2015-16Regular SeasonRound 5
November 11, 2015 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ARENA STOZICE
Sava Lesic - Union OLimpija Ljubljana - EC15 (photo Union Olimpija)

EWE Baskets Oldenburg wins a thriller in Ljubljana

In a thriller that went down to the final second, Vaughn Duggins hit a game-winning shot to lift the visiting EWE Basket Oldenburg over Union Olimpija Ljubljana 81-82 on Wednesday night. Oldenburg led and controlled things for 34 minutes, and held 64-78 advantage when Olimpija put together a 17-2 run to take the lead. But Duggins scored what turned out to be a game-winner with 9 seconds to go, improving Oldenburg to 2-3 record, same as Olimpija and Telekom Baskets Bonn in a share of the fourth place in Group A. Brian Qvale paced the visitors in victory with 21 points, shooting perfect 10 of 10 for two points. Duggins finished with 19 points, and Klemen Prepelic against his old team shot 4-for-6 from downtown for 12 points. For Olimpija, Ronalds Zakis had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Miha Lapornik and Sava Lesic each scored 13, and Zach Wright finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, but missed a game-winning attempt in the final seconds.

Zakis and Qvale scored two baskets apiece to open the scoring, before Prepelic hit from long range to give Oldenburg 4-8. Blaz Mahkovic and Zakis made baskets for the hosts, but Qvale scored on three consecutive possessions, then assisted Rickey Paulding to make it 10-16. Lesic had a put-back for Olimpija, but not before Duggins started his own personal run with a fastbreak basket, then added a pair of put-backs that made it 16-24 at the end of first. Duggins continued his run in the second, opening up a 10-point margin, but Olimpija answered with 6 straight points, including a put-back from Zakis. A triple by Luka Rupnik cut the deficit to 25-28. Midway through the second, Rupnik's basket got the hosts within 29-30, but Robin Smeulders scored 5 points, including a basket-plus-foul, followed by Qvale scoring on back-to-back possessions, as his three-point play opened 31-40. In the final minutes of the half, Lapornik and Duggins traded three-pointers, as Oldenburg went into the break with 36-43 advantage.

Olimpija started really strong into the third quarter, and consecutive fast breaks from Wright and Mitja Nikolic cut it to 43-45. But Scott Machado hit from long range, and Smeulders added a basket of his to help Oldenburg pull away again, 43-51. Wright and Lesic helped Olimpija cut into the deficit, but Nemanja Aleksandrov nailed a three-pointer, 47-56. Lapornik answered in the same fashion, and Sasa Zagorac helped the hosts keep in range, 54-60. Philipp Schwethelm hit a triple, providing the visitors with some breathing room, and Paulding scored at the end of the quarter, making it 58-65 after 30 minutes. In the fourth, Prepelic buried a three-pointer, but Rupnik had a steal that led to a fastbreak basket, 63-68. However, two more triples from Prepelic and a pair of basket from Qvale, assisted by Machado, opened 64-78 lead. But, that’s when Zakis strung together 6 points, and Lapornik helped cut it to 73-80 with over 3 minutes to go. Mahkovic made a pair of foul shots, then used Oldenburg’s turnover to score 14 seconds later again, and get Olimpija within 77-80. Olimpija made couple more defensive stands, and with baskets from Lapornik and Wright took the lead, 81-80 with 53 seconds on the clock. Oldenburg scored only one basket in almost 6 minutes, and Olimpija had another possession to add to its 17-2 run, but Lapornik missed a triple with only a point separating two teams. It gave another chance to Oldenburg, and with 9 seconds to go, Duggins made a basket on the other end. Olimpija did have another possession, but Wright missed his attempt and Oldenburg prevailed.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Referees: MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA), CIULIN, MARIUS (ROM), CICI, GENTIAN (ALB)
Attendance: 2200 (Tentative)
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EWE Baskets Oldenburg 24436582
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 WRIGHT, ZACH 28:07 10 3/8 0/2 4/4 3 5 8 4 2 1 1   3 5 19
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 11:53 9 2/2 1/2 2/2       1 1 1 1   2 1 9
7 HROVAT, GREGOR 18:59 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   1 1 4   1     2 1 1
9 MESICEK, BLAZ 6:55   0/3       1 1           2   -4
10 NIKOLIC, MITJA 23:03 6 3/3       3 3   1 1     1 1 9
12 VUCETIC, VASILIJE 2:29   0/1           1   1   1 1   -3
13 LAPORNIK, MIHA 24:23 13 3/5 2/8 1/2   1 1   1       2 1 5
15 LESIC, SAVA 22:58 13 4/8   5/6 3 3 6 2   4     1 7 18
17 ZAGORAC, SASA 10:49 4 2/3 0/2     1 1   1           3
21 MAHKOVIC, BLAZ 17:02 8 2/3   4/6 1 2 3 1 1 1   1 2 5 11
30 ZAKIS, RONALDS 26:15 17 7/9 0/1 3/7 3 2 5 4 1   1   2 5 24
31 CANCAR, VLATKO 7:07   0/2           1 2           1
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 81 26/48 3/16 20/29 11 20 31 18 10 10 3 2 18 26 95
        54.2% 18.8% 69%
Head coach: POTOCNIK, GASPER
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
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 MACHADO, SCOTT 19:59 6 1/5 1/2 1/2   2 2 8 2 5   1 3 8 11
7 WIMBERG, JAN 5:26           1 1     1     2   -2
10 KRAMER, DENNIS 1:42           1 1     1          
12 SMEULDERS, ROBIN 24:23 9 4/8   1/1 3 2 5   1     1 3 1 8
20 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 23:43 12 0/1 4/6     3 3 1   4     4 3 8
21 LOCKHART, DOMINIC 16:02     0/1 0/2   2 2 2 1 1     1 1 1
23 PAULDING, RICKEY 35:10 7 3/4 0/3 1/2 1 3 4 4     1   2 3 12
32 ALEKSANDROV, NEMANJA 19:45 5 1/3 1/4     5 5 1   1 1   3   3
33 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP 10:37 3   1/1     1 1     1     2   1
41 QVALE, BRIAN 13:48 21 10/10   1/1   3 3 2 1       5 1 23
44 DUGGINS, VAUGHN 29:25 19 8/12 1/3     2 2 3 1 4   1 1 1 14
Team           4 2 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 82 27/43 8/20 4/8 8 27 35 21 6 19 2 3 26 18 84
        62.8% 40% 50%
Head coach: DRIJENCIC, MLADEN

Head Coaches

POTOCNIK, GASPER
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"Nothing new. Same story is repeated. Simply, we have only parts of the game that we play like we agreed before it, aggressive, hardnosed defense with a lot of energy. I do not understand why this is happening. We are repeating all the time what kind of approach to the game we want to see. After the game with Tajfun in the [Adriatic] League, we were saying all the time how we want to approach the game with Oldenburg, aggressive and full-court defense, because we have more players in the rotation than them. We played in front of our home crowd. We should have been more determined. Simply, I think if we are not behind 10 points, we do not show this. This happens to us too often. My players get relaxed when we are behind, and then we start to play aggressive defense, which is completely unacceptable. We came in position to win the game in the last minute, we had an open shot, but we missed it and luck was on Oldenburg’s side this time. I congratulate them for the win."
DRIJENCIC, MLADEN
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
"We were missing our playmaker Kramer, who got sick before we left for Ljubljana. We changed the roles in our team a little bit due to this. We had problems with personal fouls at the center position, and this shortened our rotation even more. I think, we were very dominant in most parts of the game. We did not get the fastbreaks like we wanted, and we had a lot of turnovers. I think this is because we had a shortened rotation and the fact that Machado played 30 minutes, which is his most this season. We basically had only one true point guard for this game. Prepelic played at point due to the circumstances, I accpeted this, but still, my experienced players should have won this game sooner."
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