2013-14Regular SeasonRound 1
October 15, 2013 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 BILBAO ARENA
Alex Mumbru - Bilbao Basket EC13 (photo Bilbao Basket)Two recent Eurocup Finals participants went toe-to-toe to open the new season in Group C, with last season's runner-up, Bilbao Basket, finally hanging on for an 82-77 victory over visiting Cedevita Zagreb. Alex Mumbru's back-to-back three-pointers with less than 90 seconds left broke what had been a contentious game most of the way in favor of the hosts. Mumbru finished with 19 points and fellow-veteran Raul Lopez 14, with each making 4 shots from downtown. Mumbru added 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Fran Pilepic chipped in 12 points and Axel Hervelle 10 for the winners. Cedevita relied on Nolan Smith for 24 points and 6 assists, with Marko Tomas scoring 13 more and Goran Suton 10. Cedevita's low shooting percentages, however, meant it could not capitalize on a 15-3 advantage in steals.

Bilbao rode quick baskets by Mumbru and a triple by Lopez to an early 9-5 advantage, but Suton, Smith and Luka Babic scored the next 9 points to put Cedevita in front, 9-14. Tomas piled on 4 points in a row before Roger Grimau and German Gabriel trimmed the difference to 15-18 after 10 minutes. The same duo re-gained the lead for Bilbao at 23-20 before 8 free throws in a 2-10 run sparked by Nolan took it back for Cedevita. Antanas Kavaliauskas got Bilbao close again and Lopez rang up a triple for the hosts to lead 37-36 at the half. Neither team went away, as Nolan's 4 points in a row made it 42-43 for Cedevita soon after halftime. Jackie Carmichael's 4 in a row gave Bilbao breathing space at 56-50 before Lopez capped the third quarter with a three-pointer to make it 61-53. Cedevita chased to within 64-61 on triples by Tomas and Nolan, but the veteran Grimau kept the visitors from getting closer until Mumbru sandwiched back-to-back threes around one by Suton to make it 80-74 with 41 seconds left, enough for Bilbao to manage the ending for a victory.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), LOPES, LUIS (POR), BISSANG, JOSEPH (FRA)
Attendance: 5327 (Tentative)
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Bilbao Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 30:00 12 2/3 2/6 2/2   1 1 2 1 2 1   2 2 10
9 BERTANS, DAIRIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 GABRIEL, GERMAN 11:57 6 2/5   2/2 1 2 3 2   1   1 4 5 7
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 32:30 19 3/7 4/7 1/2 1 7 8 5   5     4 4 19
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 31:25 10 2/3 2/4   1 3 4 1   3 1   1 1 10
19 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 11:37   0/1     1 1 2 3 1 2     3 1 1
21 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 23:54 6 3/5     1 2 3     2     2 3 6
24 SANCHEZ PEREZ, SERGIO 0:08                              
31 LOPEZ, RAUL 25:44 14 1/1 4/4     2 2 3 1 3     4 2 15
32 CARMICHAEL, JACKIE 9:15 4 1/1   2/2 1 1 2           3 2 5
33 SAMB, MAMADOU 3:29 2 1/2                   1 1   -1
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 20:01 9 4/6   1/1       1   2   2 4 1 1
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 82 19/34 12/21 8/9 8 20 28 17 3 20 2 4 28 21 76
        55.9% 57.1% 88.9%
Head coach: PUEYO, RAFAEL
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
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 18:54 6 0/1 0/1 6/8   2 2     2     2 6 6
7 RAMLJAK, IVAN 17:31 8 3/4 0/2 2/4 1 3 4 1 3   1   3 3 12
9 BABIC, LUKA 27:39 6 1/4 1/4 1/2 2 3 5 3 1     1 1 1 7
10 DELAS, ANTE 7:20   0/2 0/3                   2   -7
11 SMITH, NOLAN 32:40 24 4/8 3/6 7/9 1 1 2 6 5 4   1 1 4 26
14 SUTON, GORAN 26:01 10 2/6 2/3   3 2 5 2 2       3   11
15 BILAN, MIRO 23:06 8 2/4   4/6 3 1 4   1       2 3 10
21 JELENEK, DORIAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 NURKIC, JUSUF 11:59 2 1/3     1   1   1 2 1   3 3 1
24 BALTIC, IVO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 TOMAS, MARKO 19:14 13 0/1 3/6 4/6         1 2 2   2 6 12
45 BAZDARIC, MARINO 15:36         1   1 1 1 2     3 1 -1
Team           3 4 7               7
Totals 200:00 77 13/33 9/25 24/35 15 16 31 13 15 12 4 2 22 27 84
        39.4% 36% 68.6%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN

Head Coaches

PUEYO, RAFAEL
Bilbao Basket
"I believe that Cedevita will be one of the strongest teams in this group. It was important to start the Eurocup with a home win. We will see how the competition goes on, but our goal is to win all home games and get one or two road wins to get to the next round. Cedevita with a tough, physical opponent with a lot of energy. It came here to win and never gave up."
REPESA, JASMIN
Cedevita Zagreb
"Congratulations to Bilbao Basket for a deserved win after a tough game in which we paid a high price for our lack of experience in European competitions. We have a young team with almost no experience. Bilbao Basket is an experienced team. A lot of my players will surely learn from this game. Our concentration level was not enough and made many mistakes, especially missed free throws."