2014-15Last 32Round 6
February 11, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAZZETTO DELLO SPORT

Stipcevic leads Rome to the first place in Group I

Rok Stipcevic - Virtus Rome - EC14 (photo Virtus Rome)

Virtus Rome remained perfect on home floor and claimed the first place in Group I by topping CAI Zaragoza 87-66 on Wednesday. Rome improved to 4-2 record, but needed help to reach the first place, and it got just that when Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd registered a road win over Cedevita Zagreb. Rome will face Banvit Bandirma in the eighthfinals, while CAI ends its Eurocup campaign with 1-5 record in the Last 32. The hosts took the lead for good with a 13-2 run in the first quarter, but did not pull away until Rok Stipcevic fueled a 13-2 run at the end of the third for 68-50 lead, paving the way to victory. Stipcevic led in victory with 20 points and 5 assists, Kyle Gibons netted 17 on 5 of 6 three-point shooting. Melvin Ejim scored 12, while Bobby Jones and Jordan Morgan each scored 10 for Rome. Stevan Jelovac had 16 points for CAI, Henk Norel scored 12, and Chris Goulding added 11.

CAI opened the game with three-pointers from Pedro Llompart and Pere Tomas, before Norel strung together six points for 10-14 lead. Rome got triples from Ejim and Stipcevic in that span, before Gibson had a three-pointer and a jumper, Lorenzo D’Ericole had a triple and a steal that led to a Jones fastbreak dunk and 23-16 Rome lead late in the first. Ndudi Ebi extended it to 29-21 early in the second, and Stipevic scored three free throws and a three-pointer for 35-26. Margin reached double digits, but Sergi Garcia and Goulding nailed shots from long range on the other end, and Tomas cut it to 41-36 at halftime.

Back-to-back threes from Maxime De Zeeuw and Ejim helped margin reach 53-41, but Goulding and Jelovac kept CAI in it, making baskets for 55-48. However, Stipcevic and Ejim fueled a 13-2 run to finish the quarter, with Stipcevic scoring 7 points, including a three-pointer for 68-50 after 30 minutes. Couple threes from Jones at the start of the fourth made it 74-53, and Rome was cruising to victory the rest of the way. Three consecutive triples from Gibson extended the margin to 87-62 in the final minutes, before Jelovac and Norel rounded out the scoring.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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Referees: JASEVICIUS, TOMAS (LTU), MARICIC,SASA (SRB), GLISIC, ALEKSANDAR (SRB)
Attendance: 1013 (Tentative)
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Virtus Rome23182719
CAI Zaragoza21151416
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Virtus Rome23416887
CAI Zaragoza21365066
Virtus Rome
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 EJIM, MELVIN 35:26 12 2/5 2/6 2/2   1 1 2 3 2 2   2 2 11
6 JONES, BOBBY 22:50 10 2/2 2/4     1 1 4 3 2     4 1 11
10 D'ERCOLE, LORENZO 24:38 5   1/3 2/2   1 1 2 3 1     1 1 8
14 DE ZEEUW, MAXIME 14:30 5 1/3 1/3   1 3 4     2 1   5 1  
15 KUSHCHEV, OLEKSANDR 0:33                              
16 REALI, MARCO 1:23           1 1     1          
17 ALVITI, DAVIDE 0:46                              
22 GIBSON, KYLE 28:58 17 1/1 5/6     2 2 5 2 3         22
24 STIPCEVIC, ROK 25:38 20 2/2 3/4 7/7   2 2 5 1         5 32
25 MORGAN, JORDAN 25:12 10 2/3   6/6 1 4 5   3 2 1   5 4 15
53 EBI, NDUDI 20:06 8 4/6 0/2     8 8 1 2 3 1   3 1 11
Team                                
Totals 200:00 87 14/22 14/28 17/17 2 23 25 19 17 16 5 0 20 15 110
        63.6% 50% 100%
Head coach: DALMONTE, LUCA
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
CAI Zaragoza
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GARCIA, SERGI 10:27 3   1/3     2 2           3 1 1
12 LLOMPART, PEDRO 29:33 3 0/1 1/3 0/1 1 2 3 5 2 2     2 1 6
14 KATIC, RASKO 18:29 3 1/4   1/2 3   3 1   1   1 2 4 3
15 SASTRE, JOAN 19:08 4 0/1 1/3 1/2   1 1 1 2 3       2 3
19 TOMAS, PERE 17:53 9 2/3 1/3 2/2 1 4 5   2 1       2 14
20 ROBINSON, JASON 20:11 5 1/3 1/5     2 2 1 1 4   1 1   -3
21 PURSL, SIMON 3:37   0/1 0/1             1   1 1   -5
24 LANDRY, MARCUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 NOREL, HENK 20:58 12 6/8     3 3 6 2   2   1 1 1 15
31 FONTET, ALBERT 12:13         2   2     1     1 1 1
43 GOULDING, CHRIS 23:14 11 2/3 2/5 1/1   4 4 2   3     3 3 10
89 JELOVAC, STEVAN 24:17 16 2/5 3/7 3/4 1 2 3 2   4   1 3 4 9
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 66 14/29 10/30 8/12 13 20 33 14 7 22 0 5 17 19 56
        48.3% 33.3% 66.7%
Head coach: RUIZ, JOAQUIN

Head Coaches

RUIZ, JOAQUIN
CAI Zaragoza
"First of all, congratulations for Virtus by making the next phase. It was a tough game especially for us, because we did not have the focus of advancing to the next round. We have played well the first 15 minutes, even I can say the whole first half, but after that they played harder than us, and with this disadvantage it was difficult for us to remain in the game."

Players

FONTET, ALBERT
CAI Zaragoza
“We haven’t played good basketball. Kevin and Marcus were out, but the truth is that they have played very aggressive and we have disappeared at one moment. They have controlled the game all time and now we have to forget and be focused on the domestic league”.
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