2015-16Regular SeasonRound 9
December 11, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 DRAZEN PETROVIC ZAGREB

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.8 Points 72.9
35.1 Rebounds 32.4
10.3 O. Rebounds 10.4
24.9 D. Rebounds 22.0
15.6 Assists 15.3
5.3 Steals 7.0
1.3 Blocks 1.5
13.5 Turnovers 11.8
51.4 % 2PT 46.5 %
32.3 % 3PT 32.6 %
75.9 % FT 75.4 %
77.9 Index 71.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.8 / Pullen Points 20.0 / Gentile
7.3 / Bilan Rebounds 4.4 / McLean
2.4 / Bilan OR 1.9 / McLean
4.9 / Bilan DR 3.1 / Simon
3.4 / Gordic Assists 4.2 / Gentile
1.1 / Pullen Steals 1.4 / Jenkins
0.4 / White Blocks 0.4 / Lawal
2.9 / Pullen Turnovers 2.3 / Simon
61.9 % / White 2PT 65.8 % / Barac
75.0 % / Pilepic 3PT 71.4 % / Cinciarini
100.0 % / Gordic FT 91.7 % / Lafayette
18.0 / Bilan Index 19.3 / Gentile

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
4-4 Regular Season 2-6
4-4 Overall 2-6

Referees

Crew Chief
RYZHYK, BORYS, Ukraine
Referee
CORTES, CARLOS, Spain
Umpire
ROMANO, DAVID, Israel

The Take

It is a direct fight to reach the Top 16. Cedevita will make it to the Top 16 if it wins or if Milan wins by up to 8 points. In that case, Milan will be eliminated. Alessandro Gentile, the Euroleague's top scorer (20 ppg.) is back in action and ready to lead his team, with plenty of help from Charles Jenkins and Kruno Simon. Henry Walker and Luka Babic are set to guard Gentile, while Jenkins must be ready to go against Fran Pilepic, who leads the Euroleague in three-point shooting (75%). Milan needs to improve its two-point shooting percentage (46.5%) and relies on its big men, Jamel McLean, former Cedevita center Stanko Barac and Robbie Hummel to do so. Barac will not have it easy against Miro Bilan, who ranks sixth in performance index ranking (18 per game) this season. McLean and Hummel must be ready against Marko Arapovic and Luka Zoric, too. Cedevita relies on Jacob Pullen and James White to play a decisive role in this historic game for the hosts. Pullen and Nemanja Gordic must set the right tempo against Oliver Lafayette and Andrea Cinciarini. Expect a nice basketball atmosphere at Drazen Petrovic Zagreb.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

Cedevita Zagreb

Jacob Pullen leads the Euroleague in fouls drawn through Round 8 with 45.

Miro Bilan has scored in double figures in each of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 14 for 14 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Pilepic has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last five games; he is shooting 9 for 11 from downtown over that span.

Luka Zoric was a teammate of EA7 Milan swingman Kruno Simon at Unicaja Malaga during the 2012-13 season.

Zoric and Miro Bilan have been teammates of Simon on the Croatian national team, including most-recently at EuroBasket 2015.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

Jasmin Repesa coached Cedevita Zagreb during the previous two seasons. He led the team to back-to-back Croatian League and Cup doubles. He coached several members of the current Cedevita squad.

Stanko Barac played for Cedevita last season, too.

Repesa also coached Luka Zoric and Luka Babic on the Croatian national team.

Repesa also coached Luka Zoric at Unicaja Malaga during the 2012-13 season. Milan swingman Kruno Simon was also a member of that squad.

Alessandro Gentile is the top scorer in the Euroleague through Round 7 with an average of 20 points per game.

Gentile has scored in double figures in 16 straight Euroleague appearances.

Charles Jenkins has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight Euroleague games.

Krunoslav Simon needs 4 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Jamel McLean created problems for Cedevita in a pair of games last season. He averaged 18 points on 77.8% shooting plus 6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3 steals for an average performance index rating of 28. However, his team ALBA Berlin, only won one of those games.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"EA7 Emporio Armani Milan is a very good team and we will do our best to win this game. We must play with a lot of energy and stay focused on the game. Milano played well in last games. They defeated Anadolu Efes and they played very good for 30 minutes against Olympiacos. Macvan and Gentile returned from injuries, so that is another good news for Milan. This is a very important game for both teams and our guests will be very motivated, as will we."
REPESA, JASMIN
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"The last four or five games have been all do-or-die games, but this one it is for real. There's no tomorrow. We play against a young team that I know well. Eight of their players have been playing together for more than two years. It's going to be difficult but our chances will improve if we can play 40 minutes with the right consistency."

Players

ZORIC, LUKA
Cedevita Zagreb
"We know Simon, Barac and Repesa very well, but there is no place for friendship on the court. I did not play in the game when we defeated Milan at their home court, but I hope we will repeat that game and win again. We know where our strengths and weaknesses are and I am sure our coach will prepare us very well. We know that we can make it to Top 16 even if Milano wins by up to eight points, but at this point we think only about victory."
SIMON, KRUNOSLAV
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"We are not in a good position, but I still believe we can come out as winners. They are young and talented, it's important to keep them from scoring easy basket and take good shots early in the game then they can feel the pressure. If we do that, we have good chances."

Cedevita celebrates Top 16 spot despite losing to Milan

Cedevita Zagreb made history on Friday by advancing to the Top 16 for the first time despite losing 82-85 to EA7 Emporio Armani Milan. The result put Cedevita’s record at 4-5 and Milan’s at 3-6, but because Cedevita had won by 9 when the teams played in Round 4 in Italy, the home team claimed the tiebreaker that ensured it would finish among the top four teams in Group B. Miro Bilan scored 23 points and dished 6 assists to pace Cedevita, while Marko Arapovic played a big role in the third quarter and finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Jacob Pullen added 11 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Robbie Hummel led Milan with 21 points and 8 rebounds, Jamel McLean added 15 points, Kruno Simon tallied 13 points and 7 assists and Milan Macvan scored 10. Milan led by as many as 16 in the second quarter and was up 31-45 at halftime. The teenage Arapovic kept Cedevita in it in the third quarter and Bilan in the fourth before Fran Pilepic’s late threes gave the tiebreaker to Cedevita.

First quarter: McLean fuels 0-10 Milan charge

The offenses flowed early with Bilan assisting Karlo Zganec to get the hosts going and Andrea Cinciarini driving for a Milan layup. Nemanja Gordic found Zganec for a layup and Bilan buried a baseline jumper to make it 6-2. Kruno Simon buried a three from the right wing and McLean hit a long jumper to give the visitors their first lead. Cinciarini created space for McLean to detonate a two-handed slam – and the bonus free throw that came with it – for a 6-10 lead after five minutes. McLean made it a 0-10 run with his next basket. James White’s put-back ended a nearly four-minute long drought, however McLean responded with a three-point play to give him 10 points already. Crisp Cedevita passing resulted in a Bilan slam, but Stanko Barac dunked on the next play. After a pair of White free throws, Simon answered with a three-point play for a 12-20 Milan advantage. Henry Walker hit free throws and White found Luka Zoric for a slam, but McLean scored in the paint again. An Oliver Lafayette steal led to a Hummel triple and a 9-point lead, but Pullen free throws made it 18-25 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Macvan comes off the bench to boost visitors

Lafayette sank a floater and Hummel drew an offensive foul from Pullen at the other end. Pullen and Hummel traded threes. Pullen’s layup in transition closed the deficit to 23-30. Hummel countered with free throws and Jenkins went hard to the rim for a layup and a double-digit lead. Bilan scored and – after Simon’s third foul – Luka Babic added a free throw. Cinciarini drove for a nifty three-point play and Macvan took a great pass from McLean for a basket and foul and a 26-40 cushion. Babic connected from downtown for the hosts, but soon took a seat with 3 fouls. Macvan added points from the line and then a three-pointer that gave the visitors a 16-point advantage. Bilan’s free throws made it 31-45 at the break.

Third quarter: Arapovic heats up to revive Cedevita

White found Marko Arapovic for a slam on a broken play and then Arapovic sent a great pass to Bilan for a three-point play to trim the deficit to 9, but Milan countered with a Jenkins triple and a Bruno Cerella layup. Arapovic connected on a three and White scored in the lane. Arapovic helped on a steal and then dunked to make it 43-50. Bilan capped a 9-0 run that brought the crowd to life. Threes by Hummel and Jenkins restored a double-digit Milan advantage. But White hit a jumper and Babic ended a break with a triple to bring the hosts within 51-56. After a Milan timeout, Simon hit a deep three-pointer. Then Hummel scored inside and Barac hit a jumper. Cedevita did not fold as Arapovic hit from downown, but he then fouled Hummel shooting a three and the Milan forward made the 3 shots. He made up for that with a three to make it 57-66.

Fourth quarter: Pilepic’s threes start the celebrations

Fran Pilepic missed twice from behind the arc, but Pullen drove through the paint for a basket and foul. McLean countered with a three-point play for his first points since the first quarter to restore a 10-point Milan advantage. Lafayette banked a shot, but soon McLean committed his fourth foul. Bilan scored inside, but Simon drained a triple. Arapovic dunked, however Hummel hit a jumper. Bilan’s tip in was bettered by Hummel from downtown to make it 66-79. Bilan remained Cedevita’s go-to guy with another basket and then 2 free throws. Macvan and Pullen traded scores as the game clearly became about the tiebreaker. Babic’s steal led to a Pilepic triple that drew Cedevita within 75-81. Simon split free throws and Pullen missed twice from the line. Jenkins’s jumper was waived off after replays showed it came after the 24-second clock expired. Pilepic hit a three from the corner and after if that didn’t clinch a Top 16 berth, his free throws to make it 80-82 with 16 seconds left surely did. Lafayette nailed a three, but Bilan’s slam set off the Cedevita celebrations.

Jamel McLean - EA7 Emporio Armani Milan - EB15
Friday, December 11, 2015
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Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), CORTES, CARLOS (ESP), ROMANO, DAVID (ISR)
Attendance: 5200 (Tentative)
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Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 24:01 11 3/5 1/3 2/5 1 4 5 7   3 1   2 9 21
4 WHITE, JAMES 25:56 9 3/4   3/4 1 4 5 5   1     3 2 15
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 20:33 8   2/5 2/2   2 2 1 1 1   1   1 8
9 BABIC, LUKA 30:39 7 0/1 2/5 1/2   6 6   1 1     4 2 6
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 8:08 4 2/2           2         1   5
12 WALKER, HENRY 4:38 2     2/2       1   2     1 1 1
13 MUSA, DZANAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BILAN, MIRO 30:57 23 9/12   5/5 1 3 4 6   4 1 1 3 5 28
18 MAZALIN, LOVRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 18:51   0/2 0/1         4   1     3   -3
21 ZORIC, LUKA 8:21 2 1/1     1 1 2     1     4   -1
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 27:56 16 3/7 3/4 1/2 2 5 7 1 2       3 3 20
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 82 21/34 8/18 16/22 8 25 33 27 4 15 2 2 24 23 101
        61.8% 44.4% 72.7%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO
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
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 McLEAN, JAMEL 24:36 15 6/10 0/1 3/3 1 3 4 2 2 1     4 7 20
3 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 17:57 7 2/4 1/5   1 2 3 1 1       4 1 3
6 AMATO, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 CERELLA, BRUNO 12:39 2 1/1 0/2         1         2   -1
13 MACVAN, MILAN 14:06 10 2/4 1/3 3/3 2 3 5             4 15
15 MAGRO, DANIELE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 29:35 5 2/4 0/1 1/1   2 2 4 1 1     3 3 8
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 29:57 8 1/5 2/4   2   2 3 2     1 1 2 9
24 HUMMEL, ROBBIE 27:09 21 2/4 4/6 5/5 6 2 8 3   2     1 4 29
27 BARAC, STANKO 14:09 4 2/3           2     1   4 1 3
43 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 29:52 13 1/4 3/11 2/3   4 4 7 1 2 1 1 4 2 9
Team           3 1 4     3         1
Totals 200:00 85 19/39 11/33 14/15 15 17 32 23 7 9 2 2 23 24 96
        48.7% 33.3% 93.3%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN

Head Coaches

MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"This is the best loss of my life. I have lost many times, but this is the best one. I congratulate these guys; they are heroes. It wasn’t easy. This is the first time in our history that we are in the top 16. In the first half we didn’t play good because we were scared. In the second half we started to play good. We had a great opponent on the other side, but in the end we scored some important shots and we won the game. Arapovic is 19 years old. One kid who is 19 years old to compete on the level in the Euroleague in a game that is so important; in the second half he scored 14 or 16 points! "
REPESA, JASMIN
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"This win means nothing to us. We are playing much better now compared to the start of the season, but we didn’t play well enough in the second half today. In the first half we controlled the tempo, but in the second we played without energy and we were not focused and the result of that was easy baskets for Cedevita. I would like to congratulate Cedevita. They deserved to qualify to Top 16 and I wish them all the best in the future."

Players

PILEPIC, FRAN
Cedevita Zagreb
"We played two completely different halves. We knew how important this game is to us and we were under a lot of pressure in the first half. That was probably the worst first half we have played in this season and we knew we cannot be so bad in the second one. We started to play much better on defense and this is the sweetest defeat in my career."
SIMON, KRUNOSLAV
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"We missed on our opportunity. We had a big lead right until the end of the game. I am not happy with my game today. I missed many open shots and I would like to congratulate to Cedevita. They deserve to play in the Top 16."
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