2008-09Regular SeasonRound 4
December 16, 2008 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 SPORT CENTAR VISNJIC "KRESIMIR COSIC"
Todor Gecevski - KK ZadarZadar took over first place in Group A with two weeks left in the regular season as it defeated visiting Chorale Roanne 82-70 on Tuesday at home in Croatia. Zadar is now 3-1, a victory ahead of two teams tied for second place, while Roanne dropped to last place at 1-3. Zadar didn't put the lid on a tight game until the fourth quarter, when it grabbed its first double-digit leads since the first half. A big advantage on the boards and more than double Roanne's assists proved key factors for the winners, who got a huge 18-point, 14-rebound double-double off the bench from Deyan Ivanov. He and Todor Gecevski, who had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, helped Zadar outrebound Roanne 32-22. Damir Rancic added 16 points, Juby Johnson 13 and Rok Stipcevicc 10 plus 5 assists for the winners.Chris Monroe paced Roanne with 23 points. Mohamed Kone added 14 and 9 rebounds, while Curtis Sumpter scored 12 and Pierric Poupet 10 for the visitors.

After Marc-Antoine Pellin opened the scoring for the visitors, Johnson's three-pointer and Jere Macura layup had Zadar up 5-2. Stipcevic upped the difference to 10-6 with a triple before Kone got Roanne within 12-11 with 5 consecutive points. Zadar's defense tightened then, however, as Ivanov, Marlon Garnett and Johnson boosted the lead to 20-13 after 10 minutes. Zadar flirted with double-digit leads early in the second quarter, but points by Ivanov, Rancic and Stipcevic were off-set by those of Kone, Karim Souchu and Monroe. Hrvoje Peric finally broke the double-digit barrier with a layup at 30-19, but Poupet's 4 points in a row woke Roanne. When Kone and Sumpter resumed scoring, the visitors were within 32-27. Stipcevic stopped the Zadar slide with a big shot from downtown, but Kone answered fro Roanne and Sumpter got it within 35-32 before Rancic ended the half from long range, good for a 38-32 advantage for the hosts.

Johnson opened the second half as he did the first, from downtown, but Sumpter's just-as-deep answer showed Roanne was going to hang tough, as Monroe's free throws meant a 41-38 scoreboard. Ivanov, Stipcevic and Gecevski kept the hosts a step ahead even as Monroe's next burst of 5 consecutive points cut the difference to 54-51. Again, a Zadar triple, by Gecevski, was answered in kind by Poupet of Roanne before Johnson's free throws let the hosts hold a 59-54 advantage after 30 minutes. Yet another triple trade, Rancic and Poupet, opened the final quearter. Ivanov took over now with twin layups that set up the next long-range bomb by Rancic for a 69-60 Zadar lead. Roanne waited a couple minutes before its response this time, but Monroe's next shot from the arc made it a six-point game, 71-65, with 6 minutes left. Ivanovic and Rancic worked inside to push the difference to double digits finally, 77-67, with 3 minutes left, not enough time for Roanne to rally out of last place.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA; SINTERNIKLASS, ANTHONIE; JURAS, JASMINA
Attendance: 3500
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Zadar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RANCIC, DAMIR 21:29 16 2/2 4/10     1 1 3   1     3   10
5 PERIC, HRVOJE 17:12 4 2/3 0/1   2 2 4     1 1   3 1 4
6 STIPCEVIC, ROK 37:06 10 2/2 2/5     2 2 5 1 1     3 1 12
8 JOHNSON, JUBY 22:48 13 1/2 2/4 5/7 1 2 3     2     2 4 11
10 PROSTRAN, TONI 2:50               1 1       1   1
11 GECEVSKI, TODOR 32:10 15 6/8 1/2   1 4 5 4 2       1   22
13 RUZIC, TOMISLAV 7:54   0/2 0/1           1       1 1 -2
14 POPOVIC, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 MACURA, JERE 8:14 2 1/4     2 1 3 1   1     1   1
24 GARNETT, MARLON 19:36 4 1/1 0/4 2/2         2 2     1 3 2
44 IVANOV, DEJAN 30:41 18 7/10 0/1 4/4 6 8 14 2 1 4 1     4 32
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 82 22/34 9/28 11/13 12 20 32 16 9 12 2 0 16 14 94
        64.7% 32.1% 84.6%
Head coach: PETROVIC, ALEKSANDAR
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
Chorale Roanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MONROE, CHRIS 34:34 23 3/4 3/5 8/8 1   1     2     2 5 22
7 SOUCHU, KARIM 14:58 4 2/2 0/1         1             4
12 SUMPTER, CURTIS 26:42 12 4/5 1/4 1/2 1 3 4 2 2 1     3 1 12
16 BOUNDY, NAMORY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 NENGSU, BRICE 5:26                              
33 DIA, SAMBA 14:33   0/3 0/1     1 1     1     2   -6
34 KONE, MOHAMED 38:45 14 3/11 1/4 5/8 3 6 9   1 4   1 4 6 7
42 POUPET, PIERRIC 15:12 10 2/3 2/2     1 1             2 12
45 PELLIN, MARC-ANTOINE 25:02 4 2/3       3 3 2 3 1     2 2 10
51 HARPER, AARON 24:48 3 0/3 1/4   1 2 3 2 1 2   1 1   -1
Team                                
Totals 200:00 70 16/34 8/21 14/18 6 16 22 7 7 11 0 2 14 16 60
        47.1% 38.1% 77.8%
Head coach: CHOULET, JEAN-DENYS

Head Coaches

PETROVIC, ALEKSANDAR
Zadar
"It is difficult to beat same team two times in one week. They have injured players but we also play without our important player Malik Dixon, and for most of the time we didn't have a complete team. When we won in France everyone said Roanne is not a good team but I repeat today, it is very hard to win two games against one team in one week. We are still one game short of qualifying to the Last 16. We hope that Malik will recover in January so we will have a complete team. I congratulate Roanne, they played better than the last time. I'm satisfied because we are leaders in our group and we are just one step away from going into next round."
CHOULET, JEAN-DENYS
Chorale Roanne
"Tonight we played a better game than last time against Zadar. We are very frustrated due to the fact we played without four starters who are injured. We were forced to play with our backup players, who usually play 2 to 10 minutes per game, to play all game. Once again we are very frustrated because we didn't have all our players, so we couldn't play our best game. The only time we played with our best players was the game in start of the Eurocup and we won it. But I congratulate Zadar on a deserved win."

Players

RANCIC, DAMIR
Zadar
"I congratulate Roanne on a well-played game. Our fans certainly expected a lot easier win from us because we won in Roanne with a bigger difference. Today we played a very good game against a good team but we deserved the victory."
MONROE, CHRIS
Chorale Roanne
"This was a hard game for us. Zadar played very well tonight. We could have played a good game but unfortunately we didn't."
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