2007-08Regular SeasonRound 6
November 29, 2007 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAMALAGUTI
Dewarick Spencer - Virtus VidiVici Virtus VidiVici broke its four-game losing streak in Group A by downing Union Olimpija 101-91 at home on Thursday in Bologna, Italy. Both teams now have 2-4 records and are tied with Zalgiris for the fifth and decisive spot in the group. Dewarick Spencer paced the winners with 34 points on 7-for-8 two-point and 5-for-9 three-point shooting, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Guilherme Giovannoni added 19 points, Delonte Holland had 16, Fabio Di Bella 12 and Roberto Chiacig 10 for Virtus. Jasmin Hukic led Olimpija with 22 points. Miha Zupan added 19, Goran Dragic had 13 and Marko Milic 12. Hukic led a 0-10 run that got Olimpija within 21-20 after 10 minutes and Zupan pushed the guests ahead by double digits soon after. Booker, Spencer and Chiacig brought Virtus back within 41-43 by halftime. Virtus went ahead in the second half, but Dragic managed to tie the game for the last time, 59-59. After that, Virtus rolled as Spencer and Donnie McGrath combined for 11 points in an 18-2 run, while Zupan, Milic and Hukic fueled a 3-17 response to get Olimpija back in the game at 86-83. A critical triple by Fabio Di Bella and free throws by Holland put Virtus way ahead for good.

After Hukic opened the game with a three-pointer, Spencer scored 7 consecutive points to lift VidiVici. Giovannoni made it 9-3 with foul shots, but Hukic scored on a jumper and Dragic penetrated for a basket-plus-foul. When Milic exploited a Maurice Bailey steal for a fast-break slam, Olimpija capped its own 0-7 run and took the lead midway through the quarter. VidiVici replied with a 10-0 run started by Di Bella, fueled by Olimpija mistakes and capped by a Holland jumper. But it was a first quarter full of runs as Olimpija answered with an identical 0-10 surge in which Bailey added a pull-up shot with an additional foul and Hukic hit another three-pointer to give the lead back to the visitors. Holland, however, stole a ball from Bailey’s hands and dunked alone to make it 20-21 after 10 minutes.

Goran Dragic - Union OlimpijaGiovannoni scored a layup to start the second quarter, but Hukic didn’t take his hand out of the microwave and launched Olimpija's next run. He bagged three triples in three minutes, Bailey added another and Zupan took over the offensive key to cap a 0-12 run that lifted the guests up to 27-38. Chris Booker's wide-open jumper maintained the 11-point lead for Ljubljana until Bailey committed an unsportsmanlike foul that helped VidiVici get back to 32-40. The hosts continued to close the gap as a three-pointer by Spencer and a fast-break basket by Holland made it 37-41. Then, two straight low-post moves by Chiacig against Zupan made it 41-43 at the break.

VidiVici's defense returned with an higher tone in the third quarter as Olimpija could not find the basket for two minutes and the host used Giovannoni and Spencer to go ahead 47-43. Booker and Taylor tied the game with layups, but VidiVici tried to run away again thanks to a three-pointer by McGrath and a three-point play by Holland that made it 57-49 midway through the quarter. Another fastbreak by Giovannoni and a three-pointer by Spencer widened the gap up to 13 points, forcing an Olimpija timeout. But VidiVici remained hot as McGrath and Spencer added two more three-pointers to the amazing 21-4 run that broke the game. After a pair of foul shots by Holland, the hosts led 72-53 by the end of the third period.

The hosts's lead reached 22 points after Spencer and Giovannoni opened the final quarter with back-to-back triples. Olimpija started its full-court pressure and the game incredibly changed. Dragic provoked trouble for the hosts by pushing the ball upcourt and steals narrowed the gap to 81-66. Hukic's sixth three-pointer and Zupan's put-back made it 83-71 after some more VidiVici turnovers. Moreover, Garri missed a dunk and Zupan exploited it with a three-pointer to make it 83-74 with four minutes to play. A free-throw by Di Bella tried to stop the rally, but Sasa Doncic hit foul shots and Olimpija also posted a five-point play with Zupan scoring a triple-with-a-foul and Virtus's Luca Garri touching the ball on the additional free-throw, making it 2 points for the guests. It was incredible to see a 86-83 scoreboard when Doncic stole another ball and scored a layup with two minutes left. Then Virtus captain Di Bella hit the key-shot of the night – a three-pointer that made it 89-83 . Di Bella, again, went 2 for 2 on free-throws in the closing minute making it 92-85 and securing a hard-fought win for the “Black V.”

Thursday, November 29, 2007
Marco Martelli, Bologna
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Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), PILOIDIS, ANASTASIOS (GRE), LEFWERTH, OSCAR (SWE)
Attendance: 4110
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Virtus VidiVici
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 HOLLAND, DELONTE 34:00 16 4/6 0/2 8/9   4 4 1 3 1 1   1 7 25
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 37:32 34 7/8 5/9 5/6 2 6 8 7 2 3   1   3 44
12 GIOVANNONI, GUILHERME 36:40 19 4/8 1/3 8/11 3 4 7 1 3 2     1 7 25
13 NOVI, MICHELE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 CHIACIG, ROBERTO 18:00 10 5/7   0/1   3 3   1 2   1 4 2 6
15 MICHELORI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 DI BELLA, FABIO 25:05 12 1/1 1/3 7/10       1 6 3     4 8 15
17 CANELO, JEAN CARLOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 LESTINI, FEDERICO 5:52                   1         -1
20 GARRI, LUCA 22:11 2 0/1   2/4 1 2 3 2 3 4 1   2 4 6
21 McGRATH, DONNIE 20:40 8 1/2 2/2     1 1 3 2 2     1   10
22 STOJKOV, STEVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 101 22/33 9/19 30/41 6 20 26 15 21 18 2 2 13 31 131
        66.7% 47.4% 73.2%
Head coach: PILLASTRINI, STEFANO
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
Union Olimpija
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DONCIC, SASA 14:00 4 2/3 0/2   1 2 3 3 1 1     4   3
6 BOOKER, CHRIS 12:28 6 3/3     3 1 4 1 1 3     2   7
7 MOCNIK, JAN 9:12 2 0/1 0/1 2/2       3   1   1 4 1 -2
8 MULALIC, MIRKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 DRAGIC, GORAN 24:15 13 6/7 0/1 1/1 1 1 2 4 5 5     5 4 16
11 RIZVIC, HASAN 11:10 2 1/4     3 4 7     3   1 2 1 1
12 MILIC, MARKO 29:44 12 6/14     4 1 5   2 2     3   6
13 HUKIC, JASMIN 30:04 20 1/1 6/12   1   1 1 1 1     3   13
20 BAILEY, MAURICE 24:08 9 2/5 1/3 2/3   1 1 3 3 3     2 4 9
24 ZUPAN, MIHA 26:38 19 6/10 2/4 1/3 4 2 6   2 3 2   4 2 16
30 TAYLOR, RONELL 18:21 4 2/2 0/2   1 1 2 1   1     2 1 3
Team           1 2 3   1           4
Totals 200:00 91 29/50 9/25 6/9 19 15 34 16 16 23 2 2 31 13 76
        58% 36% 66.7%
Head coach: BECIROVIC, MEHMED

Head Coaches

PILLASTRINI, STEFANO
Virtus VidiVici
"I expected a big reaction from my team, especially after our choice to play without Anderson and Crosariol in order to put responsibilities on fewer players. In the third quarter, we broke the game open, but we allowed 38 points in the last quarter. That was an atrocity. We struggled too much against the full-court pressure, leaving the ball in their hands. But I am happy for the final reaction. With the momentum on Olimpija's side, we had defensive stops and scored an important three-pointer with Di Bella. Now our goal is to practice better and go in the same direction."

Players

SPENCER, DEWARICK
Virtus VidiVici
"I don't know what happened in the last quarter, but I am very glad we finally won this game. I think we played like a team tonight and we have to keep working this way. Third-quarter defense helped us to find easy baskets on the fastbreak and this broke the game open. We had many up and downs so far, a lot of downs, but the way we played tonight, with defense and ball circulation, showed we can be a very good team. We want to advance to the Top 16 and playing for the Italian title."
HUKIC, JASMIN
Union Olimpija
"I think we controlled the game in the first two quarters. I think our basketball was OK, with the right defense and choices. But then we have fallen down by more than 20 points. I think that some players have not given their maximum, especially on defense. And this is unacceptable for a team like Olimpija Ljubljana. It's like having two different souls inside the team. If we want to advance, we have to solve this problem."
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