2015-16Regular SeasonRound 8
December 02, 2015 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 TELEKOM DOME
Sava Lesic - Union Olimpija Ljubljana - EC15 (photo Telekom Bonn - Jörn Wolter)

Olimpija survives in Bonn, edges closer to Last 32

Union Olimpija Ljubljana held off Telekom Baskets Bonn on the road 88-93, making its push towards a spot in the Last 32. Olimpija improved to 4-4 in at least a share of the third place in Group A, while Bonn dropped to 2-6 in the last place. The visitors pulled away to a double digit lead behind Sava Lesic after only 7 minutes of play. Olimpija held 40-46 at halftime, and Bonn came within a single possession early in the third, but the visitors quickly pulled away to double figures, and a 2-9 run to start the fourth quarter helped push the margin to 18 points. Bonn rallied in the final 5 minutes, using a 16-0 run to get within 82-84 and 87-89, but Olimpija prevailed as Lesic finishe with 24 points. Zach Wright scored 14, Miha Lapornik 13, and Ronalds Zakis 11 in victory. Tadas Klimavicius amassed 25 points and 11 rebounds for Bonn. Dirk Madrich scored 13, an Jimmy McKinney netted 11 in defeat.

Olimpija got off to a quick start behind Lesic scoring 7 points, including a three-point play, and Luka Rupnik adding a three-pointer to help open 7-14 lead. The visitors increased the lead with Zakis scoring twice, and after Madrich hit a triple for Bonn, Sasa Zagorac replied with on from downtown, making it 14-25. The hosts went 6 of 6 from the foul line, which helped them get within 5 points, but Wright made sure Olimpija had 22-31 after 10 minutes, and 24-35 after 3 minutes in the second quarter. Lesic and Zakis extended it to 26-39, but McKinnes hit from long range before Klimavicius scored 7 points, and with contribution from Aaron White and Madrich, Bonn got within 40-43 before Lapornik buried a three-pointer to make it 40-46 at halftime.

Michal Chylinski and Klimavicius cut the deficit to 44-46 early in the third, but Wright and Zakis kept Olimpija in front, then Lapornik went 5-for-5 from the foul line in less than 40 seconds to open 48-58. A three-pointer from Lapornik and baskets from Lesic and Gregor Hrovat kept the lead in double figures, while Bonn scored on three consecutive possessions at the end of the third through Madrich, Eugene Lawrence and McKinney, making it 60-69 after 30 minutes. However, at the start of the fourth, back-to-back threes from Zagorac and Lesic, and a three-point play from Wright opened 62-78 margin. Blaz Mesicek hit a triple, and another basket-plus-foul from Wright extended it to 18 points, 66-84, midway through the fourth. However, Chylinski and Klimavicius combined to scored 9 points in the next 2 minutes, Florian Koch added a triple, and Rotnei Clarke's fastbreak basket got Bonn within 82-84 with 80 seconds to go. After Mahkovic split free throws, Bonn had a possession to tie the game, but Wright came up with a steal, and also scored a basket with 36 seconds left on the clock. Lesic added two free throws, 82-89. There was still half a minute left to play, and McKinney hit a triple followed by Clarke's two free throws, 87-89. But Lapornik, who previously missed two foul shots, this time hit both, and Hrovat made two more free throws to seal the deal.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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Referees: PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), SHEMMESH, SEFFI (ISR), LANZARINI, SAVERIO (ITA)
Attendance: 3200 (Tentative)
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Telekom Baskets Bonn
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 MADRICH, DIRK 22:39 13 3/6 1/2 4/4   2 2             5 16
7 MCKINNEY, JIMMY 20:31 11 1/4 3/5     1 1           4 1 4
8 MANGOLD, ANDREJ 22:04 4 1/2 0/1 2/2   1 1 2 1       4 1 3
9 CHYLINSKI, MICHAL 19:17 7 1/1 1/3 2/2   1 1 1 2 1     5 2 5
10 LAWRENCE, EUGENE 28:20 9 2/4 0/2 5/9 1   1 6 1 3   1 2 8 11
11 KLIMAVICIUS, TADAS 31:16 25 10/14   5/8 4 7 11 2 3 3     3 7 35
12 KOCH, FLORIAN 15:18 7 2/5 1/1   2 4 6 1         4   7
13 WHITE, AARON 21:14 6 1/2 0/3 4/4 3 7 10     3     4 2 7
15 CLARKE, ROTNEI 19:21 6 2/3 0/2 2/2   1 1 3   4     3 2 2
19 BEVERLY, GERALD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 88 23/41 6/19 24/31 10 27 37 15 7 14 0 1 29 28 93
        56.1% 31.6% 77.4%
Head coach: FISCHER, MATHIAS
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
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 WRIGHT, ZACH 19:34 14 6/7   2/4   2 2 2 5 2 1   5 4 18
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 17:35 5 1/1 1/1     1 1 5 3 3     2   9
7 HROVAT, GREGOR 18:00 4 1/3 0/2 2/2   5 5 1   1     3 2 4
9 MESICEK, BLAZ 20:45 7 1/3 1/2 2/2   5 5   1       2 4 12
12 VUCETIC, VASILIJE 5:53 2     2/2           1     3 1 -1
13 LAPORNIK, MIHA 33:12 13 0/3 2/5 7/9   1 1 4 2 1     3 5 13
15 LESIC, SAVA 25:13 24 7/8 1/1 7/7   4 4 4 1 1     2 5 34
17 ZAGORAC, SASA 19:28 6 0/1 2/6   1 1 2 1         1 2 5
21 MAHKOVIC, BLAZ 19:01 7 2/4 0/1 3/4   2 2 2   1     3 3 6
30 ZAKIS, RONALDS 21:19 11 5/6 0/1 1/4   1 1   1 2     4 2 4
31 CANCAR, VLATKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 93 23/36 7/19 26/34 3 24 27 19 13 12 1 0 28 28 108
        63.9% 36.8% 76.5%
Head coach: POTOCNIK, GASPER

Head Coaches

FISCHER, MATHIAS
Telekom Baskets Bonn
"We had five good minutes when we had nothing left to lose. Ljubljana played more consistently and deserved this victory. We wanted to get more touches inside and come on top rebound-wise – that we accomplished. On the other hand we gave up 31 first-quarter points and had to fight our way back from behind from that point going forward."
POTOCNIK, GASPER
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"With this win we are still in the race for advancing to the second stage of Eurocup action. Still Bonn was able to push us to the limit and into certain situations my young team did not feel comfortable with."

Players

MCKINNEY, JIMMY
Telekom Baskets Bonn
"In just five minutes we saw what we are capable of doing if we play with the right intensity on both ends of the floor. The fight was there, the toughness was there, but not for an entire game. Ljubljana played clever and was able to feed off of our mistakes."
WRIGHT, ZACH
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"We did a pretty good job for most parts of the game until Bonn put us into the spot where we had to adjust our game plan. All these different types of defenses thrown at us did not make it any easier for us, which is why I am proud we came out on top of a tough road game."