2013-14Last 32Round 4
January 29, 2014 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 BANVIT KARA ALI ACAR SPORT HALL
Banvit beats Olimpija, ends two-game skid

Banvit Bandirma moved up to 2-1 in difficult Group M by topping Union Olimpija Ljubljana 81-65 at home on Wednesday. Banvit joins Budivelnik Kiev in a two-way tie for second place in Group M each with a 2-2 record, with Olimpija right behind at 1-3. Banvit also got the tie-break advantage against Olimpija, that got an 84-80 win in Ljubljana last week. E.J. Rowland led the winners with 22 points. Chuck Davis added 14, Sammy Mejia had 11 while Keith Simmons got 10 for Banvit. Deividas Gailius led Olimpija with 27 points. Dino Muric had 11 for the guests. A layup by Alen Omic kept Olimpija within 9-8 early in the game. Rowland, Davis and Safak Edge fueled a 14-1 run that gave the hosts a 23-9 lead late in the first quarter. Davis shined with consecutive three-point plays to boost Banvit's lead to 35-13. Muric, Cedric Jackson and Gailius brought Olimpija back to life, 43-34, at halftime. An outstanding Gailius allowed Olimpija to get as close as 50-45 midway through the first quarter but Ermal Kuqo led an 8-0 run that boosted Banvit's lead to 58-45. Nothing changed from that moment, as Banvit kept a solid lead from that moment until the final buzzer.

Rowland got Banvit going with a layup that Dragisa Drobnjak bettered with a triple for a 2-3 Olimpija edge. Alade Aminu and Erkan Veyseloglu stepped up for Banvit in a 7-1 run that gave the hosts a 9-4 lead. Jackson and Omic stepped up with consecutive layups but a three-pointer by Rowland and a jumper by Mejia kept Banvit way ahead, 14-8. Alex Stephenson split foul shots but Rowland, Edge and Klemen Prepelic allowed the hosts to get a double-digit margin, 21-9. Davis hit a jumper that capped a 14-1 run, as free throws by Gailius fixed the score at 23-11 after 10 minutes. Simmons and Gailius exchanged baskets early in the second quarter and a three-point play by Davis broke the game open, 28-13. Rowland followed a jumper with a layup off a steal and another layup-plus-foul by Davis made it a 22-point game, 35-13. Muric tried to change things with 4 quick points and Nebojsa Joksimovic brought Olimpija within 37-20. Jackson kept pacing the guests and got plenty of help from Muric and Gailius to bring Olimpija within single digits, 43-34, at halftime.

Back-to-back jumpers by Gailius and Muric made it a five-point game, 43-38, right after the break. Veyseloglu and a red hot Gailius traded three-pointers but Mejia and Davis gave Banvit some fresh air at 50-41. Gailius made free throws and a jumper by Muric kept Olimpija within 50-45. It didn't last long, however, as consecutive baskets by Kuqo ignited an 8-0 run that Mejia capped with a jumper for a 58-45 Banvit lead. Gailius took over with back-to-back triples and Omic hit a jumper but Rowland and Mejia gave Banvit a 63-55 lead after 30 minutes. Simmons scored early in the fourth quarter and a three-pointer by Rowland made it a 13-point game, 68-55. Simmons and Jackson traded baskets and a put-back layup by Davis broke the game open, 72-57, with 7 minutes left. Sasu Salin hit a three-pointer but Rowland and Simmons allowed Banvit to seal the outcome, 76-60. Gailius kept trying hard but Banvit had already cruised to an important win.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Referees: GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL), OVINOV, SEMEN (RUS)
Attendance: 2950 (Tentative)
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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 ROWLAND, EARL 31:34 22 8/10 2/2 0/2   4 4 1 3 3 1   2 4 26
7 EDGE, SAFAK 3:45 3 0/1 1/1         1       1     2
8 DAVIS, CHUCK 29:15 14 5/9 0/1 4/4 2 5 7 3 2 2 2   3 5 23
9 MEJIA, SAMMY 28:40 11 4/5 0/2 3/4 1 3 4 5 1 1   1 2 4 17
10 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 4:38     0/1                   3   -4
11 CANTEKIN, DUSAN 2:53   0/1                         -1
12 AMINU, ALADE 17:28 5 1/5   3/4 2 1 3   2 4 1   2 3 3
13 SIMMONS, KEITH 19:11 10 4/7   2/2 2 1 3 1 1 2   2 3 3 8
23 KUQO, ERMAL 19:39 4 2/4       4 4 1   2     4 1 2
24 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 7:36 2 1/1 0/2     1 1 1 2       1   3
41 OZER, CEVHER 10:45 2 1/2 0/1             2     3 2 -3
44 VEYSELOGLU, ERKAN 24:36 8 1/5 1/1 3/3 1 2 3 1 2       3 3 10
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 81 27/50 4/11 15/19 10 23 33 14 13 16 4 4 26 25 90
        54% 36.4% 78.9%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
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
4 JACKSON, CEDRIC 26:56 9 4/5   1/3 2 5 7 1 1 6     4 5 10
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 5:34               1           1 2
6 MARINELLI, PAOLO 7:27   0/1 0/1           1 4 1       -4
7 JOKSIMOVIC, NEBOJSA 24:02 2 1/2 0/2     1 1 3   3     3 1 -2
8 BRODNIK, JAKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SALIN, SASU 23:08 3 0/2 1/5 0/1         1 5   1 3 1 -11
11 MURIC, DINO 21:24 11 3/6 1/2 2/2 2 3 5 2 2     2 2 2 14
13 GAILIUS, DEIVIDAS 32:53 27 2/7 5/6 8/11 1 4 5 1 1 2     3 8 28
14 BUBNIC, DRAZEN 6:19   0/1 0/1                   1   -3
23 OMIC, ALEN 27:46 7 3/6   1/2 3 4 7 2   1 1 1 4 4 11
25 DROBNJAK, DRAGISA 12:17 5 1/3 1/1     1 1   1 1     2   2
33 STEPHESON, ALEX 12:14 1 0/2   1/6 2 1 3 1   1 2   3 3 -1
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 65 14/35 8/18 13/25 10 21 31 11 7 24 4 4 25 25 47
        40% 44.4% 52%
Head coach: PIPAN, ALES

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
Banvit Bandirma
"First of all I congratulate my players. We knew that they were coming here with big ambition. I think today we did pretty good job starting from the beginning. We played very aggressive full court defense on their key players, therefore they made 20 turnovers and we had 13 steals and that shows the will and hope we have. Also we won rebound battle, which is too important against Olimpija. This win keeps us alive in this competition. "
PIPAN, ALES
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"I want to congratulate the home team and their coach for the victory. We are disappointed because we didn’t play well tonight. We had 24 turnovers and we cannot beat any team with this number. Banvit played excellent and very aggressive tonight. We came close two times - 5 points difference – but after that we again made turnovers and bad decisions."

Players

ROWLAND, EARL
Banvit Bandirma
"Tonight is a big game for us. We have ambition to advance to the next page in the Eurocup. We lost two games on the road. That’s why this game we had to win. We did a very good job, especially in defense. And next week we will go to fight and beat Budivelnik Kiev. "
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