2014-15Regular SeasonRound 10
December 17, 2014 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ARENA STOZICE

Union Olimpija routs VEF Riga in Group D finale

Union Olimpija Ljubljana blasted VEF Riga 90-61 in the final game in Group D. Olimpija completed the Eurocup Regular Season with a 6-4 record and in third place in the group. VEF Riga bid farewell to the competition for the season with a 1-9 record. Olimpija outscored VEF in each of the quarters in a convincing victory. Blaz Mahkovic paced the winners with 15 points, Vasilije Vucetic netted 13, Dino Muric 12 and Hristo Nikolov 11. Ronalds Zakis led VEF with 19 points, Gerald Robinson scored 12 and Ingus Jakovics had 10 in defeat.

Paolo Marinelli scored and assisted as Olimpija started 4-0. After a Janis Berzins triple, Olimpija got a pair of buckets from Muric before a Marinelli triple made it 11-3. Arturs Berzins sank VEF’s second three, however the hoists continued to roll as Nikolov scored twice in raising the difference to double figures, 17-6. Zakis and Robinson narrowed the gap. Klemen Prepelic scored from downtown for the hosts before Zakis ended the first quarter at 22-14. Mahkovic put Olimpija up by a dozen before VEF started to score. The teams traded baskets with Vucetic carrying the scoring torch for the hosts, while Jakovics answered for the visitors. Gregor Hrovat put Olimpija up 38-24 from the line. A Zakis triple made it 41-29 at halftime.

Jakovics scored the first basket of the second half, but Marko Marinovic answered with a three and Vujetic boosted the different to 15. Zakis and Robinson teamed up for the next 6 points, however Nikolov and Vujetic kept Olimpija in control. A Marinovic triple and Muric free throws kept Olimpija rolling. Halil Kanacevic’s three-point play took the lead into the 20s. Robinson and Nikolov traded threes before Mahkovic put the hosts up 69-46 through three quarters. There would be no VEF rally as a Luka Rupnik three gave Olimpija an insurmountable 79-50 lead with six minutes to go. The lead peaked at 86-55 on Jaka Brodnik free throws as Olimpija rounded out the big win.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Referees: FOUFIS, IOANNIS (GRE), PUTENKO, ILYA (RUS), LANZARINI, SAVERIO (ITA)
Attendance: 2700 (Tentative)
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana22192821
VEF Riga14151715
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana22416990
VEF Riga14294661
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 19:42 7 2/5 1/3     1 1 3 2 4     3   1
6 MARINELLI, PAOLO 18:43 8 2/5 1/4 1/1   2 2 3 2 1     4 2 6
7 HROVAT, GREGOR 17:30 5 2/4 0/2 1/2   1 1 2 3 2       3 7
8 BRODNIK, JAKA 19:04 5 1/1 0/1 3/4 1 1 2 1 1   1   3 5 10
12 VUCETIC, VASILIJE 24:53 13 3/6 1/1 4/4   3 3     1 1   3 4 14
14 MURIC, DINO 16:06 12 4/7   4/4 2 1 3 1         1 3 15
18 NIKOLOV, HRISTO 16:14 11 3/4 1/4 2/2 1 2 3   2         1 13
21 MAHKOVIC, BLAZ 22:52 15 6/6 1/2   2 4 6   2 2     1   19
24 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 11:13 3   1/4     2 2 2 1 2       1 4
41 MARINOVIC, MARKO 17:34 6   2/4   1   1 5 2       1 1 12
45 KANACEVIC, HALIL 16:09 5 2/2 0/1 1/1 4 3 7 1   2     3 2 9
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 90 25/40 8/26 16/18 12 23 35 18 15 14 2 0 19 22 114
        62.5% 30.8% 88.9%
Head coach: PIPAN, ALES
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
VEF Riga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 MEJERIS, MAREKS 17:21 2 0/3 0/2 2/2 3 2 5 2 1 1   1 1 2 4
6 TIMMA, JANIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 JAKOVICS, INGUS 30:35 10 3/7 0/2 4/4   3 3 4 1 4       5 13
11 STRELNIEKS, ARTURS 17:52 2 1/1 0/2           2 3     1 1 -1
14 BERZINS, ARTURS 22:39 3 0/1 1/4     1 1 1         4   -3
22 ROBINSON, GERALD 32:00 12 3/4 2/4     1 1 4 1 6     4 3 8
24 SKELE, AIGARS 10:45 5 1/3 1/1 0/2   1 1 1   3     2 2  
27 ZAKIS, RONALDS 21:40 19 8/12 1/1     2 2 2   1     2 1 17
31 BERZINS, JANIS 28:48 4 0/3 1/1 1/2 3 7 10 3 2 1   1 4 5 14
32 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 18:20 4 2/4       2 2     2     4   -2
Team           4 1 5     2     1   2
Totals 200:00 61 18/38 6/17 7/10 10 20 30 17 7 23 0 2 23 19 52
        47.4% 35.3% 70%
Head coach: MAZURS, NIKOLAJS

Head Coaches

PIPAN, ALES
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"I can not say much after this win. We played as much as we needed for a normal victory. Both teams have problems with injuries, but we had a better day. We played aggressive defense and good offense. This resulted in a big victory which means nothing. This is just confirmation of our good work and optimisim for the future. We already forgot about this game, because we have an important and difficult game this weekend."
MAZURS, NIKOLAJS
VEF Riga
"Congratulations to Union Olimpija for advancing to the Eurocup Last32. We were not succesfull, but we gained a lot of experience. We have a lot of games in front of us and we need to keep working."
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