2008-09Regular SeasonRound 10
January 15, 2009 CET: 20:15
Local time: 20:15 MAX SCHMELING HALLE
Vladimir Golubovic - Union OlimpijaAlba Berlin reached the Euroleague Top 16 for the first time in club history despite losing its final Group C match 67-59 at home against Union Olimpija. Berlin dropped to 4-6 in the regular season and was forced to wait after its final whistle to watch Tau Ceramica beat DKV Joventut and secure Alba's berth in the next round. Joventut also finished 4-6 but Alba won both their games together and therefore the first tie-break between them. Alba became the second club in German history to advance from the Euroleague's first round after Bamberg did it in 2005-06. Olimpija had already been eliminated from the Top 16 but improved to 2-8 with both victories against Alba. A 10-0 first-quarter run gave Alba early control of the game, but the hosts struggled to close during the middle quarters. Olimpija used a 2-8 spurt to lead by a point at halftime and a 1-9 late third-quarter surge for a two-point lead it never gave up. Comng off the bench, Vladimir Golubovic led the winners with 21 points on 7-for-7 two-point shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds. Miha Zupan scored 12 of his 14 points in the decisive 5-18 run spanning the third and fourth quarters. Immanuel McElroy paced Alba with 13 points while Adam Chubb added 12. Three-point shooting proved key to the result as Olimpija canned 9 of 19 attempts from deep while Alba made only 2 of 10.

Mirza Begic opened the scoring after a spin move in the lane. But Chubb answered with a jumper at the other end. Begic's foul shot made it 2-3 before Alba went on an early run. Begic initially blocked a shot but Union turned the ball over and Casey Jacobsen drained a triple from the left corner. McElroy came off a pick to knock down a three-point shot of his own and Ansu Sesay's jumper completed the 10-0 run for a 12-3 lead. But Olimpija went to its big men to get back into the game. Begic hit inside to stop the run and Golubovic put back an offensive rebound and hit another easy basket and the lead was just 12-9. Aleksandar Nadjfeji cut into the lane for a layup but Saso Ozbolt hit a triple and Golubovic's foul shot made it 14-13. Nadjfeji drove the baseline for a dunk to finish the first quarter with Alba up 16-13.

Immanuel McElroy - Alba BerlinMarko Milic used the glass on a layup for the first basket of the second quarter. And Olimpija knotted it at 18-18 on a triple by Damjan Rudez. Chubb hit two foul shots and then Julius Jenkins blew by his defender and threw down a powerful dunk to make it 22-18. Rudez though answered again with a three-point shot and his long two-point jumper left Union down just 24-23. Rashad Wright hit a tough driving layup and Jenkins got a couple lucky bounces on a mid-range jumper to give Alba a 28-23 advantage. Mirza Sarajlija answered with a long two and then back-to-back triples - the second Jasmin Hukic's long buzzer-beater which went off the glass - sent Olimpija to the locker-room ahead 30-31.

Chubb opened the second half after a fine pass from Wright and McElroy hit two straight baskets, the second a break-away layup after a Sesay block to make it 36-31 as Alba was picking up its defensive intensity. Junior Harrington's jumper finally got Olimpija on the board and Golubovic's free throw cut the deficit to 36-35. After a long two by Golubovic, Chubb answered with a follow dunk to make it 40-37. Two McElroy free throws pushed the margin to 42-38. But Zupan hit a big triple from the right corner. Zupan then came back down and nailed a three-point shot from the left wing to give Union the lead 43-44. Jenkins surprisingly missed two foul shots before Golubovic hit three from the foul line for a 43-47 lead, finishing the 1-9 run with Nadjfeji's inside layup off the glass pulling Alba within 45-47 going into the fourth.

Harrington pushed the gap to 45-50 with a three-point shot to start the final period. After a Jenkins layup, Zupan continued his hot stretch by hitting a jumper and converting the three-point play. Zupan then drained another trey from the right wing for a 47-56 advantage, completing the 5-18 run spanning the final two periods. Jenkins made a free throw to stop the run and Chubb converted a three-point play to bring Alba within 51-56. Zupan however answered with a long two from the left side before Chubb, Jacobsen and Wright all made just one of two foul shots in trimming the deficit to 54-58. And Golubovic finished a three-point play to re-establish a 7-point gap - 54-61. Wright's three-point play on a tough layup brought Alba within 57-62. But Hukic nailed a big triple and Golubovic's offensive rebound put-back finished off the night.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
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Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), PILOIDIS, ANASTASIOS (GRE)
Attendance: 14800
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Alba Berlin16141514
Union Olimpija13181620
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Alba Berlin16304559
Union Olimpija13314767
Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 JACOBSEN, CASEY 24:33 4 0/2 1/3 1/2 1 3 4 1   2   2 2 1 -1
5 HERBER, JOHANNES DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 HAMANN, STEFFEN 15:41 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 2   2 1 1 2     1 1 2
7 ZWIENER, PHILLIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 DOJCIN, DRAGAN 7:02                         1 1  
9 SESAY, ANSU 29:47 6 3/3 0/2   1 4 5     4 2   4 3 6
11 JENKINS, JULIUS 18:34 9 4/7 0/1 1/4   1 1 2 1 1     1 2 6
12 WRIGHT, RASHAD 24:19 7 2/4   3/5   2 2 5 2 2     2 7 15
14 CHUBB, ADAM 24:07 12 4/7   4/5 1 2 3         1 4 6 12
17 CLAY, OLIVER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 36:53 13 2/4 1/3 6/6 1 2 3           1 4 15
32 NADJFEJI, ALEKSANDAR 19:04 6 3/7           1 1 1     3    
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 59 18/35 2/10 17/24 7 16 23 10 5 12 2 3 19 25 58
        51.4% 20% 70.8%
Head coach: PAVICEVIC, LUKA
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
Union Olimpija
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 KLOBUCAR, JAKA 9:54     0/1             1     1 1 -2
9 RUDEZ, DAMJAN 16:38 5 1/1 1/3   1 3 4 1   1     2   5
12 MILIC, MARKO 11:08 2 1/1     1 2 3   1 2     1 2 5
13 HUKIC, JASMIN 28:41 9 0/2 3/5     4 4 2 1     1 1   10
14 ROBINSON, FRANK 11:56   0/1       1 1     2     2   -4
15 BEGIC, MIRZA 17:30 5 2/5   1/2         1 2 2   2 4 4
16 SARAJLIJA, MIRZA 13:13 2 1/2 0/1             1     2   -3
20 RADOJEVIC, DEJAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GOLUBOVIC, VLADIMIR 22:30 21 7/7   7/11 3 5 8 1 1 2     2 6 29
22 HARRINGTON, JUNIOR 26:04 5 1/5 1/2     2 2 2 1 1     4    
24 ZUPAN, MIHA 21:07 14 2/3 3/4 1/1 1 4 5 1 1   1 1 5 3 17
31 OZBOLT, SASO 21:19 4   1/3 1/2   1 1 2   2     3 3 2
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 200:00 67 15/27 9/19 10/16 6 24 30 9 6 16 3 2 25 19 63
        55.6% 47.4% 62.5%
Head coach: ZDOVC, JURE

Head Coaches

PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
"I want to congratulate my players on having reached the Top 16. It came down as a result of a hard and dedicated work from the first training camp of the season. It was a huge challenge in this tough group and I congratulate my players on handling this challenge in a very good way. The fact that we lost our last game at home leaves a little bit of bitter taste in the mouth. However, before this game we knew that our win in Badalona most likely had been the deciding one and so it was. We did not reach the Top 16 by being lucky, but by beating strong teams like Rome, Fenerbahce and Joventut. The game tonight we, of course, did not play properly. Whether it was the burden of the importance of the game or the knowledge that so many people showed up to support us could be one of the factors. But we also faced a very good opponent tonight and the reason for the victory finally lies in the good game they had tonight in Berlin. The deciding moments of the game were in the second half, when I believe we could not find a good way to score. It turned into situations, when we could not even hit our free-throws. On the other side the opponent hit some very difficult shots."
ZDOVC, JURE
Union Olimpija
"First of all, I want to congratulate Luka and his team for moving to the next round. I am very happy for him, the organization and for the great fans of Alba. It was a great pleasure to play in such a gym and such and atmosphere. We knew that Alba would be under pressure and I found a way to motivate my players. In the last games we had big problems playing without a point guard. When we brought Junior Harrington two days ago, the atmosphere in the team changed completely. The other players started smiling again and started to believe in themselves. They played a great game today with good defense and with some luck we won in the end, which will help us to improve."

Players

CHUBB, ADAM
Alba Berlin
"We came out ready and really wanted to win this game, but they just came out better tonight and made the big shots. Of course, we missed Patrick Femerling today a lot against their talented big guys, but usually we manage such situations better like one week ago in Badalona. Tonight it did not work out for us, but at least we were lucky to advance to the next round despite the loss."
GOLUBOVIC, VLADIMIR
Union Olimpija
"We did not start the game well, but found our rhythm in time to tie the game by halftime. After the break, we did not have enough concentration in the first minutes, but then reacted well, playing with more energy and good defense, which was enough for our deserved win. For me it was important to go out of the Euroleague with a win. But we will have to forget that already tomorrow having so many important games in the Adriatic League ahead of us."
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