2014-15Regular SeasonRound 3
October 29, 2014 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 FOENIX ARENA
Olimpija uses big comeback to rally past Olaj

Union Olimpija Ljubljana rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final 7 minutes to edge Szolnoki Olaj 80-86 in Hungary on Wednesday. Olimpija improved to 2-1 and ties for first place with Khimki Moscow Region and Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul. Olaj joins Zenit St. Petersburg and VEF Riga in a three-way tie for fourth place, all with a 1-2 record. Alen Omic led the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Sasu Salin added 16 points while Gregor Hrovat, Halil Kanacevic and Marko Marinovic each had 12 for Olimpija. Strahinja Milosevic led Olaj with 16 points. Peter Lorant added 14, Lazeric Jones and David Vojvoda each had 13 while Akos Keller got 11 for the hosts, which led 48-42 at halftime and boosted their margin to 70-58 after 30 minutes. Three-pointers by Luka Rupnik and Hrovat brought Olimpija back to life but Olaj still led 80-79 in the next-to-last minute. Rupnik hit the go-ahead shot and Omic sealed the outcome with a close basket, allowing Olimpija to celebrate a big road win.

Both teams started the game at full speed, as a three-point play by Milosevic gave Olaj a 7-6 edge after 2 minutes. Milosevic and Jones soon fueled an 8-0 run which boosted the hosts' lead to 17-11. Salin answered with 6 quick points and got help from Marinovic and Omic to tie the game, 23-23. A jumper by Vojvoda and a buzzer-beating triple by Lorant restored a 28-25 Olaj lead after 10 minutes. Omic scored again early in the second quarter while Salin followed a layup with a three-pointer to give Olimpija a 32-35 edge. Keller had 4 points in an 8-0 run which put Olaj back ahead, 40-35. Omic scored again and a three-pointer by Paolo Marinelli tied the game again, 40-40. Stefan Sinovec and Vojvoda stepped up late in the first half to give Olaj a 48-42 margin at the break. Hristo Nikolov and Blaz Mahkovic stepped up after the break but Jones kept Olaj way ahead, 54-46. Marinovic sank a triple but back-to-back baskets by Lorant made Olimpija call timeout at 58-49. Keller kept pacing Olaj, as he followed a dunk with a jumper to make it a double-digit game, 66-56. Free throws by Krisztian Wittmann and Milosevic made it a 12-point game, 70-58, after 30 minutes. Lorant scored again and Milosevic dunked by Kanacevic kept Olimpija within 74-63. Hrovat struck twice from downtown, however, and Rupnik added his own three-pointer to bring Olimpija back to life, 76-73. Milosevic hit a jumper but Omic and Salin brought Olimpija as close as 80-79. Rupnik buried the go-ahead triple, 80-82, with a minute left. Jones missed from downtown and layup by Omic allowed Olimpija to celebrate a big road win in come-from-behind fashion!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Referees: KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL), LUCIS, OSKARS (LAT), BAUMANIS, INGUS (LAT)
Attendance: 1310 (Tentative)
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana25171628
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana25425886
Szolnoki Olaj
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LORANT, PETER 24:05 14 3/6 2/2 2/4 3 2 5           4 6 16
5 SINOVEC, STEFAN 22:00 4 1/3 0/1 2/3   1 1 2   2 1   4 2  
6 KELLER, AKOS 24:31 11 5/6   1/6 1 2 3   1   1   2 3 11
8 WITTMANN, KRISZTIAN 13:24 4 1/1 0/1 2/2       2 2       1 2 8
9 VOJVODA, DAVID 30:14 13 5/9 1/4     2 2 3   3   2 3   3
11 TOTH, ZOLTAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 JONES, LAZERIC 26:36 13 6/10 0/2 1/2 1 2 3 5 2 4     2 2 12
14 BADER, MARTON 15:29 5 2/4   1/2 2 4 6     4   1 5 4 2
21 BRKIC, MARKO 15:31     0/2     3 3 3 1       1   4
24 MILOSEVIC, STRAHINJA 28:10 16 6/7   4/5   6 6 3 2 3 1   5 6 24
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 80 29/46 3/12 13/24 8 24 32 18 8 16 3 3 27 25 83
        63% 25% 54.2%
Head coach: ALEKSIC, DRAGAN
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
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 12:07 6   2/4     1 1 5 1 1     1 1 10
6 MARINELLI, PAOLO 9:56 3 0/1 1/3     1 1 1         3   -1
7 HROVAT, GREGOR 25:25 12 1/2 2/4 4/4 1 6 7 5   3     3 4 19
10 SALIN, SASU 32:05 16 2/4 3/6 3/3   1 1 3 1 2       4 18
12 VUCETIC, VASILIJE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 NIKOLOV, HRISTO 21:45 5 1/4 1/3   1 1 2     1     3   -2
21 MAHKOVIC, BLAZ 10:57 2 0/1   2/2   2 2 1 2     1 5 2 2
23 OMIC, ALEN 36:03 18 8/11   2/3 4 4 8     1 2   4 5 24
41 MARINOVIC, MARKO 27:53 12 1/1 2/7 4/4 1 3 4 5 1 3     1 7 20
45 KANACEVIC, HALIL 23:49 12 3/7 1/2 3/4   2 2 3   2 1 2 5 3 6
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 86 16/31 12/29 18/20 8 22 30 23 5 13 3 3 25 26 98
        51.6% 41.4% 90%
Head coach: PIPAN, ALES

Head Coaches

ALEKSIC, DRAGAN
Szolnoki Olaj
"We played an excellent game for 35 minutes, but in the last five minutes we were scared to win this game. We lost our focus and made a lot of turnovers and missed open shots. We have to forget this game as soon as possible becasue of our hard schedule and focus on the next game."
PIPAN, ALES
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"Congratulation to my players. We saw two totally different games tonight. When my team was 15 points down, they started to play basketball. They started to play offense and defense and won the game."

Players

WITTMANN, KRISZTIAN
Szolnoki Olaj
"We played well for 35 minutes. We missed a lot of free throws and made mistakes in defense.Thanks to our fans for coming and supporting us!"
KANACEVIC, HALIL
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"It was a hard game and only we woke up in the fourth quarter.Our coach told us forget the first three periods and play hard defense. We did our best and followed the coach’s words. For 35 minutes we could not find our rhythm, but because of our coach’s advice, we found it and came back and won."
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