2006-07Regular SeasonRound 5
November 28, 2006 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 HALA PIONIR
Milan Gurovic - Crvena Zvezda Crvena Zvezda overcame a double-digit halftime deficit to beat EiffelTowers Den Bosch 90-82 and stay as the Group D uncontested leader and the only undefeated team in the ULEB Cup regular season. Crvena Zvezda got its fifth win in as many wins to lead Group D with a two-game advantage over anyone else, while the EiffelTowers dropped to 1-4. As usual, Milan Gurovic led the winners with 34 points on 10-for-18 shooting and 12 of 12 free throws. Pero Antic added 15 points while Tadija Dragicevic had 12 for Zvezda. Leon Rodgers had 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting to lead EiffelTowers, while Robert Owens added 13 for the guests. Gurovic had 13 points in the opening quarter but even when Zvezda got a 22-14 lead, Kees Akerboom led a 4-12 run which allowed EiffelTowers to tie it at 26-26 after 10 minutes. A fluent offense and a rain of three-pointers - as many as 5 in the second quarter - helped the guests to get a double-digit lead, 45-55, at halftime. Zvezda quickly erased it after the break, while Gurovic had 9 points in a game-breaking 11-0 run which allowed Zvezda to get full control of the game early in the final period.

Antic opened the score with a driving layup, igniting a 7-0 run which Billy Thomas capped with a triple. Travis Young got EiffelTowers on the scoreboard with a layup which Sharone Wright followed with a basket-plus-foul, but Gurovic soon got on fire. He scored in transition, added a three-pointer and shined with a put-back for a 14-8 Zvezda lead. Rodgers kept the EiffelTowers in the game while Wright fed Sam Jones for a layup and a 14-12 deficit after 5 minutes. The guests soon entered the foul bonus and Zvezda made the most out of it. Antic and Gurovic combined for 6 free throws, while Thomas canned a pullup jumper for a 22-14 lead. EiffelTowers did not give up, as Owens and Akerboom scored from downtown in a 4-12 run which tied the game, 26-26, after 10 minutes. Gurovic kept pacing Zvezda with a dunk and a close basket, but Erik Nelson matched it in the other end. Rodgers and Owens each fired in a triple to force a Zvezda timeout at 32-38. EiffelTowers kept its momentum going, as Jones and Owens scored around the basket for a eight-point lead, 34-42. Vuk Radivojevic tried to change things with free throws and Petar Popovic added a turnaround jumper but the hosts also managed to exchange baskets now. Jos Frederiks followed a driving basket with a three-pointer, good for a 40-49 EiffelTowers lead. Radivojevic and Jones exchanged triples, but Frederiks hit another from downtown to give the guests a double-digit lead, 45-55, at halftime.

Leon Rodgers - EiffelTowersDragicevic tried to ignit the Zvezda comeback with a triple right after the break, as the hosts had improved their defense, forcing EiffelTowers to call a quick timeout. Antonio Burks, Antic and a hyperactive Dragicevic fueled a 10-0 run which tied the game at 55-55. Wright found space for an uncontested dunk but Gurovic answered from downtown with a huge jumper and Thomas made a free throw to put Zvezda back in front, 58-57. Akerboom and Antic traded triples, and even when Dragicevic scored inside, Rodgers bettered him with a three-pointer to tie the game at 63-63. Popovic followed Gurovic's free throws with a layup, but a red hot Rodgers buried a jumper and a three-pointer off the dribble. Free throws by Gurovic helped Zvezda to keep a 71-68 edge after three quarters. He opened the final period with his second three-pointer, but the scoring pace got slower down the stretch. EiffelTowers could not find the way to the basket now, while Gurovic - who else? - scored inside and added free throws for a 78-68 Zvezda lead with under 6 minutes to go. Radivojevic stepped up with a driving layup and Dragicevic scored inside to keep the hosts fully ahead, 82-69. An off-balanced jumper by Owens and a long shot by Rodgers gave EiffelTowers some hope at 82-76, but a timeout allowed Zvezda to stay focused. Antic dunked it coming off the baseline while Burks followed a driving layup with a five-meter jumper to seal yet another Zvezda win in style.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
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Referees: TOLA, LUCIANO; UDRICA, MARIUS; LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT
Attendance: 4500
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Crvena Zvezda
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 MILOSEVIC, IGOR 6:45 2 1/1           2   1     1 1 3
7 MARKOVIC, STEVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 POPOVIC, PETAR 20:30 6 3/8     4 2 6   1 4 1   3   2
12 THOMAS, BILLY 34:15 8 2/4 1/3 1/2 1 2 3 3 1 2     1 1 8
13 MISANOVIC, NENAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 VUCUROVIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GUROVIC, MILAN 39:00 34 8/12 2/6 12/12 1 4 5   1     1 2 7 36
18 RADIVOJEVIC, VUK 22:00 7 1/1 1/2 2/2   1 1   2 3     2 1 5
20 DRAGICEVIC, TADIJA 27:15 12 2/5 2/5 2/2 2 1 3 1 2 2   1 3 4 10
21 ANTIC, PERO 17:00 15 4/6 1/2 4/4 2 2 4 1 2       4 3 18
25 BURKS, ANTONIO 33:15 6 2/4 0/2 2/2   1 1 7 2       3 3 12
55 ALEKSANDROV, NEMANJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                   13           13
Totals 200:00 90 23/41 7/20 23/24 10 13 23 14 24 12 1 2 19 20 107
        56.1% 35% 95.8%
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN
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
EiffelTowers
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 AKERBOOM, KEES 20:15 8   2/6 2/2   2 2   1 1     1 2 7
6 VAN DER KAMP, REIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 FREDERIKS, JOS 22:30 8 1/1 2/4   2 2 4 2   1     4 1 8
8 YOUNG, TRAVIS 25:15 2 1/1 0/3   1   1 1   1       1 1
9 JONES, SAM 35:30 9 3/3 1/3     3 3 3 2 5     2 4 12
11 RODGERS, LEON 33:15 24 6/9 4/6   2 5 7 2 3 4     4 3 26
12 NELSON, ERIK 21:00 8 4/6   0/2   4 4 1   2   1 1 2 7
13 WRIGHT, SHARONE 18:45 7 3/6   1/1   2 2 1   2 2   5 3 5
14 OWENS, ROBERT 16:30 13 3/3 2/4 1/2 1 1 2   2 2     1 1 12
15 AARTS, MARCEL 7:00 3     3/4       1         2 2 3
16 VERMEULEN, THIJS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                   5           5
Totals 200:00 82 21/29 11/26 7/11 6 19 25 11 13 18 2 1 20 19 86
        72.4% 42.3% 63.6%
Head coach: WIEL, RANDY
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Head Coaches

SAKOTA, DRAGAN
Crvena Zvezda
"We played two different halves. EiffelTowers has even eight American players and they created us a lot of problems in the first half. In the second, we managed to establish our game and the epilogue was a good score at the end. In each game I am trying to see the limits of my team and that is the reason Misanovic and Aleksandrov did not play tonight."
WIEL, RANDY
EiffelTowers
"We played pretty well in the first half and in some periods of the second half. But psychology killed us and that is the reason we gave up the advantage in the second half. We played brave and with a heart but it was not good enough."

Players

THOMAS, BILLY
Crvena Zvezda
"The good news is that we won and the bad one is that we undeestimated the opponent. But they all are able to score and we had to play more serious in the second time when we made the winning margin."
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