2015-16Regular SeasonRound 10
December 16, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 GROSSE EWE ARENA

Union Olimpija edges Oldenburg to advance

Union Olimpija Ljubljana edged EWE Baskets Oldenburg 75-77 to advance to the Last 32 from third place in Group A. Sasa Zagorac led the way with 23 points, including what proved to be the game-winning free throws with 16.8 seconds to go. Olimpija improved to 5-5, while already-qualified Oldenburg fell to 4-6 and fourth place. The visitors led by 15 at halftime; Oldenburg rallied in the third quarter to close the gap and the fourth to tie it, but never took the lead. Sava Lesic added 18 points, Zach Wright scored 14 and Mitja Nikolic 10 for the winners. Brian Qvale led EWE Baskets with 17 points, Dennis Kramer scored 16 on 4-of-5 three-point shooting, Vaughn Duggins added 14 points and Dominic Lockhart and Rickey Paulding netted 10 apiece, while Scott Machado dished 9 assists.

Wright’s jumper that made it 6-7 after three minutes was already the fifth lead change of the game. A pair of Wright threes soon had Olimpija up 10-15. After Robin Smeulders scored for the hosts, Blaz Mahkovic connected from downtown and Lesic gave the visitors a double-digit advantage. Philipp Schwethelm’s basket-plus foul closed the gap to 15-22 after 10 minutes. A Schwethelm triple sparked a 9-0 Oldenburg run that saw Kramer score 4 points and tied it at 24-24. But Zagorac scored from the line to start a 0-9 Olimpija response that he capped with a three. Zagorac knocked down two more triples to extend the lead to 28-39. A basket by Paulding changed little as free throws by Wright and Zagora’s fifth three-pointer made it 30-45 at the break.

An 8-0 run early in the second half fueled by Qvale and Duggins drew Oldenburg within 43-50, but Lesic answered with a triple to restore a double-digit Olimpija lead. Soon Paulding knocked down a three and Qvale scored twice to trim the gap to 50-55. Wright and Zaroric re-extended the difference to 10 before Lockhart’s free throws brought Oldenburg within 56-64 through three quarters. Kramer opened the fourth with a triple, but Nikolic and Lesic hit back-to-back threes for Olimpija to lead 59-70. Threes by Kramer gave the hosts hope as 65-72. Qvale three-point play made it a 4-point game with two-and-a-half minutes to go. Oldenburg came back to tie it at 75-75 on a Kramer three and a Duggins shot. Zagorac sank what proved to be the game-winning free throws with 16.8 seconds to go as Oldenburg was unable to get off a final shot.

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Referees: PEREA, OSCAR (ESP), OBRADOVIC, PETAR (BIH), BARDERA, REGIS (FRA)
Attendance: 2283 (Tentative)
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EWE Baskets Oldenburg 15152619
Union Olimpija Ljubljana22231913
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EWE Baskets Oldenburg 15305675
Union Olimpija Ljubljana22456477
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 MACHADO, SCOTT 28:46   0/3 0/2     1 1 9   4   1 1 2 1
7 WIMBERG, JAN 15:54   0/1 0/2     1 1 1         1   -2
10 KRAMER, DENNIS 20:18 16 1/3 4/5 2/2   4 4 2   1     5 2 15
12 SMEULDERS, ROBIN 19:34 2 1/1       5 5 1   2     2 1 5
13 BACAK, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LOCKHART, DOMINIC 23:45 10 2/4 0/1 6/6 2 1 3 2 2 1   1 3 4 13
23 PAULDING, RICKEY 25:58 10 3/5 1/1 1/2 2 3 5 3   1     1 1 14
33 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP 16:45 6 1/1 1/3 1/1 1   1     1     4 1 1
41 QVALE, BRIAN 22:30 17 7/10   3/6 1 4 5 1 1 1   1 2 5 19
44 DUGGINS, VAUGHN 26:30 14 5/6 0/2 4/4   1 1 2 1 2     1 5 17
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 75 20/34 6/16 17/21 7 22 29 21 4 13 0 3 20 21 86
        58.8% 37.5% 81%
Head coach: DRIJENCIC, MLADEN
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 30:29 14 2/8 2/6 4/4   5 5 5 3 3 1   2 3 16
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 12:47   0/1 0/1   1   1 2   2     2   -3
7 HROVAT, GREGOR 31:47 4 0/2   4/4 3 1 4 3   2     4 6 9
10 NIKOLIC, MITJA 20:53 10 2/3 2/3     2 2 3 1       3   11
12 VUCETIC, VASILIJE 4:12   0/1                     3   -4
15 LESIC, SAVA 31:21 18 5/7 2/5 2/5 2 4 6 2 3 1 2   2 3 23
17 ZAGORAC, SASA 29:34 23 2/4 5/7 4/4   3 3   1       1 7 29
21 MAHKOVIC, BLAZ 22:49 4   1/4 1/2   2 2 2   1     1 1 3
30 ZAKIS, RONALDS 14:27 4 2/3 0/1   2   2     2     3   -1
31 CANCAR, VLATKO 1:41                              
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 77 13/29 12/27 15/19 10 19 29 17 8 11 3 0 21 20 87
        44.8% 44.4% 78.9%
Head coach: POTOCNIK, GASPER

Head Coaches

DRIJENCIC, MLADEN
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
"I’m not satisfied with the game and the players who got today a chance to show that they are able to play. In the first half we missed the chance to show our fans our character. I can’t accept this. In the second half it was better. Perhaps we can make things better in the second round."
POTOCNIK, GASPER
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"I have to congratulate my players for this win and for reaching the [Last 32]. In the next months we can make a lot of experiences. We controlled the game, but in the end we missed some shots and allowed Oldenburg to potentially win this game. "
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