2006-07Regular SeasonRound 2
November 07, 2006 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 HALA PIONIR
Crvena Zvezda celebrates Crvena Zvezda took sole possesion of first place in Group D with an 87-84 win over Unics Kazan on Tuesday night in Belgrade, Serbia. Star scorer Milan Gurovic poured in 28 points, including 20 in the first half, as Crvena Zvezda became one of only five teams in the competition to open up 2-0. Kazan falls to 1-1, joining Real Madrid, EiffelTowers Den Bosch and Dexia Mons in a four-way tie for second. Gurovic drilled 4 three-pointers, made 14-of-15 free throws - including 2 for insurance in the final minute - and grabbed 9 boards. Pero Antic also came up big for the winners, with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Tadija Dragicevic added 11. Kristof Lavrinovic led Kazan with 24 points, twin brother Darjus Lavrinovic had 13 points and 3 blocks, Dusko Savanovic 12 points and Saulius Stombergas 11. Crvena Zvezda used a 10-0 first-quarter run to go ahead and built on that for a 52-34 lead at halftime. The lead grew to 19 in the third before Kazan cut the gap to 10 after 30 minutes. The visitors continued to chip away at the lead and twice got within a single point, but each time Crvena Zvezda had the answer to hold on for the narrow win.

Playing without starting guard Billy Thomas, out with injured ribs, Crvena Zvezda bolted to a 5-2 lead with a three-pointer from Gurovic. The teams traded baskets until Darjus Lavrinovic of Unics took over. With his 3 blocks and 8 points, the guests took the lead at 11-12. But in the next 2 minutes, it was a one-man show by Gurovic. First, he scored 2 from the line, then added 2 triples as Crvena Zvezda led 19-12. Antonio Burks concluded a 10-0 run for the hosts and Vuk Radivojevic scored a bomb with a buzzer as Crvena Zvezda led 25-16 after 10 minutes with Gurovic already up to 12 points. Stombergas and Burks traded baskets to begin the second period, while Petar Popovic of Crvena Zvezda committed his third foul. He scored once while his replacement was waiting to enter, but the problem got worse for Crvena Zvezda as forward Tadija Dragicevic also was whistled for his third. Both teams were playing hard defense and both spent a lot of fouls. Ksistof Lavrinovic made one more as Antic scored a three-point play and a jumper to force a Unics timeout at 36-27. Igor Milosevic scored next for the hosts, supplying the first double-digit leadk 38-27. Gurovic made the gap wider with 3 points to conclude a 10-0 run. Finaly, Stormbergas scored for Unics, but Gurovic answered with anothe bomb and a steal in defense. A technical foul let Nikola Vucurovic hit 3 from the line as Unics continued to slide. Chikalkin hit the first triple for the guests but Crvena Zvezda to the half ahead by 52-34 as Gurovic was up to 20 points.

Darjus Lavrinovic - Unics KazanStombergas hit from behind the arc as Unics cut the margin to 55-42 early in the third quarter. Darius Lavrinovic booked his fifth block, but Antic dunked from the second chance and Dragicevic unloaded 2 triples as Crvena Zvezda roared in front by 65-46. A few moments later Darjus Lavrinovic went off the floor with sprained ankle but the game was not over. Over the next 3 minutes, Unics made 2-11 run and the score was suddenly 67-59. With free throws, Gurovic and Antic restored a double-digit advantage for Crvena Zvezda, 72-62 after 30 minutes. Dragicevic opened final 10 minutes with his third triple. In those minutes Gurovic committed 2 fouls but after another Antic slam dunk, Crvena Zvezda led 77-64. Ksistof Lavrinovic answered with his own 4 points before Gurovic forced Stormbergas to commit his fifth personal. Unics switched to a zone as Ksistof Lavrinovic hit his first triple, cutting the difference to 79-73 with 5 minutes left. Unics saw its chance then as Crvena Zvezda looked tired. Ksistof Lavrinovic hit free throws after Popovic's fourth foul to complete a 0-7 Unics run. Popovic scored at the other end, but Dusko Savanovic put back and offensive rebound and Jarod Stevenson hit from the arc to make it whole new game, 81-80 with 3 minutes to go. Antic responded with free throws and a layup for the hosts, while Chikalkin scored twice from the line to start the last minute and then punished a Burks turnover with a basket that made it 85-84. Gurovic lost the ball next for Crvena Zvezda, and when Petr Samoylenko missed the fastbreak opportunity, found himself on the foul line. Gurovic made both free throws and Unics call timeout with 15 seconds left, but a game-tying attempt from downtown by Stevenson missed and Crvena Zvezda had the victory and sole possession of first place in Group D.
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Referees: MOUZAKIS, COSTAS; SHULGA, BORIS; UDRICA, MARIUS
Attendance: 4500
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Crvena Zvezda
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 MILOSEVIC, IGOR 8:45 3 1/1   1/2       1 1   1   2 1 4
7 MARKOVIC, STEVEN 0:15                              
9 POPOVIC, PETAR 8:30 6 3/4               1     4    
13 MISANOVIC, NENAD 4:45   0/2   0/2   2 2           1 1 -2
14 VUCUROVIC, NIKOLA 7:45 3   0/1 3/6       1   1       3 2
15 GUROVIC, MILAN 39:45 28 1/9 4/9 14/15 3 6 9     2   2 3 11 27
18 RADIVOJEVIC, VUK 39:45 5 1/1 1/1   1 1 2 1 2 2     3 1 6
20 DRAGICEVIC, TADIJA 30:45 11 1/4 3/6   1   1 1   2   3 5   -3
21 ANTIC, PERO 27:00 21 6/8 0/3 9/11 6 4 10 1   1     3 9 30
25 BURKS, ANTONIO 32:45 10 5/9 0/2 0/2   3 3 7 2       4 1 11
Team                   9           9
Totals 200:00 87 18/38 8/22 27/38 11 16 27 12 14 9 1 5 25 27 84
        47.4% 36.4% 71.1%
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN
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
Unics Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STEVENSON, JAROD 28:30 7 2/2 1/2           1 1     2 1 5
6 CLEAVES, MATEEN 12:45 2 0/3 0/1 2/2 1 2 3         1 2 4 2
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 19:00 13 5/5 1/1   1 1 2     2 3   2 2 16
8 STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS 22:00 11 4/7 1/3   1 2 3 1         5 2 7
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 27:00 4 1/2 0/1 2/4   3 3 3 1 2     3 3 5
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 22:00 24 6/8 1/1 9/9 1 3 4   1 3 2   4 7 29
15 CHIKALKIN, SERGEI 26:15 9 2/3 1/4 2/2   1 1 1   2     4 1 2
21 NESTEROV, KONSTANTIN 0:15                              
24 KUDELIN, IGOR 0:15                              
30 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 32:30 12 5/7   2/2 2 2 4   3 2     2 3 16
55 MESHCHARAKOU, YAHOR 9:30 2 0/2   2/2   1 1 2 1       2 2 4
Team                   5           5
Totals 200:00 84 25/39 5/13 19/21 6 15 21 7 12 12 5 1 26 25 91
        64.1% 38.5% 90.5%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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Head Coaches

SAKOTA, DRAGAN
Crvena Zvezda
"This is a huge win for many reasons. First of all we booked an unexpected defeat in an Adriatic League game with Hemofarm last weekend. Then we had so many problems with injuries before tonight's game. We had to be back with a win. And we did. In the first half everything was fine but in the second we started bad and Unics showed its killing face. We managed to keep the advantage and all that I can do is to congratulate my players."
SIREIKA, ANTANAS
Unics Kazan
"Congratulations to Crvena zvezda for the win. We were preparing to guard Milan Gurovic but he broke our plans and played great 20 minutes in the first half. Later we managed to be back into the game but Crvena Zvezda was better tonight. Congratulations again."

Players

RADIVOJEVIC, VUK
Crvena Zvezda
"This is an important win for us. We controlled the game and we played our best 20 minutes of the season in the first half. Later we fell due to our bench problems because we have lot of injured players. Anyway we showed our character at the end of the game and I think we deserved that win."
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