2001-02Regular SeasonRound 3
October 25, 2001 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 BASKETBALL HALL JAZINE
Real Madrid of Spain has come back from a big upset a week earlier by taking care of its Group C business on the road Thursday with a 71-83 win at KK Zadar of Croatia. Dragan Tarlac led the visitors with 22 points and dominated the paint allnight. Sasha Djordjevic added 13, Alberto Herreros and Dusan Vukcevic 11 for the winners. Zadar, which made a game of it more than once, got 20 points from Rumeal Robinson, 16 from Davor Marcelic and 11 each from Ivan Grgat and Marko Popovic. In the end, Madrid was able to raise its record to 2-1 record, even though the Spanish powerhouse made easy things difficult and had to "win twice" to end the game as it intended. Despite great experience in a veteran lineup, Real Madrid managed to squander a 19-point lead and let an almost dead Zadar get back into the game. This dead team had an inspired Robinson on court, an excellent left-handed point guard who was once drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, and tonight set the pace of the game. He filled Real's basket time after time and led his team very close to the the visitors in the third period.

Real Madrid had hit the halftime lockerrooms with a comfortable lead of 15 points (28-43) mainly due to the great game in the paint, but also thanks to the great three-point shooting (4 for 9 attempts against the 1 for 7 of Zadar), and dominance in rebounding (11-16). At the beginning of the third quarter, Real pulled its lead away to 30-47 but then Robinson appeared and the deficit began to be neutralized little by little. When Marco Popovic, son of the coach, Petar, hit a buzzer-beater from the 3-point range to stop the scoreboard at 55-61, it was obvious that Zadar wasn't as dead as everybody thought, and back into the game. The last moments of the last period turned out to be decisive when Robinson and Tomislav Ruzic missed two attempts beyond the 6.25 line while Dusan Vukcevic and Sasha Djordjevic, after a steal, lengthened Madrid's lead to 55-64. Zadar still had the energy to put a threat on Madrid again - 65-68 on a basket by Popovic, 67-70 on another by Davor Marcelic - but that was it. Four free throws converted by Djordjevic and two more by Vukcevic sealed the deal.
Thursday, October 25, 2001
H.G., Zadar
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), LOVSIN, ANDREJ (SLO), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL)
Attendance: 2800
By Quarter1234
KK Zadar18102718
Real Madrid15281820
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KK Zadar18285573
Real Madrid15436181
KK Zadar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 VLADOVIC, JAKOV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 20:48 11 3/5 1/4 2/2   1 1 1 1 1     4 3 7
7 ROBINSON, RUMEAL 36:19 20 9/16 0/5 2/3 1 3 4 2 3 3   1 4 5 13
8 PERINCIC, HRVOJE 23:41 5 1/4 1/3   2 2 4 2   1   1 4    
9 VRSALJKO, MARIN 3:36   0/1                         -1
10 SPRALJA, SIME DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 MARCELIC, DAVOR 35:47 16 3/6 2/7 4/4 2 1 3 1 3 2   1 3 6 15
13 RUZIC, TOMISLAV 22:28 2 1/3 0/2   2 3 5   1 1   1 1 1 2
14 ODUOK, INYANG IME 40:00 8 3/9   2/6 3 1 4   3 2 2 1 4 5 5
15 GRGAT, IVAN 17:21 11 5/9   1/3 1   1   1       4 2 5
16 BANIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 73 25/53 4/21 11/18 11 11 22 6 12 10 2 5 24 22 46
        47.2% 19% 61.1%
Head coach: POPOVIC, PETAR
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ANGULO, ALBERTO 18:35 2   0/2 2/2   1 1     2     1   -2
5 STRUELENS, ERIC 29:07 7 1/1   5/6 1 7 8 1   5 1 1 2 3 11
6 DJORDJEVIC, SASA 20:00 13 2/3 1/2 6/6       3 2 1     1 5 19
7 ANGULO, LUCIO 29:14 8 2/5 1/1 1/1   2 2 4   2 1   3 3 10
8 VUKCEVIC, DUSAN 11:11 11 0/1 3/4 2/4 1 2 3           3 2 9
9 TABAK, ZAN 16:10 3 1/3   1/2 2 3 5     3     4 5 3
11 HERREROS, ALBERTO 21:25 12 3/6 2/3     4 4 1 1 1 1   1   13
12 TARLAC, DRAGAN 32:47 22 10/14   2/2 1 6 7   2 5 2 1 5 2 20
13 LLORENTE, TONIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 LOPEZ, RAUL 20:00 3 0/1 0/2 3/4 1 1 2 3 5 1     1 3 10
15 ITURBE, IKER 1:31     0/1   1   1           1 1  
Team                                
Totals 200:00 81 19/34 7/15 22/27 7 26 33 12 10 20 5 2 22 24 93
        55.9% 46.7% 81.5%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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Head Coaches

POPOVIC, PETAR
KK Zadar
"I'm very disapointed that we didn't win this game. Even though we were behind a great deal, we still could have won this game. A few balls decided the game at the end. A few times on the fastbreak we had the ball and we didn't capitalize, but Real knew how to take advantage. I have to say, I think that we have to find the loss in the first half of the game and those three dark minutes when they made a 15-point difference. We had to waste more energy in second half to get back into the game, but we didn't have enough energy and concentration for the end."
SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Real Madrid
"We are satifited with two things. First that we have won, second that nobody was seriously injured by the coins and lighters that were thrown on our players. Our game was a little bit up and down, with very good moments, and some lack of concetration followed by many turnovers. We knew it was not going to be an easy win on this court, but it is very important to win on the road."

Players

VUKCEVIC, DUSAN
Real Madrid
"I think that we deserved this victory. We were expecting an easy victory, but Zadar kept fighting back in last quarter. Our experience and quality gave us the victory. This is very important victory, especially after loss in last round against Krka Telekom."
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