2013-14SemifinalsGame 1
April 02, 2014 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 KOMBANK ARENA
Zvezda uses defense to down Unics in Game 1

Tadija Dragicevic - Crvena Zvezda Telekom (photo kkcrvenazvezda.rs)Crvena Zvezda Telekom used its defense that allowed only 4 points in the fourth quarter en route to 63-52 win over Unics Kazan in Game 1 of their two-way semifinals series on Wednesday. This outcome means that victory or a loss by up to 10 points next week will be enough for Zvezda to advance to its first ever Eurocup Finals. Two teams traded leads in the first half, with Zvezda bridging the first and second quarter with a 13-1 run, and Jaka Blazic made sure the hosts take 35-33 advantage into halftime. Rasko Katic and defense got the hosts to 48-39 in the third quarter, and after Unics cut the deficit to only 2 points, Zvezda opened the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run, keeping Unics scoreless for almost 8 minutes, paving the way to victory. Blazic scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half to pace the hosts, while Katic scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half. Dragicevic collected 10 points plus 11 rebounds, and Charles Jenkins also netted 10 in victory. Boban Marjanovic pulled down 10 rebounds along with 3 points for Zvezda which outrebounded the visitors 43-31. Andrew Goudelock scored 18 for Unics, while Chuck Eidson and Vladimir Veremeenko each had 7 in defeat.

Goudelock and Blazic each scored twice to get things going, a dunk from Marjanovic made it 7-6. But Goudelock hit another shot, before Ian Vougioukas scored 6 points, including a one-handed slam in the lane and a turnaround jumper, for 12-18. Jenkins opened his account at the end of the first quarter with a basket-plus-foul, cutting it to 15-18 after one quarter, and Unics lost Vougioukas to ankle injury at the start of the second. The hosts dominated on the offensive glass, as De Marcus Nelson and Katic put Zvezda back in front from close range, before driving layups from Jenkins and Nelson made it 25-19. But Goudelock snapped a 13-1 run with a triple, then followed it with a turnaround jumper to get Unics back within 1 point. Dmitry Sokolov tied it at 26-26 from close range, before Kaimakoglou from long range helped the visitors regain the lead, 28-31. On the other end, however, Blazic banked in a floater, then nailed a corner three-pointer, Zvezda’s first shot behind the arc, giving the hosts 35-33 halftime lead.

Blazic hit a baseline jumper to start the third quarter, before Zvezda stepped up on defense. While keeping the visitors scoreless for 5 minutes, Dragicevic hit one from the distance and Katic scored three times from close range, opening up 48-39 lead. However, Tywain McKee snapped the drought with a triple from the left corner, and a driving layup, and Eidson cut it to 50-48 to end the third quarter. Dragicevic hit again from downtown at the start of the fourth, and Katic added another basket inside, keeping the hosts in front 55-48. After three minutes without a basket on either end, Jenkins buried a triple to get the margin in the double digits, and Katic’s short jumper helped extended it to 61-48. Zvezda did not allow a single point in the fourth quarter for almost 8 minutes, before Goudelock sank a three-pointer. In the final minute of the game, Katic made both free throws for the hosts, Eidson split his foul shots for Unics, rounding out the scoring.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; PEREZ, EMILIO; NURAN, RUSTU
Attendance: 22736 (Tentative)
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 REBIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MITROVIC, LUKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 20:54 2 0/1   2/2 1 2 3   1       4 2 3
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 26:54 15 5/7 1/6 2/4 1   1 1   1     2 2 7
12 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 19:06     0/1   1 3 4       1   2   2
13 MARJANOVIC, BOBAN 16:36 3 1/8   1/2 2 8 10 1 1 1   1 1 2 6
14 RADENOVIC, IVAN 12:40         1   1 2   2         1
15 KATIC, RASKO 23:14 14 6/9   2/4 1   1   1 1     3 4 11
17 TEJIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 NELSON, DEMARCUS 32:00 9 3/9 0/2 3/5 3 3 6 2   1     2 6 10
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 21:06 10 3/7 1/3 1/1   2 2 2 1 4       3 8
34 DRAGICEVIC, TADIJA 27:30 10 2/3 2/3   2 9 11   1 1 1   3 1 18
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 63 20/44 4/15 11/18 13 30 43 8 5 11 2 1 17 20 70
        45.5% 26.7% 61.1%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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
Unics Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McKEE, TYWAIN 13:04 5 1/1 1/3             1     1 1 2
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 28:33 2 0/3 0/1 2/2   5 5 4   2   1 3 5 6
7 HARANGODY, LUKE 8:02     0/2     2 2           1   -1
10 SERGEEV, PAVEL 2:37                         2   -2
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 21:26 7 2/3   3/4   2 2   1 1     4 3 6
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 4:04 6 3/4       1 1             1 7
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 13:27 2 1/3       3 3       1   4    
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 33:01 5 1/6 1/7     1 1 2 2 2   1     -4
30 GOUDELOCK, ANDREW 29:18 18 5/14 2/6 2/2   3 3 2 1 1     1 2 11
31 EIDSON, CHUCK 29:35 7 2/3 0/3 3/4 1 2 3 4 1 2     1 4 11
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 16:53         2 3 5           3 1 3
45 SHELEKETO, MAKSIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 52 15/37 4/22 10/12 5 26 31 12 5 9 1 2 20 17 45
        40.5% 18.2% 83.3%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"I would like to thank our fans. They made such atmosphere that it was a true privilege to be a part of this game. We started not so good defensively and the opponent used the space we gave him. As time went by, we managed to establish control over the match. In the end, we played brilliant defense which led to our victory. We used the energy that our fans gave us in a right way. I am satisfied with a triumph over the opponent who was the first favorite to win the Eurocup."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Unics Kazan
"I would like to congratulate Crvena Zvezda on a very tough first game. The atmosphere was something you do not get a chance to see often. We played very bad on the offense, we did not play team basketball. It was a little disturbing for our rotation when Vougioukas got injured. However, this is not a moment for sorrow because this was only the first half. The other half is in seven days. Crvena Zvezda played very strong defensively and we did not play smart enough. We could play better, but I must say that Zvezda played great."

Players

DRAGICEVIC, TADIJA
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"This is a fantastic win for us. If somebody offered us yesterday a win of 11 points, we would accept it without a doubt. This was only the first part, the main one will be in Kazan in a week. We fought hard from the first minute until the last one. We played great defense. But, it is not over yet. The only certain thing is that this was a big victory for all our fans in Kombank arena. It was a joy to play in front of them tonight."