2008-09Last 16Round 3
February 10, 2009 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 SPORT CENTAR VISNJIC "KRESIMIR COSIC"
Todor Gecevski - KK ZadarZadar booked its first victory of the Eurocup Last 16 by holding off Unics Kazan at home 93-91 in a Group J thriller on Tuesday. Zadar improved to 1-2 in the group thanks to 12 three-pointers. After going through the regular season undefeated, Unics has now dropped to 1-2 in Group J. Rok Stipcevic scored 10 points in the final 4 minutes, including 4 free throws in the last 60 seconds, to help Zadar secure the win. The hosts grabbed a six-point lead in the first quarter that grew to 10 in the second, only to see Unics led by 1 point at the break. Zadar used a 13-4 run to start the second half in building an eight-point advantage, and it was still 87-81 with 2 minutes left. Stipcevic made 4 of 4 foul shots down the stretch to seal the win. Stipcevic finished with a team-high 19 points. Todor Gecevski added 17 points, Deyan Ivanov had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Damir Rancic added 13 points. For Unics, Marko Popovic nailed 3 three-pointers in scoring 22 points while dishing out 6 assists. Terrell Lyday added 18 points on 4 triples as well as 5 steals. Kresimir Loncar collected 18 points and 8 rebounds in a losing effort while Vladimir Veremeenko chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Unics played again without team leader Tariq Kirksay.

The game opened with 3 straight three-point shots as Ivanov and Rancic gave the hosts a 6-3 lead. Ivanov's three-point play upped Zadar's advantage to 11-5 before Lyday nailed a triple to bring Unics within 11-10. The long range shooting continued with Hrvoje Peric and Stipcevic nailing downtown shots for a 19-14 Zadar advantage. After another Lyday long ball, Ivanov's next basket gave Zadar a 23-17 lead. Stipcevic score last to give the hosts a 23-19 lead after one period. After Peric and Toni Prostran hit the first baskets of the second quarter, the Zadar edge hit double digits, 29-19. Unics fought its way back into the game with Popovic hitting a long ball and Igor Zamanskiy and Veremeenko making back-to-back baskets as the difference was trimmed to 33-30. Gecevski answered with 6 straight points for Zadar and it was 39-32. Unics held the hosts scoreless on four consecutive possessions while Zamanskiy threw down a dunk and Popovic's layup finished a 0-8 run for the first Unics lead of the game, 39-40. Ivanov foul shots stopped the run but Loncar's basket gave Unics a 41-42 advantage at the break.

Rancic opened the second half by burying back-to-back triples. He added another basket before Stipcevic knocked down his own three-point shot as Zadar busted out on a 13-4 run to a 54-46 advantage. Loncar scored 3 straight baskets in response, the third coming on a dunk of an offensive rebound to trim the deficit to 54-52. But after Loncar was called for a technical foul, Stipcevic made a free throw and Gecevski hit a layup for a 57-52 Zadar lead. Alexey Zhukanenko answered with a dunk and Popovic evened the game at 59-59 with a triple. After Gecevski and Zhukanenko traded three-point shots, Prostran converted a three-point play. But Popovic and Lyday combined for 3 free throws and the game was even at 65-65 going into the fourth quarter. A pair of Marc Jackson free throws and Zhukanenko's steal and layup gave Unics a 65-69 lead to start the final quarter. Juby Johnson and Ivanov answered with back-to-back three-point shots to push Zadar back in front 71-70. Ivanov hit another basket for a 75-72 lead only to see Zamanskiy make it 75-76. And after Gecevski and Peric scored for a 79-76 Zadar lead, Popovic knotted the game again with a triple. Stipcevic nailed back-to-back triples and Gecevski's score gave Zadar an 87-81 advantage with 2 minutes left. A Lyday three brought Unics to within 87-85. But in the final minute Stipcevic twice made 2 of 2 foul shots for a 91-86 lead. Popovic's free throws cut the margin to 91-88 but Johnson gave Zadar the win with a dunk, althuogh Lyday hit a late three to limit the damage in scoring for later tie-breakers.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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Referees: JERSAN, ANDREJ (SLO), CHIARI, ROBERTO (ITA), ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE)
Attendance: 3000
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Zadar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RANCIC, DAMIR 17:13 13 2/2 3/3           1       5   9
5 PERIC, HRVOJE 23:03 9 3/6 1/1     2 2 2   2     2 2 8
6 STIPCEVIC, ROK 33:17 19 1/2 4/5 5/6 1 1 2 2 1 7   1 4 2 11
8 JOHNSON, JUBY 33:12 7 2/4 1/3   1 1 2 1 1 3   1 2 2 3
10 PROSTRAN, TONI 13:15 7 3/4 0/1 1/1   1 1 1 2       1 1 9
11 GECEVSKI, TODOR 27:39 17 4/7 1/2 6/8 1   1 3 1 1 1 1 1 8 22
12 OLIVARI, SIME DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 RUZIC, TOMISLAV 21:08 6 3/5       2 2   2 1     5   2
14 POPOVIC, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 IVANOV, DEJAN 31:13 15 3/9 2/4 3/3 3 7 10 1 3 1   1 3 6 22
Team                             1 1
Totals 200:00 93 21/39 12/19 15/18 6 14 20 10 11 15 1 4 23 22 87
        53.8% 63.2% 83.3%
Head coach: SAGADIN, ZMAGOSLAV
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
Unics
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LYDAY, TERRELL 35:23 18 0/4 4/8 6/8 1 2 3 2 5 2   1 2 6 19
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 26:29 22 1/4 3/8 11/12   1 1 6 1 2     4 8 23
7 ZAMANSKIY, IGOR 37:09 6 3/4 0/1   2 5 7   1 3     3 1 7
8 KUZYAKIN, ARTEM 2:39     0/1                   2 1 -2
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 18:43 2 1/2 0/1                   2   -2
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 26:35 18 9/13 0/1   6 2 8 1 1 3     3 2 19
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 25:55 11 2/3 1/1 4/4 1 5 6     2 2   5 2 13
13 TSYPACHEV, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 5:33                   2         -2
23 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 14:26 9 3/3 1/1   2 1 3   1 1 2   1 1 14
25 JACKSON, MARC 7:08 5 1/1 0/1 3/4         2         2 7
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 91 20/34 9/23 24/28 12 16 28 9 12 15 4 1 22 23 97
        58.8% 39.1% 85.7%
Head coach: PETROVIC, ACO

Head Coaches

SAGADIN, ZMAGOSLAV
Zadar
"I'm very pleased with our victory. Tonight the ice was broken and there is no more nervousness. There are more things that need to be fixed. Our defense and rebounding are not at the best and we will have to work on that. I hope in a week or two the situation will be better."
PETROVIC, ACO
Unics
"I want to congratulate my colleague. This is a good beginning of his work in a new club. We knew what was waiting for us. We hoped we would win this game because we had more players in our rotation. In our league, we allow fewer points than other teams, and tonight we allowed 93 points. We played very bad defense. We couldn't do anything that we planed. I have to analyze this game to see what happened."

Players

IVANOV, DEJAN
Zadar
"I'm satisfied with this victory. This is a very big thing for us. We played really well. This was a very good game for all of us. We played like a complete team and not like individuals and with that kind of play we will go on."
POPOVIC, MARKO
Unics
"We are known as a team that gives up small numbers of points and in this game Zadar scored a lot of points against us. We lost by 2 points, which is a similar to what happened in Treviso. We have to win our next games at home. We played very bad. We didn't have a continuum in play. Our game went up and down and if you play like this, you cannot win. We didn't have concentration through all 40 minutes and it cost us."
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