2013-14Regular SeasonRound 9
December 12, 2013 CET: 18:45
Local time: 18:45 KOMBANK ARENA

Crvena Zvezda gives crowd parting gift in rout of Vitoria

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade led from start to finish in its last Turkish Airlines Euroleague game in front of its fans, downing Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 81-65 on Thursday night. The win improved Zvezda to 3-6 in Group D, though the team had already been eliminated from Top 16 contention. Laboral which qualified for the Top 16 last week, dropped to 5-4. The hosts raced to a big lead in the first quarter, dominating on both ends of the floor for 25-6 lead and kept the margin until the visitors rallied in the third quarter behind their defense, closing to within 52-46. But Jaka Blazic scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter to spare Zvezda late drama. Ivan Radenovic and Charles Jenkins each added 11 points in victory, while Boban Marjanovic collected 9 points and 9 rebounds. Walter Hodge paced Laboral with 15 points and Lamont Hamilton tallied 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Andres Nocioni added 8 points and 6 rebounds in his return after four weeks on the sidelines due to injury.

First quarter: Zvezda storms out of the gate

The hosts dominated both ends of the floor from the start. On Laboral's first possession, DeMarcus Nelson made a steal and raced for a dunk. Nelson then fed Radenovic for an easy layup, before David Jelinek banked in a long jumper to open the visitors' account. But Marjanovic scored a pair of layups and Blake Schilb sank a jumper for Zvezda to open a double-digit margin. Radenovic scored from long range and close range to make it 17-2 after seven minutes. Hodge snapped a 13-0 run with a long jumper, and Lamont Hamilton followed it up with a fastbreak dunk. However, Blazic and Jenkins each buried a triple to make it 25-6 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Blazic and Schilb keep Laboral at bay

Hamilton started scoring in the second quarter, but Rasko Katic scored twice from close range for a 29-8 margin. Hamilton hit a three-pointer for the visitors, but Jenkins answered from downtown for Zvezda. A basket from Tibor Pleiss and a long jumper from Thomas Heurtel cut it to 32-18 midway through the second quarter. Heurtel added another basket, but Schilb drove for a dunk and Blazic for a layup and a 37-21 lead. The visitors stayed in touch with Leo Mainoldi scoring from downtown and Fernando San Emeterio coming up with a steal and a layup. But Blazic buried a corner three, followed by Schilb hitting a triple at the buzzer, giving Zvezda a 45-26 advantage at halftime.

Third quarter: Laboral uses defense to halve the deficit

Hodge opened the third quarter with a triple, and after Branko Lazic scored a basket for the hosts, Nocioni nailed a baseline jumper, Hamilton had a dunk, and Jelinek nailed a triple to close within 47-36. Laboral’s defense was aggressive and tough, not allowing any points for more than five minutes before Nelson scored a jumper to end Zvezda’s drought. But a three-pointer from Nocioni cut it to 49-41, and after Hamilton and Nelson traded baskets from close range, Hodge drove for a layup-plus-foul, 52-46. Marjanovic made a put-back against Laboral’s zone defense, and Jenkins drove for a layup and a 10-point margin. Thomas Kelati hit from behind the arc for Laboral, but Jenkins drove for another layup, making it 61-51 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Zvezda closes it out

Zvezda pulled away at the start of the fourth quarter, with Blazic stringing together a 7-0 run - a driving layup, a short jumper, and a triple - for a 68-53 cushion. After a timeout, Hodge sank one from long range, but Katic scored from close to the basket. Hodge added a long jumper and a fastbreak layup to his tally, but Blazic took a fastbreak for a dunk and 72-60. Nocioni fought his way for a put-back, keeping the visitors’ hopes alive, and San Emeterio scored on a fastbreak, but Blazic and Nelson put the game out of reach from the free throw line. Blazic closed out the game with a triple.

Jaka Blazic - Crvena Zvezda Telekom - EB13
Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), SHULGA, BORIS (UKR), ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE)
Attendance: 7000 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade25201620
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria6202514
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade25456181
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria6265165
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 0:12                              
5 CVETKOVIC, ALEKSANDAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 23:55 2 1/1       2 2 3   2     3 4 6
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 25:15 24 4/8 4/4 4/6 2 2 4   1 4 1 2 2 5 21
12 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 20:00 2 1/2 0/3     4 4 1     1   2 3 5
13 MARJANOVIC, BOBAN 16:00 9 3/7   3/4 5 4 9   1   1   1 2 16
14 RADENOVIC, IVAN 23:55 11 2/6 1/1 4/6 3 5 8 3 2 4     2 4 16
15 KATIC, RASKO 19:15 8 4/8       3 3   2       4 1 6
16 RISTIC, DUSAN 0:12                              
20 NELSON, DEMARCUS 29:23 7 3/7 0/1 1/2   3 3 4 1 1   1 1 4 10
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 19:12 11 2/4 2/3 1/2 1   1 3 2 1   1 3 1 9
33 SCHILB, BLAKE 22:41 7 3/3   1/1   2 2 3   3     1   8
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 81 23/46 7/12 14/21 11 26 37 17 9 16 3 4 19 24 97
        50% 58.3% 66.7%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MAINOLDI, LEO 8:01 3   1/2                       2
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 17:35 8 2/4 1/2 1/2 2 4 6   2 1   1 3 3 10
7 VAN OOSTRUM, DEVON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 HANGA, ADAM 13:51   0/1 0/1             1 1   2   -4
11 HAMILTON, LAMONT 24:24 13 4/8 1/3 2/4 1 5 6 3 2 4 3   2 4 17
15 HODGE, WALTER 22:51 15 4/6 2/3 1/1 1 1 2 3   3     4 3 13
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 26:09 6 2/2 0/3 2/2 1 2 3   1 2       3 8
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 13:25 2 1/4       1 1 1 2 1   1 4 1 -2
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 17:09 6 2/7   2/2       2   1     2 2 2
24 KELATI, THOMAS 15:42 3   1/1     3 3 1 1       3 1 6
25 JELINEK, DAVID 24:18 7 1/3 1/1 2/2   1 1 3 2 2   1 3 1 6
51 BJELICA, MILKO 16:35 2 0/2 0/1 2/2 2 2 4   2 2     1 1 3
Team             3 3           1   2
Totals 200:00 65 16/37 7/17 12/15 7 22 29 13 12 17 4 3 25 19 63
        43.2% 41.2% 80%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"This game was important to us no matter that everything is clear in our group. Our motivation is high when we play against a team like Laboral Kutxa. We struggled hard for three quarters. Except for the third quarter. We controlled the game all the way and won at the end. Thanks to our supporters. When we saw they are together with us we were ready to give our best. I must say that Laboral Kutxa was a stronger team tonight than when we beat them in Vitoria."
SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Congratulations to Crvena Zvezda for this game. They managed to lead us into a disadvantage. After we reached the Top 16, our team was on holyday tonight. We have to play 100 percent each game. We have to get back on the track. Our one-on-one defense was bad, our rebounding too soft, our offense was individual. So Zvezda won with huge margin. "