Regular Season Round 10 - December 19, 2014 CET: 20:15 Local time: 20:15 - MAX SCHMELING HALLE

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Top 16 0-0
4-5 Regular Season 2-7
4-5 Overall 2-7

Referees

Crew Chief
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS, Greece
Referee
KARTAL, ERSAN, Turkey
Umpire
PERUGA, CARLOS, Spain

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.2 Points 74.4
33.6 Rebounds 32.4
11.2 O. Rebounds 12.0
22.3 D. Rebounds 20.4
17.9 Assists 18.2
6.6 Steals 7.8
1.8 Blocks 0.7
14.9 Turnovers 12.4
56.3 % 2PT 48.2 %
33.3 % 3PT 36.0 %
66.0 % FT 71.3 %
81.1 Index 73.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.1 / McLean Points 12.6 / Bilan
5.6 / McLean Rebounds 6.7 / Bilan
1.9 / McLean OR 2.8 / Bilan
3.7 / McLean DR 3.9 / Bilan
4.7 / Renfroe Assists 4.0 / Gordic
1.1 / Renfroe Steals 2.2 / Gordic
0.3 / McLean Blocks 0.3 / Babic
3.1 / Redding Turnovers 2.7 / Gordic
77.5 % / Banic 2PT 57.9 % / Arapovic
45.8 % / Giffey 3PT 54.5 % / Pilepic
90.0 % / Banic FT 100.0 % / Delas
20.1 / McLean Index 16.2 / Bilan

THE TAKE

ALBA is already into the Top 16 and can finish third if it wins and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv downs Unicaja Malaga. Cedevita is out of chances to advance, but can still finish fifth or sixth, which would have an impact on which Eurocup Last 32 group it lands in. ALBA relies on its big men, led by Jamel McLean, Marko Banic and Leon Radosevic, to make the difference. McLean will not have it easy against Mario Delas. Banic faces a tough test against Miro Bilan, while Radosevic goes against his longtime Cibona teammate Tomislav Zubcic. Cedevita relies on Luke Babic, the red-hot Fran Pilepic and Ivan Ramljak to shine at the wings. ALBA has good defensive stoppers in Akeem Vargas, Alex King and Niels Giffey, who will see extended playing time if Reggie Redding remains unavailable. The point guard battle between Cliff Hammonds and Alex Renfroe of ALBA against Roko Ukic and Nemanja Gordic of Cedevita will arguably be the biggest key to this exciting game.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, SASA
ALBA Berlin
"Reaching the Top 16 is a great success for us and to finish third in this group would be an even bigger surprise. Unfortunately the circumstances for us are not the best, because we have to move to a different gym for this game and we will miss Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann. Therefore I am glad, that this is not a crucial game for us."
REPESA, JASMIN
Cedevita Zagreb
"It would be nice to finish with one or two wins more, but I think we have had a good season in Euroleague. We have a young team without foreign players and, except for game in Moscow, we were competitive in all other games. Now we will turn our attention to ABA League and Eurocup and regarding our remaining game against Alba in Berlin, we must play with a high intensity for 40 minutes. After that game we will play against Szolnoki on Sunday and against Krka on Tuesday, so we must split playing time among all our players."

Players

BANIC, MARKO
ALBA Berlin
"Cedevita in my opinion has a great group of talented players and has a great coach. Maybe for the Euroleague competition this young team misses a little experience inside, but they decided to go his way and on the long run this project is a great thing for Croatian basketball. I like to see the young prospects getting minutes in this team."
ARAPOVIC, MARKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"The result doesn't matter in this game, but we care for every game. We want to show that maybe we could have done something more. In our previous game against ALBA in Zagreb they outrebounded us and played us physically and we didn't respond to it. It was a great experience for me to play in Euroleague. This will help me in my growth as a player. Opportunity to play against Euroleague players means a lot to every young player."

Game Notes

ALBA Berlin
Jamel McLean leads the league with 67 fouls drawn this season.
Cliff Hammonds has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight Euroleague games.
Alex Renfroe has recorded at least 1 steal in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.
Marko Banic has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Leon Radosevic was a teammate of Cedevita players Mario Delas and Tomislav Zubcic on Croatia’s junior national teams. The trio was the backbone of the team that won bronze medals at the 2008 European Under-18 Championships and the 2009 U19 World Championships.
Radosevic played alongside Cedevita players Mario Delas, Marko Tomas and Tomislav Zubcic early in his career at Cibona Zagreb. Radosevic, Tomas and Zubcic won the 2010 Croatian League together at Cibona.

Cedevita Zagreb
Cedevita is last in the league in free throws made (82) and attempted (115) as well as blocked shots (6).
Tomislav Zubcic has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.
Nemanja Gordic has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last nine Euroleague appearances.
Gordic has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight Euroleague appearances.
Roko Ukic has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Fran Pilepic has made 16 three-pointers in 21 attempts (76.2%) over Cedevita’s last three games. He is averaging 22 points per game in that span.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Cedevita finishes campaign with victory in Berlin

Previouslyeliminated Cedevita Zagreb rallied from 13 points down to stun ALBA Berlin 67-70 at Max Schmeling Halle in the German capital on Friday night. Cedevita finished its Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign with a 3-7 record and will continue its season in the Eurocup, while Top 16-bound ALBA dropped to 4-6 and fourth place in Group B. Miro Bilan had 12 points and Luka Babic scored some key baskets and finished with 10 in victory. ALBA led for majority of the night, and had a 13-point margin several times in the third quarter, but Cedevita put together a 2-18 run that bridged third and fourth quarters to grab its first lead, 53-56. After the hosts regained the lead, Cedevita was quick enough to respond with a 2-10 spurt and get a victory that denied ALBA third place in the group. Tomislav Zubcic finished with 8 points plus 7 rebounds in victory, while Jamel McLean led the hosts with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Alex Renfroe had 13 points and 7 assists, while Niels Giffey netted 11 in the losing effort.

First quarter: ALBA goes in front behind McLean

McLean opened the game with a fast break dunk and a baseline jumper. After a triple from Cedevita's Fran Pilepic made it 4-3, McLean continued to drive ALBA with a dunk and an assist for Giffey layup. Bilan opened his account from close range, but a basket-plus-free throw from Leon Radosevic made it 11-5. Babic went coast-to-coast for a layup, and Bilan scored from close range twice more, but Cliff Hammonds sank a triple in between Bilan's baskets. Baskets were few and far between in the last three minutes of the quarter, with McLean adding to his tally with a pair of free throws, while Nemanja Gordic drove for a layup, making it 17-13 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Defenses take center stage in Berlin

Giffey hit a three-pointer to open the quarter, and after foul shots from Gordic on one, and Marko Banic on the other end, Radosevic elevated for a layup that gave the Berliners a 24-15 lead. Tomislav Zubcic cut the deficit with a corner three-pointer, but Banic and McLean scored layups, the latter coming with an additional free throw, for the first double-digit margin of the night, 29-19. Not many shots were falling on either end as Zubcic and Mario Delas made free throws for Cedevita, which did not allow a single point for more than four minutes, but did not score a field goal for six minutes, either. ALBA ended its drought in the final minute of the half with McLean driving to the basket, helping his team to a 32-23 halftime lead.

Miro Bilan - Cedevita Zagreb - EB14

Third quarter: Hosts extend lead with 5 triples

Giffey nailed a three-pointer to open the second half and he split free throws to make it 36-23. Cedevita continued having trouble making shots, but Lovro Mazalin was perfect from the foul line in 4 tries. After Alex Renfroe hit a triple for the hosts, Mazalin answered with a jumper. Bilan fought for a put-back. A three-pointer from Roko Ukic capped a 3-11 run, cutting the deficit to 39-34, but ALBA made a quick response. After a timeout, Akeem Vargas sank a pair of wide-open threes, and Renfroe added another of his own, extending it to 48-36 and forcing the visiting coach Jasmin Repesa to call a timeout. It worked, as Cedevita stepped it up on defense again, while Mario Delas made a jumper, and Babic sank a second-chance triple to cut the margin to 51-43.

Fourth quarter: Cedevita first rallies, then finishes off the hosts

Ivan Ramljak knocked down a corner triple to open the fourth quarter, and Giffey answered with a jumper. Cedevita continued its run, with Mario Deals hitting a long jumper and Babic finished a one-on-three fast break with a layup to make it 53-50. Bilan tied it with a basket-plus-foul, and Babic sank a three-pointer for the visitors’ first lead, 53-56. McLean snapped a 2-13 run with a layup-plus-foul, and Hammonds raced for an easy fast break dunk for the hosts to regain the lead. Hammonds also scored from close range, and Renfore made a jumper with his feet on the three-point arc to make it 62-58, but Ukic made a floater to spark another run by the visitors. Ukic made a steal for a breakaway that Zganec finished with a put-back, and Ukic hit a long jumper to make it 62-65. Hammonds and Gordic each made a pair of free throws, 64-67, with 47 seconds left. Cedevita made another defensive stand, and Zubcic extended the lead to 4 with split free throws, but Renfroe hit a three-pointer with 7.8 seconds to give the hosts hope, 67-68. Pilepic made both free throws to put Cedevita up by 3 again, and the hosts had 6.2 seconds for their final possession. Giffey got to the foul line, but missed both free throws – the second one on purpose – and Cedevita celebrated its second road win of the season.

Friday, December 19, 2014
Euroleague.net
Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), KARTAL, ERSAN (TUR), PERUGA, CARLOS (ESP)
Attendance: 7877 (Tentative)
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ALBA Berlin17151916
Cedevita Zagreb13102027
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ALBA Berlin17325167
Cedevita Zagreb13234370
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
ALBA Berlin
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 24:09 11 2/3 2/8 1/4 1 1 2   1       3 3 4
7 KING, ALEX 20:48 1 0/1 0/4 1/2 1 3 4     1     2 1 -3
8 AKPINAR, ISMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 20:22 6 0/2 2/3     3 3   1     1 2   4
13 BANIC, MARKO 10:06 4 1/2   2/2 1   1     3 1   5 2 -1
19 STOJANOVSKI, VOJDAN 19:17   0/2 0/2         3         1 2  
20 RENFROE, ALEX 30:40 13 1/4 3/7 2/2 2 3 5 7 2 3     4 3 16
21 WAGNER, MORITZ 1:36           1 1     1     1   -1
22 SEIFERTH, MARTIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 HAMMONDS, CLIFF 22:32 9 2/6 1/1 2/2   1 1 3   1     3 5 10
33 McLEAN, JAMEL 26:45 16 6/7 0/1 4/4 1 6 7 5 3 1     2 3 29
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 23:45 7 2/4   3/7 1 4 5 2 3 4     4 6 9
Team           2 1 3     3          
Totals 200:00 67 14/31 8/26 15/23 9 23 32 20 10 17 1 1 27 25 67
45.2% 30.8% 65.2%
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
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
Cedevita Zagreb
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 MAZALIN, LOVRO 10:18 6 1/1   4/4   1 1           2 2 7
5 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 25:54 8 0/1 1/2 5/6 4 3 7 1   1     1 3 14
7 RAMLJAK, IVAN 12:36 3 0/1 1/1     2 2 1           1 6
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 21:06 7   1/3 4/4       1   1     2 3 6
9 BABIC, LUKA 23:23 10 2/3 2/4   1 4 5 1   3     2 1 9
10 DELAS, ANTE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 5:45 3 1/2   1/2   1 1           2 1 1
15 BILAN, MIRO 22:38 12 5/10   2/4 1 5 6     4     5 6 8
17 DELAS, MARIO 13:18 6 2/3 0/1 2/2   1 1     1 1   5 3 3
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 25:12 8 1/4 0/3 6/6   3 3 3 1 5     3 4 5
32 UKIC, ROKO 27:25 7 2/6 1/4   1 3 4 4 1 3   1   3 8
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 12:25   0/1       4 4 1         3   1
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 70 14/32 6/18 24/28 9 28 37 12 2 18 1 1 25 27 71
43.8% 33.3% 85.7%
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Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, SASA
ALBA Berlin
"Cedevita completely deserved this win. Maybe in some moments it was a disadvantage for us that we were already qualified for the Top 16. Anyway, I am not satisfied with our game today. I hope this will be a lesson for the future. Now we go to the Top 16, which will be a great challenge for us."
REPESA, JASMIN
Cedevita Zagreb
"I am very happy that we finished our Euroleague season with a win. We came here to win the game and believed in it for 40 minutes. I am not satisfied with our first half, where we were confused a lot by ALBA's defense. But in the second half we did a good job. We dominated the rebounds, ran the fastbreak and I think we deserved to win the game."

Players

GIFFEY, NIELS
ALBA Berlin
"Of course we wanted the win, but we failed to bring the ball into the paint more in the last quarter. We are looking forward to the next round now and high quality oppontents in the Top 16."
ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV
Cedevita Zagreb
"Tough game. You have to give credit to ALBA that will go to the Top 16. But we came here to play a good game and show the people in Croatia what we can do. In the end of the game we wanted to be together as a team. That was the factor for the win."
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