2015-16Last 32Round 5
February 03, 2016 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ARENA STOZICE
Blaz Mesicek - Union Olimpija Ljubljana - EC15 (photo Union Olimpija)

Union Olimpija scores first Last 32 win, hands Maccabi FOX third straight loss

Union Olimpija Ljubljana held off Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 73-66 on Wednesday night for its maiden win in the Last 32. Though Olimpija had already been mathematically eliminated from Top 16 contention, it played tough and outrebounded Maccabi 40-32. The visitors were playing shorthanded without Brian Randle, Trevor Mbakwe, Yogev Ohayon and Devin Smith, but a red-hot Gal Mekel kept Maccabi in it late. However without much help, Olimpija was able to claim the win to improve to 1-4, while dropping Maccabi to its third straight loss and a 2-3 record. Maccabi can still reach the Eurocup Eighthfinals with a win in its Last 32 finale at home next week. Sava Lesic led the winners with 16 points, Ronalds Zakis posted 13 points and 7 rebounds and Miha Lapornik added 10 points for Olimpija. Mekel led Maccabi with 20 point and Ike Ofoegbu scored 14; between the two of them there were just 2 missed shots.

Both offenses clicked early, but it was Maccabi that got a pair of threes from Dagan Yivzori that jumped to a 4-6 lead. The hosts stayed close and tied it at 10-10 on a Zakis put-back. Blaz Mahkovic scored 5 in 9-0 run that pushed Olimija to a 19-12 advantage. An Ofoegbu triple and Taylor Rochestie layup closed the gap to 19-17 after 10 minutes. Olimpija kept Maccabi scoreless for the first two-and-a-half minutes of the second quarter, during which Dawan Robinson and Mahkovic each scored and assisted to put the home team up 8. Rochestie and Sylven Landesberg kept Maccabi in the picture, but the lead reached 37-27 after Lesic’s basket with three minutes to go in the half. With 7 points in the final two minutes before halftime, Mekel drew Maccabi within 45-38 at the break.

Olimpija twice built its lead out to 9 early in the third quarter, but Mekel took charge with a three-point play before his first triple drew Maccabi within 51-50. Hrovat and Lesic scored to keep the lead with the hosts, even though Ofoegbu and Mekel kept things close. Zakis gave Olimpija a 60-56 lead through three quarters. Landesberg free throws and another basket by Mekel had Maccabi breathing down Olimpija’s neck at 64-63 with six minutes to play. Lapornik and Zach Wright restored some breathing room for the hosts. Maccabi players not named Mekel shot 0 for 7 in the final five minutes, while Lesic with free throws and Zakis closed out the Olimpija victory.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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Referees: PAPAPETROU, PETROS (GRE), HALLIKO, AARE (EST), OVINOV, SEMEN (RUS)
Attendance: 4100 (Tentative)
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana19261513
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv17211810
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana19456073
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv17385666
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 21:43 6 3/7 0/1   1 4 5 3 2 2   1 1 3 10
5 RUPNIK, LUKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ROBINSON, DAWAN 19:47 6 2/4 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 2       1 1 3 8
7 HROVAT, GREGOR 23:20 6 3/4 0/1   1 3 4 1 1 2     3 2 7
9 MESICEK, BLAZ 23:49 7 2/3 1/3     7 7   1 2     3 2 9
12 VUCETIC, VASILIJE 17:22 4 1/2   2/2 2   2 2   3   1 1 2 4
13 LAPORNIK, MIHA 24:26 10 3/5 1/5 1/2 1 2 3 1 2 1     3 2 7
15 LESIC, SAVA 27:37 16 6/11 0/2 4/4 1 4 5 1 1 2     4 3 13
17 ZAGORAC, SASA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MAHKOVIC, BLAZ 12:15 5 1/2 0/1 3/3   1 1 2   1   1 1 2 5
30 ZAKIS, RONALDS 22:38 13 6/7   1/3 4 3 7 1   1     1 2 18
31 CANCAR, VLATKO 7:03   0/2 0/1                   4 1 -6
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 73 27/47 2/16 13/16 13 27 40 13 7 15 0 4 22 22 77
        57.4% 12.5% 81.3%
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
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BENDER, DRAGAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 MILLSAP, ELIJAH 13:36 4 2/5 0/1 0/2 5 1 6 2 2 2     3 2 5
5 SIMMONS, CEDRIC 11:24   0/1           1   1     2   -3
8 YIVZORI, DAGAN 14:08 6   2/5     1 1     1     4 2 1
9 SEGEV, ITAY 23:24 4 2/6     1 2 3   2 1 1   2 1 4
10 PNINI, GUY 23:37 2 1/2 0/7     4 4 1   2     2 3 -2
12 OHAYON, YOGEV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 33:31 8 3/7 0/4 2/2   3 3   2 2 1   4 5 5
21 OFOEGBU, IKE 29:27 14 2/3 2/2 4/4 3 2 5     1 2   2 3 20
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 21:13 8 1/3 1/5 3/4   2 2 1           2 6
32 MBAKWE, TREVOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
99 MEKEL, GAL 29:40 20 6/6 1/2 5/6 1 3 4 4   5     3 4 22
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 66 17/33 6/26 14/18 11 21 32 9 6 15 4 0 22 22 62
        51.5% 23.1% 77.8%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN

Head Coaches

POTOCNIK, GASPER
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"Congratulations to my boys for the performance. We believed we can win against the famous Maccabi. I think such a victory is a great reward for our hard work at practices. We showed that we can play against anyone. We will try to show the same performance also in the next game on Sunday. I think we played good. The rebounding part was good, we might have made a turnover too much, but on the other hand Maccabi couldn't make an open shot. I think we deserved the victory."
TABAK, ZAN
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I think we played a bad first half. We were not on the required level physically, as we received 45 points in the first half. Union Olimpija dominated us. We had a lot of open shots, which we did not make. I congratulate Union Olimpija, who deserved the victory."
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