Walker's buzzer-beater takes Dijon past Olimpija
JDA Dijon left the 2014-15 Eurocup with a prestigious road win by downing Union Olimpija Ljubljana 73-76 in Group K in the Slovenian capital on Wednesday. Both teams had already run out of chances to make it to the eighthfinals - Dijon was third with a 2-4 record and Olimpija fourth at 1-5. Kris Joseph led the winners with 15 points. Ferdinand Prenom added 12, Erving Walker had 11, including the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer, while Jacques Alingue got 10 for Dijon. Alen Omic led Olimpija with 25 points on 10-of-12 two-point shots and 9 rebounds. Luka Rupnik, Gregor Horvat and Dino Muric each had 12 for the hosts. Rupnik added 10 assists for a double-double. Dijon led 12-17 after 10 minutes, boosted its margin to 28-40 at halftime and then again to 35-55 late in the third quarter. Omic and Muric led the hosts' comeback and Horvat tied it at 73-73 already in the final seconds but Walker beat the buzzer with a three-pointer which allowed Dijon to leave the competition in style.
Back-to-back baskets by Omic gave Olimpija a 4-2 lead. Muric hit free throws and Omic scored again for an 8-4 Olimpija edge. Alingue and Joseph combined for all points in a 0-7 run which gave Dijon its first lead, 8-11. Klemen Prepelic struck from downtown but Alingue, Kevin Joss-Rauze and Zach Moss allowed the guests to get a five-point lead, 12-17, after 10 minutes. Vasilije Vucetic and Paolo Marinelli brought Olimpija a bit closer, 16-20, early in the second quarter. Prenom and Horvat traded baskets but a jumper by Andre Harris and free throws by Steven Gray made it an eight-point game, 18-26. Rupnik and Omic tried to change things for Olimpija but a layup by Joseph and a dunk by Moss made it a double-digit game, 25-35. Joseph struck from beyond the arc and a jumper by Aldo Curti gave Dijon a 12-point lead, 28-40, at halftime. Joseph kept pacing Dijon after the break and a layup by Walker boosted the guests' lead to 32-47. Alingue dunked and a dunk by Steven Gray seemed to break the game open, 32-51. Another dunk by Gray gave Dijon its biggest margin, 35-55. Omic and Muric stepped up for Olimpija, however, and free throws by Rupnik brought the hosts within single digits, 49-58, after 30 minutes. Moss scored early in the fourth quarter but Olimpija improved its defense, as Muric led an 8-0 run that brought the hosts back in the game, 57-60. Prenom and Moss stepped up for Dijon and back-to-back baskets by Walker made it a six-point game, 63-69. Three-pointers by Marinelli and Rupnik made it a one-point game, 71-72. Prenom split free throws and Horvat tied it at 73-73 but Walker won it for Dijon with the go-ahead triple at the buzzer.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015