2015-16Top 16Round 7
February 11, 2016 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 PIONIR

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.4 Points 74.3
34.4 Rebounds 34.0
11.4 O. Rebounds 10.3
22.9 D. Rebounds 23.8
17.3 Assists 15.8
6.5 Steals 5.1
2.9 Blocks 1.3
14.8 Turnovers 13.9
51.3 % 2PT 51.2 %
35.7 % 3PT 33.4 %
73.0 % FT 74.5 %
77.4 Index 75.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.9 / Zirbes Points 14.0 / Pullen
6.5 / Zirbes Rebounds 6.3 / Bilan
2.9 / Zirbes OR 2.4 / Bilan
5.1 / Miller DR 4.8 / Babic
7.1 / Jovic Assists 3.2 / Gordic
1.5 / Jovic Steals 0.9 / White
1.4 / Miller Blocks 0.3 / Zoric
2.1 / Miller Turnovers 2.7 / Pullen
63.9 % / Zirbes 2PT 60.0 % / Pilepic
41.7 % / Simonovic 3PT 48.9 % / Pilepic
85.4 % / Guduric FT 100.0 % / Pilepic
16.7 / Zirbes Index 15.8 / Bilan


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-3 Top 16 2-4
5-5 Regular Season 4-6
8-8 Overall 6-10


Crew Chief

The Take

Two playoff hopefuls from neighboring countries coming off losses square off in a clash that could have a major impact on their seasons. Host Crvena Zvezda comes off a loss at Darussafaka, which ended its three-game winning streak, but knows a win would bring it to the midway point in the Top 16 with a spot in the top half of the Group E standings. Cedevita has dropped back-to-back games by double figures, however a road win could put it back on track. Both teams are remarkably well-balanced, though Cedevita’s first option is center Miro Bilan, who won’t have it easy against Maik Zirbes and Vladimir Stimac. Zvezda has enjoyed strong play recently from mid-season acquisition Tarence Kinsey, who will team with Branko Lazic to counter James White and Luka Babic from Cedevita. The visitors will need young Marko Arapovic to help contain Quincy Miller, who has played his best basketball in front of the crowds in Belgrade. Zvezda playmaker Stefan Jovic and his Cedevita counterpart Jacob Pullen and how each controls the game could be the deciding factor in what is sure to be a hotly-contested fixture.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Game Notes

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Nineteen different players have played for Crvena Zvezda already this season and 14 different players have started games; no player has started every game.

Vladimir Stimac is the league-leader among qualified players in offensive rebounds on a per-minute basis; he is averaging 5.6 offensive rebounds prorated over 40 minutes.

Since Stefan Jovic has become Zvezda’s starting point guard, the team is averaging 79.8 points per game. In the games before that point, Zvezda was averaging 66.3 points per game.

Maik Zirbes has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight and nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Cedevita Zagreb

Jacob Pullen has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 12 Euroleague appearances.

Pullen has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 20 for 20 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Pilepic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games; he is shooting 22 for 44 from downtown (50%) over that span.

James White has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"This is going to be our third match this season, but the first ever in Euroleague competition. Our opponent is a very stable club with ideas, good players, and with good results in Euroleague this season. Also, when you look at their results, you realize that they are very dangerous as guests. They beat: Armani in Milan, Efes in Istanbul, Limoges in France, Darussafaka in Istanbul... We know that we must play with more energy than the previous times we met them."
Cedevita Zagreb
"We will play with the same roster as we played against Union Olimpija in our previous game in ABA league. This will be our third game without injured players, so there is no need to make new adjustments. Zvezda plays very well in Euroleague. They have lost only two games at home and both of them were against Fenerbahce. This season we have already played against them two times in ABA League and we know them very well. We will try to play the best we can on defense and then we will see what will happen."


Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We know each other very well, this is our third match this season. They play good basketball, especially against Darussafaka in Istanbul, and generally they are playing better in Euroleague this season. We know what we have to do, we must erase all mistakes from our last match in ABA league, in January, when they won in front of our supporters in Belgrade."
Cedevita Zagreb
"We will play against a team that we know very well. It will be a challenging game. Crvena Zvezda Telekom has great home support and they have defeated a lot of very good teams in Euroleague this season. Due to injuries for Babic, Zoric and Arapovic, we are currently not in an ideal situation, but we will do our best. The hosts are favorites to win this game. In order to give ourselves a chance to make a late run and win the game, we will try to keep ourselves in the game as long as we can.”

Miller leads Crvena Zvezda to big victory

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade led from start to finish in beating depleted Cedevita Zagreb 94-74 in front of a packed house at legendary Hala Pionir on Thursday night. The win improved Zvezda to 4-3 and at least a share of third place at the midway points in Group E, while Cedevita dropped its third straight game and has a 2-5 record. With tennis superstar and world’s No. 1 Novak Djokovic sitting courtside cheer on the hosts, Zvezda led by Quincy Miller got off to a flying start, using a 12-0 run to build a 26-9 lead. But Cedevita got into its rhythm, and led by Jacob Pullen kept melting the deficit. The hosts led 43-32 at halftime, but in the third quarter Cedevita closed within 6 points and had a couple of possessions to get even closer. However, in the fourth, Marko Guduric hit three triples, Vasilije Micic and Branko Lazic also hit one each, and Zvezda pulled away for good. Miller finished with 22 points, Micic had 14 points and 9 assists, while Guduric netted 13 points. Maik Zirbes added 10, while Vladimir Stimac collected 13 rebounds to go along 6 points in victory. Pullen scored 20 points for Cedevita, James White tallied 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Miro Bilan posted 17 points and 5 assists in the losing effort.

First quarter: Zvezda gets off to a flying start

Miller opened the scoring with a three-point play, and after Bilan made fouls shots to open Cedevita’s account, Zvezda went on a 12-0 run. Miller sparked things with a triple and Zirbes made a put-back, before Dangubic hit a triple followed by a coast-to-coast layup for a 13-2 start. After Micic’s free throws, White cut the baseline for a dunk, which was Cedevita's first field goal of the night after five minutes. Micic bettered it with a triple, and after Pullen drove for a layup, Vladimir Stimac scored inside, and Miller drove the baseline for a thunderous dunk that made it 22-7. Tarance Kinsey and Guduric extended the margin to 26-9 from the free throw line, before Pullen buried a triple to make it 26-12 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Pullen and Bilan get Cedevita into rhythm

Stimac tipped-in his own miss to start the quarter. Bilan drove for a one-handed slam dunk, before Pullen drove for a layup and White added a close-range basket of his own to cut it to 28-18. Marko Simonovic answered with a four-point play, but Bilan and Pilepic scored inside to keep Cedevita within 32-22. Simonovic nailed another triple, and after Pilepic’s second chance basket, Zirbes had a dunk and beat the shot-clock with an off-balance shot to open a 39-24 lead. But Henry Walker replied with a triple, and after a runner from Branko Lazic, another three-pointer from Walker got Cedevita within 41-32. On the final possession of the second quarter, however, Nikola Rebic made a put-back just before the buzzer to make it 43-32 at halftime.

Third quarter: Cedevita rallies, refuses to go away

At the start of the third quarter, Miller knocked down a corner triple, and Kinsey added a short jumper, 48-32. After a reverse layup from Bilan, Miller banked in a tough runner. But White’s triple sparked a run from Cedevita. Pullen had a driving layup, and also connected with White on a fastbreak to halve the gap to 50-42. Zirbes scored inside, but Cedevita inched even closer with consecutive put-back from Pilepic and Walker. Zirbes scored from close range again, and Micic hit from long range. Three free throws by Miller re-established a double-digit margin, 60-48. But Pullen made a pair of layups in the final 17 seconds of the quarter, including one on a fast break that beat the third-quarter buzzer, and made it 62-56.

Fourth quarter: Zvezda pulls away for good as Guduric catches fire

Guduric hit a triple in the opening minute of the fourth, and after Miller and Bilan traded baskets from close range, Micic hit from long distance to open a 71-58 lead. After a Cedevita timeout, Pilepic nailed a three-pointer, but Guduric answered right back with his second triple of the quarter. White scored from close range for Cedevita, but Lazic joined in on Zvezda’s three-point barrage, nailing one to make it 77-63. White scored another layup, but Miller made a pair of tough driving baskets to get Zvezda closer to victory, 81-65. After another timeout, Bilan nailed a long jumper, but Stimac scored inside, and Guduric hit a high-arching triple from way outside. Micic spun and turned in the lane, finishing a layup to make it 88-69. Before game was over, Tejic and Bilan traded baskets inside, and Micic fed Dangubic for an alley-oop dunk that sent the crowd into a frenzy, and rounded out the scoring at 94-74, for the biggest margin of the night.

Quincy Miller - Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade - EB15
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Attendance: 6491
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Cedevita Zagreb12202418
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade26436294
Cedevita Zagreb12325674
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 KINSEY, TARENCE 19:24 4 1/2 0/4 2/2 1 1 2 2           1 4
4 REBIC, NIKOLA 6:14 2 1/1 0/3   2   2     1     1   -1
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 17:48 9 3/4 1/1   1 2 3     1 1   3   8
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 22:12 5 1/2 1/1         1         4 2 3
13 MICIC, VASILIJE 30:02 14 1/1 3/6 3/4   4 4 9   2     3 5 23
15 TEJIC, MARKO 1:39 2 1/1                         2
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 6:56 7   2/3 1/1                 1 1 6
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 20:36 13 0/1 3/5 4/4   2 2 2   1     1 2 14
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 3:44   0/1           2         1 1 1
30 MILLER, QUINCY 31:25 22 6/9 2/6 4/4 2 2 4 1 3   1 1   4 27
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 16:16 10 5/5     1 3 4     1 2   4 2 13
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 23:44 6 3/6     3 10 13 2 1 2     2 1 16
Team             1 1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 94 22/33 12/29 14/15 10 25 35 19 4 10 4 1 20 19 115
        66.7% 41.4% 93.3%
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
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 31:18 20 5/9 1/7 7/7   1 1 3 1     2 1 6 18
4 WHITE, JAMES 33:50 18 5/7 1/1 5/7 2 5 7           3 6 24
6 KATIC, TONI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 25:27 9 3/6 1/4   4 1 5 2   1   1 3   5
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 10:18 1 0/1   1/2 2   2   1 2   1 5 1 -5
12 WALKER, HENRY 34:12 8 1/6 2/4   3 4 7   2 1 1   1 1 10
13 MUSA, DZANAN 10:04   0/1 0/1         1         1 1 -1
15 BILAN, MIRO 35:30 17 7/12   3/4 2 2 4 5 1 1     2 4 22
18 MAZALIN, LOVRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 19:21 1 0/4 0/1 1/2   3 3 2   2     3 1 -4
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 74 21/46 5/18 17/22 16 16 32 13 5 7 1 4 19 20 72
        45.7% 27.8% 77.3%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO

Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"I am satisfied with that win. We started the game in style but later Cedevita showed quality. They came close in third quarter as we had a problem due to Stefan Jovic’s injury. Our team reacted well and each man gave his best. The fans helped us to get on our feet again and they pushed us to the last second."
Cedevita Zagreb
"Crvena Zvezda absolutely deserved the win. After a bad first quarter, in the second we were much better in offense, but our defense looked bad all the way. Anyway we were back in the third quarter, but in the end we let Guduric score a couple of triples. That killed us. To beat Zvezda here in Pionir Arena, you have to be much better. A lot of our players were under their usual level."


Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"This is such an important win. Cedevita is an excellent team. In the first half we showed how we have to play each game. With supporters like we have, we could beat anyone."
Cedevita Zagreb
"Crvena Zvezda had a fantastic opening. Later we managed to get back into the game, but in the fourth quarter we made lot of mistakes in defense that cost us."
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