2007-08Regular SeasonRound 11
January 10, 2008 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 TIVOLI ARENA
Marcus Brown - Zalgiris Kaunas The Euroleague's all-time leading scorer erupted at just the right time to lead Zalgiris into the Top 16 with a 74-83 road win over Union Olimpija in Group A on Thursday. A couple other teams were happy, too, as the Zalgiris victory assured that Tau Ceramica and Olympiacos also advanced to the next round. All three and Montepaschi Siena have 7-4 records and are tied for second place in the group. Olimpija fell to 3-8. Marcus Brown took over the game with 11 points - including 3 consecutive three-pointers - in a 0-16 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters and decided the outcome for Zalgiris. Remarkably, Brown had been scoreless until then, but finished with 22 points to lead all scorers. Jonas Maciulis followed with 14 points, Goran Jurak 13 and Marko Popovic 12 for the winners. Olimpija, which had taken its first lead shortly before Brown's explosion, could not buy a basket most of the game and thus could not win for new head coach Aleksandar Dzivic. Maurice Bailey had 15 points for the hosts, Marko Milic and Ronell Taylor 13 each, while Jasmin Hukic chipped in 10.

Neither team found the basket until Milic's one-handed put-back opened the scoring. The drought continued until Jurak downed a corner jumper against his old team to make it 2-3 with almost 4 minutes played. Olimpija then suffered a five-miss possession before Jurak downed an alley-oop fastbreak. Milic made it 4-5 at the foul line, but Maciulis answered with a layup and post-up basket for Zalgiris. Hazan Rizvic hit a triple and Milic converted a steal for a 9-9 tie, but Jurak again stepped up with a long-range bomb to keep Zalgiris ahead. Collins hit free throws and Eurelijus Zukauskas got loose for a fastbreak dunk to make it 9-16 and force Dzivic's first timeout as Olimpija coach. Nonetheless, the hosts kept missing and Popovic's layup at buzzer let Zalgiris double Olimpija on the board, 9-18, after 10 minutes.

Marko Milic - Union OlimpijaGoran Dragic fired up the crowd with a steal and basket to start the second quarter. When Milic added a post-up bank shot, Miha Zupan free throws and a put-back rebound, Olimpija was suddenly within 17-18. But Maciulis had other ideas and followed a triple with a bank shot for Zalgiris before Zukauskas dunked to make it 19-25. Bailey, Dragic and Zupan kept Olimpija as close as 23-26, but Collins drilled a triple in response. Olimpija played pinball with its possessions until Hukic's turnaround and a fastbreak layup made it 27-29. An intentional foul call and triple by Popovic let Zalgiris go up 27-32, but Bailey's three-point play let Olimpija get within 30-34 at the break.

Bailey got Olimpija even closer with the second-half's first basket, but Zukauskas answered with a three-point play. Boris Gorenc's first points in an Olimpija uniform made it 35-37, and then Milic tied it with a put-back of another four-shot possession. Taylor brought the crowd to its feet with the go-ahead steal and layup, which came with a free throw to make it 40-37, Olimpija's first lead all game. The Zalgiris backcourt trio of Brown, Popovic and DeJuan Collinis had just 9 points combined until then. Meanwhile, Gorence added a jumper to the lead, but Maciulis matched it and Popovic hit a free throw to make it 42-41. Brown's first points all night, on a runner in the lane, put Zalgiris back in front, and then he curled off a screen for a triple, stole and buried another from downtown on the buzzer as Zalgiris suddenly was in full charge again, 42-49, after 30 minutes.

Brown wasn't done. He opened the final quarter burying a third consecutive triple from the corner. When Collins stole and layed up, Zalgiris had a 0-16 run and a 42-54 lead. Olimpija's crowd was now silent throughout their team's timeout. Bailey ended Olimpija's drought, but Brown drove now for a basket. Brown was back at the foul line soon for 2 free throws and fed Paulius Jankunas for a basket before driving again for what was now 17 points in under 5 minutes. He still wasn't done: an intentional foul on Dragic got Brown 2 more free throws to make it 49-64 with under 7 minutes left. Neither was Olimpija giving up. Taylor converted a three-point play and Dragic a fastbreak layup to make it 54-64. Brown hit a running hook, but Hukic downed a triple to lower the difference to single digits, 57-66. Antoher Brown free throw and a miss that was put back by Jankunas spelled the beginning of the end at 57-70. The Zalgiris lead peaked at 60-76 before Olimpija made a 10-0 run, but it proved too late as Popovic reappared with 6 points down the stretch to seal his team's ticket to the Top 16.

Thursday, January 10, 2008
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Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), PILOIDIS, ANASTASIOS (GRE), MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA (ITA)
Attendance: 5500
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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
4 DONCIC, SASA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 BOOKER, CHRIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 MOCNIK, JAN 3:32               1         2   -1
9 DRAGIC, GORAN 19:04 6 3/5   0/2 1 1 2     4     5 1 -4
10 GORENC, BORIS 26:23 9 3/5 0/4 3/3   4 4 2   1     2 3 9
11 RIZVIC, HASAN 7:05   0/2     1 3 4 1 1           4
12 MILIC, MARKO 33:06 13 5/15   3/4 6 2 8 1 2 3     3 4 11
13 HUKIC, JASMIN 25:57 10 2/4 2/5   1 6 7 2   3     4 1 8
15 BEGIC, MIRZA 9:39   0/1     1 1 2 1     1   4   -1
20 BAILEY, MAURICE 33:06 15 4/9 1/2 4/4 1   1 3 4 4     3 4 14
24 ZUPAN, MIHA 16:29 8 3/7 0/1 2/2 3 2 5   1 3   1 4 3 4
30 TAYLOR, RONELL 25:39 13 4/7 1/2 2/2   2 2   2 2     1 2 12
Team                                
Totals 200:00 74 24/55 4/14 14/17 14 21 35 11 10 20 1 1 28 18 56
        43.6% 28.6% 82.4%
Head coach: DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
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 JURAK, GORAN 28:20 13 3/4 2/5 1/2 1 9 10 1 2 1   1 4 2 17
5 BROWN, MARCUS 33:25 22 4/4 3/8 5/7 2   2 2 3 2     1 8 27
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 35:30 14 5/8 1/4 1/4 2 2 4   3 2     2 4 12
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SALENGA, DAINIUS 18:25           2 2               2
11 ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS 18:06 8 3/3   2/7   6 6 1   1 1   4 5 11
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 10:25 6 2/3   2/2 1   1     2     5 1  
14 MOTIEJUNAS, DONATAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 POPOVIC, MARKO 19:09 12 2/2 1/5 5/6   1 1 2   5       3 8
41 COLLINS, DeJUAN 36:40 8 2/8 0/5 4/6 2 4 6 4 2 2     2 5 8
Team                                
Totals 200:00 83 21/32 7/27 20/34 8 24 32 10 10 15 1 1 18 28 85
        65.6% 25.9% 58.8%
Head coach: GRIGAS, RIMANTAS

Head Coaches

DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
Union Olimpija
"Everything went the way we expected while we managed to stop Marcus Brown and Marko Popovic. Once Brown starting to hit shots all over the places, we lost control. I have nothing to say against my players because they gave the best they had. We made too many mistakes, committed too many turnovers and missed too many easy shots. It is all because the pressure we have to win games. We haven't given up with this loss, we will try to carry on working and wins will arrive in the near future."
GRIGAS, RIMANTAS
Zalgiris
"It was a very important game for both teams and this is why both teams were nervous on court, making too many mistakes. It was not a fun-to-watch game. Marcus Brown made us win tonight. We hit all the important shots down the stretch."

Players

TAYLOR, RONELL
Union Olimpija
"It was a very tough game. We tried all we had to win the game, but nothing went as expected. We will keep trying to get more wins in the upcoming games."
BROWN, MARCUS
Zalgiris
"I am happy to keep our winning streak going. I am also happy that we were able to show that we can also get big wins on the road."
JURAK, GORAN
Zalgiris
"Both teams struggled a bit due to the importance of this game. It looked like any team could have won the game until the final minutes. We hve players who can win games by themselves and this is exactly what Marcus Brown did tonight."
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