2005-06Regular SeasonRound 11
January 19, 2006 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 TIVOLI ARENA
Union Olimpija kept a slim chance to make it to the Top 16 in Group A by thrashing visiting Strasbourg 82-68 in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Thursday. Both teams are now tied for the sixth place along with AEK, all with a 3-8 record. Most likely only three more victories would give any a chance to reach the next round. Teemu Rannikko led the winners with 16 points while Dragisa Drobnjak added 15 on 5-for-7 shooting. Jimmy Oliver had 11 points and Manuchar Markoishvili 10 for Olimpija. Ricardo Greer led all scorers with 18 points, but he had 13 in the final 7 minutes when the outcome was sealed. Zelly Wesson added 11 points for Strasbourg. Olimpija used a mamooth 30-8 run which bridged through the opening two quarters to get a 51-27 halftime lead, then extended it to 70-47 to seal the win at the end of the third quarter.

Olimpija started the game with a small lineup featuring Dragisa Drobnjak at the center spot. Manu Markoishvili got the hosts going with a corner three and DeMarco Johnson added a short jumper for a 5-0 Olimpija lead. Strasbourg went scoreless for 2 minutes until Ondrej Starosta canned a six-meter jumper to which Rannikko answered from downtown for a 8-2 score. Drobnjak followed a layup with free throws to boost the hosts' margin to 12-4. It didn't last long, as the Greer brothers fueled a 0-6 run which forced Olimpija to call timeout at 12-10. Halperin stepped up with a driving layup and Rannikko followed it with his second triple, good for a 17-10 Olimpija margin. Johnson swished a four-meter jumper and Drobnjak made free throws before Stanley Jackson made a short shot to bring Strasbourg within 21-12 after 10 minutes.

Oliver came off the bench in the second quarter and immediately hit a long jumper, igniting a quick 9-0 run in which him and Morovic combined for all points, forcing Strasbourg to call timeout at 30-12. The guests had been limited to just 2 points in almost 7 minutes until Starosta made free throws. Remon Van de Hare took over with a basket-plus-foul and Szewczyk hit a corner three which made it a 20-point game, 36-16. Olimpija kept rolling in both ends, diving for loose balls and finding the open man in offense. Morovic and Oliver combined for 6 quick points for another game-high margin, 42-18. Ricardo Greer tried to change things with a three-point play, but Halperin fed Drobnjak for a layup and added a coast-to-coast layup. Sacha Giffa buried a three which Oliver matched in the other end for a 51-27 Olimpija margin at halftime.

Drobnjak stayed on fire after the break with a close basket, a steal and a big rebound. Strasbourg went scoreless in the opening 2 minutes of the third until Wesson stepped up with an easy layup. Even with that, the guests kept struggling in offense, while Markoishvili followed Rannikko's driving layup with a big three to keep Olimpija in charge. Giffa tried to get Strasbourg back in track with consecutive triples while Wesson followed a basket-plus-foul with a power layup to bring the guests within 59-40 after 26 minutes. The guests had entered the foul bonus, while Rannikko and Johnson combined for 5 free throws. Drobnjak - who else? - took over with a three-point play and Rannikko buried one from downtown, enough for Olimpija to seal the outcome, 70-47, at the end of the third quarter.

Olimpija kept its excellent team attitude in the opening minutes of the final period. Oliver canned another jumper and Halperin added a fast break dunk which made it a 27-point game, 74-47. Strasbourg only rallied once Olimpija had sealed the win, as Starosta and Ricardo Greer scored inside, while Jackson hit a short jumper which made the hosts call timeout. Ricardo Greer added 7 unanswered points in a 0-13 run which happened to be too little, too late for Strasbourg. A big three by Markoishvili and a basket-plus-foul by Rannikko allowed all Olimpija fans to go back home with a smile, as their teams pleased them with an uncontested home win.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Ziga Bojc, Ljubljana
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Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), CHIARI, ROBERTO (ITA), KAMNIKAR, ALES (SLO)
Attendance: 0
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Union Olimpija21301912
Strasbourg12152021
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Strasbourg12274768
Union Olimpija
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 JOHNSON, DEMARCO 28:00 9 3/5   3/4   9 9     1     2 4 16
7 SZEWCZYK, SZYMON 10:45 3 0/1 1/1     3 3 1         1 1 6
8 RIZVIC, HASAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 RANNIKKO, TEEMU 36:00 16 2/2 3/8 3/3       1 2 4     2 4 12
10 MOROVIC, VEDRAN 11:45 9 3/5 1/1     2 2   2 2   1 4 2 6
11 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 22:00 10   3/5 1/2 2   2 1   3     4 2 5
12 DIJAN, TONI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 DROBNJAK, DRAGISA 31:15 15 5/7   5/5 1 3 4 1 2 2   1 2 4 19
15 VAN DE HARE, REMON 10:00 3 1/2   1/1   1 1           4 1  
20 ANTONIJEVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 HALPERIN, YOTAM 30:00 6 3/4 0/3     5 5 4 3 4     5   5
24 OLIVER, JIMMY 20:15 11 4/5 1/2         3         1 1 12
Team                                
Totals 200:00 82 21/31 9/20 13/15 3 23 26 11 9 16 0 2 25 19 81
        67.7% 45% 86.7%
Head coach: SAGADIN, ZMAGOSLAV
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
Strasbourg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WESSON, K'ZELL 21:00 11 5/9 0/1 1/1 4 2 6 3         3 2 14
5 HATTON NEGRON, ROBERT JOSÉ 19:00 2 1/4     1 1 2 1 2 3     2 1  
7 GREER, RICARDO 26:00 18 8/14 0/1 2/3 3 3 6 2 4 3     2 6 23
8 GREER, JEFF 26:00 6 1/2 0/3 4/8 1 3 4   2 1     2 5 6
9 JEANNEAU, AYMERIC 21:00   0/2 0/2     2 2 3 1 1       4 5
12 McCORD, JOHN 19:00 4 1/5   2/8 2 1 3             4 1
14 PALMER, CRAWFORD 16:45 6 2/6   2/2   3 3     1 2   4 1 3
23 JACKSON, STANLEY 18:00 4 2/5 0/1   1 1 2   2 1       1 4
31 GIFFA, SANYA 20:15 9 0/1 3/3   1   1     2     4   3
33 STAROSTA, ONDREJ 13:00 8 3/5   2/2 3   3   1 2     2 1 7
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 68 23/53 3/11 13/24 16 16 32 9 13 14 2 0 19 25 67
        43.4% 27.3% 54.2%
Head coach: GIRARD, ERIC
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