2015-16Regular SeasonRound 5
November 12, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 AUDI DOME

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.8 Points 66.3
35.5 Rebounds 34.3
8.3 O. Rebounds 13.3
27.3 D. Rebounds 21.0
16.5 Assists 14.0
10.3 Steals 7.3
4.0 Blocks 3.3
11.8 Turnovers 16.3
50.9 % 2PT 42.9 %
35.9 % 3PT 27.1 %
80.8 % FT 67.4 %
88.0 Index 58.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
18.5 / Djedovic Points 14.5 / Zirbes
5.8 / Renfroe Rebounds 7.8 / Zirbes
1.3 / Renfroe OR 3.5 / Zirbes
4.5 / Renfroe DR 4.3 / Zirbes
4.5 / Renfroe Assists 5.3 / Jovic
1.8 / Bryant Steals 1.3 / Guduric
1.8 / Thompson Blocks 0.7 / Simanic
4.3 / Renfroe Turnovers 2.5 / Jovic
83.3 % / Zipser 2PT 100.0 % / Simanic
50.0 % / Bryant 3PT 44.4 % / Thompson
100.0 % / Thompson FT 100.0 % / Simanic
21.0 / Djedovic Index 16.3 / Zirbes


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
2-2 Regular Season 1-3
2-2 Overall 1-3


Crew Chief

The Take

FC Bayern Munich looks to protect its perfect home record when it hosts struggling Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade on Thursday. Bayern comes off a great effort that ended in a devastating 101-99 loss against the champs in Madrid last week; Bayern would have been tied for first place if it won. Zvezda dropped its third straight game and first at home to Fenerbahce. Bayern has one of the competition’s better offenses (77.8 ppg.), while Zvezda is second-bottom with just 66.3 points per game. Bayern leads the league in steals (10.3 spg.) and thanks to Deon Thompson and John Bryant is third in defensive rebounds, which means it will be tough for Zvezda centers Maik Zirbes, whose 3.5 offensive rebounds per game lead the league, and fellow center Vladimir Stimac to get many second-chance opportunities. The Bayern backcourt of Alex Renfroe and Nihad Djedovic do their best to minimize turnovers; Bayern’s 11.8 per game is the fifth fewest in the league. For the visitors to get going, guards Gal Mekel and Stefan Jovic need to create more for their teammates; Zvezda’s 14 assists per game are second-fewest in the league. Its 19 threes through four games are also fewest in the league. Based on recent form, the hosts are the favorites, but as recent signing Stimac and Quincy Miller blend into the team, Zvezda will only improve.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Game Notes

FC Bayern Munich

This will be the first ever meeting between the sides.

Svetislav Pesic had two stints as Crvena Zvezda head coach: the 2008-09 and 2011-12 seasons; he coached current Zvezda guard Branko Lazic during the second of those seasons.

Nihad Djedovic has scored in double figures and made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last five Euroleague appearances.

Djedovic has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Bryce Taylor has at least 1 steal in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Paul Zisper is 10 for 10 from the free throw line in his Euroleague career.

Vasilije Micic was a teammate of Zvezda's Nemanja Dangubic during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons at Serbian side Mega Vizura.

Micic played alongside Zvezda center Vladimir Stimac on the Serbian national team during EuroBasket 2013.

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Maik Zirbes leads the Euroleague in offensive rebounding this season though four games with an average of 3.5 boards per game.

Zirbes was a teammate of Bayern's Andreas Seiferth during the 2011-12 season with German side TBB Trier.

Zirbes was a teammates of Bayern guard Anton Gavel during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons at Brose Baskets Bamberg. They won the 2013 German League title together.

Zirbes played alongside Bayern guard Alex Renfroe over the last three months of the 2012-13 season at Brose Baskets Bamberg. They won 2013 German League together

Marko Simonovic was a teammate of Bayern's Bryce Taylor during the 2011-12 season at ALBA Berlin.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

FC Bayern Munich
"Crvena Zvezda Belgrade is still my favorite club and I am proud that I am part of its history. They have a balanced roster with experienced players and young talents, who already take a lot of responsibility. They also play very physical. If we want to win this game, we cannot only react, but have to take control. I am really excited for this game."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"After a very important victory in Skopje, we are in good mood. We are going to Munich to play against Bayern who showed a lot through these few games in Euroleague. They dominated in victories against Khimki and Strasbourg, also they had two great games against Fenerbahce in Istanbul and against Real in Madrid. They showed that they have a great team, a lot of experience, and also there is the presence of Svetislav Pesic, who guarantees a good results and good things that happened in the club. Based up on everything said, it is clear that we will have a tough game and very good opponent, who is very competitive with all other teams in our group. We are going to Munich to play one more game which we consider as another new challenge for us."


FC Bayern Munich
"If we want to make it to the Top 16 we cannot think about winning or losing. We just have to win as many games as possible and Belgrade is the next obstacle in our way. They will come here to prove that they are still one of the best teams in Europe. We have to show them that the Audi Dome is our home and we will defend it with all we have."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"After three consecutive defeats in Euroleague we will try to provide a better game. We want to make the situation better for us in the group and try to stay competetive for placement in Top 16. Bayern is a team made up of a lot of well – experienced individuals and they show that in all matches so far. It will be hard to play against them, but we don't go there to lose, but to try to stay in the game for place in Top 16."

Jovic, Miller help Crvena Zvezda beat Bayern to snap skid

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade hit all 9 of its three-pointers in the second half in pulling a away to a resounding 79-90 road win over FC Bayern Munich on Thursday night. Stefan Jovic set a new Euroleague record with 19 assists and Quincy Miller scored 22 points to lead Zvezda. The result left the two teams with 2-3 records in Group A. Each of the four quarters had at least one lead change. Bayern took control with a 12-1 second quarter run, and led 48-40 early in the third, but Miller and Vladimir Stimac led Zvezda’s rally in the third quarter. In the fourth, Nikola Rebic and Marko Simonovic got hot from downtown, each sinking 3 triples, and with their career-nights helped Zvezda pull away and register a victory that puts it right back into the Top 16 race. Stimac netted 18 points, Maik Zirbes scored 10 of his 14 in the first quarter, Simonovic netted a career-best 15, while Rebic had career-high 11 for Zvezda. Dusko Savanovic scored 19 points for the hosts, John Bryant had 12, and Alex Renfroe 11 in defeat.

First quarter: Bayern rallies from an early deficit

Miller opened the scoring inside for Zvezda, and Deon Thompson answered for Bayern. Zirbes scored twice in the lane to give Zvezda a 2-7 lead. Savanovic opened his account with a three-pointer, but Miller drove and dished for a Zirbes dunk, and after Ryan Thompson scored in traffic, Stefan Jovic dishes an assist to Zirbes for another slam and a 5-13 advantage midway through the first quarter. Bryant cut the deficit with a three-pointer, but Thompson hit a baseline jumper and Lazic scored a fastbreak layup, making it 8-17. However, Savanovic sparked an 11-0 Bayern run from close range, before K.C. Rivers hit a transition three. The run continued as Anton Gavel dished a pair of assists, first to Bryant and then Djedovic on a back-cut for layup, 17-17. The hosts capped the run, and took the lead, with Bryant banking in a turnaround jumper in the final minute before Zirbes got his personal tally into double digits, making it 19-19 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hosts take control with a big run

Stimac scored inside on three consecutive possessions to open the quarter, giving Zvezda 19-25 lead. But Gavel got a lucky roll on a three-pointer, and after Gavel and Stimac traded baskets, Savanovic made a baseline floater and then knocked down a triple to tie the game at 29-29. Bryce Taylor drove for a dunk, and after a Zvezda timeout, Renfroe buried a wide-open three for a 5-point cushion. Renfroe also elevated for a dunk, helping the hosts lead 38-30, before Miller made a put-back to snap a 12-1 run. Taylor made a runner, but Jovic answered with a fastbreak layup. Miller scored in a crowd, and after free throws from Renfroe, Stimac scored from close range to make it 43-38 at halftime.

Third quarter: Miller and Stimac keep Zvezda in it

Miller hit a long jumper to get the third quarter going. Nihad Djedovic hit a triple and Taylor fed Thompson for an easy dunk and a 48-40 lead, but Stimac banked it in on the other end before Miller hit Zvezda's first three of the night. Thompson scored a tip-in for the hosts, before Simonovic and Savanovic traded triples. Simonovic added a tip-in to the visitors' tally, cutting it to 53-50. After a Bayern timeout, Nikola Rebic nailed a corner triple, then immediately made a steal and raced for a fastbreak layup-plus-foul and a 53-55 edge. Gavel snapped a 0-8 run with free throws, and after a step-back jumper by Miller, Bayern went back in front with Bryant scoring from close range and Rivers knocking one down from long range. Bryant banked in a turnaround jumper to make it 62-57. After a Zvezda timeout, Miller hit back-to back triples, but Renfroe made a tip-in just before the buzzer, to give Bayern a 66-63 edge.

Fourth quarter: Barrage of threes lifts Zvezda to victory

Zirbes scored a fastbreak layup, his first points since the first quarter, and Rebic hit another corner triple to give Zvezda a 66-68 lead. Savanovic made a runner on the other end, and Taylor followed it with a triple with no time on the shot clock, 71-68. But Zirbes scored inside, and Simonovic made a steal and raced on the fastbreak to make it 71-72. After Savanovic nailed a long jumper, Miller had a put-back dunk and Jovic fed Stimac, who scored a basket-plus-foul, 73-77. Savanovic cut into the deficit, but Simonovic hit from way downtown. After free throws from Taylor, Jovic dished his 17th assist to Rebic for a corner triple, 77-83 with less than two minutes to go. After a successful defense, Zvezda opened a 9-point margin with another triple from Simonovic and record-breaking 18th assist by Jovic. Djedovic made a driving layup, but Jovic found Simonovic again who buried a tough jumper to seal the deal.

Stefan Jovic - Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade - EB15
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Attendance: 6171
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FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 RIVERS, K.C. 16:09 6 0/1 2/5     1 1 1   1     4   -1
9 THOMPSON, DEON 20:38 6 3/8     3 1 4     2   1 2    
11 SEIFERTH, ANDREAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 RENFROE, ALEX 30:16 11 2/2 1/4 4/4 2 1 3 4   5     2 5 13
13 MICIC, VASILIJE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 DJEDOVIC, NIHAD 27:20 9 2/6 1/3 2/2   1 1 3 1 1   1 2 2 6
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 7:36                 1 1     1   -1
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 28:27 19 5/8 3/5 0/2 3 2 5 2   1   2   3 19
25 GAVEL, ANTON 18:10 7 1/1 1/3 2/2   1 1 4 1 1     2 6 14
41 MAYR, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 TAYLOR, BRYCE 28:34 9 2/3 1/2 2/2 1 4 5 2   1     3 6 16
54 BRYANT, JOHN 22:50 12 4/7 1/1 1/2 2 3 5 2   1     1 2 15
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 79 19/36 10/23 11/14 12 15 27 18 3 14 0 4 17 24 83
        52.8% 43.5% 78.6%
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
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 REBIC, NIKOLA 19:02 11 1/1 3/5 0/3 1   1 1 1 1     2 4 10
5 THOMPSON, RYAN 25:49 4 2/2 0/3     1 1 2 1 1     3   1
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 11:37 2 1/1       1 1 3 2       1 2 9
12 SIMANIC, BORISA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 TEJIC, MARKO 2:35                         1   -1
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 22:54 15 3/3 3/4   2 1 3   1 1     2 1 16
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 13:11     0/1     1 1     3     5 1 -7
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 31:09 4 1/5 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 19 1 1     2 4 25
30 MILLER, QUINCY 33:43 22 6/10 3/8 1/2 3 3 6 1 2 4 3   4 2 18
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 23:31 14 7/8       1 1     1 1   3   11
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 16:29 18 8/9   2/3 1 4 5           1 3 23
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 90 29/39 9/22 5/10 9 20 29 26 8 12 4 0 24 17 110
        74.4% 40.9% 50%

Head Coaches

FC Bayern Munich
"Congratulations to Crvena Zvezda. They played an excellent game from the first minute until the end of the game. They played excellent defense and created advantages in transition and pick-and-roll. I don’t know how we won the first half of the game. They played an excellent game, very smart, good defense. We should congratulate them. They were better than our team and our game. Crvena Zvezda didn’t have anything to lose. Just like us at Real Madrid. From minute to minute they got more confidence in their game. Our players were surprised. I don’t know where I’m playing. They are playing in our house and are playing with confidence. They developed their game minute by minute. I don’t know if we can underestimate any team in Euroleague. "
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Congratulations to my players for a great game and the victory. And a great thanks to the fans who came from all over Europe to make for an fantastic atmosphere in the arena. We came here to Munich with three losses in a row - all of them were very bad. We had a lot of problems and lost Guy Mekel to a sprained ankle last night and Branko Lazic got hurt during the game. We have to say because of all of these problems, that this victory is heroic, very brave. We started the game very well. We had a good defense. The early lead gave us self-esteem. We knew that Bayern would pressure us. We had some mistakes, that is part of the inexperienced players who were on the court tonight. After the Lazic injury it seemed to me that we were not going to keep up the rhythm with Bayern. But we played the second half very well and at a high level. In the end, we played our best basketball and we shot really well and hit some very important shots. We came here and made a heroic victory. Nobody could have had a feeling after these three games that we would look like we did tonight."


FC Bayern Munich
"It was tough. This was an important game because we’re competing with Zvezda and Strasbourg for that top four position in our group. They came ready and had a great Serbian representation. It was like they had a home game. We just had too many defensive breakdowns. We just have to play better. We’re on a three-game losing streak now. We will watch video, but we have to play better on the defensive end."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We just needed to be come together and be consistent with our play. We’re pretty excited. We played pretty good defense. That’s really what it was. We’ve been playing bad, but we can turn it around. It’s okay, we can come back. It helps us get closer to a spot in the Top 16 in Euroleague. We’re excited and we just want to keep playing well and capitalize on this moment."
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