lead to 48-56. Ray and Bryant made foul shots but Savovic and Radivojevic kept Zvezda way ahead, 52-60. Thais hit a jump hook but Rakocevic erased it with a five-meter jumper and a layup by Brown made it a double-digit game, 54-64. Rakocevic, Theis, Guenther and Scott made free throws and a layup by Savovic fixed the score at 58-69 after 30 minutes. Esterkamp struck from downtown early in the second quarter and matched DeMarcus Nelson's off-balance jumper with an acrobatic shot. Keaton Nankivil dunked it and a three-point play for a 68-71 Ulm deficit with over 7 minutes left. Rakocevic stepped up with a jumper and free throws but Esterkamp and Guenther kept Ulm as close as 73-76. Brown hit free throws, Bryant shined with back-to-back baskets but Savovic and Rakocevic answered from downtown to give Zvezda fresh air at 77-84. An outstanding Rakocevic and a three-pointer by Savovic seemed to seal the outcome, 84-93, in the next-to-last minute but a three-point play by Watts, free throws by Bryant and back-to-back layups by Jeter and Guenther brought Ulm within 93-96 with 20 seconds left. Radivojevic and Rakocevic split free throws, Bryant scored down low and Rakocevic drew a foul with 4 seconds to go, hitting both attemps to seal Zvezda's win.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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Referees: GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), PEREA, OSCAR (ESP), KARTAL, ERSAN (TUR)
Attendance: 6000 (Tentative)
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Ratiopharm Ulm
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 GUENTHER, PER 27:11 15 5/6 0/2 5/5       4 1 4     1 5 17
7 BETZ, SEBASTIAN 15:45     0/2   1 1 2   1       3 1 -1
9 JOENKE, TILL 2:43                         1   -1
10 THEIS, DANIEL 17:38 8 2/5 0/1 4/6 2 2 4 1   2 3   3 5 10
14 RAY, ALLAN 19:32 19 3/6 3/4 4/4       1 1 2     4 2 13
20 HEBERLEIN, MARCEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 ESTERKAMP, STEVEN 27:45 16 2/2 4/9     1 1 3 1       5 2 13
32 WATTS, DANE 16:17 2 1/1       1 1 1 1 2     5   -2
33 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP 14:15 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 2 1 3 1   1     2 3 4
34 JETER, LANCE 12:49 8 2/2 1/2 1/1       2         2 2 9
52 NANKIVIL, KEATON 20:27 5 2/4 0/2 1/1 1 1 2         1   2 4
54 BRYANT, JOHN 25:38 20 6/10 1/3 5/6 2 10 12 2   1 1   4 4 27
Team                           1   -1
Totals 200:00 95 23/37 9/26 22/25 8 17 25 15 5 12 4 1 31 26 92
        62.2% 34.6% 88%
Head coach: LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CVETKOVIC, ALEKSANDAR 2:11                         2   -2
6 BROWN, ELTON 18:00 18 6/6   6/6 4 6 10 1   3     4 3 25
7 SUBOTIC, BOJAN 9:59 4 1/3 0/1 2/2   1 1   1     1 1 3 4
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 30:12 32 6/11 3/4 11/14 1 1 2 2   3     2 7 29
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 6:36 2     2/2                 2 2 2
12 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 8:11 3 1/1   1/1                 3 1 1
13 MILOVANOVIC, MILAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 SAVOVIC, BORIS 30:09 15 3/6 2/5 3/4 1 4 5 2   2   1 1 2 13
15 KATIC, RASKO 21:40 6 3/8     1 4 5 1 1 3   1 2 4 6
18 RADIVOJEVIC, VUK 30:15 13 1/2 3/4 2/4 2 1 3 7 1 1     2 3 20
20 NELSON, DEMARCUS 14:19 2 1/2     2 1 3 5   1     4 2 6
21 SCOTT, MIKE 28:28 5 1/3 0/2 3/4   2 2 1   2 1 1 3 3 1
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 100 23/42 8/16 30/37 13 23 36 19 3 16 1 4 26 30 109
        54.8% 50% 81.1%
Head coach: VUKOICIC, VLADA

Head Coaches

LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
Ratiopharm Ulm
"We showed in this game that we can compete on this high European level and we can even come close to a victory. However, our weakness was our poor rebounding. It was a very emotional game and usually 95 points should be enough to win at home. But I think that we showed a good overall performance despite the loss."
VUKOICIC, VLADA
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"It was a nice atmosphere here in Ulm and a real pleasure to play here. We were well prepared because we expected a very physical game from ratiopharm Ulm. But in some situations we did not stop them enough and Ulm took advantage. So the victory itself was not that certain at all. There were actually many crucial moments to the game. For example, we were successful in controlling ratiopharm Ulm’s defensive rebounding and we also scored some big points from long distance."

Players

GUENTHER, PER
Ratiopharm Ulm
"It was a good game and I’m happy that we did not lose by too much in front of our home crowd. Throughout the game we were close to them, but at the end we did not succeed in scoring the big points. Every mistake had its consequences. For sure it was a close defeat. Unfortunately we were never really able to take the lead."
RAKOCEVIC, IGOR
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"It was a tough game because Ulm is a team with a very good offense. We had to stop their fast breaks, their shooting and inside play. We played very good defense in the second and during the last quarter. That’s why we won at the end. The atmosphere here at ratiopharm arena was just unbelievable."
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