2013-14Regular SeasonRound 4
November 07, 2013 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Crvena Zvezda gets maiden victory by stopping Laboral in Vitoria

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade picked up its first Turkish Airlines Euroleague victory on a tough away court by taking down Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 63-73 on Thursday at Buesa Arena. The win improved Zvezda’s record to 1-3 in Group D, while Laboral dropped to 2-2 and a share of the third place in the standings. After Zvezda opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter, Laboral rallied in the second behind an excellent defense that allowed only 6 points by Boban Marjanovic, while shutting out the rest of the visiting team. A 13-0 run gave Laboral Kutxa 32-31 halftime lead, but Zvezda recovered after the break, with DeMarcus Nelson and Blake Schilb leading the way, and took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter. The visitors pulled away in the final three minutes to celebrate early. Nelson finished with 22 points and 7 rebounds, Schilb scored 18, Charles Jenkins 10 and Luka Mitrovic contributed with 8 points plus 7 rebounds. For the depleted hosts who were without Lamont Hamilton and Fabien Causeur, Milko Bjelica was the highest scorer with 14 points and David Jelinek added 10.

First quarter: Nelson and Schilb carry Zvezda to early lead

Zvezda youngster Mitrovic started the scoring with a tip-in, and Rasko Katic followed it up with a tip-in of his own for 0-4. Walter Hodge opened the hosts' account with a pair of free throws, but Schilb nailed a triple to make it 2-9. Zvezda did not allow a single field goal for more than four minutes, before Jelinek sank a long jumper, 6-11. Jelinek also drove for a layup, but Nelson scored couple of layups, one before and one after Jelinek's, to keep the visitors' lead intact. Zvezda's man-to-man defense troubled the hosts, forcing turnovers and tough shots. After Mitrovic and Nocioni traded easy buckets from close range, a mid-range jumper and an easy layup from Schilb opened a 10-21 margin. Laboral answered with a triple from Devon van Oostrom, but after Boban Marjanovic and Tibor Pleiss traded layups, Jenkins finished the quarter with driving layup that made it 15-25.

Second quarter: Laboral goes in front with a 13-0 run

Marjanovic and Pleiss traded baskets, and Marjanovic had two consecutive dunks for a 19-31 advantage. But Laboral became more aggressive on defense, and for any Zvezda player not named Marjanovic, shots stopped falling. Meanwhile, Van Oostrum hit a jumper to spark a Laboral. After Milko Bjelica added a layup to the tally, the run continued as hosts' defense produced fastbreak baskets from Nocioni and Bjelica. A triple from Kelati tied it, and the same player used an unsportsmanlike foul from Schilb to put his team in front for the first time in the game, 32-31 at halftime.

Third quarter: Zvezda refuses to go away

Bjelica opened the second half with a dunk before Katic made a hook-shot that snapped Zvezda's scoring drought. Fernando San Emeterio opened his account with a driving layup, and after Schilb scrambled for a layup, San Emeterio hit a short jumper, 38-35. Jelinek added a two-handed slam to the tally, but Nelson fought for a put-back and then hit a triple on the ensuing possession, as Zvezda regained the lead, 40-42. Bjelica countered with 6 points – a pair of layups and a baseline jumper against the visitors' zone defense, but Schilb scored a layup-plus-foul on the other end to tie tings at 46-46 with three minutes left in the quarter. Jelinek answered with a long jumper, but free throws from Schilb and Jaka Blazic put Crvena Zvezda back in front, and in the final minute of the quarter, Jenkins sank a long jumper and drove for a tough layup and 51-54 edge after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Zvezda pulls away for historic win

Leo Mainoldi nailed a jumper with one foot on the three-point line, and Rimantas Kaukenas made a baseline jumper before Nelson hit a three-pointer against Laboral’s zone defense. After San Emeterio and Schilb traded baskets from close range, Mitrovic made a tip-in midway through the fourth quarter for 58-61. After the hosts’ timeout, Nocioni scored a layup, but Schilb hit a turnaround jumper and Nelson made a fastbreak layup, 60-65 with three minutes to go. Zvezda forced two more turnovers on the next two Laboral’s trips down the floor, and Jenkins drove for a layup, capping a 2-8 run and giving Zvezda a 7-point lead with little over one minute to go. Bjelica scored a put-back for the hosts, but Jenkins and Nelson each sank a pair of free throws, 62-71, sealing the deal. Nelson closed out the scoring with a put back, as the visitors celebrated their first ever Euroleague victory.

DeMarcus Nelson - Crvena Zvezda Telekom - EB13
Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), TOMOV, MIROSLAV (BUL)
Attendance: 9728 (Tentative)
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria15171912
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade2562319
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria15325163
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade25315473
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MAINOLDI, LEO 13:52 2 1/1 0/1                   2   -1
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 29:40 8 3/7 0/3 2/4 2 5 7 1   2 1   2 7 11
7 VAN OOSTRUM, DEVON 18:31 5 1/1 1/3   2 2 4 2 1       2 1 9
12 DIOP, ILIMANE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 15:02 2 1/2 0/1         2 1 2 1   2 1 1
15 HODGE, WALTER 21:29 2 0/3 0/1 2/3       1 2 3 1   2 2 -2
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 23:10 7 3/4 0/1 1/2 1   1     1     3 2 3
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 15:05 9 4/6   1/2   1 1     2 2   1 1 7
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KELATI, THOMAS 14:54 4   1/1 1/2   3 3 1 1 1     3 1 5
25 JELINEK, DAVID 24:10 10 4/7 0/3 2/2   2 2 4       1 2 1 8
51 BJELICA, MILKO 24:07 14 7/8 0/4   3 5 8     2     4 2 13
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 63 24/39 2/18 9/15 8 18 26 11 5 14 5 1 23 18 53
        61.5% 11.1% 60%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CVETKOVIC, ALEKSANDAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MITROVIC, LUKA 23:27 8 3/5 0/1 2/2 3 5 8   1     1 3 2 12
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 12:15   0/3       3 3   1       2   -1
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 16:11 2 0/3 0/2 2/2 1 4 5   1 1   1 1 3 3
12 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 12:33   0/1 0/2   2   2   1       3   -3
13 MARJANOVIC, BOBAN 16:58 7 3/4   1/4 2 3 5 1 1 3   1 1 2 7
14 RADENOVIC, IVAN 14:49 2   0/1 2/2       3 2 2       2 6
15 KATIC, RASKO 22:14 4 1/10   2/2   2 2 2   3     3 3 -4
16 RISTIC, DUSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 NELSON, DEMARCUS 27:40 22 6/7 2/3 4/4 4 3 7 2 2       3 5 33
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 24:18 10 4/8   2/2   1 1 2 1 2   2   3 9
33 SCHILB, BLAKE 29:35 18 6/8 1/3 3/3 2   2 1   4 1   2 3 15
Team           3 2 5     2     1   2
Totals 200:00 73 23/49 3/12 18/21 17 23 40 11 10 17 1 5 19 23 79
        46.9% 25% 85.7%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN

Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"I want to congratulate Red Star for their win. They entered the game much better than we did. They played smarter than us, colder than us till the end. They hurt us too much with the offensive rebounds and Nelson played his best game of the season so far, above his average stats. We felt uncomfortable all the time, we lacked energy, were not fresh, and we missed a lot of outside shots. They closed the paint very well, with big guys, and even though we had good shooting percentage inside, we were unable to have a decent one from outside. It was a contested game, tough, and even though we were not too bad in defense, we were not good either. We barely managed to grab a clean rebound and run in transition. It’s time to set our heads up to escape from this bad streak, which came, surprisingly, after our best game of the season. We need to gain some morale with a win; we need a positive result."
RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"I want to congratulate my players first, because it’s our first win of the Euroleague season. After many years, we managed to make it happen tonight, finally. I would have liked to grab it in our home court, but I’m happy too because it happened tonight, on a tough court. We knew that starting the game in a strong way was very important. We played good defense and quality offense in the first quarter. They managed to break our game in the second thanks to their defense and we played not very organized, but we were very consistent defensively. We made a surprise tonight, we made good decisions in clutch time to get the win. I think it will give confidence to us and to everybody else to believe in this team, which is capable of doing very good things. I hope we can show the same good level in our next games. We spent a lot, both physically and mentally, so I hope we will be able to come back from that because there are a lot of tough games to play."

Players

JELINEK, DAVID
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It was a tough home loss. We were close during almost the whole game, but we were unable to finish in a good way, but I think the difference in the end was too big. We knew that this game was a key one, but we were unlucky. It’s still early, and nothing is lost yet, but now we have to react because we have two difficult games ahead of us. Sometimes things don’t work the way you expect, so you must take it as it comes."
NELSON, DEMARCUS
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"It was probably my best game in Europe so far. We definitely had a good performance tonight and got a well-needed win. We wanted this badly. We had some close games before that we lost because of our mistakes in the end. I think we could be 3-1 instead of 1-3 if we didn’t commit those mistakes. We put ourselves in position and kept our chances to make it to the Top 16. I honestly think that the key to the game for us was the experience in losses we had before, because we started the game very good also against Lokomotiv and Panathinaikos and in those cases the opponent came back too, but the difference tonight was that we were calm and experienced and continued to play our game, play physical, did a good job on the defensive end on half court, executed well and when they took control of the game and scored easy buckets in transition, we recognized it and cut it, knowing how to play."