Jovic, Miller help Crvena Zvezda beat Bayern to snap skid
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade hit all 9 of its three-pointers in the second half in pulling a away to a resounding 79-90 road win over FC Bayern Munich on Thursday night. Stefan Jovic set a new Euroleague record with 19 assists and Quincy Miller scored 22 points to lead Zvezda. The result left the two teams with 2-3 records in Group A. Each of the four quarters had at least one lead change. Bayern took control with a 12-1 second quarter run, and led 48-40 early in the third, but Miller and Vladimir Stimac led Zvezda’s rally in the third quarter. In the fourth, Nikola Rebic and Marko Simonovic got hot from downtown, each sinking 3 triples, and with their career-nights helped Zvezda pull away and register a victory that puts it right back into the Top 16 race. Stimac netted 18 points, Maik Zirbes scored 10 of his 14 in the first quarter, Simonovic netted a career-best 15, while Rebic had career-high 11 for Zvezda. Dusko Savanovic scored 19 points for the hosts, John Bryant had 12, and Alex Renfroe 11 in defeat.
First quarter: Bayern rallies from an early deficit
Miller opened the scoring inside for Zvezda, and Deon Thompson answered for Bayern. Zirbes scored twice in the lane to give Zvezda a 2-7 lead. Savanovic opened his account with a three-pointer, but Miller drove and dished for a Zirbes dunk, and after Ryan Thompson scored in traffic, Stefan Jovic dishes an assist to Zirbes for another slam and a 5-13 advantage midway through the first quarter. Bryant cut the deficit with a three-pointer, but Thompson hit a baseline jumper and Lazic scored a fastbreak layup, making it 8-17. However, Savanovic sparked an 11-0 Bayern run from close range, before K.C. Rivers hit a transition three. The run continued as Anton Gavel dished a pair of assists, first to Bryant and then Djedovic on a back-cut for layup, 17-17. The hosts capped the run, and took the lead, with Bryant banking in a turnaround jumper in the final minute before Zirbes got his personal tally into double digits, making it 19-19 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Hosts take control with a big run
Stimac scored inside on three consecutive possessions to open the quarter, giving Zvezda 19-25 lead. But Gavel got a lucky roll on a three-pointer, and after Gavel and Stimac traded baskets, Savanovic made a baseline floater and then knocked down a triple to tie the game at 29-29. Bryce Taylor drove for a dunk, and after a Zvezda timeout, Renfroe buried a wide-open three for a 5-point cushion. Renfroe also elevated for a dunk, helping the hosts lead 38-30, before Miller made a put-back to snap a 12-1 run. Taylor made a runner, but Jovic answered with a fastbreak layup. Miller scored in a crowd, and after free throws from Renfroe, Stimac scored from close range to make it 43-38 at halftime.
Third quarter: Miller and Stimac keep Zvezda in it
Miller hit a long jumper to get the third quarter going. Nihad Djedovic hit a triple and Taylor fed Thompson for an easy dunk and a 48-40 lead, but Stimac banked it in on the other end before Miller hit Zvezda's first three of the night. Thompson scored a tip-in for the hosts, before Simonovic and Savanovic traded triples. Simonovic added a tip-in to the visitors' tally, cutting it to 53-50. After a Bayern timeout, Nikola Rebic nailed a corner triple, then immediately made a steal and raced for a fastbreak layup-plus-foul and a 53-55 edge. Gavel snapped a 0-8 run with free throws, and after a step-back jumper by Miller, Bayern went back in front with Bryant scoring from close range and Rivers knocking one down from long range. Bryant banked in a turnaround jumper to make it 62-57. After a Zvezda timeout, Miller hit back-to back triples, but Renfroe made a tip-in just before the buzzer, to give Bayern a 66-63 edge.
Fourth quarter: Barrage of threes lifts Zvezda to victory
Zirbes scored a fastbreak layup, his first points since the first quarter, and Rebic hit another corner triple to give Zvezda a 66-68 lead. Savanovic made a runner on the other end, and Taylor followed it with a triple with no time on the shot clock, 71-68. But Zirbes scored inside, and Simonovic made a steal and raced on the fastbreak to make it 71-72. After Savanovic nailed a long jumper, Miller had a put-back dunk and Jovic fed Stimac, who scored a basket-plus-foul, 73-77. Savanovic cut into the deficit, but Simonovic hit from way downtown. After free throws from Taylor, Jovic dished his 17th assist to Rebic for a corner triple, 77-83 with less than two minutes to go. After a successful defense, Zvezda opened a 9-point margin with another triple from Simonovic and record-breaking 18th assist by Jovic. Djedovic made a driving layup, but Jovic found Simonovic again who buried a tough jumper to seal the deal.
Thursday, November 12, 2015