2004-05Regular SeasonRound 10
January 13, 2005 CET: 20:10
Local time: 20:10 ZAVOD TIVOLI
Union Olimpija kept its Top 16 dream alive in Group B by beating direct rival Zalgiris Kaunas 86-73 at home in Ljubljana on Thursday. Olimpija lifted its record to 4-6 in Group B, while Zalgiris dropped to 5-5 and part of a four-way tie for third place. Marino Bazdaric led the winners with 29 points while drilling 7 of 11 three-point shots, including 4 in the pivotal third quarter. Olimpija held the Euroleague's top rebounder, Tanoka Beard, to just 4 boards while making 12 of 24 triples on the night. Vladimer Boisa added 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners, while Saso Ozbolt had 16 points. Beard led Zalgiris with 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting. Darjus Lavrinovic added a double-double, 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Mindaugas Timinskas had 14 points, all in the second half.

Marijan Mance opened the score with a five-meter jumper, and Boisa added free throws for a 5-0 Olimpija lead. Zalgiris found it hard to move on offense, while Andres Rodriguez fed Boisa to make it 7-0. Beard finally drilled a turnaround jumper for Zalgiris, but an inspired Boisa immediately answered with a corner three-pinter for a 10-2 Olimpija advantage. A three-point play by Lavrinovic, followed by an easy basket by Beard, brought Zalgiris back within 10-7. Olimpija struggled now against Zalgiris's man-to-man defense, while local center Dusan Bocevski headed to the bench with 3 fouls. Even with that, Boisa scored near the basket to make it 12-9, but Zalgiris fired back with a 2-6 run in which Beard scored twice for a 15-15 tie. Olimpija finished strong, however, with free throws by Boisa, a bank shot by Bazdaric and Dragisa Drobnjak's jump hook supplying a 21-15 lead after 10 minutes.

Bazdaric opened fire with a bomb from downtown to start the second quarter, while Boisa hit free throws to boost the lead into double digits, 25-15. Beard came to the rescue with a power basket for Zalgiris, as both teams hustled for every loose ball. Ozbolt slashed to the basket and Bazdaric dunked on a fastbreak as Olimpija now shined in both ends. Lavrinovic tried to change things with a dunk, as he, Beard and Jankunas had combined on all 22 points for Zalgiris, whose shooters were off-target. Olimpija called timeout at 29-22 after having gone scoreless for almost 3 minutes, but Simonas Serapinas drilled Zalgiris' first three-pointer to cap a 0-9 run, but McLinton answered with a floating layup for a 31-26 Olimpija lead. Boisa stepped up with a tip-in, but Jankunas free throws made it a two-point play at 35-33. Badzaric drilled another triple, but Jankunas and Dainius Salenga brought the guests within 38-36 at halftime.

The third quarter started just as the second, as Bazdaric fired his third three-pointer and Boisa added a layup for a 43-36 lead. Timinskas scored his first basket, a three from the top of the key, and Salenga added a coast-to-coast dunk to bring Zalgiris within 43-41, but Bazdaric was now on fire. He made another bomb from downtown, but Lavrinovic immediately matched that to keep Zalgiris close, 46-44. The scoring pace had already increased and Olimpija got advantage of it. Ozbolt scored in penetration and Bazdaric - who else? - drilled yet another three for a 51-44 margin. Lavrinovic kept Zalgiris going with back-to-back baskets while Salenga added a tough basket to bring the guests with 53-50. Bazdaric fired in his fourth three in this period, but Timinskas matched that in the other end. Rodriguez joined the three-point festival igniting a 9-1 run in the final minute in which Ozbolt had 4 points, including a buzzer-beating layup for a 65-54 Olimpija lead after 30 minutes.

Zalgiris needed to come back quick in the final quarter, and Beard followed Salenga's running layup with a three-point play to make it 67-59. The guests played now with Timinskas at point guard, but continued committing turnovers that prevented a rally. Ozbolt buried a shot from the arc to keep Olimpija out of trouble, then Zalgiris suffered bad shot selection on hurried possessions. Ozbolt made the play of the night with a great pass to Bocevski for a layup, forcing a Zalgiris timeout at 74-61. Nothing worked for the guests. Boisa sank a three-pointer and Bazdaric a fastbreak layup for a 79-66 margin with 3 minutes to go. Bazdaric sealed the outcome with his seventh three-pointer, as Olimpija served notice that it was back in the Top 16 race.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Ziga Bojc, Ljubljana
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Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), ALZURIA, MANUEL (ESP), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA), KAMNIKAR, ALES (SLO)
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Union Olimpija
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BAZDARIC, MARINO 33:00 29 3/8 7/11 2/2   1 1   3     1 3 3 23
6 BOCEVSKI, DUSAN 11:15 2 1/1   0/1   4 4   1 1     3 1 3
7 BOISA, VLADIMER 36:00 22 4/8 2/5 8/11 3 5 8   2 1   1 3 7 24
8 MIHALIC, JERNEJ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MCLINTON, DARREN 10:00 2 1/2                     1    
10 RODRIGUEZ, ANDRES 30:00 5 1/2 1/2     3 3 8 2 1     4 3 14
11 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MANCE, MARIJAN 14:15 4 1/2 0/2 2/2       3           1 5
13 PAVIC, SMILJAN 13:45 2 1/1       1 1   4 1 1   2   5
14 DROBNJAK, DRAGISA 15:00 4 2/2     1 2 3           3 1 5
21 MAROLT, LUKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 OZBOLT, SASO 36:45 16 5/10 2/4   2 2 4 4 3 9 1   1 2 13
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 86 19/36 12/24 12/16 6 18 24 15 16 13 2 2 20 18 93
        52.8% 50% 75%
Head coach: FILIPOVSKI, SASO
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
Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GINEVICIUS, VIDAS 36:00 2 0/1 0/2 2/2   3 3 4 3 4     3 1 3
6 BEARD, TANOKA 29:00 19 8/8   3/6 1 3 4   1 3     4 5 19
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 27:00 18 6/8 1/3 3/5 3 7 10     6     4 7 19
8 BAGATSKIS, AINARS 14:45   0/1 0/3     1 1     1   1 1   -6
9 SALENGA, DAINIUS 30:00 9 4/6   1/1 1 4 5 1 1 4 1     1 12
10 TIMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 29:45 14 2/6 3/5 1/2   1 1 1 3 1   1 4 2 8
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 10:15 8 3/4   2/5             1   1 3 7
15 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 23:15 3 0/1 1/4     2 2 1   1     1 1 1
20 ANDRIUSKEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 DILYS, VILMANTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 73 23/35 5/17 12/21 5 21 26 7 8 20 2 2 18 20 63
        65.7% 29.4% 57.1%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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