2001-02Regular SeasonRound 9
December 19, 2001 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 SPORTHALL "LEON STUKELJ"
Real Madrid was too proud let it happen again. The visitors from Spain resisted both Krka Novo Mesto and its 3,000 fans to post a 79-95 road victory that almost guarantees passage to the Top 16. Madrid (7-2) not only boosted its own record but dropped Krka (3-6) to the bottom edge of the list of potential playoff pursuers. The victory erased the memory of Krka's early-season upset in Madrid and reenforced the visitors' improving reputation through six wins in the subsequent seven games. Aleksandar Djordjevic again was there when Madrid needed him, scoring 19 points, 12 in the first half, when he but it was Dragan Tarlac (12 total, 10 before halftime) established solid leads that the visitors never lost Newly signed backup Jean Marc Jaumin added 11 for Madrid. Novo Mesto was led by Jaka Lakovic with 22 points, 16 fewer than he had when Krka shocked everyone by winning in Madrid in October. Mate Skelin added 17 and Davison Bennett 13 for the losers.

Krka coach Ales Pipan surprised people by not starting Lakovic, who was replaced by young Aleksandar Capin. Both sides started aggressively, with an early Davison jumper giging Krka a 6-5 lead. Madrid's players look like they were suprised but settled down to see Alberto Angulo give them their first lead at 10-11. A three-pointer from Djordjevic increased that lead to 14-20. Then Ales Pipan took his first timeout when Madrid led 16-24 on antoher Djordjevic basket. He was up to 10 points. A three by Boris Samanic help Krka cut it to 24-30, however before the quarter ended.

Hope blossomed for the fans as the second quarter started with a three-pointer from Samo Grum, but right after that he get his third foul and was replaced by Capin. With Cjordjevic resting, Tarlac stepped up now to increaese the lead 30-38 and then 33-42. Krka was missing shots and developing foul trouble, as Davison got his third, too. A three-pointer by Lakovic woke Krka wakes up as the lead was slowed to 38-44, but Tarlac got to the line for three free throws the first half ended 41-49 for the visitors.

The third quarter gave brief hope to the crowd again as a Davison slam off a feed by Lakovic lowered the deficit to 45-51. But Krka made mistakes than connections on offense and soon Real lead by 47-59 after two points from Zan Tabak. All that and Djordjevic remained unstoppable, getting all his 19 points before the end of the third quarter, by which time the visitors led 56-70.

Lakovic opened the final quarter with five straight points but could only cut the lead to 61-74. When Alberto Herreros answered Lakovic with his first three-pointer, Madrid was going to be safe from miraculous comebacks. Real was the better team tonight and six more minutes wasn't going to change that fact.
Wednesday, December 19, 2001
Jernej Tisu, Novo Mesto
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Referees: RADIC, DANKO (CRO), LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE)
Attendance: 3000
By Quarter1234
KRKA Novo Mesto11211620
Real Madrid21181823
End of Quarter1234
KRKA Novo Mesto11324868
Real Madrid21395780
KRKA Novo Mesto
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ANZULOVIC, VLADIMIR 4:30     0/1                       -1
5 GNJIDIC, BORIS 34:04 11 4/10 0/3 3/4 7 3 10 1 1 1   2 4 4 10
6 JOVANOVIC, MATKO 38:24 17 4/10   9/13 3 5 8 4 1       2 10 28
7 LAKOVIC, JAKA 33:49 22 5/7 2/6 6/7   1 1 3 1 4   1 2 6 19
8 JELESIJEVIC, NEMANJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 DAVISON, BENETT 29:51 13 4/11 1/1 2/2 2 2 4 1 1 4     3 3 8
10 GRUM, SAMO 15:57 8 2/5 1/3 1/2   1 1 1   1   1 5 1 -2
11 DROBNJAK, DRAGISA 5:56   0/1       1 1                
12 MIRKOVIC, MILOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 CAPIN, ALEKSANDAR 25:44     0/2     2 2 1   1     4 1 -3
14 SAMANIC, MARKO 11:45 8 1/2 1/2 3/4             1 1 1 2 6
18 IVASKOVIC, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 79 20/46 5/18 24/32 12 15 27 11 4 11 1 5 21 27 65
        43.5% 27.8% 75%
Head coach: PIPAN, ALES
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ANGULO, ALBERTO 16:03 7 2/5   3/4       2 1 3     4 2 1
5 STRUELENS, ERIC 29:41 10 4/7   2/4 2 6 8 2 2 1   1 4 2 13
6 DJORDJEVIC, SASA 23:07 19 3/4 3/4 4/4   1 1 2 1 2     2 5 22
7 ANGULO, LUCIO 21:12 6 3/4 0/1     3 3 2 1 1         9
8 VUKCEVIC, DUSAN 21:37 10 5/6 0/1   1 2 3           1 3 13
9 TABAK, ZAN 10:22 6 3/4     2   2       1   5 1 4
11 HERREROS, ALBERTO 21:27 7 2/4 1/4   1 1 2 2   2     2 1 3
12 TARLAC, DRAGAN 29:38 14 5/9   4/6 1 4 5 1   3 4   3 4 16
13 LLORENTE, TONIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 ITURBE, IKER 9:47 5 1/2 1/2         1 1       3 1 3
18 JAUMIN, JEAN MARC 17:06 11 1/3 3/3     2 2 2   1     3 2 11
Team                                
Totals 200:00 95 29/48 8/15 13/18 7 19 26 14 6 13 5 1 27 21 95
        60.4% 53.3% 72.2%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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Head Coaches

PIPAN, ALES
KRKA Novo Mesto
"Tonight we did everything we could to surprise Real again. But they were unstoppable tonight. They used all our mistakes and with their concentrated performance won tonight's game. We missed too many easy baskets. I think that the score isn't realistic and does not show the progression of tonight's game. We tried to catch the Real at the end of the game but we didn't make it and we got too many points at the end".
SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Real Madrid
"Tonight we came out much harder than them. We played much better that we played in Madrid. We were more solid in defense and had great offense actions with high shooting percentages. With our good defense we stopped their best players and had control over the game. We stopped their outside players but Krka's inside players played well and gave us many problems which we didn't expect. We played a good game tonight".

Players

LAKOVIC, JAKA
KRKA Novo Mesto
"I agree with our Coach Pipan. In tonight's game, Real was a better rival. Their players knew how to take advantage of each of our mistakes. I must say that tonight we didn't realize all the legend which our coach told to us. He had built up a really fantastic strategy but we were too distracted and with these mistakes we lost the game".
ANGULO, ALBERTO
Real Madrid
"I am very pleased with our performance tonight. We played very concentrated in offense and hard in defense. We quickly took control over the game and made another victory for us. But it wasn't an easy game".
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