2008-09Regular SeasonRound 2
December 02, 2008 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ARENA RIGA
Corey Brewer - ASK Riga (Photo: Aldis Neimanis)ASK Riga registered its first Eurocup win this season by downing Zadar 106-94 in the Latvian capital on Tuesday. Both teams join a four-way tie in Group A along with Maroussi Costa Coffee and Chorale Roanne, all with a 1-1 record. Bruno Sundov paced the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Corey Brewer added 21 points on 4-for-4 three-pointers, Uvis Helmanis had 16 also on 4-for-4 from downtown, Milutin Aleksic got 13, Andrius Mazutis tallied 11 while Raitis Grafs contributed 10 for ASK. Rok Stipcevic led Zadar with 24 points. Hrvoje Peric added 20, Juby Johnson had 17 while Todor Gecevski and Deyan Ivanov each got 11 for the guests. Sundov and Aleksic shined late in the first quarter to give ASK a 35-26 lead after 10 minutes. Peric took over late in the first half to make Zadar get a 46-49 margin at the break. Peric gave Zadar its biggest margin, 55-63, but Helmanis and Mazutis fueled a 13-0 run for a 68-63 ASK edge. Zadar managed to tie it at 71-71, but Sundov and Brewer stepped up to make ASK register a key win.

Helmanis got ASK going with a second-chance layup while Sundov and a three-pointer by Sandis Valters allowed the hosts to get a 7-4 edge. Ivanov hit a jumper while Marlon Garnett and Johnson fired in consecutive triples to give Zadar a 10-12 lead. Sundov scored inside while Brewer struck from downtown to put ASK back ahead, 15-14, as both teams traded baskets at full speed. Helmanis and Brewer stayed on fire but Stipcevic and Johnson tied the game again, 20-20. Sundov and Aleksic joined the three-point shootout while Grafs gave ASK an eight-point lead, 30-22. Aleksic boosted the hosts' lead to 35-26 after 10 outstanding minutes. Garnett and Stipcevic combined for 4 quick points early in the second quarter while a put-back layup by Peric got Zadar within 39-34. Aleksic and Valters took over with consecutive baskets but Johnson and Peric combined for all points in a 0-9 Zadar run that tied the game at 43-43. Brewer sank a triple but Peric completed the guests' comeback, 46-47. A layup by Tomislav Ruzic fixed the halftime score at 46-49.

Rok Stipcevic - Zadar (Photo: Aldis Neimanis)Brewer buried a triple and Helmanis added free throws to restore a 51-49 ASK edge immediately after the break. It didn't last long, however, as Peric had 6 points in a 0-9 run that made Zadar regain the lead, 51-58. A three-pointer by an unstoppable Peric made it an eight-point game, 55-63. Mazutis followed a triple with a layup, igniting a 13-0 run in which Helmanis struck twice from downtown for a 68-63 ASK edge. Ivanov scored inside while Stipcevic nailed back-to-back triples for a 71-71 tie. Aigars Vitols joined the three-point shootout while Grafs gave ASK a 76-72 edge after 30 minutes. Sundov and Aleksic nailed consecutive three-pointers to boost the hosts' margin to 84-76 with 7 minutes remaining. A layup-plus-foul by Valters made it a double-digit margin, 87-77. Stipcevic brought Zadar within 89-84 but Sundov had 4 points in an 8-1 run that sealed the outcome, 97-85, with 3 minutes to go. Zadar kept trying, but ASK had already sealed an important home win.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL; JASEVICIUS, TOMAS; SHARRO, LAHDO
Attendance: 3750
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HELMANIS, UVIS 15:32 16 1/1 4/4 2/2 1 3 4 1   2     5   14
5 GRAFS, RAITIS 21:01 10 5/7 0/1 0/1 1   1 1         3 1 6
7 ALEKSIC, MILUTIN 34:29 13 2/3 3/4   1 4 5 6 1 3     1 3 22
10 VALTERS, SANDIS 25:36 8 2/4 1/6 1/1       2   1     2 3 3
11 KALVE, ERNESTS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MAZUTIS, ANDRIUS 22:18 11 3/3 1/2 2/2   3 3 4 2       2 2 19
14 SUNDOV, BRUNO 28:01 24 8/16 2/4 2/2 2 9 11 2   3 1   4   21
21 MEDNIS, ROBERTS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 BREWER, COREY 29:09 21 4/9 4/4 1/2 1 5 6 2   3     5 3 18
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 6:29                              
55 VITOLS, AIGARS 17:25 3   1/2   1   1 4 2           9
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 106 25/43 16/27 8/10 9 27 36 22 5 13 1 0 22 12 116
        58.1% 59.3% 80%
Head coach: BUTAUTAS, RAMUNAS
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
Zadar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 PERIC, HRVOJE 31:17 20 6/12 2/6 2/3 4 3 7 3 2 2   1 3 3 18
6 STIPCEVIC, ROK 33:46 24 3/5 4/8 6/6   1 1 4 1 2     2 5 25
8 JOHNSON, JUBY 40:00 17 2/4 2/7 7/9   4 4   1       3 6 16
10 PROSTRAN, TONI 6:14                 1       1    
11 GECEVSKI, TODOR 26:07 11 4/6 0/3 3/4 1 4 5     1     1 2 10
12 OLIVARI, SIME DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 RUZIC, TOMISLAV 13:53 2 1/2       3 3               4
14 POPOVIC, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 MACURA, JERE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 GARNETT, MARLON 28:45 9 1/3 1/3 4/4   4 4 2 1 2     2 2 10
44 IVANOV, DEJAN 19:58 11 4/4 0/1 3/6 2 1 3   1 1     2 4 12
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 94 21/36 9/28 25/32 9 21 30 9 7 8 0 1 14 22 98
        58.3% 32.1% 78.1%
Head coach: PETROVIC, ALEKSANDAR

Head Coaches

BUTAUTAS, RAMUNAS
ASK Riga
"The game was really hard. We knew it beforehand. We had seen several Zadar games before, so we had enough information about the opponent, but the time to prepare was short. Our preparation for the game was serious. The second and third quarters we didn't play very disciplined, so we had to use several timeouts to make changes. I didn't expect that both teams would score 200 points combined. We let some players (Peric and Stipcevic) play pretty free, but also limited other players."
PETROVIC, ALEKSANDAR
Zadar
"We led at the start of the game but accepted ASK's shoot and run game. And for it we need some more playmakers in the team. We missed three outside players today. That was the key point if you want play this type of basketball. The other problem was when we pulled away by 8 points but let them an easy comeback. You need to focus for 40 minutes when you play that kind of basketball. We did not have another point guard, but ASK's coach rotated point guards many times to retain high intensity. And that was our biggest problem. In the key moments of the game we couldn't control the rhythm."

Players

SUNDOV, BRUNO
ASK Riga
"It was a very hard game, because Zadar is a good team. We were prepared for the game and I'm glad we won. I had extra motivation for this game, but I played like I normally do. Every game is important. We lost concentration in the second quarter, but we can't play perfect all the time."
STIPCEVIC, ROK
Zadar
"We knew that ASK is dangerous team. They have beaten Zalgiris, a Euroleague team this season, and other good teams. Unfortunately we couldn't win tonight."
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