2018-19Regular SeasonRound 7
November 14, 2018 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC HALL

Monaco wins in Belgrade, is first in Group A

AS Monaco claimed sole possession of first place in 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season Group A by topping Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 75-91 in the Serbian capital on Wednesday. Monaco improved to 5-2 in the standings, while Zvezda dropped to 4-3. Derek Needham led the winners with 21 points, Elmedin Kikanovic added 17 and Paul Lacombe and Yakuba Ouattara each had 16 for Monaco. Billy Baron had 14 points for Zvezda and Joe Ragland added 12.

Baron shined early and a dunk by Mouhammad Faye gave Zvezda a 9-6 lead. Kikanovic and Paul Lacombe tried to change things for Monaco, but Maik Zirbes and Branko Lazic kept the hosts in charge, 14-10. Needham and Gerald Robinson each hit a three-pointer in an 0-8 run that caused Zvezda to call timeout at 14-18. Baron, Ognjen Dobric and Ragland struck from downtown as the hosts regained the lead, 27-25, but Remi Barri and Ouattara helped Monaco tie the game at 29-29 after 10 minutes. Michael Ojo took over early in the second quarter and a 6-0 run that Stratos Perperoglou capped with a layup gave Zvezda a 39-33 lead. Ouattara had 5 points in a 0-9 run, but Zirbes and Faye gave the hosts a 45-44 edge at halftime. Monaco improved its defense after the break, while Ouattara, Lacombe and an unstoppable Kikakovic fueled a 2-16 run that made it a double-digit difference, 49-60. Filip Covic and Needham traded triples and a jumper by Kikanovic prompted Zvezda to call timeout at 52-65. Lacombe kept pacing the guests and Needham sank another one from beyond the arc to make it a 20-point game. Dejan Davidovac and Borisa Simanic cut Zvezda's deficit to 62-76 after 30 minutes. Monaco used longer possessions to run the game clock down and free throws by Jarrod Jones sealed the outcome with time to spare.

Pivotal performer

Lacombe did a little bit of everything to make sure Monaco cruised to yet another road win. he finished the game with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 4 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 22.

Game-changing moment

Monaco improved its defense early in the second half, forcing Zvezda into 6 turnovers in seven minutes. Meanwhile, Lacombe, Kikanovic and Needham took care of business on offense in a 7-30 run that gave the visitors the lead for good, 54-74.

Stellar stat

Monaco forced Zvezda into 20 turnovers in this game and only had 8 alongside 13 steals. Those 12 extra possessions were a big factor in this game. Monaco was much more effective from downtown, hitting 9 of 19 three-point shots (47.4%) and limiting Zvezda to 8 of 27 (29.6%).

Did you notice?

Kikanovic played against his former team and left no prisoners. In his return to Belgrade, he finished the game with 17 points on 7-of-13 two-point shooting, 3 rebounds and 6 fouls drawn for a PIR of 18.

Next game:

Both teams return to 7DAYS EuroCup action on Tuesday, November 20 - Monaco hosts ratiopharm Ulm and Zvezda visits Morabanc Andorra.

Paul Lacombe - AS Monaco (photo Zvezda) - EC18
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; KARTAL, ERSAN; AMBROSOV, MYKOLA
Attendance: 4952 (Tentative)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 RAGLAND, JOE 27:17 12 4/6 1/4 1/2 1   1 8   8     1 5 11
3 COVIC, FILIP 8:35 3   1/3         1   1         1
5 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 19:30 6 2/3 0/2 2/3 1   1 1   3     3 1 -1
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 4:23 4 1/2   2/3                 1 3 4
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 14:31 5 1/2 1/1   1 2 3 2 1       4   6
11 FAYE, MOUHAMMAD 23:41 6 3/4 0/4   4 4 8 3 1 2 1 1 2 1 10
12 BARON, BILLY 26:07 14   4/7 2/2   1 1 1   1     1 2 13
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 24:43 9 3/5 1/4   1 1 2 2     1   1 1 9
14 RISTIC, DUSAN 6:39 2 1/1     1 3 4           3 1 4
22 SIMANIC, BORISA 16:49 4 2/5 0/2     6 6   2   1   1   7
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 16:51 6 3/3     1 3 4     3     2 1 6
50 OJO, MICHAEL 10:54 4 2/2     1 3 4 1   2 2   1 2 10
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 75 22/33 8/27 7/10 14 23 37 19 4 21 5 1 20 17 82
        66.7% 29.6% 70%
Head coach: TOMIC, MILAN
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
AS Monaco
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BARRY, REMI 6:08 3 0/1 1/1                   5   -3
4 NEEDHAM, DEREK 37:45 21 1/2 5/8 4/4   1 1 6 3 2     2 2 25
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 34:06 16 6/11 0/1 4/4   6 6 6 4 1   3 4 4 22
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 28:22 17 7/13   3/6 3   3 2         1 6 18
20 LOUBAKI, LUC 2:54   0/1                     2   -3
21 JONES, JARROD 22:31 6 2/2 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 1 2 3 1   1 2 12
22 ROBINSON, GERALD 5:01 3 0/1 1/1   1   1     1   1   1 2
24 OUATTARA, YAKUBA 34:06 16 4/7 1/6 5/6   2 2 3 1 1   1 1 3 13
34 HUMMER, IAN 21:38 9 3/3 1/1 0/1   1 1 3 3         1 16
50 JOSEPH, GEORGI 7:29               1         1 1 1
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 91 23/41 9/19 18/23 8 16 24 22 13 8 1 5 17 20 108
        56.1% 47.4% 78.3%
Head coach: FILIPOVSKI, SASO

Head Coaches

TOMIC, MILAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"This is the second game in a row we allowed our opponent to score 90-plus points. Before that we were the best defense in the EuroCup. Too many turnovers. We didn't react in third quarter. Nothing much to say. We need to work, practice and find our game. Congratulations to Monaco."
FILIPOVSKI, SASO
AS Monaco
"All credit really goes to my guys. We are having a lot of injuries and are playing without a point guard (Lazeric Jones) and a combo, Gerald Robinson, who got injured today, so we were in a terrible situation, but really, I am very happy for the guys. They are playing super. Big credit to my guys."

Players

BARON, BILLY
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"This was a hard defeat. The first quarter was crucial. We gave them confidence. We played without our aggressive play in defense. We need to find our focus and to work hard in the next few days."
KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN
AS Monaco
"It was an unusual game for me since I landed at the airport. After eight years, I returned to Pionir and played, as it were, for the opposite team. Thanks to the fans for a nice welcome. We were well prepared and played well from the first to the last minute. We knew Zvezda's strengths and weaknesses. I want to wish Zvezda all the best in the rest of the competition."
NEEDHAM, DEREK
AS Monaco
"I think we kept our focus, didn't get out of ourselves and played smart basketball. We also had a couple of good steals. We knew we had to come in and play a tough team. It was important because we dropped one game against them, so we had to get a win."