2015-16Regular SeasonRound 9
December 09, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ARENA STOZICE
Blaz Mahkovic - Union Olimpija Ljubljana - EC15 (photo Union Olimpija)

Bilbao cruises through Ljubljana, stays perfect on the road

Dominion Bilbao Basket kept its grip on the first place in Group A with a no-doubt-about it 63-84 road win over Union Olimpija Ljubljana. It is fifth win in as many regular season road games for Bilbao which improved to 7-2, in at least a share of the first place in the group. Olimpija dropped to 4-5, in a share of the third place. Dairis Bertans led Bilbao with 26 points. Alex Ruoff scored 14, and Clevin Hannah had 10 in victory. Luka Rupnik netted 11, and Sava Lesic scored 10 points in defeat.

Zach Wright got Olimpija going at the start, helping it to 10-5, but Bertans opened his account from downtown and Giorgios Bogris had a three-point play, 12-11. Olimpija extended the lead through Sasa Zagorac and Blaz Mesicek, 17-11. But after Alex Mumbru and Rupnik traded triples, Alex Suarez hit from downtown for the visitors, too, helping make it 21-19 after 10 minutes. Rupnik hit twice more from long range to start the second, but Mirza Begic scored 5 points against his former club, before Ruoff put Bilbao in front, 27-28. Bertans continued the run with seven points of his own, including a triple, before Borja Mendia and Hannah joined in to help open 33-43. A triple from Ruoff wrapped up the second quarter, making it 37-48 at halftime.

After the break Lesic started a run by Olimpija, and baskets from Zagorac and Gregor Hrovat cut it to 46-51. But Mumbru scored twice and Hannah added a triple in a 0-7 run that helped Bilbao remain in control and the visitors held 52-62 going into the fourth quarter. That’s when Ruoff sparked a game-breaking 2-14 run, which Bertans fueled with 7 points of his own. Hannah scored twice more, and Mendia opened 54-76 lead with 3:30 left on the clock, icing the game. Before it was all over, Blaz Mahkovic strung together 6 points for the hosts, but Bogris did not allow the margin to drop below 17 points at any point.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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Referees: GELLER, RENAUD (BEL), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA), BIRICIK, MURAT (TUR)
Attendance: 4800 (Tentative)
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Dominion Bilbao Basket19291422
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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 28:20 9 4/6 0/1 1/2   6 6 3 2 3     2 3 14
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 13:38 11 0/2 3/4 2/2         1 2     3 1 5
7 HROVAT, GREGOR 20:43 4 2/2 0/1   1 2 3 2 1 5   1 4 2 1
9 MESICEK, BLAZ 11:30 2     2/2   2 2     3     2 2 1
10 NIKOLIC, MITJA 4:07                   2     1   -3
12 VUCETIC, VASILIJE 9:31 2 1/2     1   1           2    
13 LAPORNIK, MIHA 26:17 5 1/4 0/4 3/3   1 1 1   1   1 2 1 -3
15 LESIC, SAVA 22:54 10 5/10       4 4 1   4       3 9
17 ZAGORAC, SASA 16:49 6 1/2 0/1 4/5   2 2     2     2 5 6
21 MAHKOVIC, BLAZ 22:10 8 4/4 0/1 0/1       1 1   1   3 7 13
30 ZAKIS, RONALDS 24:01 6 3/6     1 3 4   1 2     1 1 6
31 CANCAR, VLATKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1   1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 63 21/38 3/12 12/15 4 20 24 8 6 26 1 2 22 25 48
        55.3% 25% 80%
Head coach: POTOCNIK, GASPER
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
Dominion Bilbao Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 RUOFF, ALEX 24:18 14 4/6 2/3 0/2 1 3 4 1 1 2 1   3 3 14
8 BORG, TOBIAS 3:15           1 1               1
9 BERTANS, DAIRIS 30:49 26 6/7 3/6 5/5 2   2 1 2   1   2 5 31
10 MENDIA, BORJA 20:21 6 2/4 0/1 2/2   2 2 1   1     4 2 3
11 HANNAH, CLEVIN 28:52 10 3/4 1/5 1/2       2 1 4     1 5 7
13 BOGRIS, GIORGOS 28:55 7 3/6   1/1 1 3 4 4 6     1 2 1 16
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 15:12 9 2/4 1/2 2/2 1 2 3     4     3 1 3
20 TODOROVIC, DEJAN 9:22                   3     4 1 -6
25 BEGIC, MIRZA 11:05 9 3/4   3/3 1 1 2 1           4 15
31 LOPEZ, RAUL 7:53   0/2 0/1   1 2 3 3   2     3   -2
33 SUAREZ, ALEX 19:58 3   1/4   1 4 5     1     5   -1
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 84 23/37 8/22 14/17 9 19 28 13 10 17 2 1 27 22 83
        62.2% 36.4% 82.4%
Head coach: ALONSO, SITO

Head Coaches

POTOCNIK, GASPER
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"We many too many mistakes and played individually. You cannot play basketball this way. Bilbao forced us with their good aggressive defense into some turnovers, but we should have reacted better. We had 26 turnovers and you cannot win a game in the Eurocup with so many turnovers. Our offense was terrible today. We played solid for the first quarter and maybe some minutes in the third quarter, but everything else was terrible. We made too many mistakes, also in defense and the result is a combination of everything. Bilbao more than deserved to win tonight."
ALONSO, SITO
Dominion Bilbao Basket
"We started the game so-so, because we were thinking too much about fouls and we wasted our time on things we cannot control. We respect Union Olimpija a lot. They showed good performances in the Eurocup so far and all teams struggled here against them. We took advantage of the low post situations. They defended very well in pick-and-roll situations. We defended much better than in the first game, which was crucial. We showed energy and we are very happy to have won the game. We will try to beat Trento in last game of regular season, so we can finish first."