2001-02Regular SeasonRound 9
December 19, 2001 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 PIONIR
AEK of Athens keeps on winning, this time at the height of the Group D race and with a 69-74 road win at Partizan in Belgrade, good for a 7-2 record and continuing sole possession of first place. For Partizan, it was a second Euroleague game in seven days, and its record fell to 5-4 record and uncertainty in the race for the Top 16. Despite the cold hand of Demos Dikoudis, who missed two of 10 free throws in the final quarter, Jim Bilba added 2 three-pointers and those were the keys of AEK's finish. Leading scorer was J.R. Holden with 21 points, Dikoudis added 16 and Michalis Kakiouzis ended the game with a double double of 12 points and 16 rebounds.

The game in Belgrade started with real miserabile percentage from the field for both teams. In the first two periods AEK shooted for three 0-11 and Partizan~s percentage for two points was 30 (6-20). Both teams missed lot of easy points under the rim. It was the game far away from Euroleague standards and the audience was totaly disapointed. Due to a holiday, there was less crowd in Pionir Arena than usual. Only 3,269 spectators expected better game in second half. Partizan started with an 15-2 run and with much stronger defense on AEK center Andrew Betts. The result was Partizan lead 55-47 at the beggining of the last period.

The audience was ready to celebrate but AEK wasn't ready to give up. Jim Bilba hit two triples, Dikoudis hit penalties while Holden synchronized AEK lines on both sides of the floor. When Jovo Stanojevic was fouled out and Nikos Zisis hit one more three-pointer the end was visible.

Partizan missed the chance for an domestic win. AEK came to Belgrade without Arijan Komazec due to the misunderstanding between him and AEK menagment. Greek team played one of the worst games this season but it was enough for the new victory.
Wednesday, December 19, 2001
Aleksandar Ostojic, Belgrade
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Referees: DE KEYSER, ARMAND (BEL), COLUCCI, GENARO (ITA), REATTO, MARCELLO (ITA)
Attendance: 4000
By Quarter1234
Partizan11211620
AEK Athens21181823
End of Quarter1234
Partizan11324868
AEK Athens21395780
Partizan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SCEPANOVIC, VLADO 36:00 20 3/5 3/10 5/6 3 1 4 2 1 3 1   1 5 19
5 PETROVIC, VESELIN 26:00 7 0/5 1/2 4/5 1 5 6           4 4 6
6 NADJFEJI, STEVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 GAJIC, ALEKSANDAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 OSTOJIC, DJURO 11:00               1         5   -4
9 STANOJEVIC, JOVO 33:00 6 3/11     3 6 9 4 2 4     5 1 5
10 MATERIC, PREDRAG 5:00               1           1 2
11 GLINTIC, ALEKSANDAR 1:00                         2   -2
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 20:00 6 2/4   2/6   2 2       1   5 3 1
13 VUJANIC, MILOS 21:00 10 2/2 2/4     4 4 4         4 2 14
14 AVDALOVIC, VULE 19:00 3 0/1 1/4     1 1 2 1 1     3 1  
15 CANAK, NENAD 28:00 17 2/4 2/6 7/7 1 3 4   1 1     4 4 15
Team                                
Totals 200:00 69 12/32 9/26 18/24 8 22 30 14 5 9 2 0 33 21 56
        37.5% 34.6% 75%
Head coach: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
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
AEK Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HOLDEN, J.R. 38:00 21 8/12 0/6 5/11   1 1 1 1 1   1 3 7 10
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 20:00 5 1/2 1/1 0/2   1 1         1 5 2 -1
7 TSIARAS, GEORGIOS 1:00                         1   -1
9 CHATZIS, NIKOLAOS 22:00 2 0/2 0/3 2/2   1 1 1   1     2   -4
11 DIKOUDIS, DIMOS 33:00 16 3/7 0/1 10/14 1 5 6 1 1 2     1 13 25
12 BILBA, JIM 21:00 6   2/2     2 2 2 1       4 1 8
13 PASCHALIS, KOSTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 BETTS, ANDY 26:00 12 5/7   2/2 3 5 8   1 3     2 9 23
15 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 39:00 12 5/7 0/4 2/4 8 8 16   1 2     3 2 18
Team                                
Totals 200:00 74 22/37 3/17 21/35 12 23 35 5 5 9 0 2 21 34 78
        59.5% 17.6% 60%
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN
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Head Coaches

VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
"AEK beat us due to the rebounding, mainly in offense. With so many boards thay had the big chance to repeat the offensive plays and they also hit many threes. The two that Jim Bilba sank changed the direction of the game. It was a shame, we held a 12-point lead and we didn't know how to keep it."
SAKOTA, DRAGAN
AEK Athens
"We won a very important game for us, but it was also important for them. We showed more experience in the decisive moments. We had some difficulties down by 12, but we knew how to come back and beat them despite not having the roster complete. Now I'm waiting for the games to come with more optimisim".
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