October 23, 2014
Last 32 Round 1 - February 19, 2008 CET: 18:00 Local time: 18:00 - HALA PIONIR

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Last 16 0-0
0-0 Last 32 0-0
6-4 Regular Season 7-3
6-4 Overall 7-3

Referees

Crew Chief
PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS, Greece
Referee
SPIRIDONOS, LEONIDAS, Greece
Umpire
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT, Germany

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
83.9 Points 83.3
29.0 Rebounds 33.6
9.4 O. Rebounds 10.4
19.6 D. Rebounds 23.2
12.8 Assists 12.6
12.8 Steals 11.3
1.8 Blocks 2.1
16.2 Turnovers 12.3
51.6 % 2PT 48.6 %
38.4 % 3PT 43.7 %
70.7 % FT 70.2 %
77.0 Index 89.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
18.1 / Dragicevic Points 17.6 / CHALMERS, LIONEL
4.7 / Dragicevic Rebounds 7.0 / AUSTIN, MARIO
1.9 / RAICEVIC, MIROSLAV OR 2.8 / Mensah-Bonsu
3.3 / Dragicevic DR 4.7 / AUSTIN, MARIO
6.3 / Cook Assists 2.9 / CHALMERS, LIONEL
2.5 / Cook Steals 1.9 / CHALMERS, LIONEL
1.0 / MISANOVIC, NENAD Blocks 1.0 / Mensah-Bonsu
3.9 / Dragicevic Turnovers 2.6 / GAINES, REECE
70.6 % / KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 2PT 64.7 % / FANTONI, TOMASSO
100.0 % / KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 3PT 75.0 % / MORDENTE, MARCO
100.0 % / MARKOVIC, STEVEN FT 100.0 % / MORDENTE, MARCO
18.2 / Cook Index 16.9 / CHALMERS, LIONEL

THE TAKE

Red Star hopes to regain its form as it faces off with one of the hottest teams in the competition in Benetton Tamoil. Head coach Stevan Karadzic's Red Star started the season at 4-1 but struggled down the stretch to finish at 6-4. The Serbian team shot a solid 52% from inside the arc and an excellent 38% from outside the stripe. But Karadzic's men lost too many games because they did not handle the ball well enough - committing 16 turnovers per contest. The key to any success for Red Star is the performance of its dynamic duo - power forward Tadija Dragicevic (18.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and playmaker Omar Cook (15.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 6.3 apg, 2.5 spg). If those two are slowed down, there is not a lot of production coming from the rest of the team. Look for Karadzic to demand that at least one of the following guys really step up his game: center Miroslav Raicevic (8.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg), guard Steven Markovic (8.1 ppg, 2.1 apg), center Elmedin Kikanovic (6.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg off the bench) or forward Mirko Kovac (7.3 ppg). One or more of them will need a big game for Red Star to grab a victory. Benetton Tamoil meanwhile started the regular season slow at 1-3 but blazed to six straight victories to finish at 7-3. Unlike Red Star, head coach Oktay Mahmudi's Treviso did an excellent job taking care of the ball, committing a fourth-fewest 12.3 turnovers per game. And while the Italian club shot just 49% from inside the arc, Mahmudi's bombers were on target 44% of the time - second-best in the ULEB Cup. And Treviso proved to be a solid rebounding side as well. The leader for Mahmudi has been point guard Lionel Chalmers (17.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 40% of threes) while center Mario Austin (13.6 ppg, 7 rgp), shooting guard Reece Gaines (12.9 ppg, 2.9 apg, 46% of threes) and small forward Matteo Soragna (10.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 50% of threes) all contributed in double figures as well. Center Angelo Gigli averaged 7.5 points and 5.8 rebounds but did not play in the last three games. But power forward Nana Mensah-Bonsu collected 8.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1 blocked shot. Whether or not Red Star can cut down on its turnovers and stop the Treviso sharp-shooters should decide this contest.
Monday, February 18, 2008
ULEBCup.com

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Players

Tadija Dragicevic - Red StarTadija Dragicevic scored when he was needed the most to give Red Star an 81-71 win over Benetton Tamoil Treviso at Pionir Arena in Belgrade, Serbia, in the first leg of the teams’ Last 32 round series. Dragicevic scored 7 consecutive points early in the first quarter to give Red Star a sizable early advantage and added a second 7-point burst late in the fourth to protect it. Red led throughout the game, going up 16-7 thanks to Dragicevic’s early heroics. The lead remained in the 10-point area for much of the evening, settling at 45-36 at halftime and 60-49 after 30 minutes. But when Benetton big man Mario Austin heated up from downtown, the visitors clawed their way back to 70-69 with three minutes to go. However it was Dragicevic to the rescue, allowing Red Star to keep the lead and regain a margin that leaves both teams hope for the second leg. Dragicevic finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Omar Cook added 17 points and 8 assists and Mladen Sljivancanin had 10 to lead Red Star. Austin finished with 24 points, Reece Gaines added 14, Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 11 points and 12 rebounds and John Lucas scored 10.

Red Star came out on fire as Dragicevic had 7 straight points and 2 steals during an early 12-2 run as the hosts built a 16-7 lead. A minute later the gap was in double digits. Cook inspired another charge as Red Star went 7-2 and held a 30-19 lead after 10 minutes. Benetton continued with weak defense, allowing Red Star players lots of easy baskets. The visiting team tried using long-distance shooting to cut the gap, but the results were poor and Red Star led 38-23 four minutes into the second period. Finally Mensah-Bonsu managed to stop the hosts’ storm by leading 0-7 run. Switching to zone defense, Benetton was happy with a 45-36 score at the half.

Red Star held Benetton scoreless for almost 4 minutes at the beginning of the second half, as the hosts scored 5 straight points before Gaines answered with 4 points of his own for Benetton. The teams were trading baskets, which allowed Red Star to maintain a comfortable lead. The hosts were looking satisfied, as the third period ended at 60-49. Benetton surprised Red Star with a zone at the beginning of the final period. Soon the score was 62-58, but Boris Bakic scored from downtown to reestablish the hosts’ safe lead. When Cook and Austin traded triples, the margin remained at 7 points, but Austin cut it to 4 with another three. But it was not all. Austin fired another bomb and the score was 70-69 with three minutes to go. Dragicevic struck back with 7 straight points and Slivancanin joined him in Red Star’s 9-0 game-saving run. With one minute left, the score was 79-69 and 2 more points for each side kept a margin that gives both teams hope for the second leg.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Aca Ostojic, Belgrade
Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), SPIRIDONOS, LEONIDAS (GRE), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER)
Attendance: 1500
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Red Star30151521
Benetton Tamoil19171322
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Red Star30456081
Benetton Tamoil19364971
Head coach: KARADZIC, STEVAN
Red Star
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
6 KRASNIC, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 MARKOVIC, STEVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 23:50 8 2/3   4/4   3 3 1         4 2 9
10 COOK, OMAR 37:00 17 1/2 4/9 3/3   1 1 8 3 5     3 3 18
11 KOVAC, MIRKO 15:34 2 1/2       1 1 1         2   1
16 RAICEVIC, MIROSLAV 14:24 8 3/3 0/2 2/2 3 1 4     1     3 1 7
20 DRAGICEVIC, TADIJA 35:04 23 7/11 2/8 3/3 2 10 12 3 1 3   1 3 6 28
21 LEKIC, MARKO 6:42 4 2/2     1 1 2     2     3   1
31 CVETKOVIC, MARKO 7:07     0/1                   1   -2
32 SLJIVANCANIN, MLADJEN 27:26 10 3/3 0/7 4/4   3 3 2 2 1     2 4 11
33 BAKIC, BORIS 32:53 9 2/3 1/4 2/2 2 2 4 1 1     1 3 2 9
Team                   7           7
Totals 200:00 81 21/29 7/31 18/18 8 22 30 16 14 12 0 2 24 18 89
72.4% 22.6% 100%
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
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Benetton Tamoil
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 AUSTIN, MARIO 29:52 24 6/12 3/6 3/3 4 4 8 2 1 3     2 6 27
6 ATSUR, ENGIN 9:19 2 0/1 0/3 2/2       2   3     2 1 -4
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 7:45               1   1     2 1 -1
8 CHALMERS, LIONEL 24:26 6 1/2 1/7 1/2   1 1 1 1 6     1 3 -3
9 MORDENTE, MARCO 20:32 2 1/1 0/4   1   1 1         1 1  
10 MARTINONI, NICCOLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 JOHN, LUCAS 25:54 10 2/3 2/5     3 3 2 2 1     1 2 13
12 MENSAH-BONSU, POPS 29:11 11 4/7   3/4 4 8 12 1 1   1   3 4 23
15 GIGLI, ANGELO 20:00 2 1/1     2 2 4   1   1   3   5
18 GAINES, REECE 33:01 14 2/6 2/3 4/8   1 1 3 1 1     3 6 12
19 RENZI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                   4           4
Totals 200:00 71 17/33 8/28 13/19 11 19 30 13 11 15 2 0 18 24 76
51.5% 28.6% 68.4%
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Head Coaches

KARADZIC, STEVAN
Red Star
"Very important win for us with a solid point difference. Without Markovic and Kovac we were weak at the front positions but we played tough defense never letting Benetton to make easy points. All my players deserve congratulations because they left their hearts on the court. We made a sensation with a team like this. We missed a lot of triples but we were tired because only 60 hours before we had played a derby with Partizan."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Benetton Tamoil
"Congratulations to Red Star for the win they deserved. We did not play well in defense nor in offense. Maybe it can sound rough, but we made so many stupid things and we did not deserve a better score at the end."

Players

DRAGICEVIC, TADIJA
Red Star
"We entered the game great because we prepared it well. I think we played excellent in defense all the way. There could be more points in Benetton's basket but we missed so many shots. Anyway, 10 points is not a big capital but it is quite good. We have seven days to prepare for the rematch."
AUSTIN, MARIO
Benetton Tamoil
"I think everything is still open. We played bad in defense but we surely can recover from a 10-points deficit in the rematch. The decision will come in Treviso."
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