2016-17Regular SeasonRound 23
February 23, 2017 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC HALL

Crvena Zvezda gets back on track by routing Galatasaray

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade got its season back on track with a dominant 77-58 home victory over Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul on Thursday at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall. After losing two straight games before the bye week, the pressure was on Zvezda to solidify its position in the top half of the standings, and the Serbian champs certainly delivered as Ognjen Kuzmic – who received his January monthly MVP award before tip-off – produced another big performance with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Branko Lazic also shined with a new career high of 17 points, including 5 of 5 three-point shooting, while Stefan Jovic led the offense with 8 assists, Marko Simonovic netted 12 points, Charles Jenkins added 11 and former Galatasaray big man Deon Thompson combined 10 points with 6 rebounds. The result lifted Zvezda to 13-10, while Galatasaray fell to 7-16. The visiting team was paced by 11 points from Vladimir Micov, but was never really in the contest after the early stages of the second quarter as Zvezda’s typically dogged defense forced 21 turnovers and made 15 steals.

Both teams started in long-range shooting mode, and by the time Zvezda had a 14-10 lead midway through the first quarter, 18 of those 24 points had been scored in triples – including 3 by Lazic. It was close at the end of the first quarter, but Zvezda surged ahead at the start of the second, turning to its inside game as Thompson, Simonovic and then Kuzmic all made their presence felt. Austin Daye initially kept Galatasaray in touch, but was then forced to the bench after picking up 3 fouls, and the hosts quickly built the advantage with a 16-4 run. Lazic hit another triple to make it a double-digit lead, and Simonovic took his first-half tally to 12 points to make it 48-29 at the break. An offensive rebound and bucket from Kuzmic made it a 21-point lead early in the third, and there was never any sign of Galatasaray mounting a comeback. Lazic hit his fifth triple as the lead kept on growing, and it was 64-42 at the end of the third. Defenses were on top in an uneventful fourth quarter and Zvezda cruised to a vital victory.

Branko Lazic - Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade - EB16
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), SILVA, SERGIO (POR)
Attendance: 6016
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade20281613
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul17121316
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade20486477
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul17294258
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WOLTERS, NATE 10:23 2 1/4       2 2 2 1 1         3
2 THOMPSON, DEON 17:17 10 4/7   2/3 4 2 6 1 1   1   1 5 19
9 MITROVIC, LUKA 9:44   0/2     1 1 2 1   1          
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 28:07 17 1/1 5/5     2 2 1 2 1     1 3 23
12 SIMANIC, BORISA 0:49                              
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 4:37     0/1                       -1
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 31:33 12 4/6 0/4 4/4   5 5 1 3 2     1 3 15
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 27:12 11 2/9 2/3 1/2   3 3 3 3     1 3 4 11
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 17:32 2 1/3 0/2     3 3 2 1 3   1 3 1 -2
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 30:03 6 3/5 0/2     1 1 8 3 4     3   7
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 17:53 16 6/9   4/5 3 5 8 3 1 1 1 1 3 3 23
51 BJELICA, MILKO 4:50 1     1/2           1 1     1 1
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 77 22/46 7/17 12/16 11 24 35 22 15 14 3 3 15 20 102
        47.8% 41.2% 75%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PRELDZIC, EMIR 17:18 4 2/3     1 4 5 3         1 1 11
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 22:42 11 1/2 2/4 3/4   2 2 1 2       1 3 14
6 FITIPALDO , BRUNO 21:00 8 1/2 2/4         2 1 2     2 1 5
7 TYUS, ALEX 12:31 1     1/2   2 2 1 2 1 1     2 7
8 KORKMAZ, CAN 11:05 5 0/1 1/1 2/2       1   1     1 2 5
10 SCHILB, BLAKE 16:56 2 1/1 0/2   1 2 3 1   3     2   -1
11 ARAR, EGE 12:51 4 2/3     1 5 6   1 1 1   4 2 8
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 14:38 2 1/4       2 2 3   1 1 1 1   2
25 DAYE, AUSTIN 21:55 8 4/6 0/1     3 3 2 1 3     4 1 5
32 GULER, SINAN 20:32 8 1/3 2/3     1 1 2 1 5   1 2   1
33 DIEBLER, JON 12:19   0/1 0/2         2   2         -3
61 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN 16:13 5 1/4 1/1 0/1         1 2   1 2 3  
Team             3 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 58 14/30 8/18 6/9 3 24 27 18 9 23 3 3 20 15 55
        46.7% 44.4% 66.7%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"It was a very good match for us. At the beginning we didn’t respond very well, but we improved our defense and in the end we controlled the match and got our 13th win. Thanks to our supporters, we are very satisfied. I am very pleased with everything we’ve done so far in EuroLeague. But we are just working very hard for our next match and at the end we’ll see what we get."
ATAMAN, ERGIN
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
"It’s not easy to play in this atmosphere without a goal because we lost our chances for the playoffs. In the first half we didn’t have enough concentration to play with the aggressive defense of Red Star. They started the game very well with Lazic’s shots from outside, and in the second quarter Simonovic found easy baskets. In the second half we played with our back-ups and it was easy for Red Star, but congratulations to them. In the remaining games we will try to fight much better."

Players

KUZMIC, OGNJEN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"It was a big game for us. We needed this one to get our confidence back. We played amazing defensively and that’s what we need. I feel great, but it doesn’t matter who scores as long as we win."